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Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Every Bird Counts

The Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place February 16-19. Do the counting on your property if there’s a feeder or head to the Rye Nature Center Saturday at 9. For more information, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

Clean Sweep

Join the Read Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday at 10 to help clean up the grounds and the beach. Tasks include invasive vine cutting and trail work as well.

Jazz in the Afternoon

A quintet composed of faculty members of the Manhattanville College Music Department will present originals as well as jazz standards Sunday from 3-5 in the college’s Reid Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

<<Don’t Miss>>

A Magic Touch

The Rye YMCA’s annual Magic and Merriment benefit will be held on March 2 from 7-11 at Shenorock Shore Club. It promises to be an evening filled with laughter and amazement provided by stand-up magician Derek Hughes.

Proceeds benefit the Y Cares Financial Assistance Program to ensure working families have safe, affordable childcare, cancer survivors can regain their health through LIVESTRONG, teens have a safe place, and kids can attend summer camp. 

Tickets start at $250. For more information and donation opportunities, visit ryeymca.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wrapped in a Mystery

Wainwright invites all to a Murder Mystery Dinner on March 3 at 7. This fundraising event for the holistic center’s many programs will have a roaring 1920s theme, a dinner catered by Corner Stone, and an open bar.

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 967-6080.

<<Family Ties>>

Cheap Skate

Rye Recreation invites all ages to a free open skate at Rye Country Day School on February 19 from 2:15-4:30. All participants must provide their own skates and children 16 years or younger must wear a helmet.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Pass the Syrup

Discover how trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process at the Rye Nature Center on February 24 at 1. Participants will tap a tree the old fashioned way and learn all about maple sugaring.

The cost is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members. Call 967-5150 to reserve a spot.

Wild Tea Party

Families with kids over 12 can enjoy the taste of teas brewed from wild plants at the Read Wildlife Sanctuary on February 24 at 1. Sip Sweetfern, Sassafras, Pine, Goldenrod, and more.

Register by calling 967-8720. The fee is $5 per person.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Good Vibrations

A Southern California concert will be held at Wainwright House on February 21 from 3-4:30. Local musician Gary Adamson will perform songs of the 1960s and 70s and share the stories behind them.

The event is free, courtesy of SPRYE.

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A Princess, a Pirate, and a Captain Walk Into a Bar

The Rye library’s midday video operetta series presents “Naughty Marietta” by Victor Herbert on February 26 from 12-2. Set in colonial New Orleans, the story features a countess, an arranged marriage, and trouble at sea. The score includes many well-known songs, including “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life”.

Tour de Force

Join The Rye Arts Center on a tour of the Katonah Museum of Art March 1 from 10-12. The current exhibit, “Long Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition,” focuses on a group of artists of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent. Their works explore religion, culture, and socio-political issues of the day.

View centuries-old forms, such as calligraphy, miniature painting, geometric patterning, textiles, and architecture. For more information and to register, visit ryeartscenter.org. The fee is $35.

With photo of John Fumasoli

Rhythm and Blues

John Fumasoli and the Jones Factor will bring jazz standards and high-energy funk to The Rye Arts Center on March 2 from 8-9. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door for members; $35 and $40 for the general public.

A Moment in Time

“Reflections of Color”, works by Elissa Carroll, will be on display at the Rye library from March 3-29. Carroll is inspired by the vibrancy of color, natural light, and movement. Her pieces depict a moment in time.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Fewer Shakes of Salt

Join the Rye YMCA February 21 from 11:30-12:30 for a nutrition seminar on reducing sodium intake in your diet. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beyond the Call of Duty

African-American members of the community will be honored for their professional and civic accomplishments at Westchester County’s Annual Black History Month and Trailblazer Awards ceremony at the Jay Heritage Center February 22 from 5:30-8:30.

The Trailblazer Awards is sponsored by the Office of County Executive, the County Board of Legislators and the County's African American Advisory Board.

World’s Oldest Medical System

The Rye library is offering a talk on Ayurvedic medicine February 22 from 7:30-9. The program, presented by Holistic Moms of Westchester, will focus on the practical uses of this science of life to maintain and regain health.

Sip and Stretch

Wainwright House is offering a Vino and Vinyasa evening on February 22 from 7:45-9:30. Practice yoga with experienced teacher Laurie Jordan and then sample wine with Wainwright’s general manager and wine connoisseur.

The fee is $25 per person.

With book jackets

War and Peace

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers” by Susan Ericksen. The story of how these soldiers helped win World War I, fought in the U.S. Army, and earned the vote will be discussed March 1 from 1:15-2:30.

The Friday Book Café is reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Foreign Affairs” by Alison Lurie. The splendid comedy about romantic liaisons in London will be discussed on March 2 from 9:30-11.

Adding a Woman’s Perspective

In honor of Women's History Month, Jay Heritage Center requests everyone’s help in adding more female narratives to Wikipedia. Head to the Jay House for a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon March 3 at 10.

The online resource acknowledged in 2015 that between 84 and 91 percent of editors are male and, as a result, the imbalance “contributes to the systemic bias in Wikipedia.” One effective way to counter that disparity is to help add researched biographies of notable women. Learn the basics at this introductory tutorial and discover what people are doing to change the dialogue about women's history.

For more information, call 698-9275.

En Garde

Head to the Rye library for a fencing demonstration March 3 from 10-11:30. Three-time Olympian Tim Morehouse of Port Chester’s Fencing Club will explain how the sport challenges the brain as well as the body.

Eco-Avengers

Put your ideas for saving the planet to work at Read Sanctuary March 3 at 1. A workshop with live animals presented by Anthony Cogswell will cover how man’s actions can help animals in their natural habitats.

Made in the Shade

The Little Garden Club of Rye presents a “Shade Revealed” program at the Rye library March 6 from 10:30-12. Master gardener and author Amy Ziffer will talk about shade-adapted plants and explain how to garden successfully in low light.

<<Teen Time>>

Team Tech

The Rye library is offering two technology-based workshops for grades 6-12. On March 6 from 6:30-7:45, learn the basics of animation application software and learn to make digital cartoons.

On March 8 from 6:30-7:50, create your own app by using a unique software program through coding and design.

Registration starts 2 weeks before the program dates at ryelibrary.org.


Ace the ACT

Take a full-length practice ACT exam under real test conditions at the Rye library on March 10 from 10:30-2:45. Detailed score reports high-lighting personal strengths and weaknesses will be available at www.applerouth.com the Friday after the test. The exam and reports are free.

