Around Town- Week of November 6, 2015

0:00 Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry   This Weekend   Fathers and Furry CreaturesDads and their kids, ages 3-6, are invited to drop by the […]

Published November 5, 2015 9:19 PM
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Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry


This Weekend


Fathers and Furry Creatures
Dads and their kids, ages 3-6, are invited to drop by the Rye Nature Center on Saturday at 9:15 for a fun-filled animal adventure. The fee is $10 for members, $15 non-members.


An opening reception for an exhibit of works by Lusandre Chaudruc will be held at the Rye library on Saturday from 1-3. A Chappaqua native who studied at Western College for Women and the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chaudruc’s photo silkscreen and embossing piece won best of show at a Mamaroneck Artists exhibit.

Head of a textile design studio for 30 years, Chaudruc has fashioned works for such icons as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Wamsutta. The show runs through November 28.


Duct Tape Craze
The Rye Arts Center will hold a Wearable Art workshop for adults on Saturday from 10-12. Learn how to make a no-sew clutch bag out of duct tape! All tape and bag hardware will be supplied. The fee is $35. Members will receive a discount. Register at


Who Is That Beautiful Lady Behind the Mask?
Find out at Wainwright House’s third annual Masquerade Party on Saturday at 6:30. The special evening includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and a full bar. A fabulous auction boasts a wilderness adventure, paddleboard yoga lessons, and a weekend getaway.

Proceeds will benefit Wainwright’s outreach programs, scholarships, and the maintenance of the historic home, which has served as an holistic center since 1951. Tickets are $150 per person. RSVP at or by calling 967-6080.


The Buzz on Bees
The Bird Homestead nonprofit presents the film, “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” on Saturday at 3 at the Rye Meeting House. Called “a revelatory documentary” by The New York Times, it offers a profound look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel.  

Nearly half of our food production depends on bee pollination. The film weaves a dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For further information, email or call 967-0099.


Both Sides Now
Find solutions with intuition and practicality on Sunday from 1-4 at Wainwright House. The healing team of psychic Joan Carra and life coach Olivia Whiteman will help participants confirm their paths and achieve their dreams and visions.

Register at The fee is $60 for members, $66 non-members.


The Sound of Angels
Enjoy soulful chamber music at Rye Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 2:30. The artists include David Chan and Rafael Figueroa, Concertmaster and principal cellist, respectively, of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and renowned pianist Jeewon Park.

The program will feature Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello, Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Cello, and Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 60.

Single tickets can be purchased at the door for $40. A three-concert subscription that also includes performances on March 20 and April 24 is $100 (check or cash only). For more information, contact Artistic Director Ronald Arron at or call 276-2061.


Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun

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Howard Husock, Vice President of Research at the Manhattan Institute, will share the story of the Rye Meeting House on Sunday at 4 at the Square House. The small wooden structure, also known as Milton Chapel, moved to its present location on Milton Road in 1867.

Attendees will also learn about the early days of the Mill Town and its long history as a harbor and port of commerce.

Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. Call 967-7588.


Tech Savvy
Popular computer teacher Mike Negrelli will lead two workshops at the Rye library. Basic computer knowledge is a prerequisite.
>“Word II: Beyond the Basics” (November 12) will cover preparing documents using advanced editing features such as numbering pages, adding borders, and auto functions like capitalization and spelling-grammar checking. Sending documents and the Quick Access Tool Bar will also be demonstrated.

>“Picture and Data Handling” (November 19) will impart how to use Windows Explorer for the transfer of pictures from cameras and other media to the computer. Learn to set up folders, files, and flash drives in handling all types of data.

Both workshops will be held from 10-12.


Saving the Planet
View the shocking, yet humorous journey of an aspiring environmentalist in a groundbreaking feature-length documentary at Wainwright House on November 12 from 7-9. “Cowspiricy: The Sustainability Secret” follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today.

Admission requires a donation. Visit for further details.


AT-LucilleFeeling Those Good Vibrations  
Join certified meditation expert and registered nurse Lucille Sollazzo, BSN, for a transcendent two-part lesson in meditation on November 14 from 9:30-2:30 and November 15 from 2-4.


Participants will receive a personal Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM) mantra, the specific sound or vibration the universe was creating at the time of your birth, calculated using Vedic mathematic formulas. Part II will offer the opportunity to tweak your meditation in order to develop a daily practice.

The program is $80 for members, $90 non-members. For further details, requirements, and to register, call 967-6080 or visit

Journey for the Senses
Rye’s Élan Yoga will offer a True Edge Workshop on November 13 from 7-9. Workshop founder Ellen Blaufox, LSW-R, will help participants incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives by exploring and utilizing all the senses. Breathing exercises, meditation practices, and mindfulness techniques and strategies will all be discussed. The workshop will continue the second Friday of each month through February.

