Save the Date
The sounds of extraordinary music will emanate from the Jay Heritage Center for their first Carriage House salon, March 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cellist Jeffrey Solow and pianist Andrea Clearfield will play works by Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn. Tony Miceli on vibraphone and Aaron Irwin on saxophone will change the mood with jazz classics, followed by Bulgarian concert pianist Tania Starevia. Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hul will perform original works for flutes and electronics. Guests will enjoy works by singer/songwriter/pianist Stephanie Nilles.
The Oliverez Trio, featuring Rick Olivarez and Jeff Cheers on guitar and Dave Berzonsky on bass, will close out the afternoon program. You’ll hear a number of different influences in their music, from Eastern European folklore to Django Reinhardt to Parisian valse musette.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit jaycenter.org.
Calling all Wizards and Witches
Grab your wand and broomstick for the Milton Magical Spring Faire, Saturday March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Milton School. Enjoy magical-themed games, Quidditch, The Happy Medium, cake walk, bouncy castles, face-painting, arts and crafts, pizza, hotdogs, delicious Japanese food, and much more.
Give the gift of life at the Rye Y’s blood drive to benefit White Plains Hospital, Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Donate a pint of blood and receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon
Don’t miss this much-loved family event at the Rye Nature Center Saturday from 12-3 p.m. Stay warm with log-sawing contests, fire-roasted marshmallows, and crafts.
Activities include hikes, maple sugar demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, a chainsaw sculptor, arm-wrestling contests, archery lessons, tractor rides, bulb planting, candle dipping, a gem hunt, and much more. Admission is free.
The Woman’s Club of Rye’s, in partnership with Caravan Connection, a fine rug purveyor, will hold its annual rug sale, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rye Middle School.
Get expert advice from Mike McRee and his wife Mary Lynn on style, type, and size. Their rugs are of high quality, mostly hand-knotted, and available in styles from contemporary and transitional to traditional.
Ages 4 and up can decorate delicious green, gold, and purple cupcakes at the Rye library’s Mardi Gras parade Saturday at 2 p.m. Celebrate with beads, masks, and music, and parade through the library in true carnival style.
Beauty of the Body
Learn to draw the human form in a workshop at the Rye Arts Center, Saturday from 2-5 p.m. Participants will develop composition and perspective skills and learn to focus the eye. The program is open to adults and teens. Fee is $75.
Y Nights, Y Not!
Grades 6-8 can hang out with friends and enjoy a variety of activities, including a bouncy house, basketball, Wii/Xbox games, and racquetball, February 9 and March 2 from 7-10 p.m.
LI Sound Bites
“A Different Point of View,” the 39th annual Marshlands Conservancy exhibit, featuring scenes from the 151-acre wildlife sanctuary, opens with a reception from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Refreshments will be served.
The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Marshlands. Works will be on display at the Visitor Center on weekends through March.
Spend Sunday afternoon enjoying the sounds of The Ron McClure Trio at Wainwright House, Sunday from 12-3 p.m. Corner Stone Caterers and Wine at Five will provide the food and wine.
On March 3, the Arcadia Jazz Trio will star. Per person cost is $45. For reservations, call 967-6080.
Hallie Bond will discuss the quilts of the Adirondacks, Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Jay Heritage Center. If you have a family quilt you’d like to learn more about, bring it with you and Bond will help explain the history of its maker and the subject depicted.
This free event is co-sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities.
Talks and Workshops
On the Desktop Screen
A free two-session workshop on Computer Basics and Surfing the Internet will be held at the Rye library February 14 and 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The class covers using the mouse, keyboarding, activating computer programs, and producing and printing a simple letter. Participants must attend both sessions.
The Rye library book groups have announced the selections for their upcoming meetings. The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will talk about “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach, February 14 at 1:15 p.m.
The Current Events Group will meet February 26 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — and What We Can Do About It” by Tony Wagner.
