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Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Things To Do Every X Day

Please see the Ongoing Events Guide to see if you're out and about on a day where your usual go-to activity is happening!

Monday

  • Bridge Club: every 3rd Monday
  • The Community Chorus: back in Fall 2017

Wednesday

  • Pot Luck Wednesday
  • Line Dancing

Friday

  • Open Mic Night: every 3rd Friday
  • Unplugged Game Night: 1st Friday of month
  • Zine Club
  • Anime & Manga Club
  • Pokemon Players Meetup
  • Bingo Night

Sunday

Tuesday

  • Old Timey Southern Fiddle Tunes: every 2nd Tuesday
  • History of Beacon: every 4th Tuesday
  • Bicycle Run
  • Learn to Hula Dance
  • Club Draw
  • Helen Savoit Daytime Book Club: every 2nd Tuesday

Thursday

  • The Beacon Chess & Backgammon Club: every 2nd Thursday
  • Beacon Drum Circle, Long Dock Park, 7pm

Saturday


Going On Now

BULK TRASH PICK-UP 2017
Days:
May 16-September 30, 2017
Location: City of Beacon
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UPCOMING & ANNUAL EVENTS, PARADES & FESTIVALS

Movies That Matter screening of “Bonhoeffer”
Day: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 7pm (doors) 7:30pm (movie)
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
Movies That Matter Beacon will screen BONHOEFFER, a documentary that tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of need.  His books, Cost of Discipleship, Letters and Papers from Prison, and Ethics, were written during the struggle and are considered classics in the world of religion and ethics.  A panel discussion with local religious leaders will follow the screening.
- Imam Abdullah, Masjid Ar-Rashid Islamic Teaching Center of Beacon
- Rev. Leita Singleton, St. James AME Zion Church, Beacon
- Rabbi Brent Spodek, Beacon Hebrew Alliance
- Moderator Pastor Ben, First Pres. Church of Beacon
Free Admission
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Back to School Block Party
Day: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 12-4pm
Location: South Avenue Park, Beacon, NY
In effort to support Beacon families, I Am Beacon has partnered with Key Food to host the third Annual Back to School Block Party. Supporting parents and students in preparing for the start of the new school year!

An evening with blakmajiikforist
Day: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Admission is $10

Chronogram Block Party
Day: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 3-11pm
Location: Wall Street, Kingston, NY
Fifth year in a row, starting one hour earlier!  Chronogram Magazine's annual block party will be on Wall Street between John and North Front Streets in Kingston. The day will feature live music from Decora, Quincy Mumford, JK Vanderbilt, The Ballroom Thieves, and more! Food trucks from the Hudson Valley, Beer & Wine Garden, featuring select brews from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Keegan Ales, hard cider from Angry Orchard, wine from Benmarl Winery, and more!
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Riverside Craft Fair
Day: Saturday & Sunday, August 19-20, 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY
Rain or Shine! Over 60+ vendors, artists, craft persons, new gourmet food items and more.
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Beacon Performing Arts Center OPEN HOUSE
Day: Saturday & Sunday, August 19-20, 2017
Time: 10am-12pm (Sat), 10am-2pm (Sun)
Location: 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
The Beacon Performing Arts Center has a new home!  The open house will include co-owners and Broadway national touring artists Kate Vander Linden (Elf, The Musical), Jake Vander Linden (Ghost, The Musical), and Tim Grady (Elf, The Musical), giving sample classes of what will be included in their Fall class schedule.  They will raffle free classes and lessons while showcasing their state of the art performing art space.
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Hudson Valley Holistic Market
Day: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Ramada Conference Center, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY
Come shop your favorite vendors, crafters, healing practitioners, artists, and psychic readers. We feature local businesses that carry products to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We specialize in metaphysical and esoteric products and services. The Hudson Valley Holistic Market prides itself on friendly, low stress, diverse and inclusive events, and our Market events promise to be like no other.
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Jazz in the Valley Festival
Day: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 12pm (gates 11am)
Location: Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Solar Eclipse Observing Event
Day: Monday, August 21, 2017
Time: 12:30-4pm
LocationScenic Hudson's Long Dock Park, 23 Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY
Come down to Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY so we can enjoy the eclipse on Monday, August 21st! The eclipse begins at around 1:20 and reaches its maximum of about a 70% eclipse around 2:40, with the end occuring around 4:00. In totality, air temperatures can sometimes drop upwards of 20 degrees! During a partial eclipse, such as what will be up here, we may see a temporary drop in temperature, as well. Bring your ISO and CE certified gear, such as solar eclipse glasses, sunoculars, and solar filters for your telescopes! Come down and celebrate with like-minded people that are interested in seeing this once in a lifetime event on the scenic Beacon waterfront!
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Dutchess County Fair
Day: August 22-27, 2017
Time: 10am-10pm
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave./Rte. 9, Rhinebeck, NY
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Celebrate the Woody!
Day: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 12pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon, NY
The Beacon Sloop Club is proud to invite its friends and supporters to join us in celebrating the completion of the Woody's restoration.

12 pm - Potluck Lunch
1 pm - Ceremony
2 pm - Dessert, music (bring your instrument), and deck tours

Bring a potluck dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP by August 23 to jpmalchow@gmail.com
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Howland Chamber Music's Pop-Up Concert - A Summer Celebration
Day: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Scenic Hudson's River Center at Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
The Howland Chamber Music Circle's Pop-Up concerts are occasional free community concerts presented throughout the Beacon area. For our next concert we're having a summer celebration at Scenic Hudson's River Center at Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY.

Lecture: 1950’s and Nostalgia, In Search of Greatness in the “Golden Age” 
Day: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 7pm    
Location: Atlas Studios, 11 Spring St, Newburgh, NY
Atlas Studios in Newburgh is quickly growing as a center for art, lectures, live music and other creative endeavors. It is so exciting to have Think Olio present their first ever talk in Newburgh next Saturday titled: 1950’s and Nostalgia, In Search of Greatness in the “Golden Age”.

Think Olio organizes pop-up classes with professors across all disciplines at unique venues, so that people can continue learning in a casual setting without having to sign up for official college classes. They have held over 250 of these in NYC. For information and to reserve your seat, click here.

