Friday, October 31, 2014

Gate House Realty: Featured Rental House 37 TIORONDA AVE #2 (Sponsor)
Gate House Realty
492 Main Street
Beacon, NY  12508

Gate House Realty is a staple in Beacon and is responsible for brokering several new business locations on Main Street, including the Roundhouse and its artist lofts. Owner/broker Charlotte Guernsey brings a background in fine art, having graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and she and her team have an intuition for market trends in business and residential listings in Beacon, Cold Spring, Wappingers and the surrounding areas.

Gate House Realty is a proud sponsor of this blog.


Gorgeous, sprawling historic estate on rolling private grounds while only short drive to Beacon's Main St, DIA and train station. Designed by famous 19th century architect Calvert Vaux, complete with stunning period details incorporating wood floors, original molding, sun porches, and stone terraced gardens. Perfect entertaining house with large grand rooms, original bar, kidney shaped pool, & en-suite bedrooms. Large carriage house with adorable guest/rental suite with vaulted ceilings and stone fireplace, workshop, and two car garage. A one of a kind, would make a great Bed and breakfast or retreat!

  • 5 Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms
  • 2 Fireplaces 
  • Short drive to Main Street, DIA & Beacon Train Station
  • Large Backyard
  • Beautiful pool

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Roundup! Key Food, Hannaford, and These Farms Have Pumpkins and Patches

Picture of the bin of medium-sized pumpkins outside of Key Food,
taken Wednesday afternoon...
Last minute pumpkin shopping? Rumor has it from here to Poughkeepsie is running low on pumpkins for carving the night before Halloween. Here are a few sources you can still pick up your pumpkins!

Key Food has a big box of medium-sized pumpkins out front, with only a few big pumpkins left. Open until 9pm.

Hannaford on Rt. 9 on the way to/from Poughkeepsie has a bin of "huge" pumpkins left, and have sold out of the white pumpkins, as quoted by their Produce Guy. Also check their local farm stand for other squash for decorations. Open 24hrs.

Overlook Farm in Newburgh reports that they have pumpkins at their farm stand. Open until 6pm.

Lawrence Farms in Newburgh does have pumpkins in their "Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch", as well as at their farm stand. They close on Halloween at 4pm.

Fishkill Farms still has pumpkins in the "Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch". Really fun. Pumpkin patch is open until 5:30pm, and the store closes at 6pm.

Beacon Natural Market on Main Street does not have any pumpkins. Stop in and stock up to decorate your front porch! If you aren't the carving type, you could always paint your pumpkin and sprinkle glitter and glue feathers on it...
Pumpkin picking success! At Lawrence Farms in Newburgh.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stoney Kill's STONYART Event Happening!

Stony Kill Foundation Flyer for STONYART

It's finally here! You've seen the flyers, you've mentally marked the date in your mind, and now you get to go to the STONYART live auction featuring local artists to support the Stony Kill Foundation this Sunday, October 26! 

For only $20, you are directly helping the Stony Kill Foundation stay alive and well and beautiful along 9D. The event is easy-peasy to attend. It's at the Howland Cultural Center on the East End of Main Street on the big curve. It's from 3-6pm on Sunday, so you have plenty of time to do your Main Street thang after a brunch in Beacon, stop in for wine and cheese and maybe even a little auctioning of local art! You will be amazed by the art you find there, so don't miss it!

For other events and opportunities such as yoga days and kids classes, visit the Stony Kill Events page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honey for Fall Days - A Boutique's New Staple

Fall's chill is in the air! And so are scratchy throats. Beaconites know how to face harsh weather, and it's to embrace it and treat ourselves to nature's deliciousness - honey. And boutiques are fully stocked with local honey!

480 Main Street
East End of Main Street on the Curve
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Catskill Provisions makes a seriously amazing raw honey. Why? Because their motto is happy bees make happy honey. Their bees must be very happy and sweetly fed. New to your tastebuds and sure to warm your body is Mike's Hot Honey which has been infused with chilis. Like you needed the extra spike of awesome! But you did because your butternut squash needed to kick into high gear. Utensil always picks the best selections for your culinary needs.

Beacon Train Station
Beacon's Farmer's Market on Sundays
Not only can you find raw honey at the Beacon's Farmer's Market, from Honeybrook Farms but you can find the Honeybee Pollen for those of you who want to eat local bee pollen to help build resistance to local allergies. And can pick up a big jug of pure maple syrup while you're down there...

462 Main Street
East End of Main Street Before the Curve
Normally found in Lauren & Riley are party dresses, cute tops, adorable little girl's dresses, and Betsy Johnson-esque shoes. But this season they are offering you honey with tea! Or is it the other way around. Hudson River Apiaries honey is on the shelves at Lauren & Riley.

267 Main Street
Middle of Main Street Across from Key Foods (who also has honey)
Known for French selections, Beacon Pantry of course has specialty raw honey, and stocks the often sought after Lavender honey, in addition to Acacia, Chestnut, and Cinnamon Creamed honey (!?!). Dips and spreads for chicken just got a lot more interesting...  

