Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kayak Storage Locker at Long Dock Rental Lottery From Scenic Hudson

The kayak pavilion at Long Dock Park prior to rental season.
Kayak season in the Hudson Valley begins in the spring, and kicking it off is the seasonal renting out of the kayak storage lockers in the pavilion at Long Dock Park where many kayak rental companies including Mountain Tops launch their paddling tours.

Come spring, these metal slots will be filled with colorful kayaks.
Did you ever wonder how you could score a kayak locker for seasonal kayak storage in the new pavilion so that you could leave your kayak locked on the bank of the Hudson River without hauling it back and forth each trip? The only way to do it is by entering into a lottery organized by Scenic Hudson, who will send info about the lottery signup the week of March 30th 2015. People will have about three weeks to enter. Entries are chosen at random with no special attention given to partners or households entering. There are 34 spots available. Each unit is $175 for the season, which ends October 31, 2015.

To enter, go to Scenic Hudson's website and sign up for their email newsletter. They will send the announcement with directions on how to enter yourself during the week of March 30, 2015.

Good luck! If you don't get picked, thank goodness you hopefully have a shed in your yard to store your kayak!
Patrolling the kayak pavilion.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Zero to Go's Compost Project Will Strike Black Gold in the Hudson Valley

A food waste sundae that could become compost in Zero to Go's new pickup program.

Recycling wasn't a thing in our house until our local trash company, Royal Carting, put a new orange-topped trashcan in our driveway. Pangs of guilt would hit me each time I tossed a metal lid of cat food into the trash, or stuffed a plastic or cardboard egg carton into the rest of the waste. Until researching this article, I did not realize that recycling was mandatory by law for Dutchess County enacted in 1990. Around 2012, Dutchess Country went "single stream", which means that consumers can put mixed items of recycling into one trash can, which is when Royal Carting dropped off the orange-lidded can for single-stream recycling pickup and changed our waste habits for good.

When recycling pickup in Beacon became official, and Royal Carting picked it up every other week, we sprang for a new dual side trash can to separate the trash from the recycling, and now I gladly fill up the recycling side to the brim. Now that so many materials can be recycled, we have more recylcing in our smaller trash can than we do the larger trash can. What's left on the trash side? Mainly food. And being a Backyard Farmer, I wanted to compost the food, but there's too much city-girl in me to deal with the flies. So it's the food I now look at with longing - longing to turn it into compost - the black gold of soil.

Enter Zero to Go. The education-based waste management company who's been literally sweeping the Hudson Valley to separate trash, recycling and compostable material since 2013. Zero to Go has handled 18 events throughout the Hudson Valley and Manhattan, including the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, The Peekskill Hop and Harvest Festival, Beacon’s Riverfest with Local 845, the Iron Pour, benefits for Common Ground Farm and other local events. And now Zero to Go's founder, Sarah Womer, wants to collect it from your home or business.

The Compost Project is the newest initiative from Zero to Go that held its first Town Hall Meeting about it last week, and hosts its second Town Hall Meeting today, Saturday, at 11am. The pilot program is designed run on business and residential investment and donations. Only 30 residential slots and 4 business slots are available in the pilot program, and as of this morning, 18 of those have been filled! The application to sign up to be one of the first in the project is here.

Participants in the pilot program will be given a special trash can to hold food waste (those who sign up in later phases can buy the trash can). The can will be collected weekly - by bike - by Zero to Go. If you're an avid recycler, you'll know that the every-other-week pickup for recycling could easily be converted into weekly for your own needs.

During this first phase, the food waste will be carted to network of industrial compost sites and farms in the Hudson Valley. This is where it will turn into "black gold" as Sarah calls it, to be used to make the soil even more nutrient rich for farming, backyard gardening, and even Main Street flower tending.

Zero to Go is hosting a Kickstarter campaign to fund-raise for the bins they need to begin collecting material from the first 34 customers. Compost material will be used by sources in the Hudson Valley. In order to deliver it back to Beaconites, Zero to Go will need to build its own infrastructure, which it plans to begin fundraising and grant seeking for in 2016.

