Wild Things in the Read Woods
The Friends of Read Sanctuary is holding its first fall festival October 13 from 12-5 p.m. Activities include Birds of Prey and Wild Critters demonstrations, a “Bee-Have” program, storytime in the “Bam-Boo” Forest, landscape painting lessons, a kids’ corner courtesy of the Westchester Children’s Museum, apple bobbing, and more. Enjoy live music by Arcadia Jazz and bluegrass band Hudson Crossing.
Have your family portrait taken by Ferris Photography and stroll through the nature photography exhibit. Pick your own pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch.
Parking is free. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 children.
The Jay’s Roaring 20th
The Jay Heritage Center will celebrate 20 years of preserving, protecting, and interpreting American history and landscape at a gala dinner dance October 13 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The dinner dance will take place at the 1838 Jay Mansion, and feature the sounds of the Felix Swing Band. They’ll be playing music from the Roaring 20’s forward. Head to the Carriage House for the afterparty.
Tickets start at $250. For more information, call 698-9275.
Fall History Tour
Step back in time at The Rye Historical Society’s walking tour, “Rye 1850-1950: Evolution of a Suburb”, October 14. The tour begins with the arrival of the railroad in Rye in the middle of the 19th century and ends with the post-World War II period in the middle of the 20th century.
Participants will learn how Rye evolved from the small agricultural community it had been since the 17th century into a vibrant suburb.
Guides and docents at various stops along the route will discuss the impact of the railroad’s arrival, the evolution of the Purchase Street commercial district, Rye’s residential neighborhoods, the impact of the two World Wars and the Depression, the progression in local governance from village to city, and the evolution of religious, educational, and civic institutions in this suburban community.
The tour takes approximately two hours. The first tour begins at 9:40 a.m., with tours departing every 20 minutes. The last tour leaves at 2:40 p.m.
To reserve a start time, call 967-7588. Cost is $25 for members, $30 non-members, and $10 students.
Gaming Is Afoot
Play Wii games on the Rye library’s big screen Friday from 3:15-5 p.m. Whether you’re a sports, action or karaoke fan, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the library. Snacks will be provided.
Wild Wall Street Tale
Meet Douglas Brunt, new Rye resident and the author of “Ghosts of Manhattan” at the Rye library at 7 p.m. In his debut novel, the former CEO of an Internet security firm, weaves a suspenseful story of a trader struggling to kick the Wall Street habit and save his marriage and his honor.
Ice Hockey Clinic
Sharpen your skates and skills at a RHS Ice Hockey Booster Club’s clinic at Playland, Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Participate in drills and receive specialized instruction from experienced coaches and current Garnet players.
Great for all ages. Sign-up at garnethockeyschool.com. Cost is $55 per player.
Take Your Dad to The Animal Show
Fathers and their children can stop by the Rye Nature Center for a fun-filled animal adventure Saturday from 9:15-10 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Art and Music up On the Boardwalk
The 3rd Annual Oyster Arts and Music Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Playland Boardwalk. The event features over 50 fine artists and crafters, live music, and delicious food.
Admission and parking are free. New this year is a Children’s Activity Area, with help from Westchester Children’s Museum, Rye Arts Center, Clay Arts Center, and Rock Island Sound.
For more information, visit boardwalkarts.blogspot.com.
Calling All Photographers!
The submission deadline for the annual Marshlands Photography Exhibit is nigh. Drop off your scenes of the conservancy grounds, framed and wired for hanging, to the Visitor Center Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The exhibit opens October 14, with a reception at 2 p.m.
What Are You Doing Saturday Night?
Take part in an ultimate kickball tournament, play basketball, swim (caps required), work out, play video games, and socialize with friends Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at the Rye Y. Teens can also try air hockey, pool, ping-pong, or foosball in the Game Room.
Free for members, $5 non-members.
Show Your Support for LIVESTRONG
The Rye Y’s LIVESTRONG celebration concludes on Sunday. Head to Milano’s Hair Salon on Purchase Street, between 12 and 4 p.m., to donate your hair for recovering cancer patients.
