Sunday, July 26, 2015

Give Me An Egg And Cheese Sandwich. In A Wrapper. To Go.

Good things come in brown paper bags, wrapped in foil or parchment paper, especially when warm and melty.

On the weekends, we are often on the go and don't make a big production of going out to brunch because it's a big enough production just getting out the door with kids. Yet who wants to make breakfast and clean it before our big trip up Rt. 52 and onto Rt. 9 for a shopping expedition for kids clothes and low price pantry items at Target?

So I wished this morning for an egg and cheese sandwich from a deli and did a mental walk through of all of the breakfast places on Main Street, and hi Beacon Bagel! The guaranteed spot-hitter for a breakfast sandwich that can fill you up on until a late lunch. And they serve it all day, unlike other sandwich shops that turn off breakfast!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

[WINNER!!] Mystery Photo Contest #12: Hint: "It's Not Scrabble" Prize: 2 Free Tickets to Beacon Jazz Festival!

Thank you to our sponsor of this contest, Studio Pixelated!
Studio Pixelated is offering personalized training for your social media campaigns, and is taking new clients for social media execution for businesses located in Beacon.

It's not a mystery anymore! Anik Desjardins Burns correctly identified the mystery photo as a letter at the train station!

The Mystery Photo was the letter "n" by artist Chris Janks, the last letter in the
Welcome to Beacon sign at the entrance of the train station.

2 Free Tickets to the Beacon Jazz Festival this Saturday! Details about the festival in our Annual Events Guide!

It's not scrabble.

HINT #2:
Train commuters will recognize this. The question is - which one?

- The Winning Entry must be made in the Comments below, and not at any social media channel.
- You must identify WHERE this picture was taken, and WHAT the picture is.
- First right answer wins!
- Prize must be picked up by the winner within two weeks of winning.
- Winners must wait 30 days before entering another contest.

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Post your answer in the Comments below!

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Candlelight Vigil to Protect The Hudson River From PCBs If GE's Cleanup Stops

From Schuylerville to Pier 63 in Manhattan, Scenic Hudson is hosing a Candlelight Vigil to encourage GE (General Electric) to continue the clean-up of our most treasured natural and economic resource: The Hudson River. Says the EPA: "During a 30-year period ending in 1977, when EPA banned the production of PCBs, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million pounds of PCBs were discharged into the Hudson River from two General Electric (GE) capacitor manufacturing plants located in the towns of Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York. In 1984, 200 miles of river, between Hudson Falls and the Battery in New York City, was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List of the country’s most contaminated hazardous waste sites."

Oftentimes taken for granted as a river to boat on, or a river to gaze upon from a highrise apartment in New York City or from the mountains of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson River was once an economic engine, as well as a major mode of transportation and war strategy during the Revolutionary War, which is why Newburgh was the headquarters of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, as well as a very wealthy town for industries who shipped between Newburgh and New York City (which...honestly may have contributed to the pollution of the river). The economy thrived during a time of high shipping, which is why so many of the philanthropic names you see on streets, parks, buildings and librarys are related to wealthy families with shipping businesses. Not to mention its history with the Native New Yorkers before Dutch and British settlers came here and renamed it.

GE was ordered to clean up the Hudson River in two phases, the second of which we are in now, which may be coming to an end, despite "leaving behind millions of pounds of heavily contaminated sediments that eventually will flow past Beacon and Newburgh," according to Scenic Hudson.

Tonight, in a dual event at Long Dock Park, which is right next to the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park who were both extremely instrumental in spearheading the cleanup of the Hudson River through song and public pressure, Scenic Hudson has organized a Candlelight Vigil to keep the pressure on GE and governments to stay on the clean-up. Beacon now has public floating riverpool that Toshi and Pete Seeger envisioned and set up in the Hudson River. Riverpools were actually quite common in New York City until the river became too polluted.

When you go to the free Riverfest concert tonight, you will easily be able to participate in this activism to show your support for a cleaner Hudson River. You can also visit Scenic Hudson's website to sign a petition, volunteer or donate.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Going To The Dump: What Happens at Beacon's Transfer Station/Recycling Center

The town "Dump", now known as City of Beacon Recycling,
or The Transfer Station.