Hudson Valley Hoptember Harvestfest
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 1pm
Location: Eastern View Farm & Nursery, 1167 Noxon Road, Lagrangeville, NY
The event will feature 20 plus local brewers, local music as well as our Hop smoked BBQ by the award winning "Bacon Brothers" as well as many other Hop Infused Delights.  VIP admission includes early entrance to the event at 11:30, a commemorative glass and t-shirt and preferred parking. VIP's will also, be privileged to a rare beer and specialty food tasting and a tour of our Vineyard. Help support our events charity "HOPE FOR HEROES." Our Event goes till 5pm. All sales are final.
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Classics for Kids: "Instrument Discovery"
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
The Howland Chamber Music Circle and the Howland Cultural Center are excited to present our annual "Instrument Discovery" Children's Concert on September 9, 2017 at 3pm at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY. This will coincide with Beacon's Second Saturday celebration of the arts.

The program will begin with an "instrument petting zoo" where students can handle various instruments. This will be followed by performances by area musicians demonstrating many of the instruments. 

The program is appropriate for children of all ages, especially those who are looking to choose an instrument to study in school. This is a FREE program, however due to the limited space we ask that you make reservations here.

Expressions On Air - Live Streaming Music & Podcast Event
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 3pm
Location: Beacon Soundworks, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
Beacon Soundworks will be hosting a live streaming event on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The purpose of this event is to celebrate local talent and music artists as well as the highlight the podcasts movement here in Beacon. The event will be live streamed on the Ground community radio station website (TheGround.town) as well as on YouTube and Facebook Live.

The event will begin at 3:00 pm with a live streaming studio audience podcast featuring the Ear Plug Podcast Network’s “Steady Geekin” and Merexposure’s “Not up for Debate”, and run through the evening. All are welcome to come out and enjoy. Refreshments and food will be provided by Draught Industries and Beacon Pantry for all participants to take away from this event. 

The lineup includes musical performances by:

  • 4SM
  • Cold Hands
  • Publik Johnson
  • Rueben Simmons
  • Jadin Shropshire
  • Mike Hamel Band
  • Tony E
  • Jeremy Torres

Beacon Independent Film Festival
Days: September 15-17, 2017
Location: Beacon's University Settlement Camp on Wolcott Avenue (aka 9D)
The Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) showcases creative films in a unique venue, nestled among the trees at the foot of Mount Beacon, NY.
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Theater Day
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Students from high schools in and around Dutchess and Westchester Counties are invited to attend a FREE day of performance and technical workshops, including free breakfast and lunch, sponsored by Beacon High School, Spackenkill High School, Arts Mid-Hudson , BeaconArts and the Beacon Performing Arts Center. The day is designed to provide educational theatrical guidance in various fields while students can interact with each other from different schools and talk about one of the things they love the most: THEATER! There is no charge to attend Theater Day, but students need to register early, once we reach our cut off of 250 students we will close registration. We will likely hit our cutoff quickly, so don’t wait to sign up! Students can register by sending an email to beacononstage@gmail.com , stating their name, grade and school. A confirmation number will be sent by return email and subsequent information as it develops. Each of these workshops will be detailed with full explanations and breakdowns in a brochure that will be sent to all of you after you register.

The 5th Annual Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 12:30-5:30pm
Location: 1 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY 12508 (Beacon Metro North train station)
Wine isn’t the only thing the Hudson Valley is known for! The 5th annual Hudson River Craft Beer Festival returns to Beacon this September for the biggest & best craft beer festival yet. Follow the river to Riverfront Park to sample over 180 craft beers from over 90 of America’s best craft breweries while enjoying live music, local vendors and delicious food. There will be VIP and general admission sampling sessions available so you can sip the day away while enjoying the scenic Hudson River views!
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Stony Kill's Foundation Country Fair
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls, NY
Free admission and parking. There will be farm animals, chili cook off, hay rides, apple pie contest, local crafters and more. 
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Pacifica Quartet
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

Chefs for Clearwater
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park, NY
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater announces this year’s second annual Chefs for Clearwater culinary event to take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Chefs for Clearwater is a partnership of leading Hudson Valley Chefs, the CIA and Clearwater, aimed at spreading awareness of critical issues involving sustainability and food ethics, and how it relates to the Hudson Valley watershed. The event is a fundraiser to support Clearwater’s environmental education and advocacy programs on the Hudson River.

Chefs for Clearwater’s featured chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, vintners and cider makers have been invited to participate because of their demonstrated commitment to practicing and advancing sustainable agriculture and socially responsible business practices. The health of the Hudson River watershed directly impacts the health of the ground soil—and the reverse just as true. Chefs for Clearwater is a celebration of the great progress made on both fronts in recent years.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available at www.chefsforclearwater.org.

Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt
Day: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10-11am
Location: Stony Kill Farms, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY

Main Street Summit
Day: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: BEAHIVE & A Little Beacon Blog, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Club Draw presents Mdou Moctar
Day:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Admission $12. A night of live art and light show projections.

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Day: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

6th Annual Classic Car Show In Beacon
Presented by Beacon's Chamber of Commerce and Dutchess Cruisers
Day: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon
Great free family event where you can walk down Main Street gazing at classic cars and looking under the hood. Free Visitor parking is available in the DMV parking log off Main Street, the City Hall parking lot, Memorial Park, and a few other free municipal parking lots around Beacon. Please see A Little Beacon Blog's Guide to Free Parking to get addresses of parking lots and pictures, which is sponsored by Antalek and Moore's car and RV insurance options. Shuttle service via the Philipstown trolley available 11am to 6pm.  To participate, email coken@optonline.net.
Get the scoop, pictures and a video for Beacon's Car Show 2015!