Take part in a spin-a-thon at the Y from 2-5 p.m. To reserve your bike, email LIVESTRONG@ryeymca.org. Time slots are $20 per half-hour. (It takes $475 to support one survivor in the Y’s program.)
Save the Date
Photographers on Location
Professional photographers will take to the streets of Rye October 21 to capture a town brought together by community events. Over 20 photographers from leading organizations such as Ground Glass and Northern Exposure will be given the opportunity to capture life as it unfolds on a single day. “In the Moment — Contemporary Views of Community” will be on display at the Rye Arts Center October 28 through November 3.
From events such as Halloween Window Painting to Scared by the Sound at Playland, photographers will train their lenses on various sights and subjects to provide a contemporary view of community at its best.
Photographs will be on display, and available for sale, at the Rye Arts Center October 27 from 6-8 p.m. at a celebratory fundraiser that includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $55.
For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org.
Rye’s Youthful Senior Organization Celebrates Its First — and Very Good — Year
SPRYE (Staying Put in Rye & Environs) is celebrating 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. Also, enjoy a silent auction with over 20 items.
Tickets are $75. Call 481-5706.
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.
For a Good Cause
Sole Ryeders will host Women’s Night Out Boutique October 11 from 7-10 p.m. at Manursing Island Club. Catch up with friends, shop till you can’t anymore, and enjoy light fare and cocktails, all while helping to support local cancer-related programs.
The boutique includes clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery, and other fabulous items from B+, Stella & Dot, Zaltas Gallery, Belle Cose, Three Sisters, Hivernage, Invitations & More by Bonnie, The Chintz Giraffe, Three Sisters, Elizabeth McCay, Reverse the Course, 2 Friends Clothing, Just Jamie Scarves, and Discovery Toys & More.
A portion of the proceeds from all purchased items will go to the Sole Ryeders & Friends Fund. Tickets are tax-deductible and are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
The Rye Nature Center will host its annual fundraiser October 12 from 7-10 p.m. Sample a variety of beers and German fare catered by Strawberry and Sage. That evening, the center will honor Sara Goddard, Gretchen Kaye-Crowley, Birgit Townley, Melissa Brown-Grieco, and Annalise Stack for their advocacy work on the Retail Shopping Bag Ordinance, which was enacted this spring.
For tickets, call 967-5150.
Talks and Workshops
Communicate with Higher Powers
Learn to receive clear guidance from spirit guides, the masters, and the angelic realm Wednesdays October 10, 17, and 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.
The Rye library is offering two new classes this month. The first, a two-session workshop on Computer Basics and Surfing the Internet, will be given October 11 and 18. Topics will cover everything from using a mouse, to keyboarding to producing and printing a simple letter. No previous computer experience is necessary, and participants are expected to attend both sessions.
Learn to blog with the best of them October 25. 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.
Classes run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary.
Lee Woodruff at the Library
Meet Rye resident and best-selling author Lee Woodruff and celebrate the publication of her new novel, “Those We Love Most”, October 15 at 7 p.m.
Family Caregivers Group
The Rye Y and Wainwright House co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers. The group meets next October 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Wainwright. This monthly meeting offers guidance, healing, and hope on how to make the most of the experience without losing yourself in the process.
Receive information on resources to help you in your role as a caregiver. Each meeting includes a guided relaxation meditation and stress-release exercises. Light
refreshments will be served. For more information, call 967-6363.
Girls Night Out Is Back!
The popular program returns to the Square House Museum October 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a program on “1920-1939: The Jazz Age to the Great Depression”.
From flappers, to Prohibition, to the stock market crash of 1929 and beyond, the program provides a thought-provoking look at two decades of dramatic social, political, and economic change from a Rye perspective.
Learn how the role of women evolved with greater independence and how they dealt with the hardships of the Great Depression. Period apparel and accessories from the society’s extensive costume collection will be displayed and discussed.
Cost is $20 for members, $30 non-members. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.
