Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
The Rye Free Reading Room invites teens to see “One Direction: This is Us” (PG) today from 3:30-5. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the popular band’s life on the road. Fans will enjoy footage of the global music phenomenon in concert, as well as the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis, and what it’s really like to be One Direction.
Bike Through History
Spend Saturday morning on a leisurely bicycle ride through Rye. Meet at the Square House at 10 and join Rye Historical Society Director Sheri Jordan on a historical bike tour through more than 350 years of Rye history.
Participants will learn about the development of the central business district, West Rye, Boston Post Road, and the African-American Cemetery located within Greenwood Union Cemetery.
The fee for the tour is $10 per person. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet. Reservations are required as space is limited to ten participants. Call 967-7588 to register.
Hip Hip Hooray, It’s Jay Day
On Sunday, from 11-3, take part in a fall family festival at the Jay Heritage Center. The community has embraced this wonderful tradition since 1986 and this year is no different. Enjoy a falconry demonstration, face painting, music, historic tours, a farmers’ market, and much more. Admission is $40 per family, $10 per person.
Arts & Entertainment
A Mid-Century Mind at Play
Don’t miss the Rye Arts Center’s extraordinary solo retrospective of Rye’s own Irving Harper. Debuting the private whimsical paper sculptures of this design genius, curators Katharine Dufault and Jeff Taylor pay homage to an artist known for his iconic contributions to the George Nelson Office, including the 1949 Ball Clock, Herman Miller logo, and the 1956 Marshmallow sofa.
The exhibit runs through November 8.
Through the Lens of the Marshlands
The Marshlands Conservancy is a visual treat, as well as a place to stroll and explore, so it’s a favorite destination for photographers. If you have photos of the Marshlands landscape and wildlife that you’d like to submit for the annual photography show, the drop-off dates are October 4 and 5 from 10-3. Entries, a maximum of three, must be framed and ready for hanging.
The exhibit opens Sunday, October 12, at 2, with a reception for the photographers and the public. It will remain on view weekends through the end of October.
City Island Here We Go
Join S.P.R.Y.E. for a trip to City Island, a small community with a rich nautical past, on October 2 from 10:15-3. A private tour of the City Island Historical and Nautical Museum has been arranged by S.P.R.Y.E. board member and longtime City Island resident Kathy Lonergan.
Afterwards, enjoy lunch and an automobile tour of the island. Carpool from Rye departs at 10:15. Museum admission is $3 and lunch will be reasonably priced.
For more information, call S.P.R.Y.E. Executive Director Betti Weimersheimer at 481-5706.
Talks & Workshops
Doing the Wainwright Walk
The Rye Historical Society’s popular two-hour history tour will be held October 5, rain or shine. Check in at Wainwright House, from where all the tours depart.
The first one departs at 9:40 and every 20 minutes thereafter, with the last departure at 2:40. The tour will examine how the Wainwright family and their land holdings and homes shaped the history and development of Milton Point from the 1840s to the present day. Learn about the evolution of Rye from a farming community into a summer destination for wealthy New York City residents, and eventually into the vibrant suburb it is today.
Cost is $30 for Rye Historical Society members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for students. Reservations are suggested to register for a preferred start time. Call 967-7588.
Let’s Talk Economy
The Rye Free Reading Room’s Current Events Book Group is meeting on September 30 from 6:30-8 in the Ogden Nash Room to discuss “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers our Future” by Joseph Stiglitz. The author disputes the inevitability of a bleak economy as seen through the eyes of economists on both ends of the political spectrum.
The book group, moderated by John Dolan, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month to talk about books that offer diverse opinions about timely economic, political, social, and international issues. Newcomers are always welcome.
Barks and Meows for Help
On October 5, from 11:30-3:30, animal lovers may volunteer to help make beds and toys for their furry friends at Wainwright House through its Paws on Pillows outreach program. These made-with-love beds and toys will be donated to help bring healing comfort to the dogs and cats at the animal shelters in Westchester. No experience necessary.
A Wonderful, Pesticide-Free Life
Join the members of the Rye Garden Club at the Rye Free Reading Room on October 7 at 10:30 for an informative talk on ways to ensure a healthier backyard.
