Monday, June 27, 2016

The Beacon Pool and the River Pool Open in Beacon! Grab Your Swimsuit!

Summer is here and it is just the right time to go swimming. We have a couple of great options for places to swim right in Beacon, starting with The Beacon Pool opening TODAY! Be sure to sign up to the Beacon Pool's Facebook Group for weather closures, Lost and Found postings, and group picnic opportunities.

The Beacon Public Outdoor Pool

The Beacon Pool reopened last Summer after years of sitting idle, and its first season was a big hit.  Once the city announced the pool was reopening for 2016, people anxiously waited for opening day to arrive and bought season passes early.

Season passes are still available and you can also purchase day passes at the pool for you and your family.  Day passes will be $3 for kids and seniors, $4 for adults.

The River Pool At Beacon - Floats In The Hudson River

The River Pool at Beacon will be returning in early July and will be located just off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seager Riverfront Park.  As is tradition, the pool will be open to the public and free of charge, but you can make donations at any time.  This is a unique chance to say you swam in the Hudson River.  The pool is circular and is really a floating net, with benches lining the brightly colored perimeter under water for you to sit on, or small children to walk on. Lifeguards will be present during pool hours which will be Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm (weather permitting).

Speaking of swimming in the Hudson River, the 13th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Swim will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  This is good for experienced swimmers to help raise funds to keep The Beacon Pool afloat (get it??).  The distance of the swim is about 1 mile from Beacon to Newburgh, which is 72 lengths of a standard 25 yard pool.  Pre-registration is required as they will not be able to accommodate walk-ups the day of the swim.

Don't forget, there's also always room for you to take a dip in Fishkill at All Sport's outdoor pool.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Latest Updates This Week In The Things To Do In Beacon Guides 6-26-2016

Whether's a new gallery or tattoo parlor opening, there's always something new to check out in Beacon! Here's a quick list of what we added to ALBB this week so you can plan ahead. As the weather gets warmer, there will be more and more fun things to do! We've also made it easier to follow our Shopping, Beauty, and Restaurant guide sponsors by including their social media links with their listings.

  • Film Night: At The Howland Public Library
  • Independence Day Picnic: Saturday, July 2nd at Fishkill Farms
  • beBhakti Yoga Grand Open: coming in September!
  • For Goodness Bake: the sweet fundraiser we all love will take place September 24th. 
These dates and more are in the Events Guide, organized by month. Take a look to get a big-picture view of your month ahead!

  • Flower Readers: new class at the Howland Public Library  
  • nOMad Yoga Summer Series:  new Summer yoga series at Long Dock Park, every week classes will be hosted by a different yoga studio from the area
Find direct links to these items and more in our Adult Classes Guide.

  • The Vault in-house DJ will be spinning dance music Friday and Saturday night at BAJA328.
  • Barb's Butchery specials are updated every week. Every day, you can find her special burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and swiss cheese on a brioche bun.

You can always check our Restaurant Guide for the latest openings and promotions!

Do you have a class or workshop you would like us to consider adding? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Experimental Fine Artist Painter Jeffrey Terreson Moves to Main Street - Opening Tonight (Sponsored)

Jeffrey Terreson is classified as a fine artist. One look at the deeply sourced lighting in his horse paintings in his Equus collection, and you know you are standing in the light of a master painter. Further inspection of the paint reveals layers and layers of textures of not just paint, but maybe sand, wax or other mediums that Terreson experiments with, which he then carves into to reveal tiers of visions applied earlier to the canvas to create the impressionistic effect.

This painting you need to experience in person. Jeffrey Terreson's Beacon gallery is at 475 Main St.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Terreson was a born artist, his talents being revealed in kindergarten, and rewarded at the collegiate level with a four-year Merit Scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design. In his earlier years twenty years ago, national magazines such as Time and Newsweek published his fine art. Private collectors, including Ralph Lauren and Joseph Abboud, purchased or commissioned his paintings, encouraging him to challenge himself to stretch the ways he translates what he sees onto canvas.

Shadowy and beautiful.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

“You don’t need a brush to be a fine artist,” Terreson says. “Painting can be done in so many exciting ways of creating; why limit it to a brush?" Terreson can be seen using a blowtorch to further melt the painting, or carve into it with other tools. Terreson uses oil paint as a base of much of his work, and like other artists we have covered, is known for mixing other textures into the oil foundation.