Friday, March 20, 2015

CSA and Local Produce Round-up for 2015 Season

Happy Equinox! Ignore that snow out there and let's turn our minds towards Spring. This is the perfect time to sign up for your 2015 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture group). You pay at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly box of fresh, local produce. Below are not only some local produce options including the traditional CSA, but you can now try a new flexible CSA subscription program, an educational U-Pick option, and of course the local Farmer's market we all know and love. Click on each option to learn more about the farms involved, growing practices, and the types of produce offered.

Common Ground Farm
Common Ground Farm is a farm project that serves our community as an educational model for people of all ages to learn how foods grow. With education in mind, Common Ground doesn't offer the traditional CSA delivery, but offers the U-PICK program and the experience of picking your own own herbs, veggies, and flowers! This summer's U-Pick plot will include sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, scallions, carrots, lettuce, arugula, peppers, beans, herbs (including dill, cilantro, and basil) husk cherries, and more. The season is June 20th to September 8th, with a discount if you sign up by April 1st.

Fishkill Farms
Their CSA runs weekly, June through mid-November with two CSA pickup locations: at Farm Store in East Fishkill, NY, and at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. Members picking up at the Farm Store will receive weekly bonus pick-your-own items! You can expect a variety of fruits and vegetables from the farm. Fruits may include berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears & apples. Vegetables may be greens, tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, potatoes, garlic & broccoli.

Glynwood CSA members enjoy more than 40 different types of Certified Naturally Grown vegetables during a 24 week season. You will receive a weekly newsletter with information about the share that week, including preparation tips and recipes from Glynwood's Executive Chef. If you pickup at Glynwood’s Farm Store, you can check out their pasture-raised meat and eggs in addition to a handful of other local products.

Obercreek grows chemical-free, winter greens over in Hughsonville, NY. Using passive-solar greenhouses they cultivate carefully crafted greens mixes 52 weeks a year (that's year-round!). This summer they are partnering with Common Ground Farm & Hearty Roots Farm to bring you a Summer CSA Share (22 weeks of local, organic, seasonal vegetables!). Get a discounted share if you sign up before the end of March.

Field Goods
NY based Field Goods offers weekly deliveries of local produce from a variety of area farms in three sizes of fruit and vegetable subscriptions. Rather than buying an entire season's share at once in the spring, subscriptions can be started anytime and can be easily cancelled or placed on hold. They also provide an email with what to expect in your delivery along with cooking tips. Local pick-up at Beacon Pantry (a great place to round-out your delivery with eggs,cheese, meat and pasta!). Personally recommended as a flexible, winter stop-gap for local produce.

Beacon Farmers' Market
You can find the produce of many of the above farms and more at the Beacon Farmers' Market. They are open every Sunday down at the Riverfront during the summer and at the Scenic Hudson building during the winter. This year they will be back at the waterfront on April 12th. No subscription needed, buy when you like!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Katie of A Little Beacon Blog to Speak at Ladies Night for The Chocolate Studio

Let's meet!

If you know me, you'll know I do many digital things online - social media and blogging being one of them. I also work with and celebrate small businesses via this blog, and my other venture, Tin Shingle.  This Thursday, I get to be part of the delicious Ladies Night at The Chocolate Studio, formerly Gourmetables, that shop down by the falls that smells of melting butter and caramel corn when you walk by in the summer.

I'll be the entertainment (crazy!) talking about why social media is your friend if you run a business or if you're nurturing a passion project. I'll talk about how you can easily and enjoyably make this part of your day to reach people in this community and other communities, but most importantly, why using social media is imperative to your business - no matter if you're a retail store, a service provider, or a regular person who loves making things.

There will be chocolate bliss and other chocolate treats and coffee. So come! It's from 6-8pm at The Chocolate Studio - 494 Main Street Beacon NY.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March's Second Saturday Guide for Art, Entertainment, Dining & Shopping

Beacon's Second Saturday: Comprehensive Schedule and Guide of Where to Art, Eat and Drink

 Second Saturday Happenings on March 14, 2015!
NOTE: Most galleries update or release their plans for their
showings a few days before the big day.

