PUBLIC TOURS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AGES
APRIL – OCTOBER 2022 JAY GARDENS OPEN FOR THE SEASON
Starting Sunday, April 3, join us two days a week in the gorgeous and sustainable Jay Gardens for open garden days and programs, talks, and workshops. Meet JHC’s new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro!
Email Lucia Maestro for more information or to volunteer in the gardens. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PUBLIC TALKS & WORKSHOPS
OCTOBER 2, 2022: MICHAEL W. TWITTY on “KOSHERSOUL”
On Sunday, October 2, at 2 p.m., James Beard Award-winning chef Michael W. Twitty will headline a FREE, in-person program in the Jay Estate Gardens to discuss his newest book, “Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew.” Twitty’s new book, which includes more than 50 recipes, was called “thrilling in its originality” by Publishers Weekly. Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it a “thoughtful, inspiring book that will have readers pondering their own ancestors and their presence in the kitchen.” Twitty spoke at an enormously popular virtual JHC program, “Culinary Justice: Cultural Resilience and the History of Food,” that drew more than 400 registrants in January 2021. REGISTER HERE – The first 150 guests will receive a free copy of Twitty’s new book!
OCTOBER 7, 2022: ANDREA WULF, AUTHOR OF “MAGINIFICENT REBELS” AND “FOUNDING GARDENERS”
On Friday, October 7, at 6 p.m., JHC will welcome award-winning and best-selling writer Andrea Wulf, author of “Founding Gardeners” and “The Invention of Nature,” for a FREE program to discuss her critically acclaimed new book “Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self.” Wulf’s book tells the gripping story of the time period and personalities that helped shape the aesthetic embodied in the 1838 Jay Mansion. It describes how a gifted circle of young Romantics “incited a revolution of the mind that transformed our world forever.” This group included the poets Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis; the philosophers Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel; along with “the formidable Caroline Schlegel, who sparked their dazzling conversations about the self, nature, identity, and freedom.” The core of Wulf’s tale illuminates “the extremely modern tension between the dangers of selfishness and the thrilling possibilities of free will.” REGISTER HERE
OCTOBER 29, 2022: SUSTAINABILITY DAY WITH DOUG TALLAMY ON “THE NATURE OF OAKS”
NOVEMBER 4, 2022: CHRIS WHIPPLE, AUTHOR OF “THE SPY MASTERS: HOW THE CIA DIRECTORS SHAPE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE”
On Friday, November 4, at 6 p.m., critically acclaimed author Chris Whipple will discuss his book “The Spy Masters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future” in a FREE in-person program at JHC. The book, which features interviews with nearly every living CIA director, is a particularly appropriate subject for JHC. The Founding Father John Jay, who lived at the Jay Estate as a boy, is widely credited as the founder of U.S. counterintelligence. In 1776 Jay took the help of a New York State organization called the Committee for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies, whose role was described as “inquiring into, detecting and defeating all conspiracies which may be formed … against the liberties of America.” The American writer James Fenimore Cooper‘s novel “The Spy” was inspired at least in part by Jay’s role. REGISTER HERE
DECEMBER 4, 2022: GOSPEL CONCERT IN THE JAY GARDENS
FRIENDRAISERS & FUNDRAISERS
SEPTEMBER 17, 2022: 30TH ANNIVERSARY JAY SOIREE, 7-11pm
Help celebrate 3 decades of preservation and stewardship with an evening of diner and dancing with live music.
Co-Chairs: Caroline and Andrew Walker, Lindsay Bello Martin and Tim Martin, Christie Bonasera, Aileen and Ted Burdick, Lori and Barry Silbert
30th Anniversary Committee in formation. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email Kevin Peraino
OCTOBER 1, 2022 – JAY DAY! FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Join the acclaimed Yale Spizzwinks for an a cappella concert in the Jay Meadow! Plus: Three amazing balloon twisters – Revolutionary War swords and butterfly wings are their specialties! Hay ride and petting zoo from Bronx Equestrian! John Jay stilt walker & juggler — super photo op for the whole family! Get an exquisite keepsake portrait of your child with Varin Acevado of Sweet-Silhouette by Varin! These are one-of-a-kind profiles. Only children 10 and under please. Portrait with matting is FREE – framing additional fee. Old-fashioned cornhole and ring toss on the Mansion lawn. Guided tours, scavenger hunts, and geocaching – Why is John Jay one of the seven Founding Fathers? Who was Caesar Valentine? Where did citizens of Rye celebrate the end of the American Revolution? Find our secret geocache spot and win a prize! Ice cream from Jimmy’s Soft Serve – stay tuned for a full list of food trucks! Archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch – Hold artifacts in your hand from 4000-year-old projectile points to an 18th century slate pencil used by one of Rye’s earliest students – stay tuned for a list of additional Jay Way vendors! Part of New York State’s Hudson Valley Ramble. REGISTER HERE