May is here. It’s the most marvelous of months in my opinion, for it is during this time we experience the sudden bursting forth of life-affirming color. Our days grow warmer and longer, as our landscape fills in lushly green and vibrant. For many of us, our leisure hours are spent organizing and spring cleaning, while we long to be outdoors. Lucky for us, this month presents opportunities for community involvement incorporating both.
Ensuring that all remains beautiful are groups like the Accabonac Protection Committee. The APC is a large grassroots organization formed by our neighbors who joined together to “protect Accabonac Creek and its environs from bad development and other threats to the ecosystem’s health” as explained by Jorie Latham, an active member.
Planning ahead, this group’s annual “Springs Spring Cleaning” will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon with everyone meeting at the Springs General Store. This year’s efforts will focus mainly around Pussy’s Pond where storm debris and litter have been especially troublesome. However, the word is going out early for those of you who have a particular area close to your heart that you would like to clean up. Such groups of four or more should call Jorie at 324-1267.
Everyone else should sign up at the store. As always, Kristi Hood, the shop’s proprietor, will be providing a lunch of her delicious chili for the volunteers. Make sure to bring gloves and sun protection and help “Keep Bonac Beautiful!”
At my first Springs Citizens Advisory Committee meeting held at Ashawagh Hall on April 23, I became aware of how important the Springs Dog Park has grown in the lives of not only our canine friends, but to those who bring them. It’s become a social outlet for dogs and their owners alike. According to Loring Bolger, the committee’s chairperson, “It is the most well used park in East Hampton.” Since it first opened several years ago, the number of people who have incorporated a walk in the park as part of their daily routine has vastly increased. With its growing popularity, the emptying of the canine waste disposal bins by volunteers has become too much to handle. So, the committee has made an appeal to the Town Board to allocate funds to hire help.
The recent mowing project which caused some confusion for people who weren’t expecting it, has given rise to a desire by many to be informed of such happenings and anything else concerning the park. To be added to an email list being compiled for this purpose, send an email to Loring at email@example.com.
Another lovely spot to visit this time of year is the Jackson Pollock House and Study Center, featuring the home and studios of the world famous artist and his wife, Lee Krasner. Set on 1.5 breathtaking acres overlooking Accabonac Creek, it’s truly a magical place and an opportunity for Pollock enthusiasts to become more intimately acquainted with his fascinating life. Those looking to enrich their lives by spending a few hours a week in a beautiful setting and meeting interesting people, should consider becoming a volunteer docent. This Saturday, May 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., there will be a meeting for all who are interested. The studio is located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road. For more information, call 324-4929.
The first meeting of Cynthia Loewen’s “Getting to Know You” gathering held at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church was a happy success. A nice group of local artists and art lovers were encouraged to come up with ideas for future artistic events to be held at the church’s antebuilding and grounds throughout the year. Besides art shows, everything from cooking classes to gardening and music events was discussed. The exciting possibilities presented here have only just begun, so stay tuned for the date of the next gathering and be sure to join in.
Also coming up at the church is a meatloaf dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and buying them in advance is suggested since these dinners sell out quickly. Call 516-443-2326 or 324-4791 to reserve your place.
We are off to a good start with many ways to be involved, and it promises to be a good season. Happy May everyone!