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Dover Quartet
Day: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

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Grace Pumpkin Parade
Day: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie, NY
Join Grace Smith House, Inc. every October in Poughkeepsie, NY for our annual Grace Pumpkin Parade! We celebrate the spookiest of seasons, enjoy local hot cider, and raise funds to support Grace Smith House in empowering survivors of domestic violence and their families to live free from fear. October is also Bullying Awareness Month, and we encourage costumed creepers of all ages to dress up in non-violent costumes, be inspired by each others creativity, and be safe during Trick or Treat. Together, we can break the cycle of domestic violence in our community!
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

The Beacon Players presents "The Princess Luncheon"
Day: Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, 2017
Time: 12-1:45pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Meet and greet the princesses from Ella's Enchanted Events and an appearance from Cinderella.  A 2pm production of Cinderella follows after the luncheon. Luncheon tickets are $15,  "Cinderella" tickets sold separately at www.beaconplayers.com


2017 EVENTS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED

These events have passed. Look for them next year!
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Holiday Open Barn
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Stony Kill Barn, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Stony Kill maintains a working farm housing chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep. Our Farm Supervisor oversees the operations, and the daily care of the farm animals is done by our Livestock Caretakers. We rely heavily on volunteers to assist with maintenance and to give the public the opportunity to visit the farm. This is a special Open Barn date before the regular season starts in February.

Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, Gallery Talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
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Beacon's Parade Of Green
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY - start South Ave/end Tioronda Ave
Come celebrate the inaugural Parade of Green in Beacon. Festivities will begin at Main Street at 11 am.

2017 Maple Fest
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: Pancake Breakfast 11am-1pm, Festival 1-4pm
Location: Randolph School, 2467 Rt 9D, Wappingers Falls
The Randolph School will host its 8th annual Maple Fest, a traditional maple-sugaring event for the whole community. Hudson Valley residents are invited to tour the maple-sugaring process of tapping, collecting, and boiling sap to make maple syrup. Additional activities include music, sing-a-longs, storytelling, face painting, cooperative games, and hikes on Randolph’s lovely, forested property. A pancake lunch will round out the event, from 11-1 pm.

Sugar Maple Celebration
DayCheck back in 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Sharpe Reservation Camp, Camp Hidden Valley, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd, Fishkill, NY
The special free event will include: Maple Sugaring Demonstration, Historical Characters of Sharpe, Nature Discovery Room, Planetarium, Live Animal Show, Local Crafts and Food Market, Live Music, and Annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest. 
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Easter in Memorial Park
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Hop on Over to the Park! It is our annual Easter celebration in Memorial Park. Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling at Memorial Park. Fun for kids of all ages. Activities include egg hunt (ages 1 - 12 years old), a visit from the Easter Bunny, Bike and Basket Raffles, Petting Zoo, the annual presentation of the Mayor’s Egg, and more!
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Hudson Valley Mac and Cheese Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1-5pm
Location:  Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery - 100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr., Washingtonville, NY
Attendees this year will be able to sample Mac & Cheese creations from some of the finest restaurants and Chefs in the Hudson Valley. Entry with all tickets will include a free self guided tour of the winery and lots of Mac and Cheese samples as your taste buds will decide who will be crowned Kings of the Mac and Cheese! This is a family event kids 10 and under are FREE and we are expecting this event to be sold out before it begins.  
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Beacon Celebrates Earth Day Cleanup
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Visit Green Beacon for locations
Join the City of Beacon and Green Beacon Coalition on Saturday, April 22nd for a city-wide cleanup and BBQ to celebrate Earth Day. Cleanup locations listed below and the BBQ is at the Recreation Center from 2-4pm. Show your love for Mother Earth by helping to clean the shoreline and remove invasive plants at one of our most popular parks.  Bring the family - there will be projects for all ages!  You can volunteer at different locations throughout Beacon. Locations include High School Woods, South Ave Park, Teller Woods, Rocky Glen Park, Mount Beacon, Long Dock Park, Main Street. 
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Earth Day! Celebration at Stony Kill Farm
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-7pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Bring friends & family to come celebrate Earth Day with Stony Kill Foundation, Common Ground Farm and Hawk Meadow Montessori. Make some earth friendly crafts, plant some seedlings, enjoy a pond study, learn about bees, tour the farm, pick up manure for your garden, and visit with the animals - including the new baby lambs! Free admission! 

Record Store Day 2018
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: An all day affair. Plain accordingly!
Celebrating the culture of the indie record store. Local stores in the Beacon and the mid-Hudson Valley will most likely be participating. In Beacon, visit the newest record store, Hudson Valley Vinyl in the middle of Main Street 267 Main Street (have you checked out their website yet? They reallllllly want your records). They will not participating in RSD this year but will have a lot of great sales to take advantage of. Sound Shack Beacon may be doing a Record Store Day appearance at Beacon Music Factory, but confirm with them first. Otherwise, find Sound Shack at their usual home at the Newburgh Emporium. After crate digging in Beacon and Newburgh, head over to Cold Spring and check out Halfmoon Records or shoot up to Poughkeepsie to Darkside Records & Gallery and see their new, larger space.
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Third Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
The 2nd Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair, to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 is a celebration of fresh food, local vendors, crafts and farm fun. Every one of all ages will learn about urban farming and gardening and participate in “how to” demonstrations about what they can do in their yards, schools and neighborhoods.
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11th Annual Beacon Barks Parade & Street Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY - from Mountain Tops to DMV/Homespun Foods
It’s back! The popular Beacon Barks Parade returns to Main Street this year so get your four-legged friends ready.  Beacon Barks! is the street festival for people who love animals, live music, great food, and having fun in the heart of Beacon. In addition to the parade, there will a costume contest, canine performances, food, live music, vendors, and the option to adopt a pet!
Show appreciation for animal shelters, rescue and welfare organizations. It’s free, fun, family-friendly!  Local shops and restaurants open their doors to participants (both canine and otherwise) for tasty snacks & treats.  A variety of service providers (such as groomers, vets and many others) offer information and advice on caring for your best friend. 
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Read about this year's Beacon Barks Parade here

2018 Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 5-8pm
Location: St. Rocco Society, 26 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
The trustees of the Howland Public Library will be honoring Wee Play Community Project - the recipient of the ninth annual Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award.  They will also recognize Destiny Sanchez, the recipient of the Savoit Education Gift. Tickets are $50, tickets for children ages 5-12 are $7, under 5 years old are free.  Evening includes buffet from Papa Joe's and proceeds go to benefit the Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Fund. RSVP by April 14th.

