Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
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.
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.
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>>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>>
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.