Living next to a neighbor who has lived in Beacon for over 20 years and has a pickup truck, I hear about trips to "The Dump" quite often. In fact, my husband and I have pickup-truck-envy because we would also like a large pickup truck to cart loads of stuff we clean out of our house and yard to The Dump whenever we want to. My other neighbor is a hay-mulching urban gardener in his teeny back yard, and got himself a baby pickup truck to visit The Dump to pickup free dirt and mulch. In my fifth year of living in Beacon, I decided to be a Big Girl and go to The Dump myself to see what it was all about.

First of all, it is no longer called "The Dump", since it is not a static place of trash getting dumped and left behind (or at one point long ago, burned). In fact, when the garbage men come to pick up your trash, the trash gets dealt with by Royal Carting, a company contracted with the City of Beacon, and is not taken to The Dump at all. This spot has been renamed to "The Transfer Station," or the "City of Beacon Recycling Center," depending on which city-issued flyer you are looking at. The sign outside the building reads "City of Beacon Recycling" and the official page for it at the City's website has it named The Transfer Station.

It's quite a busy spot. In fact a whole Richard Scary story with all kinds of bulldozers and conveyer belts could be illustrated about The Transfer Station because of the type of waste that gets repurposed there. Leaf piles and grass clippings get turned into dirt. TVs and electronics have their own special dumpster bin that gets picked up by Royal Carting for a fee that the City of Beacon pays. Royal Carting then takes some of that scrap to AW Scrap Processors on 9D to melt for scrap metal, the money of which is then paid to the City of Beacon, says Highway Superintendent Anthony "Zep" Thomaselli.

A view of the compost pile of leaf clippings in the back, with a bulldozer to turn it.
In the forefront is the dumping pit for furniture.

To see how it all worked, I challenged myself to take our old chair to The Dump aka The Transfer Station. The Transfer Station is located down Dennings Avenue, which is a right turn at the intersection near the basketball courts if you are leaving Beacon and passing the Beacon Dental complex on your left. You'll drive through a residential area, and then keep your eyes peeled for the Transfer Station on your left. I actually drove right past it because I saw a sign that read "City of Beacon Recycling" as pictured below. If you drive past The Transfer Station, you'll dead-end into a parking lot that you've been to before when you wanted to hop onto the walking trail around Dennings Point along the train tracks.

Being that we don't have a pickup truck, fitting the chair into the car was tricky, but I made it. The first step is to drive onto a large scale that is operated by Dave "Zeek" Secor. My first question to Dave was: "Is this The Dump? Am I in the right place?" to which he replied "Yes." Dave then asked me if I had lived in Beacon for a long time, only because old-timers are becoming the only ones still calling it The Dump.
Car on a red scale to be weighed before dumping its trash.
Dave's next question to me was to verify if I'd paid all of my City taxes. Residents of Beacon do get to dump 250 pounds of material free of charge within a date range each year if they have paid their taxes. Anything over 250 pounds for the year will be charged to the resident by the City of Beacon. This includes furniture, TVs, and extra trash that otherwise would have been collected in your trash can. The limit does not include grass clippings and brush, which is free. This year of 2015, the date range is May 19th - September 26th. The reason for the limit is that Beacon does pay Royal Carting to pick up this material, so hundreds of pounds of extra trash from your home or summer "Clean The Shed" project cannot be a total free for all.
Dave "Zeek" Secor on the right, and retired Water Department
employee Ralph Durso who likes to visit old buddies.
Next step is to back up you car and...dump your stuff! The furniture goes into this bin that faces the giant mound of decomposing leaf bags on the left, and dirt on the right that was previously leaf piles and grass clippings. TVs and other things go into another bin.
Get ready to dump!
Here's a video of me actually tipping the chair into the dumpster. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube playlist, Real Live Scoop!

In the Summer, there is a lot of yard cleanup going on, and you may drive past bags of grass clippings and weed pickings left out on the street. And they may sit and sit. That is because in the Summer, there is no official pickup schedule by the City of Beacon to pick up these bags, like there is in the Fall when City of Beacon trucks are picking up leaves from October to the first snowfall, says Thomaselli. "We have so much to do, that we try to collect the grass clippings on rainy days. For the whole month of April, however, we do pick up brush and bags frequently. And in January we pick up Christmas trees." There is a number you can call to let the City of Beacon Recycling know about your grass clippings that need picked up, and that number is 845-831-0932. Otherwise, you can drive your yard waste to City of Beacon Recycling building on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays within designated hours posted on their website in special biodegradable paper bags, and dumping it is free.