Ree-Play Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: The University Settlement Camp, 668 Wolcott St, Beacon, NY
The kids tag sale that directly benefits Beacon parks and other programming, put on by Wee Play Community Project. Friday, April 21st to Sunday, April 23rd from 9am-1pm daily at the University Settlement Camp Theater (Beacon Pool entrance/9D, Beacon). Credit cards are accepted. Parking is at the pool, along the driveway, and up in a field by the casino building. Clothing deals include a $15 fill-a-bag for the clothing tables. As is every year, a delicious bake sale will be held daily, with fresh baked goods from local parents (have you heard of the #BeaconDessertMafia? OMG). Half-Price Day is Sunday, with a special treat of Balloon Animals form 11am-1pm on Sunday, too! See A Little Beacon Blog's article about it here.
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Hudson Valley Comic Con
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-7pm (Sat), 10am-6pm (Sun)
Location: Gold's Gym, 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hudson Valley Comic Con returns to Gold’s Gym this Spring with an upgraded Kids Zone, Gaming Lounge, and Main Floor! New Guests, New Vendors, New Panels, New Activities, & More
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Stony Kill Spring Celebration
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: TBD
Location: Stony Kill Farm - 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
This year’s Spring Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a raindate of Sunday, May 8. In addition to various craft demonstrations and local vendors, you can watch our sheep get their annual shearing and purchase plants in our greenhouse. Get ready for the spring season with vegetables and herbs that were grown in Stony Kill's greenhouse.  Live music – food – children’s activities –  information – demonstrations – gift shop – tours of the farm animals in the barn – tours of the Verplanck Tenant Farmhouse – and much more!
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Common Ground Farm Plant Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Tito Santanas Taqueria, Beacon, NY
There's no better time to start planning your garden - or raised bed, or windowsill box, or countertop pot - than the first week of spring. Mark your calendars & help your garden get off to its strongest start with our vegetable and herb seedlings, available for pre-order or purchase at our annual Plant Sale on May 7 at Tito Santana Taqueria.

Riverkeeper Sweep
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Denning's Point Trailhead - Denning's Point, AND Beacon Sloop Club - 2 Red Flynn Drive , Beacon, New York 12508
Join Zero to Go and Riverkeeper for a cleanup of Beacon’s Denning’s Point on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Volunteers should park in the Beacon Institute parking lot (near the transfer station/wastewater treatment plant) and walk over to the meeting point at the Denning's Point trailhead. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes or boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. This site is suitable for elementary-aged children with proper adult supervision.
More Information>  Dennings Point
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Beacon Farmer's Market Re-Opening Celebration
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Beacon Waterfront by the Metro North Station
The market is already open for the year, to a great turnout with delicious vendors and pantry and home decor items you will love. Get the scoop on the new mission and direction here!

Obercreek Plant Sale
TBD
Location: 59 Marlorville Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
The Obercreek Farm Standis selling their Certified Organic vegetable and herb plants for your home garden!  They are growing over 60 varieties, traditional and heirloom; check out the line-up below:
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Apple Blossom Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Experience the orchard in beautiful bloom!
Hayrides will be running for the duration of the event to bring visitors on a scenic trip through the flowering orchard. Enjoy face painting, and fun kids craft activities celebrating the spring season including the opportunity to "touch a tractor" and interact with some of the big machinery that allows us to farm the way we do. Live music by kid's band Michael and the Rockness Monsters. The Fishkill Farms grill will be serving up its signature Jerk Chicken, grass-fed beef burgers, veggies burgers, and hot dogs. The farm store will have fresh baked pies and homemade donuts galore! 
*Food is not included in admission. Admission: $5 (ages 12 and under are free)
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Memorial Day Parade
Day: TBD
Lineup Time: 9:30am
Time Parade Starts: 10:00am
Location and Lineup: South Avenue near Bank Square
Hosted by the Beacon New York American Legion Post 203
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Self Made Market
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: University Settlement Camp at the base of Mount Beacon, Beacon NY
Self Made: A Makers Collective brings together the top craftspeople and artisans in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas for a one-day marketplace. The day features 70+ vendors, some which include fashion and jewelry designers, leatherworkers, metalsmiths, apothecaries, natural beauty makers and more.
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K104.7 Cupcake Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY (bet Rt 52 & E. Main St)
NEW LOCATION!! Shop local vendors. Enjoy fun family activities! Enjoy Cupcakes from all over the Hudson Valley & more!  Slide down the inflatable slide, or jump in the Jumpy castles provided by Party Time Rentals! FREE ADMISSION!
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Common Ground Farm Spring Plant Sale
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 12-3pm
Location:  327B Main St (next to Beacon D'Lites, across the street from All You Knead.)
Grow your garden AND support your community farm this season by choosing locally grown, no-spray vegetable, flower and herb plants this season at CGF's one day annual pop-up plant sale! Stop by the Green Teen Beacon garden next to Tito's on May 13th, the day before Mother's Day, from 12-3. CGF's farmers will be on hand to answer questions, tell you about varieties, and help you choose the perfect plant for your mama.
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Beacon Open Studios
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: All day! Keep A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide open on your phone for when you get hungry.
Location: Shops, Studios and Residences all over Beacon. Look for the brochure that has a map and details of all participating artists. Beacon Open Studios is a community supported project by artists, volunteers, individuals, and local business. Studio spaces are created around the community where you can drop in during daytime hours. As you walk around town, you will see the big red circle dot that identifies a studio space in a shop or home.
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5K Run/Walk With The Dogs
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
The 5k Run/Walk With The Dogs is a fun non-competitive charity event to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon, NY. The event is geared for the whole family, even your dogs! Participants will be able to walk or run by themselves or with their dogs. Your dogs are welcome to participate in the run or walk as long as they are leashed at all times, are current on their rabies & distemper vaccines, and have EXCELLENT temperament with other dogs & children. Strollers are welcome in the run and walk as well. Early Bird registration has ended but you can still register the day of for $30.00 All Proceeds to Benefit Animal Rescue Foundation.
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Country Living Fair
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10-5pm
Location: Dutchess Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
If you are into Rustic or Shabby Chic designs, this is the event for you!  This weekend promises great shopping, seminars (including a presentation with Barb from Barb's Butchery)  and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet the  editors of Country Living!
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Newburgh Illuminated Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12pm
Location: Broadway & Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY
Enjoy live music from 40+ bands FREE! The Newburgh Illuminated Festival aims to highlight all the things that make Newburgh the charming, culturally diverse city that it is. Sample a veritable world of food from local purveyors, and enjoy live music all day on multiple stages. There is something for all ages! Newburgh and Hudson Valley vendors will be on hand selling locally-sourced and handmade goods. Discover pop-up art shows, child and family-friendly events, and a trolley tour of historical Newburgh, and a Colorfest!
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Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Beacon, NY
If you don't have a yard for a Yard Sale, you can set up at The Pavilion at Memorial Park.  Sale hours are 9:00-3:00 pm. Participating in the yard sale can happen one of two ways - you can register your address as an official yard sale and get on the map (try calling the City of Beacon at (845) 838-5000, or just put stuff out on your yard and tag it. People will surly be driving by and will stop.
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Queen City Pride 2017
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 5-11pm
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Start your day at the Hudson Valley PRIDE March and Festival in New Paltz - and end the day with the summer’s biggest, gayest, and most fabulous BYO picnic & dance party at LOCUST GROVE. Back for its 9th year, The Queen City Pride picnic starts at 5pm and now is the time to start planning for the most fabulous picnic of the summer!
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Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Beacon, NY
If you don't have a yard for a Yard Sale, you can set up at The Pavilion at Memorial Park.  Sale hours are 9:00-3:00 pm. Participating in the yard sale can happen one of two ways - you can register your address as an official yard sale and get on the map (try calling the City of Beacon at (845) 838-5000, or just put stuff out on your yard and tag it. People will surely be driving by and will stop.
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3rd Annual Local Cider Market & Tasting
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Location: Deyo House Lawn (across from DuBois Fort) - 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NYAs part of Cider Week Hudson Valley, Historic Huguenot Street will host its third annual hard cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 10. This year’s market will feature over a dozen New York State cideries, wineries, and breweries, plus food trucks, and live music from Blue Museum and the Liana Gabel Band. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms as well, including fresh cut flowers, local apples, apple cider donuts, and more.

