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


Date: December 12, 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 12, 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)



Paper Crafting


Date: December 12, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are, surprisingly, many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome; you must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 517-5234.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 517-5234

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



Intro to Indoor Cycling


Date: December 13, 2018

Ward off the oncoming winter doldrums with small group indoor cycling!

Did you love riding bikes as a kid? And haven't gotten on one since? Are you intimidated by the idea of a full-on Tour-de-France-style cycling class? Then consider this alternative! A kinder, gentler approach to riding. In no time, you'll go from novice to know-how! We'll build up time on the bike from week to week -- growing your ability, confidence, & comfort! Please commit to at least 3 classes. Everybody rides at their own pace.

The soundtrack for this course draws from movie scores and classical music.

Please note: Space is limited; registration is highly encouraged! Please register by emailing Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or by calling (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 13, 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 13, 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)



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 14, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 14, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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)



Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol


Date: December 14, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)



Paranormal Investigation


Date: December 14, 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)



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


Date: December 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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)



Exhibit by Takashi Harada – Closing


Date: December 15, 2018

Join us for the closing of Takashi Harada's exhibition. Harada is a local Inwood artist. His paintings capture the beautiful nature that can be found in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 304-9422

Location: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (in Dyckman House Museum)



Farmhouse Family Day


Date: December 15, 2018

Drop in every third Saturday of the month between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to explore New York City’s oldest house together. Arrive by 1:00 p.m. for a unique hands-on making activity each month.

Seasonal activities inside the historic house and around the gardens include scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities.

Family Day is open to everyone. Activities are designed for families with kids ages 4 to 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservation required.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 629-5400

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



Tai Chi Exercises


Date: December 15, 2018

Individual slow standing movements and stances are designed to create greater mind/body connection, with peace and calm. They can then be performed at any time in any order — choosing some, one, or all.

All abilities welcome.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 15, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 15, 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 15, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Paper Crafting


Date: December 15, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are surprisingly many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome. You must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Brandenburgers Holiday Concert


Date: December 15, 2018

Our beloved house band, the Brooklyn Brandenburgers, will perform their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Featuring music by Leos Janacek, J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Mozart, Franz Schubert/ Glickman, and Tom Turpin.

Purchase tickets online.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

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



Block Printing Workshop


Date: December 15, 2018

Closing out our hosting of the exhibition, Shattered Dreams and Intimate Treasures: The Work of Cara Lynch, Morris-Jumel Mansion invites you to partake in a printmaking workshop led by the artist herself.

Guests will have the opportunity to design their own block pattern to be applied on a useful tote bag that they get to keep!

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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



Candlelight Tours


Date: December 15, 2018

Tours start at 5:10 p.m. and depart every 20 minutes until 8:30 p.m.

Step back through time and taste, smell, and touch the holiday celebrations of centuries past. Evening tours led by candlelight showcase more than three hundred years of yuletide on Staten Island, where culture and food-ways from all over world combine to create something that is uniquely New York.

Tour sites include:

Guyon-Lake-Tysen Farmhouse
Eat, drink, and be merry alongside the hearth fires. Enjoy a traditional Dutch recipe made in a functioning 19th-century open-hearth kitchen.

Basketmakers House
Join in song with an authentic Methodist choir in the quiet and quaint parlor.

Schreiber's Tavern
Partake in mulled wine, boisterous merriment, and live music, named in honor of Historic Richmond Town's beloved former leather worker.

Bennett House
Learn the Hanukah traditions of turn-of-the-century New York.

General Store
Experience last-minute Christmas Shopping in a fully restored 19th-century general store!

Stephen's Black House
Discover the origins of a true Victorian Christmas and Christmas tree! End your evening with an old-fashion wassail reception and English Country Dance demonstration in the Third County Courthouse.

About Historic Richmond Town's Candlelight Tours
Candlelight tours are among Historic Richmond Town's most popular events. Tours are limited, so reserve spaces as soon as possible. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your tour start time. Check-in will be located in the Third County Courthouse Visitor's Center off of the parking lot. Although a majority of the tour is held indoors with roaring fires and candlelight - walking will be outside. Please dress accordingly.

Enjoy sweet holiday treats all along the way! Check out last years Candlelight Tours from The Staten Island Advance's point of view!