The Beacon Arts 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 Beacon Arts, 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, as well as restaurants and bars, and any shops that are having extended hours. 
  • Galleries, shops and restaurants are listed in order of location.
  • 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. For a full listing of open/closed times and days for purely shopping in Beacon, see our Shopping Guide.
  • Parking can be found on side streets, on Main Street, and in municipal lots.  
  • Live tweet your way through Second Saturday by using the hashtag created by Beacon Arts: #2SAT and tack on #beaconny or #SecondSaturday if you have room in your tweets or Instagram postings.
  • If you are a gallery or business owner and have something special to add, please email 
  • For Galleries: You may submit 1 photo of artwork or something representing your show for Second Saturday. Otherwise, your storefront will be shown. Please email this to
  • Advertising Opportunities: If your business is listed in this Guide and you want to share a special offering or post a photo, click here for details.

Let's get to it!!


3 Beekman Street
(845) 440-0100
Special for Second Saturday 2-4pm: PhD candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Andrianna Campbell will give a Gallery Talk on Robert Smithson. No reservations required. 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. 
More details at Dia:Beacon.
Open Until: 4pm

2 Way Brewing Company
18 West Main St Beacon, NY
(this is down the hill from Main Street proper, near the train)
(845) 202-7334
On your way up from the train station, either on foot or by car, Beacon's own brewery is a must-stop.
Special for Second Saturday: Featured artists on display: TBD.  They will have a $3.50 special on pints of Confusion, and as always 100% of any sales made go to the artists.
Open Until: 11pm (if you're still milling around after 11pm, pop in and see if they are still open)

Mary Kelly's
37 Lamplight St, Beacon
(845) 765-8874
Irish pub and restaurant serving great food and traditional Irish fare. Delicious desserts, including Junior's cheesecake (a Brooklyn original). Plus sports on TV.
Open Until: 11pm


(Close to the train station.)

129 Main St.
(845) 440-7165
Your friendly place on the West End Main Street for a latte, craft beer, or Mast Brothers Hot Chocolate. Also has snacks like yogurt, granola bars, and homemade donuts when they are making them.
Open Until: 10pm

Clay Wood & Cotton
133 Main Street
Delightful little store for hand made pottery, jewelry, stationery, wood based designs, and many other things. Has an entire room devoted to knitting.
Open Until: 6pm


Catalyst Gallery
Beacon's Second Saturday at Catalyst Gallery
Catalyst Gallery
137 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 204-3844
An artist-run rental space in Beacon. The intention of this artist-run space is to create an opportunity for individual artists or groups to show and sell work in a vibrant community that supports the arts.
Special for Second Saturday 6-9pm: Reception for the exhibit A YEAR IN ROTATION. This project is a partnership between a medical student and an artist, Jack Angiolillo and Anna McNeary.
Open Until: 9pm

Marion Royael Gallery
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main Street, Beacon
Special for Second Saturday: On view: Over the Rainbow, follow the yellow tech road. A "directed migrating installation".
Open Until: 10pm

The Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street, Beacon
Beacon's Second Saturday at Clutter Gallery
On display at Clutter

A branch of the Clutter Media Group family is focused on showing quality work by both established and emerging artists in the fields of toy design & customization and modern pop & lowbrow art. Clutter Gallery's exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge.
Second Saturday Opening Reception 6-9pm: "Skullbrainers" is a new group kaiju & other strangeness show opening on Second Saturday. Over 30 participating artists.
Open Until: 9pm

Chill Wine Bar
173 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 765-0885
A cozy wine bar offering tapas and live jazz music every Saturday night. Sit at the bar or along the brick wall at a table for two, or spread out in the front in the window seat adorned with pillows. Especially known for their dessert selection which includes a s'more panini and cheese cake as well as their cheese and meat platter. 
Second Saturday: Live jazz with TDB.
Open Until: Midnight

175 Main Street
Beacon, New York 12508
(845) 765-2410
Where the motorcycle enthusiast and the spiritualist come together!  Notions-N-Potions makes products that are handcrafted using only the finest herbs, essential oils and fragrance oils, and are made in the store. Find apparel, books, candles, helmets, herbs, pocketbooks, incense, tarot cards, and more. Also ask about their totem animal readings.
Open Until: Call First

Tito Santana Taqueria
142 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
(845) 765-2350
Really fresh food you'd expect to find in a taqueria. From guacamole to fish tacos to cheesy quesadillas. Serves beer.
Open Until: 10pm on Second Saturdays

