Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>


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


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.


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 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

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

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

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

<<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

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  

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  

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

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 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

<<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

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>>

with photo

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.


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