Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 20, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 20, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 20, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 21, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 21, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 21, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 22, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 22, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 22, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 23, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 23, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 23, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: November 23, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Processing: A Gowanus Swim Society Exhibition


Date: November 23, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or by appointment; please call (718) 768-3195

Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro

Curated by: Katherine Gressel

“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring. Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.

Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning. Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.

The opening of Processing coincided with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, Old Stone House hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.

Artwork:

Kristen Haskell describes their work process as “a cycle of creating, narrating, abstracting, studying, organizing, and disorganizing.” Their recent work centers around common fears, both rational and irrational, from spiders to losing one’s teeth. It is created in two stages: the wet energy stage, in which Haskell “lets out their aggression quickly” with Sumi Ink and Fluid Acrylic; and the meditative linear stage, where the artist often creates “new characters” from the forms, patterns, and lines within the more spontaneous shapes created during the first stage.

Free-form ink blots are also the starting point for John Fisk’s ongoing “Inklins” series. He uses an eyedropper to create splatters on watercolor paper with organic lines and naturally-occurring shading. He then turns each one into a macabre creature, inspired by the psychology of Rorschach tests, horror entertainment, and cartoon animation.

Mary Negro and Natalie Fisk, by contrast, begin with recognizable symbols and texts which they alter and conceal to the point of being barely recognizable. Mary Negro uses colored pencil to layer streams of handwritten, stream-of-consciousness text across large paper. The sentences are then contoured with ink, further disabling the viewer’s ability to read the text, which collapses into a thick web of gestural marks. Negro’s journaling method helps her process difficult personal and political events, “visualizing a sense of overwhelm, frustration, or tension, while simultaneously evoking contemporary issues related to censorship, transparency, memory, and record-keeping.”

Natalie Fisk provides a window into her Mexican-American and female identities through the negative and positive spaces created in hand- cut and painted papel picado, often collaged upon other domestic patterns as well as feminist comics. Fisk aims to “push and pull her viewer through various degrees of clarification, capturing the space between identified subject and affable uncertainty.”

Abigail Groff Hernandez’s latest work addresses the physical behaviors that mark her father’s descent into dementia, such as folding cloth and tearing paper. The obsessive detail in her depictions of crumpled metallic paper renders their subject barely recognizable and invites a range of interpretations. “At their most basic, the drawings are depicting the breakdown of shapes created by folding and crumpling…in practice, they are an observational, rhythmic and methodical way to find mindfulness and order amidst heartbreaking, hopeless circumstances.”

Jessica Dalrymple and Suzy Kopf’s more representational work deeply investigates and re-frames our natural and built environment. Jessica Dalrymple’s Native/Non Native and NYC Natural paintings exhaustively catalog and advocate for plant and animal species found in cities. After accumulating photos and sketches while immersed in the landscape, Dalrymple fuses them together into compositions that often obscure traditional perspectives and juxtapose painterly and photo-realistic elements to “express harmonies between nature and the city.”

Suzy Kopf is interested in the “American propensity towards sameness, which stands in direct contrast with our supposed fierce need to be unique.” Also working from both her photographs and memory, Kopf often strips her urbanscapes of detail to focus on their most iconic shapes, colors, and symbols. Her paintings in Processing document Puerto Rico’s Levittown, which she visited in March 2017 before the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. This planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. The work addresses such personal and societal tensions as, “What does it mean to be at home in the beautiful and the banal? What does prosperity for all mean in a time when we know we can’t all have it?”

Melissa Johnson’s music video The Look suggests the potential of breaking with fashion and performance conventions to express a rich inner world. Through a series of fantasy dressing room scenes in a fantasy mall, lead character Melody Henson finds empowerment through her unique style. With song and movement, the protagonist communicates her belief in “self-expression, sisterhood, and the power of diversity.”

About Gowanus Swim Society:

Gowanus Swim Society is a select group of mostly Brooklyn-based artists who meet regularly, exhibit often and provide a forum for sharing information and artist resources. The artists function as a collective and hold monthly meetings during which they work together to accomplish common goals, hold one another accountable for personal progress through group crits and acquire new skills from one another. They also host public social events and art exhibitions of their work throughout the year. They are always eager to collaborate with other artists and organizations to work towards common goals.

