All are welcome at the annual Osborn School Halloween Carnival October 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a flying witch ride, a cake walk, body art, jumping castles, and a variety of food and beverages.
The silent auction features one-of-a-kind items such as gift certificates to restaurants, spa treatments, arts and crafts items, event tickets, and exciting trips.
As the school’s primary fundraiser, this year’s proceeds will be used to build a new playground and to supplement areas where there have been budget cuts, such as technology, curriculum enrichment, cultural arts, and the library/media center.
Rye Y online member registration begins October 31 at 6 a.m. Non-member registration starts November 2. For a complete list of programs, visit ryeymca.org.
Families can learn about nocturnal wildlife Friday at 6 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. For reservations, call 967-5150. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Monsters & Masks
Ages 10 and up can learn how to develop and draw creatures from another world at the Rye Arts Center Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. Cost is $15.
From 2-3 p.m., children ages 6-9 can get creative using paper and paint to make a Halloween mask. Fee is $10.
The whole family can tour the grounds of the Rye Nature Center with a local tree expert and learn how to identify common and uncommon trees of the area, Saturday from 12-1 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Family Pumpkin Carving Day
After carefully choosing the perfect pumpkin from the Square House Pumpkin Patch, let your creativity run wild and carve your very own masterpiece Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Children can also enjoy a selection of fall-themed crafts and activities.
The cost is $20 per family. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.
Under the Canopy & Survival Shelters
Discover the little things that are often overlooked under leaves, logs, and rocks Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Marshlands. Long pants and shoes are highly recommended.
On Sunday, learn how to build a shelter out of natural materials at 2 p.m.
Grab a Brush & Paint!
Stop by the Rye Farmer’s Market, behind Chase Bank, for free pumpkin painting Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Rye Arts Center and the Rye Chamber of Commerce. The Farmer’s Market is open every Sunday through the end of November.
Illustrated Civil War Talk
Rye’s Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. Join the noted historian for a free illustrated talk on the Emancipation Proclamation, Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Jay Heritage Center.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008.
For more information, visit jaycenter.org.
Save the Date
Ready, Set, Go!
Rye Rec’s 36th annual Turkey Run and Paws Walk-A-Thon is set for November 24. Adults with young children can participate in the 1-mile fun run/walk. Runners,
joggers, and walkers can join the 3.1-mile or 5.2-mile races. Registration is ongoing; call 967-2535.
For a Good Cause
Happy 1st Anniversary!
SPRYE (Staying Put in Rye & Environs) will celebrate its first anniversary with a cocktail party benefit November 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Wainwright House. Join the festivities and help support a local organization that enables older adults in the community to stay safe, connected, and engaged. Retiring State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer will be honored for her advocacy of senior issues.
Tickets are $75. Call 481-5706.
Novel Night Nears
Celebrate “The Golden Ages” at the Rye Free Reading Room’s biennial benefit November 3. Enjoy a novel-themed dinner party in a private Rye home, followed by dessert and dancing at Apawamis Club. Dinners begin at 7 p.m.
Pick up an invitation at the library or contact Laura Whalen or Sarah Snell at email@example.com.
Talks and Workshops
Turn the Page
The three Rye library book groups have announced the selections for their next meetings. First up is the Current Events Group, which will talk about “The Dictator’s Learning Curve” by William J. Dobson, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will discuss “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” by Allan Gurganis, November 1 at 1:15 p.m.
The Friday Book Café meets next November 2 at 9:30 a.m. Their selection is “God: Stories” by C. Michael Curtis. Call 231-3161 for this meeting’s offsite location.
Stay Sharp at Any Age
Neuropsychologist Charlotte Tomaino will discuss her new book, “Awakening the Brain” October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Osborn. The book addresses how to control and strengthen brain functions as we age.
Tomaino will demonstrate how ones beliefs and daily practices can literally change the physical functioning of the brain, allowing it to experience vitality well into later years.
Copies of her book will be available for sale. The cost is $16, cash only.
Learn to blog with the best of them October 25 at the Rye library from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Blogs are a popular way for everyday people to engage in online conversations about things they care about. Share your knowledge, opinions, experiences, and passions. Learn how to subscribe to a blog or develop, write, and promote your own.
How to Have “The Talk”
Deborah Roffman will show parents how to become their children’s number one source for information and guidance on human sexuality at the next “Heard in Rye” workshop October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Rye Country Day School Performing Arts Center. Learn about developmental stages, strategies for handling embarrassing and difficult conversations, and the best ways to make sure you both keep talking and listening.
