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0:00 Don’t Miss Play Ball!   Ages 7-14 can put their baseball and softball skills to the test at the Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run […]

Published April 25, 2012 7:57 PM
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Don’t Miss

Play Ball!


Ages 7-14 can put their baseball and softball skills to the test at the Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run at Rye Rec April 20 from 4-5 p.m. Groups are separated by age. Cost is $10 per person.

Y Derby & Healthy Kids Day


The Rye YMCA has a special day planned for the community April 29. Healthy Kids Day activities run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The 5K and 5-mile races begin at 10:15 a.m. The 1-mile fun run/walk starts at 12:15 p.m. Enjoy delicious BBQ and awards after the races.


To register, call 967-6363.

For a Good Cause

Holy Child Celebration


At their annual gala and auction April 21, School of the Holy Child will honor Anna and Joe Houlihan. The event will be held at Westchester Country Club. For more information, call 967-5622.

Walk for a Cure


The 3rd Annual Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, in memory of Gigi Shanes-Hernandez, will take place April 22 at Rye Town Park. Last year, over 800 people participated and raised over $300,000.


Registration begins at 8 a.m., the walk at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Arts and Entertainment

The World in Abstraction


Wainwright House presents “Exploring Our World: The Abstract Eye”, an exhibit of acrylics by Rye artist Joseph Blumstein. An opening reception will be held April 15 from 2-5 p.m. The show runs through May 6.


The exhibit is a visual memoir, inspired by Blumstein’s life experience, from being raised in a Jewish Orthodox household, to his professional career in corporate America, to his world travels with his family.


Blumstein began to seriously explore his passion for painting in his 20s, first at The Art Students League in New York, and later with Albert Pels, a WPA artist known for his murals.


In the 1970s, a promising career with Westinghouse Electric sent Blumstein to Brazil, where he had little time for painting. After various South American and European posts, he returned to America. Back in his native New York, he worked in the fashion industry. “Vanity”, one of the paintings in the Wainwright exhibit, is a reflection of that period.

Retirement has given Blumstein time to pursue other activities. “Sun Salutation” is one of the paintings inspired by his new-found passion for yoga. “I wanted to paint

something that reflects the inner peace I have found through my yoga practice.”

Feed Me Seymour!


On April 20 and 21, Rye High’s Parson Street Players will give three performances of “Little Shop of Horrors”, the comedy horror rock musical best known for its bloodthirsty people-eating plant Audrey II.


Featuring three puppeteers and three Audrey II puppets, the musical is a story of star-crossed lovers and the not-so-lovable plant that makes their love possible. It debuted off-Broadway in 1982 and was made into a movie in 1986.


“I love these musicals because they showcase a small cast,” said Peter Green, director of the show. The show is choreographed by Jimmy Locust, who has performed at the Grammys, the MTV Music Video Awards, and the Academy Awards. “We only have a short amount of time to get this show up and running so it takes a superhuman effort on the cast’s part,” added Mr. Green.


In the cast are Coco Darelius, Dan Germani, Catherine Hedge, Danny Keller, Brad Krapes, John McCabe, Kayako Ono, Ariella Reidenberg, Chet Sternlicht, Ben DeMarco, Ross DeMarco, and Serena Mason. Sanoka Nomura designed the show poster.


Performances are April 20 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 students, free for seniors.

String Quartet


The Westchester Chamber Music Society presents The Parker String Quartet April 29 at 8 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-el. A coffee and wine reception with the musicians will follow the performance. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 967-7399.

Talks and Workshops

Jump Start Your Job Search


Lives in Transition is offering unemployed and underemployed 2010 and 2011 college grads an intensive hands-on program to target and nail their dream job. Learn how to write a winning resume and interview with focus and confidence.


Day and time will be determined by group availability. Email

Rye Sports History

What makes Rye so good at sports? Find out from a panel of notable Rye athletes and coaches April 17 at 7 p.m. at Rye Middle School. Moderated by Athletic Director Rob Castagna, panelists include football coach Dino Garr; girls’ varsity soccer coach and former RHS soccer player Rich Savage; RHS Class of 1965 basketball star Steve Feeney; and RHS Class of 1989 football, basketball, and baseball star Gregg Draddy.


