“FRYEday Night Live” TONIGHT
Don’t miss a really big show tonight as area high school students put on a show to remember in the Rye Arts Center’s Performing Arts Room. The variety of talent includes singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. Ten acts will start at 7:30 and will rock the house till 9:30. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public.
Pull Up a Chair
“Edge of the Seat,” curated by local artist Jim Langley, opens at the Rye Arts Center on Saturday afternoon, with a reception from 3-5. The exhibit showcases the two-dimensional and sculptural work of 14 contemporary artists, all of whom have been inspired by the chair. The show runs through May 17.
Daddy, Animals and Me
Fathers and their kids can drop by the Rye Nature Center at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday for a fun-filled animal adventure. Great way to start the morning! Fee: $10 for family members, $15 for family non-members.
Up! With Cake!
On Saturday, the Rye Neck School District is taking the community “Up, Up and Away” at their Spring Fair. Stop by the middle/high school campus on Saturday from 11-4. There will be activities for all ages. Come for a cakewalk. Take a chance on an iPad Air raffle. There will be a T-shirt sale, a food court, and a few surprises. What a fun way for families to start the weekend.
The Vibrant Art of Harriet Sadow
Artist Harriet Sadow’s oil paintings will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room through April 29. Join her at an opening reception April 5 from 1-3 p.m.
“Creating art has always been an intellectual challenge and the most engaging of pleasures,” said the artist, whose work has been featured in solo and group shows throughout New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut.
Having loved drawing from the start, Sadow knew she had a strong affinity for art when her second-grade teacher in Fall River, Massachusetts singled her out. When she graduated from high school, her mother urged her to go to art school; consequently, she enrolled at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.
“I was an unsophisticated, provincial kid in classes with students, who had more life experiences. It was the first time, I had ever been to a museum,” she recalled. “I was absolutely enchanted with what I saw.”
Moving to New York with her husband Bernard and their children some years later opened up a whole new world for her. They settled in Harrison and she enrolled in Columbia University, where she majored in Art History. Pursuing her degrees part-time, Sadow went on to earn her Masters in Art Education at Teachers’ College at Columbia. Subsequently, she spent 20 years as the Lakeland School District’s art teacher.
“I had such an enthusiasm for my field that the kids responded to it,” she remarked.
Those teaching years were also her most prolific due in part to her husband Bernard’s support. She has slowed down since he passed away three years ago, but still loves pencil drawing. Her doodling, she shared, takes her to a land of endless possibilities.
“I like the act of making something out of nothing,” she noted.
Digging for Jewels
Explore the Rye Nature Center’s own quarry Saturday at 2 p.m. Mine the center’s local minerals and learn to turn those treasures into your very own pendants. Program fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.
Calling All Volunteers
Want to lend a hand at the Rye Nature Center’s summer camp season? Visit the center on Saturday at 3 p.m. for an introductory open house. Must be at least 15 years old and all paperwork must be submitted the same day. Volunteer application and reference forms can be found at www.ryenature-center.org. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Here’s Looking at You, Kid
The Rye Historical Society presents “Casablanca” at the Square House Sunday from 3-5, with refreshments at 2:30. No commercials, no distractions. The 1942 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II. Director Sheri Jordan will discuss how this film relates to Rye’s experience. Admission: $5/person, free for service personnel and veterans.
Smooth Sounds of Jazz
Wainwright House is the perfect venue for a jazz concert and a delicious Corner Stone brunch. Spend Sunday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. listening to the John Fumasoli Trio. On this final installment of the Jazz Brunch Series, the trio will be playing jazz standards and featuring guitarist Takeshi Ogura. Tickets: $35 for members, $45 for non-members, $50 for walk-ins.
On Sunday at 4 p.m. the choirs of Christ’s Church and Rye Presbyterian Church will be joining to sing Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem” at Rye Presbyterian. This powerful piece, also known as “Protestant Requiem,” will be performed by 60 singers under the direction of Ruaraidh Sutherland, organist and choirmaster at Christ’s Church. Kevin Walters, Rye Presbyterian’s Music Director, will play the organ and soloists Szilvia Schranz, soprano, and Stephen Hartley, baritone, will perform.
There is no charge for but free-will offerings are always appreciated. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or music@ ccrye.org.
Arts & Entertainment
A Milliner’s Dream
SPRYE is offering “A New HATitude” docent led tour of an ArtsWestchester exhibit that features 150 hats from 40 contemporary milliners and private collectors on April 8 at 2 p.m. The hat’s function in global cultures and its position in 20th and 21st century fashion will be highlighted. ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.