Drink up! Or for you serious honey lovers, spoon it up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Beacon Blog is Hiring - Part Time Editorial/Production Assistant

UPDATED: This position has been filled! Thank you so much for your interest! We may be hiring again, so keep your eyes here and sign up for the newsletter!

We're hiring! Looking for a part time editorial production assistant to help keep A Little Beacon Blog up to date with guides, social media, and some graphics work. Ideal candidate lives in or near Beacon, and loves Beacon and all of the neat things going on here. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to experience the business of blogging, and what's involved with running and growing a blog, which is one of today's most trusted media sources by readers. This is a production position, so some writing skills are required, but mainly in the form of writing descriptions of classes or events and short social media posts. Familiarity with social media such as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook is a must. You will be working virtually at your location, so self-motivation and dedication is a must. This is contract, part-time work.

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Researching current dates for Guide pages, such as Kids Classes, Weekend Festivals, Best Brunches in Beacon, Swimming Classes for Adults and Kids, etc. and making edits to those Guide pages on the blog.
  • Linking and writing some descriptive copy for Guide pages.
  • Pinning blog posts to pin boards in Pinterest.
  • Scheduling photo and plain text tweets in Twitter.
  • Bonus (but not required)! If you have graphic skills and can crop photos using a basic photo applications like Preview and Grab (in Macs) and creating photo collages using Fotor
Rate: $15/hr, 3hrs per week

If you have graphic design skills, this job can involve some low level designing for a different rate.

  • Design banner ads for sponsors who place ads on A Little Beacon Blog.
  • Design branded graphics for A Little Beacon Blog to feature special Categories and highlighted pages.
Rate: $20/hr, 3hrs per week

If this floats your boat, please email with your interest, why you want this job and why you'd be great at it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Sukkah Comes to Beacon in Celebration of Sukkot: "Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project"

The people of Beacon were given a communal celebration of bounty, vulnerability and appreciation of the harvest, with "Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project", a non-denominational celebration around the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. People visiting and walking through the park near the Visitor's Center at the West End of Main Street near the train station were able to experience this deliberately rickety structure with a roof of bamboo built by the project partners, Beacon Arts, Beacon Hebrew Alliance, the Laba House of Study at the 14th Street Y, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, and other organizations. This time of reflection came at a good period to give thanks for the rain this past week, as local reservoirs are hitting lows that are causing Hudson Valley leaders concern.

“It's hard to be vulnerable, to be open to the sky,” says Rabbi Brent Spodek of Beacon Hebrew Alliance. “It’s easier, however, to be open as part of a community. The ancient festival of Sukkot invites us to come together and give thanks for the harvest and also to be aware of the fleeting nature of life.”

For a period of eight days, the Sukkah was home to discussions, learning, workshops, stories, singing and more. Members of the Beacon community and beyond participated by sharing their knowledge of everything from Celtic folk traditions to hidden Jewish identities to a Beacon time capsule.

Did you visit the structure and what thoughts did you leave with? Please share them in the comments below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All Sport Health & Fitness Fishkill (Sponsor)

All Sport Health & Fitness
17 Old Main Street
Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 896-5678

All Sport is more than just a gym. It's an experience. From the moment you walk through their doors and are genuinely greeted by team members behind the front desk, you begin the feel the involvement between people, activities and a mindset of tapping into opportunities around you. Designed around your lifestyle, All Sport has something for everyone, from indoor/outdoor basketball courts, racquetball, soccer camp, dance lessons, indoor/outdoor pools, saunas, massages, a huge room for weight lifters, a calming room for women's strength-building, an "express circuit" machine set-up with a free lesson on how to use it all. For those who need a more creative workout, there are over 90 free group exercise classes for members, including Zumba, Barre Fusion, Yoga, and many more. Got kids? Enjoy All Sport's most thoughtful move of all - a fully staffed 2-room childcare center aka "Kids Club" with a jungle gym, slide, baby exersaucers, and coloring. And if the kids need a break from the room, All Sport schedules different classes such as Kids in Motion, where kids tumble to music in a racquetball court and then can be walked back to Kids Club by the teacher.

Kids in Motion I: Ages 1 & 2 (child and parent)
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am
Kids in Motion II Ages 3-5 (drop-off)
Tuesdays: 9:15-10:00am
Fridays: 12:15-1:00pm
Member: Free
NonMember: $10 drop-ins welcome

Gross motor development class that includes activities utilizing an assortment of equipment to fun upbeat music. The focus of this class is on structure, eye-hand coordination and balance and listening skills.

Swimming Lessons Indoor Pool - Registration Oct 8! Fills Up Fast!
For pre-school age and older, swim classes can be drop-off. Call ahead for registration details for Fall II Programs and Swim Lessons! Classes book fast.

Sponsored Page: All Sport Health & Fitness is a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog. Please read our Editorial and Advertising Policy for more information.