Springs Community Notes, February 20

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Forgive me for starting out by stating what would seem rather obvious … I think it’s safe to proclaim that most of us have had enough of the snow!!! Snow day after snow day, and it’s finally happened to me. Puttering around the house has begun to lose its appeal. I’ve exhausted what I find interesting amongst my books. So, now I can boast that I’ve read two or three coffee-table books on the life and times of three Old World masters from cover to cover … for goodness sake! Seems crazy that I would ever actually have the time! Now, I’m revisiting volumes of poetry while gazing occasionally out into yet another blinding whiteness that has forced me to forego my usual Sunday routine. Yes, I’m sure that I am in good company amongst those waiting with building impatience for this especially white winter to wear itself out. Who doesn’t long for the friendlier days of springtime to at least start hinting that they’ll be upon us in the not too far away future. I heard that this week would indeed bring warmer days. So, as I type, I am casting out a wish that everyone will receive this edition of the paper while fighting off a case of early spring fever.Last Saturday, I was grateful for the ample warning to make haste for another bout of being blanketed away. It allowed for me to be, once again, in the company of my Aunt Lori and her eldest granddaughter Kailey for a brisk loop on foot around Maidstone. With the wind at our backs for the last half of the loop, the snow began to fall out of the gray sky as we neared my aunt’s car, but we were soothed just enough by the cool sea breezes to settle in again and make the most of another day snowed in at our respective homes.

During times like these, with an understandable shortage of events, inspiration can oftentimes, sadly, elude me. I really appreciate inspiration from readers, especially the good people of Springs. So, I was thrilled to get an email from my sister-in-law, Rosin Bateman, an artist who resides in Sag Harbor. Roisin sent me a few of the many pictures she snapped while on a wintry walk with her friend at Louse Point. “It blew me away! Soooo beautiful,” Roisin enthused. It was another nice reminder about our good fortune of being surrounded in the beauty of bay beaches which possess the power to lift us up even in the deep of the off-season. Thanks Roisin!

Coming up at Ashawagh Hall from February 21 through 23 is “Eclecticism,” co-curated by Anna Franklin and owner and executive director of Crazy Monkey in Amagansett, Andrea MCCafferty. Essentially, it’s “Crazy Monkey Goes to Ashawagh Hall.” Anna rented the hall and invited fellow artists from the Amagansett gallery to join her in what has come together as fourteen artists showing their work together in a wide range of media and styles. Anna writes that she is especially grateful for the support of her husband, Mark, who has been pitching in with the bulk of the physical work necessary to bring it all together. “So, we hope that you will encourage your readers to come out of the cold and come and see so many talented, painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed media wonders, etc…” The opening reception will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. that includes wine, finger foods, and the sharing of each artist’s favorite comfort dish. It sounds like an enticing evening! Gallery hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

That’s all from me. Until next time, happy week all!

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