Theo Ganz Studio
The Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main Street, Beacon
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: TBD
Open Until: 9pm

Hudson Beach Glass
Hand Cast Glass from
Hudson Valley Beacon Glass
162 Main Street, Beacon
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.
Open Until: 9pm

Dream in Plastic
Jel Ena at Dream in Plastic
177 Main St, Beacon
(845) 632-3383
Normally a shop for items you never realized you needed until you wanted everything in there. Every Second Saturday, Dream in Plastic transforms their space into an art gallery.
Second Saturday: TBD.
Open Until: 6pm-9pm or later

Culture Cafe Bar
157 Main St. Beacon
(845) 202-7800
Really great breakfast, lunch and dinner spot for seasonal fare and soups. Serves wine.
Open Until: Call First

The Pandorica
165 Main St, Beacon
If you're a fan of Dr. Who, you will love this restaurant. Most importantly, however, is their food, which is delicious, comforting, and offers plenty of dessert options. Serves beer.
Open Until: 9pm

RiverWinds Gallery
Beacon's Second Saturday at RiverWinds Gallery
RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main St, Beacon
(845) 838-2880
River Winds Gallery features Hudson Valley Artists - Fine Art Paintings & Photography plus Contemporary Crafts including Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts and More.
Second Saturday Special 5pm-8pm: RiverWinds Gallery is hosting a juried show of Artist's Books- photography, paintings, and more. Ten talented Hudson Valley artists have pulled together their artwork and their thoughts to create collections in books. The show includes the Artist’s books and framed artwork from the books. The Artists will attend the opening from 5 - 8pm to sign a book for you. There will also be framed images from their books for purchase.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon's Second Saturday at Berkshire Hathaway
Jessie Macaluso on display

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Hudson Valley Properties
179 Main St. Beacon
(800) 836-5580
Berkshire Hathaway offers up their prime spot on Main Street as a gallery space on Second Saturday. Most shows feature breakout artists and many are for charitable organizations like The Ulster-Greene ARC program.
Second Saturday Special 6pm-9pm: 
Opening Reception for the photography of Jessie Macaluso.
Open Until: 9pm

Artisan Wine Shop
180 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-6923
Beacon's most delightful wine shop that specializes in pairing wine with food. Every Second Saturday, Artisan Wine Shop hosts a be wine tastings with winemaker/import representative Luis Moya.
Wine Tasting: 3-6pm
Open Until: 7pm

Poppy's Burgers & Fries
184 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-2121
Enjoy a great burger and fries in wooden booths in Poppy's. Serves 100% grass fed beef, 100% Hudson Valley, and 100% Humanely raised. Serves craft beer.
Open Until: 8pm

Sound Shack
Beacon's Second Saturday at Sound Shack
Jewelry on Display at Sound Shack
190 Main St, Beacon
(845) 489-2705
“Vinyl record store meets visual art”
Special for Second Saturday 12pm-8pm:
Art Show!
Keith Decent: Jewelry: Bracelets and Money Clips make from Metal Rulers, Earrings from special 8 mm film
Antonio Marino: Photography of Music Legends
Jon Reichert: Painting 3D Donuts, Donuts on 45‘s
Erica Hauser: Paintings on LP’s, all about the labels
Refreshments served after 4pm.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon Bread Company
193 Main Street, Beacon, NY
(845) 838-2867
Stop in for warm french onion soup, grilled cheeses and other sandwiches, cheese danishes, brownies...
Open Until: 5pm

Mad Dooley
Mad Dooley Gallery

Mad Dooley Gallery
197 Main St, Beacon
(845) 702-7045
As described by one fan: "A smart, daring, and loving gallery."
Second Saturday Special: The March show with feature the drawing work of Michael Gaydos.
Open Until: Call First

Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries 
199 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 838.1600
Beacon's Second Saturday at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Following Rivers at BIE
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.
Second Saturday Opening Reception 5-7pm: Following Rivers: A Photo Exhibit by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life®. Conservationist Alison M. Jones documents the values and vulnerability of our rivers, and solutions to protecting freshwater resources with photographs of 22 expeditions led in Africa and N. America for her organization No Water No Life®. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University will showcase the photographs by Ms. Jones from March 14—October 3, 2015
Click here for more event details.
Open Until: 8pm

