Friday, February 12, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Beacon 2016!

Y'all. You are in for a delightful weekend in Beacon again! Happy Valentine's Day! We have many ideas to warm your heart, because it will be a chilly one! Quick, scroll down and see which one works for your valentine, even if you are your own valentine!

Beacon Pantry

Beacon Pantry's owner Stacey is the queen of cheeses in Beacon frequently takes trips to Europe to educate herself. Thanks to her obsession with flavors, Beacon Pantry is offering a fondue night on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-9pm. On the menu is fondue, but they will also substitute a cheese and charcuterie plate if desired. Each couple receives bubbly fondue with all the trimmings, a bottle of bubbly and a dessert to share! Reservations are required.
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After Ella's More Good Tasting Room

This Valentine's Day Sunday, Ella's Bellas and Drink More Good (we covered More Good's bitters here) have teamed up to introduce After Ella's: More Good Tasting Room. for a very boozy Valentine’s Day brunch, which will run from 11am-3pm, followed by an evening of small plates and cocktails from 4pm-9pm. Guest Chef Brandon Collins will be serving up some fantastic food and More Good will be curating the cocktail menu. Normally they serve a light breakfast on the weekend, as seen in A Little Beacon Blog's Best Brunches Guide, but this special brunch opportunity is a treat. Yum.
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A Room With a Heated Stone Floor

Watch out of the sisters of Cedar Lakes Estates, and of the corresponding Instagram account "sistersofcedarlakes," has moved to Beacon and brings with her the style from their unbelievably beautiful wedding and event venue from Port Jervis on Exit 2. You could book this room with its "heated stone floors, wood burning fireplace and like 100 furry blankets" and take a mini-vacation from Beacon. Just sayin'.
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Beacon's airbnb scene offers many options, from romantic and country to city and lofty. Here are two you'll want to try:

A Room with Quite a View

Lambs Hill is a private equestrian estate on Mt. Beacon with 180 degree views overlooking Hudson River & Beacon.  This private guest house is part of a larger wedding destination spot. During your stay in a beautifully designed luxury suite, you can visit the estate's Icelandic horses & donkeys, outdoor hot tub. One mile to Beacon's Main St. & 2 miles to train & DIA.
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An AirBNB in Beacon Special
You can stay for a night in this mid 19th century Italianate home. Owned by a sculptor, you have a built-in concierge as he is happy to advise you on the local arts and outdoor scene. Just a half a block off Beacon's Main street and minutes to the Metro North train station.
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Lacy Things!
You can thank Christina Faraj, The Bra Fit Expert for the sexy lead photo of this Valentine's Day Gift Guide, as she is selling that matching lingerie set in her shop, located in a permanent pop-up space in Echo Boutique on Beacon's east end of town near the mountain. Walk on down to her shop and you can buy the lingerie set seen here, or any lingerie item and get a festive valentine gift bag to give your valentine. Pictured here is a matching set with a black lace Demi push up bra from BTempted. Christina is a professional bra fitter and can get you in exactly the right shape for your body. She can see you on the spot if you need a quick fitting, but if she's not there, fear not, you can grab any style of bra you want and buy it at the sales counter at Echo. The Bra Fit Expert is a Featured Business in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, and she always has something new up her sleeve!

Hot Stone Massage and Melt Those Cares Away

With all of the heavy shoveling you aren't doing this year, I know your body is worn out from getting your taxes ready, last minute Valentine's Day shopping and teacher card writing, and all of the other things during your day that make you tense. I'm not sure how you are going to make it to March without getting a therapeutic massage from Karen Meyer at River Therapeutic Massage, who has designed a special Valentine's Day massage just for you. Incorporating gently warmed and scented oils, the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage Experience is like no other. These polished stones have ancient healing energy to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. Luxuriate in their warmth as they ease the tension out of your back, neck and shoulders.

Your session continues with an oil infused Himalayan Salt Scrub for your hands and feet…and finally, complete your experience with a relaxing and rejuvenating Mini Facial-Massage, enhanced with essential oils. Choose from rose, frankincense or several others.

