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Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Beachcombers

Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach clean-up at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday at 10. Get some exercise, while giving back to the earth.

The next volunteer corps workday will take place at the same time on October 21.

With pix

Caption: Kristina Marchand

Soldiering On

The Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum will host a Civil War Encampment on Saturday from 11-3. Get a glimpse of the daily life of a soldier and his family during the 1860s.

The event is part of Kristina Marcand’s Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Rye High School senior, who is a member of Troop 2282, has been a re-enactor since the age of 5.

Admission is $20 per family. For more information, call 967-7588.

With photo

Caption

Cordia Murphy, <Milton Harbor at Dawn>

Putting the Coastline in Focus

Meet and see the works of photographer Cordia Murphy at an opening reception Saturday from 2-4 at the Rye library. The painting-like photographs in “The Natural Wonders of Rye” express Murphy’s profound relationship with our exquisite coastline.

LOL

Jump into an improvisation session at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday from 2-4. This adult workshop, not just for actors and comedians, is designed to let creativity and laughter flow. It will include games, exercises, and creating scenes in a relaxed and non-judgmental forum.

Register at ryeartscenter.org. The fee is $50 with a discount for members.

Moonlight Over the Mansion

Fascinated by telescopes and the stars? So were the Jays. Join astronomer Jason Kendall at the Jay Heritage Center on Sunday from 6-9 as he presents the wonders of our nearest celestial neighbor through a telescope.

After discovering the highlights of the fall skies, there will also be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions and future lunar exploration.

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family, which includes food at 6, the slideshow and presentation at 7, and stargazing at 8.

<<For a Good Cause>>

More than Beer and Bratwurst

Oktoberfest is coming to the Rye Nature Center on October 13 from 7:30-10:30. Co-chaired by Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and Annie Teillon, the annual fundraiser will offer hops, vines, delicious food, a silent auction, and live music by Amber Anchor.

Tickets are available at different levels. For more information, visit ryenaturecenter.org.

Jay Soiree

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jay Heritage Center October 21 from 7-11. Dine under a canopy of lights at the Jay Estate, all decked out with an enchanted garden theme and dance to the music of Hank Lane.

Co-chaired by benefit committee members Kelly Bakshi, Angie Nadler, Kingsley Carson Rooney, and Kathryn Schnaars, the evening will look back at the Center’s many accomplishments and focus ahead to new initiatives.

Proceeds will support the Center’s educational programs for children and adults on American history, architecture, landscape conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Tickets start at $250 per person, $500 per couple. For reservations, call 698-9275.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

(with 2 photos)

Loren Myhre, <King of the Pile>

Oil, enamel, spray paint on canvas

Jim Langley, <Untitled>

Made from found materials 

Looking Beneath the Surface


“Surfacing”, an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Rye artist Jim Langley and Louisville artist Loren Myhre, has opened at The Rye Arts Center. Their works focus on changing and embellishing surfaces.

Cheers to Paint Brushes

Give self-expression a try at The Rye Arts Center on October 12 from 6-9. This BYOB paint workshop will start with a simple still-life and progress from there as participants work at their own pace.

No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. The fee is $65. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Touring the Sculptural Landscape

The Rye Arts Center’s Eye on Art Tours fall season begins October 13 from 10-12 at PepsiCo’s Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden in Purchase. This remarkable outdoor collection is situated on the 168-acre campus of PepsiCo’s world headquarters.

The elegant garden was designed by famed landscape architect Russell Page. The sculpture collection includes monumental works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, David Smith, and Louise Nevelson.

Wear walking shoes. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required at ryeartscenter.org.

Painting Al Fresco

Get tips and instructions on how to capture the plein-air quality of light and open space in a painting workshop at Read Sanctuary October 14 at 1. Bring your own painting material and equipment. Experience helps, but all are welcome.

<Do> Play With Your Food

The Rye Arts Center is hosting Play With Your Food performing artists on October 16 from 12-1:30. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch then settle in for a program of clever, provocative one-act plays by classic and contemporary playwrights. Afterwards, enjoy a short discussion with the actors, director, and playwrights.

The fee is $45. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

(Hemna, can you get a screen shot or graphic?)

Bullied No More

Next up in the “Heard in Rye” speaker series is a screening of “Finding Kind,” the award-winning documentary that follows two best friends as they travel the country speaking to girls about their experiences of girl-to-girl bullying. (The film contains a strong, positive message but contains some emotionally intense scenes.)

Discussion will follow.

The program will be held at School of the Holy Child on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.heardinrye.org.

Tech Update

Learn about the changes to Windows 10 Creators edition at the Rye Free Reading Room October 12 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will be on hand to answer any questions about this enhanced program.

Bring laptops with Windows 10, or join the group anyway as handouts will be distributed.

Peeling Back the Layers

All are invited to an open house at the historic Rye Meeting House on October 14 from 1-4 to view the surprise findings uncovered during the restoration. Multiple 19th-century wall images were found underneath the existing paint of the former Episcopal chapel.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-0099.

(Hemna, can you get an image or drawing of Washington Irving?)

American Man of Letters

The Rye Free Reading Room will screen a documentary on Washington Irving October 14 from 2-4:30. The film follows Irving’s journey from the streets of early 19th-century New York to the palaces of Europe. A Q & A with the producer, Jim Ormond, will follow the screening.

Irving was the first American to make a living as a writer. Classics “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” continue to cast a spell on readers.

Meso-American Healing

Wainwright is offering an introduction to Curanderismo, a traditional healing system with ancient origins, on October 15 from 10-5:30. Part art and part science, it provides methods for healing oneself and others. Leave with practical techniques, practices, and teachings.

Register by October 10 for a reduced fee of $130 (members), $140 (non-members). Admission is $145 at the door. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call 967-6080 or visit wainwright.org.  

Art of Giving in Yoga

Yoga teachers can deepen their ability to teach yoga with touch at a workshop at Wainwright on October 15 from 2-4. Jivamukti yogi Sandhi Ferreira will show participants the energetic anatomy and geometric structure of different body types in a variety of asanas, so teachers may give proper assists.

The fee is $50 for members registering early, $60 at the door. Call 967-6080 or visit wainwright.org.  

Learning from Home

Holistic Moms Network presents a program on Homeschooling at the Rye library on October 17 from 7:30-9. Chapter member Tamra Malaga will explain the reasons parents choose to homeschool, the various methods, and types of curriculum.

