Garbage! Junk! Trash! Art!!!

Be THIS art?
People often ask, “What is art?” The answer, starting July 17th at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, is: “Who cares?”

That’s when a new “art” exhibit begins, featuring every terrible painting, dreadful photo and sleazy sculpture unearthed during this year’s spring cleaning.

“We tidied the attic, straightened the basement and emptied the closets,” said Alana Sherman, President of The House, “and found dozens of unsold -- and unwanted -- artworks left behind from decades of exhibitions.” Some of them “could be considered mediocre,” she said, “and a surprising number are of the highest quality and certainly deserve a good home.“ But many were left in dusty storage “because, well, nobody wanted to ever see them again.”

Nevertheless, since the proverb says “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” The House will let the public view this odd collection, all quite properly hung for display, and make an independent determination of quality. Opening day visitors can also enjoy a reception offering wine and snacks guaranteed to counter-balance the calibre of the art.

The show -- “Garbage! Junk! Trash! Art!!! -- will run either until the end of August, or until every last work has been purchased by an unsuspecting or visually challenged collector.

The first-day Sunday reception runs from 1-4 pm and, since it precedes by one day the opening of the Republican National Convention, political discussions will be permitted only if they don’t interfere with erudite artistic conversations.

For more information, contact Alana Sherman at (845) 436-0070, or by email at

2016 Ballet for Kids, Adults

Ballet classes for both kids and adults are starting up for this year.

The classes are conducted by our own Alana Sherman -- a certified Dance Therapist with over 30 years of teaching experience.

The classes are not competitive in nature, says Ms. Sherman. “Everyone should have fun dancing,” she says, “no matter how athletic they are, or what their prior experience has been on the dance floor.”

Two eight-class Saturday sessions are scheduled, the first running May-June, and the second set in July-August. Children’s classes are 10:30-11:30 am, while adults have the 12:30-1:30 pm time slot, all on the same Saturdays.
Dates for Session One are May 7, 14, 21 and 28, and June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Session Two occurs July 9, 16, 23 and 30, and continues August 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Tuition for each student is $10 per class, or $65 for an eight-class Session. Old Stone House members get a 20% discount. For complete information and registration, email Alana Sherman at, or call her at (845) 436-0070.