Vol. 8/No. 6 SPRING  2019

From the Director's Desk
Check out our new look!
Earlier this year SPRYE unveiled a design change. 
Take a look at our new SPRYE brochures. 
Serves Harrison, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook

  Board of Directors
Barbara Brunner
Chair, Executive Committee
Nancy Haneman
Vice President
Joan Feinstein
Michele Thomas
Gene Collins
Lisa Aaronberg
Geraldine Bowling
Kathy Carley-Spanier
Ron Cohen
Hilary Garland
Svend Hansen
Maria Hargraves
Julie Hartman
Dale Mintz
Lauren Miscimarra
Dan O'Day
Isobel Perry
Hal Schwartz
Wendy Weinreb
Tilly Young

Advisory Council
Paul Hicks
Lee Katz
Katherine Moore
Tom Saunders
Arthur Stampleman, Chair
Gil Weinstein
Executive Director
Marie Johnson

Administrative Assistant
Margie McCabe

Ride Assistant
Rosemary Buttigieg

One Gateway Plaza 
55 S. Main St.
Third Floor
Port Chester, NY

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 748
Rye, N.Y. 10580

Share with your friends the many opportunities to volunteer at  SPRYE.

 Call 914-481-5706.

Serving Harrison, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook

Love Was in the Air in Rye Brook
What better way to say "I love you" than in a song from the heart. More than 150 people gathered at Atria Senior Living in Rye Brook to hear Phoebe McBride Madden and her singing partner Michael DiMuccio sing love songs from Broadway musicals.  The February show was brought to the residents of Rye Brook through the generosity of the Fanny & Svante Knistrom Foundation. 

Ian Gallagher Delights with Tunes From Ireland 

I n March, lovers of Irish music gathered at Westchester Burger Company, Rye Brook, to sing and dance to the music of Ian Gallagher and his band.  The event was also brought to the community by the Knistrom Foundation. Pictured on the left is Gillian Tracy of Rye Brook with Ian. On the right, SPRYE Executive Director Marie Johnson, Gillian, Mary Ann Basone of Rye Brook and SPRYE Board Secretary Michele Thomas. 

John Cunningham  Reads From "Pretending to Be Someone Else"  to a Packed House

Stage and screen actor John Cunningham read from his soon to be released memoirs to a large gathering at the Wainwright House. Pictured above is SPRYE Board member and Co-chair of the Program Committee Isobel Perry, John and his wife Carolyn.  Interest in John's career and forthcoming memoir was so great that part two will be  scheduled in the fall. 

More Rye Brook News

High School Musical 
Bingo anyone?

Port Chester resident Dolores Anselmo stopped by the SPRYE office to pick up her tickets to see the comedy musical "The Wedding Singer" at the Blind Brook High School. 
Dolores believes in being active in the community and enjoys attending plays and musicals in and around NY. 
SPRYE Board member        Kathy Carley-Spanier 
visted the King  Street Rehab and called Bingo  for some of the residents. As  Director of Community Health  at Greenwich Hospital, Kathy  encourages participation in games  and activities to keep the  mind  sharp!

SPRYE Visits The
 Westchester Children's 

SPRYE board members recently visited the Westchester Children's Museum at Playland. Executive Director Tracy Kay gave a tour of the museum with WCM Board President  Carolyn Carr-Spencer. Children, parents and grandparents are certain to enjoy creating memories at the museum.

Board Members in Action

SPRYE thanks the Rye Recreation staff and Superintendent Sally Rogol for the use of the conference room, where our monthly board meetings are held. 

Why I Volunteer

Rye resident Joan Gibbons shares why she donates a couple of hours a week teaching yoga.

" I like to give back to the community," said SPRYE member Joan Gibbons when asked why she volunteers her time offering yoga instruction twice a week.

"Yoga is a way of life for me," she explained, adding she's been teaching yoga for 35 years. Joan offers the one hour classes at the Port Chester-Rye Brook library, 
where she has gained a strong following. 

"Yoga improves posture, balance and flexibility. It's proven to lower blood pressure as well, " said Joan. 

Joan reminds everyone that classes this spring are every Monday at 12:30 p.m. and Friday at 11:30 a.m. She also advises to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

The sessions are free and open to the public.
The spring session ends June 14. 

Look for future emails to learn when the fall sessions begin

 Joan Gibbons leading a recent yoga class at 
the Port Chester-Rye Brook Library.  

Calendar for May-August 2019

Please make sure to  RSVP: 914-481-5706. The monthly program at Wainwright House is free and open to the general public.

Rides are available to all programs for members only. 

Friday, May 10, Noon. 
Current events at Ruby's Oyster Bar on Purchase Street. Interesting and topical subjects discussed over lunch. New topics every month. Pay for own lunch. Call SPRYE if you wish to attend. SPRYE members only. 

Wednesday, May 15, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 
Pam McGuire will speak at the Wainwright House about her recent trip to Asia called "Inside Vietnam and Cambodia: From Hanoi to Angkor Wat." Pam will share photos and engaging stories from her visit.
FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Pam McGuire and a student 
she met during her travels to Asia 

Saturday, May 18, 2:30 p.m.  Special screening of the feature documentary "Lives Well Lived" at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Library, One Haseco Avenue.

        The film explores the lives of older 
        adults between 75-100 years old  
        who are living their lives to their  

Thursday, June 13, 5:00 to 7:00  p.m. 
SPRYE Annual Member Picnic, Rye Town Park Pavilion. 95 Dearborn Ave. 

Thursday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. Bruce Museum 
guided tour of the exhibit "Summer with the Averys." Paintings by Milton, his wife Sally and their daughter March.  Car pool will be  available if needed. Call the SPRYE office if you wish to attend. 
Admission $12 with tour.

At the Library 

Sunday, May 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m 
Paul Hicks will discuss his latest book "The Litchfield Law School: Guiding the New Nation" at the Rye Free  Reading Room. Paul makes a convincing case that the law school provided the most innovative and successful legal education program in the country for almost fifty years.
FREE and open to the public. 


Thursday, October 3, 2019 
Apawamis Club
 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Honorees at SPRYE's 8th Annual Benefit in October will be the Senior Centers of Harrison, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. Each center provides engaging activities, services and programs for older adults.

SPRYE Summer Special 
For New Members!
Join SPRYE this summer and receive a 
15-month membership for the price of one year

That's right!  SPRYE will add three 
months to a membership, full or 
associate level for new members

Offer starts on June 1 and 
ends August 30 so don't delay!

Call SPRYE at 914-481-5706 for details

Welcome New Volunteers!
Tricia Ellis
Susan Leventoff
Susan and Edward Van Dolsen
Stacey Massey
Catherine Pirone

SPRYE Needs Volunteer Drivers- Two (2) hours per week to:
  • Drive SPRYE member to a medical appointment
  • Drive SPRYE member to complete essential errands 
  • Read to SPRYE member or help sort mail 
Please tell your friends and neighbors to call the office at:
(914) 481-5706 for more information.