This is the kick-off event for the new exhibit, “History of Sports in Rye”. The exhibit is a review and retrospective of Sports in Rye throughout her history using objects and photos from the collection of the Rye Historical Society, Rye High School, and many private donors. It sweeps from the first Marathon run in Rye in 1908, includes the advent of Youth Sports, Origin of the YMCA and the Rye Y, Club Sports, Olympians, Professional Athletes, and the many teams and sports of

Rye High School.

Spring Into a Well-Styled Home


Michele Green of The Open House will offer interior design tips at the Rye library April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Learn how to update and freshen the look of your home without a total makeover. Rethink tradition with a modern twist, balance styles to create harmony, and use color to welcome a new season.

See “before and after” examples of easy-to-do room transformations and watch a demonstration of accessorizing a bookcase and coffee table with objects from The Open House. Wine and cheese will be served.

Love Your Work


Rick Jarow will give a talk entitled “The Post 2012 Career: Creating the Work You Love, Building the New World Economy” at Wainwright House April 19 from 7-9:30 p.m. Jarow is the author of “Creating the Work You Love” and pioneer of the “Anti Career” movement. Cost is $35. To register, call 967-6080.

De-Clutter Your Life


Feng Shui consultant Linda Boney comes to the Rye library April 21 at 11 a.m. Learn how holding on to stuff can keep you from whatever you want in life, from having more abundance, the partner you desire, and feeling healthy.

Click Away


The Rye library is hosting two workshops later this month. Learn how to “Organize Your Photos and Create a Photo Collage with Picasa” April 24. Beginners can learn “Email Basics” April 26. Both classes take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Seating is limited to 12. No pre-registration is required.

Reduce Your Stress


Wainwright House presents Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction April 27 from 7-8 p.m. This skills-based training course includes meditation practices and cognitive approaches to self-management. Learn strategies to reduce everyday stress and manage chronic medical and psychological conditions. Call 967-6080 for more information.

Just for Fun

Art-Filled Evening


Join Le Pain Quotidien for a taste of Italy April 19 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a dinner of northern Italian-style eggplant caprese, prosciutto, seckel pear and fennel salad, and chicken cacciatore over fresh pappardelle. The menu will be paired with wines from Wine at Five.


The works of Rye Art Center instructors Patti Mollica and Daniele Hager will be showcased. Mollica is a published author and artist known for her energetic brushwork and bold use of color. Hager is a classically trained singer in standards, show tunes, and opera.


Tickets are $45 in advance, $52 at the door.

Wines of the World


The Harrison-Mamaroneck and Rye Rotary Club present a wine tasting experience April 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Emilio Restaurant in Harrison. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Cost is $50 per person. RSVP by calling 381-6700, ext. 350. This event is sponsored by The Wine Vault.

Teen Times

Y Nights


Grades 9-12 can enjoy basketball, swimming (swim caps required), working out, video games, air hockey, ping-pong, and socializing with friends April 20 and 27

from 7-10 p.m. At Middle School teen night, the popular Velcro Wall is back April 21 and 28 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for Teen Access members.

Kids’ Corner

On the Nature Hunt


Take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt at Read Sanctuary using a nature checklist, April 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick up list at the nature center.

Discovery Workshop: Ghost Stories


Ages 7 and up can attend a short story workshop using the supernatural, the spooky, and spirits to inspire a well-crafted tale April 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Rye

Arts Center. Even if you’ve never seen a ghost, learn how to bring fiction to life with the right structure, characters, setting, and the perfect words.

Creating a good story is all about translating your imagination into something real for the reader. Fee is $25.

A Girl’s Best Friend


American Girl Doll returns to the Square House April 21 from 1-3 p.m. Girls ages 7-11 will delight in the tale of young Josephina Montoya from New Mexico. This engaging program, led by volunteer Heather Schindler, includes a weaving project and preparation of a traditional Southwestern dish. Cost is $15 per child. For reservations, call 967-7588.


String Sensation


Robert the Guitar Guy has some movement and musical treats in store for babies and pre-schoolers at the Rye library April 24 and May 22 at 1:30 p.m.

The high-energy performer gets participants giggling with a mix of guitar, puppets, rhythm instruments, and plenty of marching and dancing. For more information about these programs, call 231-3162 or visit

In an Old House in Paris…

Ages 5 and up can meet Madeline, the beloved story book character, and celebrate her creator’s 114th birthday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library. Sing “Happy Birthday” to author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans and enjoy stories and crafts about the little Parisian girl he made famous.

Tie the Knot!