A Pinch of Salt

Join the Rye YMCA for a free nutrition seminar October 18 from 11:30-12:30. The topic of the day is reducing sodium intake when incorporating a healthier diet.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local History

Join SPRYE at Wainwright House on October 18 from 3-4:30 as Port Chester residents Joan Grangenois-Thomas and David Thomas talk about the Afro-American history of Port Chester.

Soaring History

Head to the Rye Free Reading Room on October 21 for a screening of the acclaimed Japanese film, “The Wind Rises,” created by Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, at 2:30. Offering a glimpse of Japanese aviation and the creation of the A6M World War II fighter plane, this dazzling film “is perhaps the greatest animated film the cinema has ever seen,” according to a review by Amazon.

SPRYE has organized the program, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments following the movie. 

<<Family Ties>>

Fiesta Time

Join Marilyn Castillo at the Rye library for a blast of culture, music, and language in Spanish on Tuesdays, starting October 10 from 11-11:45. Learn simple words, numbers, and colors through simple songs and rhymes.

A Treat for the Parents, Lots of Tricks for the Kids

Parents can enjoy a night out as the Rye YMCA watches the kids on October 20 from 6:30-9. For ages 3 months to 5 years, there will be a snack and storybook activities revolving around “Five Little Pumpkins”. For grades K-6, there’s plenty of Halloween fun with a light dinner for grades K-6.

Fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members, $20 for youth and non-members. For the older group, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for youth members, $36 for non-members.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Register at ryeymca.org.

Weekend Adventure

The Rye YMCA heads to the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York, from October 20 at 7 to October 22 at 2. The trip includes a two-night stay in a heated lodge, five meals, canoeing, hiking, climbing, crafts, and a campfire.

The fee for an adult with one child is $350, $500 for a family of 3, $650 for a family of 4. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited. Register at ryeymca.org. For more information, contact Kathy Lynam at 967-6363 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Parkwork Orange

Rye Town Park and The Rye Arts Center are holding the very-first Pumpkin Painting Contest on October 22 from 9-1 at the Park. The fun-filled morning will include donuts, apple cider, face painting, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin painting.

The fee is $10 per child, before October 13, $15 on the day. To register, call 881-4535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Slightly Spooky Square House

Ghosts, goblins, bumps, and squeaks in the night await visitors to the Square House Museum October 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 8. While wending their way through darkened rooms during this family-friendly event, attendees may encounter other-worldly travelers awakening from a 200-year slumber at old Haviland’s Inn.

Halloween-themed games and a Monster Mash dance are part of the haunted fun. The cost is $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 967-7588 or visit www.ryehistory.org.

<<Teen Time>>

Burst Into Song

The Rye Arts Center is offering a songwriting workshop for adults and teens October 14 from 2-4. Bring samples of your work for critique and discussion. Song forms of all genres will be analyzed.

The fee is $50 with a discount for members. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

College Primer

Join expert educator Dr. F. Tony Di Giacomo at the Rye library on October 19 from 6:30-8 for a presentation designed to help parents and students in grades 8-11 identify and refine the fundamental skills to excel in high school. He will provide specific lessons to help students see how their decisions impact college planning. Understand techniques that improve student performance while reducing stress.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Where Literacy Meets STEAM

Grades K-2 are invited to join in the Rye library’s STEAMERS program at the STEAM lab October 13 from 4-5. Discuss a book and work on a related hands-on activity that involves inquiry-based learning.

Campfire Nation

Imagine lighting a fire without a match! Elementary school children will get a chance to use materials from nature to build their own fire with the help of the Rye Nature Center’s experts on October 18 from 11:15-3:15.

The day will end with marshmallows and stories around the campfire.

<<Save the Date>>

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The Graceful and Elegant Orchid

 

The Little Garden Club of Rye will present a talk by Carri Raven-Riemann at the Rye library on October 24 at 10:30. The owner of OrchidPhile, a Stamford-based orchid wholesale business, will offer lessons on nurturing and sustaining these beautiful flowering plants for novices and experienced gardeners alike.

Not Your Average Citizen


The Bird Homestead nonprofit will screen the documentary film “Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City” at the Rye Meeting House October 28 at 3. The film retraces the epic clash between master builder Robert Moses and 1960s activist Jane Jacobs, who challenged his efforts to build a superhighway through Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.

Jacobs’ book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. 

Admission is free.

 

Around Town: 8/18/17

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Writing, Naturally

Explore the wondrous waterfront grounds of Wainwright House, which include a labyrinth, and afterwards pen your thoughts and share them with others on Saturday from 10-1. Michelle Levy will lead the program.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Downward Tales

The Rye Free Reading Room presents Story Time Yoga for the whole family on the Village Green this Saturday and next from 11-11:45. Master teacher Elisha Simpson will share international folktales and interpret them through yoga.

For more information, call 967-0480.

Shedding Some Light

On Saturday from 2-3, Science teacher Jhonda Ferrari will describe what happens during a solar eclipse, and explain, to ages 9 and up, how to safely watch next week’s heralded event. She’ll also help participants make their own solar cameras/viewers to take home.

Space is limited. Register by visiting ryelibrary.org.

Rise and Shine with Yoga

On Sunday, Cristina Ortiz will offer a yoga session al fresco from 9-10 at Wainwright. Organic movements and gentle postures will prepare your body and mind for the day. The focus will be on joining movement and breath.

The class is appropriate for all levels. Held rain (under a tent) or shine. The minimum suggested donation is $15. Bring your own mat. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Quite a Character

An exhibit by local artist and musician Christopher Brown opens at the Rye library on September 5. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception on September 9 from 2-4. On display will be his striking illustrations, culled from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator.

While enjoying his interesting depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics, guests will hear selections from his CD releases, “Go West,” “Hangin’ In,” and “Characterist,” bringing to life another cast of characters through lyric and melody.

Plein-Air at Playland

The Rye Arts Center presents plein-air painting at Playland Beach on September 9 from 9-1. Larry D’Amico will lead the workshop.

The fee is $95. For a supply list, exact meeting location, and to register, log on to ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

<<Talks, Workshops & Just for Fun>>

Take Note of Nature

Learn to keep a nature journal at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on August 26 at 1. Follow in the footsteps of naturalists before the digital age as they observed nature and recorded or sketched its wonders. Bring a journal or sketchbook and a pen.

To Your Mats, Everyone

Wainwright is offering an introduction to teaching yoga to children and teens on August 27 from 1-3, in advance of their certification program, which begins in October. Learn to help today’s youth self-regulate, focus, and reduce anxiety through yoga’s breathing techniques, mindfulness exercises, postures, and games.

