Fun at the Fair
Christ’s Church Nursery School will hold a Fall Fun Fair October 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy inflatables, Halloween bag and pumpkin decorating, games, a barbecue, baked goods, and a raffle.
Watch “Epic” (PG), Friday from 3:30-5:15 p.m. at the Rye library. Discover a world beyond your imagination from the creators of “Ice Age” and “Rio.”
Parents can enjoy a night off while the Rye Y provides supervision and entertainment for the kids, Friday from 6-9 p.m. Ages 5-11 will enjoy swimming, arts, a healthy dinner, and tons of other activities.
Cost is $20, $15 for the second and third child in a family.
Pitch in on Public Lands Day
Volunteers are needed for invasive plant removal and path maintenance, Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jay Heritage Center. Bring work gloves; tools are provided.
This is a great opportunity for Rye newcomers to get involved in civic projects. Ideal for gardeners or high school students looking to contribute community service hours.
An Artful Occasion
On Saturday, over forty-five artists will paint 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 works will take place at the Rye Arts Center from 5-6 p.m., with a live art auction starting at 6:15 p.m.
The event includes a tribute to iconic artist Howard Bratches, well known for his many watercolor paintings of Rye vistas, landmarks, and homes. A month-long retrospective of Bratches’ work opens 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 six participating Rye artists are Laura Anechiarico, Lori Slotkin, Jim Langley, Elizabeth Derderian, Heather Patterson, and John Clark.
The event is free. Auction paddles are $20. Additional works by the artists will be on display in the Gallery 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.
Put on Your Hiking Boots
Get out and explore the Rye Nature Center forest with the whole family, Saturday at 9:15 a.m.
Head to the Rye Nature Center to examine the life of the honeybee, Saturday at 1 p.m. Lean how they communicate and how to spot the queen. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
A Cure for Her Daughter
On Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Rye library, Denise Otten will discuss “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. 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.
Over There, Over There
The Rye Historical Society presents the final session of its three-part World War II film series. Ted Levine will discuss what was happening on the home front before guests watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” (1944), Sunday from 2:30-5 p.m.
Admission is free to all veterans and active military service personnel. Tickets for civilians are $5. World War II-era refreshments will be served.
All Faiths Are Welcome
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Ph.D. is the honored speaker at the Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee’s Prayer Service, Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection.
A reception will follow the free program. All religious faiths are welcome. To save a seat, contact Janet Meyers at 967-0447 or Janet@SHMeyers.com. Questions can be addressed to Mary at 835-5896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a Good Cause
In Celebration of Seniors
SPRYE will hold its second annual cocktail party benefit, October 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Wainwright House. Since its start in 2011, SPRYE has served over 100 older adults in and around Rye. This year, the organization is delighted to be honoring Rye residents Connie and Bruce Macleod for their commitment to community service and their support of older adults.
Tom and Emily Saunders are co-chairing the event. Enjoy a silent auction. For tickets or more information, call 481-5706.
Put on a Happy Face, Families
Help out a good cause by getting 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 29 and Rye Town Park October 6, 13, 14, 20, and 27. Proceeds benefit a number of children’s programs in Rye.
Go to signupgenius.com to sign up. Cost is $95.
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.
Arts and Entertainment
Beaux Arts Exhibit
The Woman’s Club of Rye will host their annual Beaux Arts Exhibit October 2-24 at the Rye Free Reading Room. The professionally juried show includes exciting and eclectic works in oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, graphic arts, photography, and portraiture all created by area artists.
A reception and awards ceremony will be held October 5 at 2 p.m. First-prize winners will advance to the Westchester County Federation of Woman’s Club Beaux Arts Finale.
Ode to the Marshlands
If you love to take pictures of nature and beautiful landscapes, showcase your work during the annual Marshlands Conservancy photo exhibit this fall. Dates for submission are October 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Marshlands. Photos must be framed and wired for hanging; limit of three photos per person.
Titled “Pictured Memories,” the exhibit features photos that were taken at the sanctuary by amateur and professional photographers and visitors of all ages. Attend an opening reception, October 13 at 2 p.m.
The exhibit runs through December 8. For more information, call 835-4466 or visit westchestergov.com.
Harrison Public Library presents “Viva Verdi”, October 6 at 3 p.m. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, honor his musical genius with a delightful selection of beloved arias and duets from famous operas performed by Allegro Singers. Inna Leytush, founder and music director of Allegro Singers will accompany guest soloists on the piano.
A Loving Look Back at the Work of Howard Bratches
A retrospective of works by Howard Bratches opens October 6 at the Rye Arts Center, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Anyone who owns one of his paintings is invited to contribute them to the retrospective. Drop off artwork at the Arts Center by October 3, or contact Daryl Finn at 967-0122.
Bratches created enduring symbols of the town he lived in and loved for over 50 years. Since 1962 when Bratches moved to Rye, he painted the landscapes and prominent landmarks of the town, including Rye Beach, Rye Town Park, the Marshlands, The Rye Smoke Shop as well as numerous private homes and the official portrait of The Rye Arts Center and other institutions in the community.
