Although Labor Day weekend is behind us with most of our summer renters having vacated their temporary homes, chances are we won’t begin to feel lonely yet. It’s been long ago discovered that the qualities of our area that attracted so many visitors to begin with become even more lovely and enjoyable in the off-season. September brings a welcome vibe of something new and possibly exciting on the horizon, a fresh, clean slate like the start of a new school year. Many years after I stopped being a student, the coming of this month never fails to provoke a stirring of anticipation within me. I felt like the summer months flew by even more so than usual, but the waters still being warm enough for swimming softens the seasonal transition for me. Happily for all, the week ahead offers something for everyone in the way of something to do.
At the start of the crispier weather, snapper fishing is in full swing. Our hamlet has so many picturesque venues from which to cast a line, and experience the “Zen” of being with nature, and hopefully, the thrill of a successful catch. Our jetties and shorelines are popular for fishing hobbyists, especially at day’s end. For a fisherman’s daughter, I’m ashamed to confess that I rarely partake of this activity myself unless I have someone with me who can handle the unhooking of the slimy, writhing, none-too-happy fish if I happen to catch one. Still, ending the day by taking in a gorgeous sunset perched on a jetty rock and making the rounds of peeking into the fish buckets of others is an entirely pleasant activity.
Fun for the whole family, the 15th annual Snapper Derby will take place this Sunday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harbor Marina Store on the dock off Gann Road. With games, prizes, fish prints, snacks, and photos, it’s always an exciting event for young and old alike. The age categories are 3 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 plus. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at a fee of $5. The first 30 entrants will be given a free lure. Even if you don’t want to try your hand at fishing, it will be fun to observe the weigh-ins from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Ashawagh Hall is sure to draw a crowd this weekend, as the Springs Improvement Society is presenting a special art event “In Memoriam” to a much missed member of our community, Vito Sisti. The show will feature artists who have participated in the past “Vito Sisti Presents” shows that always took place at this time of year. The reception begins on Saturday, September 7, from 5 p.m. on, and is definitely the place to be for those who want to socialize and connect and, of course, remember Vito.
Curated by cinema historian and art critic Marion Wolberg Weiss, the fall film series, “Artists on Film: The Power of Connection,” begins this Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, located at 830 Springs Fireplace Road. This year’s series explores the diversity of connections in all areas formed in the artists’ lives and the role these connections played in the development of their creative process. Each film will uncover insight into both the personal and professional aspects of the featured artists, thereby establishing a connection between them and the viewer.
First up is “Connections: Ray Johnson On-Line” a correspondence artist who sadly and notoriously took his own life in Sag Harbor 18 years ago. The film explores the connections he developed through sending his art work through the post to the people in his life—friends, family and those he encountered. It also delves into the role of the vicarious connections he formed with luminaries both living and dead. Admission is $5 at the door and free to members with no reservations necessary. Each film is followed by a discussion led by Ms. Wolberg Weiss. Please visit www.stonybrook/pkhouse.edu for a complete calendar of the events and upcoming films.
On Saturday, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Chicken Barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. A scrumptious meal of chicken, corn, potato salad, tomato-basil salad, and dessert will be served, and take-out is available. Tickets are $22 and may be purchased by calling 324-4791. I am told that this meal is one of their most important fundraising events of the year. Since it’s always comfortingly delicious, supporting this church community and pleasing your palate at the same time is a great way to end the day.
Last Sunday, I was more than delighted to be invited to drop by Amelia and Manny Vilar’s house in Clearwater Beach for some ripe, red pears. Amelia was running a garage sale at the time with the bounty of their garden, which included pears, peaches, cucumbers, green beans, and what has to be the world’s largest zucchini, also on display. She filled up a large bag of select fruit for me to take home, and the minute I bit into one of their pears, I was in heaven. I am sure that I will never be able to look at a pear in the supermarket the same way again.
The Princes also had me back to their garden, and I was given some of their sun-loved tomatoes that when put between two slices of bread tasted like summertime in a sandwich.
The perks of writing this column are surprisingly delicious, and I’m thrilled to have made some new friends along the way! Happy week all!