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Published October 7, 2013 5:08 PM
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Constitutionally Speaking


Noted legal scholar, author, and Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar will give the keynote speech to launch the Jay Heritage Center’s first academic conference, “Populism and Constitutions,” September 18 at 6 p.m. He will address the nature of constitutions, how ideas about them have changed and developed, and how they might look in the future.


Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale University and Yale Law School. Before joining the Yale faculty, Amar clerked for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit.


This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail or call 698-9275 by September 13.


Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls!


The registration deadline for Halloween Window Painting is September 20. For a full list of programs and to register, visit


Happy Birthday, Rye Library


Celebrate the Rye Free Reading Room’s “100 Years on the Green” at a family party in front of the library, Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Groove Band will perform and there will be a petting zoo and refreshments for all to enjoy. 


The Rye library, founded in 1884, opened the doors to its brand-new home on land donated by the Parsons family in the fall of 1913. The building was entirely paid for by the community, unlike the more common Carnegie library model of the period. The building has been added onto several times and undergone renovation to keep current with technological and other changes in library service. 


An exhibit in the library’s Community Room includes photographs, artifacts, and documents chronicling the library’s century on the Village Green.


Welcome Back Newcomers and Old Hats


The Rye Newcomers and Neighbors Club will hold its annual welcome BBQ for newcomers and members, September 22 from 4- 6 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Meet new people and re-connect with old friends now that summer is coming to an end. Information on membership, club’s activities, as well as delicious BBQ classics will be provided.   


Also, enjoy a live animal presentation. For more information, e-mail Carol Pouchie at


Jay Day


The Jay Heritage Center will host its annual Fall Family Festival, a celebration of American culture and traditions, September 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights include performances by storyteller Jonathan Kruk as John Jay, re-enacting his important role as a Spymaster for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Children can view an authentic British broad arrow, and learn about geocaching and solving secret codes. 


Other activities include music by the Hudson River Ramblers, face-painting, pony rides, costumed tours of the Jay Mansion, pumpkin painting, and coring apples. While you’re there, enjoy farmer’s market offerings of pumpkin muffins and homemade jams.


Admission is $30 per family, $10 per individual. For more information email or call 698-9275.


For a Good Cause


Swing for Good


The Rye Police Association Scholarship Fund Golf Classic will take place September 16 at Apawamis Club. For more information, visit


A Toast from Rotary


The Rye and Harrison-Mamaroneck Rotary Clubs are jointly presenting “Wines of the World, A Wine Tasting Experience” fundraiser to support college scholarships for local high school students. The event will be held Thursday, September 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Emilio’s Ristorante, One Colonial Place in Harrison. The Harrison Wine Vault is providing the wines.


You must be 21 or older to attend. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, wonderful prize baskets will be raffled, and wines will be available for purchase.


Tickets are $55 per person and can be paid for at the door. RSVP by September 12 to Sarah Canzone at


Donors Encouraged


Resurrection Church is holding a blood drive for the benefit of White Plains Hospital, Sunday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


Do yourself and your neighbor a favor, join the A team (or B, if that happens to be you). Refreshments will be served. 


Smile, Families


Check something off your to-do list, help out a good cause, and get a jump-start on your holiday cards. The Woman’s Club of Rye Children’s Philanthropy has scheduled Family Portraits sittings at the Rye Nature Center September 22 and 29, or Rye Town Park October 6, 13, 14, 20, and 27. Proceeds benefit children’s programs in Rye.


In-person sign-ups will be held at Rye Rec September 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Online sign-up begins September 14 at Cost is $95.


Arts and Entertainment


Sunday Screenings at the Square House


The Rye Historical Society presents a three-part World War II film series this month in connection with its current exhibit, “Rye in World War II.” Longtime Rye resident Ted Levine, who teaches a film course at Iona College, is hosting the series at the Square House.


