Springs Community Notes, February 13

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I believe that most of us local residents feel blessed to call such a pretty and picturesque area home. I know that I do. Yet recently, I’ve found myself reflecting that our two extreme seasons here, namely summer and winter, each present its own challenges that can make the quality of local life seem less than ideal. Anyone who has spent more than a few days here in the height of the summer has most certainly experienced frustration with parking, grocery shopping, catching a movie, etc … However, smart locals (especially those who reside in Springs) have learned to adjust their routines to avoid or lessen the impact of the increased populace and still get to enjoy all the beauty that our natural environment provides for free.While there is indeed light at the end of the long winter tunnel, I am feeling the seasonal doldrums peaking right about now, and I know that I am not alone. Not having been able to get away to warmer climes this year has me missing that wonderful reminder from our village’s early resident John Payne: “however humble, there is no place like home.” Okay, so enough complaining! What is there to do to combat the winter blues?

Last week, I was happy to be offered a solution by Springs resident, Roey Ficaro. In her private studio in Clearwater Beach, she helps private clients by drawing on her dynamic range of expertise including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, yoga, and stress reduction. A certified RYT yoga teacher trained in alignment and therapeutics, she is also a Reiki and Phoenix Rising practitioner. During the spring and summer months, she offers group meditation. She also teaches classes to all levels at the Kamadeva yoga studio in East Hampton on Lumber Lane. Sunday, a special restorative-guided imagery session is offered which has received a lot of positive feedback. Please check out their website www.kamadevayoga.com for details on Ms. Ficaro’s classes and other special offers. “My work is very eclectic and body/mind/spirit based,” she explains. Sounds like her work just might be the solution to help lessen the impact of seasonal discomfort. On Thursday, February 20, a gratis opportunity is offered to experience Roey’s restorative yoga class at Lulu Lemon (next to Starbucks in East Hampton) in its spacious studio loft from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Roey at 914-589-6298 or email roeyoga@aol.com.

Always strongly influenced by the power of positive words, I like the title of the next art show at Ashawagh Hall, “Winter of Content. ”… Nice! From February 15 through 17, the artwork of four locally renowned artists will be on exhibit. Kirsten Benfield who originally hails from New Zealand and is known for beautiful works in watercolor, will showcase local landscapes and seasonal still lifes. Richard Mothes’ work will reflect his current experimentation with various media and styles, mainly realism and abstraction informed by his inner feelings at the time. A new resident to Amagansett, Jennifer Satinsky of Satin Sky Photo will feature her photo portraits that are shot with an intention “to empower her clients to love their bodies.” I like her already! Last, but definitely not least, is award winning artist Jerry Schwabe showcasing his works in photography, watercolors, oils, and acrylics. The opening reception will be Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours for the show are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beautiful visual stimuli really does help a great deal to boost spirits that are beginning to lag from the starker landscape of our outer world.

Although the iciness everywhere over most of our landscape has made it difficult to navigate around the more picturesque spots of our hamlet, simple pleasures are still to be had. For me last weekend, I enjoyed a rare slow spell that allowed me to visit with my extended family and spend time with my aunt, uncle, Cousin Jamie and her three girls who had grown significantly since I had seen them last over Christmas. The middle child, sweet Jaiden, had her heart set on feeding the ducks. After a cozy bout of reading books, we all bundled into my cousin’s SUV with Jaiden in hopeful anticipation clutching a bag of bread to her chest. Jamie took us on a scenic tour of our bay beaches, Maidstone and Gerard Drive before we attempted to get our fresh air outing at Pussy’s Pond. Unfortunately, the ice-like snowdrifts all along the edge and leading to the pond made it impossible for us to actually partake of this simple pastime. Happily, the friendly façade of The Springs General Store beckoned, and we comforted ourselves with a round of hot chocolates to go and one more scenic jaunt through Louse Point and the Green River Cemetery where we paid homage to the plots of our ancestors. Simple family excursions like these are seemingly insignificant, but are in fact the stuff that fond childhood memories of growing up around here are made of. It reminded me that we don’t need tons of exciting events to attend or even a warm, sunny landscape to feel good if we make the effort to stay connected to our loved ones and make the most of what our area has to offer in any way that we can. Life is simple here in the off-season, but in so many ways that is a blessing.

My aunt and uncle, Lori and Denis Miller-Carr of Springs and the rest of our family are elated with the news that my cousin and his wife, Scott and Brook Bennett are expecting their first child in July … and it’s a boy! There is nothing like a new addition to the family to rejuvenate a sense of hope and wonder. I’d love to hear about your family milestones, too. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. It makes me happy to hear from you!

I hear another big snow is heading our way, possibly in time for this edition of the paper. Hang in everyone … I feel the sunnier skies ahead! Happy week all!

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