With over 20 years of professional experience, Blaufox is clinical director of the Sally and Anthony Mann Center RTF, which is the largest residential, psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents in New York State.

Workshop fee is $135 at the door. For discounted pricing and more information, visit


Go to Print
Written a book? Now get it published. Join Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor at Harlequin Books, at the Rye Free Reading Room November 14 from 11-1 for a presentation on the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

Discover what publishers are looking for, pinpointing your genre, revising, and rewriting. Submissions, including pitches and query letters, as well as finding an agent/publisher/editor, will also be discussed.


Put a Little Gong in Your Life
Immerse yourself in a relaxing and deeply healing experience at Wainwright on November 14 from 2-4. Certified Gong Master Alex Nason will open your energy centers and rejuvenate with guided relaxation and gentle healing gong bath meditations. The fee is $40 for members, $44 non-members. Register at


A Little Rye History
SPRYE’S favorite local historian and author Paul Hicks will talk about the exploration of “The Gilded Age in Rye and Beyond” at Wainwright House on November 18 from 3-4:30. The speaker, a Rye Record contributor, will share research he acquired during the process of writing a historical biography of John E. Parsons, an influential figure in Rye’s past. Admission is free.


Passion for Fashion
Back by popular demand, Tonia Tagliaferro will show women how to dress their best at the Rye library on November 19 from 11-12:30. The founder of The Art of Dressing, Tagliaferro will focus on developing a positive internal dialogue that changes the way you look and feel and builds self-awareness. Her fun and light-hearted approach takes the guesswork out of dressing and empowers women to look and feel their best.


The Law-down on Vaccines
Holistic Moms Network will present a talk on vaccine mandates at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 19 at 7:30. Scientist Eva Vanamee and attorney Susan Lee will discuss the HPV vaccine mandate bills, as well as two similar bills that would allow children of any age to obtain vaccines for STDs (including for HPV, hepatitis B) without parental knowledge or consent.


Party Like it’s 1621!
The Rye Historical Society and The Friends of Rye Nature Center will co-host a unique program celebrating the origins of Thanksgiving at the Square House Museum on November 21 from 2-4. “Exploring Native American & Colonial Life” will offer participants the opportunity to explore the tools, techniques, and foods commonly used by the early inhabitants of the area.

Afterwards, all can taste a sampling of foods common to the Native American and colonial diet. The cost is $10 per family and reservations are suggested, as space is limited. To register, call the Rye Historical Society at 967-7588.


Tales of Thanksgiving
Tellabration, an annual worldwide gathering featuring the sharing of stories of Thanksgiving and community, will be commemorated locally at the Rye library on November 21 at 7. Members of the Rye Storytellers’ Guild and others will entertain with tales meant for grown-ups. Bring a friend and enjoy this evening of refreshments and stories.

Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome. To learn more, contact Angela at Booksamc@

Arts & Entertainment

Hues of Women
Figure and still life painter Tracy Burtz’s “Art of the Study: Exploring the Emotions of Women” continues at the Rye Arts Center through November 21. Having recently returned to teaching at the Center, Burtz brings a wealth of experience instructing students of all ages and levels.


AT-Pablo-Picasso20th-Century Master   
Who was Pablo Picasso? Find out at a talk given by the Rye Arts Center at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 12 from 11-1. The program, offered in conjunction with the current exhibition of Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, places the artist’s three-dimensional work in the larger context of his multi-faceted career.

Innovator and renegade, Picasso developed new styles and approaches to painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics throughout his long life.


SPRYE Masterpieces
View the works of SPRYE members and volunteers at the Osborn Rehabilitation Center through January 6. Visiting hours for the general public are 10-6. Call 925-8218 beforehand.
A celebratory artist’s reception will be held November 19 from 4:30-6 with wine and nibbles. Bring a friend. To RSVP, call 925-8218.


AT-stlouisWhen All of the World Was a Fair
Next up in the Rye Free Reading Room’s lunchtime movie series is “Meet Me in St. Louis” on November 9 from 12-2. Bring your own lunch to munch on while watching and enjoy a light dessert provided by the library.

The classic takes place during the time leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Young women learn lessons of life and love while preparing for a reluctant move to New York. Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, and Mary Astor star.