Before each screening, a speaker will deliver a slice of personal or local wartime history. On September 15, John Carolin will recount his military experience on the front in North Africa before a showing of “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958).  Before watching “Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949) on September 22, Sheri Jordan, Director of the Rye Historical Society, will discuss the role of women in the war effort. At the final screening on September 29, Ted Levine will speak about what was happening on the home front before guests watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” (1944).


The Sunday programs run from 2:30-5 p.m.


Admission is free to all veterans and active military service personnel. Tickets for civilians are $5 for an individual screening, $10 for all three. World War II-era refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is recommended; call 967-7588.


Color Can Make a World of Difference


The public is invited to attend the opening reception of an exhibit of photographs by the Color Camera Club of Westchester (CCCW) at The Osborn Rehab Center on Thursday, September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Reservations required by September 16. Call 800-737-5310 or email


CCCW, the popular camera club, provides a venue for amateur camera enthusiasts in which to develop their image-making skills, learn new photographic techniques, and enhance their creative visions. This exhibit, displayed in The Osborn’s newly renovated and expanded Rehabilitation Center, highlights the club’s finest examples of colorful images in a traditional way and with modern computer manipulation.


“Capturing light with a lens can produce many types of images,” said club president Bunny Solomon, “but we have found that using color as a prominent palette seems to brighten an exhibit and will in turn have an uplifting effect on residents and outpatients receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy.”


CCCW curator Karen Sullivan said, “This is a unique experience for me. It does my heart good for our club to be able to brighten the spirits of the recuperating residents.”


Fashion in the Day


The Rye library invites fashion fans of all ages from middle school students to grown-ups to “What Women Wore: 1913 Style,” September 24 at 6:30 p.m. Fashion writer Maureen Amaturo will lead the workshop, and show how the history of style is the story of class, race, gender, politics, business, social conventions, and popular culture as told through clothes.


In celebration of the library’s century of serving the Rye community, emphasis will be given to what women wore 100 years ago and why. Learn who and what the fashion icons and influences were in 1913 and which colors were trendy. Then turn your hand to designing your own 1913 fashion collection.


To register, call 231-3172. Participants should bring pencils, ruler, eraser, and an 11 by 14 sketchpad.


Head to the Square House


The Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum is one of the participating museums in Smithsonian magazine’s nationwide Museum Day Live, Saturday, September 28. Inclusive by design, the free event is Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone.


“Admission to our Square House Museum is free to everyone year round, but by participating in Smithsonian magazine’s event we are listed on the website, which gives us terrific exposure to a nationwide audience of potential museum-goers,” said Rye Historical Society Director Sheri Jordan.


Jordan also noted that the museum’s current exhibit, “Rye in World War II,” has already drawn many out-of-town visitors, all of whom have been moved by the treasured family mementos and personal letters of service members that are on view. The exhibit also includes many striking posters, artifacts, and photographs from the Society’s archival collection.


Dinner & a Movie


On September 28, enjoy a meal at Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Avenue in Harrison, from 5- 7 p.m., and then watch “The Great Gatsby” at the Harrison library beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Receive 20 percent off your dinner bill (cash only). Dress in your best 1920s style. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed male and female.


Dinner reservations are required; call 835-6199 no later than September 27.


Our Town, the En Plein Air Version


On September 28, over forty-five artists from the tri-state area, including six from Rye, will be painting the town, the parks, the beaches, the landmarks, the buildings, the landscapes and scenic beauty in a one-day plein air paint-out. A reception to view the freshly painted works takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., with a live art auction starting at 6:15 in the Performing Arts Room at The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road.


The event includes a tribute to iconic painter, Howard Bratches, well known for his many watercolor paintings of scenic Rye vistas, landmarks and homes. A month-long retrospective of Bratches’ works opens in The Rye Arts Center Gallery October 6.


“Painters on Location is a unique opportunity to watch artists in action, celebrate the beauty of Rye and enjoy a community art day,” said Suzanna Keith, who along with Kim Wilson, is co-chairing the event. “Even more fun is the chance to meet artists in person and participate in a live art auction.”