Terreson is new in Beacon, but established in the professional illustration world, in Westchester and entering the gallery world in New York and the Hamptons. In the past two years (2014 and 2015), seven of nine of Terreson's museum entries were accepted. Juried by Eva Respini, a curator of MoMA, Terreson’s "Driven" was included in the Katonah Museum of Art as part of their "Line to Cone" exhibition. In addition, six of his entries were accepted into the Hammond Museum curated by David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. In December 2015, Jeffrey was asked to donate to the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.

Like all artists who work for hire, it can take a while before the work of passion takes the lead. After years of experimentation, Terreson is devoting his career to showing his work, in addition to making commissioned work. One of Terreson's mottos leads the way of his work: "If you don’t take a chance, you never move forward."

What would you make of these colors, and the details up close? Come in to the gallery to see for yourself.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Mixed media in Terreson's paintings.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Please welcome Jeffrey Terreson tonight (Thursday, June 23rd, 2016) at his opening at 475 Main Street from 6 to 9pm. His new home in Beacon is the former Back Room Gallery, where he has been working for weeks to set up this show. Be sure to notice his new shingle, and newly painted storefront!

We caught him last night as power drills and ladders were scattered in various parts of the room, paintings still being hung and leveled on the walls. In the hours leading up to his opening night, Terreson is moving his studio from Westchester to Beacon, where he will be painting in the back of the gallery. His works average 8-10 feet tall, so watching him paint these oversize canvases is a sight in and of itself.

Because I love behind-the-scenes shots, and because I love power drills, here are a few photos of the setup on the eve of the Thursday, June 23rd opening. Hope to see you tonight at the opening! And every day after that, peeking into the windows or walking in to take a look around.

The window paper is down... Come on in!
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

All level.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

This ladder has since come down, and the horse paintings from Terreson's "Equus" collection have gone up.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Another ladder that has since come down! Ready for you to enter the room
behind it, where several paintings from Terreson's collections hang.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin
Also see our previous article that went deep into the back rooms of this gallery, showing you the bones of this building that you've not seen before.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beacon Bees Unite and Call for New Bees for Battle of the Books with the Howland Public Library

The kids might be signed up for a week of camp or four, but maybe you can help them squeeze in one more summer enrichment activity. Starting next Thursday, June 30th, those entering grades 6 through 9 can join other kids from around our city as the Beacon Bees prepare to defend their 2015 Battle of the Books title! Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books that they have read during the summer.  The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in students by exposing them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school, and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship while engaging in friendly competition. The middle school program is entering its 12th year of participation in 2016, and Beacon's high school division is set to join in next year. (Ten regional libraries started a high school division this year, but it will take some time for Beacon's to get up and running.)

“It has always been a challenge to libraries to get middle- and high school-age students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. Yet it's so important to keep up with reading skills during the summer,” says Ginny Figlia, head of youth services for the Howland Public Library. “This is a great way to introduce them to great books and give them a feeling of teamwork and accomplishment.”

Reading is so hot right now.
For the past eleven years, Beacon's Howland Public Library has sponsored a team that competes with two dozen other library teams in the Mid-Hudson Valley for summer-reading supremacy. The Beacon Bees took summer reading first-place honors in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Beacon students in the middle-school grades gather Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 pm at the library to read and discuss eight books on a reading list. Head coaches Kristen and Tom Rigney put students through their paces as they prepare for game-show-style trivia quizzes about the assigned books.

Support for this article comes from our sponsor Savage Health.
Kids can represent Beacon proudly all summer in mini-battles against teams from Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Cold Spring. According to Ginny, “By making it a friendly competition where good sportsmanship is encouraged, it enables kids who might not otherwise be part of a team, experience the camaraderie it induces.” The Battle is not just for born bookworms, either: The selected books span a variety of genres such as mystery, fantasy, classics, historical fiction, adventure, sports, and contemporary fiction, and this year even includes a graphic novel.
There really is something for everyone.

The program culminates with each library team’s all-stars battling in a regional competition, to be held September 17 at Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson. “It's a huge, all-day event consisting of almost 300 players, coaches, and a huge audience supporting the kids,” Ginny says.

To get involved, talk to Ginny and get your Beacon readers signed up. (Did we mention there will be pizza?) Give her a call at 845-831-1134, extension 103, or e-mail her at  

If the Battle of the Books doesn't fit your needs, the Howland Public Library does offer the Summer Reading Program through Wandoo Reader that is worth looking into.