Participating vendors: Angry Orchard, Awestruck Ciders, Brooklyn Cider House, Eve's Cidery, Glorie Farm Winery, Hardscrabble Cider, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Kaneb Orchards, Kettleborough Cider House, Naked Flock Hard Cider, Pappi's Mediterranean, Pitchfork Hard Cider, Sundog Cider, Warwick Valley Winery (including Black Dirt Distillery and Doc’s Hard Cider), and more.
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Strawberry Jammin' Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10-4pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Join us for Fishkill Farm's annual Strawberry Jammin' Festival for a berry good time for all ages!
We've added a whole acre of strawberries, so we'll have more certified organic strawberries for picking than ever before! Spend the day enjoying live music by The Big Takeover, wagon rides through the orchard, kids strawberry themed crafts, and even strawberry-themed foods at the Fishkill Farms Grill and Farm Store! The Treasury Cider bar offering free samples of hard cider & selling Treasury by the glass & bottle. We're even working on a special strawberry cider cocktail especially for the event. 
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BSC Annual Strawberry Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Homemade strawberry shortcake with fresh berries real whipped cream, & hot biscuits, chocolate strawberries, smoothies and more. Live music, main stage stage with  Breakneck Ridge Revue, Cosby Gibson, Dan Einbender, Driscoll & Smith, Earthtones, Jim Connor, The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers, and the Trouble Sisters. The Children’s Stage will feature Bindlestick Bill, Funkinships, G Rockwell & the Still River Ramblers,  Lydia Adams Davis & Giada Remedios Amador,   S.L.A.M, Susan Wright & Friends,  and Solar Sound. Environmental displays & many free children’s activities. A special thank you to our sponsors - Horizon Family Medical Group, Radio Woodstock, All You Need Bakery, Beacon Key Food,  Fishkill ShopRite, Cabott’s Creamery, Russell Farms. Free admission. 

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (aka “the Clearwater Festival” or “Revival”) features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.
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2018 Hudson Valley Family Fest Pet Expo
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 R 9D, Fishkill, NY
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Hudson River Exchange 5th Annual Summer Market
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: 4-9pm (Fri), 11am-6pm (Sat)
Location: Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY
Popular Summer 2-day Handmade market right on the river. Summer Market is a weekend gathering of creativity and exchange, bringing together about 100 makers, collectors, farmers, live musicians and community organizers to celebrate creation, connection, and the scenic beauty that is the Hudson Valley.
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Beacon Riverfest Music & Food Festival
TBD
Location: Riverfront Park (on the other side of the train station)
An entire day of live music and food! A large lineup of bands are playing on 3 stages in Riverfront Park. Kids under 10 get in free, and tickets are available for purchase for adults. Enjoy music, food and crafts. 
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Beacon Riverfest In The Parks Series (Free)
TBD
Location: The Beacon Pool - POOL PARTY! (at the Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott)
Bring a picnic and make sure you're wearing your dance shoes! The band is "PONTOON."

City of Beacon Independence Day Celebration
Day: check back in 2018!
Time: 3-10pm
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Bring the whole family! There will be live music, food vendors, kids activities and of course, fireworks!
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2017 New York Air Show at Stewart Airport
Day: check back in 2018!
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Stewart International Airport
The New York Air Show’s home at Stewart International Airport provides the opportunity to have aircraft on ground display along with simulators, exhibits, a kids zone and much more. The display and viewing area encompasses over 40 acres on the South side of the airfield so plan to come early and enjoy everything there is to see! Over 30 military and civilian aircraft will be on display in the air and on the ground.  Gates open at 9:00 am!
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Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Beacon City Hall
Help keep history alive in Beacon! 🇺🇸 Join us in celebrating the role of the Declaration of Independence in the founding of our American Democracy. After the reading of the Declaration, stay for light refreshments.

For even more Things to Do for July 4th Weekend in Beacon, NY, see our Pools, Picnics and Fireworks Roundup!

Balloon Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1-5pm (Fri), 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun)
LocationBarton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
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2017 Stiletto Stampede - CANCELLED
Day: July 22, 2017
Location: Beacon, NY

Firefly Feast
Day: Check back in 2018
Time:  4:00-9:00 pm
Location: 4 Hanna Lane, Beacon, NY
The fourth annual Firefly Feast a celebration of local chefs, food, music, and art to benefit Common Ground Farm. Food vendors include Tito Santana Taqueria, Homespun Foods, Barb's Butchery, Le Express Farmers & Chefs Food Truck, Stock Up, Gino's Italian Ices, Dogwood, Chef Katie Key, and Beacon Pantry. 

