Last Day To Visit Playland

Playland Logo Photo courtesy of:
Playland Logo
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Monday, September 1, 2014 is the last day of the season for you to go and take your family and friends to visit Playland in Rye, NY.

It’s time to round out the summer and Labor Day Weekend by taking in Westchester’s very own amusement park, located in Rye, NY.

Dragon Coaster at Rye Playland
Dragon Coaster at Rye Playland

Rye residents you can still make your last trip to Plaland memorable by riding the ever-famous Dragon Coaster or take the Playland Plunge for the last time this season.

There is a $15 ride admission special and Playland will be open from noon to 10pm today. Parking is $10.

Rye Playland's Fountain Plaza Photo by: Pamela Stern
Rye Playland’s Fountain Plaza
Photo by: Pamela Stern

Inside Rye would love it if you can send us your photos from your visit to Playland this summer. You can email your photos to

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Photo courtesy of:
Happy Labor Day!
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Inside Rye would like to extend to everyone a Happy Labor Day (especially those who even have to work today!). Inside Rye hopes that you had a nice weekend. Please feel free to send Inside Rye your photos from this summer, tell us what was your favorite thing that you did. Did you visit Playland? What is your favorite ride?


Mary Cecilia Patouhas, 96, Rye resident

diamond-shaped-in-loving-memory-sky-orb-chinese-lantern-2The following obituary can be found on

Mary Cecilia Patouhas, 96, passed away on August 29, 2014 at her home in Rye, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband, John Patouhas, a former test pilot whom she married in 1941.

Mary devoted her life to her family and working alongside her husband. Mary was the oldest of the eight children of Anna and Camillus O’Brien and is survived by her sister, Patricia Santora.

Mary will most importantly be remembered by the unconditional love and strength she has shown her family and all her friends. Mary’s smile and wisdom were reflected through her blue eyes, giving her family constant reassurance and love. Mary to her friends, Aunt Mary to her nieces and nephews, and Nana to her grandchildren and great grandchildren will live forever in our hearts.

Mary was a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church. She is survived by her two daughters and one son: Patricia Straehle and her husband George, Penelope Costello, and Philip Patouhas and his wife Christine, along with seven grandchildren: Kelly Brown (Tim), Jennifer Krekel (Rob), George Straehle (Meghan), as well as John, Christian, Peter and James Patouhas. Mary is also survived by three great grandchildren: Gregory, Jeffrey and Robby.

Throughout her life, Mary served as an active member of both New Rochelle and Larchmont Shore clubs, the Garden Club, PTAs, The Women’s Guild, as well as her church and local charities. Our mom will be missed by all whom had the pleasure of knowing her.

Visiting hours will be held at Graham Funeral Home, Rye, NY on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7 -9 pm.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at Holy Family Church, New Rochelle, NY at 10:30 am followed by internment at Gate of Heaven.


Time For Some Cream-less Creamed Spinach As A Side To Your Labor Day BBQ

Now that summer’s pretty much almost over, Benjamin’s Steak House located in nearby White Plains shares with Inside Rye, a recipe for some nice Cream-less Creamed Spinach to have along with your typical barbecued items like steak and chicken.

Cream-less Creamed Spinach Photo Courtesy of: Benjamin's Steaklhouse in White Plains, NY
Cream-less Creamed Spinach
Photo Courtesy of: Benjamin’s Steaklhouse in White Plains, NY

Cream-less Creamed Spinach

One of our most acclaimed- and coveted- dishes here at Benjamin Steakhouse is actually one of the simplest: Cream-less Creamed Spinach. It’s been featured on Fox News, as well as in many culinary magazines and websites. Now, I get to share it with the Captivate community. Bon appétit!

Ingredients (6 servings):

1lb Frozen, Chopped Spinach

¼ teaspoon Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons of Flour

6 Tablespoons of Clarified Butter (Boil butter to separate; use the clear, yellow portion that remains)

2 Tablespoons of Chicken Base (powdered)

Salt and White Pepper, to taste


Cream-less Creamed Spinach Photo Courtesy of: Benjamin's Steaklhouse in White Plains, NY
Cream-less Creamed Spinach
Photo Courtesy of: Benjamin’s Steaklhouse in White Plains, NY


  1. Add Frozen, Chopped Spinach, baking soda and 2 cups of water to a pot; bring to a boil.
  2. In a separate pan, combine the clarified butter and flour to create Roux (pronounced “roo”). Leave to the side until ready for use.
  3. After the spinach boils for about 5 to 10 minutes, drain water into another pot and squeeze the excess water out of the spinach.
  4. Add chicken base, salt and white pepper to 2 cups of the water and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, lower the flame and stir in Roux to tighten (make it thicker).
  6. Combine this mixture with the spinach, stir and enjoy!


Time: Approximately 10-15 minutes




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