While you’re still feeling the post-massage “glow,” enjoy a glass of wine or mineral water and a light snack. No rush to get back to real life!

Karen is a featured business in A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide, and each month we are tempted with a new offering! So keep it here to find out which special she offers next.
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Couples Massage

Maybe you did a couples massage on your honeymoon, or maybe you've never booked a massage with your honey at all. This may be your weekend! Terra Firma Massage is offering an educational twist to this, where you can learn some easy massage techniques to enhance your connection with each other and not feel like you don't know how to give a nice back rub. Giannetta Salon Spa always has available their couples room which includes homemade banana bread for you to snack on. I know! For other sources of massages, do see A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide for many more ideas.

Fun in a Photo Booth!

Adorbs, I know. You too can look this cute and fabulous in the photo booth at The Pfotoshop, who painted the backdrop pink for Valentine's Day! Pfotoshop is a boutique specializing in home decor and gifts and is a featured shop in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide is on the east end of Main Street near the mountain, and is one of a few shops in the old train station. And if you need to pucker up for that photo like owner Jackie Foley is here, head across the street to The Blushery for a fresh shade of pink or red lipstick.

Do treat yourself to these lovely aromas, the Pfotoshop's newest line of Bath and Body products.

Roller Skating Date!

I know, right? You're dying to go roller skating with your mate! Well now you can, in Hyde Park at Roller Magic. Hyde Park Roller Magic is also included in our Adults Classes Guide should you be looking for hula hooping classes...

Going to a Dance

Those Howlands...they are always dancing! Every month the Howland Cultural Center has a dance event, and this month it is in honor of Valentine's Day on Saturday night at 8pm. Special refreshments will be served, along with chocolates. This night is also Beacon's Second Saturday, so after you see art by walking our Second Saturday Guide, drop into this dance!

Chocolate and Balloons

Sometimes you need to give balloons instead of chocolate or flowers. Maybe your recipient is not eating chocolate at the moment, or is overwhelmed with the scent of flowers. Balloons are the way to go. My secret balloon source is the little shop in the middle of town that is next door to Trendy Tots, the kids consignment shop. If you have never been inside of this little store, I know that you have walked by it several times. The window is nondescript with old flyers on it, but the woman inside is magical and very busy building flower arrangements and blowing up mylar balloons and even has an air pump for those of you who need a sea of balloons on the floor or taped to walls for decoration. At the time of the publishing of this article, the photo of her storefront is buried in my files, but I will snap the shot and post it here.

A lot of chocolate was consumed for the writing of this Valentine's Day Gift Guide. These chocolate hearts in particular are from Alps Sweets Shop on Beacon's Main Street. The chocolate covered Oreos are famously from Gourmetables.

Kids Activities

You knew these bakers were going to do something special for Valentine's Day! The Be Mine Pop UP  is your chance to buy baked goods from 5 Hens as well as sing and dance in Spanish with Lisa Marie and listen to bluegrass music from The Miller Brothers. This is a weekend event running from Friday at 4pm until Sunday. So get up on it.
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Friday afternoon at 4pm, make cards at The Beacon Bagel with The Beacon Craft Workshop to raise money for the Beacon Soup Kitchen. Kids 5 and up can attend without a parent, and kids 4 and under must be with a parent.
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Work off the Chocolate

Maybe you forwent all of the gifts and went straight for dessert, as was recommended here in last year's Valentine's Day post with the 7 sources of chocolates at that time. It's best you go to a boot camp or for some endorphin-producing exercise. All Sport's special Buddy Boot Camp is your chance to come with a friend and work out together in what will be a challenging morning, but so worth it in the end. And you can always relax in the hot sauna to sweat it out even more when complete. This is one of several special classes at All Sport that we keep track of here at A Little Beacon Blog.