Register at www.applerouth.com/signup. Call 371-8000 for more information. Test takers should bring water, a snack, pencils and a calculator.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Polymer Panda

Create a panda out of clay at The Rye Arts Center on March 3, from 2-3 for ages 5-8 and from 3-4 for ages 9-12. Kids will transform balls, coils and cones of polymer clay into a one-of-a-kind sculpture.

The fee is $20 with a discount for members. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Animal Planet

Ages 3½ to 6 can meet lots of animals at the Rye Nature Center on March 9 from 9-1. They will go on a hike and learn a lot of fun facts, from how fish know what direction the school is swimming in to what a group of skunks is called.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 for non-members.

<<Save the Date>>

with pix of Chris Brown

Pop Songs and Irish Melodies

Enjoy the music of some of your favorite local musicians while brunching at Wainwright House on March 11 from 11:30-2:30. Listen to singer/songwriter and master storyteller Chris Brown while dining on Corner Stone Caterers delights and sipping wine and champagne.

Along with Brown’s repertoire of rock & roll, folk, and country music, he will add some Irish songs in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

The fee is $55 per person. Visit wainwright.org for reservations.

Painting the Town

Rye Recreation is hosting a Ladies’ Night Out on March 15 from 7-9:30. “Paint With Me” will have participants creating artwork while enjoying light refreshments. Kathy Pasquale will provide step-by-step painting instruction for all levels.

The fee is $30 per person. Space is limited. Sign up by calling 967-2535 or visit ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.

Live to Tell the Tale


SPRYE is offering a talk on “Writing About History” at Wainwright House March 21 from 3-4:30. Paul Hicks, the ever-popular local historian and Rye Record contributor, will share stories about his favorite people.

 

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Cartoonists Take Stock

The Rye Free Reading Room’s first exhibit of the New Year, “Not OK”, showcases a sampling of terrific cartoons that didn’t make the cut at The New Yorker. It runs from January 3-31.

On January 27 at 4, illustrator and cartoonist David Oslow will moderate a discussion with fellow artists Jason Adam Katzenstein, Amy Kurzweil, Maggie Larson, and Ellis Rosen on their favorite works and experiences with the storied magazine.

The Lass and the Sailor

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” is the first in the Rye library’s

new “Midday at the Operetta” film series, January 8 from 12-2. The time-tested classic delights audiences with its rollicking farcical story, endearing characters, and memorable tunes.

‘Tis the Season

Paint a winter scene at The Rye Arts Center January 9 from 9-2. Instructor Larry D’Amico will explore the colors and tones of winter.

The workshop is open to all levels. Bring a canvas and an acrylic or oil paint set to class. The fee is $105, less for members.

A Slow Burn

“Some Like It Hot”, The Rye Arts Center’s upcoming exhibit, runs from January 13 to February 17, with a reception January 20 from 5-7. Curated by Katharine Dufault, the art show features work in encaustic, a process that requires the heating of beeswax, resin, and pigments.

In an effort to introduce the community to this kind of painting, free workshops will be held the morning of January 20 from 10-12:30 and the evening of February 1 from 6-8:30. There will also be a curator’s talk on the history and techniques of the medium February 8 at 6.

For more information and to register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

Paint the Town Red

Loosen up and paint at The Rye Arts Center’s BYOB Night January 18 from 6-9. Instructor Laura Anechiarico will start the workshop off with a simple still life and progress from there, so participants can work at their own pace and in their own style.

No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. Everyone must be over 21. The fee is $65, with a discount for members.

<<Don’t Miss>>

Arts Festival

All ages can embrace the full spectrum of the arts at The Rye Arts Center on January 13 from 12-3. There will be fun activities in music and theater from improve to singing and instrument workshops. Everyone will have a chance to dabble in a range of artistic media, as well as in STEAM programs, from painting and ceramics to 3D printing and creative building.

Visitors with small children can enjoy an Open House, Half Day for Half Pints in order to learn about the center’s pre-K creative arts programs. Early registration is available. For more information, call 967-0600.

All-American Holiday

The Jay Heritage Center will hold a literary celebration and tea with the American Women of African Heritage January 15 from 2-5. The occasion showcases the works of writers from diverse backgrounds and honors Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated nationwide that day.

For more information, call 698-9275.

<<The Great Outdoors>>

All Hands Needed at Edith Read

Join the volunteer corps at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary January 6 at 10 to assist with invasive vine cutting, trail work, beach clean-up, and more. Dress for the weather.

Sitting Ducks

Take a walk at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on January 13 at 1 to learn all about the ducks and diving birds of Manursing Lake. By journey’s end, you’ll be able to identify many of the species that congregate in large numbers there during the winter season. Dress for the weather.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Multi-Tasking at its Best

The Rye library’s “Spin a Yarn” afternoons will be held December 26, January 2, 9, and 16 from 2-4. Bring your needlework and other fabric projects while you work and chat.

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Love Stories

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “I Always Loved You” by Robin Oliveira. The discussion will be held January 4 from 1:15-2:30. The novel recreates the world of Belle Époque

Paris and focuses on the great romance of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.

The Friday Book Café is reading Alice Hoffman’s “The Rules of Magic” and will meet January 5 from 9:30-11. The spellbinding prequel to “Practical Magic” takes place in the 1600s and revolves around the Owens family curse. The protagonist is charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Sweeping Views

The Little Garden Club of Rye invites you to meet Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, authors of “Gardens of the Hudson Valley”, at the Rye Free Reading Room January 9 from 10:30-12. They’ll focus on the historic landscape between Yonkers and Hudson, including famed estate gardens open to the public, such as Kykuit, Boscobel, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and Olana, as well as private gardens that combine panoramic views and lush plantings.

 

Core Connection

Breathe deep and feel connected to your inner spirit at a yoga workshop at Wainwright on January 20 from 2-4. Instructor Sandhi Ferreira’s lesson will include poses, pranayama, and affirmations. Ferreira is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher.

The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.

Foreign Affairs

The next selection of the library’s Current Events Book Club is “The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future” by Victor Cha. The work offers a portrait of the isolated country’s society, economy, politics, and foreign policy. The author is the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. The meeting is January 23 from 6:30-8.