“The tradition of celebrating community life through the arts is part of our mission and we are delighted to host such a talented pool of artists,” said Helen Gates, Executive Director. “I encourage anyone who would like to own a slice of Rye as captured on canvas to come to the arts center on September 28.”


The six participating Rye artists are Laura Anechiarico, Lori Slotkin, Jim Langley, Elizabeth Derderian, Heather Patterson, and John Clark.


Painters on Location is free and open to the public. Auction paddles are $20. Additional works by the artists will be on display in the Gallery from September 16-28 and are available for purchase through a silent auction.  Maps of the locations where artists can choose to paint are available at The Rye Arts Center and at the offices of Houlihan Lawrence, exclusive sponsor of this year’s event.


Talks and Workshops


A Little Rye History


SPRYE presents a talk by Rye resident Gene McGuire at Wainwright House September 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. McGuire will discuss the story of Walk Rye History, a tour of local historic locations, designed and recently implemented by devoted members of the Rye Historical Society, including he and his wife Pam.


Authors at the Library


This month, the Rye library will welcome two authors to discuss their books.  Beatriz Williams will speak about “A Hundred Summers,” September 19 at 7:30 p.m. In Williams’ capable hands, this emotionally charged story slips back and forth between a devastating romance gone wrong and a natural disaster of epic proportions, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.  These twin cataclysmic events provide the perfect backdrop for a love story that transcends the romance genre and promises to linger in each reader’s memory.


Denise Otten will talk about “Curing Courtney,” the empowering and true story of the triumph of a mother and daughter over the deadly autoimmune hepatitis that threatened to take 7-year-old Courtney’s life, September 28, at 3 p.m. After five years of failed treatment by some of the best doctors and a miserable childhood for Courtney, Denise took it upon herself to find another way. Thanks to scientifically proven nutraceuticals and vitamins – plus a baseball autographed by Derek Jeter — Courtney went into remission in a matter of months and is now a slim, teen-age athlete.


Copies of the authors’ books are available for purchase and signing. For more information, visit or 231-3161.


Turn the Page


The Current Events Book Group will meet September 24 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Insurgents: David Petraus and the Plot to Change the American Way of Life” by Fred Kaplan. The group, which is moderated by John Dolan, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month to talk about books that offer diverse opinions about timely concerns, whether economic, political, social, or international.


Cardinal Dolan to Speak at Rye Interfaith Service


The Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee is proud to announce that Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Ph.D. will be the honored speaker at an Interfaith Prayer Service Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection. All religious faiths are welcome. 


A reception will follow the free program. To save a seat, contact Janet Meyers at 967-0447 or Questions can be addressed to Mary at 835-5896 or


Family Ties


Ecology Club


Children with special needs, and a family member, can head to the Rye Nature Center and enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other science and sensory adventures beginning September 14 at 10 a.m.


Participation is free but pre-registration is required. E-mail Christine Siller at


Getting in a Pickle


With winter quickly approaching and the garden at its prime, help the Rye Nature Center staff harvest and store the extra food for the cold season ahead. Volunteers are needed September 14 at 1 p.m.


Family Gardening Program


Do you want to learn more about how some families homesteaded and grew their crops in Rye 50, 100, and 150 years ago? Do you like to garden, but do not want to use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or growth hormones? Come to the second of a three-part series organized by the Leaders of Tomorrow Educational Enrichment Organization, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bird Homestead.


This event is free. For more information, contact Douglas Carey. 


Take the Night Off


Parents can enjoy a night off while the Rye Y provides supervision and entertainment for the kids, September 27 from 6-9 p.m. Ages 5-11 can enjoy swimming, arts, a healthy dinner, and a tons of other activities.


Cost is
$20, $15 for the second and third child in a family.


Hiking Club


Put on your hiking boots and explore the Rye Nature Center forest with the whole family, September 28 at 9:15 a.m.


Just For Fun


Blessing of the Animals


Bring your beloved pets and family to the Jewish Community Center of Harrison and experience the joy and fun of blessing your animals and meet volunteers from the local Animal Rescue groups, September 20 at 5:45 p.m.


