Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
Origami for Kids
Learn the creative art of Japanese paper folding at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday: ages 6-9 from 10-12 and ages 9-12 from 12:30-2:30. Starting with the basic folds, students will learn to make figures as well as a box in which to carry their new projects home.
The fee of $35 includes all supplies. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
Cakes for a Cause
Join the Rye YMCA’s Togetherhood Community Service Project for Expectant Mothers on Saturday from 10:30-12:30. Learn how Open Door Family Medical Center’s Baby Box program is helping low-income women give their newborns a healthy start in life, all while assembling “diaper cakes”.
The service project is open to ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Space is limited; registration required at ryeymca.org.
Fall in to Fun
Read Wildlife Sanctuary’s fall festival on Saturday from
12-5. There will be a birds of prey demonstration, a live animal program, storytelling, a pumpkin patch, live music, fun activities for kids, food, and more.
Learn about the visionary Edith Read and the creation of the sanctuary, see the Van Rensselaer maps and photos, and discover the shipwrecks that occurred in the area. Head to the Rye Historical Society’s three complimentary stations, too.
For more information, visit friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary.org.
Roll it Out
Wainwright House is offering a Yoga Tune Up self-massage techniques workshop on Saturday from 1:30-3. Taught by Darcy Bowman, the class will focus on feet, knees, hamstrings, and quads. Yoga Tune Up therapy balls will be used to de-stress and improve body awareness.
The fee is $40 for members, $45 non-members. For more information, visit wainwright.org.
The Great Escape
Grades 6-8 are invited to the Rye YMCA for Halloween fun on Saturday from 7-10. An Escape the Room challenge will include a haunted maze. Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize.
Pizza will be served. Snacks and refreshments will be sold. The event is free for members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited. Register at ryeymca.org.
The Sounds of Rye Harbor
Jazz brunch is back at Wainwright House Sunday from 11:30-2:30. Listen to the Joe Corsello Group while enjoying Corner Stone cuisine with wine and champagne.
The cost is $55. Register at 967-6080.
<<Arts & Entertainment>>
Out to Lunch
Play With Your Food returns to The Rye Arts Center on October 15 from 12-1:30. The professional performing arts program that attracts sold-out crowds throughout Connecticut will perform a provocative one-act play while visitors enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch.
After a short discussion with the actors, director, and often a playwright, everyone goes back to work or carries on with their day.
The fee is $49 per person.
Ladies Night Out
Paint With Me workshops will be held at Rye Recreation October 18 and November 8 from 7-9:30. Light refreshments, pizza, and beverages will accompany step-by-step painting instruction by Kathy Pasquale.
No experience is necessary. Space is limited. The fee is $30. Register at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.
Good Things Come in Small Packages
The Rye Arts Center’s Small Works Exhibit and Fundraiser continues on Thursdays from 5-7 through October 27. Guests have the opportunity to meet the artists at the weekly mini-receptions.
Proceeds are donated to the Center’s outreach programs, including Head Start, Dance for Parkinson’s, community partner school programs, and scholarships.
With two paintings by Emily Yeung Schmidt
Rye and Beyond
Emily Yeung Schmidt’s paintings, expressions of her love of Rye and of travel, are on view at the Rye library through the month.
The artist grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States after high school. Before devoting her time to her family and to painting, she was Godiva Chocolatier’s senior art director.
Mozart and Monroe
Next up in the Rye library’s video series celebrating entertainers are “Amadeus” on October 15 and “My Week with Marilyn” on October 22, both from 12-2:30. The former, a film directed by Milos Forman, focuses on the successes and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The latter stars Michelle Williams as the mesmerizing Marilyn Monroe. Bring a snack and enjoy.
Sip n’ Fold
Ages 21 and over may bring their own wine to The Rye Arts Center’s origami workshop October 25 from 6-9. Create elegant birds, flowers, boxes, and more.
No experience is required. The fee is $65. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>
Stop by the Square House Museum to view their current pop-up exhibit, “Staff Favorites,” which runs through December 31. The Rye Historical Society has put together a vast collection of artifacts, from luxurious furs and ornate dresses, circa 1914, to a piece of wedding cake preserved in brandy and sealed in a box from 1885.
The museum is open from 10-4 Tuesday-Friday, and from 10-3 on Saturday.