The fee is $40. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Brainstorm

Share work with fellow writers at the Rye Free Reading Room on September 2 from 11-12:30. Discuss work-in-progress, topics, and the writing process in a welcoming and supportive environment.

With one or more book covers

Page Turners

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman to be discussed September 7 at 1:15. The New York Times bestseller is a thoughtful exploration of the impact one life can have on countless others.

The Friday Book Café is reading Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” and will meet September 8 at 9:30. This first book in the New York Times Neapolitan quartet revolves around two friends growing up in post-war Italy. Call 231-3161 for the meeting’s off-site location.

The Current Events Book Group’s next selection delves into how China’s rise has upset the global balance of power. A talk on “The South China Sea” by Bill Hayton will be held September 26 at 6:30.

<<Family Ties>>

with photo of eclipse

There Goes the Sun

The Rye library invites all to a Solar Eclipse Party August 21 from 12-3:30. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to the library lawn for a rare celestial show. The eclipse will be streamed from the NASA website in the library meeting room as well.

Snacks, beverages, and safety glasses, courtesy of NASA, will be provided.

Seaside Stories

Bring your preschoolers to the Rye Town Park Pavilion for story time August 22 from 9:30-10:15. Rye Free Reading Room librarians will read tales for tots and offer engaging activities. Parking is offered at a reduced rate of $2.

Cinema Classics

Head to the family “drive-in” at the Rye library August 22 from 6-7:45 to watch the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz.” Kids will pick up boxcars they designed at Family Fun Night on August 3 before watching the classic film about Dorothy and her dog Toto being whisked away by a tornado from their house in Kansas.

Walt Disney’s 1959 “The Parent Trap,” starring Hayley Mills, will be shown on August 29. Mills plays twin sisters who swap places and plot to reunite their divorced parents, played by Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith.

Fresh popcorn and juice boxes will be provided during both features.

Start with a Sponge

Students entering grades K-5 can design and construct houses out of sponges at the Rye Free Reading Room August 24 from 6-7. In this STEAM workshop, artist B. Smith will have participants add chia or grass seeds to the colorful sponges to make their houses sprout.

Space is limited. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Stretch Yourselves Outdoors

The whole family is invited to a complimentary outdoor yoga session at Wainwright House August 24 from 6:30-7:30. Yoga Mountain instructors will incorporate traditional yoga breathing techniques and postures through activities and games.

Bring your own mat. Held rain (under a tent) or shine. Suggested donation is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Summer Reading Finale

Rye library summer reading participants are invited to celebrate their achievements on August 31 from 6-7. All will receive reading certificates and grades 4 and 5 will be given a special prize. Enjoy making an ice cream sundae and hamming it up at the photo booth.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Let’s Go Camping

The Rye Nature Center family campout offers the perfect opportunity to introduce kids, 5 and up, and spouses to the joys of the outdoors with an overnight adventure close to home. Meet at 5 on September 9 and stay until 9 the next morning. Enjoy campfire stories, owl sightings, stargazing, and roasted marshmallows.

Bring your own tents or borrow one from the center. The program is open to members only. The fee is $40 per person. Limited space. To register, visit ryenaturecenter.org or call 967-5150.

<<Teen Time>>

For a Stand-Out College Application

A college essay-writing workshop, August 29 from 6:30-8 at the Rye library, will help students find their authentic voice. Learn valuable writing exercises from Tappan Zee High School English teacher Dana Stranges.

<<Children’s Corner>>

The House That Jack Built

The Ryebrary STEAMers, grades K-2, will talk about “If I Built a House” by Chris Van Dusen at the Rye Free Reading Room’s STEAM lab August 25 from 4-5. The story revolves around the kind of house Jack would build if he could, complete with a gigantic slide and a flying room. Participants will then build a mini-gingerbread house.

Children do not have to pre-read the book. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Calling All Young Designers

Grades 2-5 can create their own fashions at the Rye Rec Damiano Center August 29-31 from 9-12. Hobby Quest’s Fashion Design Camp will cover everything you need to know about designing and creating couture looks. Each participant will create a unique, wearable outfit. No sewing experience is necessary.

The fee is $110 for residents, $125 non-residents. For more information, call 967-2535.

Hocus-Pocus

Grades K-5 will have the opportunity to learn an entire show’s worth of magic tricks August 29-31 at a mini-camp at Rye Recreation from 12:30-3:30. Magicians’ secrets will be revealed!

The fee is $110 for residents, $125 non-residents. For more information, call 967-2535.

Dive Right In

The Rye YMCA is holding swim team tryouts for ages 5-18 of all levels — from pre-team to Wave Ryeders — September 5-8. Participants from last year’s competitive swim team are not required to try out, but must register by September 1 to ensure a spot on the team. Visit ryeymca.org for specific time slots. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-6363.

<<Save the Date>>

Deep Roots

Learn about efforts to preserve Rye’s African-American cemetery, a National Historic Register site, at the Jay Heritage Center September 10 from 5:30-7. Founder of the Friends of the African-American Cemetery, David Thomas, will discuss ongoing research and restoration.

One Fine Day

The Rye Arts Center has assembled some 40 professional artists to paint our town’s parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and scenic beauty on September 16 in a one-day plein-air paint-out. A reception to view the works will open at 5 at the Center’s Performing Arts Room. A live auction will start at 6:30.

The event is free and open to the public. Beginning September 5, additional works by the artists will be on display in the gallery and available for purchase through a silent auction.

For more details, visit ryeartscenter.org/painters-on-location.

With photo of Tao Porchon-Lynch

Yoga for the Ages

Wainwright House is holding a festival of yoga and mindfulness for kids, teens, adults, and families on September 17 from 11-4. Meet the ever-inspiring 98-year- old yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch.

Immeasurable

Local author Martin Keefe will read excerpts from his humorous and inspiring memoir, “Taking the Measure,” September 20 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. SPRYE is presenting the free program.

The High Seas

The Jay Heritage Center is hosting a talk by Sail magazine cruising editor Charlie Doane September 22 from 6:30-8. Doane, who has completed seven transatlantic voyages, will discuss his book, “The Sea is Not Full.”

Seating is limited. Register by calling 698-9275 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

AROUND TOWN

 Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

An Age-Old Practice

Learn all about Ayurveda, a traditional preventive health system from India, on Saturday from 9-4 at Wainwright House. Charlotte Jernigan will teach participants how to respond to their individual body-mind type. Take away practical tips and improved eating habits to ensure well-being.

The fee is $135 for members, $150 non-members. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 967-6080.

Home Sale Helper

Discover how to sell your home at a program at the Rye library on Saturday from 11-1. Licensed real estate broker Melissa Marcello will offer tips on repair, improvement, and staging.

