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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beacon Bits -- Winter's Reprieve

I had an irresistible urge to get my car washed today. I wasn't in denial that it will soon rain and snow again as this brief interlude of spring comes to an end (don't blink) and when we return once again to winter's version of March madness. It just felt like it was a great day for a good car wash - 'the ultimate' a.k.a. 'the works' - and that shedding the layers of road salt was in order. And long overdue. It really felt like spring! 
 
I imagine that we all are looking around for signs of a lasting spring............
 
The changing light on the face of Mt. Beacon and Fishkill Ridge.
 
The literal signs that spring really does arrive betwixt and between the short days of winter and the long days of summer.
 
The rumors that Zora Dora will soon be re-opening its doors with seasonal favorite paletas to entice every one's palate into tasting spring's arrival before it actually does.
 
Food for thought:  The lengthening of the days with the return of Daylight Savings time is energizing the birds and those who delight in spring cleaning rituals. It's always good to greet the change of season with an openness and lightness of being. For those who have been out and about on Main Street or who attended last week's Second Saturday, you know that the increased number of opportunities to get out of the house is growing exponentially; the voracious appetite to explore and ingest is as palpable as watching a hibernating bear emerge to forage for its long-awaited nourishment. The early smorgasbord of spring delights for Beaconites include:
 
o  the return of Marion Royael Gallery with its current show featuring the 'onion';
o  sampler ballroom dancing classes at Yanarella Dance studio;
o  the birthing of chocolate bunnies, jelly eggs and marzipan chicks at Alps Sweet Shop;
o  renewed planning to revive fundraising efforts to further renovate the Beacon Theatre;
Water Way: The Paintings of Fredericka Foster exhibit at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries with a dialogue of the creative process with the artist planned for Saturday, 4/12 at 5pm.
 
Snow showers or not, it's time for another walking tour of Main Street before it comes into full bloom and well before parking becomes nearly impossible!

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