This Valentine's Day Gift Guide was brought to you buy (typo intended!) A Little Blog's Shopping Guide. There are plenty more gift ideas out there on Main Street, and we have your full Shopping Guide for when you are out and about! Have A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide open on your phone as you look for gifts for Men, Women, Kids, Foodies, and more.

February's Second Saturday Guide For Beacon Art Showings

 Second Saturday Happenings on February 13, 2016!

The BeaconArts Logo for
Second Saturday.
"Second Saturday" is a lively day into night in Beacon, and is a celebration of Beacon's galleries, restaurants and other businesses arts on the second Saturday of every month. According to Dan Rigney, current president of BeaconArts, the organization who encouraged this movement to happen over a decade ago and heavily promotes the events, says: "Back then, Beacon was one of the last places people outside of town thought to go on a Saturday night. Now Second Saturday has become a part of the fabric of Beacon. It's such a part of it, many galleries have their opening events on other Saturdays, so that they get two big crowds each month." Second Saturday is a great reason to "walk" Main Street and beyond and explore the events going on around town. It's always a pleasure eating and drinking your way through Beacon, so this guide will help you know where to eat and drink as you explore special exhibits and happenings.

What to Know About This Guide:
  • This Guide includes gallery and art showings that may be hosted in a gallery or in a shop or restaurant. 
  • Many of these shows run through the current month, so check back often if you are on an art hunt.
  • Closing times posted here are for Second Saturdays only, and may not reflect regular Saturdays. Always call an establishment directly for current hours, offerings, or any other questions.
  • Parking can be found on side streets, on Main Street, and in municipal lots. A new municipal lot opened near Fishkill Creek, near the mountain.
  • Live-tweet your way through Second Saturday by using the hashtag created by BeaconArts: #2SAT, and tack on #beaconny or #SecondSaturday if you have room in your tweets or Instagram postings.
  • If you are a gallery and have something special to add, please email 

Late-Night (After 9pm) Spots to Eat and Drink: 
After you walk the galleries, you'll be hungry and need (another) drink!
See our full list of restaurants who are open prior to 9pm in our Restaurant Guide
Bank Square 129 Main St.
Chill Wine Bar 173 Main St.
Max's On Main 246 Main St.
Baja 328 328 Main St.
Quinn's 330 Main St.
The Towne Crier (bar only) 379 Main St.
Oak Vino Wine Bar 389 Main St.
(call first to see if cheese plates and dessert are still being served)
Draught Industries 394 Main St.
The Vault 446 Main St.
Joe's Irish Pub 455 Main St.
The Hop 554 Main St.
(reservations usually needed for food)
Roundhouse 2 East Main St.
Dogwood 47 East Main St.

There's so much going on - keep your eyes on our Things To Do In Beacon Guides for all dates!
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3 Beekman St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-0100
Special for Second Saturday: Gallery Talk: Matilda Guidelli-Guidi on Blinky Palermo. Guidelli-Guidi, a doctoral student who is also a Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the Dia Art Foundation, will discuss the works of German artist Blinky Palermo. (Born Peter Schwarze, he borrowed "Blinky's" name in 1964 from a Mafia-linked American boxing promoter.) Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon take place the second Saturday of every month at 2 pm. Focusing on the work of a single artist on view at Dia:Beacon, these one-hour walk-throughs are led by curators, art historians, and writers. Free with admission to the museum. (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free on weekends!)
More details at Dia:Beacon.
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm

Art in the Sanctuary at St. Andrew's
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Beacon, NY
Special for Second Saturday: February is Black History Month, and St. Andrew's Art in the Sanctuary program has two photo exhibits to reflect on the past and celebrate the present. A long-time parishioner from St. Andrew's shares historical, archived images, while Beacon photographer Meredith Heuer's portraits showcase today's parishioners at St. Andrew's.
Hours: 4 pm to 6 pm


(Close to the train station)

