January Ballet for Adults

Ballet classes for adults have been added to the dance offerings here at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck.

On four Saturdays this month, January, grownups can learn the basics of the extraordinary dance form, widely considered the early foundation of most other dance styles. For years, children have been learning ballet at The House, but this is the first time adults can join the excitement.

The new classes meet January 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10:30-11:30 am. Instructor Alana Sherman, a certified Dance Therapist, has been teaching for over 30 years and has studied dance, especially ballet, since she was 12.

Adult dancers should wear ballet slippers, if available, and comfortable loose clothing. To fully set the mood for ballet, black leotards and tights are urged. And since it’s winter, and The House tends to be cool, a sweater is advisable.

Sessions follow a typical ballet class structure -- warm-up, barre, and center work. But since beginners are attending, it’s most important to just learn some ballet basic...and have tons of fun dancing, without pressure or competition.

Classes cost $10 per session, or $32.50 for all four, with Old Stone House members getting a 20% discount. For more information, call Alana Sherman at (845) 436-0070, or e-mail sherman_alana@yahoo.com.

Eagles & Hummingbids Arriving

In the world of bird watching, size makes a dramatic difference.

Huge raptors -- like our area’s native bald eagles -- command attention with their majestic wingspans and soaring spirals across the sky. Tiny hummingbirds enchant us instead with their closeup antics at every available blossom, and that singular ability to hover using a pair of impossibly blurred wings.

Science educator Gene Weinstein mastered, over many years, the art of photographing both ends of this size spectrum. Now, his images of eagles and hummingbirds alike make up a new exhibition -- Feathers Massive, Feathers Micro -- here at The House. It all takes flight with an opening reception on Sept. 20, from 2-5 pm, after which doors will be open from noon-4 pm on weekends through Oct. 18.

“Bald eagles are the nation’s symbol for good reason,” says Weinstein. “With that exquisite seven-foot wingspan, and impressive feather and color pattern, they perfectly represent strength, durability and freedom.” And they're best photographed in winter.

And as a perfect contrast to eagles, which might be 2,000 times their body weight, hummingbirds were perfect for summer observation. Locally, it's the ruby-throated species. While a bald eagle might ride air currents for hours with barely a twitch of wing or tail, ruby-throats will flap their wings 90 times per second (during courtship even faster) while hanging above a flower sipping nectar. Even a moderate shutter speed simply won’t stop such rapid action.

For more info, check out our "Events and Exhibits " page.

Donna Has Done It!

Donna Schick's presentation on chickens, and eggs, turned the Old Stone House into "Barnyard U" for the evening. And those oddly-colored eggs, tinted as if preparing for Easter? How many knew the color stems from the particular breed of chicken, not the kind of food they eat? Thanks, Donna, for an
informative event.