Fall Colors

The Rye Arts Center is offering a plein-air watercolor workshop for adults and teens of all levels on Saturday from 1-4. Local artist Holly Rom will teach students all the steps, from plan to sketch to plein-air painting, weather permitting.

The fee is $95, less for members.

Bringing Up Butterflies

“Butterfly Man” Dwayne Taylor will talk about the decline of monarch butterflies at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. He will discuss raising them from egg to adulthood before releasing them into the wild.

Come to a Kindergarten Party

It’s time for the Rye library’s annual K-Day Social. On Saturday from 2-4, kindergarteners are invited to congregate, register for their first library cards, and check out books. There will be STEM challenges, surprises, and snacks.

Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

Family Ecology Club

At Rye Nature Center, children with special needs and a family member can enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures on Saturday from 3:30-4:30.

No fee, but pre-registration is required. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clear Sailing

The Federated Conservationists of Westchester and Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary are holding a benefit on Sunday from 10-1 and 2-5. Sail aboard Pete Seeger’s historic Hudson River sloop <Clearwater,> departing from the historic Yonkers pier. Enjoy the view while local environmentalists share the Hudson’s history and ecology.

For information and tickets, visit fcwcfallsail2017.eventbrite.com.

Make Your Way to the Jay

Families are invited to celebrate American culture and traditions at the Jay Heritage Center’s Hudson River Ramble Sunday from 11-3. Highlights will include live music, book signings, dance performances, a farmer’s market, craft vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, house tours, and more. Also on hand will be the tempting tastes of autumn, courtesy of Boxcar Cantina, Lobstercraft, Meltmobile, Reddi Rollin Rooster, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve.

Anne Mottola, who teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, will read from her “Wonders in the Gardenchildren’s series, and children’s author Robert Sabuda will conduct hands-on workshops.

Admission is $40 per family, $10 for individuals.

To Your Mats, Teens

Ages 12 and up can develop strength and flexibility in a series of new teen yoga classes, accompanied by music, at Wainwright House. The fun starts Sunday from 6:30-7:30. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques to facilitate concentration, reduce stress, and connect with your body.

Visit wainwright.org for more information. Drop-in fee is $15.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Vanity Fare

On display at the Rye library through the end of the month are illustrations by Christopher Brown, from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator. The exhibit includes depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics.

Just Browsing

Explore the ever-changing art gallery scene in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood with The Rye Arts Center September 29 from 10-12. The tour will include a range of contemporary and modern work.

Lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Scratching the Surface


The Rye Arts Center is hosting a new exhibit, “Surfacing,” with paintings and sculptures by Rye resident Jim Langley and Kentucky-based artist Loren Myhre. Their works traverse themes pertaining to the permutation and enhancement of surfaces.

An opening reception will be held September 30 from 5-7.

Natural Beauty

An opening reception for an exhibit of works by photographer Cordia Murphy will be held at the Rye library October 7 from 2-4. The painting-like photographs in “The Natural Wonders of Rye” express Murphy’s profound relationship with the coastline, including Milton Harbor and Blind Brook.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

A Good Life, All the Way

Join SPRYE for a live webcast featuring Dr. Atul Gawande on September 25 from 5-6 at the Rye Free Reading Room. Gawande’s celebrated book, “Being Mortal, continues to spur lively national conversation about living life to the fullest as a senior citizen.

Surviving Loss

Local author and minister Andrea Raynor, who served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, knows how overwhelming grief can be. Join her at Rye library on September 27 at 7:30 as she discusses her book on hope and help in times of sorrow and loss, “The Alphabet of Grief.”

Finding the Right Words

The Holistic Moms Network is hosting a Post-Trauma Writing Workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room September 28 from 7:30-9. Writing coach Michelle Levy will show you how to use your creativity as a source of empowerment.

Body Sensations

Wainwright is offering a yoga class based on the teachings of Ana Forrest on September 30 from 12:30-3:30. Forrest yoga focuses on sequences that spread breath throughout the body and remove emotional shielding deep within the muscular system.

Drop-in fee is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Hivernation

Beekeeper Margaret von der Meden will discuss the long relationship of bees and humankind at a program at Read Wildlife Sanctuary September 30 at 1. Discover the teachings of the beehive and learn how to prepare bees for the winter months.

<Molto Bene>

The Storytellers Guild is meeting at the Rye Free Reading Room on October 3 from 6-7:55. Italian stories will be shared to celebrate Italian heritage month. Tellers as well as listeners are always welcome.

I Spy a Mystery

At the next Friday Book Café, October 6 from 9:30-11, the selection is “Wicked Autumn” by G.M. Malliet. The first book in the mystery series about former MI-5 agent Max Tudor is a whodunit filled with humor and intrigue.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.

A Naturalist in the House

A Rye Nature Center naturalist can visit your property to identify weeds and wildlife needs October 6 between 10 and 4. Show your town pride by helping Rye become the second Community Wildlife Habitat in the state. The naturalist will offer suggestions on making your yard a certified habitat.

Register at ryenaturecenter.org. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

<<Family Ties>>

Getting to the Core

Families with children ages 4-7 will learn all about the apple-cidering process at the Rye Nature Center September 30 at 1. Press apples, sample cider, and take a seasonal walk.

The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

Fun Lab

Head to the Rye YMCA for Mad Science Friday, on October 6 from 6:30-7:30. There will be special activities, themed crafts, and snacks.

Free for family members, $10 for youth, $20 non-members. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

<<Teen Time>>

Circuit Breakers and Electric Racers

Grades 6-10 will learn about the flow of electrons in a circuit at the Rye library on September 28 from 4:15-5:30. Design and create a battery using conductive and non-conductive claydoh, LEDs, copper and zinc anodes.

On October 5 from 4:15-6, teens will design and build an electric race car, driven by a battery and motor. Gears and pulleys will be utilized.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Practice Makes Perfect

Take a full-length practice SAT exam under real test conditions at the Rye library September 30 from 10:30-2:30. A detailed score report that highlights strengths and weakness will be available in under a week.

Exams and reports are free. Register at applerouth.com/signup and call 371-8000 for more information. Bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Homework Helpers

Grades K-5 can drop by the Rye library Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5 for a little extra help. Rye teachers offer assistance to all students attending local public and private elementary schools in Rye and surrounding areas.

Ollie Ollie Oxen-Free

Grades 5 and 6 can play a large group session of hide and seek at the Rye Nature Center on September 29 from 5-6:30. Children will be assigned to a team and work together to do both the hiding and the looking.