Roffman is a nationally acclaimed educator and author of “Sex and Sensibility”. For more information, visit heardinrye.org.
Dreams & Totems
Decipher the meanings behind dreams and discover how they can act as a guide for life October 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wainwright House. Learn about your animal totem spirits through guided meditation and channeling led by presenter Valerie Stiehl, who lived among the Lakota Sioux for ten years.
Totems, as well as dreams, are part of the wisdom of Native American culture. Each person has nine animal essences or totems to walk through life with, offering guidance and protection. Bring your dream journal, lunch, and a spirit ready to receive.
Historic American Furnishings & Paintings
The White Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s annual benefit luncheon will take place October 27 at 12 p.m. at American Yacht Club and is open to the public.
The guest speaker is Leigh Keno, president of Keno Auctions & Keno Art Advisory in NYC. During Keno’s nearly 40 years as a dealer and auctioneer, he has helped build some of the top institutional and private collections of paintings, furniture and decorative arts in the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and others. For more than 15 years, he has appeared regularly as an appraiser on PBS. Keno is co-author of “Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture”. In 2005, President George Bush awarded Keno the National Humanities Medal.
Tickets are $100 per person. All proceeds benefit patriotic education, troop support, and history appreciation. For more information and tickets, call 921-2026.
From on High
Learn to receive clear guidance from spirit guides, the masters, and the angelic realm October 31 from 7-9 p.m. at Wainwright House.
Presenter Michael Rosenbaum will teach participants how to: clear away “inner noise” so that they can receive guidance, select appropriate spiritual guides, and have a dialogue with spiritual sources rather than just be a passive listener.
Cost is $120. For more information, visit wainwright.org.
Coping With Deer in the Garden
The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead presents a lecture and book signing by horticulturalist and garden writer Ruth Rogers Clausen November 3 at 3 p.m. at the Meeting House. Clausen is the author of “50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat”.
Many homeowners in Rye and environs struggle to keep their landscapes from being eaten by deer. Is it possible to co-exist with deer and have a beautiful garden without using fencing or chemicals? Ruth Rogers Clausen thinks so, and will discuss multiple strategies to have a successful garden in deer country.
Clausen serves on the advisory committee for the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and is a member of the advisory council for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 967-0099.
Just for Fun
The 2012 annual dinner of the Yale Westchester Alumni Association will be held October 27 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. The event supports the education and service programs that benefit Yale students and alumni from Westchester.
The keynote speaker is Peter Salovey, Provost of Yale University. Salovey is a beloved figure on campus. He is a Bluegrass music performer and is noted for his memorable appearances conducting the Yale Precision Marching Band. As the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, he is known for his groundbreaking co-development of the concept of Emotional Intelligence.
After dinner, the New York ensemble Six of Clubs, featuring alumni of Yale, Princeton, and Harvard, presents a program featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe. The group of six has met with acclaim in performances at the Century, Knickerbocker, Cosmopolitan, and other clubs about the city.
This event is open to the public. For tickets, visit yalewestchester.org.
Arts and Entertainment
“Enduring Blooms” Photo Exhibit
A series of color photographs are on view at the Meeting House through Thanksgiving weekend.
Photographed this past spring and summer by nature photographer Nadia Valla, a member of the Little Garden Club of Rye, the images record the beautiful remnants of early 20th-century gardens at the Bird Homestead.
The flowers captured by Valla have outlived the Bird family members, who were their caretakers. Their reappearance each spring is a testament to the enduring beauty of the living landscape once nurtured by the Bird family.
Henry Bird (1869-1959), a prominent entomologist and accomplished woodworker, was also a horticulturalist and partner in the Polly Park Nursery, which supplied many of the estates in Rye. His daughter Alice Bird Erikson (1904-1994) studied landscape design and horticulture at Lowthorpe, a leading professional landscape architecture school of the time, and the first to train women.
As volunteers clear overgrown areas, the Bird family’s plantings are revealed anew. The photographs include heirloom roses, Solomon’s seal, barberry flower, beautybush, mock orange, and lilac.
The Meeting House is open to the public free of charge, Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
Photographers on Location
“In the Moment — Contemporary Views of Community” will be on display at the Rye Arts Center October 28 through November 9. Professional photographers will take to the streets of Rye October 21 to capture a town brought together by community events such as downtown’s Halloween Window Painting and Playland’s Scared by the Sound.
Photographs will be on display and available for sale October 27 from 6-8 p.m. at a celebratory fundraiser that includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required; visit ryeartscenter.org. Tickets are $55.