<<Especially for Seniors>>

In for the Long Haul

SPRYE is present a free lecture on Planning for Longevity January 17 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. Ted Roman will address the importance of ensuring one’s financial house is in order.

Elder Care Without the Legalese

Patricia Micek, Esq. of Estate Planning & Elder Law Associates LLP in White Plains, will lead an informative talk for seniors on how to protect your assets and not lose them to a nursing home. The discussion will be held at the Rye library on January 20 from 11-12:30. A Q & A will follow.

<<Family Ties>>

Muppet Mania

The whole family will enjoy the antics of Jim Henson’s remarkable puppets when the Rye library features lunch at the movies December 26, 27, 28, and 30 from 1:30-3.

Bah, humbug, no more as “The Muppet Christmas Carol” brings the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future of the Dickens classic to life on December 26. Kermit the Frog is the star of “Muppet Treasure Island” on December 27. Kermit and Miss Piggy find success in Hollywood in “The Muppet Movie” on December 28. They try their luck on Broadway in “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on December 30.

Bring a bagged lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Break the Ice

Join Rye Recreation for a free open skate and gym at Rye Country Day School January 15 from 2:15-4:30. Participants must bring their own skates. Children 16 and under must wear helmets.

<<Teen Time>>

Energy, Launchers, and Claws, Oh My

The Rye library is offering STEM workshops from 4:15-5:30 with instructor Irum Khan. On January 11, teens will learn about kinetic and potential energy and design their own projectile launcher. On January 18, they will design and build a hydraulic claw.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Wednesday Night Live

In a Live Webinar presented by the Rye library January 17 from 8-9, Dr. Tony Di Giacomo will discuss how decisions made by students in grades 6-12 impact college planning. The CEO and Founder of Novella Prep will demonstrate how students can avoid stress, while at the same time improve study skills, scholastic and standardized test performance.

The online event can be accessed anywhere that you have internet by registering with the library. For more information, call 967-0480.

<<School Break Activities>>

Campin’ Around

Kids can make the most of their December break with Rye Recreation’s new camps. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From December 26-29, grades 2-5 will experience live action at a Star Wars camp from 9-12 and at an Animation Flix camp from 1-4.

The fee for each is $155 for residents, $180 non-residents.

From December 27-29, ages 6-12 can enjoy Winter Wonderland Cartoons from 9-12 and Video Games/Favorite Apps Art from 1-4.

The fee for each is $110 for residents, $135 non-residents.

And a Cherry on Top

Rye Recreation is also offering plenty of free programs to keep kids of all ages busy. On December 27 and 29, there will be a family Open Skate and Gym at Rye Country Day School from 2:15-4:30. Participants are required to bring their own skates and helmets.

On December 27 at 3, it’s all about basketball at Rye Country Day’s Dribble, Dish, and Swish contest.

A Mad Science workshop will be held at Rye Recreation December 28 at 1:30, and top off the afternoon with an Ice Cream Social at 2:15.

Shock it to Me

Grades K-4 can take part in Mad Science Workshops at Rye Recreation from 9:30-12:30. On December 27, participants will learn about the world of circuit electricity and on December 28, they can explore energy and chemical changes by creating a special snowball that will never melt.

The fee for each is $55 for residents, $65 non-residents. Register at

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Enjoy the Outdoors

Rye Nature Center is offering a bundle of outdoor activities for children in pre-school to fifth grade from 10-12.

On December 27, kids will develop team-building skills at the center’s Con Edison STEM challenge course. On December 28, they’ll explore what lies beneath the frozen pond. On December 29, evergreens rule as kids will learn how they survive during a white winter.

The fee for each is $70 for members, $80 non-members. Register at ryenaturecenter.org or by calling 967-5150.

Cupcakes and Cocoa

Grades K and up can head to the Rye library for post-holiday cupcake decorating December 29 from 2-3. All the fixings, as well as hot chocolate, will be provided. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Take a Spin

Ages 9-12 can create their own 3D printed fidget spinners at The Rye Arts Center January 10 from 3:30-5. They will learn to work in CAD design and to incorporate mathematics and design concepts.

The creations will be printed after class and will be available for pick up a week later. The fee is $20 and all supplies are included.

Hands-On

Grades K-2 are invited to join the Rye library STEAMers January 12 from 4-5. Discuss a book and work on a related activity that involves inquiry-based learning in the STEAM Lab.

Piece Together

The Rye library is presenting the Great Library Escape for Little Kids, grades K-2, and for Big Kids, grades 3-5, on January 13, from 2-3 and from 3-4. All will work in teams to solve puzzles using critical thinking skills.

For more information, call 967-0480.

<<Save the Date>>

Sunday Brunch

The Gary Adamson Trio kicks off Wainwright House’s music brunch series on January 21 from 11:30 to 2:30. Enjoy a variety of sounds in a beautiful setting overlooking Milton Harbor. Corner Stone Caterers will provide a scrumptious champagne and wine brunch.

The fee is $55. Register by calling 967-6080.

Let it Flow

Have your wine and yoga, too, at Wainwright House on January 25 from 7:45-9:45. Instructor Sam Woodruff will offer one hour of yoga, followed by a wine tasting.

The fee is $25 per person and free to those participating in Wainwright’s MOVEmber Challenge. Register at wainwright.org.

 

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Winter’s Bounty

Where can families enjoy hikes, a log sawing contest, fun crafts, maple sugaring, and fire-roasted marshmallows all at the same time? At none other than the Rye Nature Center’s annual old-fashioned winter’s afternoon on Saturday from 12-3.

Punch cards available for purchase. Cash only.

Showtime!

The Rye Arts Center is offering an Improv workshop on Saturday from 2-4 for adults who want to relieve stress and have pure fun. All will benefit from games, exercises, creativity, and laughter.

The fee is $30. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.

Networking for Artists

Got Art? Inc. is offering artists a chance to explore “Unique Creativity with a Twist” at the Rye library Saturday from 2-4. The group will provide and share resources, instruction, references, workshops, and publishing information.

Inch by Inch

The Rye library invites teens to a collage workshop on Saturday from 3-4. Bring your own materials if you like and create a small masterpiece using one-inch square artworks and various papers.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

WITH four PIX if needed

CAPTIONS

#3227 Lorraine Glessner, <Spilling Over>

#3222 Shu Huang, <Winter Bright>

#3228 Priya Tambe, <Mesmerizing Botanical>

#3231 Katharine Dufault, <Morning Landscape>

Playing with Fire

“Some Like It Hot: Works in Encaustic” is the main attraction in The Rye Art Center Gallery through February 17. Curator/artist Katharine Dufault will offer a brief history of the medium and demonstrate a variety of techniques using hot wax February 8 from 6-7.

