Springs Community Notes, December 19

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I feel happily blessed this holiday season to have the option of choosing to work from the cozy warmth of my kitchen table, instead of going into the office. Mostly, I prefer everything the old-fashioned way, but I am grateful for this one gift that modern technology of the internet and computers bestowed on humanity, the ability to work from home for many of us.So far, we’ve been lucky with lots of milder, sunny days … but, brrrrrrr … the temperature has suddenly dropped, and as I type, we are being steadily blanketed in a winter whiteness, making me feel cozily snug indoors. I’m smiling to myself now, luxuriating in the pleasure of being able to decide to stay indoors all day in my fuzzy pajama pants and slippers and work away on my laptop, while enjoying the of my pretty Christmas tree in the backdrop. Sorry to those who must brace themselves to venture out into the harsher weather each morning, but hopefully the day’s end greets you kindly with the warmth emanating from your own friendly threshold.

When the wintry cold keeps us confined inside, it’s a good opportunity to learn a new skill, especially one that is both rewarding and practical. At the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, Kathryn Reid is offering sewing instruction on Tuesday (7 to 9 p.m.) and Friday (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) evenings. Sewing machines will be provided. Her December discount is $50 per 2-hour class. That includes all materials or the cost for the class is $40 if you bring your own materials. Please call to reserve at 631-907-2597 or email for more details at Kathryn@sewhampton.com.

Good news for families, old-fashioned fun for the kids can be found this Saturday, December 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church located at 5 Old Stone Hwy. “Christmas Crafts for Kids and Sing-a-Long” is a free event for the whole community that will offer the children an afternoon of creating holiday crafts themselves. With sweet treats, goodie bag give-a-ways, and a visit from Santa Claus, I sort of wish I was a child again myself!

Even if you aren’t a regular church-goer or consider yourself to be particularly religious, there is something about attending a service at Christmas that warms the spirits of those who celebrate this occasion. Taking part in a group gathering of folks all singing familiar carols together in a candlelit setting can be astonishingly touching and healing at this most sensitive of holidays for many. Please consider giving yourself this gift. I think you’ll be glad you did.

In the heart of our hamlet, the congregation of the little white chapel of the Springs Community Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone who wishes to catch a bit of this holiday magic to partake in their special Christmas services. Trust me, there’s no reason to be shy with this group of extra friendly people who will be happy to see you. Presided over by the Reverend Tony Larsen, the Candlelight Christmas Eve service, “Lessons and Carols” will take place at 5 p.m. Later on at 10 p.m., a Service with Communion is offered.

Important news to note from the Springs Food Pantry (that is set up in the Springs Church, usually every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.) is an adjusted schedule through the season, except for today which is regular hours. There will be no pantry hours on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Instead, the food pantry will be available on Tuesday, December 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. A big thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who give of their time to care for this most important need that is, unfortunately, prevalent for lots of local families during the winter months.

For those who are more financially fortunate and would like to give to a worthwhile organization, please consider the I-Tri Girls. This Springs and Montauk based group champions at-risk adolescent girls and promotes positive self-esteem through fitness training for a triathlon in the summertime and lessons in nutrition, among other conscious-raising activities. One can be a sustaining supporter by signing up to have a credit card charged automatically for just $10 a month or a one-time donation is also appreciated to help them reach their financial goal. By supporting organizations that encourage the healthy development of our youth, we most certainly help the world at large. Please visit www.itrigirls.org to donate.

News from the Springs School Journalism club reports our school children being as busy and productive as ever. Everything from working on this year’s opera production to developing a program called “Math Kids” that incorporates teamwork and fun to help second-graders apply critical thinking to numbers. Inspired from a book by Norah Dooley called “Everybody Cooks Rice,” the third grade classes chose several dishes from the multi-cultural collection of rice recipes to cook and “taste test.” That particular news made me think back to when I was in Springs School in the 70s, feeling completely different from my classmates because my mother was Korean. We ate sticky, white rice nearly every night. It cheers me to note that our school has evolved so nicely with a creative staff of teachers who are constantly thinking of new, innovative ways to educate our children that prompts them to embrace a wide range of culture outside of our own.

According to Ashawagh Hall’s website, there will be a holiday art exhibit by members of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton this Friday through Sunday. I’m afraid I don’t have the other details to share, but it should be a nice show. For anyone who has an event planned at Ashawagh Hall in 2014, please drop me a line a week ahead, and I’m more than happy to let everyone know about it. Meanwhile, I hope that everyone is in good spirits and staying snug and warm! Happy week all!

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