Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
The Rye Free Reading Room presents the work of professional photographer Julie Stauffer on Saturday at 2. Having visited Cuba, Stauffer explored Havana Vieja and captured images of antique cars, architecture, and the Cuban people. The presentation will include a Q & A and a tasty Cuban treat.
Get out of your mind and into your body at Wainwright House on Saturday from 2-3:30 with JourneyDance yoga instructor Joanne Keane. Her dynamic program combines improvisational dance, yoga, and theater. The freestyle and structured movement will inspire all participants. The cost is $30 for members, $33 non-members.
Eighty-Three Million Dozen, Please
Murray Fisher, founder of the Billion Oyster Project and president of the New York Harbor Foundation, will speak about this extraordinary project Saturday at 3 at the Rye Meeting House. The project’s goal is to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and to educate young people about the marine environment.
Co-sponsored by the Long Island Sound Study, the Long Island Sound Science Festival, and Save the Sound, the talk will open with Rye’s Howard Husock, vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute and author of a recent Rye Record article, “Bringing Back Safe Shellfish Harvests” (ryerecord.com/features/bringing-back-safe-shellfish-harvests).
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For further information, call 967-0099.
Arts & Entertainment
Works by Lusandre Chaudruc will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room from November 3-28. An artist’s reception will be held November 7 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. As head of a textile design studio for 30 years, she created works for iconic brands such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Wamsutta.
View artworks by SPRYE members and volunteers at the Osborn Rehabilitation Center from October 26-January 6. Visiting hours for the general public are 10-6. Call 925-8218 beforehand.
Stop and Sip
Join SPRYE for a fall wine tasting at Griffin Wine and Spirits, 498 Forest Avenue, on October 30 from 5-7.
Women in Painting
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. Burtz, who recently returned to teaching at the Center, says, “I teach by studying all of the important concepts of picture making – composition, light and dark values, line, volume, space and color. I teach students ‘to see.’”
Paint by Numbers
The Rye Arts Center is presenting a lecture on mathematics and art on November 4 from 10-11 with Gail Harrison Roman. Since the ancient world, artists have used mathematical concepts in their creations. The lecture will explore the applications used by painters, sculptors, and architects.
Having earned a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University, Roman is a curator and seasoned lecturer at major museums and universities. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
Wake Up to a Chelsea Morning
Join the Rye Arts Center in checking out the hottest art in New York City on November 5 from 10-12. A tour of the Chelsea gallery scene exploring a range of contemporary and modern paintings and sculptures will be led by RAC curator Katharine Dufault.
Having studied fine art, photography, and graphic design at Anglia Ruskin University before relocating to New York, Dufault graduated from Columbia University with a degree in painting and literature. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
Life Is a Cabaret
Join fellow music lovers at the Square House Museum November 6 at 7:30 for an evening filled with traditional songs once enjoyed by immigrant ancestors. The Rye Historical Society event will feature local entertainer Margie McCabe accompanied by pianist Madeline Tiktin.
Wine and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 non-members. Reservations suggested, 967-7588.
Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun
Knowing a Fake When You See One
As part of the Rye library’s Rye Reads series, Dr. Jeff Taylor will present a program on the Art of Forgery on October 28 at 7. Discover the care and detail involved in perfecting forgeries, as well as the techniques experts use to identify masquerading masterpieces.
Former president of the board of directors at the Rye Arts Center and an assistant professor of arts management at SUNY Purchase, Taylor is an accredited appraiser and art forensics expert who will also discuss notable forgers and forgeries.
Us, Guinea Pigs?
View a film that exposes the untested chemicals in everyday products. “The Human Experiment” will be shown at Wainwright on October 28 from 7-9. In this documentary, Oscar winner Sean Penn and Emmy winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy bring to light a corrupt system unbeknownst to most consumers. Donations accepted.
Women Are From Venus
Certified astrologer Pamela Cucinell will present the mythology of the goddess Venus at Wainwright House on October 29 from 7-8:30. She will also discuss everyone’s archetypal connection to the goddess as represented in one’s horoscope. Court the goddess and create love and wealth.
Pre-register at wainwright.org. The fee is $30 for members, $33 non-members.
Celebrate the Irish festival of Samhein on October 31 from 2-4 at Wainwright. Guests will gather around the piano with pianist and vibrational adventurer Kazzrie Jaxen. Mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter with Qigong movements that release and heal ancestral patterns.
Bring a mat, pillow, and blanket. Register at wainwright.org. Tickets are $40 for members, $44 non-members.
Interested in becoming a yoga teacher? Come to an open house at Wainwright House on November 1 from 2-4. Meet the faculty and hear their unique approach to yoga certification training. Reserve your spot at 967-6080.
On November 1 at 4, the public is invited to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum for a discussion on a little known aspect of Rye’s history — slavery. Former Society trustee Pamela McGuire will share her research based on historical records from the late 17th century up until slavery was outlawed in New York State in the 1820s.