Participating photographers include Linda Austrian, David Baer, Roger Busch, JoAnn Cancro, Patrick Cicalo, Edward Dillon, Steven Dreyer, Erminia Fiorino, Robert Gambee, Selma Grossman, Linda Hatfield, Karen Killeen-Macias, Alan Model, David Murcko, Gisela O’Brien, Emmy Roman, Leslye Smith, Carol Volow, Janet Wilkins, and Nicole Zahour.
An opening reception will be held October 28 from 3-5 p.m.
From Conventional to Cutting-Edge
There are many new innovative materials that can add pizazz and drama to your artwork or mixed media projects. Experiment with new materials and techniques that will jolt your creativity to exciting new places, October 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center.
The workshop is designed for all skill levels. Cost is $135; members receive a discount.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Whether painting a seascape, waterfall, or fishpond, it is enthralling to capture the movement of water over rocky places, with fish friends and foliage, or in various kinds of lighting.
At Pastel Painting Workshop with Rae Smith, develop your own joy of painting a watery place of your choice November 4 from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Rae Smith, a Master Pastelist since 1997 and president of the Pastel Society of America, has won many awards for her paintings featuring water. Cost is $100.
Teen & Tween Times
Call on the supernatural and spooky as inspiration for writing your own ghost stories October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rye library. Whether the aspiring writers have seen a real ghost or not, published author Maureen Amaturo will help participants bring their fiction to “life” with vivid structure, characters, setting, and words.
Space is limited; call 231-3172 to register. Bring a laptop or paper and pencils. This program is presented in conjunction with the Rye Arts Center.
Haunted House Trip
Ages 12 – 15 can join the Rye Y if they DARE, and travel to the Forest of Fear in Tuxedo Park October 26. Cost is $40 for Family/Youth members, $50 non-members. Bring money for food. The bus departs the Y at 4 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m.
Play Wii games on the Rye library’s big screen November 2 from 3:15-5 p.m. Snacks are provided.
Take Your Dad to The Animal Show
Fathers and their children can stop by the Rye Nature Center for a fun-filled animal adventure November 3 from 9:15-10 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Just My Imagination
Grades K-2 can learn creative ways to use words, colors, pictures, and drawings to express ideas and feelings November 3 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Learn to invent a story, draw, and make a picture book. Cost is $15.
Grades K-5 can learn about the past while recreating a movie telling the story of the Lenape tribe November 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center.
Cost is $60 for members, $70 non-members. Registration is required; call 967-5150.
The Great Outdoors
Come and dig out native tree seedlings and saplings from the Marshlands Conservancy meadow and take them home with you October 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Be part of an effort to help preserve the meadow habitat. Bring work gloves and shovels (if you have them).
Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls
Scared by the Sound
Zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures that go bump in the night eagerly await visitors at the Scared by the Sound Haunted House at Playland through October 31. The 10,000-square-foot haunt features a haunted wine cellar, library, sanitarium, and more. The “tunnel of doom” is a spook-fest from beginning to end, and the waterfront cemetery and mausoleum are spine-tingling treats.
For more intense startles and scares, journey through “The Demented Pumpkin Patch” and “Terror Trail”, where you will find yourself amid “unstable” inhabitants as they walk through a path of intricately carved and lit pumpkins, wander through cornfields, and stumble upon a slaughterhouse in their trespass.
Children ages 8 and under can take part in non-scary fun at “Hardly Haunted Matinees”, October 27 and 28 from 12- 4 p.m.
Hours are Fridays from 8-11 p.m., Saturdays from 7-11 p.m., Sundays from 7-10 p.m., and October 29-31 from 7-10 p.m.
For more information, visit scaredbythesound.com or call 877-SCARY-FUN.
Little Witches & Warlocks
Ages five and up can listen to Halloween tales and make a craft October 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library.
Come in Costume
Children can come in festive costumes and enjoy games, healthy refreshments, prizes, and lots of haunted fun at the Rye Y’s Halloween Party October 27 from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. Cost is $2 per child.
Create a Spooky Scene
Ages 5-7 can create a scary, creepy, or fun scene to display in their window on Halloween night October 27 from 2-3 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Cost is $10.
A Spine-Tingling Time
Middle Schoolers can dance the night away at the Rye Y’s Halloween Party October 27 from 7-10 p.m. Other activities include basketball, swimming (swim caps required), working out, video games, air hockey, pool, ping-pong, and foosball.
Read, Set, March!
Join the library witches and wear your Halloween costume, make a trick-or-treat bag, and parade through the Rye Free Reading Room collecting candy October 30 at 6 p.m. This special program is great for ages 4 and up.