Historian Holzer to Present Civil War Program
The Jay Heritage Center presents a free presentation, “Images of the Emancipation Proclamation”, by Rye’s very own historian Harold Holzer, October 21 from 3-5 p.m. Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), 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.
The Birds and the Bees
Next up in the “Heard in Rye” speaker series is “Talk to Me First: How to Become Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex” by Deborah Roffman. The workshop will be held October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Rye Country Day School Performing Arts Center.
Roffman uses her more than 30 years of experience to help parents understand how to become their children’s number one source for information and guidance on human sexuality.
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.
Just for Fun
A Starry Night
Gaze into the night sky and learn about our solar system and the universe during a stargazing program Tuesday, October 16, at Edith G. Read Sanctuary at Playland.
Beginning at 7:15 p.m., amateur astronomer and filmmaker Jeffrey Jacobs of Rye will use his large Dobsonian telescope for visitors to get a view of double stars, star clusters, the Andromeda Galaxy, and more. Cloud dates for the program are October 17 and 18. Meet at the nature center building behind the Playland parking lot.
Arts and Entertainment
Digital Photography 101
Have a new digital camera and don’t know where to start? Adults and teens are invited to a one-day workshop at the Rye Arts Center October 13 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Camera operation and basic computer operation will be covered. Bring your camera, as well as the instruction manual. The fee is $30; members receive a discount.
Beaux Arts Opening Reception
The Woman’s Club of Rye will hold a reception and awards ceremony for its annual juried exhibit at the Rye library, Saturday at 2 p.m. The show includes exciting and eclectic works in oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, graphic arts, photography, and portraiture all created by area artists.
First-prize winners advance to the Westchester County Federation of Woman’s Club Beaux Arts Finale. The exhibit will be on display through October 25.
Art of Africa
Wildlife and conservation artist Alison Nicholls will display her drawings and talk about her experiences living in Africa at the Rye library October 20 at 11 a.m. Nicholls will also discuss the two conservation projects she visited in Zimbabwe and Tanzania that work closely with local communities to preserve the wildlife of the region.
Some of Nicholls’ paintings illustrate why many animals are endangered and show how conservationists’ research can help a particular species. The presentation includes video clips and photographs showing the beauty of Africa and the diversity of its landscapes, people, and wildlife.
Magical Memories of Hindustan
After traveling to Northern India earlier this year, local artist Katharine Dufault was inspired to paint the landscape. An exhibit of those works opened at the Rye Arts Center late last month and continues through October 20.
“I was captivated by the light,” said Dufault. “I tried to recreate the magical colors that explode delightfully all around you.”
Among the unforgettable sights, in addition to the Taj Mahal, were people balancing their wares in baskets on their heads, elephants waiting by the roadside, and the sea of color in every village — saris, wagons filled with mounds of fresh produce on top of colorful cloths, gaily decorated rickshaws.
Riding an elephant was one of the highlights of the trip for Dufault. “They are so magnificent yet gentle, and they move with grace.”
Teen & Tween Times
Ages 11-14 can join the Rye Y on Columbus Day, October 8, and travel to Liberty Paintball. Games are supervised and refereed at all times, by experienced paintball staff.
Cost is $110 for family/youth members, $120 non-members. Fee includes gear, transportation, and a pizza lunch. The bus departs the Y at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
Missions Possible at Rye Rec
Fifth graders can take part in the action and excitement with Rye Rec October 12, from 5:30-7 p.m.; sixth graders can take their turn from 7:30-9 p.m. Join a team combat simulation that will execute challenging missions — to diffuse bombs, rescue hostages, and protect VIPs.
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for residents, $30 non-residents. Call 967-2535.
Ages 11-15 can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children at the Rye Y October 13 and 14 from 1-5 p.m. The five areas of concentration are leadership, safety and safe play, basic care, first aid, and professionalism. Learn how to feed and change infants, deal with emergencies, and seeking babysitting jobs.
Participants must attend both sessions. Bring a light lunch or snack. For more information, call 967-6363.
Enhance reading skills and encourage a love of books by pairing your child with a teen buddy at the Rye library for one-on-one reading time. The program, which had a successful debut over the summer, runs on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. beginning October 6. Reading selections may be of the child’s choice or for a school assignment.