213 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-1221
Beacon's stop for soul food including fried chicken, ribs, ox tail and mac and cheese that rivals Stouffers. Enjoy a generous slice of a homemade three layer frosted cake. Serves beer.
Open Until: 9 or 10pm....Call First


The start of The Middle, aka "Market Square"
Pleasant Ridge II
208 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-3444
Pizza and Italian food like chicken parmesan. Seats large parties.  Serves wine and beer.
Open Until: Call First

232 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-5096
Delicious spot for breakfast, lunch or sweet snacks (like carrot cake or chocolate mousse). If you are here on a Saturday, you are lucky because you get to order their deep dish french toast with real maple syrup, which is only baked on the weekend. Also has oatmeal, yogurt, quiche, sandwiches, and cheeses.
Open Until: 5pm

Isamu Sushi
240 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-0002
Beacon's most modern and hip looking sushi restaurant with a waterfall wall that kids love. Seats large party. Serves wine and beer.
Open Until: 11pm

Max's On Main
246 Main Street
The local bar for a great dinner, live music, and late night eating. Live music every Saturday. Plus sports on TV.
Open Until: 11pm or later

American Gypsy Vintage
263 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-3670
A little bit country, a little bit rock & roll. From bohemian to bike, this boutique sells a well-edited assortment of vintage and contemporary designers. In addition to running the shop, owner Nicole Alyse is also a well known personal style blogger who does photo shoots in Beacon and NYC. For inspiration or fashion envy find her on twitter and instagram.
Open Until: 8pm

Cafe Amacord
276 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-0050
Delicious Italian flare gourmet food. Enjoy salads with goat cheese and beets, cauliflower soup, entrees of fish or steak, and wine by the glass or bottle.
Open Until: 11pm

All You Knead
308 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-8530
Stop in for a chocolate croissant, apple muffin, or chicken pot pie. You'll of course find a hearty chocolate chip cookie or brownie here, but you may also find whatever the baker decided to bake, like vegetable samosa.
Open Until: 5pm

Denning's Point Distillery
10 N. Chestnut Street, Beacon
Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon, NY crafts the finest artisanal spirits available including Viskill Vodka, Beacon American Whiskey & Denning's White Rye Whiskey.  They use high quality grains from New York state farms and strive to create classic spirits of unique character and depth. Denning's Point Distillery works from a unique, urban production space and offers impromptu tours and tastings.
Open Until: 8pm

Lynn Seeney at Howland
Howland Public Library
313 Main Street
Each month, the library features the work of a Hudson Valley photographer on its electronic bulletin board. Part of the Howland Library’s Community Art Programs, the eExhibit slideshows can be viewed on continuous loop on Second Saturdays. Two art exhibits are on display inside as well. (Please note the gallery may not be accessible during some library programs.)
Special for Second Saturday:
eExhibit: “The Beacon Portrait Project”, an exhibition of photographs by Meredith Heuer. When photographer Meredith Heuer moved to Beacon from the West Coast, she embarked on a mission to photograph every resident of Beacon. She has made 100 portraits so far, 20 of which are on display at The Howland Public Library.
The Community Room Exhibit Space: The Howland Public Library presents “CoMFY 15”, a group exhibition from the women’s collective CoMFY. CoMFY, which stands for Creatives, Mamas, Friends and Yahoos is a collective of women artists from the Beacon area. Members of CoMFY come from many creative disciplines; visual artists, writers, actors, designers, dancers, musicians, as well as culinary artists. Today, the group has grown to almost 100 members in their Facebook group and meets in person on an ad hoc basis. The CoMFY 15 exhibit features the work of more than 20 of the visual artist members of the group. 
Artist Reception for both exhibits will be held: 5pm -8pm

Get Frosted Cupcakery
323 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-1002
A cupcakery with many flavors. Be sure to try their lemon cupcake!
Open Until: Call First

The Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 855-1300
Founded in 1972, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekmanville, NY, the Towne Crier Cafe has become a mecca for fans—and performers—of live music. After a brief stay in Millbrook, then a quarter-century in Pawling, NY, they relocated in October, 2013, to the blossoming arts hub of Beacon, NY. Their performance space is spacious but intimate—bringing you what the NY Times called “Down-home access to world-class performers.” Their fine-dining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients. The Towne Crier claims that you will be tweeting "OMGs" after eating their desserts.
Special for Second Saturday: Milton and Simi Stone performing.
More details here.
Open Until: 10pm or Call First

