Springs Community Notes, March 6

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Community suppers, especially wintertime ones, have a nice way of making people feel reconnected to each other during a time when many people really need it. Yes, they can be a ton of work for the volunteers…but, when done in the right spirit, produce happy feelings for the attendants, as well as the attendees. Last Saturday’s Soup & Chili Supper by the Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church held at the Amagansett Fire Department was experienced exactly that way, I am sure by everyone. It was nice to see lots of folks from our sister church, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, drop in and join in the fun. In the aftermath of this one big dinner, I continue to be in awe of the sheer energy the people of the Springs church must possess in order to produce such fabulous dinners all year long. You don’t have to be Irish to look forward to their Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner coming up on March 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., for those who like to plan ahead. I’ll remind everyone next week with all the details, but for now, would just encourage everyone to support these community events. You’ll be happy you did!

Ashawagh Hall presents “Three,” a new art show this weekend, March 8 and 9, featuring the works of three well-known local artists, Marcie Honerkamp, John Todero, and Annie Sessler. A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It should be a terrific show, but it will be short and sweet…so try not to miss it. Dropping into art shows is not only a treat for the eyes, but the spirit as well.

I am one who feels a deep connection to the past. I don’t mean so much my own, but the past of those who walked before us on this Bonac soil. So, I am especially grateful to those whose talents help to keep our connection to the past alive and strong. Dedicated volunteers like Mary Ann Seigfried who has produced a fairly comprehensive collection of well-written little booklets that highlight important segments of our hamlet’s past. They make fun bedtime reading. These are available for sale at the Springs Library at nominal costs. Please visit www.springslibrary.org for library hours.

Then there is that favorite of local characters, Hugh King, our Town Crier. A retired and much-loved Springs School teacher, Mr. King has brought a lot of fun to many generations of local folks while also honoring our town’s ancestors. His lantern tours of cemeteries and historical sites are well received, as they turn getting a history lesson into a happy diversion.

So, I am looking forward to attending the next event of the Springs Historical Society, which will take place at Ashawagh Hall on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. “Stories in Stones” is a video tour of the beautiful South End Cemetery that graces Town Pond. Almost everybody whose roots go deep here has a connection in that cemetery somewhere, even if they don’t realize it. For those who are relatively new to our area, a glimpse into our area’s past imparts a gained familiarity to our local flavor. All who attend will be treated to an insightful commentary by Hugh King. It’s definitely an evening worth saving on your calendar.

Here’s hoping that we progress through this month of March experiencing it more like a lamb than like a lion. It’s short and sweet for me this week. Hope to see everyone around on the community circuit. Until next time, happy week all!

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