Ushering summer in a day early, Rye Town Park’s free Twilight by the Beach concerts kick off Tuesday, June 20. The lineup of bands includes funk, R&B, American roots, swing, standards, and Caribbean. Bring a picnic or grab a bite at the new Ocean Grille next to the pavilions, and pack a lawn chair and a blanket. All concerts run from 7:30-9, rain or shine.

June 20: Vital Funkshun

June 27: Twist of Fate

July 5: Reddy Valentino Orchestra

July 11: Urban Coyotes

July 18: Billy and the Showmen

July 25: The Derivatives

August 8: Angelo Rubino

The Rye Arts Center, which in its 57 years has brought a splendid spectrum of art to thousands, held its spring gala May 12 at the Doral Arrowwood. Guests raised their glasses to this year’s inspirational honorees, watercolorist and teacher Brigitte Loritz and figurative sculptor and public art proponent Bob Clyatt. Loritz has guided hundreds of beginner students to masters. Clyatt has taken the community to greater artistic heights with his own work and that of many others.

Proceeds from the event help the Arts Center provide free classes and programs to 76 percent of its students. Here’s to arts for all!

— Photos by Anja Porto

This week was an especially memorable one for the 47 children of Osborn employees who were awarded financial gifts by residents of Sterling Park, The Osborn’s Independent Living community, to pursue higher education. This is the 15th year of the annual Academic Achievement Award presentation.

The effort has been led by Sterling Park resident Dr. Edward Pasciuti, a psychologist with a 39-year career as Head of the Guidance Department in New Rochelle Public Schools. “It is deeply gratifying to make gifts that help bright young people afford the growing cost of higher education,” he said. “For many employees, this is the first family member to attend college.”

Ninety-two residents donated to the fund, which is administered by The Osborn Foundation.

On Sunday, the Village Green and the adjoining parking lot were filled with children ready to hop in or on every kind of car and truck from a refurbished Model A to a Maserati to a Monster Truck. The occasion was the Rye Free Reading Room’s Vehicle Fair, which always brings out the kid in all of us. Who doesn’t enjoy a good honk? Getting behind the wheel of an enormous emergency vehicle? Donning a hard hat?

And when children weren’t racing from one vehicle to another, they made their way to the bouncy house, arts & crafts tables, and waiting patiently to board the friendly little yellow train that ran around the Village Green.

Photos by Robin Jovanovich

By Peter Jovanovich

When the American “brunch” comes to mind, one often thinks of doughy bagels, weak coffee, and watery Bloody Mary’s.

<Vive la France!> La Panetière, Rye’s noble French restaurant has come to the rescue with a Sunday brunch menu. Owner Jacques Loupiac, who comes from a long line of bakers from the south of France, moved here in 1986 to open La Panetière – a taste of the French countryside in Rye. His new menu offers a number of culinary surprises and a uniquely French take on “le brunch.”

For an appetizer, one might start with a Duet of Red Beet Roots and Granny Smith Apples, Carpaccio of Sea Scallops, Fennel Seeds, or a Caramelized Cheese Soufflé, Parmesan Lace, before launching into the main course.

<Naturellement,> you can have an Omelet of Young Spinach and Button Mushrooms, but why not branch out at brunch? Try the Croquette of Maryland Crabmeat, the Sautéed Halibut Layered with a Basil Crust, the Sautéed Veal Medallions and Crayfish Tails (with a display of farm vegetables), or the Maine Lobster and Fideua of Assorted Seafood (that’s Catalan for a paella made with noodles).

And there’s more! Panetière desserts are world famous, or they should be. Save room for Napoleon of Arlette Biscuit, Raspberries, Chiboust Cream or the Hazelnut Dacquoise Chocorange, Butterscotch Sauce. (Hurrah for whomever writes the menus for Jacques: you can almost taste the words.)

A glass of wine or Prosecco is included in the $45 prix fixe menu, as is, if you insist, a Bloody Mary — strong enough to stand the celery stalk upright. À votre santé.

Brunch is served from 11:30-2. Reserve a seat by calling 967-8140.