Events

What comes of incessant war? The greatest king England has ever known is dead. Now, during the bloody conflict of the One Hundred Years’ War, England enters into a dangerous transfer of power, just as a new champion arises on the French side. Can the English Lord Talbot defeat the young upstart, Joan of Arc?

Come see the first play of Shakespeare’s history cycle at the Old Stone House. Featuring puppetry, music, and daring maneuvers, Stairwell Theater’s Henry VI: Part 1 interrogates the subject of foreign wars – and the havoc they wreak on the world.

Dates: August 20, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm & August 28 at 2:00 pm.

Approximately 120 minutes with intermission.

Free to the public, post-show donations are appreciated.

Directed by Sam Gibbs.

Cast: Ryan Castalia, Rebecca Tyree, Su Thomas Hendrickson, Theodore Caywood, Brooks Borden, Andrew Schwartz, Andrew Lyle Sowers, Richard Ivanisin III, Anthony Leung, Sam Gibbs.

Stage Manager: Stormy Lambert.

Music: Matt Gibbs and the Talbonites.

Costume Design: Amie Schow.

Scenic Design: Andrew Lyle Sowers.

We’re teaming up with our friends at Green-Wood Cemetery to present a family-friendly afternoon with reenactors, demonstrations, music, storytelling, and hands-on activities. Join us to explore Brooklyn’s past!

This is an outdoor event, masks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccine status.  The event requires attendees to walk over hilly and uneven terrain, proper footwear is recommended. Please follow directions/instructions from Green-Wood’s staff and ambassadors.

Free timed-entry tickets are required for all guests over age 12, those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Get your ticket here.

Our rain date is Sunday, August 29.

Join us in the Great Room for the opening reception of our latest contemporary art exhibition, Land Markings.

Curated by Katherine Gressel and RedMoon Arts, Inc., Land Markings brings together four New York based artists of Indigenous heritage: Jeremy Dennis, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ella Mahoney & Natasha Smoke Santiago, who have created works commenting on the past, present and future of land use in the areas surrounding OSH.

Their work explores such topics as the acknowledgement and preservation of local Indigenous cultural sites in Brooklyn and New York State; under-recognized histories of local trade and land transfer; and land use issues facing contemporary Indigenous and other BIPOC communities. 

A central theme in all the work is the importance of recognizing the continued presence and influence of Indigenous communities in the New York area, and the seizure of colonized land from its original inhabitants. Yet the work also suggests the limitations of mere acknowledgment, in some cases proposing or supporting models of indigenous sovereignty and sustainability that defy a singular narrative or type of mark-making. Many of the works on view combine traditional craft with contemporary art practices, while rejecting cultural assimilation and asserting the importance of craft, performance and storytelling in maintaining ties to land and community and as a form of activism.

Much of the art is site-specific and created for this exhibition, including Jeremy Dennis’s photos and map of culturally-significant Native American sites in Brooklyn; Dennis RedMoon Darkeem’s interactive gumball machine featuring trade items found on OSH land in the 1600s; Natasha Smoke Santiago’s ceramic tile made in the Iroquois pottery tradition documenting local trade history; and Ella Mahoney’s outdoor banners that draw from her Aquinnah Wampanoag background to imagine a decolonized future for the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Land Markings precedes the upcoming redesign of the Old Stone House’s permanent exhibit to include its Lenape history.  Today, despite the displacement of its original Lenape residents, New York City still has one of the largest intertribal indigenous communities in the country Land Markings is the first in a series of exhibits and programs at OSH that will provide opportunities for contemporary Indigneous artists to connect a greater awareness of the past to critical conversations about Brooklyn’s future, including fair and sustainable uses of our natural and built environment.  

The exhibition will be on view Fri – Sun from Noon – 3 pm until October 11.

Please note that the Great Room is on the second floor and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Image: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem.

Watch a short play written by snarky British loyalists in 1776 to mock the American defeat in the first and largest battle of the War for Independence.

Was the Revolution a scam? Were the Founding Fathers idiots? The anonymous author of The Battle of Brooklyn, A Farce of Two Acts thought so!

Come down to the Lawn at OSH to enjoy this funny piece of 245-year-old propaganda – lovingly abridged, introduced, and directed by local historian Dylan Yeats.