From tying basic knots, to working with more advanced ones, to learning their history, ages 7-10 will get a quick education in knots, April 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. This is one workshop you will “knot” soon forget. Fee is $25.

The Great Outdoors

Happenings at the Marshlands


Clear the stone walls along the meadow, April 14 from 1-3 p.m. Bring work gloves; hand tools will be provided.


On April 15, volunteers are invited to help with cleanup from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At 2 p.m., explore the creatures that live in the ever-changing tidal zone of Long Island Sound.

Help with trail maintenance April 21 from 1-3 p.m. Bring work gloves; hand tools provided.

Pitch-In Work Day


Help with spring clean up, invasive plant removal and trail work at Read Wildlife Sanctuary April 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Good Riddance to Those Invasives


Volunteers are needed to help reclaim the forest from invaders April 21 at 11 a.m. at Rye Nature Center. Helpers must be 12 or older. To sign-up, call 967-5150.

Spring Tree Exploration


Celebrate Arbor Day with an informative tree walk at The Osborn April 27 at 10 a.m. The arboretum is home to over 1,000 trees and over 100 different kinds of trees on the spectacular 56-acre campus. The walk will be led by Michael Penziner, nature enthusiast and longtime volunteer at the Rye Nature Center and the New York Botanical Garden.


The walk is free and open to all. For more information, call 925-8372 or email

Family Ties


Into the Field


Join a Rye Nature Center naturalist and hike into the forest to explore various natural attractions, April 14 at 9:15 a.m.

Toil in the Soil


The Friends of Rye Nature Center and the Rye Y present a series of Family Garden Workshops at the nature center April 15 and 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m. Learn about garden site selection, which plants grow well in shade or sun, what to plant in different seasons, and how to plant a seed and take care of a seedling.


Great for ages 5-12. To sign-up, call 967-5150. No charge for RNC or Y members; $10 for non-members.

Daddy & Me Animal Show


Dads, bring your daughters to a really big animal adventure show at the Rye Nature Center, April 21 from 9:15-10 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.

Summer Creativity


The Rye Arts Center has great summer offerings.


At Creative Arts Program (ages 4-12) students receive a well-rounded, hands on arts experience with a little bit of art history thrown in. A focus on art movements and culture are incorporated into classes such as: drawing, painting, mixed media, creative movement, storytelling, and more. Runs Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 25 through August 10. Other morning programs include digital photography and ceramics.


Afternoon programming includes group classes in beginning piano and guitar as well as private/semi-private lessons in various instruments. Other workshops include Manga/cartooning, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, watercolor, Garage Band, writing, and analog/digital photography.


This year’s Musical Theatre Workshop is an adaptation of Disney’s “Aladdin”. This Monday-Friday, full-day program is open to ages 8-12 the weeks of August 13, 20, and 27.


For more information, call 967-0700.

Save the Date

Cinco Celebration for Carver


The annual Carver Center benefit will take place May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Rye Town Hilton. The theme this year is: you guessed it, Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy dancing and a live auction. Cocktail attire. For details, call 939-4464.

Children’s Philanthropy Fundraiser


Attend the 8th annual Designing Women of Rye and Beyond Boutique Fundraiser at Apawamis Club, May 9 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. New vendors include Sophie’s Runway, featuring great clothing from Italy and France, Lulu and Merie to satisfy all of your stationery needs, Farm Couture Living, a fabulous skincare and fragrance line, plus great jewelry from The Lady Ming and Keri Starker.  


Stop by Equipt For Play, whose women’s golf accessories will keep your style in check on the course. Find terrific housewares, exotic skin bags, and unique accessories as well as plants and flowers.


New this year is “Girls Night Out” from 6-8 p.m., which features complimentary gift bags for the first 50 attendees, as well as light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


Enjoy a raffle where the grand prize is an ultimate barbeque for 20 guests.

Calling All Oenophiles


Wine at Five will hold its sixth annual wine tasting at Wainwright House May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now; call 921-5950. Cost is $50 per person.

The Tour We’ve Been Waiting For


The whole community is looking forward to the Rye House Tour May 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For tickets and tour information, visit or participating realtors.

Start Those Engines


The 13th annual Vehicle Fair will be held June 3 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osborn School parking lot. The fun-filled family event, which benefits the Rye Free Reading Room, promises to be an exciting day for all.


Look for further announcements about the variety of trucks and cars available for kids to explore and the many other attractions for all to enjoy. For more information, call 231-3162.


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