Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beacon Architect Aryeh Siegel Featured in Upstate House

http://www.upstater.net/ray-of-renewal/
One of the most exciting aspects of living in Beacon, NY is that we are living during a historical era. When my family moved here, our neighbors across the street had moved here twenty years prior, also from Manhattan, to raise their family. They moved during the height of drug times, when Main Street was boarded up. The first investment they made to their home was installing a giant chain link fence around their entire property to keep people from sitting on the front stoop of their home to do "business".

Today, Beacon is the playground to many architects who are changing the face and experience of this city, while taking delight in "existing structural elements that can be incorporated into new uses." Such statement was spoken by Aryeh Siegel in an interview with Peter Aaron for Upstate House magazine. The article proclaims Siegel to be Beacon's architect laureate thanks in part to the number of game-changing projects he has been involved with crafting and reinventing, including Dia:Beacon, the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, the Towne Crier Cafe, the Beacon Dog Park, the Beacon Cultural Community Center, and a growing list of other residential and mix-ed use sites.

If you haven't yet, do pick up this issue for the interview and the other great articles in Upstate House to see how this architect views Beacon.

Monday, June 30, 2014

BeaconCitizen Adds A Little Beacon Blog to Media Feed

http://beaconcitizen.com/

Hey thanks BeaconCitizen for adding A Little Beacon Blog to its lineup of great media sources in the area! Now when you check in with BeaconCitizen for the latest events, updates, and community conversations, you'll also see latest headlines from A Little Beacon Blog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Errands: Brioche Buns, Olive Oil, a Sweet

The best way to "run" errands is to walk them with a little one in tow and attach a cookie and a cupcake to the adventure. First stop is to Beacon Bread Company for brioche buns for weekday packed lunches. Next it's to the Scarborough Fare olive oil store to fill up this bottle with olive oil that tastes like "fresh cut grass and artichokes", to be used later in gazpacho and dipped in white bread from All You Knead and fresh Parmesan from a block from Beacon Pantry. Then it's off to Key Foods for rolls of fresh mozzarella and Applegate provolone cheese for a homemade pizza dough, the dough for which we will pick up from Pleasant Ridge on our way back home.

All on foot and a Radio Flyer bike!

What are your favorite errands on a Sunday?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Hudson River Kayak Tours Paddles Onto the Outdoor Getaway Scene

http://www.hudsonriverkayaktours.com/tours/

One of the more relaxing ways to experience the Hudson River is by kayak, paddling up or down the river. In Beacon, Mountain Tops is a go-to source for kayak rentals and tours (see their 4th of July paddle under the fireworks).

For a getaway outside of Beacon, to travel by water under the Bear Mountain Bridge instead of commuting over it, The Hudson River Kayak Tours company has paddled onto the scene with three very different tours every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You don't even need to think about when a tour is, just pick a day, pack a lunch or bottle of wine, and go!

For a long lunch, try their Stony Point Lighthouse and Battlefield Tour, a four hour tour on Thursdays and Fridays where you pack a lunch, launch from Stony Point to paddle around the marshes and return for a guided tour of the lighthouse and the Stony Point Battlefield. On Saturdays and Sundays, paddle under the Bear Mountain Bridge during the Poplopen Creek and Iona Island Tour for a little bird watching at the Iona Island Bird Sanctuary, and on Friday - Sunday, enjoy a romantic night on the Hudson River during their Sunset Tours.

http://www.hudsonriverkayaktours.com/tours/

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Wine Picks from Artisan Wine Shop

Summer and wine...such a happy combination. Of course your inspiration for different wines will come from different places, so we talked to Tim and Mei at Artisan Wine Shop for their recommendations on the perfect red, white or rosés wines for summer occasions available in their wine shop right now. Keep in mind, Tim recommends that most red wines should be served chilled in the summer. About 30-45 minutes in the 'fridge should do it...

GARDENING

You've been gardening, pulling weeds, harvesting beans, transplanting hostas, building decorative walls, and you're ready for a glass of wine. You're hot and tired, but you feel great after all of that physical work that looks so rewarding. What wine should you pair with your mood?