Arm yourself for battle - with bookworm knowledge!

PS: We are using this moment to highlight another program at the library that parents will recognize:  the Box Tops program, where you can clip the little pink Box Top image from some of your favorite brands, like Land O'Lakes Butter, Cheerios, and more, and drop that box top in this collection box at the library. General Mills will donate funds to our local schools from the box tops collected! Usually kids do this in their school, but with school being out, a box will be available at the library. You don't have to be a kid to donate. Anyone who buys groceries and clips the box tops can participate in this donation program.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Tattoo Parlor Moving to Main Street: Tree City Tattoo Opens This Friday

Just what is going on at 319 Main St.? We have a traditional, old-school tattoo parlor moving in, Tree City Tattoo! Larry Davis is the owner and sole artist who will be working out of Tree City Tattoo. Larry has over 30 years experience tattooing, and he runs another shop, Gateway Tattoo, over in Suffern, NY (Rockland County), where he is from.

The Beacon tattoo shop will feature a variety of well-known national and international guest artists. "I feel that Beacon and the Hudson Valley in general can and will support a rotating roster of some of tattooing's best artists. I set Tree City up like a traditional tattoo parlor, with a private studio feel." Beaconites and other ink fans on the Hudson's east side will have amazing opportunities to get a tattoo from a visiting artist we wouldn't see otherwise, because they're from another part of the country or the world!

Tree City Tattoo is on the same block as Binnacle Books and Get Frosted Cupcakery.  So after sitting through a session like a champ, you can treat yourself to something sweet!

Tree City Tattoo officially opens this Friday, June 24th. An official website is in the works, but you can check out and follow Larry Davis' work on Instagram at @treecitytattoo or @larrydavistattoo. To book an appointment, you can email him at or call (845) 765-8686.  Welcome to the neighborhood!

Monday, June 20, 2016

June Happenings at All Sport Health & Fitness To Start The Summer Off Right! (Sponsored)

Happy first day of Summer! Now that the pool and outdoor park at All Sport are open, this is the perfect time to visit All Sport Health & Fitness this Summer! With long summer hours, the pool and outdoor park are open to you to cool off in the hot afternoon sun! In addition to their outdoor and pool activities, All Sport is hosting special events and classes throughout the Summer.

Check out what is scheduled for the remainder of June. It includes outdoor classes like Aqua Boogie, H2O Body Blast, Yoga For Tennis Players, and live music!

As you may have heard, the New York Blood Center is in need of donations. All Sport will be doing their part by hosting a Blood Drive today from noon to 6 pm.

Summer Camp registration at CampFIT is still open and includes Summer Day, Teen Travel and/or Tennis Camp.

Let All Sport be a part of your family's Summer fun!

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Latest Updates This Week In The Things To Do In Beacon Guides 6-19-16

Happy Father's Day! Here's a quick list of what we added to ALBB this week so you can plan ahead. As the weather gets warmer, there will be more and more fun things to do! We've also made it easier to follow our Shopping, Beauty, and Restaurant guide sponsors by including their social media links with their listings.

  • The Nighttimes, Pontoon, and Fearless Super Pictures: Live performance at The Howland Cultural Center, Friday, June 24th
  • Beacon Independent Film Festival Fundraiser: Saturday, June 25th
  • Chronogram Block Party: Uptown Kingston on Saturday, August 20th
  • Speed of Sound Festival: With The Lumineers on Sunday, August 7th, at Dutchess Airport 
These dates and more are in the Events Guide, organized by month. Take a look to get a big-picture view of your month ahead!

  • Language Classes: More classes added from The Beacon Pantry  
  • Zumba: Dates added from Beacon Recreation Center
  • Flamenco Dancing: Workshop at Ballet Arts Studio on July 2nd
Find direct links to these items and more in our Adult Classes Guide.

  • Chocolate croissants from Get Frosted Cupcakery make any breakfast in bed worth the crumbs left behind.
  • The Vault offers lunch deals and special deals and discounts for residents, also Happy Hour listings

You can always check our Restaurant Guide for the latest openings and promotions!

  • Reservoir & Wood will be hosting a Pop-Up shop the weekend of July 9th-10th.
See more Pop-Up shops coming your way in our Pop-Up Guide.

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