Around Town 4-5-13

0:00   Don’t Miss   Garnet Casino Night The Rye High School annual fundraiser will take place, April 13 from 7-11 p.m. at Apawamis Club. […]

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Published April 17, 2013 7:49 PM
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Don’t Miss


Garnet Casino Night

The Rye High School annual fundraiser will take place, April 13 from 7-11 p.m. at Apawamis Club. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, silent acution, and casino. Cost is $85 per person. 


Spring Has Sprung!

Take in the beautiful blooms at the Little Garden Club of Rye’s annual Daffodil Show, April 16 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Jay Heritage Center.


Non-Profit Benefits

The Carver Center’s annual benefit, celebrating its 70-year history, will take place April 26 at 7 p.m. at Rye Town Hilton. The evening features a live auction and dancing.


The Westchester Children’s Museum’s Spring Benefit will take place May 10 at The Ritz Carlton, Westchester in White Plains. Enjoy a light dinner, auction, and cocktails. To purchase tickets, visit


Rye Rocks Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over a dozen local organizations are holding activities designed to promote awareness of and showcase the natural beauty found in our waterfront community. All events are free and open to the public.


“Nature’s Art: Geodes from the Collection of Robert R. Wiener,” runs from April 16-May 24 at the Rye Arts Center. Learn about the relationship between art and science at this unique exhibit featuring more than 200 geodes from around the world. These colorful geodes form the basis of our understanding of how nature creates and informs different forms of art. Take part in a geologist’s talk and children’s workshop, April 20 at 3 p.m.


Explore “The Bamboo Forest: Mother Nature’s Maze” at Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary. Play hide-and-seek in the hidden “rooms” and play follow-the-leader along the twisting pathways. Artists will enjoy the dramatic interplay of light streamers and dark shadows, open ceilings, and green cathedral arches.


Adults and children can take part in the festivities at the Rye Free Reading Room. At Earth Day Preschool Story & Craft Time, listen to “Go Green” stories and plant seeds to get your garden started.


At “Along the Coast: Lighthouses and Their Stories,” author Kevin Woyce will explore the history of lighthouses, show how they were built and worked, and include stories of the brave men and women who tended them. The program is illustrated with original photographs of lighthouses along the East Coast, Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes, plus vintage images of historic and vanished lights. Both events take place at 11 a.m.


The Rye Nature Center will feature an Andrew Goldsworthy-inspired sculpture created by children. The workshop will be conducted in conjunction with the Rye Arts Center and docents from its Famous Artists program. Come take a look at this work of art composed of natural materials collected from the woods of the Nature Center!


“UKIYO-Floating World,” an exhibit of sculptures by Tomoko Abe will open by the pond at Rye Town Park. A reception with activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit runs from April 7-May 5.


Children of all ages and their families can stop by the Rye Y for nature crafts from 1-3 p.m.


Walk Wainwright House’s “Seaside Labyrinth” April 20-21 from 12-4 p.m. Just follow the path and allow your mind to grow quiet.


On the Village Green, Sustainable Rye will be providing information on green practices in general and promoting the greenscaping themes of healthy lawns, composting and Leave Leaves Alone (LLA).


Also on the Green, meet with members of the City’s Conservation Commission and discover why wetlands are so important.


This Weekend


Sign Up!

Rye Y non-member registration begins, Friday at 6 a.m. online or 7:30 a.m. in-person. Visit


G Day Weekend: Athletic Games & Community Pride

Enjoy back-to-back athletic games at the Rye City School District’s G Day Weekend on Friday and Saturday.


The games kick off Friday at 4:15 p.m. when the Boys Varsity Tennis Team takes on Harrison at Rye Rec, and the Junior Varsity Baseball Team plays against Harrison at Disbrow.


The schedule for Saturday is:


8 a.m.-5 p.m.             Co-ed Crew at Greenwich Harbor “Grass Island Park”

11 a.m.                         Varsity Track vs. Rye Country Day at RHS track

12 p.m.                         Varsity Softball vs. Rye Country Day at RHS

2 p.m.                         Varsity Baseball vs. Port Chester at Feeley Field

2:30 p.m.                          Junior Varsity Softball vs. Rye Neck at RHS

2:45 p.m.                         Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Somers at RHS

4:45 p.m.                         Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Somers at RHS

7 p.m.                         Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lakeland at RHS


A fee of $5 for adults and $3 students will apply for the 7 p.m. Boys Varsity Lacrosse game. All other games are free.