AT-stillaliceSudden Descent Into Alzheimer’s
The award-winning 2014 film “Still Alice” will be shown at the Rye library on November 14 from 3-4:30. A brief cider-and-donuts social time will precede the screening. Sponsored by SPRYE and the Rye Free Reading Room, the film follows the tragic journey of Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Happily married with three grown children, Alice (Julianne Moore in an Oscar-winning performance) struggles to stay connected to who she once was in this frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring film. Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish co-star.


Mystic Impressionist   
Join SPRYE for a docent-led tour of the Charles Harold Davis exhibit at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich on November 10 at 12. This retrospective, the first in decades, offers the public the chance to rediscover a leading American landscapist. The tour is $6.

RSVP at 481-5706 or Non-members may arrange their own transportation and meet at the museum.


Family Ties

Ecology Club
Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member with them to the Rye Nature Center on November 14 at 9:30. There will be animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures.

No fee, pre-registration required by November 13. For more information, email


Fun to the Core
The Rye Free Reading Room invites ages 5 and up and their grown-ups to decorate chocolate, caramel, or candy apples with a gourmet flair November 21 from 2-3:30. Rockland Artist B. Smith will lead the program just in time for holiday celebrations.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required at ryelibrary .org. For more information, call 231-3162.

Especially for Seniors

Aging in Place
Barbara Newman Mannix, founder/CEO of A Dignified Life LLC, will discuss how one can live in one’s home and community safely, regardless of age, at a talk at Wainwright November 16 from 7-8:30. Learn to support that goal in spite of income or ability level. For further details, visit


Tech Talk
SPRYE citizens can perfect their skills on various electronic devices. Rye Youth Council students will provide free one-on-one help at Rye High School on November 17 from 3-4.


Road to Retirement
Rye resident Paul Tramontozzi will give an informational talk on retirement savings at the Rye library November 21 from 11-12:30. The KBK Wealth Management financial advisor will give participants an understanding about the value of dividends in a retirement portfolio, how to build a cash flow reserve ladder, implement an endowment style spending policy, and make a prudent plan to preserve purchasing power in retirement.

Teen Times

Join the Greater Online Community
Learn to create animations and video games with Scratch at the Rye Free Reading Room from 6:30-7:45 on November 10. Austin Olney will teach the general coding skills for using the visual programming language. Before long, participants will create and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.

Designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch enables teens to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at


Children’s Corner

School Vacation Day Activities
>The Rye YMCA has the Veterans Day school holiday covered with programs on November 11. Register at

>Fun Club: Grades K–6 can enjoy non-stop activities from 9-4. Bring lunch and a snack. The cost is $70 for members, $85 non-members.

>Paintball: Grades 6-8 can travel to Liberty Paintball in Patterson, New York. Chaperoned by the Rye Y’s teen staff, the group will play on its own reserved field. No experience necessary.

Fee includes transportation, admission, safety gear, equipment, and lunch. The cost is $115 for members, $135 non-members.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Ages 5-11 can head to the Rye Y with their girlfriends on November 13 from 6-9. Enjoy swimming, sports, games, and dinner. Family members: $18 per child, Youth members: $26 per child, non-members: $35. Register at


While the Cat’s Away….
…the mice will play, at the Rye YMCA November 13 from 6-9. Parents can enjoy an evening out courtesy of the Y, which will provide childcare, entertainment, arts, and snacks for ages 3 months to 5 years. Participants can wear their favorite pajamas. Family members: $15 per child, Youth members: $20 per child. Register at


Middle School Rules
On November 14 from 7-10, middle schoolers are in for an evening of fun, food, camaraderie, activities, competitions, and gaes at the Rye YMCA.

These ongoing “Second Saturdays” are supervised by the Y’s teen staff and led by the Camp, Family, and Teen Assistant Director. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, email


Play Ball, Get Into Dodge!
What’s more fun than dodge ball? Join Rye Recreation at the Osborn School Gym on November 20, from 6-7:15 for grades 5 and 6, and 7:30-8:45 for grades 7 and 8. Kids will learn variations of this awesome game, including Team Dodge Ball, Dr. Dodge Ball, and Bombardment.

Space is limited, no walkins. The program is open to residents only; the cost is $20 per child. Register at cfm.


Campfire Kitchen
Gather around the Rye Nature Center campfire to prepare and enjoy some good eats and times, November 14 at 3. Ages 8 and up will be making snake bread and stew to name a few. The program is $10 for members, $15 non-members.


Book Groups for Young Readers
Join the Rye Free Reading Room’s librarians for once-a-month snacks and chats about lively, thought-provoking books. Grades 1 and 2 will read “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet to be discussed on November 28 from 3-4.

Grades 3 and 4 will read “The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery” by Sandra Markle to be discussed the same day from 4-5.

Pre-registration is required. Go to



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