The fee is $10. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Hear Me Roar

At The Osborn’s “Women Who Make a Difference” fundraiser/luncheon, September 26 at 11:30, keynote speaker and award-winning author Florence Williams will discuss her book, “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.”

The honorees are Hilary Forman, senior vice president of HealthPRO-Heritage, Scarsdale Medical Group physician Catherine P. Isaac, and Angel Morris, past president of the Rye Garden Club and the Rye Nature Center.

Proceeds will support The Osborn Charity Care Program and The Adams Library expansion. Tickets start at $100. For more information and to make a donation, visit theosborn.org/giving.

Celebrating Seniors

At its sixth annual benefit, September 28 from 6-8 at Willow Ridge Country Club, SPRYE will honor Roz and Joe Carvin. Roz served on SPRYE’s board for six years and the couple has generously supported its mission since its inception.

The benefit enables SPRYE to offer free or low-cost programs to members. A silent auction, wine toss, and jewelry raffle are part of the festivities. Call 481-5706 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.  

<<Save the Date>>

Round Up the Troops

The Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum will host a Civil War Encampment on October 7 from 11-3, as part of the Girl Scout Gold Award project of Rye High School senior Kristina Marchand of Troop 2282.

The life of a soldier during the 1860s will be reenacted, giving the public a glimpse of camp life, uniforms, food, and medicine, as well as the daily life of families in the mid-19th century. Marchand, herself, has been a re-enactor since the age of 5.

Admission to the event is $20 per family. For more information, call 967-7588.

Lederhosen and Dirndls Welcome

Oktoberfest is coming to the Rye Nature Center on October 13 from 7:30-10:30. The annual fundraiser, co-chaired by Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and Annie Teillon, will offer hops, vines, delicious food, a silent auction, and live music by Amber Anchor.

Tickets are available at different levels. For more information, visit ryenaturecenter.org.

A Look at the Past

Port Chester residents Joan Grangenois-Thomas and David Thomas will talk about the Afro-American history of Port Chester at Wainwright House on October 18 from 3-4:30. The lecture is sponsored by SPRYE.

 

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Habla Español?

The whole family can stop by the Rye library on Saturday from 11-11:45 for a blast of culture, music, and stories in Spanish. Learn songs and rhymes with Marilyn Castillo and her amazing guitar.

The program in the Children’s Room continues on July 22 and 29.

With pix of Edith Read Sanctuary

Nature’s Gifts

Find out what is going on in nature this time of year on an ecology walk at the Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1, while strolling the grounds of Westchester County’s 179-acre nature preserve is sure to inspire.

Rise and Shine

Stretch, breathe, and relax with an outdoor open level Vinyasa class that combines Ashtanga and Sivananda yoga at Wainwright House on Sunday from 9-10. Experienced yogi Melissa Miller will lead the class with breath awareness, sun salutations, and asanas.

Participants should bring their own mats. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

National Treasure

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek Revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. Founding Father John Jay grew up on this majestic, historic 23-acre oasis that boasts views of the Long Island Sound.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Summer Arias

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Metropolitan Opera presentations continue on Mondays from 12-3. Bring your own lunch and swoon over Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” on July 24, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on July 31, Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” on August 7, and Straus’ “Elektra” on August 14.

Magic and Merriment in our Midst

The Rye Arts Center and the Rye Free Reading Room have partnered with LawnChair Theatre to present local outdoor performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. On July 20, the production will be held on Rye’s Village Green; on July 21 in Rye Brook’s Crawford Mansion; on July 22 in Rye Brook’s Pine Ridge Park; on July 28 and 29 at Rye Town Park. All shows begin at 6:30.

Suggested donation is $20, for students and seniors $10. For further details, visit lawnchairtheatre.org.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Podcasting 101

RyeTV is offering an introductory course for Rye teens and adults July 17 and 19 from 5:30-7:30 at the studio at Rye High School. The instructor is Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Meoli, host of LoudaVision Podcast for creative people.

For more information, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eat Well, Live Well

Join the Rye YMCA for free nutrition seminars from 11:30-12:30. On July 19, the experts will show you how to shop for, prepare, and cook healthy foods. On August 16, learn all about eating for your heart.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

The Backbone of Posture

Wainwright House presents “BodyReading: Global Postural Assessment” July 22 and 23 from 9-5. Certified yoga and Pilates instructor and licensed psychotherapist Laurice Nemetz will help participants understand postural patterns and skeletal relationships by using Anatomy Trains maps. Learn to identify strain patterns that underlie pain.

The fee is $375 for members and non-members, $425 after June 24. Register at wainwright.org. For more information, visit wellnessbridge.com.

Doing Chores for Mother Earth

Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary invite one and all to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach cleanup on July 22 and August 12 at 10. Lend a hand while getting exercise and giving back.

(with pix of Wainwright garden)

Writing in the Great Outdoors

At Wainwright’s nature-inspired writing workshops, on July 22 and August 19 from 10-1, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the spectacular grounds of the holistic center. Inspired by nature and instructor Michelle Levy, participants will spend 20 minutes writing and have time to share afterwards.

Open to all levels, the program will address the principles of deep ecology and biomimicry. Prepare for an easy walk and sitting on the ground. The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door. 

Sunset Salutations

Join certified yoga teacher Hiromi Nomoto at Wainwright for a twilight yoga class on the lawn July 25 from 7-8. The open-level class with views of Milton Harbor will include breath work, movement, and meditation. Japanese translation is available.

Bring your own mat. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

A String of Purls

Discover the technique of color stranding at a knitting workshop at The Rye Arts Center on July 26 from 12:30-3:30. This introduction to Fair Isle Knitting will offer knitters, ages 18 and up, who are comfortable knitting and purling the opportunity to read charts, knit in the round, select color, and catch long floats.

Participants need to bring two colors of DK weight wool, 150 yards of each, six needles, and 16-inch circular stitch markers. The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

I Spy Nature

Sharpen your observation skills at a scavenger hunt at Edith Read Sanctuary on July 29 at 10. With checklists and maps, visitors may go at their own pace this self-guided hunt.

Poses to Purr By

Yoga instructor and animal lover Angela Brandt will lead the Rye library’s first- ever Kitty Yoga class on July 29 from 2-4. Unwind while cuddling kittens. Practice yoga while curious kittens from cat rescue FURRR 911 practice their people skills.

Bring your own mats. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

Sound Journey

Relax and restore at Wainwright’s sound bath July 30 from 2-3:30. Participants will be immersed in frequencies and complex overtones of vibrational instruments to stimulate the body’s self-healing and calm the nervous system.

