Iconic Fashion History
At the Rye Historical Society’s annual history luncheon March 7, the spotlight is on American Fashion Icons. Fashion historian Kathleen Craughwell-Varda will explore the styles of a variety of women who have captured the American imagination.
With no monarchy to emulate, Americans have long been drawn to dynamic women who possessed style, charisma, and grace. Think Dolly Madison, Grace Kelly, who entered the realm of European nobility, Hollywood legends Gloria Swanson and Katherine Hepburn, and, of course, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Craughwell-Varda is a museum consultant who specializes in historic textiles, providing curatorial and conservation expertise to many museums and institutions. She received an M.A. in costume studies from NYU in conjunction with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The event, “Looking for Jackie: American Fashion Icons,” will be held at American Yacht Club. Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m. Guests will have time to browse and shop specialty boutique vendors before lunch begins at 12 p.m., followed by the lecture at 1:15 p.m. Vendors will re-open after the presentation for additional shopping time.
Tickets are $60 per person, $450 for a table of eight. To make reservations, call 967-7588 or visit ryehistory.org. Proceeds benefit the educational and programming activities of the Rye Historical Society.
Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks, Oh My!
Experience the magic of the Milton Spring Faire, March 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Milton School. Partake in magical-themed games such as Quidditch, The Happy Medium, as well as bouncy castles, face painting, cakewalk, and arts and crafts. Enjoy pizza, hotdogs, delicious Japanese food, and more.
Rockin’ at the Meeting House
Gary Adamson and Fred Wolcott will perform at the Meeting House, Friday at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the Meeting House and Bird Homestead. Adamson and percussionist Fred Wolcott will perform their own compositions, as well as interpretations of selected cover songs. Adamson is a Rye-based singer/songwriter and the founder and leader of Back To The Garden 1969, a Woodstock tribute band. He also runs Waters Edge Music, a music production company.
Admission is $10 per person. Coffee and dessert are available for sale to help raise funds for the historic Milton Road site. For more information, call 967-0099.
Fathers and their children can experience a fun-filled animal adventure, Saturday from 9:15-10 a.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
The Art of Collage
Ages 7-9 will use objects and papers to explore the possibilities of this medium with a focus on representational collage, Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Rye Arts Center. The cost is $15; members receive a discount.
Can You Hatch a Who?
Ages 7 and up are invited to a birthday celebration for the inimitable Dr. Seuss, Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Participants will make a birthday card and write a Seuss-inspired story. The fee is $20; members receive a discount.
Y Teen Nights
Grades 6-8 can hang out with friends and enjoy a variety of activities, including a bouncy house, basketball, Wii/Xbox games, and racquetball, Saturday and March 16 from 7-10 p.m. at the Rye Y.
Inaugural Carriage House Salon
Join the Jay Heritage Center for an afternoon of classical music, Sunday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cellist Jeffrey Solow and pianist Andrea Clearfield will perform works by Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn. Tony Miceli on vibraphone and Aaron Irwin on saxophone will shift the mood with jazz classics, followed by Bulgarian concert pianist Tania Starevia. Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hul will perform original works for flute and electronics. Singer/songwriter/pianist Stephanie Nilles will also perform.
The Oliverez Trio, featuring Rick Olivarez and Jeff Cheers on guitar and Dave Berzonsky on bass, will close out the 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.
Come to the Rye Nature Center and learn all about pond animals, March 9 at 2 p.m. Look for frogs at every stage of their life cycle, and see what other types of pond life can be found. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Talks and Workshops
Famous Artist Series
Join SPRYE in discovering the works of British Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Rye Arts Center. This event is free.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Children ages 5 and up can get to know Dr. Seuss, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with stories and crafts based on his books.
Using Your New iPad
Are you the lucky owner of a new iPad? Learn its basic setup and how to use it for email and the internet by taking the first of a two-session workshop, March 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye library. Downloading and using apps, books, and music will be covered. Attendees should bring their iPads to class. The second workshop will be held April 11 and will cover iBooks, iTunes, Photos, Notes, and other features.
Contemplating Your Next Career Step?
Lives in Transition presents “Self Assessment — Connecting Who You Are With What You Do” workshop, led by Arjan Eenkema van Dijk, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church.
Self-Assessment is the first step in your job search process. During this meeting, the Holland Framework and STRONG career assessment will be discussed. This framework provides insights in determining what kind of careers best meet with your interests and values. Whether you are clear about your next career step or are considering a career change, this session will provide participants with helpful information and valuable insights.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Beloved Sound
The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead presents a talk by Tom Andersen, “The Long Island Sound Cleanup: Where Are We, What Is To Be Done?”, March 9 at 3 p.m. at the Meeting House. Andersen is the New York Program and Communications Coordinator for Save the Sound and the author of “This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound” (Yale University Press). He will discuss what is being done to solve the water quality problems, followed by questions and a discussion with audience members.
Long Island Sound is the region’s most important environmental resource. It is vital to fishing and other businesses, plus it provides an array of recreational opportunities. But, after a number of years of improved conditions, this past summer the western Sound suffered some of the lowest levels of dissolved oxygen recorded in 25 years. Learn about the probable cause, and why colder temperatures this winter give some reason for optimism. Save the Sound cautions that residents must remain vigilant to avoid the risk of returning to the disturbing water-quality conditions of past decades.
Save the Sound works to protect and preserve the Sound through state and federal legislation, legal advocacy, volunteer work, and habitat restoration projects.
Admission is free. For more information, call 967-0099.