Arrested Development

Head to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum for “Law and Order- Policing in Rye 1660-2017.” The exhibit follows crime and punishment in Rye from the colonial justice system to the modern police department.

Visitors will get a bird’s-eye view of historical objects and documents from the Society’s archives and special items on loan from Rye families.

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Classic Charm in the Afternoon

The Rye library’s midday operettas on video series continues with “Candide” by Hugh Wheeler, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Wilbur on February 5, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” on February 12. Both screenings are 12-2.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Greenhouse Effect

The Rye Garden Club is hosting a talk on climate change at the Rye Free Reading Room February 6 from 10-12. The speaker is Kathleen Biggins of C-Change Conversations, a nonpartisan association of volunteers dedicated to promoting informed discussion on climate change and its impact.

Set in Stone

Storyteller Lou Del Bianco will share the legacy of his grandfather at The Osborn on February 6 at 3:30. Luigi Del Bianco was the chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial, Mount Rushmore.

Del Bianco, the author of “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow,” will use photos, timelines, and primary source documents to bring his grandfather’s immigrant struggles and great work to life.

RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feathered Friends

Take a brisk walk around Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on February 10 at 10. Visitors will be able to see how the avian population is faring this winter.

Pamper Yourself

Bathe yourself in love at Wainwright House’s “Polishing the Heart” yin yoga practice February 10 from 1-4. Instructor Megan Moss Freeman will focus on postures that create more freedom in the chest, back, and shoulders, as well as more energy throughout the body. Meditative awareness will also be explored.

The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members.

Recharge and Restore

Jivamukti yoga instructor Sandhi Ferreria is offering two workshops at Wainwright House on February 11. Essential Oils and Family Wellness from 12-1:30; and Inner Flow Yoga from 2-4. The first program is free; the second is $35 for members. Both support health, positive changes, and nourishment.

Blank Canvas, Full Glass

Loosen up and paint at The Rye Arts Center’s adult BYOB painting workshop February 15 from 6-9. Start with a simple still life and progress from there at your own pace. No experience necessary.

The fee is $65. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Paint With Me

Ladies Night Out at Rye Recreation blends fun, friendship, food, and drink with creating a beautiful piece of art. Come February 15 at 7 for light refreshments. Stay for step-by-step instruction.

The fee is $30. Space is limited.

The Great Countdown

The Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place February 16-19. Do the counting on your property if there’s a feeder, or at the Rye Nature Center on February 17 at 9. For more information, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

Nature Workday

Head to Read Sanctuary on February 17 at 10 to help tidy up the grounds. Among the tasks are invasive vine cutting, trail work, and beach cleanup.

Power of the People

For its next selection, the Rye library’s Current Events book group is reading John Judis’ “The Populist”. Learn about global politics from one of America’s most respected political analysts. The meeting is February 27 form 6:30-8.

<<Family Ties>>

Hit the Slopes

Join the Rye YMCA on a skiing/snowboarding trip to Thunder Ridge Ski Resort on February 10 from 9-5.

The fee for parent and child is $210, $300 for a family of 3, and $400 for a family of 4. Registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How Sweet It Is

Tap a tree the old-fashioned way and learn about maple sugaring at the Rye Nature Center on February 10 and 24 at 1. Discover how trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process in the Center’s own sugar shed.

The cost is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members. Call 967-5150 to reserve a spot.

Move Over Willy Wonka

Ages 5 and up and their grown-ups may head to the Rye library’s second annual Chocolate Fest with Rockland artist B. Smith on February 10 from 2-3:30. There will be chocolate creations to make and enjoy, as well as a chocolate fountain for dipping goodies to take home.

Ice Capades

Rye Recreation invites all ages to a free open skate at Rye Country Day School February 19 from 2:15-4:30. Participants must provide their own skates, and children 16 years or younger must wear a helmet.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

<<Teen Time>>

TGIF

Ages 12-17 are invited to Rye Arts Center’s Thank Goodness Improv Friday! February 9 from 7-8:30. Teens are in for a fast-paced and hilarious evening of games, exercises, and entertainment.

The fee is $25. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Wild About You

Elementary school kids can learn how to track animals at the Rye Nature Center on February 8 from 11:15-3:15. Footprints, scat, and broken nuts will all be explored in the woods.

They can also tap a tree to learn the process of making maple syrup on February 13 from 11:15-3:15 in time for Valentine’s Day.

The fee for each workshop is $70 for members, $80 non-members.

Trinket Time

A jewelry and beading workshop for grades K-5 will be offered on February 8 at Rye Recreation from 12-2. Students will work on design boards and construct three different take home items. Beadz owner Melanie Rose is the instructor.

The fee is $45 for residents, $55 non-residents. Visit ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm to register.

A Ton of Bricks

Rye Recreation is offering special Brick Kids Lego workshops for grades K-5 on February 8 and 13 from 1-3. The first is for Star Wars fans, the second session focuses on Olaf’s Adventure.

The fee for each is $45. Residents only. Visit ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm to register.

Be My Valentine

Ages 9-12 can learn to work in CAD design to create Valentine’s Day pendants at The Rye Arts Center on February 8 from 3:30-5. Mathematics and design concepts will be discussed and students will create their own unique piece of jewelry.

The fee is $20. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Beyond Reading

Ryebrary STEAMers in grades K-2 can join the librarians on February 9 from 4-5. Participants will read a book together and work on a related inquiry-based, hands-on activity in the STEAM lab.

You’re It

Rye Recreation is offering archery tag at the Rye Middle School Gym on February 9. There will be a session for grades 5 and 6 from 6-7:30 and one for grades 7 and 8 from 7:30-9. Archery tag combines the intensity and excitement of dodgeball and paintball with the skill set of archery, with foam-tipped arrows.

The fee is $25. Residents only.

Carry a Tune

Ages 10-13 interested in songwriting will learn to harness their melodies and lyrics at The Rye Arts Center February 10 from 2-4. Instructor Nina Ossoff will analyze various song genres. A professional songwriter for over 20 years, she has written songs for movies and television shows.