Beacon Pantry
382 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-8923
Beacon Pantry is a specialty market for meats, cheeses, fish, crackers, jams, honey, granola, ice cream, and so much more. Known for carrying French and Italian delectables. Enjoy a snack at their window seat or grab something and go.
Special for Second Saturday: You are treated to tastes of March cheeses, paired with wine picked fresh from the Artisan Wine Shop.
Open Until: 8pm

More Good
383 Main St, Beacon
(845) 797-1838
Drink More Good uses locally sourced and organic ingredients to create hand-crafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters.

Open Until: 8pm (or later!)

Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-2400
Oak Vino is an oasis for wine lovers. Enjoy the curated wine collection that is always changing. Serves light fare of tapas including cheeses, chutney, hummus, and more. Food menu is available until 10pm.
Special for Second Saturday: Artist reception and live jazz music.
Open Until: 11pm

Draught Industries
394 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-8080
Beer, beer and more beer! This cozy alleyway of a bar has everything you need: BEER. Lots of beer on a big fancy, super-impressive and high-tech tap system. Bartenders dispense great advice and samples to find your perfect beer for the evening. Did we mention beer?
Open Until:LATE

Yankee Clipper
397 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-0021
If you need broad food selections from veggies to meat to seafood, Yankee Clipper is a Beacon staple that will seat you comfortably for any meal. If you've seen the movie "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman, you'll recognize Yankee Clipper in a scene. Find a huge menu that includes Italian, Southwestern, and enjoy a few dishes with a Greek flare such as a gyro or chicken slouvaki. Serves beer and wine.
Open Until: 10pm

211 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon
The purpose of the KuBe (an acronym for Kunsthalle Beacon) is to promote art and culture within an international dialogue.  Their goal is to bring together art from around the world , and create a forum with the local talent of the Beacon and New York arts community. The KuBe is comprised of 48 artists’ studios, Commercial Office Spaces, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Gallery, Experimental Art Spaces- The Turbine, The Zhu Chongmao and Zheng Ruyu Theater,  and The Jerome A. Cohen and Joan Lebold Cohen Art Center.
Open Until: 2-7pm

(Close to The Mountain.)

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

Ella's Bellas
418 Main Street, Beacon
A beautiful cafe and eatery serving baked goods, salads and soups that are all gluten free and really good. Some of the best chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars around. Be sure to try their mini pumpkin pies, and enjoy coffee from Tas Kafé and cocktails from syrups from More Good.
Open Until: 10pm

Blackbird Attic
442 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 418-4840
Michelle Caves' love affair with vintage fashion led her to open Blackbird Attic one of Beacon's most romantic vintage shops.
Open Until: 8pm on Second Saturday

Morphicism Gallery
Morphicism Gallery

444 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-3092
Moveable art in frames. An art you must see and experience.
Open Until: Call First


The Beacon Arts Theatre
445 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 226.8099
The Beacon, a 1930s art deco theater in Beacon, NY, is home to 4th Wall Productions, presenting a broad spectrum of live entertainment for the Mid-Hudson Valley and is home to 4th Wall Theatrical Productions. More details and ticket purchase at Beacon Theatre.

Dim Sum GoGo
448 Main St, Beacon
(845) 831-8886
Dim Sum GoGo has received a stamp of approval from Dim Sum lovers who have also enjoyed their other locations in Manhattan. Located in the beautiful old bank building, it's a great option for large parties.
Open Until: 10:30pm

Joe's Irish Pub
455 Main St, Beacon
(845) 838-1779
Local watering hole with great drink prices.
Special for Second Saturday: St.George and Friends Second Saturday Jam-15 to 40 musicians every month under one roof. This love entertainment has been going on every Second Saturday for the past 12 years and continues into its 13th.
Open Until: LATE