About The Curator:

Katherine Gressel, the Old Stone House & Washington Park’s Contemporary Art Curator, is a New York?based curator, artist, and writer focused on site?specific art. She earned her BA in art from Yale and MA in arts administration from Columbia. Katherine’s previous exhibits dealing with such topics as income inequality, urban agriculture, and parks have been recognized by the New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, News 12 Brooklyn, and DNAInfo. In addition to organizing ten major exhibitions to date at the Old Stone House, Katherine has curated for FIGMENT, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Historical Society, and was the 2016 NARS Foundation emerging curator. She was selected for the 2015 Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. Katherine has written and presented on public and community art issues for Createquity, Americans for the Arts, and Public Art Dialogue, among others. Katherine also served as Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery from 2010-2014, and has worked and consulted for diverse nonprofits in the areas of arts education, project management, and development.

Funding for Processing is made possible, in part, by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 24, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 24, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Pleine Air Landscape Painting of Poe Cottage


Date: November 24, 2018

Instructing artist Emely Luna will teach plein air landscape painting the last Saturday of each month, weather permitting.

For adults.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Edgar Allan Poe Cottage (in Poe Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: November 24, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair


Date: November 24, 2018

Come find unique holiday gifts made by local artists and artisans. Admission to the fair is free.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: November 24, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Thanksgiving Kitchen Tours


Date: November 24, 2018

Explore the history and diversity of harvest celebrations through New York at Historic Richmond Town's annual Thanksgiving-themed tours. This self-guided tour allows visitors to explore the story of the 1860s origins of the Thanksgiving holiday and the foodways reflected in the menu.

Visitors will experience two unique historic cooking demonstrations of rural 18th- and 19th-century families in the Guyon-Lake-Tysen Farmhouse and Basketmaker’s House. You will feel the warmth of the humble fires in a functioning 19th-century open-hearth kitchen. Tour participants will also have a chance to enjoy sampling the food when the demonstrations are completed!

Throughout the main village, you’ll learn about the mix of Native American and European ingredients that combine on Thanksgiving tables throughout the nation. We welcome tour participants to share in our guest book their holiday traditions and recipes.

Share in the traditions that shaped the American past and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Tickets available at the door.?

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (347) 633-6139

Location: Historic Richmond Town



Paranormal Investigation


Date: November 24, 2018

Learn the basics of ghost hunting while possibly communicating with some of Morris-Jumel Mansion’s former residents.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

For more information, please email publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 25, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 25, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: November 25, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair


Date: November 25, 2018

Come find unique holiday gifts made by local artists and artisans. Admission to the fair is free.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)



A Walking Tour of Historic 19th-Century Noho


Date: November 25, 2018

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House.

You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th-century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.

And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal? On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the notorious 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes!

This tour is one hour long and begins outside the Merchant's House promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets online!

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum



Winter on a Flatbush Farm


Date: November 25, 2018

Get ready for winter as they did in the 19th-century farming village of Flatbush. Learn how to make a candle, watch a master spinster spin wool thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made at our outdoor hearth from a Lefferts family recipe.

St. Nicholas will visit at 3:00 p.m.

RSVP online.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: November 25, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 26, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 26, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 26, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 27, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 27, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 27, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 28, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 28, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 28, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 29, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 29, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 29, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Art Song at OSH: Danielle Buonaiuto and Jason Wirth


Date: November 29, 2018

Join us for an evening of songs by New York composers, including John Corigliano, John Musto, Gilda Lyons, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Juliana Hall, along with many others, exploring poems and stories through song that evoke the beauty of the sights, sounds, and smells of New York in the changing season, and, also, some that reflect upon the concerns and issues we face this autumn in New York, including politics, homelessness and hunger, and loneliness at the holidays with a mix of compassion, honesty, optimism, and hope.

Please note: Space is limited. Purchase tickets online!

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: November 30, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Open Garden Days: Alice's Garden at the H.H. Biddle House


Date: November 30, 2018

The Tottenville Historical Society invites you to visit Alice’s Garden, an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments. The garden is dedicated to the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., Tottenville, who crafted them more than 100 years ago.

The sculptured pieces, displayed with native plants in a natural landscape on the side lawn of the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, exemplify the artistry of the firm’s talented but, for the most part, anonymous workforce.

Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours. Additional information about the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. is available inside the H.H. Biddle House (open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment)

The garden is made available with funding support from The Staten Island Foundation, The Nicotra Foundation, and members of the Tottenville Historical Society.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: November 30, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: November 30, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Processing: A Gowanus Swim Society Exhibition


Date: November 30, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or by appointment; please call (718) 768-3195

Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro

Curated by: Katherine Gressel

“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring. Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.

Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning. Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.

The opening of Processing coincided with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, Old Stone House hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.

Artwork:

Kristen Haskell describes their work process as “a cycle of creating, narrating, abstracting, studying, organizing, and disorganizing.” Their recent work centers around common fears, both rational and irrational, from spiders to losing one’s teeth. It is created in two stages: the wet energy stage, in which Haskell “lets out their aggression quickly” with Sumi Ink and Fluid Acrylic; and the meditative linear stage, where the artist often creates “new characters” from the forms, patterns, and lines within the more spontaneous shapes created during the first stage.

Free-form ink blots are also the starting point for John Fisk’s ongoing “Inklins” series. He uses an eyedropper to create splatters on watercolor paper with organic lines and naturally-occurring shading. He then turns each one into a macabre creature, inspired by the psychology of Rorschach tests, horror entertainment, and cartoon animation.

Mary Negro and Natalie Fisk, by contrast, begin with recognizable symbols and texts which they alter and conceal to the point of being barely recognizable. Mary Negro uses colored pencil to layer streams of handwritten, stream-of-consciousness text across large paper. The sentences are then contoured with ink, further disabling the viewer’s ability to read the text, which collapses into a thick web of gestural marks. Negro’s journaling method helps her process difficult personal and political events, “visualizing a sense of overwhelm, frustration, or tension, while simultaneously evoking contemporary issues related to censorship, transparency, memory, and record-keeping.”

Natalie Fisk provides a window into her Mexican-American and female identities through the negative and positive spaces created in hand- cut and painted papel picado, often collaged upon other domestic patterns as well as feminist comics. Fisk aims to “push and pull her viewer through various degrees of clarification, capturing the space between identified subject and affable uncertainty.”

Abigail Groff Hernandez’s latest work addresses the physical behaviors that mark her father’s descent into dementia, such as folding cloth and tearing paper. The obsessive detail in her depictions of crumpled metallic paper renders their subject barely recognizable and invites a range of interpretations. “At their most basic, the drawings are depicting the breakdown of shapes created by folding and crumpling…in practice, they are an observational, rhythmic and methodical way to find mindfulness and order amidst heartbreaking, hopeless circumstances.”

Jessica Dalrymple and Suzy Kopf’s more representational work deeply investigates and re-frames our natural and built environment. Jessica Dalrymple’s Native/Non Native and NYC Natural paintings exhaustively catalog and advocate for plant and animal species found in cities. After accumulating photos and sketches while immersed in the landscape, Dalrymple fuses them together into compositions that often obscure traditional perspectives and juxtapose painterly and photo-realistic elements to “express harmonies between nature and the city.”

Suzy Kopf is interested in the “American propensity towards sameness, which stands in direct contrast with our supposed fierce need to be unique.” Also working from both her photographs and memory, Kopf often strips her urbanscapes of detail to focus on their most iconic shapes, colors, and symbols. Her paintings in Processing document Puerto Rico’s Levittown, which she visited in March 2017 before the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. This planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. The work addresses such personal and societal tensions as, “What does it mean to be at home in the beautiful and the banal? What does prosperity for all mean in a time when we know we can’t all have it?”

Melissa Johnson’s music video The Look suggests the potential of breaking with fashion and performance conventions to express a rich inner world. Through a series of fantasy dressing room scenes in a fantasy mall, lead character Melody Henson finds empowerment through her unique style. With song and movement, the protagonist communicates her belief in “self-expression, sisterhood, and the power of diversity.”

About Gowanus Swim Society:

Gowanus Swim Society is a select group of mostly Brooklyn-based artists who meet regularly, exhibit often and provide a forum for sharing information and artist resources. The artists function as a collective and hold monthly meetings during which they work together to accomplish common goals, hold one another accountable for personal progress through group crits and acquire new skills from one another. They also host public social events and art exhibitions of their work throughout the year. They are always eager to collaborate with other artists and organizations to work towards common goals.

