Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
The Easter Lineup
Ages 2 through grade 5 may line up near the tennis courts at Rye Recreation Field on Saturday at 10:30 for the Carole D. Kirby Memorial Egg Hunt starting at 11. The hunt, which is sponsored by the Rye Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary, is a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
In case of questionable weather, call the Recreation Hotline at 390-1379.
Hike and Hunt
Families are invited to explore the Rye Nature Center and spot all the birds that are singing spring’s glory on Sunday at 10 and 11. After hiking, take part in an old-fashioned egg hunt. Bring binoculars and a basket. Each session is $8 for members, $10 non-members. Pre-register at ryenaturecenter.org.
Arts & Entertainment
A Woman Ahead of the Curve
The works of Eva Zeisel, an internationally recognized mid-century designer whose creative endeavors spanned 80 years, are on display at the Rye Arts Center. Feast your eyes on her vibrant, abstract, and curvaceous ceramic forms.
The solo retrospective, curated by Jeff Taylor and Andrea Megyes, showcases the artist’s playful vases, tableware, and home furnishings. The show runs through May 22.Classroom Creations
The Rye Free Reading Room is showcasing artwork that Rye Neck High School art students in Studio 1 and 2 classes have created this year. Oil pastel silhouettes and black-and-white charcoal portraits will be on display in the corridor outside the Children’s Room through April 30.
Osborn artists will be celebrated at a reception on April 15 from 3:30-5 at the Rye Free Reading Room. An exhibit showcasing the work of those residents enrolled in The Osborn’s art classes runs April 3-29.
Fryeday Night Live
Enjoy an evening of live performance by local high school students at the Rye Arts Center April 17 from 7-9. Our youths’ talents know no bounds as singers, dancers, writers, comics, and actors. Admission is $5.
A Little Rye History
Coming to Rye
The Rye Historical Society’s “Immigration in Rye” exhibit illuminates the impact that mass migrations of the 19th and 20th centuries had on the community. It chronicles the role immigration played in Rye’s rapid population growth through archival documents, photographs, and artifacts. For more information, visit ryehistory.org.
Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun
Join the Rye Storytellers’ Guild April 7 at 6 for an evening of traditional and personal tales. Gather some valuable storytelling tips, too. The evening’s theme revolves around spring, baseball, fools, and April foolishness.
Dr. Kurt Waples will discuss weight and health at the Rye Free Reading Room on April 9 from 10-11:30. Two-thirds of America’s population is projected to be overweight or obese by 2020. A chiropractor, kinesiologist, and natural medicine practitioner, Waples will address the host of medical issues that go hand in hand with weight gain and offer ways of losing those extra pounds.
A two-session workshop at the Rye library on April 9 and 16 from 10-12, covers Windows 7. Novices and those who need to refresh their skills will learn to set up, use programs, prepare documents, and save and retrieve files. Plan to attend both sessions.
Drum Away That Stress
Improve your health with the rhythm and soul of Damon Jackson at a Community Drum Circle at Wainwright House April 10 from 7-9. The use of drums and percussion instruments is a good way to reduce stress and boost the immune system. The fee is $20 for members, $22 non-members.
The Presidency in Decline
The Jay Heritage Center presents a lecture by Aaron David Miller, author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President” at the Jay Mansion April 11 from 10-11:30. Miller will explore the concept of greatness in the presidency and the ways in which it has become both essential and detrimental to America and the nation’s politics.
A former advisor to the State Department who helped shape U.S. policy in the Middle East for two decades, Miller argues that the challenges of the presidency and the expectations Americans have for their presidents have skyrocketed, while the president’s capacity and power to deliver has diminished.
Miller is currently vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
The presentation is free. Stay after the talk for a book signing.
Harness the Power of the Mind
Master the art of self-hypnosis with Janice Matturro at Wainwright House April 11 and 12 from 10-1. Scientific studies support the three-step process as a tool for personal success and well being. Participants will explore the differences between the conscious and subconscious minds.
The fee is $68 for members, $74 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.
Cultivating the Suburbs
Horticulturalist Alan Gorkin will share his experiences as a suburban homesteader in a lecture and Q&A at the Rye Free Reading Room April 11 at 11. Having worked at prominent public gardens in the last 33 years, he currently oversees the maintenance of orchards, a poultry flock, a greenhouse, honeybee hives, and vegetable and flower gardens at a private 14-acre estate in Greenwich.
The property, Clapboard Ridge Garden, is usually open only once a year for the Garden Conservancy Open Day program.
Wainwright House is offering a three-part series, Accepting the Wisdom, Power, and Guidance of Your Totem Animal, on April 11, 18, and 25 from 11-2. Intuitive artist Nadine Gordon-Taylor will help participants find their animal, bird, and insect symbols and interpret what these powerful teachers have to share.
Learn how to connect with them, meditate, reflect, and create your own animal totem mixed media/collage board. Materials included. Bring lunch. Each workshop is $55 for members, $60 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.
Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water
Discover the wisdom of the five elements of traditional Chinese medicine at Wainwright House April 12 from 9:30-4. Master Teacher Millie Hermanto will demonstrate how the elements can restore health and balance. Participants will be able to identify their dominant elements, their meridian energy channels, and major pressure points.
The program fee is $118 for members, $128 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.
Rye’s Original Settlement
SPRYE is happy to announce that Paul Hicks will present his latest work, “The History and Natural History of Manursing Island,” April 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. Hicks is a popular lecturer and a regular contributor to The Rye Record on subjects historical, medical, and peripatetic.
For a Good Cause
One Starry Night
School of the Holy Child’s Annual Gala and Auction will be held at Westchester Country Club on April 18 at 6:30. One Starry Night will celebrate the constellation of friends, family, faculty, and fine young women who are part of the school’s shining past, stellar present, and bright future.
This year’s honorees are Peggy and Al Kelly, who have been inspirational in their commitment to the advancement of the school. Co-chaired by Liz Curtis and Laura Erlick, One Starry Night promises to be a splendid evening. Cocktails and a silent auction start at 6:30, dinner and a live auction at 8. For more information, call 967-5622 ext. 225, or email gala2015@ holychildrye.org.
Rye Arts Center Spring Gala at Shenorock Shore Club on April 18 at 7 is sure to be a lively, memorable evening of light supper, cocktails, music, and an auction. Gala Co-chairs Fiona and Ozgen Dogan, Suzanna and Andrew Keith, Amy and Shaun Lawrence, and Anne and Don Pollard have taken the center’s mid-century exhibits theme and run with it.
Honorees this year include longstanding RAC supporters Kim Berns, Eileen Neiman, Robin and Peter Jovanovich. The benefit will help sustain the center’s valuable arts education and outreach initiatives. For ticket and donation information, contact Noah Opitz at 967-0700, ext. 33, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Will Be Boys
The Rye YMCA is holding an evening of swimming, sports, games, and dinner for boys age 5-11 on April 10 from 6-9. The cost is $18 per child for Family members, $26 per child for Youth members, $35 for non-members. Registration required at ryeymca.org.
Tween Book Club
Tweens in grades 4-6 may join the Rye Free Reading Room’s I Read a Latte Book Club. This month, it’s the Newbery Medal-winning “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. Share your thoughts on April 18 at 3. The author combines poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and family bonds in this masterful young adult novel. Register at ryelibrary.org and pick up a copy in the Teen Room.
Calling All Skaters
Join fellow skaters at the Rye Recreation Skate Park on Opening Day, April 14 from 5-7. Take part in a skate contest with prizes, a raffle, and discounted rates on season permits for those who register that day.
Remember to bring a helmet and knee and elbow pads. No fee for permit holders; all others $5. Waivers are available for pick up at Rye Recreation or on-line at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm. If the weather is questionable, call the Recreation Hotline, 390-1379.
Take a practice SAT at the Rye library April 18 10:30-2:30 before walking into the real thing. The mock test comes with a free detailed score report highlighting personal strengths and weaknesses. A mock ACT exam will be administered on April 25.
Space is limited. Register for either test at applerouth.com. Call 371-8000 for more information.
Calling All Dads
Fathers may drop in with their kids for a fun-filled animal show and adventure at the Rye Nature Center April 11 at 9:15. The fee is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Save the Date
From the Bark of Trees
The Square House Museum will present a special children’s workshop all about paper on April 25 from 1-2:30. Ages 7-11 will learn about the history of paper and how to create their own, using newspapers and other paper scraps. The $15 fee includes all supplies. Reservations are suggested; call 967-7588.
Gear Up for the Derby
It’s that time of year again! The whole family is invited to enjoy a fun and active day at the Rye Y on April 26. Rye Derby runners may sign up for the 5-mile or 5K race. Families may register for the fun 1-mile walk/run through the streets of Rye. Races start at 10:15 and the fun run starts at 12:15. Healthy Kids Day activities start at 10:30.
To view course map and register, visit ryeymca.org.
Laughter for the Soul
Wainwright House presents an uproarious night on April 30 with two witty comedians, Moody McCarthy and Andy Pitz. The show begins at 8 after a wine and beer reception that starts at 7:30.
McCarthy has appeared at Caroline’s, Gotham, and the Comic Strip, as well as on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Pitz is a regular at the Comic Strip, Comedy Cellar, and Dangerfield’s.
Tickets are $38 for members, $42 non-members. Register at wainwright.org or call 967-6080.
Saving the Sea
On May 2 at the Rye Meeting House, Dr. Judith Weis will discuss her new book “Marine Pollution” at 4. A Professor of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Weis will present an engaging overview of the many facets of marine pollution, chemical, industrial, and agricultural. She will offer solutions to the pollution-related issues surrounding marine ecosystems.
Part of Oxford’s acclaimed “What Everyone Needs to Know” series, “Marine Pollution” also covers major historical instances of pollution, such as the Exxon Valdez spill.
Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted. For further information, email email@example.com.