Also, enjoy halftime activities, food and beverages, Garnet spirit wear sales, and live music provided by high school students.


Along our Shore

The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead presents a lecture by preservation architects Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf, “Beacons of Sustainability: Lighthouses of the Eastern Seaboard,” Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Meeting House. This is the first lecture in the Committee’s new series, “After the Storm: Toward a More Resilient Shoreline.”


Walter Sedovic Architects specializes in sustainable preservation and has worked on the restoration of 17 historic lighthouses. Showing alluring images, Sedovic and Gotthelf will discuss what can be learned from the existence of lighthouses in harsh coastal conditions.


For more information, email or call 967-0099.


Animal Show

Fathers and their children can take part in an animal adventure, Saturday from 9:15-10 a.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.


A Cup of Joe with George, Judy & Steve

Residents can meet with State Senator George Latimer, County Legislator Judy Myers, and State Assemblyman Steve Otis, and, Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at Ruby’s Oyster Bar and from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Nautilus Diner in Mamaroneck.


Stop by for a cup of coffee and conversation on state and county issues; no appointment is required. Literature will be available on state and county programs and services.


For more information, contact Legislator Myers at 995-2802, Assemblyman Otis at 777-3832, or Senator Latimer at 934-5250.


March Madness

The Rye YMCA’s March Madness fundraiser will be held April 6 from 7-11 p.m. at Manursing Island Club. Proceeds help support the Rye Y’s Y Cares Financial Aid Program. Enjoy the live action of one of the Final Four games on three high-definition TVs, passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations, wine/beer, dessert, music, a silent auction, raffles, and more.


Try your hand during the Pop-a-Shot competition and earn Top Pop bragging rights for your team. Pull out your favorite college baseball cap, T-shirt, or sports gear and get ready for a night of fun and revelry as you root for your favorite team – the Rye Y!


Dress is collegiate casual. Festive school spirit is required!


Blood Drive

Give the gift of life, Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Resurrection Church. Professionals from White Plains Hospital will be on hand to assist and collect. Donors can get their own “mini-physical,” which includes pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin readings. Enjoy cookies and refreshments.


Mattress Sale Fundraiser

The Rye High School Girls Lacrosse team will host their 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rye Rec.


Choose from 20 different mattress sets, available in all sizes. Styles include plush sets, pillow-top sets, latex, memory foam, and more. The mattresses are new and name brand with full factory warranties and all will be priced 30-60 percent below retail prices. Bed frames and mattress protectors are also available.


Profits go directly to the Rye High School Girls Lacrosse team. For more information, contact Bob Tonne at


Talks and Workshops


Reboot, Redo, Refresh

Wendy Nagle and Karri Bowen-Poole will teach you how to upgrade your playroom and pantry, April 10 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church. Learn to create healthy environments that stimulate your children’s growth and development with food and play. Visit


Hot This Season

Melissa Tomlin and her co-worker Maureen Flaherty, stylists from Nordstrom at the Westchester, will give a Spring/Summer Fashion Trend Report, April 16 at 10 a.m. at the Rye library. The presentation will cover the season’s must-have shoes, handbags, and clothing, as well as the basics every woman should have in her wardrobe. Learn how to build upon the clothing you already have. To sign-up, call 231-3161.


Navigating the Challenges of Middle School

Education attorneys Rachel Asher and Julie Gaughran will give a talk to parents on “Navigating the Challenges of Middle School,” April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rye library. The program will address the special concerns that arise for many students during middle school, ranging from study skills, organization and planning, meeting increasingly difficult writing demands, and coping with the social complexities of this stage of development. 


Computer Class Does Windows

A free class on “Personal Computers for Fun and Information” will be offered at the Rye library, April 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn how to use the Windows Media system to view movies and access hundreds of radio and video websites from around the world. Basic computer knowledge is necessary.

at escape fireThe Health of A Nation


Watch “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” April 18 at the Rye library from 7:30-9:30 p.m. This 90-minute showing will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with Dr. Daren Wu, Chief Medical Officer of Open Door Family Medical Center, and Dr. Henri Roca, Medical Director of Greenwich Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department.