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-1611

Location: Historic Richmond Town



Brooklyn Baroque Holiday Concert


Date: December 15, 2018

Join us for an annual tradition as Brooklyn Baroque returns to Morris-Jumel Mansion for a concert which will surely put you in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy works by Handel, Couperin, Soler, and others, featuring Boismortier's Winter cantata from his cycle The Four Seasons.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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



Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol


Date: December 15, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)



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


Date: December 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 16, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Christmas Tinker Festival & Tree Lighting


Date: December 16, 2018

Celebrate the holiday with fun tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.

Holiday tinkering activities will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Christmas tree will be lit at 5:00 p.m..

This event is free.

Please note: Space is limited and RSVP is required.

This program is produced in partnership with Queens Foundation for Architecture, and supported, in part, by HSBC Bank, Con Edison, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 961-8585

Location: Lewis H Latimer House



Victorian Holiday Party


Date: December 16, 2018

What better way to celebrate the holidays than in a beautiful Victorian home?

Enjoy offerings of hot spiced wine, apple cider, and cookies while singing along to some traditional Christmas carols! Victorian regalia welcomed!

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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



Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol


Date: December 16, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 17, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 17, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 17, 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)



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


Date: December 18, 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 18, 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)



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


Date: December 19, 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 19, 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)



Paper Crafting


Date: December 19, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are, surprisingly, many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome; you must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 517-5234.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 517-5234

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



Intro to Indoor Cycling


Date: December 20, 2018

Ward off the oncoming winter doldrums with small group indoor cycling!

Did you love riding bikes as a kid? And haven't gotten on one since? Are you intimidated by the idea of a full-on Tour-de-France-style cycling class? Then consider this alternative! A kinder, gentler approach to riding. In no time, you'll go from novice to know-how! We'll build up time on the bike from week to week -- growing your ability, confidence, & comfort! Please commit to at least 3 classes. Everybody rides at their own pace.

The soundtrack for this course draws from movie scores and classical music.

Please note: Space is limited; registration is highly encouraged! Please register by emailing Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or by calling (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 20, 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)



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 21, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 21, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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)



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


Date: December 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)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 22, 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 22, 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)



Tai Chi Exercises


Date: December 22, 2018

Individual slow standing movements and stances are designed to create greater mind/body connection, with peace and calm. They can then be performed at any time in any order — choosing some, one, or all.

All abilities welcome.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 22, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 22, 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 22, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Paper Crafting


Date: December 22, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are surprisingly many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome. You must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 23, 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)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 23, 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)



Winter Solstice Walk: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island


Date: December 23, 2018

Celebrate the season!

Join Park Director for a guided tour of 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.

Learn about the Parks 265 acres of woodlands, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

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



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 23, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 24, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 24, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 25, 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)



Holiday Open House


Date: December 26, 2018

Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark and enjoy kids' crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 347-3276

Location: Queens County Farm Museum



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 26, 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)



Paper Crafting


Date: December 26, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are, surprisingly, many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome; you must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 517-5234.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 517-5234

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



Holiday Open House


Date: December 27, 2018

Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark and enjoy kids' crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 347-3276

Location: Queens County Farm Museum



Intro to Indoor Cycling


Date: December 27, 2018

Ward off the oncoming winter doldrums with small group indoor cycling!

Did you love riding bikes as a kid? And haven't gotten on one since? Are you intimidated by the idea of a full-on Tour-de-France-style cycling class? Then consider this alternative! A kinder, gentler approach to riding. In no time, you'll go from novice to know-how! We'll build up time on the bike from week to week -- growing your ability, confidence, & comfort! Please commit to at least 3 classes. Everybody rides at their own pace.

The soundtrack for this course draws from movie scores and classical music.

Please note: Space is limited; registration is highly encouraged! Please register by emailing Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or by calling (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 27, 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)



Holiday Open House


Date: December 28, 2018

Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark and enjoy kids' crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 347-3276

Location: Queens County Farm Museum



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 28, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



Tai Chi


Date: December 28, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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)



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


Date: December 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)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 29, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Paranormal Investigation


Date: December 29, 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)



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


Date: December 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)



History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House


Date: December 30, 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)



The Old Stone House: Witness to War


Date: December 30, 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)



Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric


Date: December 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)



Holiday Festival of Traditions


Date: December 30, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

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



Sunrise Tai Chi


Date: December 31, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

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



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