Piles of brush compost (left), mulch (center) and the final stage of dirt (right).

If you needed a lot of dirt in your back yard to start a new garden, or to make a flower bed deeper at the base of a tree that is otherwise solid roots, then The Transfer Station / City of Beacon Recycling Center is the place to pick up such dirt. Located in the far back of the lot is a very tall mound of dirt that is the result of months and months of decomposing leaves, brush and grass clippings. Those brown bags you see on the side of the road - those all make it to The Transfer Station and get dumped into the tall pile of biodegradable bags, turned a bunch of times, and then transferred to a giant sifter to sift out most trash that accidentally made it into the leaf bags. However, collecting the dirt has become so popular, that the dirt itself is getting rare because it is in high demand from residents and  local farms and organizations like Green Teen who take it by the truck-load to plant their garden initiatives all over town, including at Tito's and at South Avenue Elementary School.

So as you are out weeding your flower beds and gardens, and mowing the lawn, you can feel like you are doing an even better job, and giving back to your fellow neighbors, because those clippings can turn into golden dirt for others! If you are feeling extra proud of what you just dumped, take a picture of it and tag us on Instagram!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cat Rocks: Family-Friendly Hike in Pawling

Today we’re going to hike The Appalachian Trail. Well, 0.07% of it.

Your kids probably aren’t quite ready to hike 2,150 miles from Georgia to Maine (although they might be), but this 3-mile round-trip hike to the scenic overlook known as Cat Rocks, just below the summit of West Mountain in Pawling, is a good introduction to the AT.

Expect some company: Cat Rocks can be a crowded spot. It’s the halfway point in a popular 7.5 mile day hike that goes from the Appalachian Trail Metro-North stop on Route 22 all the way to Route 55 with a stop over at Nuclear Lake. (Guess how Nuclear Lake got its name? You’re right!) But it’s always fun to meet people who are in the middle of thru-hiking, or at least tackling large sections, of the AT, and this hike even gives you a chance to check out an AT shelter.

We especially enjoy this hike in early Spring when the skunk cabbage have emerged, seasonal snow-melt streams are rushing, and tasty fiddleheads and ramps can be found if you keep an eye out. Plus, since the trees haven’t filled out yet, when you get to Cat Rocks you might be able to see your car parked at the bottom.

Cat Rocks lookout in spring
On the other hand, I’m starting to think that the view from Cat Rocks is probably even better in the fall during peak leaf season. Anyone want to join us for a hike this fall?

  1. Begin by parking here on West Dover Road/Route 20, by the massive, 300 year old oak tree known as the Dover Oak. More than one guide to the AT claims that the Dover Oak is the largest blazed tree on the entire 2,150 length of the trail. Speaking of blazes: You’ll be following the white blazes for pretty much the entire hike.
    Parking Area
    Appalachian Trail
  2. Cross the road and take the stairs down into the skunk cabbage marsh. There are some boardwalks to take you over the muddiest parts, but you should still be wearing something waterproof on your feet. 
  3. After the marsh is the hike’s only tricky part: A rocky outcropping that you’ll have to scramble up. The ascent is gradual enough that it’s not too difficult, but if it’s rained recently, the rocks can be quite slippery. Take your time and keep a hand on the wee ones as you guide them up the slopes. 
    Rock Scramble
  4. It’s smooth sailing from here. You’ll soon reach a wooden bridge that traverses a seasonal stream. Also, look for a tree on the left side of the trail right here that Cooper swore looked like a giant dinosaur foot.
    Exploring the stream
  5. Shortly after that is the junction with the 0.1 mile long blue trail, which branches off to the left. It’s worth your time to check it out. Not only is there a beautiful rushing stream with cascades and frog ponds, but it also leads to the Telephone Pioneers Shelter - so named because it was built by the White Plains chapter of the Telephone Pioneers back in the 1980’s. The Telephone Pioneers is what they used to call the volunteer service programs run by the various telephone companies. Today they’re known as the Telecom Pioneers because landlines? LOLOLOL. What’s also notable about this particular shelter is that there’s a mini library attached to it, run by the Pawling Free Library. Hikers are encouraged to take, or leave, a book. The last time we visited the shelter we ran into a section hiker named Gas (all AT hikers give themselves a nickname) who had so far hiked the AT all the way up from Georgia, and he told us that was the first library he’d ever seen attached to a shelter. 
    Appalachian Trail- Telephone Pioneers Shelter
  6. Backtrack to the junction, and continue along the white blazed trail for the final push to the top. Cat Rocks is actually just off the trail itself. You’ll see an unmarked trail branching off to the right around here, and the view will be partly visible. Head right for about 100 feet and you’re there, facing east. Plop yourself down and have a snack! If you want to reach the true summit of West Mountain, head back to the trail and push ahead another 0.1 mile for a north facing view. 
    Almost to the lookout
  7. From Cat Rocks, backtrack down to the trailhead. Again, use some caution when you reach the rocky, sloping outcrop near the trailhead. Honesty, we’ve found that it’s easier to just slide down most of it on your bottom. We call it “booty-scootin’” which Coop find hilarious. Then he won’t stop saying “BOOTY SCOOTIN’! BOOTY SCOOTIN’!” for, like, days. You know what? Maybe it’s better to walk down.
    Cat Rocks lookout in summer
Round Trip Distance: Just under 3 miles.