The fee is $30. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Paleontologists, Come Out and Play

Did dinosaurs once rule Rye? We may never know but preschoolers through fifth graders will learn to distinguish between different kinds of dinosaurs at a program at Rye Nature Center February 16 from 10-2.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register by calling 967-5150.

<<Save the Date>>

California Dreamin’

The sound of Southern California in the 1960s and ’70s will be heard at Wainwright House on February 21 from 3-4:30. Local favorite Gary Adamson will not only perform the songs, but also share the stories behind them.

The event is sponsored by SPRYE and admission is free.

American Pioneers Pops, Crackles, and Booms

On February 22, Westchester County will honor African-American members of the community for their professional and civic accomplishments at the Annual Black History Month and Trailblazer Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Jay Heritage Center from 5:30-8:30.

Abracadabra

The Rye YMCA will hold its Magic and Merriment Annual Benefit March 2 from 7-11 at Shenorock Shore Club. Get ready for an evening filled with laughter and amazement as “Stand Up Magician” Derek Hughes wows the crowd.  

Proceeds benefit the Y Cares Financial Assistance Program to ensure working families have safe, affordable childcare; cancer survivors can regain their health through LIVESTRONG; teens have a safe place to hang out; and kids can attend summer camp. 

Tickets start at $250. For more information and donation opportunities, visit ryeymca.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s Going to Be a Roaring Night

All are invited to a Murder Mystery Dinner at Wainwright House March 3 at 7. This fundraiser will have a roaring 1920s theme, a dinner catered by Corner Stone, and an open bar.

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 967-6080.

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<Over the Weekend>>

Whistle While You Work

Join the volunteer corps at Read Sanctuary Saturday at 10, and give back to Mother Nature, and get fit at the same time. Help is needed with invasive vine removal, trail work, and beach cleanup.

Armchair Art Travel

Take a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters at the Rye library Saturday from 10-12. Dr. Michael Norris, who spent 20 years at the Met Cloisters, will share his knowledge and love of medieval masterpieces.

In the Spirit

Wainwright House is holding its annual Boutique and Crafts event on Saturday from 10-4. The festivities include crafts for kids, holiday gift shopping, Christmas carolers, and musical entertainment.

For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Hear Them Sing

Holiday music will fill The Rye Arts Center at student and instructor recitals on Saturday and Sunday from 1-6.

Symphony Soloist

Come hear the music of violinist Akiko Kobayashi at the Rye library on Saturday from 2-3. The New York-born musician has appeared in various symphony orchestras and international music festivals. She has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Of Thee They Sing

Families can celebrate and keep warm at Rye Recreation Park’s magical holiday show at 4 and bonfire with sing-a-long at 5.

Together with the Rye Police Association, Rye Rec is supporting the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Bring new, unwrapped books and toys for underprivileged children in the Westchester area.

The event is free and fun for all ages.

<<In a Holiday Mood>>

Dear Santa

Rye Recreation’s mailbox on the corner of Elm Place and Purchase Street will deliver letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole through December 14. Santa will answer as many letters as possible. No stamp necessary, but a return address is required.

Catch a Rising Czar

The Little Garden Club of Rye will host its annual holiday boutique and luncheon at Apawamis Club December 8 starting at 10. The guest speaker is the “Czar of Christmas,” Chistopher Radko, who designed glass ornaments for 25 years before focusing his talents on home and garden design.

Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Radko has also appeared on many national television programs, including “Oprah Winfrey Show.” 

The boutique is open to the public. To purchase luncheon tickets, contact Cheryl Adler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will go to support the maintenance of six civic sites in Rye, including the Knapp House and the train station. 

Celebrate in Style

Wainwright House is ringing in the holidays with a cocktail reception and dinner on December 8 from 7-10. Along with a silent auction, there will be scrumptious cuisine by Corner Stone Caterers and entertainment by Gary Adamson.

Reservations are required at wainwright.org or by calling 967-6080. Tickets are $65 per person for members, $75 non-members.

 

For Kids from One to Ninety-Two

The Jay Heritage Center is hosting its annual John Day Birthday Bash and Holiday Open House December 9 from 2-5. Held in the 1838 Jay House, the festivities include <a capella> singing with the Yale Spizzwinks, candlelit tours, and plenty of holiday activities and treats.

Free for JHC members, $10 non-members.

Getting Ornamental

Make paper quilled holiday ornaments at the Rye library December 9 from 3-4:30. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create designs. The technique comes in handy this time of year.

North Pole Connection

Santa has made special arrangements with Rye Recreation to telephone your child, ages 3-7, at home on December 11 or 12 from 6-8.

Register at ryeny.gov/recreation2.cfm by the evening of December 5. Santa will do his best.

Holly, Jolly Puppetry

Enjoy a holiday treat at the Square House Museum December 16 at 1. The Robert Rogers Puppet Company will present “It’s a Jolly Holiday,” a winter wonderland with penguins, a snowman, elves, and toys that features the music of American composer Leroy Anderson.

The company has been creating and performing a repertoire of original puppet plays with humor and song all over the world for more than 30 years.

The fee is $10 per person. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 967-7588.

Let it Glow, Let it Glow

Create wonderful decorations for the holidays at a workshop at the Rye Nature Center December 16 at 1. Make your own colorful candles to use this holiday season or all year round.

The fee is $5 for members, $8 non-members.

Miracle on Purchase Street

Carolers of all ages are welcome at a holiday sing-a-long at the Square House December 16 at 4. Songbooks, as well as hot chocolate and cookies, will be on hand.

Messiah Matinee

The Rye library presents a screening of “Handel’s Messiah” on December 18 from 12-1:30. This authentic production with world-renowned soloists, 40 instrumentalists, and a chorus of all ages was recorded for television at Westminster Abbey in 1982.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Community Creations

Explore the works of Rye Arts Center members, beginners and professionals alike, from December 9-January 6. An opening reception will be held December 9 from 1-3.

Walk Like an Egyptian

Take a virtual stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian art at the Rye library December 16 from 10-12. Discover the banks of the Nile, Egyptian culture, tombs, mummies, temples, and sculpture with art historian Michael Norris.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

A Bite of the Apple

The Rye library is holding an iPhone session December 7 from 10-12. Gain a better understanding of basic settings and options of Apple’s latest operating system iOS 11. Learn to text, place calls on hold, use WiFi to reduce phone charges, and set up voicemail.