Sign up for a free 45-minute fresh leaf indigo dyeing session, outdoors at Old Stone House and Washington Park.

This workshop is suitable for adults, and children age 6 and up with adult accompaniment. Masks are encouraged.

Local artist, Iviva Olenick will demo the process, after which she will provide you with all the materials you need to dye silk with indigo harvested from Washington Park, grown in collaboration with Director of Gardens, Sam Lewis.

Sign up here to participate.

Sign up for a free 45-minute fresh leaf indigo dyeing session, outdoors at Old Stone House and Washington Park.

This workshop is suitable for adults, and children age 6 and up with adult accompaniment. Masks are encouraged.

Local artist, Iviva Olenick will demo the process, after which she will provide you with all the materials you need to dye silk with indigo harvested from Washington Park, grown in collaboration with Director of Gardens, Sam Lewis.

Sign up here to participate.

Join us to create the 4th Ave Yarn Bomb, a fun, socially-distanced activity to celebrate art and community on 4th Ave in Park Slope and Gowanus! Our 2021 theme will be Protecting the Earth/Climate Change. For our kick-off meeting on August 11, NYT-featured fiber artist Ellie d’Eustachio will teach how to make knitted shapes for yarn bombing.

Crafting sessions (knit, crochet, weave) will continue on Wednesday evenings (5-7 pm) in the North Garden though August and September. Please bring your own supplies.

The yarn bomb will be installed on the weekend of October 2nd-3rd in advance of the Kings County Fiber Festival on October 9. Participants are welcome to participate at home and drop-off pieces in October. Email fofa@parkslopeciviccouncil.org for more information.

The 4th Ave Yarn Bomb is a community collaboration organized by The Old Stone House, Arts Gowanus, Why Not Art, and Forth on Fourth Avenue (FOFA), a committee of the Park Slope Civic Council.

Sign up for a free 45-minute fresh leaf indigo dyeing session, outdoors at Old Stone House and Washington Park.

This workshop is suitable for adults, and children age 6 and up with adult accompaniment. Masks are encouraged.

Local artist, Iviva Olenick will demo the process, after which she will provide you with all the materials you need to dye silk with indigo harvested from Washington Park, grown in collaboration with Director of Gardens, Sam Lewis.

Sign up here to participate.

Sign up for a free 45-minute fresh leaf indigo dyeing session, outdoors at Old Stone House and Washington Park.

This workshop is suitable for adults, and children age 6 and up with adult accompaniment. Masks are encouraged.

Local artist, Iviva Olenick will demo the process, after which she will provide you with all the materials you need to dye silk with indigo harvested from Washington Park, grown in collaboration with Director of Gardens, Sam Lewis.

Sign up here to participate.

Enjoy free musical acts and entertainment by local performers outdoors on 3rd Street & #TheOther5th!

3:00 pm: Drilling Company Shakespeare 

Ingenious and irreverent, the enterprising Drilling Company brings together a talented troupe of actors to produce what The New York Times calls “perfectly executed” outdoor theater in Bryant Park and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, including the recently staged Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare’s last known work. 

4:00 pm: Opera On Tap

Taking opera out of the concert hall and into alternative venues, the innovative Brooklyn-born OOT makes sure that new audiences throughout the country experience the drama, beauty, and exhilaration of opera while promoting it as a viable, living, progressive and FUN art form. Inspired by the Zoltar machine at Coney Island, OOT’s OperaCade is an approachable performance venue and mobile public art installation. 

5:00 pm: Mitch Marcus Quintet 

MMQ is 21st century jazz that plays “adventurous music that swings with all the muscularity and verve of (jazz) pioneers like Mingus, Monk, and Rollins, but pays tribute to that glorious past by daring to advance the sweet science of collective improvisation into the future.” (Wired Magazine)

6:00 pm: Bombay Rickey 

With a unique sound evocative of 1960’s movie soundscapes, Bombay Rickey plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals.

With clowning by SarahBesque and Bethford

Collaborative clown and dance partners Sarah Pope and Beth Leonard are dancers, improvisers, choreographers, administrators, and teachers who have worked interactively together with enthusiastic audiences at arts venues and festivals throughout the city.