About The Curator:

Katherine Gressel, the Old Stone House & Washington Park’s Contemporary Art Curator, is a New York?based curator, artist, and writer focused on site?specific art. She earned her BA in art from Yale and MA in arts administration from Columbia. Katherine’s previous exhibits dealing with such topics as income inequality, urban agriculture, and parks have been recognized by the New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, News 12 Brooklyn, and DNAInfo. In addition to organizing ten major exhibitions to date at the Old Stone House, Katherine has curated for FIGMENT, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Historical Society, and was the 2016 NARS Foundation emerging curator. She was selected for the 2015 Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. Katherine has written and presented on public and community art issues for Createquity, Americans for the Arts, and Public Art Dialogue, among others. Katherine also served as Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery from 2010-2014, and has worked and consulted for diverse nonprofits in the areas of arts education, project management, and development.

Funding for Processing is made possible, in part, by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Sustainable Skincare on the Farm


Date: November 30, 2018

Learn how to make your own natural skincare products at this unique program. Attendees will make two full size products, a bath bomb and a body scrub, while enjoying refreshments.

Take your handmade products home with you in a special Dyckman Farmhouse goodie bag. Additional products will be available for sale during the event.

Tickets can be purchased at dyckmanfarmhouse.org.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 304-9422

Location: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (in Dyckman House Museum)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 1, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



In Alice's Garden: Fall Service Day


Date: December 1, 2018

Help us prepare Alice's garden and grounds for the winter.

Let us know if you would like to help; email info@aliceausten.org or call (718) 816-4506 to sign up. Community service letters for school can be provided upon request.

Date is subject to change based on weather.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 1, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 1, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Hands On History: Make an 18th Century Scented Ornament


Date: December 1, 2018

Oranges were a special fruit for 18th and 19th century Americans, since they could only get them during the winter months. Some of those oranges were used to make pomanders, a spiced, scented ornament that decorated their homes and filled the house with a lovely aroma. Make your own pomander at King Manor, then visit the rest of the museum and learn about Rufus King - Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement.

Recommended for ages 3 and up, adults also welcome!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 206-0545

Location: King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 1, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day


Date: December 1, 2018

The festivities will kick off with a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell. Children will enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback around 2:30 p.m. In the Dutch tradition, visitors can feed St. Nicholas’s faithful horse carrots and hay. Children are invited to sign the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen.

Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting. End the day at the tree lighting which will take place as the sun goes down.

Please note: There will be a limited number of tickets to meet St. Nicholas. You must purchase tickets on Eventbrite to be guaranteed a one-on-one with St. Nick and to sign the "Red Book".

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 629-5400

Location: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 2, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 2, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 2, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 2, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



'Erasures' Exhibition Opening


Date: December 2, 2018

Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world. Immigrants from over 120 countries study, work and live in New York’s fastest growing borough. Queens comprises of multigenerational immigrant families.

Erasures exhibition will show the everyday lives of immigrant working-class families of Flushing through the lens of poetry installations. This exhibition is a collaboration between Pushcart Prize nominee poet Rosanna Oh and graphic artist and filmmaker Loide Marwanga. Rosanna immigrated from South Korea at the age of 6. Loide is a native of Kenya.

This exhibition views poetry through a different medium: by breaking the words into shapes, colors, and textures and returning them back to be read through the artist’s perspective inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman, US Poet Laureate Robert Hayden, and National Book Award for Poetry winner Louise Gluck.

The Opening Reception will be held at Queens Historical Society on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:30 p.m.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939 0647

Location: Kingsland Homestead (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 3, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Tour of Gracie Mansion


Date: December 3, 2018

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:50 am

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 3, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



First Monday Life Drawing at the Old Stone House


Date: December 3, 2018

Bring your tools and join us in drawing a professional life model every first Monday of the month. All skill levels are welcome. No judgment; just a friendly environment in which to practice, create, and have a great time.

Come out and draw! What are you doing Monday night anyhow???

The space is comfortable, clean and well lit. Chairs for everyone. Bring your tools (no oil, acrylic or sprays, please).

We will do an hour of gestures and short poses, finishing with a 2 hour-long pose. This is an uninstructed class.

Purchase tickets online.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 4, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 4, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 4, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 5, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 5, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 5, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam


Date: December 5, 2018

This is acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and Scandinavian traditions. Tunes are those that are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes.

This group is intended to provide a musical home for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by slow jam? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great, but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 6, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 6, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 6, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Gracie Book Club Season 3 at Gracie Mansion


Date: December 6, 2018

On behalf of First Lady Chirlane McCray, we are pleased to announce that our first Reading to Thrive title this season is The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.