A second session on December 14 from 10-12 will cover the iPhone’s camera, iTunes, Amazon Kindle, and more.

Bring your fully charged iPhones to class.

Family Practice

Holistic Moms presents a program on Homeopathy and Functional Medicine by Dr. Susanne Saltzman December 7 from 7:30-9 at the Rye library. Dr. Saltzman, who has been practicing for 25 years, incorporates both homeopathy and functional medicine to treat acute and chronic conditions in adults and children.

Busy but Balanced

A Chakra workshop at Wainwright House, December 9 from 2-4, will help restore balance during this busy season. Yoga and aromatherapy will instigate deep and lasting healing.

Instructor Sandhi Ferreira has been practicing Jivamukti yoga for over 20 years. The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members.

Celestial Coverage

Local astronomer Paul Alimena will give a free talk, courtesy of SPRYE, at Wainwright House December 13 from 3-4:30. Learn more about the great eclipse of August 21, 2017.

Free Speech

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Current Events Book Group meets December 14 from 6:30-8 to discuss “The Soul of the First Amendment” by Floyd Abrams. The noted lawyer and award-winning legal scholar is an expert in First Amendment issues. His lively, powerful book examines the degree to which American law protects free speech.

The Original Game of Thrones

Meet the author of “Jerusalem Throne Games: Bible Story Battles after the Death of David” at the Rye Free Reading Room December 16 from 2-4. In his new book, Peter Feinman explores the political battle for power to succeed David and provides analysis of stories from the Book of Genesis.

Feinman is the founder of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education, a nonprofit organization that provides enrichment programs for schools.

Heart Healthy

Join the Rye YMCA for a free nutrition seminar December 20 from 11:30-12:30. The focus will be on cardiovascular health.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

<<The Great Outdoors>>

Crystal Clear

Explore how snow falling from the sky forms at the Rye Nature Center December 9 at 1. Learn how every crystal is unique and then make your own snow.

Suggested for ages 5 and up. The cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.

Winter Wildflowers

Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a floral arrangement workshop December 9 at 1. Bring your own vase and make a festive centerpiece for the holidays using dried plants and natural objects from the sanctuary.

The cost is $5.

Nature’s Many Layers

Discover how plants, trees, and animals survive the freezing winter months at Read Sanctuary on December 16 at 1. Bundle up for an ecological discussion on a leisurely stroll through the property.

<<Teen Time>>

In the Loop

Learn how to make a scarf to wear or give to a special someone at a crochet workshop at the Rye library December 5 from 6:30-7:45. Maureen Amaturo will teach ages 12 and up the basic chain stitch and more.

Bring a skein of yarn in a color you like and crochet hooks in size G or H. Register at ryelibrary.org.

The Third Dimension

Discover the world of 3D programming with Alice, an innovative program with interactive graphics, at the Rye library December 14 from 6:30-7:45. Instructor Austin Olney will make it easy to create animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

STEAMy Stuff

Grades K-2 are invited to join the Rye Free Reading Room’s librarians in the STEAM lab where literacy meets science on December 8 from 4-5. Read a book together and engage in a related hands-on activity.

Grades 3-5 can meet at the STEAM lab December 22 from 4-5. They’ll read “Ada’s Ideas” by Fiona Robinson and then participate in an inquiry-based activity.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

 

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

 

Busy Bees

Learn about encaustic painting, which dates back to the Greeks, at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday from 10-12:30. Artist, curator, and instructor Katharine Dufault will discuss and demonstrate techniques. Participants will learn the fundamentals and will have the opportunity to explore painting with molten, pigmented beeswax.

The workshop is free and will be offered again on February 1. To register, call 967-0700.

Straight Talk

The Rye Free Reading Room is hosting a presentation on estate planning Saturday from 11-12:30. Patricia Micek, Esq., of Estate Planning & Elder Law Associates LLP in White Plains, will cover protecting assets and not losing them to a nursing home. A Q & A will follow.

Into the Fold

Children can discover the world of Japanese paper folding on Saturday at The Rye Arts Center, ages 6-9 from 10-12 and ages 9-12 from 12:30-2:30. The simple origami workshop will teach kids to make figures, as well as a carrying case for their projects.

The fee is $20 with a discount for members. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Before You Settle

Real estate broker Melissa Marcello will discuss market trends, as well as the ins and outs of buying or renting in Rye, at a talk at the Rye Free Reading Room Saturday from 2-3:30.

Burn Baby Burn

An opening reception for “Some Like It Hot: Works in Encaustic” will be held at The Rye Arts Center Saturday from 5-7. Curated by Katharine Dufault, the show, which runs through February 17, is the perfect introduction to the medium and various hot-wax techniques.

Gary Adamson

Curing the Winter Blues

The Gary Adamson Trio will perform at the first of Wainwright House’s 2018 musical brunch series on Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30. Enjoy the trio’s wide repertoire in a scenic setting overlooking Rye Harbor. Corner Stone Caterers will provide a delicious champagne and wine brunch.

The fee is $55. Register by calling 967-6080.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

The Sheriff’s Back in Town

Currently on display at the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum is “Law and Order – Policing in Rye 1660-2017.” The exhibit follows crime and punishment in Rye from the colonial justice system to the formation of the modern police department, including bootleggers and FBI shootouts in the 1970s.

Visitors will get a bird’s-eye view of historical objects and documents from the Society’s archival collection and special items on loan from Rye families.

 

The Big Draw

In its latest exhibit, “Not OK”, the Rye library showcases cartoons that didn’t make the cut at The New Yorker.

On January 27 at 4, illustrator and cartoonist David Oslow will moderate a discussion with fellow artists Jason Adam Katzenstein, Amy Kurzweil, Maggie Larson, and Ellis Rosen on their favorite works and experiences with the magazine. The exhibit runs through January 31.

Midday at the Opera

Enjoy Mondays at the Operetta on video at the Rye library from 12-2. “The Merry Widow” by Franz Lehar will be featured on January 22 and “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan on January 29.

Life Is a Cabaret, Old Chum


LawnChair Theatre is offering a cabaret concert, “Everybody Knows I’m Guilty”, showcasing two of the the master songwriters of our time at The Rye Arts Center January 26 and February 2 from 8-9:30. A talented company of performers will present the best of Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman, who have explored love, loss, religion, and politics in finely-crafted songs.