Physician Diane Lewis, the author of “The Great Healthy Yard Project” and founder of the nonprofit of the same name, will explain how pesticide use puts a cloud over our children’s future by increasing the risk for diseases including diabetes, autism, and cancer. She will lay out both the problems and the surprisingly easy and affordable way we can chart a happier, healthier course forward by changing the way we steward our yards.
The Great Healthy Yard Project is working to improve and protect the quality of our drinking water and raise awareness about garden chemicals. Copies of the book will be on hand for purchase and signing.
Master Your Electronics
On October 7 from 3-4, take advantage of a technical workshop, presented by S.P.R.Y.E. and facilitated by Rye Youth Council students. Learn the ins and outs of all your digital devices and become proficient in the latest apps and games. The workshop will be held at Rye High School’s TV Studios for free.
The Great Outdoors
For Bird Enthusiasts
Learn what special traits, adaptations, and strategies our feathered friends employ for survival at a program at Read Sanctuary, October 4 at 1 p.m.
It’s Pumpkin Painting Time
The Rye Y invites you to get in the spirit of the season by painting your own mini-pumpkin on October 3, 6:30-9. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required as space is limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Family Fridays
Children, ages 3½ and up, will love listening to stories and playing fun games that help develop literacy at the Rye library on October 4 from 11-12. Felt boards and other props are sometimes used to enhance stories and model future classroom experience. A fun craft project is designed around the story time’s theme and parents/caregivers are asked to assist younger children using scissors, glue, and other art materials.
Entry is free for library members and $10 for youth and non-members.
Take a practice SAT on October 4, or a practice ACT on October 18, both at the Rye library from 10:30-2:30. The mock test comes with a free detailed score report that highlights your personal strengths and weaknesses, and which will be available at www.applerouth.com the Friday after the exam.
Bring water, a snack, pencils and a calculator. Register at www.applerouth.com/signup. Questions? Call 371-8000.
Gizmos Science Fun Club
Children in grades K-2 can engage in monthly hands-on, inquiry-based experiments at the Rye library, the first one is on October 3, 3:30-4:30. Participants will focus on a different S.T.E.M. activity each month with handouts for follow up at home. Kids will soon see that science, technology, engineering, and math can be fun. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 231-3162.
For a Good Cause
On a Special Course
The Rye Y will hold the Christopher D. Mello Golf Outing at Apawamis Club October 6. Registration and lunch begin at 11; shotgun start at 12:30. Cocktails, dinner, and awards follow play. The event honors the memory of Chris Mello, who died in the September 11th attacks, and raises funds for the Y’s annual campaign. For details, visit ryeymca.org/golf or call 967-6363.
Save the Date
Take a Shot at Paintball
The Rye Y is traveling to Liberty Paintball in Patterson, N.Y. on October 13 and welcomes ages 11-14 to come along. The group will play from 9-4 on private fields and will be supervised and refereed at all times by the Y’s professional team of Teen Staff along with Liberty referees. The games are well organized and lots of fun!
Fees include transportation, admission, safety gear, equipment, and lunch. The cost is $115 for members; $135 for non-members. For further information, email cindyrodriguez@ ryeymca.org.
Festival for the Best of Us
Enjoy a Fall Fest with the whole family at one of Rye’s hidden jewels, Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, October 18, 12-5, rain or shine. Enjoy a hands-on animal program, see a raptor/falconry demo, listen to live jazz while sampling refreshments, and much more.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. No dogs. For more details, visit Friendsofreadwild- lifesanctuary.org.
Keeping That Empty Nest Full
Wendy Aronsson, a licensed psychotherapist and Greenwich author, will give a talk to help parents deal with an empty nest at Wainwright House on October 15, 10-12. The author of “Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After The Children Leave,” will offer guests practical advice on how to prepare for “the shift” and how they can make the transition from full-time to free-range parents while building stronger, healthier relationships with their young adults.
The Rye Nature Center is holding its annual fundraiser on October 17 from 7:30-10:30. Celebrate on site with hops, vines, and delicious food. For tickets, log on to www.ryenaturecenter.org.
That’s right, Rye Recreation is putting together a fun-filled night of barbecuing and bingo for children, grades 2 and up, and their families on October 24, from 6:30-8:30. Everyone will have the chance to win prizes, while playing fun variations of bingo and enjoying great food. Admission is $14 per person.