Like all wise locals, I made sure that I had all of my staples and necessities going into the official start of the season, the big Memorial Day weekend. I had every intention of sticking close to home in the peaceful, snugness of Springs until Tuesday. Of course, our lives are not so easily controlled, and duty called for me to be traveling all around the Hamptons last weekend. Having braced myself, I was happily surprised that despite heavily increased traffic and crowds, it seemed saner to me than I had anticipated. Still, I exercised extra caution on the roads, and hope all of you do, too. It is, after all, up to each one of us to promote as safe and as courteous an environment as possible. Lots of long, lovely days are before us with much to look forward to and enjoy!I was disappointed to miss the first Saturday of the Springs Farmers Market that was set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall. Luckily, it will be there each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the summer and into early fall. Organized by local farmer Paul Hamilton, it’s one of the most pleasant venues around for stocking up on gorgeous vegetables, flowers, delectable baked goods, and tasty treats. As many Saturdays as I can, I’ll be sure to stop by there and will update everyone with details, as the season progresses.
Almost always there is a great art show at Ashawagh Hall that can be checked out while you are there. Next weekend will showcase the beautiful works of the East End Photographer’s Group. All are invited to a festive opening reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on display through June 8 with gallery hours from 1 to 5 p.m.
Last week, I checked out the books set up under the tents on the grounds of the Springs Library. I found six great volumes of interest, and was delighted to put my $1.50 (only .25 each!) into the book drop. When the library is open, you will find more terrific reads for nominal cost on the 2nd floor. It’s the perfect way to collect your beach reading, and the gorgeous setting offers benches on which to perch and browse through your books and revel in the storybook-like loveliness of it all.
Late spring brings opportunity for endless outdoor activity and enjoyment. The folks of Springs are especially blessed, being surrounded by so many beautiful bay beaches and venues at our disposal for free. One of my favorite places to get in an invigorating walk is the “loop” at Maidstone Park Beach. Each time around goes quickly and pleasurably for me, as I am boosted along by the breathtaking panorama and fresh sea breezes filling my spirit with a positive energy that stays with me for the entire day.
A wonderful event slated for June 21 at 5 p.m. at this special spot needs support. Local resident Patricia Salamy, posted to her Facebook page, “I will be competing in Turbo Tri on June 21 in East Hampton, NY, a sprint triathlon to benefit an amazing organization, I-Tri which empowers young girls and gives them confidence through athletic training, nutrition classes and self-esteem workshops to complete a triathlon. This will be the 2nd year my daughter, Sydney, has been fortunate enough to participate. It’s perfect for first time triathletes (300 yard swim, 7 mile bike ride, 1.5 mile run). So join the fun and support this great cause.” This race will start at the Maidstone Pavilion, mimics the one the girls will complete in this July, and is the major fundraiser for much-needed equipment, trainers, etc. … for the I-tri girls. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and a few other categories, and will wrap up with a festive dinner and music under the pavilion. Please visit www.itrigirls.org to register. Competitors should arrive by 3 p.m. and on-site registration will also be available.
Saturday services at 5:30 p.m. have resumed at the sweet, historic St. Peter’s Chapel located at 463 Old Stone Highway. Presided over by the Reverend Denis Brunelle of St. Luke’s in the village, a service of the Holy Eucharist is offered. It’s a friendly congregation who warmly welcome visitors and new faces by encouraging all who attend to join them in a casual potluck supper that follows the service each Saturday. If you are new to the area or just find yourself in need of company, it’s an easy way to connect to some nice local people.
I will end on a grateful note, feeling spirited by the sunshiny warmth emanating from my desk-side window. Even though summer crowds can overwhelm from time to time, us lucky people of the Springs can always take refuge in the peaceful beauty that abounds in our comforting corner of the world. Happy week all!