Tickets are $30 for members, $35 non-members and can be purchased at ryeartscenter.org.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Safety Showcase

Join the Rye YMCA at the opening of its “Heads Up” exhibit January 24 from 5:30-7. Posters highlighting distracted driving and walking will be on display and there will be a reception and informal awards ceremony.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weeding Out the Facts

On January 25 from 7:30-9 at the Rye library, Dr. June Chin will lead a discussion on which medical conditions qualify for legalized marijuana treatment, and what, in her experience, have been the benefits and side effects. The program is sponsored by Holistic Moms of Westchester.

Vino and Vinyasa

Have your wine and yoga, too, at Wainwright House January 25 from 7:45-9:45. Instructor Sam Woodruff will offer one hour of yoga, followed by a wine tasting.

The fee is $25 per person and free to those participating in Wainwright’s MOVEmber Challenge. Register at wainwright.org.

Walk on the Wild Side

Identify wildflowers in winter at Edith Read Sanctuary on January 27 at 1. Learn to recognize familiar plants by their “skeletons” while they’re not in bloom.

 

Paging All Bookers

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group meets February 1 at 1:15 to discuss J. Courtney Sullivan’s moving novel about two Irish sisters, “Saints for All Occasions.”

The Friday Book Café will meet February 2 from 9:30-11. The selection is the warm and uplifting “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.

Carved in Sand

Storyteller Lou Del Bianco will share the legacy of his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, the chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial, Mount Rushmore, at The Osborn on February 6 at 3:30.

Del Bianco, a resident of Port Chester and author of “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow,” will use photos, timelines, and primary source documents to bring Luigi’s legacy and immigrant struggles to life.

RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

<<Family Ties>>

Tracks of My Deers

It might be cold outside, but discover which forest creatures are as active as ever at the Rye Nature Center on January 27 at 1. Tracking guides will be created, so you can take them home and see what type of animals are in your own backyard.

Recommended for ages 4 and up. The fee is $5 for members, $8 non-members.

Don’t Skip a Beat

Enjoy a drum circle at The Rye Arts Center with the kids ages 3-7 on January 27 from 1-2. Tablas, bongos, tambourines, tom toms, and congos will be played in a fun workshop.

The fee is $25 per family with a discount for members. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.

(with photo of Nature Center building)

Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon

Join the Rye Nature Center for a traditional, favorite February 3 from 12-3. Hikes, a log-sawing contest, fun crafts, maple sugaring, and fire-roasted marshmallows are on the menu.

Punch cards available for purchase. Cash only.

<<Teen Time>>

Athletes Empowered

Women ages 18 and up may sign up for a triathlon team at the Rye Y on January 20 at 10. The Rye Y Tribe will be trained and inspired by a team of all-female coaches.

RSVP to Diane Vita at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Purl Jam

Teens and adults can learn to knit at The Rye Arts Center January 27 from 1:30-3:30. Various techniques, including purling, will be presented and a variety of fibers will be discussed.

The fee is $20 plus $20 for materials. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

On the Corner of Literacy and Steam

Grades 3-5 are invited to the Rye library’s next STEAM Rollers session January 26 from 4-5. Read a book together, be inspired, and participate in a related hands-on activity.

Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Downward Dog, Upward Cat

Yoga instructor and animal lover Angela Brandt will lead a kitty yoga class at the Rye library on January 27 from 1-3 for ages 12 and up. Learn and practice yoga while getting to know adoptable kittens from Furrr911.

On Beyond Play-Doh

Create a polymer clay penguin at The Rye Arts Center on January 27, ages 5-8 from 2-3 and ages 9-12 from 3-4. Students will learn how to transform balls, coils, and cones of clay into one-of-a-kind sculptures.

The fee is $20 with a discount for members. For more information and to register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

(with photo)

Nature’s Treats

Elementary-age children can head to the Rye Nature Center on February 8 from 11:15-3:15 to learn how to track animals. Footprints, scat, and broken nuts will all be explored in the woods.

On February 13 at the same time, kids can tap a tree to learn the process of making sweet maple syrup in time for Valentine’s Day.

The fee for each workshop is $70 for members, $80 non-members.

Build It, Kids Will Come

Rye Recreation is offering special Brick Kids Lego workshops from 1-3 on February 8 and 13. Both are geared for grades K-5, the first is all about Star Wars, the latter focuses on Olaf’s Adventure.

The fee for each is $45. Residents only.

<<Save the Date>>

Trailblazers

Westchester County will honor members of the African-American community for their professional and civic accomplishments at the Annual Black History Month and Trailblazer Awards ceremony at the Jay Heritage Center February 22 from 5:30-8:30. The Trailblazer Awards is co-sponsored by the Office of County Executive, the County Board of Legislators, and the County’s African-American Advisory Board.

 

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Happy Hunting

Sharpen your observation skills at a scavenger hunt at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary’s Saturday at 10. In this self-guided program on the beautiful grounds, participants will have nature as a checklist and a map as a guide.

Accept the Challenge

The Rye Nature Center invites ages 6 and up to a STEM Challenge Saturday at 1. In the Con Edison course, teammates will use science, technology, engineering, and math to build earthquake-proof structures and learn how a water pump works.

The cost is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

Holiday Harvest

Kids can create a polymer clay turkey sculpture to decorate the holiday table at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday from 2-3 for ages 6-8, and 3-4 for ages 9-12.

Terry Taylor will show students how to use magic color clay to make beautiful turkey tails, and will teach them how to transform simple balls and coils of clay into unique sculptures.

The fee is $15. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

A Different Kind of Hoop Dreams

Celebrate a Native American tradition at the Dreamcatcher Make ‘n’ Take at the Marshlands Conservancy on Saturday from 2-3:30.

Tellabration

The Rye Free Reading Room will host their annual Thanksgiving storytelling event for grown-ups on Saturday from 3-6. Bring a friend and enjoy all the stories they’ll tell, along with refreshments.

(With pix and caption)

Wood carving of a butterfly by Henry Bird, who was both a prominent entomologist and an accomplished woodworker.

Metamorphosis and Art

The Bird Homestead will present a lecture by Victoria Alexander, Ph.D. on “Nabokov’s Unorthodox Theory of Insect Mimicry: Why Science Needs More Artists” at the Meeting House Saturday at 3. Renowned Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was also a lepidopterist, who used his artistic knowledge to understand evolution.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of Humanities New York’s Public Scholars program.