Where to park: The parking shoulder is here on West Dover Road/Route 20, on the side with the giant oak tree (trust me, you can’t miss it.) If you’re coming from the south: If you pass Valley View Farms Road on the right, you’ve gone too far by about a mile. If you’re coming from the north: Once you pass Valley View Farms Road on the left, start paying attention because you’ll hit the trailhead in about a mile.

What to pack for the kids:

  • Snacks and water
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent (The bugs can be bad on the trail’s swampier sections in the summer.)
  • Binoculars 
  • Waterproof shoes with good grips
  • Maybe even a book to leave at the shelter library

Contributors Brian PJ Cronin (local writer extraordinaire) and Kristen Cronin (local do-gooder and co-founder of For Goodness Bake) combine Brian's writing talents and Kristen's beautiful photography to focus on family-friendly hikes for our Hiking Series.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

 Second Saturday Happenings on July 11, 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, list event details or post a photo, click here for advertising packages.

Let's get to it!!


3 Beekman Street
(845) 440-0100
Special for Second Saturday 2-4pm: Kelly Taxter, an assistant curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, will give a talk on Fred Sandback 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. Check out their new patio as well.
Special for Second Saturday: As always, 2 Way will showcase for various local artists on their walls. They will also have a new experimental beer to try!
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 
Second Saturday in Beacon, NY
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:
My Life With The Weather Beings: Paintings by Terence Donovan. Reception for the artist 6-9 pm.
Open Until: 9pm

145 Main Street, Beacon
COLORANT Pop Up Shop uses 100% Natural Dyes from the earth such as Indigo, Coreopsis, Logwood and Walnut to color modern pieces for the everyday woman. Now offering hand-dyed silk/cotton pieces for spring as well as naturally dyed accessories from other local fiber artists.
Special for Second Saturday 5pm-8pm: Yoga event wonderful for all ages. Yoga with nOMad teacher Phoebe Miller. Ambient Sounds live with Craig Chin and ice tea sampling. no experience necessary.
Open Until: 9pm

Marion Royael Gallery
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main Street, Beacon
Special for Second Saturday: Relax; Carnival Royael .
On view is a directed migrating installation presenting individual perspectives related to the art of relaxing, seasoned with frivolity, in a singularly connected assembly of finely executed art work.
Open Until: 10pm

The Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street, Beacon
Second Saturday in Beacon, NY
Clutter Gallery
(212) 255-2505
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: A group exhibition of "inappropriate art" featuring over 20 different artists.
Open Until: 9pm

Chill Wine Bar
173 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 765-0885
A cozy wine bar offering tapas and live 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 music from Pierce Allen and Sam Smith.
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
Judy Sigunick at Theo Ganz
149 Main Street, Beacon
(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: 
Featuring artist Judy Sigunick: From a Sister's Closest, recent sculpture.
Open Until: 8pm

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.
Second Saturday: Tom Chibarro Retrospective. Opening Reception: 6 to 9pm.
Open Until: 9pm

