Oftentimes, when I am looking for inspiration to begin writing, I head straight to our historic hub, at the intersection of Old Stone Hwy and Springs-Fireplace Road. I did so last Saturday morning, and was instantly rewarded with one of the nicest perks of writing this column which is that it compels me to take some time out from my usual hectic routine to connect to our community and to really be in the moment of recognizing and feeling the pleasure of its mesmerizing beauty. The sweet sight of softly pink cloud-like trees alone is enough to make one smile.Lucky for me, I can pass through here on the way to the office, and pull in for a moment first at The Springs General Store to check the bulletin of fliers posted on their old-fashioned porch. It is always “feel good” here where people naturally want to linger on the comfy Adirondack chairs and benches taking refreshment while catching up on the news with friends or comfortably alone with a newspaper. From this vantage point, one cannot help but to feel as serenely peaceful as the ducks dozing across the street at our prettier-than-a-postcard Pussy’s Pond. Added to the list of amenities offered here, I’ve been alerted to a weekend pop-up crafts, antiques, and flea market on weekends from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. I’ll be sure to check it out soon, so I can elaborate further next time. Exciting!
Continuing along, I pull into Ashawagh Hall to see if I can find a flier for next week’s art show. (Note to artists with an upcoming show: please email me with the information. I can’t always find it, and would love to encourage readers to go). Still, I was happy for the opportunity to wander through to take in the Plein Air Peconic “Open Spaces” art show that filled the walls with some of the most spectacular scenery in oils and watercolors that our area has to offer, and truly did them justice. The work of these ten artists hanging side by side were as awe inspiring to me as any of those by Old World masters.
The Springs Library across the street is another warm and comforting venue to check for local events which are posted on their bulletin. Part of the dedicated volunteer staff, Freston and Heather Anderson, happen to be the parents of one my dearest childhood friends, Kris. Last Saturday, I was greeted by Freston who was manning the front office in the cozy company of their big, plump, black and white cat stretched out across the desk. In the background, I could hear the animated story-telling voice of Heather as she conducted the Saturday morning story hour to what I would imagine were a captive audience of little ones behind closed doors. For a little library, they are well stocked with the latest popular reads to borrow or purchase, DVDs, gently used puzzles and games at nominal cost, and a wide array of interesting booklets on our area’s history. One need only wander in to feel instantly a part of things here. For more information, visit www.springslibrary.org.
Leaving the library, the open doors and the blaze of the fire pit of the old Blacksmith Shop beckoned. Stepping into this lovely old, red building is exactly like stepping into a slice of life from our historic past. Responsible for bringing it to life these days is James DeMartis of the Springs, who “aims to be there every other Saturday through the summer and fall.” Schedule allowing, he will open the shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., coinciding with the Springs Farmers Market during the summer months. If you notice the doors open, it’s a treat for the whole family to stop in to catch his demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing of items like hooks, nails, and horse shoes. Be sure to catch this unique experience, so generously offered by James.
This Friday, May 16, brings a fun opportunity to be pleasurably entertained by the talents of our children at the school on School Street. “Springs Idol” presents thirteen performances by the students and was produced by Linda Marie Capastosto and Crystal Reiner. Tickets are $5 and the proceeds will benefit student programs. Sounds like a nice event!
I received word from Springs Food Pantry volunteer Pamela Bickett to gently remind people that sadly, “hunger is alive and well in Springs.” They could really use donations of large cans of tuna or chicken, as these “make a great high protein salad or could be a component of a delicious casserole to feed a family.” All donations may be dropped off to the Springs Community Presbyterian Church at 5 Old Stone Highway every Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. She was pleased by the response to last month’s call of peanut butter and jelly, and thanks to all who took the time to give.
On that important note, I will sign off. Happy week, all!