Renowned author, Andrew Solomon, will join Ms. McCray and journalist moderator, Prachi Gupta. The book was a winner of the National Book Award when first published in 2005, revived a decade later with an anniversary edition embarking on its newest chapter.

The live discussion will be held at Gracie Mansion, located at 181 East End Avenue at 88th Street on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion at 6:00 p.m.

Reserve your ticket online.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)



Tavern Nights: Colonial Tabletop Role-playing Games


Date: December 6, 2018

Submerge yourself in the American Revolution in a fun and alternative way! Players will be given characters and backstories relevant to the colonial period but the possibilities of where the adventure will take you are endless!

Please note: Seating is limited, advanced registration is required!

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 7, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 7, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 7, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 7, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Processing: A Gowanus Swim Society Exhibition


Date: December 7, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or by appointment; please call (718) 768-3195

Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro

Curated by: Katherine Gressel

“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring. Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.

Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning. Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.

The opening of Processing coincided with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, Old Stone House hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.

Artwork:

Kristen Haskell describes their work process as “a cycle of creating, narrating, abstracting, studying, organizing, and disorganizing.” Their recent work centers around common fears, both rational and irrational, from spiders to losing one’s teeth. It is created in two stages: the wet energy stage, in which Haskell “lets out their aggression quickly” with Sumi Ink and Fluid Acrylic; and the meditative linear stage, where the artist often creates “new characters” from the forms, patterns, and lines within the more spontaneous shapes created during the first stage.

Free-form ink blots are also the starting point for John Fisk’s ongoing “Inklins” series. He uses an eyedropper to create splatters on watercolor paper with organic lines and naturally-occurring shading. He then turns each one into a macabre creature, inspired by the psychology of Rorschach tests, horror entertainment, and cartoon animation.

Mary Negro and Natalie Fisk, by contrast, begin with recognizable symbols and texts which they alter and conceal to the point of being barely recognizable. Mary Negro uses colored pencil to layer streams of handwritten, stream-of-consciousness text across large paper. The sentences are then contoured with ink, further disabling the viewer’s ability to read the text, which collapses into a thick web of gestural marks. Negro’s journaling method helps her process difficult personal and political events, “visualizing a sense of overwhelm, frustration, or tension, while simultaneously evoking contemporary issues related to censorship, transparency, memory, and record-keeping.”

Natalie Fisk provides a window into her Mexican-American and female identities through the negative and positive spaces created in hand- cut and painted papel picado, often collaged upon other domestic patterns as well as feminist comics. Fisk aims to “push and pull her viewer through various degrees of clarification, capturing the space between identified subject and affable uncertainty.”

Abigail Groff Hernandez’s latest work addresses the physical behaviors that mark her father’s descent into dementia, such as folding cloth and tearing paper. The obsessive detail in her depictions of crumpled metallic paper renders their subject barely recognizable and invites a range of interpretations. “At their most basic, the drawings are depicting the breakdown of shapes created by folding and crumpling…in practice, they are an observational, rhythmic and methodical way to find mindfulness and order amidst heartbreaking, hopeless circumstances.”

Jessica Dalrymple and Suzy Kopf’s more representational work deeply investigates and re-frames our natural and built environment. Jessica Dalrymple’s Native/Non Native and NYC Natural paintings exhaustively catalog and advocate for plant and animal species found in cities. After accumulating photos and sketches while immersed in the landscape, Dalrymple fuses them together into compositions that often obscure traditional perspectives and juxtapose painterly and photo-realistic elements to “express harmonies between nature and the city.”

Suzy Kopf is interested in the “American propensity towards sameness, which stands in direct contrast with our supposed fierce need to be unique.” Also working from both her photographs and memory, Kopf often strips her urbanscapes of detail to focus on their most iconic shapes, colors, and symbols. Her paintings in Processing document Puerto Rico’s Levittown, which she visited in March 2017 before the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. This planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. The work addresses such personal and societal tensions as, “What does it mean to be at home in the beautiful and the banal? What does prosperity for all mean in a time when we know we can’t all have it?”

Melissa Johnson’s music video The Look suggests the potential of breaking with fashion and performance conventions to express a rich inner world. Through a series of fantasy dressing room scenes in a fantasy mall, lead character Melody Henson finds empowerment through her unique style. With song and movement, the protagonist communicates her belief in “self-expression, sisterhood, and the power of diversity.”