Fall Hike for Tykes

Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member or caregiver to the Rye Nature Center’s Ecology Club Saturday from 3:30-4:30. Enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other science and sensory adventures.

No fee. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spirits for the Holidays

Get ready for holiday entertaining and gift giving at a special one-day pop-up market within the Rye Farmers Market on Sunday from 8:30-2. Sample New York’s finest spirits, hard ciders, and mead. Get cocktail ideas from the makers themselves.

The Triumph and the Tragedy

Join Yale dean Dr. Mark Schenker at the Rye Free Reading Room for a talk on William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar Sunday from 4:30-5:45. In the first of his Roman history plays, the greatest writer in the English language tells the story of the murder of Caesar and the gruesome aftermath as Rome descends into a violent mob.

<<Arts &Entertainment>>

Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet

The next midday movie at the Rye library is “Giselle,” which will be screened November 20 from 12-2. The romantic ballet is the story of a maiden, the prettiest girl and the best dancer in her village, who dies of a broken heart but whose spirit frees her lover from death.

Fiddler Under the Roof

Congregation Emanu-El of Weatchester invites the community to a program of Jewish composers, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin, featuring New York Philharmonic violinist Fiona Simon and pianist Ellen Farren December 1 from 7:30-8:30.

The evening begins with a brief Shabbat service. The synagogue is located at 2125 Westchester Avenue East, near School of the Holy Child.

Masterpieces in Our Midst

Learn about the art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters at the Rye library’s virtual reality stroll December 2 from 10-12. Dr. Michael Norris, who spent two decades at the Cloisters, will share his experience with medieval masterpieces.

Nature Calls

The Rye library presents recent works by landscape artist Avri Ohana’s through the end of the month. The richly colored oils and acrylic paintings are inspired by nature.

With 2 pix

A Gathering of Light

The Rye Arts Center’s display of The Ground Glass photography runs through December 2. The Westchester-based association of fine art photographers was founded in 1975 and has been a longtime collaborator with The Rye Arts Center. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or thegroundglass.org.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Peace and Joy

From now through December 17, Wainwright House is hosting its first MOVEMBER Challenge to encourage a holiday season of heath and calm. Move on the opportunity to take time for yourself and stroke an ember within you of self-care and sanity.

The five-week commitment offers unlimited movement and meditation classes; Vino and Vinyasa on November 30, with a yoga class followed by a winetasting; a closing celebration, and more.

The fee is $45, along with a Wainwright membership of $125. Visit the WainwrightHouse blog and register at wainwright.org.

With 2 book jackets

Shattering Revelations

The next selection of the Rye Free Reading Room Current Events Book Group is “Everybody Lies” by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. The author, a data scientist who analyzed Google search results, offers some disturbing truths about the Internet’s powerful influence.

The group will meet at the library on November 28 from 6:30-8.

The Friday Morning Book Café’s next selection is David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” The true crime drama revolves around serial murders on the Osage Indian Reservation in the 1920s.

The group will meet December 1 from 9:30-11 at an off-site location.

Toil for Soil and Sand

Join the Read Sanctuary volunteer corps December 2 at 10 to give back to the earth and get some exercise at the same time. Help is needed with invasive vine removal, trail work, and beach cleanup.

<<Family Ties>>

Wild Turkey

Rye Recreation is holding its 41st annual Turkey Run on November 25. Participate in a one-mile fun run at 9:30 or a 3.1- or 5.2-mile race/walk at 10. Pet owners can enjoy a Paws Walk with their four-legged friends.

The early bird fee by November 21 is $15 for all ages. The day of race fee is $20. Register online at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm. For more information and for the full schedule, call 967-5521.

Mistletoe Magic

The place to be on Sunday, November 26 from 12-3 is downtown Rye, where the Rye Merchants are offering a bounty of festivities to celebrate the start of the holiday season from 12-3. Bring family and friends.

Santa’s First Stop

Meet the man with the white beard and the jolly smile at the Rye YMCA’s First Family Friday December 1 from 6:30-7:30. There will be holiday crafts, snacks, and a whole lot of fun.

The event is free for family members, $10 per person for youth members, $20 non-members. Register at ryeymca.org and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

<<Children’s Corner>>

What’s 277 Miles Long and 18 Miles Wide?

All Rye STEAM Rollers in grades 3-5 are invited to the Rye library on November 24 from 4-5. They will discuss “Grand Canyon” by Jason Chin and participate in a related hands-on activity.

Register at ryelibrary.org. Children do not have to pre-read the book.

Gobble, Gobble

Ages 4-7 may join a Rye Nature Center naturalist on November 25 at 1 to search for local turkeys in the forest. The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

Dodge that Ball!

Grades 6-8 can head to the Osborn Gym for Dodge Ball Night, sponsored by Rye Recreation from 6:30-8:30.

The fee is $20. Register at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.

 

<<Save the Date>>

Oh Christmas Tree

Christ’s Church will hold its seventh annual Christmas Tree Sale on December 2 and 3 from 9 to 5. Choose from a large assortment of Fraser and Douglas firs. Cash or check only. All proceeds benefit Christ’s Church.

Heard on High

Enjoy holiday music at The Rye Arts Center’s student and teacher recitals December 2 and 3 from 1-6.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Enjoy a holiday bonfire and sing-a-long at Rye Recreation Park December 3 at 4. The event is free and fun for all ages.

Making a List and Checking It Twice

The Little Garden Club of Rye is hosting its annual holiday fundraiser boutique and luncheon at Apawamis Club December 8 at 10. The guest speaker is “Czar of Christmas” Chistopher Radko, who designed eponymous glass ornaments for 25 years and now focuses on home and garden design.

Radko has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has appeared on numerous national television programs, including the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The Today Show.”

The boutique is open to the public. For Luncheon tickets, contact Cheryl Adler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proceeds will go to support the maintenance of six civic sites in Rye, including The Knapp House. 

In Our Own Artistic Backyard

Explore the works of Rye Arts Center members, beginners and professionals alike, from December 9-January 6. An opening reception will be held December 9 from 1-3.

Merry Marionettes


Families are in for a holiday treat at the Square House Museum December 16 at 1. The Robert Rogers Puppet Company will present “It’s a Jolly Holiday,” a charming puppet show about a winter wonderland with penguins, a snowman, elves, and toys.

Rogers has been creating and performing a repertoire of original puppet plays with humor and song all over the world for over 30 years.

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