Sunday, May 3, 2015

Classifieds Listing: Free Short Evergreen Tree

Classified Listing:
This cute little evergreen tree could be yours. Will you give it a home? Seems to grow in partial sun.


Price: Free.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Making a Few Design Changes Around Here!


This blog was started four years ago in 2011. In that time, with our coverage of different businesses popping up and rocking it with their interior design updates and website makeovers, I started to get an itch to redesign the overall look and feel of A Little Beacon Blog. The original logo is very dear and personal to me, but current shifts in web design are making a redesign just too appealing!

So we're trying out the new look of the blog over this weekend to see how it all feels. Like a new outfit, we need to see how it moves, how it stretches, and how it makes us feel. I also need approval from certain VIPs like mothers, fathers, grandmothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, and great designers around town, so I'm letting everyone look at it here in the real setting (verses me sending design mockups to their inboxes at odd hours, hoping for their instant feedback).

Thank you so much for your support so far! It has been amazing, and I hope that the redesign opens up even more opportunities for coverage for what you love in your life here in Beacon and beyond.

Most importantly, I hope that YOU like the new look!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Score These Great Items at the Ree-Play Sale! And Ree-Play Just Got a Major Win for Shade in Parks!'ve seen the Ree-Play flyers around town. You've marked the date for the Ree-Play sale on your calendar - this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 2015! But have you seen the items for sale that you can buy? And do you know how this Ree-Play Children's Tag Sale, a fundraising effort from Wee Play Community Project impacts your life in Beacon? Not only will you score a major deal on some kids gear that can change your children's lives forever (ok, maybe for 5 minutes), but your purchase contributes to the three kid and toddler parks in Beacon, in addition to the "Come and Play" programming at the Howland Library, as well as other initiatives around the city.

The Ree-Play Sale is Wee Play's biggest fundraiser, and for the past few years, Wee Play has been committed to getting a shade structure put up at the tot park at Memorial Park. As of yesterday morning, Wee Play announced that they have saved $10,000 from Ree-Play sales of years past, and have donated it to the City of Beacon to purchase shade infrastructures for the tot park at Memorial Park, and the purchase of new equipment, including a bumblebee rider to replace the old dinosaurs, and benches for the tot park. All of these improvements are slated to be installed this summer 2015. The City Recreation Funds will make up for the difference of funding needed to begin these projects.

As a fan of numbers and financials, Wee Play shared their sales highlights with us, so that you can see what a difference a small purchase at the Ree-Play Sale can make. In 2014, Wee Play made $8,440 at the sale.  They donated $1,000 to Howland Library, $1,000 to BAEF, and $500 to the City for the University Settlement Camp. Library programming is one of Wee Play's programs.

In 2013, Wee Play made around $7,200 at the sale. They donated $100 to BAEF, $1,500 to Howland Library children's programming, $500 to the University Settlement camp, $250 to Sargent Downing Garden, and $100 to BACA.

And now, for shopping previews! You better get to the University Settlement Park Theater early, but there are boxes and boxes of clothing, toys and books for you to select from, so you will find something you have been looking for!

The play kitchen.
A VERY popular item for little hands to open and close!

A Cozy-Coop and Convertible Cozy-Coop! Pimp your ride.

Vroom Vroom!

Cutest bug rocker ever. And soft!

Definitely, this stroller helps your mobility around town.

Ho ho, yes. What fun for a bicycle built for two!

Friday, April 24, 2015

OMG The Cutest Beacon Barks Parade for 2015 and Photos From Their Instagram

The Beacon Barks Parade is in its 9th year, and is part of the fabric of Beacon. It's not only part of the fabric, but it's like Opening Day for Spring in Beacon. The parade happens rain or shine, and this year for 2015, it's tomorrow, which is only days after pelting ice fell from the sky (!?!) onto beautifully blossoming hyacinths, daffodils, and newly opened flowering tree blossoms. The parade was inspired by the team at our local pet food store, Beacon Barkery, "to show appreciation for animal shelters and the wonderful cats and dogs they care for." The parade has brought over 4,000 people to Beacon to walk the streets, play and learn from the animals, meet animal educators, and shop from vendor tables and Main Street businesses.

Can Beacon Barks add to the fun? Yes! This year, Beacon Barks joined Instagram and have been doing countdowns from as far back as 102 Days until the next Beacon Barks Parade. And that day has finally arrived! Here are some highlight photos from their Instagram, and what you can expect at tomorrow's parade:

Everything starts at 10am, where the parade gathers at the West end
of Main Street. The Blessing of the Animals is at 10:15, a costume contest
at 10:45, and the parade walks at 11:10am. Full schedule is at

Nixie Sparrow is hand stamping dog tags. I have a tag like this for my dog,
and it is the cutest! You definitely want one.

Brook Farm Veterinary Center is handing out keychains
at their vendor table, which comes in handy if you are a
member of the Beacon Dog Park, funding of which came
in part from a Beacon Barks Parade in years past!
This guy, Leroy, is one of Beacon's most well known dog
trainers, and will be doing a training demonstration.
This pug, Bella, will actually be attending the parade, and
you should just follow this motto in general.
Shelter and rescue organizations will be in attendance, like this
one - the Curly Tail Pug Rescue.

I am giving a special shout out to Roosevelt Vet on the Hudson for enabling my 15 year old German Shepherd/Chow Gerdy to walk in the parade for the first time! Ever since Roosevelt did an Partner Article with A Little Beacon Blog about their recommended osteoarthritis treatments for dogs, Gerdy has been getting one easy injection once a month, and she can now go up our front steps with minimal assistance, skip with excitement if we are going on a walk, and looks forward to walking to Main Street instead of turning around.

See you at the parade!

More annual events are coming up, don't miss them! See A Little Beacon Blog's Annual Events Calendar for several don't-miss events.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Where Is This?" Winner! For the Vintage + Grandparent Hint Photo

The wall lined with vintage wallpaper that you may have never noticed
when waiting for prescriptions to be filled at Vogel Pharmacy.

The winner of this week's "Where Is This?" photo contest is Chris Sanders who won a prize from Blackbird Attic. Chris answered correctly that the mystery photo was taken at Vogel Pharmacy on Main Street. This photo is of the vintage wallpaper found behind the waiting area. The wallpaper is illustrations of old time-y beakers and devices for measuring and cooking medicine. Congratulations, Chris!

The original mystery photo for this "Where Is This?" contest.

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Hint #2 for This Week's "Where Is This?" Contest

For those of you following along with your blog reader, Hint #2 has been posted to the contest.

Click here to read Hint #2. You will guess it for sure and win the 20% off coupon from Blackbird Attic!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where Is This? Hint #1: It's Vintage. Hint #2: Show it to Your Grandparents or Older Beaconites

What is this a picture of and where was it taken? All photos in this contest are taken in Beacon, NY. The first person to name where this picture was taken wins a prize from the "Where Is This?" prize bag!

This week's prize is a 20% off coupon from Blackbird Attic.
- The Winning Entry must be made in the Comments below.
- First right answer wins!
- Winners must wait 30 days before entering another contest.

It's vintage.

Show this to your grandparents or neighbors who have lived in Beacon for a long time. Chances are, they sat in front of this while waiting.

A winner has identified the photo! Click here to see the big picture and learn where this is!

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