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Roz and Joe Carvin were honored at SPRYE’s 6th Annual Benefit, September 28 at Willow Ridge Country Club.

Not only did they receive State proclamations from Assemblyman Steve Otis and State Senator George Latimer, but SPRYE President Barbara Brunner described the Carvins’ special gift: “Your big and joyful smiles are beacons which shine through all your wonderful work and generosity to all.”

Roz and Joe, in addition to serving on a number of local nonprofits, co-founded One World, an organization dedicated to creating 21st-century leaders through character education and improving human understanding.

Photos by Julieane Webb

Paul Hicks with Council candidate Josh Cohn

Councilman Terry McCartney and his wife Julia

Council candidate Susan Watson with Mayor Joe Sack

Michele Flood with Doug French

Osborn CEO Matt Anderson with Katherine Moore

Honorees Roz and Joe Carvin with their daughters Keira, at left, and Rhianna

Steve Meyers, Assemblyman Steve Otis, and Gene Ceccarelli 

The reason you’re seeing pink ribbons all over town is that last week SOUL RYEDERS launched its 4th annual TieTheTownPink breast cancer awareness campaign. The local nonprofit invites everyone in the community to serve and support families affected by breast cancer and join in the fight against the disease by making this month Pinktober in Rye.

Last year, Rye merchants and homeowners in Rye, Rye Brook, and Rye Neck ordered over 750 ribbons and volunteers festooned mailboxes, front doors, benches, and trees.

SOUL RYEDERS is hoping to break that record this month.

Ribbons cost $25. Order yours today at www.soulryeders.org. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOUL RYEDERS is a volunteer-driven charitable organization based in Westchester County, that is committed to empowering those in our community who are affected by cancer.  From diagnosis through treatment, recovery and survivorship, SOUL RYEDERS offers practical resources and nurturing support services that provide dignity, confidence, hope, and compassion.

Families flocked to the Jay Heritage Center for bales of fun on September 24. There they were greeted by a very tall and welcoming woman and treated to banjo music, a dance performance, and a fencing demonstration. Youngsters paused awhile at the petting zoo, watched paper artistry, and learned about the glories of the garden.

And in between face painting and pot decorating and sampling the fine fare offered at food trucks, many were just content to sit on the steps of the Jay Mansion and enjoy the view of the meadow and beyond on the first Sunday of fall.

Photos by Julieane Webb

GOOD TALKS

On Tap for Library Discussion Series

Last year, the Rye Free Reading Room and Allen Clark launched a series of literary discussions open to the public, led by Dr. Mark Schenker Sr., Associate Dean at Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Schenker has been invited back for two talks this fall.

On Sunday, October 22, Schenker will lead a discussion about Tim O’Neil’s much-recognized “The Things They Carried.” The book is a series of interrelated, semi-autobiographical stories based on O’Brien’s service in Vietnam. Because of its relevance to the Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, the book has been reissued and is available at Arcade and in the library.

In his 1990 New York Times review, D. J. R. Bruckner said, “Characters snatch stories from one another's mouths and tell them in a different way, with different incidents. A character may take part of a story away from a narrator and refashion it. A first-person commentator who intervenes to critique or correct a story just told, and who can easily be mistaken for Mr. O'Brien, may turn out to be a character in a later story. The stories themselves eventually seem to be engaged in a dialogue about invention.”

Four weeks later, on Sunday, November 19, Schenker will shift to Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

Both sessions will be held in the library’s meeting room starting at 4:30. Refreshments and cheeses will be served afterwards.

A voluntary donation to the Rye Free Reading Room of $10 or $15 (depending on total attendance) is requested. To reserve a seat, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When the Bird Homestead nonprofit, which operates the Rye Meeting
House, embarked on an investigation inside the historic building to
determine the colors of paint layers over time, the board of trustees
never expected to find any artistic images. “It is a special, but
diminutive building. We thought we would find a series of solid
colors,” said Anne Stillman, president and CEO.  

Instead, while carefully scraping off the existing ivory-colored paint, Walter
Sedovic Architects found a stenciled image of a fleur-de-lis. That
was just the beginning.

The nonprofit hired Evergreene Architectural Arts to investigate
further. A conservator revealed one surprise after another. The
maroon fleur-de-lis on a brick-colored background did not appear in a
single line of stenciling, as would have been more common, but covered
almost an entire plaster wall of the chancel in a pattern alternating
with a star. A representative section has been uncovered. Above this
area, which resembles wallpaper, the conservator found a border of
green stylized trees with golden fruit. These small orbs retain tiny
traces of real gold leaf.

A row of almost abstract circular images in paler colors borders the
stained glass window. Formerly an Episcopal chapel, the building was affiliated with Rye’s Christ’s Church for about 90 years. In 1959, the Religious Society of
Friends purchased it for use as a meeting house. It is now
a secular site operated for historic, environmental, and educational
purposes.

The building retains an interior cruciform plan with the elevated
chancel as the focal point. “It turns out that the chancel was highly
decorated during the building’s 19th-century life as a chapel,” said
Stillman. “We were astonished and thrilled.”

The newly discovered colors reflect the taste for earth tones of the
Victorian era. Wainscoting exists below the plaster on the three walls
of the chancel. It was made of a less expensive wood and subsequently
painted over. However, in the late 19th-century, it was painted to
imitate the look of oak paneling in a technique called graining or
faux bois. Copying an original untouched sample found under a later
molding, an artist from Evergreene replicated the color and subtle
graining design.

To avoid the risk of covering over any images that may still be
hidden, the organization has decided to defer plaster repair until a
full investigation is completed. The goal remains to reveal as much of the original stenciling as possible and to continue to restore the chancel to its 19th-century appearance. With this exciting discovery, the Bird Homestead nonprofit will need to raise more funds for continued investigation and conservation.

Members of the public are invited to stop by the Meeting House and see
the work-in-progress on Saturday, October 14 between 1 and 4 at an informal open house. Light refreshments will be served.