Theo Ganz Studio
Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(917) 318-2239
Theo Ganz Studio, the little gallery with the big windows in Beacon's west end, was founded by artist Eleni Smolen as a venue for contemporary artists working in all media. Recognizing the importance of exhibitions in an artist's career, Smolen concentrates on presenting actively engaged emerging and mid-career professionals in either solo or group exhibitions.
Second Saturday: "Cape Dorset and Points South, Vol. 2" presents the print and various-media works, many featuring animals, of more than a dozen artists. Cape Dorset Inuit Art gallery, in Nunavut, Canada, showcases the etchings, paintings, sculpture and stone-cuts of Inuit artists; Theo Ganz Studio shares a dozen pieces in this show. The exhibition title's "Points South" refers to the Hudson Valley artists (several of whom live right here in Beacon!) who round out this display, with sculpture, painting, photography, and more.

Hours: Noon to 8 pm

"Political Theater" at
Hudson Beach Glass/Fovea
Hudson Beach Glass / Fovea
162 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-0068
A glass studio casting functional and sculptural objects for over 20 years. A truly special establishment to have in Beacon. Stop in to find blown glass objects of all kinds, from lights to bowls to wind chimes. Sometimes on Second Saturday you can watch them blow glass.
Special for Second Saturday: Upstairs in the gallery space, witness the return of Fovea Exhibitions' photojournalism showcase. "Political Theater, photographs by Mark Peterson," examines those vying for office in this year's presidential election. This Saturday, Peterson takes a break from the campaign trail to talk about the photos.
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm; with a talk from the photographer at 6:30 pm

Clutter Magazine Gallery
Clutter Magazine Gallery
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(212) 255-2505
The Clutter Gallery is a branch of the Clutter Media Group family, and is focused on showing quality work by both established and emerging artists in the fields of toy design and customization, as well as modern pop and lowbrow art. Clutter Gallery's exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. Works are a variety of sizes.
Second Saturday: (In)Action Figures! The fourth edition of the Magazine Gallery's annual exhibition showcases action figures and other retro-toy inspired designs. Curious to see more? Check out #inactionfigures4, then visit the gallery to see the artwork in person!
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm; opening reception 6 to 9

"Aqua Essence" at RiverWinds Gallery
RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 838-2880
RiverWinds Gallery features Hudson Valley artists. Work includes fine art paintings and photography, plus contemporary crafts including ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and more.
Special for Second Saturday: "Aqua Essence," watercolor paintings by Betsy Jacaruso. The Rhinebeck-based artist was raised in the Hudson Valley, and stayed in New York when it came time to further her formal education, studying at the legendary Pratt Institute. The Hudson Valley informs and inspires her work on a regular basis. According to Jacaruso's website, current work explores atmosphere and luminosity in landscape. "Through the aqueous process of watercolor, I endeavor to create a transcendental atmosphere, in hopes of evoking an emotion, which supersedes the visual,” says Jacaruso.
Hours: Noon to 9 pm; artist's reception 5 to 8

Artisan Wine Shop
180 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-6923
Special for Second Saturday: Try some new bottlings from around the world, just for fun or with an eye toward meal pairings. Several wines will be poured for tasting - and there might just be a snack, too!
Hours: 10 am to 7 pm; tasting 3 pm to 6 pm

Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries 
Beacon Institute
199 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 838-1600
This historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery, Hudson River bookstore and gift shop, and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits. Events feature talks by artists and regional Hudson Valley authors.
Special for Second Saturday: The historic Mount Beacon Incline Railway gets a spotlight in this exhibit, which features large-format photography, digital renderings, animations, and infographics, all exploring the Incline Railway’s early origins in shaping Beacon. The exhibition explores the initiative to bring back the Incline Railway, through the lenses of a historic narrative and an eye toward the future.
Click here for more event details.
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm



The start of The Middle, aka "Market Square"

at the Howland Public Library
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 831-1134
Each month, the library features the work of Hudson Valley photographers and artists. (Please note, the gallery may not be accessible during some library programs.)
Special for Second Saturday: Photographers and poets join forces in "Conflicts/Resolutions: Poetry Meets Photography," a group exhibition of the Beacon Photography Group. Participants were asked to to submit either poetry or photography (or both) that related in some way to the theme of conflict and resolution. The show, on view in the Community Room Exhibit Space, includes work from 16 photographers and/or poets, including organizers Jon Slackman and Samantha Palmieri.
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm (library hours); reception 5 pm to 7 pm