The fee is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. Register at wainwright.org.

<<Family Ties>>

Sunshine and Stories

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park from 9:30-10:15 every Tuesday from July 18 to August 22, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Families will enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

Music Making

Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade can make their own musical instruments at the Rye library July 20 from 6-7. Using recycled trash and craft supplies, artist B. Smith will lead the creative workshop and then a musical interlude.

Build a car on August 3 and build a pasta sculpture on August 17.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Summer Night, Had Me a Blast

Calling all parents to enjoy a night off while the Rye YMCA provides the supervision and entertainment for the kids on July 21 and August 18 from 6-9. Themed storybook activities are “Rainbow Fish” in July and “Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom” in August.

Light snacks provided, but feed children dinner beforehand. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raising Hope

Join Stars of Hope at a Build a Better World workshop at the Rye library on July 27 from 6-7. This disaster relief and community arts program empowers children to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters.

Families will paint inspirational messages and designs on a wooden star to be donated. Register at ryelibrary.org. For more information, visit starsofhopeusa.org.

Downward Dog Tales

The Rye Free Reading Room presents story time yoga on the Village Green every Saturday in August from 11-11:45. On August 5, Master Storytime Yoga teacher Elisha Simpson narrates folktales and interprets them through yoga, giving children a way to connect and discover their imagination.

Art From the Heart

Author and illustrator Terry Taylor will visit the Rye library August 10 from 6-7. Families with kids entering kindergarten to fifth grade will all enjoy the author’s story about kindness, “Meet Genna and Russ, the Generous Kids.” Participants will create two polymer clay hearts, one to keep and one for a child at a local hospital.

Signed books will be available after the workshop. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

In Style

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

Storybook Inspirations

Kids entering kindergarten – grade 2 are invited to join the Ryebrary STEAMers at the Rye Free Reading Room’s STEAM lab on Fridays all summer long from 4-5. On July 21, “What Do You Sense in a Garden” by Anne Mottola will have kids discovering the textures, smells, and sights in a garden.

On July 28, Chris Tougas’ “Mechanimals,” a book about a farmer’s animals being swept up by a tornado, will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own mechanimals to take home. On August 4, they will build a model car out of paper towel rolls after talking about “If I Built a Car” by Chris Van Dusen and on August 18, they will construct a bridge out of popsicle sticks along with “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Build and They Will Come

A STEAM workshop by ArchForKids is held at the Rye library every Friday for grades 3-5 from 4-5. On July 21, they’ll design and build a waterfront park; a dream house on July 28; a skyscraper on August 4; a village and community facades on August 11 and 18.

Pre-registration at ryelibrary.org is required for these events, sponsored by TD Bank.

Play iBall!

Rye Recreation is offering a 21st Century Baseball Camp at Disbrow Park the week of August 7 and/or August 14 from 9-3. Campers will benefit from working with 21st Century Sports training experts, who use tablets on the field to learn the game in a fun and unique way. Action photos of participants will be posted on Facebook for parents to see.

For fee and registration information, visit 21CSonline.com.

AROUND TOWN

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Bring Your Brushes Outdoors

The Rye Arts Center presents a plein-air painting class at Playland Beach on Saturday from 9-1. Larry D’Amico will lead the workshop.

The fee is $95. For a supply list, exact meeting location, and to register, log on to ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

Daddy and Me

Fathers, bring the kids to the Rye Nature Center on Saturday from 9:15-10. Enjoy the Center’s furry and scaly friends.

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

(with headshot of Chris Brown)

Song and Art Man

Enjoy a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the Rye library’s new exhibit by local artist and musician Christopher Brown on Saturday from 2-4. On display will be striking illustrations from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator.

Along with his depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics, Brown will bring to life characters through lyrics and melody. He will sing such CD hits as “Go West” and “Hangin’ In.”

Restoring an Important Resting Place

Learn about efforts to preserve Rye’s African-American cemetery, a National Historic Register site, at the Jay Heritage Center on Sunday from 5:30-7. David Thomas, founder of the Friends of the African-American Cemetery, will describe ongoing research and restoration efforts.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Our Town in Artful Display

The Rye Arts Center has invited forty professional artists to paint the town, parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and scenic beauty of Rye and environs on September 16 in a one-day, plein-air paint-out. The public is invited to a reception to view the wet works at the Center’s Performing Arts Room at 5. Don’t be late for the live auction, which begins at 6:30.

Additional works by the artists are on display in the gallery and will be available for purchase through a silent auction. For more details, visit ryeartscenter.org/painters-on-location.

Watercolors for Fall

The Rye Arts Center is offering a plein-air painting watercolor workshop for adults and teens September 23 from 1-4. All levels will reap the benefits of a lecture, demonstration, and hands-on application. Local artist Holly Rom will teach students to plan a painting from sketches to be painted outdoors, weather permitting.

The fee is $95, less for members.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

(with photo of Laurie Jordan)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

A new vinyasa yoga class begins at Wainwright House on September 11 from 9:30-10:30, and a new therapeutic class begins September 14 from 8:30-9:30. Both will be taught by experienced yogi Laurie Jordan. These breath-centric classes are for mixed levels and meet the multi-dimensional needs of each student. The former builds up slowly and is sequenced to counter the fast pace of life, while the latter empowers students to go inward.

The drop-in fee is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Yin and Yang

Wainwright is offering Tai Chi classes with Stu Reis starting September 11 from 11-12. The Chinese exercise consists of relaxed, gentle, and fluid movements. Benefits include increased balance, flexibility, and vitality, as well as reduced stress.

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Join the Rye Free Reading Room’s Storytellers Guild September 12 from 6-8. Reap the rewards of sharing stories and storytelling techniques. This month’s theme is apples and apple pie.

High Resolution

Meet local author, journalist, professor Cheryl Strauss Einhorn at the Rye library September 12 from 7-9. Her new book, “Problem Solved: A Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence and Conviction,” is about making high stakes’ decisions using her AREA method, a useful thought process that navigates around mental blocks and assumptions.

The Final Word

The Rye Free Reading Room is offering a two-session workshop on Microsoft Word September 14 and 21 from 10-12. Preparing documents, data handling, folders and files, editing, cut-copy-paste, and many other functions will be covered by former IBM exec Mike Negrelli.

New Paths for Seniors

Retirees can discover ways of enhancing their lives at a program at the Rye library September 14 from 6:30-7:50. Michael Amoroso, former owner of a marketing research firm, and Ingrid Gillespie, executive director of Communities4Action, will discuss what to expect in the transition and how to successfully navigate this life change.