Breweries include Hudson Valley Brewery, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Chatham Brewing, North River Brewing, Newburgh Brewing. 

Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 day-of. Kids 10 and under are free. Admission includes food from local chefs cooking with local produce and proteins.

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O+ Fesitval - Poughkeepsie
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Main St bet Academy & Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
The inaugural O+ Poughkeepsie, a festival of art, music and wellness, takes place Aug. 5 on the block of Main Street between Academy and Market streets. Participating visual artists and musicians will receive complimentary health and wellness care from art-loving volunteer providers.
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Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Swim
Day: Saturday, August 7, 2016 (the rain date has been enacted)
Time: Check-In: 8:30-10:30am   Splash-In: 11:45am
A wonderful opportunity for experienced swimmers to swim about one mile (72 lengths of a standard 25 yard pool) across the Hudson River and raise funds to benefit the non-profit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon. Registration is now closed and walk-in registrations are not accepted. Cheerleaders are encouraged!
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Speed Of Sound Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1:00-10:00 pm
Location: Dutchess County Airport - 263 New Hackensack Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
There is no show in 2017, check website for details.
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The Butterfly Festival
Day: Sunday, August 7th, 2016 (they moved it to the rain date)
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Visit the Verplanck Memorial Perennial Garden and learn all about butterflies! Visit the butterfly tent and have a one on one experience with these wonderful creatures! Food – gift shop – children’s activities - information – demonstrations – and much more! (Free)
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Energy Efficiency Workshop
Day: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Howland Public Library - 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Join James Kopp from RUPCO, a local independent contractor for NYSERDA, the NYS Energy Authority, for an informative workshop. Learn about the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program - which offers homeowners a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort, while saving money. Bring your questions!The 45-minute PowerPoint presentation is free and no registration is required.

Burger & Beer Bash
Day: Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 RT 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
It's the 4th annual Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash, an event that brings all the elements of Summer together - juicy burgers, a cold beer, live music, and competitions.  Hosting local restaurants whose specialties include burgers. A single ticket is $50 and a Party Pack of 10 is $450.
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Forget U Cancer's 2016 Stiletto Stampede
Day: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 4-8pm
Location: The DMV Parking Lot across from Pleasant Ridge (see A Little Beacon Blog's Free Parking Lot Guide for pictures)
CANCER SUCKS!!!!!!!
You're invited to our Co-ed High-heeled race...prizes for the winners and also for Best Dressed!!! Feel free to get creative...pictures of our previous Stampedes will be posted here soon to get some ideas! All proceeds will support our Hudson Valley family members that are currently in their journey with cancer and need a lil extra help or comfort during...We'll have live music and a DJ. Live dance performances and some local guests. We'll have a variety of vendors and lots of fun kiddie activities! You won't want to miss our comeback event!
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4th Annual Artists on the Street
Day: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00-5:00 pm
Location: The historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY
It's the return of Artists on the Street, an all-day event showcasing the talens of over 20 renowned Hudson Valley artists.  It is an opportunity for the public to watch and engage with local artists as they work, create paintings, and more.  At 4 pm, the artists will bring their work to the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) to be displayed and made available for purchase.  

The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival
Day: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
The Beacon Sloop Club holds or participates in several festivals and events each year to raise funds for the clubs activities and bring awareness to many environmental and social issues. This free festival features fresh picked, ready‐to‐eat local‐grown Hudson Valley sweet corn on the cob, hot chili, watermelon, cold drinks, and other summer treats. Music throughout the afternoon and many free kids activities! (Free)

The Hairdressers Disco Ball
Day: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location:  Ramada Conference Center, Fishkill, NY
The Hairdressers Ball (HDB) is one of Hudson Valley Community Services’ signature events and draws together hundreds of guests for an over-the-top, inventive runway show of hairstyles, costumes and performances. Sixteen top-notch salons and barber shops display their creativity, and YOU get to vote in our first-ever Audience Favorite Poll! Be there to vote in person for your favorite salon or the most amazing look.
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Writing The Walls II
Day: August 1 thru December 2016
Location: Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art (HVCCA)
For several years now, HVCCA has been bringing together visual art with written word through Words that Paint and Writing the Walls. These programs provided the opportunity for words and imagery to collaborate.  Writing the Walls II is another opportunity to put word and art together. Writing the Walls invites writers to respond to works in the current art show at the HVCCA: WORD. This year, we ask that you not only take the images for inspiration, but consider using the words in the art as part of your work. This project is especially designed for poets and playwrights who live and/or work in Westchester and Putnam County! We want to focus loving attention on the home-front. Deadline to submit is July 20, 2016.
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Dutchess County Fair
Days: August 23rd - 28th, 2016
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds | Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Only one of the best fairs around! Folks from far and wide come to ride the Ferris wheel and other rides. A fun date night or night out with the family.
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Beacon 3D
Day: Going on now all around you on Main Street
Location: Main Street
Beacon 3D was started as an annual public art project by Eleni Smolen with the help and support of Ed Benavente and Insun Kim, with fiscal sponsor BeaconArts, as well as the community at large to commemorate Beacon's Centennial Year in 2013. At that time, the project started with three sculptures at one location. Beacon 3D has quickly developed into an award-winning annual event, thanks in part to Arts-MidHudson, highlighting the works of local and regional sculptors. In 2016, Beacon 3D is pleased to present the work of eleven artists, including three names new to the roster - Wilfredo Morel, Ann Provan and Herman Roggerman. Returning artists include Sarah Haviland, Naomi Teppich, Kenneth Wright, Insun Kim, Ed Benavente, Emil Alzamora, Judy Sigunick and Jon Reichert.
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The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival
Day: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Rain/Shine Featuring fresh corn on the cob cooked on the spot ($1/ear), homemade chili, cold sweet watermelon. Two solar powered stages featuring live musical performances. Environmental displays and activities, and children’s stage and many free children’s activities. Free.
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Windows On Main
Days: Put on Hold for 2016
Stay hooked into their Facebook Page for new information and promotions of other projects until next year!