Dream in Plastic
Beacon's Second Saturday 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: "We are the Glorg" Works by Scarecroven. Previously to his career as an illustrator, Scarecrowoven was employed as a graphic designer and art director in the music industry were he mastered his foundations in color theory. His fanatical admiration for bright and bold color pallets in technicolor movies, experience in commercial art and obsessive service to fine detail contribute to the development his trademark style.Or check their Facebook page for any last minute events!
Open Until: 6pm-9pm or later

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
Second Saturday in Beacon NY
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: RiverWinds is celebrating its 12th Anniversary and is presenting “The Bubble Makers” - Dana Wigdor. With her paint brushes, she creates a magical world of fun in the sky. The show opens on Beacon's Second Saturday with an artist reception from 5-8pm.
Open Until: 8pm

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: Rafael Quirindongo
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: Artisan Wine Shop offers delicious wine tastings on Second Saturdays.

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

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."
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: 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.
Second Saturday: Musician T. Jay at 9:30pm
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

Nixie Sparrow
291 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7011
Nixie Sparrow usually hosts a variety of DIY workshops — from watercolor and cookie decorating to home-brewing and pumpkin carving.
Special for Second Saturday 7pm:  Portraits with Ariel Schrag and Gabrielle Bell.

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

Second Saturday in Beacon NY
Howland Public Library
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.)
Second Saturday: Artwork created by Anderson Center for Autism adult artists will be on display at Howland Public Library. Join for an Art Reception where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments 5pm-7pm.
Open Until: 7pm

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

330 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 202-7447
The premiere collaborative, co-operative live music venue/Japanese restaurant in Beacon, NY!
Special for Second Saturday:
The Figgs! perform.
Open Until: LATE

Beacon Natural Market
348 Main Street, Beacon
(845) 838-1288
Beacon Natural Market is a community grocery store dedicated to offering a complete selection of quality organic and natural products.

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:John Hammond; with special guest Gregory Charlemagne
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 June 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.
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' consignment boutique is an orderly, well-curated mix of reasonably priced modern, vintage, and designer clothing & furniture/decor pieces
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. 

Harry's Hot Sandwiches
449 Main St.
(845) 765-8111
The name is pretty self explanatory: Great sandwiches, coffee, and other goodies. You can hang out or take it to go!
Open Until: 6pm

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.
Second Saturday: Usually offers a special product on sale for Second Saturday.
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
Second Saturday in Beacon NY
Matteawan Gallery
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: Presenting de•con•struct, an exhibition of drawing, collage, photography, and mixed-media works by Janice Caswell, Emily Hass, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Cat Poljski, and Krista Svalbonas. The exhibition is curated by Krista Svalbonas and features artists who explore notions of memory, identity, and temporality through a process of deconstructing and reassembling architectural imagery.
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

Howland Cultural Center
Second Saturday in Beacon NY
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
Special for Second Saturday: Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will take you on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.
Tickets: $10.

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

Waddle n Swaddle
484 Main St
(845) 831-5952
Waddle n Swaddle is a natural parenting store and wellness boutique, focusing on the essential needs of mama, child and the “naturally modern family”.  They hand-pick eco-friendly toys, maternity/nursing bras and clothing, baby carriers, feeding supplies, potties, cloth diapers, swaddles, gear and more.
Second Saturday 5-8pm: Art installation "Animals in Color and Texture" featuring artist Kate C. Thyberg. This exhibit is touted as having "cupcakes and champagne and art and babies!".
Open Until: 8pm

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
Second Saturday in Beacon NY
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: “Ghost Dance” New work by Tom Holmes in Stone, Steel, and Burnt Wood
Beacon Room: “Intimacy In The Digital Age” New Works by Sarah Allen Eagan.
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.
Open Until: "LATE" according to their website.

Barb's Butchery
69 Spring St.
(845) 831-8050
Former math teacher barb is now our friendly, fresh local butcher! She sources from local farms and supplies our favorite local restaurants. Learn more about what delicious things you can order form her in our profile here.
Second Saturday 3-6pm: Beers and Brats for $8 special.
Open Until: 6pm

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

Niche Modern
5 Hanna Lane, Beacon
(212) 777-2101
Specializes in crafting fine modern hand blown glass lighting and chandeliers. All of our products are handmade with love in Beacon, New York.
Open Until: 6pm

The Lofts at Beacon
18 Front Street, Beacon
(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.
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.