Let loose and burn off energy in a number of activities October 8 at the Rye Y. Cost is $60 for members, $75 non-members. To register, call 967-6363.
Adventure on the High Seas
Ages 5 and up are invited to watch “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (PG) at the Rye library, October 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. Set sail for a voyage of hilarious antics on the Seven Seas.
Gymnastics Open Workout
Ages 7 and up can work on all four Olympic events, plus Tumble Trac and Mini Trampoline instruction, at the Rye Y October 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Gymnastics experience is required. Cost is $20.
See You at the Fair
Christ’s Church Nursery School will hold its Fall Fair October 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Geared for preschoolers and their families, this action-filled day includes jumping castles, a junior carousel, games and prizes, and arts and crafts. Assorted foods, beverages, and snacks are available for purchase, including hot dogs and hamburgers. Stop by the bake sale table for an irresistible treat.
All proceeds go toward the enrichment programs and scholarship fund. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Whole Lot of Shakin’ On the Village Green
Round up the family and get ready to jump, wiggle, and shake with the Fuzzy Lemons, the juiciest rock band on the scene October 14 from 1-3 p.m. on the Village Green.
With laugh-out-loud lyrics and memorable melodies, every song tells a story and inspires all ages to dance and sing along. There’s no better way to move, groove, and meet other jammin’ families than at a live concert with The Fuzzy Lemons.
The concert is sponsored by the Rye Free Reading Room’s Auxiliary Board.
Learn about nocturnal wildlife October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. For reservations, call 967-5150. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Tree Walk & Talk
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 October 20 from 12-1 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Join the Great Leaf Hunt
Through Thanksgiving, the Rye Nature Center invites children to search for the largest leaf they can find. The winning specimen will go on display in the center. Gather leaves from the center, a park, or your own backyard. Here’s a helpful hint: last year’s winner was a sycamore.
To Your Health
Stretch Yourself Through Yoga
The Rye Y and Wainwright House have joined forces to offer yoga classes throughout the fall.
At Stress Busters October 11, learn tools to help prepare the body and mind to face stress when it arises.
At My Aching Back October 18, review simple and safe stretches and gentle ways to start moving on those days when the simplest action is painful and unsteady.
Parents and children (ages 7-11) can enjoy yoga together October 25. Traditional yoga poses and practice have been adapted into games and partner play. Session includes a guided imagery relaxation and child-friendly meditation.
All sessions take place from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Wainwright. Free for members.
Experience the many benefits of Hot Yoga with Rye resident Frannie Rochat. Classes are heated, with temperature ranges between 86-92 degrees.
A registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance with over 15 years experience, Rochat teaches a traditional 26-pose hatha yoga method.
Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 6-7 a.m. Bring water, mat, and towel. All levels are welcome, no prior experience or flexibility required.
The Great Outdoors
Discover the little things that are often overlooked under leaves, logs, and rocks October 20 at 2 p.m. Long pants and shoes are highly recommended.
Learn how to build a shelter out of natural materials October 21 at 2 p.m.
Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls
Scared by the Sound: Bigger and Better than Ever!
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 beginning October 5.
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.
Grab a paintbrush and decorate a pumpkin October 18 from 6-7 p.m. at the Rye Y. Refreshments will be served. This free event is for family members only.
Ages 10 and up will learn how to develop and draw creatures from another world in the highly imaginative and entertaining Drawing Monsters workshop at the Rye Arts Center October 20 from 12-1:30 p.m. Fee is $15.
From 2-3 p.m., ages 6-9 can get creative using paper and paint to make a Halloween mask. Fee is $10.
Create lasting memories at the Square House Museum’s annual Family Pumpkin Carving Day October 20 from 1-4 p.m.
After carefully choosing the perfect pumpkin from the Square House Pumpkin Patch, let your creativity run wild and carve your very own masterpiece. Children can also enjoy a selection of fall-themed crafts and activities.
The cost is $20 per family. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.