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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.

 

 

Wainwright House will hold its annual Boutique and Crafts event December 2 from 10-4. Enjoy Christmas carolers and other musical entertainment, while you get a jumpstart on holiday gift shopping. There will be plenty of festive crafts for the kids.

Admission is free.

 

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.

 

 

AROUND TOWN


Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

 

<<This Weekend>>

 

Finely Ground

 

An opening reception of an exhibit of fine art photography of The Ground Glass will be held at The Rye Arts Center Saturday from 1-3. The Ground Glass, a Westchester-based association, was founded in 1975. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or thegroundglass.org.

 

Creature Connections

 

From the tiniest insect to the largest tree, animals and their habitats are linked. Discover how at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Explore the food web, life cycles, and predator-prey relationships in this live animal program.

 

An Afternoon of Improv

 

Ages 9 and up are invited to “Bring A Grownup” to The Rye Arts Center for an improvisation class on Saturday from 2-3:30. All ages will explore the exciting and hilarious fast-paced world of improvisation by playing games, doing exercises, and creating scenes. 

 

No experience is necessary. The fee is $50. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

 

 

With 2 paintings

<Twilight> and <Eden>, oil paintings by Avri Ohana

 

 

Landscapes Refigured    

 

An opening reception will be held at the Rye library on Saturday from 2-4 for landscape artist Avri Ohana, whose richly colored oils and acrylic paintings will be on display through November.              

 

“Though my work is never a direct replica of nature,” remarked Ohana, “I have always been drawn and inspired by it.” 

 

 

 

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

 

Have a Chair

 

SPRYE offers gentle chair yoga on Mondays and Fridays through December 22 at the Port Chester/Rye Brook Library, with the exception of December 4. Led by SPRYE member Joan Gibbons, the free workshop invites participants to a beneficial fitness program. Wear loose, comfortable clothing

 

 

Safe in Cyberspace

A workshop on Microsoft’s Internet Browser will be held at the Rye library November 9 from 10-12. The session will include methods to reduce vulnerability to computer and Internet security problems by setting features. You’ll also learn about email security programs to help protect against malicious software.

No reservations required. First come, first serve.

 

Relax with Reiki

Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein for a conversation about Reiki at the Rye library on November 9 from 11-1. The natural healing practice that originated in Japan and promotes relaxation and wellness stimulates the body’s self-healing response through the light touch of the practitioner’s hands.

 

 

Math Mastery

 

Raising a math-confident daughter is the subject of a talk at the Rye library on November 9 from 6:30-8. In 2009, an Intel survey found most parents would rather talk to their kids about drugs and sex than talk to them about math. With the help of math mentor and learning expert Rebecca Zook, parents will discover how to support their children to achieve true mastery and even come to experience math as a source of joy and self-expression. 

 

 

Fall Stroll

 

Learn how nature prepares for winter at Read Sanctuary’s autumn ecology walk on November 11 at 1. Dress for the weather.

 

Jay’s Bright Stars

 

Astronomer Jason Kendall will present the wonders of our celestial neighbors through a telescope at the Jay Heritage Center on November 12 from 6-9. After discussing the fall skies, there will be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions to the moon and future lunar exploration. 

 

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family. Light bites and beverages will be served.

 

Matinee to Go

 

The Rye Arts Center invites all to “Play With Your Food” on November 13 from 12-1:30. This company of actors will present clever and provocative one-act plays by contemporary playwrights. Enjoy the production and a short discussion afterwards before getting on with the rest of your day. 


The fee is $45. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

 

 

Capture the Moment

 

Learn to take better pictures using iPhone capabilities and its downloadable apps November 14 from 10:30-12 at the Rye library. Sponsored by the Little Garden Club of Rye, “iPhonography” with experienced photographer Chris Wood will make your photos come alive. 

 

You Are What You Eat

 

The Rye YMCA is offering a free nutrition seminar November 15 from 11:30-12:30. Participants will also receive tips on shopping, cooking, and food preparation.

 

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

 

Set in Stone

 

Lilian Sicular of Mamaroneck will share her family account of laying memorial stones at the former homes of German Holocaust victims. These <stolperstein,> or cobblestone-size concrete cubes, bear a brass plate inscribed with the names of victims of Nazi extermination. 