First Annual Friends of the Howland Public Library Fundraiser
Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 1-5pm
Location: 315 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Silent Auction and Small Works Exhibit to Benefit the Howland Public Library. Local cider and baked goods. Maker activities for kids and the young at heart.
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Hudson Valley Hoptember Harvestfest
Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm
Location: Eastern View Farm & Nursery, 1167 Noxon Road, Lagrangeville, NY
The event will feature 30 plus local brewers, music by "Buckeye Rooster, and our Hop smoked BBQ by the award winning "Bacon Brothers" as well as many other Hop Infused Delights. Be one of the first to try new regional brews. Music by Buck Eye Rooster and Gold Hope Duo! The Bacon Brothers, the Hudson Valley Ribfest winners, serve hop smoked BBQ. PLUS Hop-infused delights from Tomas Tapas, Obercreek Farm, Crown Maple, Mill House, and Sprout Creek Farm! Don’t miss this real farm to pint experience with Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville.
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Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Day:
TBD
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, Gallery Talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. 
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Farm Dance Gala 2016
Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 4:00-9:00 pm
Location: Glynwood Farm, 362 Glynwood Rd, Cold Spring, NY
Annual Farm Gala is a celebration of the people, products and landscapes that make the Hudson Valley so special. Held on Glynwood farm, this magical night of great food, festivity and philanthropy brings together our beneficiaries, supporters, friends and the greater community. Guests leave with a strong sense of the work we are doing to help agriculture thrive in the Hudson Valley. Tickets are $275, and $175 of that purchase is tax-deductible. 
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4th Annual Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: September 17th 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Location: Riverfront Park
This four-hour event will showcase over 200 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors.
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Let’s Eat! A feast to benefit school gardens
Day: Tuesday September 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: The patio at Homespun Foods, 232 Main St, Beacon
Join Hudson Valley Seed for a buffet-style dinner.The meal is made with ingredients sourced from local farms and school gardens.Menu will include roasted carrot cumin puree, beet hummus, summer ratatouille with polenta, creamy corn and chive custard, Moroccan meatballs, and for dessert, biscuits and basil peach compote with ice cream.  The evening will also include a silent auction highlighting amazing local businesses and experiences. Proceeds give garden education and cafeteria taste tests to all K-5 students in Beacon City School District. The event will be held rain or shine.

Tickets $40 Can be purchased on the Hudson Valley Seed website www.hudsonvalleyseed.org

City of Beacon Comprehensive Plan
Workshop Focusing on Waterfront and Train Station Area

Days: September 22, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Beacon's Comprehensive Plan is the City's Public Policy Guide in terms of housing, economic development, transportation, utilities, recreation, , and use of the waterfront and other important resources. The City is updating its Comprehensive Plan to reflect changes since the existing plan's adoption in 2007. The update will focus on recommendations for the waterfront and train station area. Please join us to learn about the Comprehensive Plan Update and share your ideas. All people who live and work in Beacon are invited to participate! People who cannot attend are encouraged to email
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Stony Kill Animal Rescue Event
Day: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Stony Kill Barn, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
We’ll explore the layers of a rainforest and meet Animal Ambassadors representative of rainforest regions around the globe. We will discuss the significance of rainforests to our everyday lives, and learn how they supply many of the foods we eat, and medicine we need. Families will meet Animal Ambassadors such as a Jungle Carpet Python, a family of Red-foot Tortoises, Red-eyed Tree Frogs, a Solomon Islands Monkey-Tailed Skink and a Spectacled Owl or Eclectus Parrot. Space is limited for this FREE event so you must register for this event. Email foundation@stonykill.org or call 845-831-3800.
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Spirit of Beacon Day
Day: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm nonprofit info tables open, 1pm the Parade starts.
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY
This highly anticipated parade celebrates Beacon and its community. The theme this year is "Celebrate the Tastes of Beacon". Parade route is from River to Mountain: from Main Street and Beekman Streets, near Municipal Plaza, to Tioranda Avenue.
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Catoberfest 2016
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 3:00-6:00 pm
Location: The Hop 554 Main Street, Beacon, NY
The 5th Annual Catoberfest will take place on Sunday, Sept 25. 2016 at The Hop: craft beer and artisanal fare (554 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508) from 3 to 6 pm. Come enjoy the fall feline celebration of foods, refreshments, and music to help support Mid Hudson Animal Aid (MHAA), a no-kill, free-range cat sanctuary in Beacon, NY. The Hop will be serving their famous German style menu all day long, including Sauerbraten, bratwurst, and mushroom strudel - and of course there will be a great selection of beers, wines, and other beverages. The Hop will generously make a donation for every beer sold between 3pm and 6pm to Mid Hudson Animal Aid during Catoberfest.
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"Table-To-Farm" Dinner Event
SOLD OUT

Day: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: Cocktails start at 4:30pm
Location: Cedar Lakes Estates, 1 Team USA Way, Port Jervis, NY
Our culinary team will collaborate with a local black dirt farm to feature the most fresh ingredients picked that morning. Accompanying our delicious dinner will be a garden cocktail, beer, and wine service. Following our dinner we will have a lakeside drive-in movie under the stars - "Dirty Dancing" and "Keith's Farm." 
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Constellation by Melissa McGill
Day: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 5:45 pm
Location: Beacon Institute Floating Dock in Beacon, NY
On September 30, join Constellation artist Melissa McGill and nature science educator Evan Miklos for a Hudson River adventure. Take a boat ride on the Estuary Steward to Bannerman’s Island, scout the mysterious castle ruin, explore the celestial stories of different cultures, map your own personal Constellation and experience the lighting of Constellation up close and from the water. Kids will draw inspiration from this large-scale public art project, transform it and make it uniquely their own. This Family Tour and Workshop is geared toward families with children 5 years of age and older. Tickets include boat ride, guided walk on the island, and a hands-on activity: $45 per adult and $40 per child.
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Harvest Fest 2016
Day: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 10:00-3:00 pm
Location: Blue Hill Stone Barn Center
13th annual celebration and fundraiser. Join in this community celebration of the farm at its most fruitful. Festivities for the whole family include hands-on farming and food activities, live music, a seasonal farm and food market with delicious fare, hayrides, a turkey parade and more.