If there is enough interest, lunch at a local restaurant will be an option. Call 481-5706 for more information.
Spring in Yellow Bloom
The Little Garden Club of Rye is holding its annual Daffodil Show April 24 at the Jay Heritage Center from 1:30-4. Nothing like hundreds of daffodils to welcome spring. A walk through the show, titled “Golden Daze,” will provide an education in the flower’s variety. They will all be competing for the best bloom in one of 12 divisions of daffodils: trumpets, large and small cups, doubles, and split coronas. May the most dazzling daffodil win! Flowers will be showcased indoors. No fee.
Calling all men. Try your hand with a professional card dealer and enjoy a cigar on the porch at The Square House on April 25 at 8 p.m. The Rye Historical Society is offering a night out with the boys that includes spirits, smokes, snacks, and spoils. Sip a scotch or your libation of choice in the Square House Tavern, c. 1730. Fee: $60, chips included.
Bluegrass at the Carriage House
A roots/Americana band, Poor Old Shine is coming to the Jay Heritage Center for a benefit concert on April 26. The band, which performs in bluegrass festivals and rock clubs alike, will be playing a washboard, musical saw, and a scrap-metal drum set, along with their guitars and banjos. Likened to The Band and Johnny Cash, Poor Old Shine mixes original music with traditional folk ballads. Put on your blue jeans and boots and get ready for some foot stomping, down home music, easy eats, and spirited drinks. Tickets are $75, $125, and $200.
Talks & Workshops
Wondering what others are saying about front-page news? SPRYE is holding its monthly current events discussion over breakfast at Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro on Purchase Street on April 11 at 9 a.m. Breakfast is a la carte.
The Rye Y is hosting a special evening featuring author and blogger Patty Chang Anker at the Rye Free Reading Room on April 9 at 7 p.m. Anker, the author of “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave,” Anker tells a compelling story of mustering up everyday courage. Formerly a Media Relations Director for The New York Times, the mother of two and a yoga teacher realized she couldn’t expect her children and students to go outside their comfort zone if she wasn’t willing to do so herself. Read her “Facing Forty Upside Down” blog and pick up her new book, “Some Nerve,” heralded by Parents Magazine” as a “mom must-read.
RSVP to Denise Woodin at 967-6363, ext. 101. Free and open to the public.
Getting to Know Cyberspace
The Rye Free Reading Room is offering a two-part workshop on using the Internet on April 10 and 17 from 10 to noon. Become acquainted with the newer version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, learn how to use Favorites/Bookmarks, and other features to enhance the online experience. Security and privacy issues will also be addressed, as well as all about email functions. Please plan to attend both sessions. Contact www.ryelibrary .org or call 231-3161.
Wainwright House’s spiritual film series continues on April 10 from 7-9. “A Sidewalk Astronomer” tells the story of John Dobson, an 89-year-old Vendantan monk who revolutionized amateur astronomy. Dobson promoted astronomy by going through state parks, astronomy clubs, and downtown streets. Admission is $10 per film for members, $15 for non-members, $15 for drop-ins.
Look Into My Eyes
Everything you wanted to know about hypnosis, but were afraid to ask, you can discover at Wainwright House, April 12 from 11-noon. Janice Matturo will conduct a lively discussion about the world of hypnosis and how it can support your efforts to achieve your goals and heart’s desires, from losing weight and stopping smoking to enhancing your golf game and improving relationships. No fee, just bring questions.
We Are What We Eat, Yikes!
If you’ve ever wondered about the serious health conditions that arise from the foods we eat, then head to the Rye Library for the film “Genetic Roulette” on April 10 at 7 p.m. The short film by Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the bestselling book “Seeds of Deception,” addresses the possibility that allergies, diabetes, autism, and other health issues might be related to the consumption of genetically altered crops. The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Mary Gocke, a dietitian and nutritional counselor.
SPRYE is offering the opportunity to find valuables right in one’s homes. On April 16 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House, Rye resident Bill Ketchum will talk about how some household items may hold more value than you thought. The early American antiques dealer knows more than a thing or two about furnishings. Free.
Food activist Dr. Susan Rubin will discuss keeping our food, air, water, and soil clean at the Rye library April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The health professional and mother of three will share her experiences with school food advocacy, climate change, building local food systems, composting, and radiated food.
Discover how to receive enlightenment from your spiritual guides. Experience soul teachings and heart-opening connections with the authentic self. At Wainwright House, April 25 from 7-9 and April 26 from 10-5, Awakening The Untethered Soul will start you on your journey. Facilitator Valerie Croce Stiehl was taught by the Lakota Sioux and is the co-author of “Spirit Speaks Are You Listening?”