 

The program, sponsored by SPRYE, will be held November 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House.

 

Social Security Scoop

 

Rye resident and certified financial planner Paul Tramontozzi will give a presentation on “Understanding Your Social Security Options” at the Rye library on November 16 from 10-11:30. He will provide insight into the kinds of decisions that retirees will need to make in the interest of maximizing their potential benefits. 

 

The Whole Health Picture

 

Holistic Moms has organized a lecture on naturopathic medicine at the Rye library on November 16 from 7:30-9. Dr. Kurt Beil will discuss this integrative approach and how the blending of modern medical science with ancient healing techniques, such as herbalism and acupuncture, helps promote health.

 

 

With photo

The underside of an Orange Oak Leaf butterfly, an example of natural camouflage

Photo by Alexander Vujadinovic

 

Adaptations 

 

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 on November 18 at 3. Renowned Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was also a butterfly scientist, who worked at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.  

 

Alexander will cover how Nabokov, attacked for being unscientific, used his artistic knowledge to understand how evolution can work. Recently some of his work has been vindicated by DNA analysis. The interactive presentation will include fantastic images of insect mimicry and Nabokov’s own butterfly drawings.  

 

A generation earlier, Henry Bird (1869-1959) of the Bird Homestead was an entomologist specializing in the related subject of moths.

 

The event, made possible through the support of Humanities New York’s Public Scholars program, is free.

 

 

<<Family Ties>>

 

All for Nerf

 

Active Family Friday at the Rye YMCA is all about Nerfs on November 10 from 6:30-7:30. Activities will have the family moving with exercises geared to all ages.

 

The fee is $20 for family and youth members, $30 non-members. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 

 

 

<<Teen Time>>

 

Trial Run

Take a full-length practice ACT exam under real test conditions at the Rye library on November 11 from 10:30-2:30. The Friday after the test, detailed score reports highlighting personal strengths and weaknesses will be available at www.applerouth.com.

Both exams 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.

Let Them Entertain You

Area high school students have quite a show lined up for Fryeday Night Live at The Rye Arts Center, November 17 at 7. Music, theater, poetry, and more will be performed by talented teens.

Tickets are $5. Light refreshments will be served. 

 

<<Children’s Corner>>

 

 

Animal Kingdom Ballots

 

On their day off from school, preschoolers through fifth graders can elect an animal for president on Election Day on November 7 at the Rye Nature Center from 10-2. First, learn about how animals adapt to their local environment and then create campaign slogans about each candidate’s special strengths. The kids will vote for the strongest leader.

 

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

 

 

A Picture Sends a Thousand Words

 

Grades 3 and up can make a difference by helping the victims of the recent hurricanes at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 7 from 2-4. As part of the Stars of Hope disaster relief program, kids will paint inspirational messages and designs on a one-foot wooden star. The finished stars will be sent to the devastated communities.

 

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

 

Pre-school to grade 5 will examine how plants have adapted to defend themselves from hungry predators at a program at the Rye Nature Center on November 10 from 10-2. They will learn about common local species, from holly trees with spikey leaves to thorny wine berry bushes.  

 

Swift as an Arrow

 

Students in grades 6-8 can head to the Rye Middle School Gym for Rye Recreation’s archery tag adventure on November 17. Two sessions are available from 6:15-7:45 and from 7:45-9:15. 

 

Archery tag combines the intensity and excitement of dodge ball and paintball while using the skill set of archery with patented foam-tipped arrows. Unlike paintballs, the arrows leave no welts, bruising, or marks, so it’s fun and safe.

The fee is $25 for residents, $30 non-resident. For more information, call 967-2535.

 

 

Make a Holiday Centerpiece

 

The Rye Arts Center invites ages 6-12 to help lay the Thanksgiving table by creating a polymer clay turkey sculpture November 18 from 2-3 or 3-4. Terry Taylor will also show students how to use Magic Color Clay to create multi-color coils for the turkey’s tail.

 

The $15 fee includes all supplies. Members receive a discount. 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Fragile Feathered Friends

It’s all about birds at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Discover what special traits, adaptations, and survival strategies they employ in order to survive nature’s challenges.