The film tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: How can we save our badly broken healthcare system? It examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, and profit-driven, rather than patient-driven care.


Follows the dramatic human stories of leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military.


The Fabulous Forties


Get ready for another fantastic Girls Night Out at the Square House Museum. Enjoy cocktails and history, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. for “The Fabulous Forties”. Through fashion and photographs, learn about this important decade marked by war, rationing, big-band music, and movie stars. Participants will have an opportunity to view a selection of clothing and accessories from the Society’s extensive costume collection.


The 1940s began with war raging in Europe and Americans still trying to get back on their feet after suffering through The Great Depression. From “Rosie the Riveter” to Rita Hayworth, women in the 1940s continued to enter the workforce, maintain the home front, and support the war effort.


The cost is $20 for members, $30 non-members. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.


Home-Care Tech Expo

SPRYE (Staying Put in Rye & Environs) will sponsor an event that explores trends in remote care and showcases assistive technology that helps the elderly to continue living in their homes as an alternative to residential treatment facilities. The event takes place at the Rye library April 21 at 2:30 p.m. Participants include TellaBoomer Telecare Services, Osborn Home Care, and Rye Senior Advocacy Committee.


“People are only dimly aware of trends that will radicalize the way we care for the elderly in the not-too-distant future” says Tom Saunders of SPRYE. “A quarter of our population will soon be over age 65. The systems and infrastructure that traditionally provide care for the elderly are already under great stress. Technology will play an increasing role. We invite everyone with a stake in this game to see and hear what’s new. There’s a lot more to it than ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’.”


For more information, visit or call 481-5706.


Take A Stand

Join the Jay Heritage Center as it hosts YWCA’s signature annual event, “The Stand Against Racism”, April 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This nationwide movement brings people together across communities for one common goal: the elimination of racism. The Stand Against Racism is expected to span approximately 3,000 locations across 39 states this year.


The program features a panel of experts and enlightening discussions on the issues of racism, human rights, freedom, dignity, and social justice in America today. The event brings together government officials, students, educators, artists, and the general public for a vivid learning experience. 


John Jay was one of America’s founding fathers and worked tirelessly to end slavery years before abolition was reached in the United States. He passed his legacy on to his descendants, particularly his son, Peter Augustus Jay, who followed in his father’s footsteps and presided over the Manumission Society. 


Located on an inspiring property that was once the boyhood home of our nation’s first Chief Justice, the Jay Heritage Center serves as an ideal setting for consideration of these issues.


This event is free. A complimentary light breakfast will be served. To sign-up, email or call 698-9275.


Arts & Entertainment


Osborn’s Talented Artists

Celebrate the artistic achievements of the members of The Art Studio at The Osborn. The creative work of experienced and brand-new artists in oil, pastel, and watercolor is on display at the Rye library from April 5-29. Attend a reception for the artists on April 17 from 3:30-p.m.


at long lake winter watercolor by christine morgan teter 2012 photo credit christine morgan teter

The Beauty of Watercolor           

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents the new watercolor exhibit, “Wings and Water: Transitional Nature Studies” by Christine Morgan Teter at the Harrison Public Library from April 6 to May 3. An opening reception will be held April 13 from 2-4 p.m.


Award-winning artist Christine Morgan Teter creates her watercolors by choosing subject matter that is both easily recognizable and radiates peacefulness, at times letting the medium “wander” on its own. 


Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.


Drawing the Figure

Adults and teens can learn to draw the human form in a workshop at the Rye Arts Center, April 13 from 2-5 p.m. Learn to focus the eye, enhance hand-eye coordination, and develop composition and perspective skills. Fee is $75.


Seasonal Strings

At their season finale, The Westchester Chamber Music Society presents the American String Quartet, April 21 at 4 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester. The acclaimed group is the quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music as well as the Aspen Music Festival. The program, featuring works by Haydn, Dvorak, and Beethoven, promises to be a special afternoon. Following the concert, a reception will be held to meet the artists.


Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door. Free admission for students. Congregation Emanu-El is located at 2125 Westchester Avenue East in Rye. 


Water, Water Everywhere

Adults and teens can attend a pastel painting workshop, April 14 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Whether painting a seascape, waterfall, or fishpond — learn how to capture the movement of water.


Quintessential Sounds

Manhattanville College’s elite pop vocal group, The Quintessentials, will perform April 24 at 8 p.m. in the Berman Students’ Center Theatre.


The group has been delighting audiences with their energetic close-harmony renditions of American popular standards since 2001. Their play list includes a medley of Harold Arlen’s “Get Happy” and “Accentuate the Positive,” “I Love a Piano,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Love is Here to Stay,” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”.


Admission is free. For more information, call 323-5260.


Just for Fun


Think Spring Fashions

Panache will present its spring collection April 14-18 at Coveleigh Club. Featured designers include: Donna Degnan, Peace of Cloth, Ecru, Dizzy Lizzie, Ronen Chen, Tyler Bo, Lilla P, Lisette, Papillion, Julia Jordan, Before and Again, Bailey 44, and Eva Varro.


For more information, visit


Kids’ Corner


Welcome Spring

Ages 5 and up can welcome the season at Fun Club, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library. Participants can listen to stories and make a decoration to take home.


Aquafina Pitch, Hit, & Run

Ages 7-14 can put their baseball and softball skills to the test April 12 from 4-5 p.m. at Rye Rec. Competition events include pitching, hitting, and running. Groups are separated by age. Fee is $10 per person; for residents only.


Boys Night In

Ages 5-11 can head to the Rye Y for an evening of swimming, sports, games, and dinner, April 12 from 6-9 p.m. Cost ranges from $10-20 per child. Registration is required; call 967-6363.


Meet Caroline from American Girl Doll

American Girl Doll returns to the Square House Museum, April 13 from 1- 3 p.m. Girls ages 7-11 will delight in the heroic tale of young Caroline Abbott from upstate New York during the War of 1812.


This engaging program will be led by volunteer Heather Schindler and includes special themed craft activities. The cost is $15 per child and includes all supplies. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.


On Safari

Children ages 4 and up can meet and greet exotic animals and learn fun facts from an interactive safari guide, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Rye library. This live presentation, by Party Safari, features extremely friendly and socialized animals that are well cared for as part of a family. Pre-registration is required; call 231-3162.


Discover Collage 

What do Romare Bearden, Picasso, and Henry Darger have in common? The art of collage! Ages 7-9 will use objects and papers to explore the possibilities of collage, April 20 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Rye Arts Center. The cost is $15; members receive discount.


Teen & Tween Times


Grab Your Board

Celebrate the opening day of Rye Rec’s Skate Park, April 8 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a skate contest with prizes, raffle, drinks and snacks.


Y Not Night

Teens in grades 6-8 can hang out with friend and enjoy a bouncy house, music, Xbox games, racquetball, and swimming April 13 from 7-10 p.m. Also enjoy air hockey, pool, ping-pong, and foosball in the Game Room.  Free for members, $5 non-members.


Game Time

Play Wii and X-BOX games on the Rye library’s big screen on the first and third Fridays of each month from 3-4:30 p.m. Whether you’re a sports, action, or karaoke fan, the library has lots to choose from. You can also bring appropriate non-mature content games. Snacks are provided.


Portrait Painting 101

Learn mixing techniques and color theory in an in-depth workshop at the Rye Arts Center, April 27 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.


Family Ties


Science Saturday

Explore the Forest Food Chain with Rye Nature Center’s resident animals and take a hike, April 13 from 10-11 a.m. For children in grades 4-5. To register, call 967-5150. For members only.


Dig Deep

Join a Rye Nature Center naturalist and help prepare the vegetable and butterfly gardens for the coming season, April 13 at 3 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.


The Great Outdoors


Volunteer Clean-Up

Help rake tidal debris and pick up fallen sticks to prepare the Bird Homestead grounds for the mowing season, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Meeting House. To avoid disturbing birds during their vital nesting season, this clean-up is scheduled to take place just before the season starts this month. All ages are welcome and community service hours are available for students. 


For more information, email or call 967-0099.


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