Many of these works of art are now part of permanent public and private collections including: Washington & Lee University, The Union League Club of New York, Christ’s Church Rye, The Rye Arts Center, The Rye Free Reading Room, Manursing Island Club, and the White Plains Board of Education.
A commemorative set of his artwork has been made into note cards and will be available for purchase at the Arts Center.
The exhibit runs though October 26.
Talks and Workshops
Spin a Yarn
The Rye Storytellers’ Guild will meet October 1 at 6 p.m. The theme is “1913 in Your Family’s Life”, in commemoration of the library building’s 1913 opening. Listeners, as well as tellers, are welcome.
College Admissions 101
Get an overview of the college acceptance process at a College Primer presented by Applerouth Tutoring and Acceptance Ahead, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rye library. Learn the timelines and checklists for each grade, what happens inside an admissions office, and the actual application process.
The Rye library book groups have announced the selections for upcoming meetings. The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will talk about “In An Antique Land” by Amitav Ghosh, October 3 at 1:15 p.m.
At the Friday Book Café, October 4 at 9:30 a.m., the selection is “White Tiger: A Novel” by Aravind Adiga.
The Current Events Group meets October 22 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Is College Worth It?” by Dr. William J. Bennett & David Wilezol.
Copies of all the books are available at the Circulation Desk.
Holistic Medicine Series
Dr. Kurt Waples of Larchmont Wellness is presenting a series of talks on Holistic Medicine at the Rye library this fall. The next talk will focus on Hormones and Stress, October 5 at 10 a.m. The stress hormone cortisol has been called the number one killer in America. Learn why hormones are important and how to balance them when they are “off”.
This important discussion will be helpful for all who are overstressed and wondering how their hormones are affecting them. Future talks will cover Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia and Daily Performance.
Dr. Waples is a chiropractor, kinesiologist, and nutrition expert. The Holistic Medicine series is the first in a new lifelong learning offering from the library entitled Rye U. From medicine to literature to current events and history, the library will present experts for in-depth exploration of mega issues and hot topics. Each program will unlock a unique badge that participants can earn and share on social media. Collect all the badges in a course for a master badge and special incentives.
For more information, call 231-3161.
The Rye library is offering “Excel II: Beyond the Basics,” October 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye library. Microsoft Excel is the spreadsheet program most in use today. Formatting, sorting, and printing selected data cells will be covered as well as shortcuts such as Auto Fill. Basic computer knowledge is required.
The Great Leaf Hunt Begins
Beginning October 1, look for the largest leaf you can find and bring it to the Rye Nature Center any time through November. The winning leaf will be placed on display in the museum. Gather leaves at RNC or in your own backyard. The contest is free to enter.
There is a treasure hidden in the woods of the Rye Nature Center, but to find it in over 47 acres, participants will need to learn how to use a compass, read a map, and solve riddles. Join the fun on October 4 from 4-5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Fathers can head to the Rye Nature Center for this exciting animal program, October 5 at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $10 for family members, $15 non-members.
Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs
Children with special needs and a family center can enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other science and sensory adventures, October 12 at 10 a.m. at the Rye Nature Center. There is no fee but pre-registration is required. For more information, email email@example.com.
Just For Fun
The Nifty Fifties
Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll at Girls Night Out at the Square House. Take part in an entertaining evening with a look back at the “Nifty Fifties,” October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
From the “baby boom” and “suburban boom” to Marilyn Monroe, rock ‘n’ roll, and the golden age of television, explore this fascinating time from a woman’s perspective — through fashion, photographs, and a bit of music. A selection of 1950s era clothing and accessories from the Society’s collection will be on view that evening.
The 1950s were a decade marked by rapid expansion of the middle-class, development of suburbs, and an increased availability of consumer goods. Yet it was also a time in which society viewed a woman’s primary role as wife, mother, and homemaker. How this affected women, and laid the groundwork for the events of the 1960s, will be discussed.
The cost is $20 for members, $30 non-members. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.
Are you new to Rye? If so, join the Rye Newcomers and Neighbors Club (RNNC). RNNC is a friendly, vibrant, fun-loving community organization serving newcomers and residents alike. The primary goal is to enrich the lives of members by providing varied social activities throughout the year, and promoting networking and friendships in the community.
Upcoming events include a Welcome Coffee and Playgroup sign up, Cocktails on the Sound, Halloween Children’s party, Lunch Bunch, and Ladies’ Book Club.
Turkish With All the Trimmings
Enjoy a three-course sampling of a Turkish meal, October 12 at 1 p.m. at the Rye library. The tasting, which is presented by the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester, includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Water, juice, Turkish tea and coffee will also be provided. To register, call 231-3161.