Up, Up, and Away

The Rye Free Reading Room and SPRYE present Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki’s film, “The Wind Rises,” on Saturday at 2:30. The dazzling animated film offers a bird’s-eye view of Japanese aviation.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments following the movie. 

Ecology Club

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

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

Jack-O-Lanterns

Rye Town Park and The Rye Arts Center are holding their first Pumpkin Painting Contest Sunday from 9-1 at the park. The fun-filled morning will include donuts, apple cider, face painting, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin painting.

The fee is $15. To register, call 881-4535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archaeological I Spy

The Rye Free Reading Room is presenting “Spying on Antiquity” on Sunday from 2-3:30. Harvard professor of anthropology Jason Ur will discuss how images from CORONA, the United States’ first spy satellite program, have been used to study ancient landscapes in the Near east, Bronze Age Syria, Iron Age northern Iraq, and late Antique northwestern Iran.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Scratching the Surface


The Rye Arts Center is presenting “Surfacing,” an exhibit that showcases the paintings and sculptures by artist and Rye resident Jim Langley and Louisville, KY based artist Loren Myhre. Their works focuses on changing and embellishing surfaces.

Think Coastal

“The Natural Wonders of Rye” is on display at the Rye library until the end of the month. Photographer Cordia Murphy’s painting-like images reflect her relationship with the city’s beautiful coast.

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

 

Orchids Made Easy

The Little Garden Club of Rye will host a talk about orchids at the Rye library on October 24 at 10:30. Carri Raven-Riemann, who owns OrchidPhile, a wholesale business, will offer lessons on nurturing and sustaining these flowering beauties.

The Heist

Pulitzer prize-winning author Stephen Kurkjian will be speaking at The Osborn on October 24 at 7:30. His book, “Master Thieves:  The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art” details the stunning and as yet unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for signing and purchase. To rsvp, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have a Leading Edge

Learn all about Microsoft Edge at the Rye library October 26 from 10-12. The session will cover the new Internet program’s home pages, search functions, and easier reading of websites. Bring a laptop with Windows 10 if you have it.

Move Over Citizen Kane
The Bird Homestead nonprofit and the Westchester County Historical Society present “Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City” at the Rye Meeting House on October 28 at 3. The documentary retraces the epic clash between master builder Robert Moses and 1960s activist Jane Jacobs, who challenged his efforts to build a highway through New York City’s Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.

Shoring Up Talent

Join the Sound Shore Writers Group for an open mic night at The Rye Arts Center on October 30 from 7-9:15. There will be readings and a celebration of writers supporting one another. All genres welcome to this free event.

War and Remembrance

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “The Madonnas of Leningrad” by Debra Dean and Yelena Shmulenson. A discussion will be held on November 2 from 1:15-2:30.

Seamlessly moving back and forth between the Soviet Union and contemporary America, the novel is a searing portrait of war, as well as of the hope that exists in the face of overwhelming despair.

Woman Empowered

Meet author Janet Benton at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 2 from 7-9. Her novel “Lilli De Jong” was called "a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies." Her work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Philadelphia Inquirer,” and many other publications. She has also co-written and edited historical documentaries for television.

“Lilli de Jong” is the story of an unwed mother in late 19th-century Philadelphia who will do almost anything to keep her daughter alive. Benton turns a laser eye to her subject, exposing the sanctimony, hypocrisies, and pervasive sexism that kept women confined and unequal in the Victorian era.

Freedom Fighter

The Rye library’s Friday Book Café is reading “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai. A discussion will be held at an off-site location on November 3 from 9:30-11.

The story revolves around Yousafzai refusing to be silenced and fighting for her right to an education. In 2012, she was shot in the head at point blank range. Her miraculous recovery took her on an extraordinary journey as she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Landscape Makeover

The Rye Nature Center will show participants how to make their yards attractive, while saving money, November 3 at 9:30. Hosted in conjunction with the Friends of Rye Sustainability Committee, this free workshop is sponsored by Sustainable Westchester and will cover leaf mulching and other healthy practices.

<<Family Ties>>

Treats for All

Parents may enjoy a night out as the Rye YMCA watches the kids on October 20 from 6:30-9. There will be a snack and storybook activities revolving around “Five Little Pumpkins” for ages 3 months-5 years. There’s plenty of Halloween fun with a light dinner for grades K-6.

Fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members, $20 for youth and non-members. For the older group, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for youth members, $36 for non-members.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Register at ryeymca.org.

Campfire, Canoeing, Climbing, and Crafts

The Rye YMCA heads to the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York, from October 20 at 7 to October 22 at 2. The trip includes a two-night stay in a heated lodge with five meals, hiking, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The fee for an adult with one child is $350, $500 for a family of 3, $650 for a family of 4. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited. Register at ryeymca.org. For more information, contact Kathy Lynam at 967-6363 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walk Through if You Dare

Join the Rye Free Reading Room for a special Halloween family event for ages 4 and up on October 26 from 6-7, October 27 from 10:00-11:30 and 3-5, and on October 28 from 2-4:30. The library's Meeting Room will be transformed into a haunted maze. Wear your costumes.

Haviland’s Hocus Pocus

Ghosts, goblins, bumps and squeaks in the night await visitors to the slightly spooky Square House Museum October 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 8. Get ready to encounter other-worldly travelers awakening from a two-hundred-year slumber at old Haviland’s Inn during this family-friendly event.

Halloween-themed games and a Monster Mash dance will all be part of the fun. The cost is $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 967-7588 or visit www.ryehistory.org.

On Your Broomsticks

The Rye YMCA invites the whole community to a free Halloween Carnival and Open House on October 29 from 2-4. All ages can come in costume to play games, win prizes, enjoy healthy snacks, and have good old-fashioned Halloween fun.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-6363.

Gym Games

The Rye YMCA’s first family Friday, on November 3 from 6:30-7:30, offers an evening of themed activities, crafts, snacks and fun for the whole family.

Free for family and youth members, $10 per person for youth members, $20 per person non-members. Register at ryeymca.org.

<<Teen Time>>

Pen to Paper

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Rye library is holding a workshop led by Maureen Mancini Amaturo at Rye High School’s Media Center Reference Library on November 1 from 3-4. Students will focus on getting a story started and building a work in progress.

Writers will develop a routine and discover their inspiration in order to reach NaNoWriMo’s goal of getting 500 words per day on paper. A second part to the workshop will continue on November 8 from 3-4. For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Witch’s Brew

Elementary school children are invited to the Rye Nature Center for a Halloween adventure on October 26 from 11:15-3:15. Kids will search for the ingredients witches use for their spells, from spiders under logs to frogs in ponds. Then they’ll create concoctions in the Center’s mud kitchen.

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

Winging It

Ages 3½-6 can learn how birds and butterflies begin their migration to warmer climates at the Rye Nature Center on October 27 from 9-1. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members.

Make a Halloween Face

Get creative this Halloween at The Rye Arts Center on October 28. Ages 6-8 from 2-3 and ages 9-12 from 3-4 will use polymer clay to make pumpkin faces and then dress them in clay costumes. Instructor Terry Taylor will show students how to transform simple balls and coils of clay into one-of-a-kind pumpkins.

The fee is $15 and all supplies are included.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Bird by Bird

Join Friends of Rye Nature Center to help scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Volunteers needed from November to April to submit data to Project FeederWatch. A training session will be held on October 28 at 9:30.

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

<<Save the Date>>

B.A.G. Improv

Ages 9 and up are invited to “Bring A Grown-up” to The Rye Arts Center for an improvisation class on November 4 from 2-3:30. Together, adults and kids will explore the exciting and hilarious fast-paced world of improv by playing games, doing exercises, and creating scenes.

No experience is necessary. The fee is $50. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

A Gathering of Light

The fine art photography of The Ground Glass will be on display at The Rye Arts Center from November 4 to December 2. An opening reception will be held November 4 from 1-3.

The Ground Glass is a Westchester-based association of fine art photographers founded in 1975 and with whom The RAC is collaborating once again. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or thegroundglass.org.

Stargazing at the Mansion

Join astronomer Jason Kendall at the Jay Heritage Center from 6-9 on November 12 (new rain date) as he presents the wonders of our nearest celestial neighbor through a telescope. After discussing the fall skies, there will be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions to the moon and future lunar exploration. Light bites and beverages will be served.

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family.

 

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