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

Thousands of volunteers across the globe will be cleaning trash and debris from local waterways and shorelines. Be part of the annual international coastal cleanup by heading to Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary September 16 at 10.

White Out Writer’s Block

Working on a creative writing project, but feeling stuck? Author, teacher, hypnotist, and lecturer Kristin Prevallet will help participants reconnect with the process at the Rye library September 16 from 11-12:30. Using techniques from hypnotherapy, she will free up the inner writer.

In-Flight History

Meet the author of “Images of America: Westchester County Airport” at the Rye Free Reading Room September 16 from 2-3:30. Kent Patterson, a transportation and history enthusiast, will recount the history of the airport from a seaplane operation in the 1920s to an airfield during World War II.

with pix of

Wainwright yoga teachers Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes, and Susan Wright

Yoga Party

Wainwright House is holding a festival of yoga and mindfulness for all ages September 17 from 11-4. The inspiring 99-year old yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch is the special guest. There will be a Jivamukti yoga class, Meditations and Movement classes with Wainwright’s seasoned instructors, teens’ and kids’ classes, lectures, book signings, music, shopping, and food vendors.

Visit wainwright.org for more information.

Reach New Heights with Low Blood Pressure

The Rye YMCA is offering a free nutrition seminar September 20 from 11:30-12:30. Learn dietary approaches to stopping hypertension. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For Good Measure

SPRYE is holding a talk by local author Martin Keefe at Wainwright House September 20 from 3-4:30. Keefe will read excerpts from his inspiring — and humorous — memoir, “Taking the Measure.” The book begins and ends with the pain of loss and the emergence of understanding.

Sailing the High Seas

The Jay Heritage Center is hosting a talk with Sail magazine cruising editor Charlie Doane September 22 from 6:30-8. He will discuss his book, “The Sea is Not Full,” and share highlights of his seven transatlantic voyages.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Register by calling 698-9275 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Science of Life

Learn all about Ayurveda, an age-old preventive health system, at Wainwright House September 23 from 9-4. Charlotte Jernigan, a North American Ayurveda Medical Association practitioner, will teach participants how to respond to their individual body-mind type and the imbalances that crop up from day to day and season to season. Take away practical tips and eating habits for improving well-being.

The fee is $135 for members, $150 non-members. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, visit wainwright.org. Pre-registration is required.

Waiting in the Wings

“Butterfly Man” Dwayne Taylor will make a presentation about the decline of monarch butterflies at Edith Read Sanctuary September 23 at 1. He will discuss raising them from egg to butterfly before releasing them into the wild.

<<Family Ties>>

Nerf Night

Keep the family moving at the Rye YMCA’s Active Family Friday Night on September 15 from 6:30-7:30. All exercises are appropriate for all ages.

The fee per family is $20, $30 non-members.

Coastal Cleanup

Help the Rye Nature Center to clean up along the bank of its brook September 16 from 9-12. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Pre-registration is required. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Double Feature

It’s time for family movies at the Rye library. See “Boss Baby” on September 21 from 1-2:40 and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on September 22 from 1-2:35. The stories of a new baby’s arrival and a teenager finding his way are sure to entertain all.

Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the shows.

Babysitters Club

Enjoy a night out while the Rye YMCA provides a safe and fun environment for the kids on September 22 from 6:30-9. Ages 3 months to 5 years will enjoy “Wheels on the Bus” storybook activities and a snack, while grades K-6 will take part in a straw roller coaster challenge and be served a light dinner.

The fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members. The fee for the older kids is $20 per child. To register, visit ryeymca.org.

<<Teen Time>>

Feel the Suspension

The Rye library is offering a design challenge September 14 from 4:15-5:30. The new Tappan Zee Bridge offers inspiration as teens design and build their own suspension bridge.

Highly Recommended

College Starter founder Jeff Hirsch will lead a workshop on the college application’s extracurricular profile and recommendation letters, September 19 from 6:30-8 at the Rye library. Through clear examples, he will examine the best ways to shine a spotlight on a student’s activities. Also, learn whom to ask for recommendation letters.

Participants will take home-guided materials to help them create profiles, as well as self-reflection forms.

Fun and Games

Learn to create a game using ROBLOX, a free online application, at the Rye library September 21 from 6:30-7:45. Users make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrry.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Ages 9-12 can make 3-D fidget spinners at The Rye Arts Center September 20 from 3:30-5. Learn to work in CAD design and discover the mathematics and design concepts involved.

The fee is $20. Members receive discount.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Now, Voyagers

On September 23, American Yacht Club is hosting the Leukemia Cup Regatta to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The national campaign is a series of sailing events, which start at 7 and continue throughout the day, combining boating with raising funds to cure cancer.

This year, in addition to sailing, there will be paddle and kayak races for all ages and levels, as well as an exciting dinner/auction with the Chad Hollister Band from 5:30-10.

Paddle for a Cure adult donation is $100, $50 for children. Individual post-race party tickets are $100 before September 20. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-388-9164.

<<Save the Date>>

Cruisin’ on a Sunday Afternoon

The Federated Conservationists of Westchester and Edith Read Sanctuary will hold a benefit on September 24 from 10-1 and 2-5. Sail aboard Pete Seeger’s Hudson River sloop <Clearwater>, departing from the historic Yonkers pier. Local environmentalists will share the Hudson River’s history and ecology.

For more information and for tickets, visit fcwcfallsail2017.eventbrite.com.

Jay Day

Families are invited to the Jay Heritage Center September 24 from 11-3 to celebrate American culture and traditions. Highlights will include live music, book signings, dance performances, a farmer’s market, craft vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, house tours, and more. Also on hand will be the tastes of autumn, thanks to Boxcar Cantina, Lobstercraft, Meltmobile, Reddi Rollin Rooster, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve.

Children’s book author Robert Sabuda will conduct hands-on workshops. The two-time recipient of The New York Times best illustrated book award has over 5 million books in print, translated into 26 languages.

Also bringing her child-friendly horticultural lessons from the New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy is Rye’s Anne Mottola, who will read from “Wonders in the Garden,” a children’s book she wrote with her sister, illustrator Maria Mottola.

Admission is $40 per family, $10 for individuals. For more information, call 698-9275.

Aging-in-Place Movement

On September 25 from 5-6, SPRYE is gathering at the Rye Free Reading Room for a live webcast featuring Dr. Atul Gawande. His celebrated book, Being Mortal, continues to sustain a lively national conversation about living and ending well in older age.