WHITE
Arca Nova is a Vinho Verde that is a refreshing white with a lightly bubbly effervescence to keep the taste fresh and you cooled off. It's a white wine from northern Portugal made from light, crisp grapes that are green and lush.

RED
The red Gamay from Domaine Les Hautes Noelles should be chilled and is a 'vin de la soif' (a wine for thirsty people) pulling in a cherry flavor that is low in alcohol.



PICNICS IN THE PARK
http://www.artisanwineshop.com/
You're heading to Riverfront Park for a picnic, music festival, or a stroll down Long Dock, or are having an Alice in Wonderland type picnic in the pruned shrubbery at Dia (get some cheese from Homespun's Dia location), you'll want a wine that will match the early night breeze.

WHITE
You'll enjoy the Schlossmuhlenhof, a Riesling, but not just any Riesling...a dry Riesling Trocken that is native to the Germans who make and drink it. According to Tim, the Germans don't drink any other type of Riesling, certainly not ones that are sweet, which can be considered the norm by Americans. It's lower in alcohol, crisp, clean and good with food.

RED
The Fuori Off Road Strada, a liter of Tuscan red wine in a box.  Packs well in a sack, and you'll get more wine with less packaging! Put this organic boxed wine on ice. It's a Chianti, but not officially classified as such, being that it's in a box. It's light and crisp with some structure and dryness from the tannin. It will have dryness on the finish and is good with food.

BBQs & BACKYARD GRILL OUTS
http://www.artisanwineshop.com/
You're going to a friend's BBQ or backyard grill, and everyone is bringing their craft beers and growlers from The Hop, but you want to bring wine.

WHITE
The Effet Papillon is a Cotos du Roussillon blanc from the southern part of France. It's wrought with soft texture and stands up to the weight of grilled chicken, fish and vegetables. The Effet Papillon picks up flavors well to enhance your meal.

RED
La Flor is a Malbec that is full of flavor. It handles heavy foods like meat well, but could be drunk by itself. This red wine is tangy in nature, and works well with BBQ sauce.

TIM'S FAVORITE ROSÉS FOR SUMMER
http://www.artisanwineshop.com/
Tim was especially excited to share his favorite bottles of rosés. The Lieu-dit Cocagne Coteaux du Vendomois and Pigoudet Premiére. The Coteaux du Vendomois is dry and savory with no sweetness, and is best 15 minutes after opening. The Pigoudet is made from a blend of grapes and is more fruity because of the warmth of the region.

WINE CUPS FOR THE OUTDOORS!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Utensil-Kitchenware/434606266576738
And of course, you must have the proper glass! If you are on a picnic, traveling or just want to drink from a sturdy cup outside, the govino wine glass is shatterproof, reusable, disposable and available locally at Utensil. So fit in the trip from one end of town to the other when you are headed to your event and are picking up wine on your way! And don't forget, if you need a quick apple pie, there are usually mini apple and cherry pies ready at BJ's. 

All of these wines are available in the Artisan Wine Shop, so print out this guide or mention the Summer Wine Pick Guide on A Little Beacon Blog for some guided direction on picking your wines!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Movie Night at Howland Public Library

Tonight-ish is family movie night at the Howland Public Library!

Starting at 4pm, watch The Lego Movie! In partnership with the Wee Play Project, the library is kicking off summer with the release of this DVD. Popcorn will be served at this free event and no registration is necessary.

To learn more about events for kids at the Library, visit the Beacon Library Parents Group on Facebook, and check the main calendar of events at the Library.

Swimming Lessons Guide for Kids + Adults Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh for Summer and Winter

Swimming Lessons!

Beaconites and parents in the Hudson Valley have a few options for swimming lessons for kids and adults in various pools and communities. Hopefully this swimming lesson guide will help you find the right program for your family, and keep your kids as strong swimmers!