About Gowanus Swim Society:

Gowanus Swim Society is a select group of mostly Brooklyn-based artists who meet regularly, exhibit often and provide a forum for sharing information and artist resources. The artists function as a collective and hold monthly meetings during which they work together to accomplish common goals, hold one another accountable for personal progress through group crits and acquire new skills from one another. They also host public social events and art exhibitions of their work throughout the year. They are always eager to collaborate with other artists and organizations to work towards common goals.

About The Curator:

Katherine Gressel, the Old Stone House & Washington Park’s Contemporary Art Curator, is a New York?based curator, artist, and writer focused on site?specific art. She earned her BA in art from Yale and MA in arts administration from Columbia. Katherine’s previous exhibits dealing with such topics as income inequality, urban agriculture, and parks have been recognized by the New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, News 12 Brooklyn, and DNAInfo. In addition to organizing ten major exhibitions to date at the Old Stone House, Katherine has curated for FIGMENT, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Historical Society, and was the 2016 NARS Foundation emerging curator. She was selected for the 2015 Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. Katherine has written and presented on public and community art issues for Createquity, Americans for the Arts, and Public Art Dialogue, among others. Katherine also served as Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery from 2010-2014, and has worked and consulted for diverse nonprofits in the areas of arts education, project management, and development.

Funding for Processing is made possible, in part, by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Van Cortlandt by Twilight


Date: December 7, 2018

Enjoy the rare treat of being able to explore Van Cortlandt House Museum after dark. The house will be decorated for the Winter holidays of Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas Day, New Year's and Twelfth Night. You'll be able to experience the house lit by candlelight while enjoying light refreshments.

Weather permitting, we'll have the cressets lit, a campfire glowing, and marshmallow and chestnuts roasting. Tickets include admission to the house and light refreshments.

Last admissions at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place even in the event of rain or snow.

Please note: Reservations are not required but are recommended. You can make reservations at vchm.org.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Volunteer at Weeping Beech Park and the Bowne House


Date: December 8, 2018

Prepare for winter at the Bowne House site and Weeping Beech Park gardens. Volunteer in one of the oldest gardens in New York City and the Weeping Beech Park next door. Help us clean up debris. Be outside and work in teams on group projects or alone, or provide specialized horticulture or other garden expertise.

Adults and children are welcome.

Previous groups of volunteers have enjoyed working together and witnessing the impact of their team work and efforts over a three-hour period.

Volunteer Teams

Raking Teams: Rake tree leaves that have gathered in the garden beds and pick them up into paper bags for the NYC Compost Project. These leaves will be composted for future use in NYC community gardens and other NYC Parks and Recreation areas. The there is a strong educational focusing on sustainable in garden and park areas.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 8, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Family Day: Pomanders


Date: December 8, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season by making your house smell festive with a pomander! A popular tradition from the Colonial period, pomanders are dried oranges studded with cloves. Make your own with us here at the Morris-Jumel Mansion to take home.

For more information, please email education@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 8, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



Celebrate Saint Nicholas


Date: December 8, 2018

Enjoy a family-friendly celebration of Saint Nicholas with the Van Cortlandt family.

Long before Saint Nicholas became associated with Christmas, his feast day was a holiday for giving presents and honoring children. Come to Van Cortlandt House Museum to learn more about the history of Saint Nicholas through a special eye-spy tour of the house, stories, craft projects, games, and hot chocolate around our campfire (weather permitting).

Activities and tours will take place throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 8, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 8, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 9, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 9, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 9, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 9, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)



The Bowne House and the Historic Holiday House Tour


Date: December 9, 2018

Enjoy the holidays at the Bowne House and its remarkable garden.

Home for the Holidays
The Bowne House showcases it's collection!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)



Reading of A Christmas Carol


Date: December 9, 2018

Morris-Jumel Mansion invites you to visit Manhattan's oldest house to listen to a live reading of this holiday family favorite that is sure to be a treat for guests of all ages!

Refreshments will be served.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)



Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 10, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Tour of Gracie Mansion


Date: December 10, 2018

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:50 am

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)



Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House


Date: December 10, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)



Tour of Gracie Mansion


Date: December 10, 2018

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:50 am

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)



Tour of Gracie Mansion


Date: December 10, 2018

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 5:50 pm

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)



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