Events

Get out your instrument and join Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam for an open, all-levels music session!

We play mostly Irish and Scottish tunes, with a smattering of other regions.  This all-levels jam is open to any acoustic instrument player and we focus on learning by ear while playing at an accessible speed.

Come join this super welcoming group as we play in the beautiful Old Stone House. Fully vaccinated adults should bring proof of vaccination, masks are required.

For more information on our group and events, explore our website at http://brooklyntraditionalslowjam.org and check out our FAQ at http://brooklyntraditionalslowjam.org/faq/ .

Descendants is a new body of work by Dianne Hebbert depicting people of Indigenous descent in collaged paradisiacal landscapes. Through larger-than-life representations of real people that claim space, the work celebrates people of Latinx and American Indigenous heritage and the continuation of their cultural traditions as a form of resilience.

Portraits include members of the artist’s Nicaraguan Miskito family; youth from the Brooklyn-based Mexican and Latin-American immigrant empowerment organization Mixteca; and descendants of the Lenape tribe that originally inhabited the land surrounding the Old Stone House (OSH). The choice of subject matter was inspired by Hebbert’s past work as a teaching artist with Mixteca and visits to the NYC-based Lenape Center events as well as historic Lenape images. The portraits’ backgrounds consist of collaged images of Caribbean landscapes and reserved Indigenous land in the United States. 

Continuing the artist’s ongoing investigation of glorification, migration, and displacement through posture and fashion, this new body of work further pushes experimentation with materials and representation. Inspired by Italian Renaissance, Egyptian and Buddhist art, Hebbert incorporates gold to attribute the highest value and esteem to her figures, creating superlative beings.  Site-specific exhibition components include large suspended figures on mylar in the gallery and an outdoor installation featuring traditional Indigenous crops that reference native plants in the OSH garden and continued life, growth and adaptation.

Descendants corresponds with the opening of the OSH’s new interactive exhibit on the Lenape history of the site. OSH is at the crossroads of ancient Lenape paths, adjacent to the historic town of Marechkawick. In the 1640s, the Dutch West India Company began a series of violent confrontations known as Kieft’s War, breaking its agreements with the Lenape.  By 1645, the Lenape of Marechkawick agreed to sell their lands in what would become Brooklyn, forcing them west to Staten Island and the Hudson Valley.  Today, despite the displacement of its original Lenape residents, New York City still has one of the largest intertribal Indigenous communities in the country.

Descendants is one of a series of exhibits and programs at OSH that provide opportunities for contemporary Indigneous artists to connect a greater awareness of the past to critical conversations about Brooklyn’s future.

Curated by Katherine Gressel.

Craft a winter wreath to adorn your home with professional guidance from our garden team, Sam Lewis & Angela Lombardo.

All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring ribbon or other special things from home to add to your creation.

This event will be held indoors in the Great Room at OSH, proof of Covid vaccination and face masks are required. Please note that the Great Room is not wheelchair accessible.

While you’re here, be sure to visit our Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar vendors who will be selling a wide variety of perfectly gift-able items around the Park from 10 am – 5 pm.

Sign up here.

Get your holiday shopping done and support small local businesses at our Holiday Bazaar with Brooklyn Pop-Up!

Find perfect gifts for everyone on your list, our vendors provide unique and handmade products for all ages and interests.

You’ll find fashion, bath + beauty, home decor and more outdoors around the Park.

Apply to be a vendor here.

The goal of this “salon” is to free up participant’s creativity (while rediscovering the love of writing), and help those who choose to write, to write better. Through a series of creative writing exercises, we’ll invite inspiration in and break through barriers of the well ordered mind that can result in writers block and fear of expression (for all writers whether you are a songwriter, poet, novelist – this gathering welcomes all.)

Waiting for the muse to strike can be a mistake. Rather, as cleverly stated by songwriter Jeff Tweedy in his new book How to Write OneSong, “Most of the time, inspiration has to be invited.” We will find renewed joy for language, inspiration, to explore becoming better writers together at the Old Stone House.

This writing salon will be taught by Annie Keating, veteran songwriter who just released her 10th album, and teaches songwriting, guitar and tours internationally. www.anniekeating.com

Click here to sign up!

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 11th with Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Active for over four decades, Connors has become a living legend of the experimental avant-garde, creating a deeply personal and distinctive language based on the blues. For tonight’s program, Connors will perform a solo electric guitar set, and the evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Limited to 25 people , proof of vaccination required for entry. Please wear a mask. Click here for tickets.

Founded in 2012, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist, who presents a recent work or project in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music – which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms – has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels.

Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko his most important influence, has performed with Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, John Fahey, Alan Licht, Jandek, and Kim Gordon. Suzanne Langille has often appeared on Connors’ recordings as vocalist, lyricist and arranger. Connors also on occasion has performed with an avant blues band called Haunted House, together with Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes and percussionist Neel Murgai.

In July 1979, Cadence Magazine noted that Connors, who had recently emerged in the scene, was “similar to others in the Advanced Guard of improvising guitarists in that he is trying to extend the boundaries of sound and pitch of acoustic guitar, but he is unique in the utilization of Blues in his work, one could almost say this is Avant Garde Blues. He’s swimming in new waters and beginning to make his own environment.”

In recent years, Connors has focused mostly on live recordings of extended blues abstractions, with occasional performances in a more avant blues rock vein from time to time through collaborations with other artists.

Artists of all skill levels (including beginners) are welcome to join us in the Great Room on the 2nd floor of the Old Stone House for this 3 hour session with a professional life model. The session will include short and long poses.

Bring your favorite supplies (no oils or sprays please) and get sketching! Drawing boards will be provided.

Seating is limited and proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Unfortunately the Great Room is not wheelchair accessible.

Get your ticket via Eventbrite.

Join our colleagues from the New Amsterdam History Center and the Center for Brooklyn History for this dive into the 17th century!

17th-century Breukelen was notable for squabbling neighbors, and as a test site for tolerance. Join us to explore the history of early settlement near today’s Coney Island in Brooklyn, where tensions arose between the Dutch and the “dangerous” Lady Deborah Moody’s English community at Gravesend. The program introduces little-known Dutch farmer Anthony Jansen van Salée, AKA “The Turk,” the first New Netherland resident of Muslim background, and his feisty Dutch wife Grietje, both expelled by the West India Company to then-frontier Brooklyn – considered the perfect destination for suspect miscreants.

Featuring Alan Mikhail (Yale University) and Eric Platt (St. Francis College in Brooklyn), moderated by Dr. Julie Golia, Curator, New York Public Library.

Free, please RSVP here.

Get your costume ready and celebrate Halloween with us! Our theme this year is “The Power of Nature”.
11:30 am – Rolie Polie Guacamole concert at President Street & 5th Ave
Noon – Halloween Parade on 5th Ave from President Street to 3rd Street
1 pm – Giant Puppet Pageant + Arts & Crafts at Washington Park
2 pm – Halloween Costume Contest at Washington Park
Co-hosted with our friends from the Park Slope Civic Council, Park Slope Parents, the Park Slope 5th Ave BID, and Theresa Linnihan of the Puppeteers Cooperative.

Kick off Halloween with this teenage battle of the bands event! Featuring local rock and pop groups including:

  • Faith Monroe
  • Willa Dora
  • Wednesday
  • Kendall Lambert
  • Odette’s Demise
  • Raymundo 2112
  • Red Out

Outdoors on the Turf Field behind OSH. We encourage our audience to practice social distancing and wear masks.

Suggested donation $10, make a donation here.