What’s Going On in Rye 1-10-2014

Rye library events

Free reading with Freading

Download e-books to read on your computer or transfer to a portable device using Freading, a service provided by the library. It currently provides access to about 22,000 titles from more than 100 publishers and new titles are added regularly.

Art exhibit at the library

“Raising the bar,” an exhibit of works in pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and watercolor on plaster/paper by Kent Iarocci will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room from Jan. 3 through Jan. 23. An opening reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Kent Iarocci, who is an award-winning writer, author, artist and poet, traces the genesis of this exhibit back 22 years to when he first became inspired.

For more information, go to ryelibrary.org or call 914-231-3161.

Wainwright joins with Mannes College
for salon music series

What could be more wonderful than the classic elegance of Wainwright House for an evening of classical music? Announcing The Mannes Music Salon Series at Wainwright featuring the gifted young artists of The Mannes College New School for Music with Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska.

Starting this December, Wainwright House and Mannes College will offer a series of four classical music programs, each to be followed by a reception where guests will be able to meet and spend time with the artists. The dates of the salon series are Jan. 18, 2014, March 1, 2014 and March 29, 2014. The evening program will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $30 per salon or $100 for the series of four.

Each of the salons will offer four individual programs and will include two evenings of piano and two evenings of chamber music. The series will be led by Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska. Each evening will present pre-concert remarks, deepening the audience understanding and appreciation of the works performed.

Founded in 1916, Manhattan’s Mannes College The New School of Music trains and nurtures classical musicians of all ages. Mannes College is a division of The New School, an intellectually rich and dynamic institution renowned for its excellence, diversity and integrity.

Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic educational and learning centers in the United States.

The salon series will be concluded with a grand finale evening on April 26, 2014.

Do not miss your chance to hear world-class performances by the future stars in classical music. For reservations, call Wainwright House at 914-967-6080 or visit their website
wainwright.org. Seating is limited.

Rye Arts Center events

The Winter Guide is now online

Sign up now for new classes in Minecraft, Lego engineering, creative building, architecture, siege machine, and LittleBits Maker Maniacs. All in addition to photography, ceramics, music lessons and more. Don’t miss out. Sign up now.

Member exhibit in the gallery

Dec. 5 to Jan 11. Come see works created by members of the RAC. Bring family and friends and be inspired by local artists right here in our community.

Full STEAM Ahead: Free Family Day

Jan. 11. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring the kids and their friends to discover and explore the innovative world where science and technology combine with art and music to spark creativity and innovation. STEM+Arts=STEAM.

The Free Family Day includes demos, workshops, music concert and refreshments. A hands-on afternoon designed to have fun while creating art and music using the latest in technology. Currently scheduled demos include MakerBot 3D printing, MaKey MaKey music instrument making, Scratch animated video and music production, Little Bits design building, Lego engineering and MineCraft. Free family music concert starts at 3 p.m.

Look for additional free demos of STEM+Arts creativity at TD Bank located at 38 Purchase St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy free refreshments and live music in the lobby. Make a contribution to The RAC’s Bank on Art annual appeal and receive a free gift from TD Bank. This day is made possible through the generous support of Con Edison, TD Bank and Gail Harrison Roman, trustee, The Wallace Fox Foundation.

Arts education program announces docent training

March 27 and 28

The Rye Arts Center will be offering Famous Artist Docent training March 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Room of The Rye Arts Center. Parents interested in bringing the Famous Artist Program to their local elementary school are encouraged to contact The Rye Arts Center or racfamousartists.wordpress.com to register their school to participate in this very popular arts education program. This year’s Famous Artist is the utterly unique Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who was a court painter to the Habsburg Emperors. Arcimboldo is best known for his portraits composed entirely of fruits, vegetables, sea creatures, weapons and other physical material. His paintings embodied the mystical world of Rudolf II’s Prague and its fascination with magic, alchemy and astrology.

Rye Historical Society events

Square House Museum hours

The Rye Historical Society has announced that in January and February its Square House Museum will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The regular hours of operation, Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. remain unchanged.

Sunday visitors to the Square House Museum will be welcomed with fresh-brewed coffee and freshly baked cookies and a special “behind-the-ropes” guided tour of the museum or a fascinating gallery talk about the current exhibit, Rye During World War II.

For more information, please call
914-967-7588 or visit the Rye Historical
Society’s website, ryehistory.org.

World War II film series continues

Following the enthusiastic response to its first WWII film series last fall, the Rye Historical Society invites the public to its Square House Museum on two January Sunday afternoons, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for the next installment of classic and powerful films about World War II. The Square House Museum is located at 1 Purchase Street, Rye.

Jerome Coleman, a trustee of the Rye Historical Society and avid WWII buff, has selected two iconic films about that era. Showing on Jan. 12 will be “12 O’Clock High” starring Gregory Peck in a story about U.S. Army aircrews flying daylight bombing missions in the early days of America’s involvement in the war. “Best Years of Our Lives” will be featured on Jan. 26. The winner of 7 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Frederic March, the film is about three U.S. servicemen readjusting to civilian life after coming home from WWII.

The program cost is $5 each showing for the general public and free admission for veterans and active military service personnel. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. For reservations, call the Rye Historical Society at
914-967-7588 and visit our website ryehistory.org for information about other upcoming events.

Chocolate tasting

On Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., all lovers of chocolate should be heading to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum at 1 Purchase Street in Rye.

Is there a more delicious way to learn about the history of one of humanity’s favorite foods than sampling a selection of premium dark and
milk chocolate?

Rye resident Michael Jordan, who learned what makes great-tasting chocolate from the master chocolatiers of Lindt Chocolate, will share his knowledge in a fascinating lecture and Powerpoint presentation. He will take the audience through the origins and ancient rituals surrounding chocolate, its discovery by Europeans and its modern incarnations. Learn the differences between chocolates from Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and other countries and what to look for in a premium chocolate. The chocolates for the evening are courtesy of Lindt Chocolate of America.

The cost of the program is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. Please make reservations by calling 914-967-7588, emailing aford@ryehistoricalsociety.org or visiting

Community Synagogue of Rye event

Community Synagogue of Rye invites families raising young Jewish children to attend an exciting Havdallah program at the synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by J-Living and PJ Library.

Together we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner in our PJs, hear a story and make our own Sh’ma

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Its purpose is to provide parents with Jewish content to read to their children before they go to sleep. They accomplish this goal by mailing free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families with children ages six months through eight years across the world on a monthly basis.

Sign up for PJ Library at this event to start building your Jewish library of free books and music. Siblings, friends and family are welcome to attend. RSVP now to rs@comsynrye.org.

Community Synagogue of Rye is located at 200 Forest Avenue. Visit Community Synagogue of Rye on the web at www.comsynrye.org and “like” our Facebook page at facebook.com/comsynrye.

Shop for fresh produce all winter long

Westchester residents will be able to buy farm-fresh local produce, cheeses and other dairy products, meats, baked goods and wine directly from farmers and producers at the indoor farmers market to be held on the last Sunday of each month from November through March, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Dates are Sundays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s market will consist of a variety of vendors who are farmers and food producers, all from the tri-state area. And, to tempt shoppers and to help them make selections, vendors will offer samples of their foods.

To add to the fun, each month will feature live entertainment provided by local musicians from the Hudson Valley and surrounding area.

Admission is free. Parking at the County Center lot is $5.

The farmers market is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

For a list of vendors, go to countycenter.biz.

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