Special Senior Moment

On September 28, SPRYE will hold its sixth annual benefit at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison from 6-8. The honorees are Roz and Joe Carvin. Roz served on SPRYE’s board for six years and the couple has generously supported its mission since its inception.

A silent auction, wine toss, and jewelry raffle are part of the festivities. Contact the SPRYE office at 481-5706 for ticket and sponsorship opportunities.  

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Trailer Treats

Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival is all geared up for Saturday from 1-5. Last year, more than 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

All in the Family Gallery

Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students of The Rye Arts Center at a reception on Saturday from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org.

In Plein-Air Sight

Get tips on painting the great outdoors at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Painter and illustrator Steve Pica will help participants capture the landscape’s light and open space.

Some experience is helpful. Bring your own painting materials.

It Don’t Mean a Thing, If You Ain’t Got That Swing

The Rye Free Reading Room is holding a screening of “The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra” on Saturday from 2-3. For 25 years, the crowd-pleasing group has continued to feed the fire of the big band era. Embrace this opportunity to hear their hard-swinging classics and watch dancers pay tribute to Lindy innovator Frankie Manning.

Page Turners Plus

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s new STEAM Lab on Saturday from 3-3:45. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 are invited from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. For more details and to register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Nature as Muse

Head to Wainwright on Sunday from 1-4 for a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration led by editor/educator Michelle Levy. Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle. Additional workshops will be held July 22 and August 19 from 10-1.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

Sunday Stroll

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. The Jay Estate is where Founding Father John Jay grew up. The historic 23-acre oasis boasts a magnificent view of Long Island Sound and provides visitors with a rare window into our past.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Greatest Hits

Wainwright House will present “From Classical Music to Broadway — Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.

Twilight Concerts on the Sound

Nothing beats listening and swaying to music on a summer night. First up at Rye Town Park’s annual series is Twist of Fate June 27 from 7:30-9. Led by Adam and Dayna Reist, this local five-member band is built around the tropical sounds of the steel drums. The band’s playlist comes from all over the Reggae, Ska, Jamaican, and American Pop music scenes.

Next up is The Reddy Valentino Orchestra, July 5. The swing orchestra dates back to the 1930s at New York’s Hotel Edison. Well-known Rye resident, vocalist, and musician Scott Wenzel has been serving as bandleader since the late 1990s. The 15-member band features trumpets, trombones, and reeds. Space in the Pavilion will be set aside for dancing, which is encouraged.

On July 11, The Urban Coyotes Band takes to the Pavilion stage.

Patriotic Glory

Christ’s Church will host a special Star-Spangled organ recital Sunday, July 2 at 4. The mixed program will include famous tunes from the silver screen and the 1812 Overture, performed by church organist Ruaraidh Sutherland. The concert will conclude with a patriotic sing-a-long and a BBQ in the church gardens.

Admission is free of charge, but contributions in aid of the Christ’s Church Choir’s 2018 pilgrimage to England would be gratefully accepted.

Metropolitan Opera Mondays

The Rye Free Reading Room will screen Puccini’s “La Boheme” on July 10 from 12-3. The bittersweet story of high-spirited bohemians stars Luciano Pavarottti and Mirella Freni. Bring lunch and swoon over opera on the big screen.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is scheduled for July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” for July 24, and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” for July 31.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

A Snapshot of Shots Heard Round the World

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder accidently captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on film. On June 27 at 7, The Osborn hosts Alexandra Zapruder, his granddaughter and author of “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”. The 486-frame film is the permanent eyewitness to one of the 20th century’s most tragic events.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing RSVP@The Osborn.org.

Clean and Green

Love nature? Volunteer at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on July 1 at 10 to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

Brainstorm

Writers are invited to share their works-in-progress and discuss topics at the Rye Free Reading Room on July 1 from 11-12:30. The welcoming and supportive environment is open to both novices and experienced writers, who would like to share their joys and challenges.

Summer Reads

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group will discuss “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett on July 6 from 1:15-2:30. The bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

The Friday Book Café will discuss Melanie Benjamin’s “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” on July 7 from 9:30-11. The New York Times bestseller explores the scandalous friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

The Inside Track

Learn how to think like a tracker at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary July 8 at 1. Investigate nearby fields and forests with professionals and uncover animal tracks and clues.

Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Writer’s Circle

The Rye Arts Center is offering an adult writing workshop that will satisfy everyone’s “inner writer” and awaken the creative process, July 11-13 from 10-12. Participants will receive personal feedback on character development, settings, and plots. All genres welcome.

The cost is $115 for all three days. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Harmony with Nature

Wainwright House is offering a workshop on Vastu, the yoga of one’s environment, on July 11 from 6:30-8. Specialist Marianne Denniston will explore energetic techniques and show participants how to create environments in alignment with the rhythms of the universe.

The cost is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

<<Family Ties>>

School’s Out!

Take the kids to the Rye library with brown bag lunches and enjoy a family movie. Disney’s “Moana,” set in ancient Polynesia, is playing June 26 from 1:30-3:15 and “The Lego Batman Movie,” an animated Gotham City caper, will be shown on June 27 from 1:30-3:05.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Call 967-0480 for more information.

The Amazing Race and Other Fun Projects

Families with children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September can join the Rye library’s fun competition on July 6 from 6-8. Teams will race around a Dewey Decimal System world by completing ten tasks.

On July 13 from 6-7, families may join local artist/writer Terry Taylor to create a bird feeder out of polymer clay. The author’s craft books provide children with lively stories, as well as simple instructions.

Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Storytime Al Fresco

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park on July 11 from 9:30-10:15 and every Tuesday throughout the summer, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

<<Teen Time>>

Creating Cocoons

Learn to capture the beauty of butterflies in a shadowbox. Artist Lavinia Wiggins will provide instructions and supply the materials. Participants may bring small 2” x 5” photos to personalize their boxes.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Ages 9 and up are invited to STEAM workshops at the Rye library on June 28 and 29 from 2-3. On June 28, instructor Irum Khan will show participants how to design and create a kaleidoscope with magical patterns that fracture light. The next day, she will teach the principles of aerospace engineering and air resistance through the design and creation of a parachute.

Both programs are sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy.

Space is limited. To pre-register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Hydroponics 101

Children in grades 3-5 can register for a three-part workshop July 1, 15, and 22 from 2-3:30 at the Rye Free Reading Room. Led by an educator from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, the series will cover the history of hydroponics, seeds, germination, and nutrients essential for plant growth.

At the end of the program, children will take home their own herb or flowering plants. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Wearable Art

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at The Rye Arts Center on July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

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