The Rye Youth Council is offering an informative talk on cell phone usage at the Rye library October 15 from 7-9. Students, parents, and caregivers alike will learn to keep kids safe and establish guidelines for the respectful and happy use of their smartphones.
To sign up, visit ryeyouthcouncil.org.
Healthy Yards, Healthy Pets
The Rye Nature Center and the Rye Sustainability Committee have organized a healthy pets talk on October 16 from 5:30-7 at Pet Pantry Warehouse, 259 Purchase Street. The focus is on the health effects of lawn chemicals on family pets and furry friends and how to keep them safe.
Learn all about the new Windows 10 Internet program at the Rye library October 18 from 10-12. This latest operating system Edge has new editing features, home pages, and more.
Attendees who have laptops with Windows 10 installed should bring them to the seminar.
Sink Your Teeth into Holistics
Holistic Moms presents a lecture on orthodontics at the Rye library on October 18 from 7:30-9. Osteopathic manipulative treatments to alleviate a range of symptoms in patients of all ages will be discussed.
Meet artist Philip Ashforth Coppola and editors Jeremy Workman and Ezra Bookstein at a program about the New York City subway system’s mosaics, October 20 from 11-12:30 at the Rye library. They will draw from their book, “One Track Mind: Drawing the New York Subway.”
A short documentary about Coppola’s work will also be shown.
Relax, Receive, and Restore
Reiki master and yoga instructor Jody Raso is offering Reiki at Wainwright October 20 from 1-3. The hands-on technique that channels life force energy through the body promotes deep relaxation, balance, and well-being.
Pre-register at wainwright.org. The fee is $40 for members, $45 non-members.
John, Paul, George, and Ringo
“The Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road” will be covered at a lecture by Vincent Bruno at the Rye library October 20 from 2-3:30. The Beatles scholar and Sixties rock historian offers an entertaining, interactive, and informative session about the legendary band’s historic journey.
With photo of Matthew Stackpole
It’s a Small World After All
The Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy will present a lecture by maritime historian Matthew Stackpole October 20 at 3 at the Meeting House. The speaker, who grew up on the grounds of Mystic Seaport, where his father was a curator and where he was the resident historian for many years, will focus on the pioneering explorations of the schooner <Morrissey>, which departed from Milton Harbor and sailed to the Arctic in 1927.
What’s more, legendary explorer Bob Bartlett commanded the Morrissey, while publisher and Rye resident George Putnam, the future husband of Amelia Earhart, financed the trip. A young Junius Bird of the Bird Homestead served as “scientist on board.”
Now known as the Ernestina-Morrissey and designated a National Historic Landmark, the ship is undergoing restoration in Maine. Supported by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the lecture is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
Test the Water
An introductory watercolor class will be held at Wainwright House on October 21 from 12-4. Watercolors’ unique properties, its strengths, and its limits will be discussed. Learn and practice the basic skills of painting wet into wet, layering paint, flat washes, and dry brush. Students will gain knowledge of basic color theory and drawing.
Weather-permitting, the workshop will be held both indoors and outdoors. Students will bring home a completed landscape watercolor.
The fee is $125 for members, $135 for non-members. Space is limited. Register at wainwright.org.
Bang a Gong Slowly
Experience total relaxation with healing sounds at a Gong Bath session at Wainwright House on October 21 from 1:30-3:15. Extensively trained in healing work, Kat Higgins will unlock the health benefits of tuning in and releasing the ravages of stress and toxins from your body.
Register at wainwright.org. The fee is $40 for members, $45 non-members.
Shakespeare’s Last Act
Join the Rye library for an insightful discussion of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on October 21 from 4:30-5:45. Mark Schenker, senior associate dean at Yale, will lead the discussion.
RSVP by emailing Alan Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.
The Rye library’s Current Events Book Group is reading “Rat F**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count” by David Daley for its discussion on October 23 from 6:30-8. The timely account uncovers the fundamental rigging of the House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide.
Learn about the latest Alzheimer’s research at The Osborn on October 23 at 7:30. Greg Carter, lecturer and associate professor at The Jackson Laboratory, is dedicated to discovering a method for diagnosing the disease before damage occurs. He will share his team’s innovative ways of prevention.
The Jackson Laboratory’s mission is to discover genomic solutions to diseases.
