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Community Calendar

December

25

Christmas

26

Screening of “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, Rye Library, 1:30-3 pm

Spin a Yarn, Rye Library, 2-4 pm

27

Mad Science Workshop, Rye Rec, 9:30 am-12:30 pm; also Dec. 28

Outdoor Activities, Rye Nature Center, 10 am-12 pm; also Dec. 28 and 29

Open Skate & Gym, Rye Country Day, 2:15-4:30 pm; same time Dec. 29

28

Ice Cream Social, Rye Rec, 2:15 pm

29

Cupcake Decorating, Rye Library, 2-3 pm

January

1

New Year’s Day

Polar Bear Plunge, Oakland Beach, 12 pm

City Council Swearing-In Ceremony, City Hall, 2 pm

4

Thursday Afternoon Book Group, Rye Library, 1:15-2:30 pm

6

Volunteer Workday, Read Sanctuary, 10 am

8

Screening of “HMS Pinafore”, Rye Library, 12-2 pm

9

Winter Landscape Workshop, Rye Arts Center, 9 am-2 pm

LGC Talk on “Gardens of the Hudson Valley”, Rye Library, 10:30 am-12 pm

Rye Storytellers Guild, Rye Library, 6 pm

School Board Meeting, RMS, 8 pm

10

Y Summer Camp Registration begins

3-D Spinners, Rye Arts Center, 3:30-5 pm

City Council Meeting, City Hall, 7:30 pm

11

Teen STEM Workshop, Rye Library, 4:15-5:30 pm

12

Rye Nature Center Summer Camp Registration opens

13

Free Arts Day, Rye Arts Center, 12-3 pm

Make Way for Ducks & Other Divers, Read Sanctuary, 1 pm

Great Library Escape, Rye Library, 2-4 pm

15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Literary Celebration & Tea, Jay Center, 2-5 pm

Open Skate & Gym, Rye Country Day, 2:15-4:30 pm

17

SPRYE Talk on Longevity Planning, Wainwright, 3-4:30 pm

18

Loosen Up & Paint Night, Rye Arts Center, 6-9 pm

20

Elder Law Workshop: Protecting Your Assets, Rye Library,

11 am-12:30 pm

Yoga Inner Spirit Workshop, Wainwright, 2-4 pm

“Some Like it Hot” Exhibit Opening Reception, Rye Arts Center, 5-7 pm

21

Rye Women’s Interfaith Program: Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking, Rye Presbyterian, 3 pm

Photo by Annette McLoughlin

 

 

By Eileen O’Connor

We rarely know when a visit to a favorite destination will be our last; life usually does not work that way. Earlier this month, however, patrons of Dock Deli in Rye, were afforded just that: a sign that something very good and very special was about to end.  

On Wednesday November 29, owners Neil and Maggie Pinsker posted a small notice on their storefront announcing that after 29 years they had decided to close. The note expressed sincere thanks and gratitude to the customers they have “come to look upon as family.”  

No call to the local paper, no grand announcements, no big countdown. Just a few simple words and that was it. Or so they thought. 

In this age of instant messaging and the Rye Moms Facebook page, word spread like wild fire and from Friday through Sunday Neil and Maggie served a standing room-only crowd. Patrons, many in tears, waited to place their favorite orders and soak up the scene, a scene that was as far from “a scene” as you can get.  

 

When the late Mayor, Warren Ross, was in office from 1990-93, a committee was headed up by Hope Walsh to keep the village beautiful by planting young trees.

I was one of the many who contributed to buy a tree ($500). My only request was that it be planted where the Rye Sweet Shoppe, owned by my parents, Mildred and David Silverman, once was. There was a dedication by all the others that did the same.

Over the years, we/I decorated the tree. The first one didn’t survive. Several years later, we lost the second. Even the dedication plaque vanished twice — during snowstorms.

I no longer decorate the tree because I now live in Florida, but when I come back it always gets a hug, not only by me but my granddaughter, Gabby. She and her parents still live here and love Rye.

In November I was on Purchase Street and although I miss all the mom and pop stores, Gabby and I gave our tree a hug.

Rye was a wonderful place to grow up and raise a family. I come back when I can because my heart still lives here.

— Terri Silverman-Jessen

 

For those looking for a truly stunning way to revive the senses after a night (and maybe morning) on the town, the 16th Annual Polar Plunge is hard to beat. Gather at Oakland Beach at 11:15 on New Year’s Day and be ready to run into the refreshing water at noon.

Proceeds benefit MAC Angels Foundation, supporting families with ALS throughout the tri-state area and the Challenged Athlete Foundation. Register online at macangels.org. The fee is $60 for adults.

 

By Andrea Alban-Davies, Rye Garden Club Conservation Committee

The holiday season is a time for hope, generosity, wonder, magic, family, and friends.

It is also a time of giving. Mostly, that means giving <things>. It hasn’t always been this way, and it isn’t that way everywhere; but it is now, and it is here. The combination of cultural influences (that equate the holidays with material gifts), and the acquisitive power and expectations in communities like ours means that we end up with an abundance of boxes in wrapping paper.

Truthfully, who doesn’t like giving? It feels good to give someone that you love some<thing> that they’ve been hoping for. When our children ask us for things that they’ve been dreaming of possessing, it’s a small rush to grab a smartphone, give the screen a few taps, and have the item sitting under your tree with a bow on it two days later. Or waiting in the pile of eight special Hanukkah gifts. Even those that try hard to minimize their family’s consumption during the year tend to let themselves go at holiday time. I know I do!

This year, however, I got a small wake-up call. It came in the form of an email that I received from an organization that I support (and that helped me eliminate all of my junk mail for free and without hassle!). The email underscored the enormous toll that our consumer culture takes on our environment, and the related burdens that we will leave for future generations to resolve. It also made mention of the importance of making time to relax with family and friends, rather than finding yourself completely frazzled and burned out at the end of the holiday season. The clincher, however, was an image that they printed at the top of the email. It was a small white piece of needle point fabric with a list sewn onto it that read as follows:

(Hemna, bold face the following or put it in a distinctive font)

Draw Something

Sew Something

Cook Something

Sing Something

Build Something

Read Something

Play Something

Make Something

BUY NOTHING

Of course, not a single one of us is going to buy nothing, but this simple list is a powerful reminder about what the holiday season could be. It’s a direct call to keep consumption in check during a time when we are literally bombarded with commercial images beckoning us to the next new thing, over and over. The United States, alone, has less than 5% of the world’s population, yet we consume more than 30% of the world’s energy resources, and generate 70% of total global toxic waste. Approximately 80% of U.S. products are used once and thrown away! (95% of all plastic, 2/3 of all glass containers, and 50% of all aluminum beverage cans are never recycled.) All of these things – this “stuff” – that we accumulate comes with a cost far higher than the dollars that we pay to purchase it. The externalities are far-reaching and seldom considered.

This is seen as a key issue at many organizations, including the Garden Club of America, which is currently collecting votes to decide on a nationwide 2018 environmental initiative. All member clubs across the country are asked to choose one theme from a list of four very worthy environmental endeavors; the theme that receives the most votes will be the subject of focused local efforts by each club. Three of the themes are very clearly and directly about the environment (and all very close to the hearts of pretty much every Garden Club member I know), but the fourth – Waste Not Want Not – is an acknowledgement that no discussion about our environment is complete without a discussion of consumption habits. Especially in our country.

So, this year, I’m going to try to internalize the lesson imparted to us in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (as I read it over, and over, and over) …

“Every <Who> down in <Who>-ville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming!

IT CAME!

Somehow or other, it came just the same!”