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Happy Monday! Well, it had to happen sooner or later: St. Patrick’s Day season is officially over, folks. Please save your green beads, Celtic drinking horns and bagpipes for next season. The Montauk Friends of Erin drew things to a close Sunday with its always impressive, somewhat feared Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Congrats again to this year’s Grand Marshal: Captain Paul Forsberg, whose family started Montauk’s Viking Fleet ferry company (that’s its float, pictured above) some 80 years ago. The Hampton Bee watched part of the parade from the warmth and relative safety of John’s Pancake House on Main Street, so far our best idea of 2016. We suggest blueberry pancakes be a part of all your future St. Patrick’s celebrations.
It is now officially spring, despite what would appear to be a lot of snowflakes in our current forecast. It was a relatively mild winter in the Hamptons, with the exception of Winter Storm Jonas, which managed to do more damage to area beaches (like Wainscott) than Hurricane Sandy. That said, East End businesses are rejoicing as the season’s arrival approaches. “First day of spring means the first of many boat projects! ” Sail Montauk crowed on Facebook as it hand-polished tillers, using the popular #tillertime hashtag. Meanwhile, in East Hampton, garden center Charlie Whitmore Gardens noted, happily, that its “first colorful and happy spring pot just went out. Hands dirty again.” And Elements Fitness Studio, the barre and dance fusion studio in East Hampton, said it was “leaping into spring” with its high-kicking leader, trainer Andrea Fornarola, adding: “#SummerIsApproaching.” We are saving our high kicks for when the weather is better.
It’s not just about the hoops
March Madness is here, which can only mean one thing: Time to check our watch batteries! London Jewelers, which has locations in East Hampton and Southampon, is celebrating its alternate take on the famed NCAA tournament with its “March ‘Watch Battery’ Madness” event, now through the end of the month. Have the jewelers replace your watch battery — while you wait! — for a mere $5. We actually think this is more valuable than anything our no-good brackets ever did for us.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Do not underestimate your running shoes.” — Shelter Island 10k Run, in a post on Facebook. Quite honestly, we’re far too busy overestimating our commitment to a healthy lifestyle for this to be a problem.
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