Beacon Bath & Bubble
458 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-6782
Bubbles and soaps of all shapes, sizes and colors. The new larger location will feature a huge production space where customers can see our wonderful products being made. They also have the unique offering of old fashioned, vintage & retro soda pop in 36 brands! You can enjoy a bubbly soda pop from yesteryear in-house or to bring home as a customized 6-pack. Usually offers a special product on sale for Second Saturday. They will also house the "3B Art Gallery," featuring art from high school students throughout the Hudson Valley.
Open Until: 9pm on Second Saturday

457 Main St, Beacon
(646) 823-3274
For those who like the cozy sexy sleek look, this is a must-shop. Super cool, unique and high fashion sweaters and knitwear are designed by Gail Travis. This flagship store is only open Saturdays 11am-5pm or by appointment only.
Open Until: 5pm

Reservoir and Wood
460 Main Street, Beacon
Reservoir & Wood is lifestyle boutique of the modern, mid-century, rustic and inspired. The clothing is high-end design and is pretty dope. Find fashions for women, men, baby, and some household.
Open Until: 7pm

Lauren & Riley
462 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 831-3862
A hip little shop to find bling, shoes that rival Betsy Johnson, dresses, and sometimes tops and sweaters. Also find an assortment of tea and honey.
Open Until: 6pm

Matteawan Gallery
Beacon's Second Saturday at Matteawan Gallery
On display at Matteawan
464 Main Street, Beacon
Beacon, NY
(845) 440-7901
Matteawan Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists.
Second Saturday 6pm-9pm: Ellen Siebers: Soft Nails, an exhibition of small-scale oil paintings on view until April 5. Ellen Siebers’ paintings are subtle and mysterious, combining abstraction and representation in unusual ways. Her current series is inspired in part by the German abstract painter Blinky Palermo, as well as by the Shakers religious sect, known for their simple lifestyle and austerely elegant furniture and architecture. The exhibition coincides with the two-year anniversary of Matteawan Gallery, which opened in March 2013.
Open Until: 9pm

Brothers Trattoria
465 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 838-3300
Find pizza here of course, but also many more entrees of fish, steak and chicken. A favorite pizza is "Grandma's", a Sicilian style garlic cheese pizza with fresh tomato. Also ask about their gluten free pizza.
Open Until: 10pm

Beacon Bagel
466 Main Street, Beacon NY
(845) 440-6958
There is no replacement for a craving for a salmon lox on a bagel, or for a breakfast egg and cheese bagel sandwich - which is why you'll peel off into Beacon Bagel for a filling sandwich before you continue on your night of wine, beer and other spirits. Very kid friendly and can make pretty much anything you like. Serves chocolate milk, juice, and lattes.
Open Until: 3pm

Echo Beacon
470 Main St, Beacon
(845) 440-0047
On one side, women's clothing, classic with a twist. All kinds of unique items, handbags, jewelry, shoes, books. Lines from local designers as well. On the other side, a collection of classic wooden toys, wind-up tin toys, eco-friendly and plush, art supplies and books. Organic baby clothes.
Open Until: 7pm

Beacon Falls Cafe
472 Main St, Beacon
(845) 765-0172
This American Bistro restaurant has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with its quaint, old mountain town decor and super friendly staff. They offer plenty of delicious comfort food and beer options for diners.
Open Until: 9pm


Back Room Gallery in Beacon NY
Back Room Gallery
Back Room Gallery
475 Main Street, Beacon
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: TBD
Open Until: LATE

Beacon's Second Saturday at the Howland Cultural Center
Dance Party at Howland
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St, Beacon
(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.
Second Saturday 8pm-Midnight: Dance the night away at the Howland Cultural Center. Great bands and voices from the ‘60s to present include Soul, R&B, Latin, Funk, Blues, Disco, Rock, Reggae, timeless Classics and more. Enjoy exciting music in a variety of rhythms and moods; some pieces you will definitely know; others may surprise. There will also be door prizes and a raffle basket to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

478 Main St, Beacon
(845) 202-7172
A stylist edited consignment and resale boutique, specializing in women's vintage and designer fashion. Check out this new Main St. location that owner Angela Hasting stocks full of amazing finds.
Open Until: 6:30

480 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7181
Utensil is the home chef's go to store for anything you need in the kitchen, from honey to french presses, to wooden pizza peels (aka giant spatula).
Open Until: 9pm