Learn how Medicare works at a session at the Rye library on November 3 from 11-12:30. Insurance and retirement representative Paul Jeffrey will discuss how to join, how to change plans, options for better coverage, and both Medicare supplements and advantage plans.
For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.
Take the Fall
Join the Rye Storytellers’ Guild at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 3 at 6 to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. The theme is “Apples, and Pumpkins, and Leaves, Oh My.”
Listeners, as well as tellers are always welcome. To learn more, contact Angela at booksamc@ aol.com.
The Rye library invites readers to participate in their upcoming book groups. The Thursday Afternoon Group will read “Astonish Me” by Maggie Shipstead on November 5 at 1:15. The Friday Book Café’s title is “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler to be discussed on November 6 at 9:30.
Copies of the books are available at the circulation desk.
Can your thyroid prevent weight loss or cause weight gain? Dr. John Thomas Giudice will discuss everything you ever wanted to know about this endocrine gland at the Rye library on November 5 from 10-12. Learn the six patterns to thyroid problems and which can be handled using natural solutions.
Come See Author Anthony Doerr
The Rye Free Reading Room invites the entire community to come together to read “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, who will visit on November 5 at 7. The event will be held at the Rye High School auditorium.
Copies of the novel are available at the library. RSVP and register for the event at ryelibrary.org.
Enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the Rye YMCA October 25 from 2-4. Toddlers and elementary school kids accompanied by an adult will be playing games, winning prizes, and enjoying healthy snacks. Come in costume!
Admission is free for Y Family members, $10 for Youth and non-members. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join musical performer Graham Clarke October 29 at the Rye Free Reading Room at 6. Ages 4 and up can wear their costumes for a trick or treat parade through the library and enjoy howling good tunes alongside their grown-ups. They’ll get goody bags, too. Register at ryelibrary.org.
Fall Fest Friday
On November 6 from 6:30-7:30, the Rye YMCA is holding a Fall Fest First Family Friday. It will be filled with activities, themed crafts, snacks, and fun. Free for members. Register at ryeymca.org.
Would you like the skills and knowledge to safely care for children? Babysitters-to-be ages 11-15 can attend a training session at Rye’s Damiano Recreation Center on October 27-29 from 3:30-6. Participants will develop leadership skills, and learn basic first aid and how to create a babysitting business.
The $100 session fee includes a manual and certification card.
Register at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm or by calling 967-2535.
Take a proctored practice ACT or SAT before walking into the real thing at the Rye library on October 31 from 10-2:30. The exams will be offered by Summit Educational Group. For more information and to register, call (203) 594-9695.
Stinkhorns, puffballs, and witches’ brew are just a few of the strange, beautiful, and ecologically important fungi visitors will find during a walk and talk at the Rye Nature Center on October 24 at 9:30. Suggested for ages 10 and up. The fee is $5 per person, $10 non-members.
Pumpkins, Leaves, and Halloween
On October 30, ages 5 and up will have jack-o-lantern fun at the Rye Nature Center from 4-5:30. Not only will they search the grounds for seasonal changes, but they’ll carve pumpkins and create spooky, silly faces, too. The cost is $10. Pre-registration required.
And don’t forget, kids can still bring in the largest leaf they can find to enter the Center’s Great Leaf contest.
Dreams Come True
Ages 5 and up can watch a Brown Bag movie at the Rye library on their day off from school on November 3, Superintendent’s Conference Day. Disney’s “Cinderella” will be shown from 1-2:50. The library will provide snacks and a drink to supplement the kids’ lunches.
The Rye library presents the Gizmos Club for kindergarteners through second graders on November 6 from 3:30-4:30, and the Gadgets Club for third through fifth graders on November 20 from 3:30-4:30.
These first and third Friday programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on experiments. Space is limited. Sign up at ryelibrary.org beginning one week in advance.
Fifth and sixth graders can learn to play mat-ball with Rye Recreation on November 6 from 5:30-7:15 at the Rye Middle School Gym. Mat-ball is an indoor kickball/baseball game that gets all players involved. The fee is $15, residents only.
Kids’ Book Groups
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 at ryelibrary.org.
For a Good Cause
Wainwright House’s third annual Masquerade Party will be held November 7 at 6:30. The special evening includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a full bar.
Proceeds will benefit Wainwright’s outreach programs, scholarships, and the historical home, a holistic center since 1951. Tickets are $150 per person. RSVP at wainwright.org or call 967-6080.
Save the Date
Square House Film
The Rye Historical Society’s fall film series continues with “Lost Boys of Sudan” on November 8 from 2:30-5 at the Square House Museum. The inspiring 2003 documentary follows two Sudanese refugees on their extraordinary journey from Africa.
Named in memory of Ted Levine, a longtime Rye resident and film instructor at Iona College, the film series is co-sponsored by the Rye Free Reading Room. Seating is limited; pre-registration recommended. Call the Rye Historical Society at 967-7588 for reservations.