OlioHouse | Homecoming Dance 2018

Rock ‘n roll in the library? When music gods go old and grey

The nostalgia weekend is our way of saying "thank you" once we (hopefully) hit our goal on Kickstarter! Help us to raise the needed support so that we can put the finishing touches on our beautiful farmhouse and barn in Wassaic, NY and open our doors to the Olio community, full time. We're making this into a true home for accessible learning and living and can't wait to celebrate with you at our inaugural OlioHouse Homecoming Dance. To get a ticket (+ the first ever Olio swag), see our Kickstarter and check out the full schedule for Homecoming below.


The Perils of Nostalgia

with Jamie Warren

In the opening pages of his novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera ruminates upon a rather discomforting experience of nostalgia. The object of his nostalgic longing was entirely unoffending and ordinary; Kundera simply yearned for his childhood. Yet, the catalyst for this sentimental pining is quite striking, even jarring, in his retelling. What made Kundera long for a lost period of his life? Pictures of Hitler. The author grew up during the war, and lost several family members in the concentration camps. But still, as he gazed upon the portraits of human evil, he found himself engulfed in the sweet melancholy of nostalgia. Such yearnings, Kundera warns us, are far from benign. “In the sunset of dissolution,” he writes, “everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.”


In this Olio we will lay our nostalgia bare, and try to reckon with this powerful, political emotion. From “Lost Cause” white supremacy to “Making America Great Again,” to 1950s themed baby showers, it is clear that nostalgia functions as false historical memory. We will interrogate our own sentimental yearnings, pick apart our favorite musical montages, and expose the hidden violence masked by our Bob Ross paintings.


Plan for Homecoming on Saturday, November 17th


12:00pm - Arrive at OlioHouse to a communal lunch 

Receive your Totes

Tour of OlioHouse

The Perils of Nostalgia w/Jamie Warren in the Barn

Pre-Game + 90’s Karaoke

Explore Wassaic and make our way to the party

6:00pm - Home Coming Dance at the Lantern Inn


The last train back to the city is at 10:15 and it's a 10-minute walk from the Lantern.




Location: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

296 Old Rte 22, Wassaic, NY 12592

This is our gorgeous home up in Wassaic, NY. We hold weekend seminars and welcome members of our scenius for creative residencies and projects. It is located less than a 20 min walk from the Metro North station in Wassaic and 2 hours from Grand Central. We are the proud neighbors of the Wassaic Project.




Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors


Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


Learn about joining the Scenius for $10 / month



Other upcoming Olios


Dec 28

New Year’s House Party | Remembering 1919 – A Hellish Year

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Dec 29

Scenius Summit 2019: No Professor New Year's Weekend

Taught by
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $100

Jan 4

Museum Visit | Strange Beauty in the Italian Renaissance

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at The Morgan Library & Museum

Sign Up - $15

Jan 11

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jan 22

Living Room Salon | Our Struggle with Free Will

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 15

Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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