My Country ’Tis of Thee
The Rye library presents Kurt Anderson, author of “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire,” on October 25 from 7-9. The New York Times bestseller is an eloquent history of our country’s journey, from being founded by wishful dreamers to this “fake news” moment.
Storytime and Singing Spree
Parents, drop the kids off at the Rye YMCA and enjoy a night out on October 19 from 6:30-9. There will be “Going on a Bear Hunt” storybook activities for ages 3 months to 5 years, and a Karaoke Night for grades K-6.
The fee for the younger set includes a snack; the fee for the older kids includes a light dinner. Register at ryeymca.org.
Daddy and Me
Fathers and their kids ages 3-7 may drop by the Rye Nature Center on October 20 at 9:15. An animal adventure awaits.
No pre-registration is required. The fee for family members is $10, $15 non-members. For the same fee, Mommy and Me programs are held every Monday from 9:45-10:45.
Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member or caregiver with them to the Rye Nature Center on October 20 from 3:30-4:30. Enjoy complimentary animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Read Wildlife Sanctuary is presenting “Turtle’s Wetland Quest,” a puppet show complete with animals and habitats, on October 27 at 1.
Puppeteer/artist/naturalist Deborah Costine tells the story of Blanding the Turtle who is in search of a new home now that his little pond is no longer safe. Castor the Beaver shows the way.
Call 967-8720 to register.
All are welcome at the Rye Historical Society’s Slightly Spooky Square House October 27 from 6-9. Its Halloween transformation is suitable for young children ages 3-7. No gore, no chainsaws; instead, there are good, old-fashioned ghosts, skeletons, bats, and rats. Visitors will encounter other-worldly travelers awakening from their two-hundred-year slumber.
The fee is $20 per family. Register at ryehistory.org.
Join the Read Wildlife Sanctuary crew for an autumn walk on October 27 from 7-8. Find out what goes on in the fields and forests after dark. Exploration will be conducted without flashlights to expand one’s senses and catch a glimpse of the night creatures.
Ages 11-15 will have the opportunity to train as caregivers at Rye Recreation on October 27 and November 3 from 9-1. Participants will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children. They will develop leadership skills, learn first-aid, and discover how to develop a babysitting business.
The fee is $100 for the two mornings. Participants should bring lunch. Register at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Grades 3-5 are invited to the Rye library’s STEAM Discovery Club on October 19 from 4-5. Participants focus on different activities each month with handouts to follow up at home.
Registration is required at ryelibrary.org.
Pre-schoolers may attend a monarch butterfly program at the Rye Nature Center on October 26 from 9-1. They will explore the butterflies’ journey to a warm climate during the winter, along with their return to the same trees.
Do Your Homework
The Learning League provides daily homework help and additional academic support at the Rye library for grades 2 and 3 from 3:30-5:30 Mondays through Thursdays during the entire school year.
The program is coordinated with the Rye School District and is run by NYS Certified educators.
It is limited to 30 students per day. Students must pre-register. For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.
<<Save the Date>>
Skeletons in the Closet
For a wickedly elegant evening, head to the 1838 Jay Mansion on October 27 from 7-11. The Jay Heritage Center is hosting a buffet dinner, a live band, concoctions and brews, and fortune telling. Guests may wear cocktail attire, from “Pride and Prejudice” zombie gowns to “Dark Shadows” smoking jackets.
A number of ticket options, starting at $250, are available. Visit jaycenter.org.
The Rye YMCA is celebrating Halloween with a free Carnival and an Open House on October 28 from 2-4. The community event invites one and all to play games, win prizes, enjoy healthy snacks, and more. Many activities are geared toward toddler and early elementary school ages.
Come in costume. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is required at ryeymca.org.
A Novel Idea
The Rye Free Reading Room’s Novel Night will be held on November 3. Festivities begin at 6 with novel-themed costume dinner parties hosted in private Rye homes. At 8, guests will congregate at the Shenorock Shore Club for dessert, dancing, and an auction.
The fundraiser for the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room supports children’s programs, the museum pass program, and more. For more information, contact the library at 967-0481.
A Platinum Jubilee
Celebrate Wainwright House’s 100th Anniversary, “Journey to Peace”, on November 10 from 6-9. It will be an evening of music, tours, talks, small plates, and spirits.
The cost is $135 per person. RSVP at wainwright.org.