Teen & Tween Times
Like Nirvana, Stretch Teens
Ages 12-18 can head to Wainwright House on Thursdays through November 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn all about yoga in a fun and supportive environment.
Game Room Delights and More
Teens in grades 6-8 can hang out with friends and enjoy music, Xbox games, racquetball, and swimming September 28 and October 12 from 7-10 p.m. Also enjoy air hockey, pool, ping-pong, and foosball in the Game Room. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Outdoor Laser Tag
Grades 5-7 can take part in the action and excitement of laser tag with Rye Rec, October 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Join a team combat simulation that will execute missions that challenge participants to diffuse bombs, rescue hostages, and protect VIPs. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 for residents, $30 non-residents. Call 967-2535.
Campout With Dad
Children in grades 5-9 can invite their dads to join them at the YMCA’s Camp Greenkill October 4-6. Camp Greenkill is a beautiful retreat located on 1,000 acres near the Catskill Mountains. The trip includes five meals, a two-night stay in a heated lodge, activities like canoeing, hiking, climbing tower, and crafts, a campfire, and even a night walk.
Transportation is not provided. Cost is $130 per dad, $110 for the first child, and $100 for the second child. To register, call 967-6363, ext. 103.
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.
Little Lotus Yoga
This class uses games, props, and journals to teach and reinforce yoga postures. Grades 1-5 will gain flexibility, strength, and breath control, while relaxing mind and body.
Classes run Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. from October 4 though December 13 at Rye Rec. Cost is $125 for residents, $150 non-residents.
Saturday Story Hour Returns
A new season of Saturday Story & Craft Time begins at the Rye library October 5. A half-hour of stories, rhymes, and songs for children age 3½ and up starts at 11 a.m. and is followed by a craft project based on the story theme.
Ages 5 and up can enjoy fall stories and crafts, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library.
The Great Outdoors
Look Up and Out at Read
Amateur astronomer, filmmaker and Rye neighbor Jeffrey Jacobs will provide views of double stars, star clusters, the Andromeda Galaxy, and other celestial sights using a large Dobsonian telescope, at Read Sanctuary October 1 at 7 p.m.
Meet the board of directors at the Annual Open Meeting and learn about volunteering, sponsored programs, and environmental issues, October 5 at 11 a.m. Open to members and non-members alike. Lunch will be served.
Celebrate autumn and sharpen your observation skills with a scavenger hunt October 5 at 1 p.m.
Lend a hand at Volunteer Corps Workday, October 12 at 10 a.m. Help remove invasive plants, do trail maintenance, and clear trash from the beach.
Early Birds Get the Seed
Birdseed orders are due by October 11 at the Rye Nature Center. Pick-up is October 26. Call 967-5150.
To Your Health
Get Healthy Today
Head to Wainwright House for a Healthy Living Expo, September 29 from 12-4:30 p.m. This free event promises an afternoon of learning and exploration. The keynote speaker, Inna Segal, has written numerous books, including “The Secret of Life Wellness.”
Stroll through the marketplace, which showcases a variety of vendors, on the lawn overlooking Milton Harbor.
Experiment with new well-being techniques. Practitioners are available for Reiki, Jinshindo, and acupressure for shoulder/neck, and upper back relief. While you’re there, stop by and visit astrologist Pamela Cucinell.
Meet instructor Paul Jaffe, who has been practicing meditation and studying Zen Buddhism for over 20 years. He will be on hand to preview his upcoming program, “Essence of Meditation.” Also meet the fall program instructors.
Children can enjoy creating recycled art pieces with Gary Mack.
For more information, call 967-6080.
Save the Date
When Milton Was a Village
In a joint program of the Bird Homestead and the Westchester County Historical Society, Howard Husock will present in a lecture entitled “From Mission to Meeting House: A Changing Chapel and the Lost Village of Milton,” October 27 at 4 p.m. at the Meeting House.
Hear about a time when the Milton area was a bustling port, when Milton Road was named Main Street, and when the building we know as the Meeting House was Grace Chapel, affiliated with Rye’s Christ’s Church. Learn about multiple generations of the Wainwright family, prominent and wealthy congregants of Christ’s Church, who took a special interest in the welfare of the little chapel in the tradition of the beliefs of their father and grandfather, Bishop Wainwright, Episcopal Bishop of New York.
Husock is Vice President, Policy Research at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Aided by Toby Webb, archivist at Christ’s Church, he studied nine decades of the church’s Vestry minutes. He also researched tax records, censuses, maps, and other primary-source documents to uncover the history of the Meeting House and the surrounding hamlet. Husock, who lives near the Meeting House, has written an article on the subject for the Fall 2013 issue of The Westchester Historian, which is published by the County Historical Society. It will be available for sale and signing by the author.
Wine and cheese will be served following the lecture. Cost is $10 per person. The talk is co-sponsored by Wainwright House.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 967-0099.
The Jay Heritage Center’s annual benefit will take place October 29 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at American Yacht Club. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and an auction. For more information, call 698-9275.