The Chocolate Studio
494 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-1165
The Chocolate Studio (formerly Gourmetibles) is perfectly suited for birthday parties for kids of all ages. They make their delicious treats in their own kitchen, including custom cakes, made to order. The aroma may hook you in for the night. They also make our own Cake Pops, French Macarons, chocolate covered Bacon, chocolate covered pretzels and lots more. 
Open Until: 9pm

Maria Lago Studio 502
Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 765-8421
Open Until: Call First

BAU Gallery
Beacon's Second Saturday at BAU Gallery
On display at BAU
506 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-7584
bau (Beacon Artist Union) is a platform for members/artists to grow, present and market their work, collaborative curatorial projects, and hosting events of related disciplines: performances, talks, film and music. BAU builds a vital link between the activities at bau and the community.
Second Saturday Exhibit: 
Main Gallery: Art Murphy

Beacon Room: "Experimental Art Collaboration"
New works created through a unique collaboration of six women artists will be exhibited at beacon artist union, 506 Main Street, Beacon. The artists- Charlotte Berwind, Christopher Staples, Claudine Mussuto, Georgine Honohan, Joann Zwolski and Laura Paradiso. The collaboration began in June 2014 when each artist created fivepieces and mailed one to each of the others who added to the work or changed it completely. This process continued for six months, with each artist contributing once to all 30 pieces, 14 of which were selected for the exhibit. Each artist has also created a solo piece that reflects her own experience producing the collaborative body of work.
Open Until: 9pm

 The Hop
554 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 440-8676
The Hop is a craft beer lovers bar for beer and artisanal fare.
Open Until: 11pm or later

(Just over the tiny Fishkill Creek bridge. This quickly becoming a boutique and artist hub.)

2 East Main Street, Beacon
(845) 765-8369
One of Beacon's biggest passion projects - The Roundhouse is a conversion of one of Beacon's most historic, beautiful buildings to be a hotel, restaurant, and bar. Enjoy stunning views of the waterfall at Fishkill Creek from within the spacious restaurant or plush lounge. If you appreciate interior design, you will love dining here. Seats large or small parties. Serves beer, wine and cocktails.
Dining Room Open Until: 10pm
Bar/Lounge Open Until: LATE

Gwenno James
17 E Main St, Beacon
(845) 202-3224
Gwenno James signature designs incorporate hand dyed and hand printed fabrics which are crafted at her studio and boutique in Beacon, New York. Using traditional textile techniques such as silk screening, marbling and blueprinting, Gwenno considers each fabric piece as a fluid canvas onto which an original surface design emerges... one color, one brushstroke, one imprint at a time. 
Open Until: 8:30pm

Dogwood Bar & Restaurant
47 East Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7500
Enjoy home-style favorites to innovative specials. Dogwood, as with so many restaurants in Beacon, uses organic, locally sourced ingredients. The draft beer menu is carefully chosen and constantly updated to reflect the very best in quality and seasonal flavors. Have fun picking a craft beer from the big chalkboard of specials flowing from their 16 taps and full bar.
Special for Second Saturday: First up is the return of Painted Betty at 9:00pm. Followed soon after by Ray Roy and his karaoke hijinks.
Open Until: "LATE" according to their website.

BEACON near RT. 52
(Beacon's part of Rt. 52 that heads in or out of town.)

The Lofts at Beacon
18 Front Street, Beacon
Beacon's Second Saturday at The Lofts at Beacon
On display at The Lofts
(845) 831-7867
The Lofts at Beacon bought a 19th century brick textile mill in the Hudson Valley located by the Fishkill Creek and situated on the banks of the Hudson River, in the artists haven town of Beacon. The Lofts have been completely remodeled into beautiful lofts, providing excellent loft rental units for the working artist.
Second Saturday Opening Reception 5-8pm: Wine and Cheese Open Reception for Ravenswind Midnight Masquerade Exhibit. Featuring artists; Barbara Doherty, Brenda Heady Krajchy, Patrick, Hannagan and Nikki Rae.
Open Until: 8pm

Beacon Music Factory
629 Route 52, Beacon
(845) 765-0472
As the name suggests, this is a music factory where kids and adults can learn, be in rock bands, and can listen to music. Do check out their Rock Band Boot Camp.