BEACON HIGH SCHOOL (NEWBURGH YMCA)
There are swimming lessons for kids at Beacon High School hosted by the YMCA of Dutchess and Eastern Orange (aka Newburgh YMCA), but are mainly in the winter and spring.
CONTACTS:
Jenn Bailey, Camp Director: jbailey@ymcadeo.org
Cheryl Birdsall: cbirdsall@ymcadeo.org
SEASON:
Winter
POOL:
Indoor (maybe heated slightly)
Details at YMCA's Website With Registration Form and Session Details >


CAMP ROBBINS (NEWBURGH YMCA)
The Newburgh YMCA offers summer swimming lessons for kids at Camp Robbins Pool, 131 North Drive Walden, NY 12586. In Y Swim Lessons participants, learn and practice new swimming skills and feel a sense of achievement from mastering something new that they can enjoy the rest of their lives. While participating in fun water sports and games, children also increase their physical activity levels. Participants in Y Swim Lesson are connected to others in the class, make new friends and recognize new role models. The participants are more comfortable and secure around water, as they learn water safety and improve their swim skills. Children have a stronger bond with their parents and family members from the take home activities of family huddles and sharing water safety tips.
CONTACTS:
Jenn Bailey, Camp Director: jbailey@ymcadeo.org
Cheryl Birdsall: cbirdsall@ymcadeo.org
SEASON:
Summer
POOL:
Outdoor
AGES:
4-14 years old
Details at YMCA's Website With Registration Form and Session Details >


HUDSON VALLEY SWIM
Hudson Valley Swim offers swimming classes year round for kids and adults in two locations: Cross Court Tennis Club  for the outdoor pool (summer) and Gold's Gym for the indoor pool (year round summer & winter). Their lesson plan has been developed over many years of working with groups such as the US Swim School Association, U.S.A. Swimming, and the American Red Cross. Hudson Valley Swim offers swim lessons for all ages, starting at 6 months through adult beginners and seniors. They also have options for special needs. You can sign up for  individual and group private lessons. Their classes are small so the learning experience can be personalized to maximize to each student's needs.
SEASON:
Summer
POOL:
Outdoors at Cross Court Tennis Club (direct registration to Cross Court Tennis Club)
Cross Court Tennis Club also offers a pool membership for the summer, so staying after a lesson could be enjoyable for the family. Or for a little extra, you can get a membership that includes the tennis courts.
SEASON:
Winter or Summer
POOL:
Indoors at Gold's Gym (heated) (direct registration to Gold's Gym)
AGES:
6 months - Adults
Details at Hudson Valley Swim Inc. >



ALL SPORT HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB
Swimming lessons from All Sport are one of several activities you can take advantage of at All Sport, as a member or non member. The swimming lessons for kids and adults are scheduled a bit differently during the summer: During the summer, swim classes are everyday, Monday - Thursdays, with the option of Saturdays. You can choose your time from early morning or late morning. All Sport identifies their swimming lessons approach as an "immersion concept" so that kids are practicing daily.
SEASON:
Year round (Winter and Summer) for group or private
POOL:
Outdoor or Indoor (heated) weather permitting
AGES:
6 months - Adults
Lifeguard and CPR Classes are also available. Click here for lifeguard training and CPR classes.
Details and Registration at All Sport >


HVCC/JCC (Hudson Valley Community Center/Jewish Community Center)
Aquatics at the HVCC is focused on the quality of your experience. Whether you are a child or an adult, recreational or competitive swimmer, or someone intent on staying or getting into shape, the HVCC/JCC instructors, coaches and staff serve your needs. The HVCC offers year round swimming lessons on a rolling basis. Join any time and continue for as long as you want. Lessons are offered to babies, Pre K, children, and adults! Levels 1-5! The prices you see on the HVCC/JCC website are paid per month and are for one time per week. So that's 4 lessons per month (unless for a funny month like July and then there are 5 lessons that month).
SEASON:
Year round (Winter and Summer). No start dates, just "dive" in when you're ready.
PERK:
A family membership is included with swimming lessons! That means that you can also practice your swimming during open swim hours, work out in the fitness room while your child swims or play a quick game of basketball!
POOL:
Indoor (they say is "usually" heated).
AGES:
Babies to Adults
Details and Registration at HVCC/JCC >