Events

“Give me to the earth when my winter comes,
Bury me deep in the ground.
Mark not my place with statues or caves,
Find me where life can be found.”
— LURANA BROWN

Thinking out your end-of-life wishes is never easy, but there are now new approaches to traditional funeral service that will leave you feeling surprisingly optimistic. Stewardship for the earth and care of the planet have not previously been high on most people’s end-of-life wish lists. In fact, there’s a common misconception that cremation is “greener” than full casket burial because the plot for an urn requires less cemetery space. This is not the case!

Join us to discuss how a formaldehyde-free burial in pine, willow or wool casket or dramatic shroud is kinder to the earth and one way your death could actually uplift others and return useful molecules to the soil from which we essentially sprang. You’ll also hear about modern modes of accelerating the body’s return to the soil in the works in other states. The good news is this: you can abide by the American burial practice of 200 years ago, and become a tree, after all!

Amy Cunningham is a New York state licensed funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She manages the lively blog The Inspired Funeral.com, and owns the firm Fitting Tributes Funeral Services.

Space is limited, please register here.

Award-winning author and Brooklynite Fran Hawthorne brings her debut novel The Heirs to the Old Stone House. Join us to hear all about the book, pick up your copy, and enjoy traditional Polish and Jewish refreshments.

The Heirs tells the story of how a New Jersey soccer mom — the daughter of a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor — becomes obsessed with the Polish-Catholic family of her 9-year-old son’s soccer teammate.

Fran Hawthorne has built her career as a journalist and nonfiction author. She was inspired to write her first novel by a classmate of her son’s at PS 321 in Park Slope, along with her own father’s and grandparents’ escape from Poland less than two years before the Nazi invasion.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the author will be happy to sign.

Reserve your spot via Brown Paper Tickets.

PhiloSonia rounds out their “Voyage” season with a musical road trip across America!

The program is as follows:

John Adams – “Road Movies” for Violin and Piano
Amy Beach – String Quartet op. 89
Jessica Meyer – “Getting Home (I  must be..)” for String Quintet
Libby Larsen – Four on the Floor for Violin, Cello, Bass, and  Piano
A. Dvorak – String Quartet Op. 96, “American”

Performers include Stanichka Dimitrova & Igor Pikayzen on violin; Chieh-Fan Yiu on viola; Michael Katz on cello; Try Rinker on bass; Nana Shi on piano

Get your tickets here.

Join us for a three hour figure drawing session with a professional model.

All skill levels are welcome, this is a judgement free opportunity to practice and develop your skills.
Bring your favorite tools, no oils, acrylics, or sprays please!

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

Tickets are $12 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door, and $10 for students with ID.

Did you know that we host morning yoga classes at OSH? Now is a great time to join in via Zoom! The Meeting ID is 955 795 5101.

Gather your yoga supplies and join instructor Lissy Vomacka online from 8 am – 9:30 am Monday through Friday, or from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on weekends.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the good cause (small business, charity, food bank, etc.) of their choice in return for free class instruction.

Did you know that we host morning yoga classes at OSH? Now is a great time to join in via Zoom! The Meeting ID is 955 795 5101.

Gather your yoga supplies and join instructor Lissy Vomacka online from 8 am – 9:30 am Monday through Friday, or from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on weekends.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the good cause (small business, charity, food bank, etc.) of their choice in return for free class instruction.

Bring your favorite acoustic instrument to OSH on April 1 from 6 pm – 9 pm to play along in this month’s Slow Jam!

This group is intended for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and increasing their own musical skill.
These monthly sessions are fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing.
We won’t play from sheet music, but you can use it for your own reference.

To sign up, visit Meetup.

Join us for a special event with authors Julie Winter and Rachel Koenig to celebrate their new books!

Hear excerpts from Winter’s novel of linked stories Dancing Home, a story about love in NYC; and Koenig’s highly anticipated novel in progress The Ravens’ Bridge, which explores the mysteries of Prague.

This event is hosted by the Ministry of Maat.