A Rare Display at the Jay
From September 29 through October 1, the Jay Heritage Center will focus on enriching our understanding of Japanese culture, in cooperation with the Japan Society of Greater Fairfield County and International Ikebana New York.
The weekend kicks off with a spectacular flower show from 3 to 5 in the Wachenheim Center. At 5, in the Jay Estate Gardens, there will be a ceremonial dedication of a Higan cherry tree allée. An opening reception for an exhibition of works, including a rare internment camp painting, by sumi-e painter and post-war abstractionist Koho Yamamoto will be held in the Jay Mansion from 5:30-6:30.
Visitors are invited to see the flower show and the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 to 5, and 10 to 4, respectively.
For further information, visit jayheritagecenter.org.
With the return of Jay Day on Sunday, this is truly an all-Jay weekend. Make way for stilt walkers and jugglers, Yale’s a cappella group the Spizzwinks and an “All About H2O” show from Mad Science. Take a tour of the historic house and gardens. Learn about archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch. Pony rides, a petting zoo, and a variety of crafts will keep the kids occupied. Eats from Crazy Taco Mex, Leila’s Empanadas, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve will satisfy every appetite.
Admission is $50 for families and $20 for individuals for ticketed activities.
Lively, Literary Talks with Mark Schenker
A new series of discussions of great works with Mark Schenker, Senior Associate Dean at Yale College, kicks off Sunday at the Rye Free Reading Room. Those who cannot attend in person can join remotely.
Two remarkable works of short fiction by contemporary Irish author Clare Keegan, “Foster” and “Small Things Like These”, have been selected for the first session. “Foster” was recently made into a superb film, “The Quiet Girl”. In her review of “Small Things”, Hillary Mantel wrote: “Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving.”
The session begins at 12:30 and ends at 2:15, with a brief break in the middle. Call the library at 914-967-0480 if you plan to attend. Admission is free.
For a Good Cause
On October 11 from 6 to 8:30, Wainwright House will host a benefit honoring a community leaders Dr. Bill Meyer, Rye High School Assistant Principal; Jen Crozier and Lucy Berkoff of Spring for Rye; acclaimed author Annabel Monaghan; Eddy Kehoe, Wainwright’s student historian; and Carlos Jimenez, community artistic partner.
For tickets, go to wainwright.org.
Here’s to Seniors
SPRYE will hold its major fundraiser October 12 from 6 to 8 at Shenorock Shore Club. The Fallfest Benefit promises to be an evening of fun, games, music, and connection. The honoree is Robin Jovanovich, publisher of The Rye Record.
Proceeds fund the nonprofit organization’s many robust programs and activities for adults 55 and over who want to live confidently at home and stay connected to their community in meaningful ways.
For tickets, visit sprye.org or call 914-481-5706.
The Kindest Cut
In recognition of Breast Cancer Month, The Rye YMCA and the New Me Beauty Lounge in Port Chester are asking anyone who has nine or more inches of hair to have it cut. All ponytails will be donated to Chemo Diva through Soulryeders.
To book an appointment, call 914-937-5153.
The Arts Have It
Daytrip to Storm King
Ready for an upstate art adventure? The Rye Y has organized a group trip to the 500-acre outdoor museum in Hudson Valley on October 5. Experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under an open sky.
The bus will leave the Y at 9 and return by 5:30. The fee, which includes lunch, a snack, and a tram ride, is $85 for members, $110 for non-members. Register at ryeymca.org.
Drawing from Life
Instructor Larry D’Amico will lead a figure drawing class at the Rye Arts Center on October 14 from 1-4. Working with a live clothed model, the class will quickly focus on getting the big, abstracted shape relationships down. Participants, ages 16 and older, will be inspired by examples from the old masters to contemporary figurative artists to create atmospheric compositions.
The fee is $95. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.