Beth Weintraub at Beacon Pantry
Beacon Pantry
382 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-8923
Special for Second Saturday: You know Beacon Pantry as the spot to pick up the fanciest butter, a bistro-inspired sandwich, or the exact right amount of capers (because, let's face it, who ever uses an entire jar in one go?), but did you know the shop hosts art, too? True story! Beth Weintraub may have fixed you a fine cup of tea at the Pantry. Witness another side of her talents this weekend: Her colorful etchings will adorn the walls of Beacon Pantry. Get $1 off beer and wine during the artist reception!
Hours: Reception 6 pm to 9 pm


(Close to the mountain)

The start of the East End of Main Street and beyond.

Marieken Cochius at Matteawan Gallery
Matteawan Gallery
436 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-7901
Matteawan Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists.
Special for Second Saturday: Marieken Cochius' work, separated into three bodies: a large drawing made with water-based mediums, pastel, charcoal, and pencil on paper; the Cloud series of drawings with graphite and pastel (some of the finest lines in this piece are made with feathers rather than traditional implements); and the most recent work, ink and shellac drawings. Stay tuned for a talk with the artist on February 27 at 3 pm. 
Hours: 6 pm to 9 pm

Morphicism Gallery
Morphicism Gallery
444 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-3092
Moveable art in frames. An art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first


"East End of Main" at 3B Gallery
3B Gallery

458 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-6782
Special for Second Saturday: Step back in time as the Beacon Historical Society presents "East End of Main - A Journey Into the Past." The exhibition includes vintage photographs and ephemera from the side of Beacon that, until 1913, made up the village of Matteawan. The display highlights old-fashioned storefronts and factories, the Matteawan Railroad Station and tracks, the original Howland Library, our beloved dummy light and more.
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm; opening reception 6 pm to 9 pm


Back Room Gallery in Beacon NY
Back Room Gallery
Back Room Gallery
475 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 838-1838
Find 30 artists showing here, from large paintings to small collectibles. Also find art supplies such as sketch pads and charcoal pencils. And if you're with a man who wants to skip the art but loves anything to do with the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, send him to the actual "back room" of this gallery for a viewing of a very valuable collection of War art on crepe fabric.
Special for Second Saturday: Stop in and find out!
Hours: LATE

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 831-4988
Beacon's Howland Cultural Center is not just another arts organization. Its beautiful home is a Victorian building that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource.
Special for Second Saturday: To commemorate and celebrate Black History Month, the Howland Cultural Center presents its 21st annual African-American History Month show, shining a spotlight on African-American artists from around the Hudson Valley. The exhibition includes works by Yvette Bird, Josephine Green, Kyra Sukenya Husbands, Robert Lewis, Richard Outlaw, Symantha Outlaw, Michael White, Donald Whitely, Jacob Williams, Merv Willis, and John Wynn. (After checking out the show, come back for the Valentine's-themed dance at the Howland! More info in our special V-Day post here.)

Hours: 1 pm to 5 pm

Michael X. Rose at BAU
BAU Gallery
506 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-7584
bau (Beacon Artist Union) is a platform for members/artists to grow, present and market their work and collaborative curatorial projects, while hosting events of related disciplines: performances, talks, film and music. BAU builds a vital link between the activities at bau and the community.
Special for Second Saturday: In the Main Gallery, Michael X. Rose's latest oil paintings, grappling with mortality and nature and their relationship to man's place in the world.
In the Beacon Room, the larger-than-life works of Richard Deon, paintings, banners, prints, and sculptures that leave clues about far-fetched stories, and illustrate a kind of social surrealism.
Hours: Noon to 6 pm; reception from 6 pm to 9 pm

Don't forget to check out these two other Guides as well, as you mix and match dates and events for your weekend entertainment!