Autumnal Equinox Celebration


Restore your balance with nature at a drumming and fire ceremony, September 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. To register, call 967-6080.


Teen & Tween Times


Teen Centennial Project


The Rye library invites teens to help celebrate the library’s 100 years of service on the Village Green. Later this fall, Hometown History Week will feature an exhibition to commemorate the facts, fashions, fables, mystery, myths, and milestones that have made Rye what it is today. 


Participate by researching aspects of local history and preparing projects in a variety of media for display or presentation. They will also earn Community Service Hours upon their project’s completion. 


A planning meeting will be held at the library, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Tip sheets with project ideas and information on how to get started can be picked up at the library.


For more information, call 231-3172.


Stretch Yourselves, Teens


Ages 12-18 can head to Wainwright House on Thursdays from September 19 to November 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn all about yoga in a fun and supportive environment.


Game Time


Play Wii and X-BOX games on the Rye library’s big screen, September 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. Whether you’re a sports, action, or karaoke fan, the library has lots to choose from, or you can bring your own appropriate non-mature content games. Snacks are provided.


Rye Rec Fall Fest


Fifth and sixth graders can enjoy games, rides, skate park, and more, September 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. Snack on popcorn and cotton candy. Cost is $25. For residents only. To register, call 967-2535.


Aromatherapy 101


Teens and their mothers can create their own personal pampering products at the library, September 21 at 2 p.m. Maureen Quinones, an independent distributor with Young Living Essential Oils, will explain the benefits of the oils and lead participants in using them to create bath salts and body creams. 


Moms will also learn how the oils can be used against the aging process. 


Y Nights


Teens in grades 6-8 can hang out with friends and enjoy music, Xbox games, racquetball, and swimming September 21 from 7-10 p.m. Also enjoy air hockey, pool, ping-pong, and foosball in the Game Room.  Free for members, $5 non-members.


Animal Care Training


Interested in volunteering at the Rye Nature Center? Ages 14 and up can attend a training session, September 25 from 4-5 p.m. To sign-up, email


Children’s Corner


Fun Club


Age 5 and up can attend story-and-craft time, September 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library. The theme is “Good Luck, Bad Luck”. 


On September 27, watch “Epic” (PG) from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Discover a world beyond your imagination from the creators of “Ice Age” and “Rio.”


Homework Helper


The Rye library’s Homework Help program resumes September 16. The after-school teacher assistance is offered free of charge to students from local elementary schools on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5 p.m., whenever school is in session. The program, which is staffed by local teachers, is held in the Children’s Room.


Time for a Touchdown


Children in grades 2-5 will learn football basics at Rye Rec. Practice throwing, catching, and running on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 17 through October 17 from 3:45-5 p.m.


The Great Outdoors


Marshlands Happenings


Children can use dip nets to discover the creatures that live below the surface of the ponds, September 14 at 2 p.m.


Bring binoculars for the last sightings of birds getting ready to head south for the winter, September 15 at 7:30 a.m.


Take a hike to search for capped and slimy wonders in nature, September 15 at 2 p.m.


Volunteer Workday


Help to improve the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, September 14 at 10 a.m. Remove invasive plants, do trail maintenance, clear trash from the salt marsh, and other tasks.


Coastal Clean-up Day


During this annual event, thousands of volunteers across the globe help clean trash and debris from their local waterways and shorelines. Join the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary and help make the beach trash-free, September 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Save the Date


Punt, Pass, & Kick


Boys and girls (grades 1-6) can put their skills to the test September 30 from 4-5 p.m. at Rye Rec. Winners in each age group move onto regional competitions. Cost is $10.


Charity Golf Outing


The Rye YMCA’s Christopher D. Mello Golf Outing will be held Monday, October 7 at Apawamis Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. To register, call Margaret Mead at 967-6363, ext. 403.


Get Your Card


The Rye Free Reading Room wants to remind parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card. September, Library Card Sign-up Month, is the perfect time to make sure every student in the family has a card of his or her own.


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