Arts and Entertainment
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
In a fitting nod to Valentine’s Day and romance, the Rye Historical Society presents the new exhibit, “Something Old, Something New: Wedding Dresses Through The Years,” February 14 at the Square House. View a selection of exquisite dresses spanning nearly 130 years, from the 1830s-1960s, including an 1835 ivory silk and satin dress with a slightly raised waist and puffed sleeves, as well as an 1885 ivory two-piece dress with lace collar and a beaded and embroidered skirt.
The traditional use of white or ivory for wedding dresses began in the mid-19th century, after Queen Victoria wore a white gown when she married Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840. Prior to that, wedding dresses were typically made in a variety of colors, or in many cases brides simply wore their best Sunday dress.
Also view a charming assortment of Valentine’s Day cards, from the 1890s through 1930s, depicting the sweet and romantic sentiments of this traditional day of love and romance steeped in history.
The exhibit is on display through April 20. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 967-7588.
Beauty of the Hudson
An opening reception for “The Hudson River and Its People”, an exhibit of photographs by Brian Whalen, will be held February 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Rye library. Whalen’s images present a view of the people and landscape of the Hudson River Valley from New York City to the back roads of the Adirondacks.
Embracing both landscape and portraiture, his photographs provide a unique take on life on and around the Hudson River. A resident of White Plains, Whalen studied photography at SUNY Purchase and the ICP in New York City.
The exhibit runs through the end of February.
Music for a Winter’s Night
All are invited to “A Winter Evening of Acoustic Music” at the Meeting House, Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Gary Adamson and Fred Wolcott will perform. Proceeds will benefit educational programs at the Meeting House and Bird Homestead.
Gary Adamson, a Rye-based singer/songwriter, is the founder and leader of Back To The Garden 1969, a Woodstock tribute band. He also runs Waters Edge Music, a music production company. He will perform his own compositions, as well as interpretations of selected cover songs.
Percussionist Fred Wolcott, a veteran of the thriving New York City music scene, is the newest member of Back To The Garden 1969. This will be duo’s second appearance at the historic Meeting House.
Admission is $10 per person. Coffee and dessert will be available for sale to help raise funds for the historic Milton Road site. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 967-0099.
Ages 3-5 can create their own whimsical cards from red and pink paper, ribbons, and fancy stamps to give to Mom, Dad, and the whole family, February 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Square House.
Per-child cost is $5 for members, $10 non-members. Breakfast treats and juice will be served. For reservations, call the Rye Historical Society at 967-7588.
Mad Kids: Commercials, Ads, & Fads
Ages 8 and up can learn how to create the words, product name, advertising, and packaging that sells products, February 16 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Participants will create promotions for their favorite products or their own invention. Fee is $15.
Romare Bearden, Picasso, and Henry Darger — what do all of these artists have in common? The art of collage! Ages 7-9 will use objects and papers to explore the possibilities of collage, March 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Rye Arts Center. The cost is $15; members receive discount.
On the Loose with Dr. Seuss
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with things to learn, things to know, things to help imagination grow, March 2 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. The young writers will focus on Dr. Seuss’ style to inspire their own drawings and writing. Seuss students will create a birthday card for you-know-who and a Seuss-inspired story.
For ages 7 and up. The fee is $20; members receive discount.
Teen & Tween Times
Portrait Painting 101
Learn mixing techniques and color theory in an in-depth workshop at the Rye Arts Center, February 16 from 2-4 p.m. The class is open to beginners, but basic color mixing and drawing skills are a plus. For ages 13 and up. Fee is $35.
Comic Book Relief
Get an inside look at the comic book business February 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rye Library. Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Mamaroneck-based Archie Comics Productions, will give you the scoop on how comic books are made.
Her presentation will explore how writers, editors, letterers, inkers, and colorists work together to bring a story alive. She also will explain how comic books are used to promote public service announcements and intellectual property.
Maple Sugaring Demos
Tap the sap the old-fashioned way February 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Learn how maple trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process at their sugar shed. Free for members, $5 non-members.