Bring a journal, an item to be charged by spirit, and lunch on Saturday. Fee: $175 for members, $210 for non-members.
Becoming Who You Already Are
Wainwright House is offering an Awakening Through Kindness Workshop April 27 from 2-4. Facilitator Eileen Marder-Mirman will take participants on a journey to leave their preconceptions behind and explore what actually is, leading to healing and awakening. Marder-Mirman has specialized in integrating spirituality and healing in her psychotherapy practice. Workshop: $28 for members, $32 for non-members.
Release Your Inner Austen
Fans of the beloved Jane Austen will enjoy viewing two movies at the Rye library. “Austenland” (PG-13) will be shown April 16 from 3-4:45. The protagonist is a young woman who is obsessed with all things Austen and travels to the Jane Austen Theme Park in Great Britain, where her fantasies come to life.
“Scents and Sensibility” (PG) will be shown April 21 from 3-4:30. True to its namesake, it’s about two modern-day sisters, who have to make their own way in the world after their father is imprisoned. Could the sisters lose everything they hold dear? Stay tuned.
Love the book? Celebrate the new movie at the Rye library on April 19 at 2. Dress as your favorite faction from the popular novel by Veronica Roth. Test your trivia knowledge and receive a henna version of your faction’s symbol from artist Margie Nugent. Signed parental permission is required. Slips available at the Teen Reference Desk. Limited space. To register, call 231-3172.
For the College-Bound
On April 24 at 6:30, the Rye library is holding an “Everything College” seminar. Learn the strategies that will help your family successfully navigate the college admissions process. Discover how to make an application stand out and how to achieve top scores on the admissions exams. Find out what admissions officers are looking for and all about merit scholarships and financial aid. Mock ACT and SAT exams will be available. Registration is necessary for the seminar and the exams. Log on to www.applerouth.com/signup or call 371-8000.
Start spreading the news: the Midland Fair is coming April 26 from 10-3. Families may scale the rock wall or take a whirl at the dunk tank. Look for the Rye Nature Center’s table to pet live animals and look through a microscope. They’ll be inflatable rides, carnival games, and great prizes. Come join the fun, rain or shine.
Spring Is Here
Ages 5 and up can head to the Rye Library’s Fun Club April 11 from 3:30-4:30. They’ll read stories about the change of seasons and making springtime crafts to display at home.
Spring Break at Square House
The Square House Museum will be celebrating the arrival of spring with spring-themed craft workshops for children ages 7-11 from April 15-17, 10-noon. Children will enjoy painting flowerpots, making sweet smelling sachets, and crafting a variety of games that can be enjoyed outdoors.
Fee: $35 for all three days or $15 for any individual day. All supplies and snacks included. Reservations are suggested. Call the Rye Historical Society at 967-7588.
A Snail and The Big Race
The Rye library’s Fun Flick for ages 5 and up will be screened April 25 at 3:30. Coming soon: “Turbo” (PG), about a freak accident that might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream of winning the Indy 500. Believe it!
Sensory Story Time
A morning story time program for children with special needs will be held April 26 at the Harrison Library. Children ages 3-5 are welcome at 9:45, ages 6-8 at 10:45. Sponsored by a partnership with the Rye Free Reading Room, the program will feature specialized techniques to provide a safe and fun reading environment for children and their families.
Save the Date
Laughter for the Soul
Don’t miss Wainwright House’s 2014 annual night of laughter with Marion Grodin (yes, Charles’ daughter) on May 1. Marion is a favorite at New York City’s top comedy clubs and has been a frequent guest on NBC’s “Late Night” and ABC’s “The View.” One of the country’s top emcees, she has an affectionately edgy style that has become her trademark. Join in on an evening with hold-your-side-laughter. Comedian Danny Cohen will open the evening. Cocktails and light dinner $65 for members, $75 non-members.
Canvas on the Sound
Rye Arts Center is holding its spring gala, Sitting Pretty, May 3 at 7 at Shenorock Shore Club. Honorees will include Laurie Platek, Peter Sinnott, and the Famous Artists program. It promises to be a memorable spring evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, light supper, live and silent auctions.
Historic Sunset Promised
The Rye Historical Society’s Summer Benefit Gala will be held at a private waterfront home June 7 from 7-10. The fundraiser will be held al fresco with cocktails and music. The Society beckons, “Come sail away with us to our soiree by the sea.”