Local Celebration of International Women’s Day
The Rye Historical Society and the United Nations Association-Westchester Chapter, will present a special talk by Judy Cheng-Hopkins entitled “Contributions of Women to Peacebuilding Operations”, March 10 from 3-5 p.m. at the Square House. Cheng-Hopkins is the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support at the United Nations.
Ms. Cheng-Hopkins has served in her current position since 2009 and previously had a long and successful UN career spanning over 30 years covering development and humanitarian work in Africa and Asia. She received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, as well as a degree from Harvard’s Business School. She has been included in Forbes magazine’s list of “The 10 Most Powerful Women at the UN”.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975 to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress requires the participation, equality, and development of women and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
This free program will be followed by a Q & A and discussion moderated by Marcia Brewster, President of UNA-Westchester. Refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 967-7588.
Learn Folders, Fliers, Flash!
Learn data handling, setting up folders and files, transferring data to and from CDs and flash drives, and backing up critical information at Advanced Computer Basics, March 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye library.
Library Book Groups
The Rye library book groups have announced their upcoming selections. The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will talk about “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro, March 14 at 1:15 p.m. The Current Events Group meets March 26 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
For more information, call 231-3161.
Family Dynamics Explored
Next up in the Heard in Rye speaker series is Alison Birnbaum, LCSW, on “The Birth Order Games: Understanding Our Roles and Improving Family Harmony”, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the RMS Multipurpose Room.
Birnbaum has practiced psychotherapy for over 25 years in CT and NYC, helping children and adults overcome emotional challenges and change their behavior. In the public arena, Birnbaum served on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Anti-Drug Media campaign from its inception in 1999 through 2009, where she participated in the Behavioral Change Expert Panel, created message platforms, and wrote advice columns for parents and teens.
For more information, visit heardinrye.org.
“Women in Art: The Overlooked and Underappreciated”
The Harrison Public Library presents a slide lecture by art historian Suzanne Altman on important female artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, March 16 from 6-7 p.m. at Masterpiece Framing in Harrison. Enjoy an auction and refreshments following the talk.
Irish Tea and Tales
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish soda bread, cheese and tea, and laughs as taletellers share their recollections and stories at the Rye library, March 17 at 2 p.m. Topping the bill is Patrick A. Ahern, a longtime Rye resident now living in Harrison, who returns to tell more of his audience-pleasing stories of growing up in County Limerick. Joining him will be several other tellers who will share their own lively Irish tales and reminiscences.
This program is presented by the Rye Storytellers’ Guild.
Parks, Our Outdoor Living Spaces
The Jay Heritage Center presents a lecture by Charles Mitchell entitled “Representing the American Landscape: The People’s Parks,” March 17 from 3-5 p.m.
Drawing on visual images from paintings, illustrations, and photography, the lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more. Mitchell will focus on parks of the Hudson Valley and answer questions like: How did this place come to be “discovered,” created, or identified? What were the forces behind this? How has the public been encouraged to visit or preserve the place; how has the experience of that visit been shaped? How has the landscape been used by Native Americans, settlers, early tourists, contemporary visitors? What are the management, ecological, and other issues that it currently faces?
Refreshments will be served. This free event is sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities.
Learn the history of the Wainwright family at a talk sponsored by SPRYE, March 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. SPRYE member and longtime Rye Record contributor Paul Hicks will lead the presentation. This event is free.
Arts and Entertainment
The Painted Landscape
The Rye Arts Center presents a new exhibit by Kiki Dufault, “Time Capsule — The Figure and Landscape Abstracted.” The show opens with a reception March 2 at 2 p.m. and runs through March 23.
Dufault has been painting in oils for the past twenty years. Drawn to the figure and landscape, she said her paintings develop through a series of spontaneous actions, and the figure and/or landscape evolve out of this process.
Quartet of Female Artists
The Rye library presents an exhibit featuring the work of four local artists — Kathleen Joyce, Shirley Wolf, Doris Peet, and Terry Eppridge. All of them are members of The Greenwich Art Society and study with Professor Enzo Russo at the GAS Studio School.
A reception will be held March 16 from 2-4 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 8 through April 1. For more information, call 231-3161.
A Classical Afternoon
The Westchester Chamber Music Society is excited to announce the return of the Orion String Quartet, March 17 at 4 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester. The program features superb quartets from Beethoven, Bartok, and Schumann. Following the concert a reception will be held with the musicians.
Tickets are $35, free for students. Congregation Emanu-El is located at 2125 Westchester Avenue East in Rye.
Quite a Collection of Wedding Dresses
The Rye Historical Society presents “Something Old, Something New: Wedding Dresses Through The Years,” through April 20 at the Square House. Dresses on view span nearly 130 years, from the 1830s-1960s. Marvel at 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 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.
Girls Night In
Ages 5-11 can spend a few hours socializing with their friends, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rye Y. Enjoy swimming, jewelry making, nail painting, games, and dinner.
Per child cost is $10 for family members, $15 youth members, $20 non-members. Registration is required; call 967-6363.
Magnetic Science Saturday
Children in grades 4-5 can explore magnets and matter with hands-on experiments, March 23 from 10-11 a.m. at the Rye Nature Center For members only; pre-registration required.
Teen & Tween Times
Care for Little Creatures
Interested in volunteering at the Rye Nature Center? Ages 14 and up can take part in an animal care training session, March 2 from 3-4 p.m.
The Great Outdoors
Look Upward, Bird Watchers
Join expert birder Tom Burke, as he guides participants to where the woodcock calls and does its sky dance, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Marshlands. Bring binoculars.
The Whole Night Sky
The whole family can gaze at the breathtaking beauty of the stars in the galaxy, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marshlands.