To Your Health
Intensify your workout with a 90-minute spin class at the Rye Y, February 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. Instructor Ken will lead participants through a challenging ride to energetic music. Free for members.
School Vacation Camps
School may be out but have no fear; Rye’s organizations are here with a variety of workshops and classes that are perfect to keep all ages entertained.
Get Creative at the Rye Arts Center
Explore World Rhythms
Ages 6-8 can experience Salsa, R&B, Samba, Middle Eastern patterns, and more. Various rhythm instruments will be introduced to create exciting musical compositions, February 18-23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fee is $50 per day, $230 per week.
Photography & Photoshop
Ages 8 and up can enter the world of digital photography, February 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Using digital cameras, and the power of Photoshop, learn to develop a unique photographic eye. Gain an introduction to foundation concepts such as composition and lighting. Cost is $240.
Ages 6-8 can explore a variety of art mediums, February 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn the basics of art through experimentation with watercolor, pencil, mixed media, and more. Cost is $240.
All About Ceramics
Ages 8-12 will learn how to work in clay and pottery wheel techniques, February 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants will focus on independent projects. Fee is $240.
Ages 5-7 can get creative with ceramics, too from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Fee is $170.
Ages 9-12 can explore the world of sewing, February 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Basic hand sewing stitches and sewing on buttons will be taught. Work on design, marking, cutting, and pinning skills while manipulating fabric. Boys are welcome. Fee is $255.
Manga Club Cartooning
Ages 8 and up will learn how to create powerful manga illustrations, February 18-22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Creating a manga style comic strip will also be reviewed. Fee is $160. Members receive a discount on all classes. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org.
Explore the Outdoors at the Rye Nature Center
Pre-school and elementary students can take a nature break February 18-22 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bring lunch and spend time learning about nature and the habits of local wildlife as the days grow colder.
Per day cost is $60 for members, $70 non-members. To register, visit ryenaturecenter.org.
Let Loose with Rye Rec
Perfect That Swing!
Tee it up with Rye Rec’s TGA Premier Junior Golf camp, February 19-21 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Osborn Gym. Grades K-8 will play games while learning fundamentals, advanced techniques, rules, etiquette, and an understanding of all parts of the golf course. Fee is $165 for residents, $190 non-residents.
Bugs & Beasts
Grades K-4 can explore the world of creepy, crawly creatures and the animal kingdom, February 21 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Investigate the fascinating behavior of spiders, ants, bats, and owls. Cost is $55 for resident, $60 non-residents.
Grades K-4 will be electrified as they learn about conductors, insulators, and the world of circuit electricity, February 22 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $55 for resident, $60 non-residents. To register, visit ryeny.gov.
Ages 7-11 can partake in a one-day craft program at the Square House, February 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. In celebration of President’s Day, participants will create a mini figure of George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, or any one of their favorite Presidents using Styrofoam and fabric. They will also decorate papier-mâché masks and boxes.
Cost is $15 and includes supplies and a snack. Bring a bagged lunch. For reservations, call 967-7588.
Stay Active at the Y
The Y’s camps, offered from February 18-22, include Basketball (ages 5-11) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Gymnastics (ages 5 and up) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Fun Club (grades K-6) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Teen Fitness (ages 12-15) from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Mix It Up (ages 5-11) from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Per day cost is $60 for members & ASA/KT participants, $75 non-members. Per week cost is $270 for members & ASA/KT participants, $340 non-members. To register, visit ryeymca.org or call 967-6363.
Movies and Crafts at RFRR
Two films will be shown during the school break week. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (PG) will be screened February 19 from 2-3:45 p.m., and “Hotel Transylvania” (PG) February 22 from 3:30-5 p.m.
On February 20, children can drop in from 2-4 p.m. to choose from a variety of craft projects to make and take home. Youngsters may bring their own gently used books to trade with other kids, February 21 from 2-4 p.m.
For more information, call 231-3162.