Stony Kill Farm's Harvest Festival
Day: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 11:00-3:00 pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Each year, Stony Kill Foundation hosts four seasonal events with a focus on education, farming, nature and history. This year's Harvest Festival will be visited by 11,000 pounds of animals from Rock Hill Farm in Pawling, NY. Danny Blumberg along with his father will be giving wagon rides pulled by two of their draft horses. Also on view will be alpacas owned and cared for by Hunter Baisley. In addition to our visiting animals, our resident blacksmither Paul Austin will be on hand forging planter hooks. Learn how to make candles with Sheldon Stowe and don't forget to visit our sheep, cows, pigs and chickens in the barn. The Howland Wolves and The Cleverly Brothers will be making music and entertaining our visitors throughout the day. For the first time, we will hold an Apple Pie contest with an entry fee of $10 with first prize being a gift basket of cheer. The Verplanck Garden Club will be selling over 8 different soups prepared with love by their members along with a craft for the kids, pumpkin painting and fall flowers for sale. Our friends at Common Ground Farm will set up their farm stand with fresh picked fall vegetables for sale. The students at Hawk Meadow Montessori School will be selling handmade goat's milk soap, dog biscuits and creating henna tattoos to raise funds for their education program.

Just Eat It - A Food Waste Story
Day: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: BSP Kingston, 323 Wall St, Kingston, NY
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? In this 74-minute documentary, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from the farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Hosted by the Hudson Valley Regional Council and funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 
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Mountainside Dance Night
Day: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 7:30-10:30 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty Street, Beacon, NY
Presented by the HV Dance Beat, dance is open to couples, singles, friends and newcomers. The $10 admission includes refreshments.  More information call (845) 765-0667

 

Mid-Hudson Etsy Makers Pop-Up Market
Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm
Location: The Howland Cultural Center - 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
13 members of Mid Hudson Etsy Makers will be exhibiting during Second Saturday in Beacon, New York. A wide variety of exceptionally higcar showh quality handmade goods will be on offer. Free and open to the public. Family friendly. Perfect time to get a jump on holiday gift shopping!
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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
2016 dates: Oct. 1-2, 7-10, 13-16, 19-31, Nov. 3-6, 10-13
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack o' lanterns! 
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Individual Tickets : $40/Adult (ages 16+), $20/Youth (ages 2-15)
Children under 2 years old do not require tickets.
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Dia: Beacon Community Free Day
Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00-6:00 pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY
Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, Gallery Talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
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DiaTalk with Jeffrey Weiss on Robert Morris
Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY
Jeffrey Weiss is a senior curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where he co-runs the Panza Collection Initiative, a Mellon Foundation study project devoted to the museum’s holdings in Minimal, Postminimal, and Conceptual art.  DiaTalks is a new series that brings together leading scholars, curators, and writers to consider the work of a single artist currently on view at Dia, in the form of lectures, discussions, and symposia.
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City of Beacon Pumpkin Carving Contest
Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Pavilion at Beacon Memorial Park
Kids 15 and younger can compete for Top Carver in two age divisions (13 to 15, and 12 and under). Parents should supervise children at all times! Supplies will be provided, but are limited. Sign up ahead of time at City Hall. Organizers insist, no professionals, please. 

Shop & Chef Event 2016
Day: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 3:30-7:00 pm
Location: Blooming Hill Farm, 251 State Route 208, Blooming Grove, NY
Join us for an intimate afternoon of food and fashion at the farm. Browse a selection of artisan, Made in America home decor, accessories, and apparel from Farm2Fashion, enjoy a cooking demonstration, and savor seasonal Bistro style bites. Proceeds of Farm2Fashion sales will help feed local families by providing them with organic food (Community Supported Agriculture) grown at Blooming Hill Farm. Music by Amelia Rose and Antic. Sponsored by WestWestside Music. 

Tickets are $35 per person. RSVP info@BloomingHillEvents.com to make your reservation today.
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Harvest Dinner
Day: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 3:00-7:00 pm
Location: Obercreek Farm, 89 New Hamburg Road. Hughsonville, NY
Please join us for our 6th annual Harvest Dinner! In the early evening of the Harvest Moon, Chef John Lekic from Le Express Bistro & Bar will be helping us to create an early autumnal feast in the beautiful fields of Obercreek Farm. The menu will feature locally grown produce from Common Ground Farm, Obercreek Farm, Fishkill Farms, and meats sourced from Glynwood and Hudson Valley Harvest. Good food and good fun will be in abundance. And all for a good cause.

The family style dinner is generously hosted by our dear friends at Obercreek Farm, and all proceeds will benefit Common Ground Farm's non-profit food access and education programs.
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Bonfire Night
Day: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
Gather ‘round a blazing bonfire at Boscobel for some good old-fashioned, “kindled” fun, and kick up your heels with live music provided by the country/rockabilly band Tenbrooks Molly!

Admission also includes complimentary marshmallows & toasting sticks (while supplies last), as well as Stargazing with Boscobel’s Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo (weather pending). Glowsticks and other light-up items will be available for purchase from Boscobel’s Gift Shop.

Food & soft drinks will also be available for purchase on site from Phil’s Grills and Pappi’s Mediterranean food trucks. Rain date is the following Sunday, October 16.
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Screening of "Curfew" with Shawn Christensen
Day: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
A Screening of Writer/Director/Actor Shawn Christensen's film, “Curfew”, winner of the Academy Award for The Best Live Action Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards, starring and directed by Shawn Christensen, was written by him as the basis for the feature film Before I Disappear. After the screening of Curfew, there will be a question & answer session with the Oscar winning filmmaker. Following that, there will be a reception and then a screening of Before I Disappear.  Tickets are $20

Elks Lounge Dance Night
Day: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00-11:00 pm
Location: Beacon Elks Lodge,  900 Wolcott Avenue (Rt. 9D), Beacon, NY

Enjoy a wide array of much loved and lesser known songs, mostly from the 60's to present. Styles include Soul, R&B, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Afro-Latin, Rock, Disco, Swing, Blues, International and more. DJ’s Rhoda and Al add new song selections for each dance event, always aiming for the music to be moving, exciting and beautiful. The lounge area is inviting with a large wood floor space for dancing, the sound is superb, and the setting is friendly and informal. All are welcome: singles, couples, friends and newcomers (must be at least 18 years old).

$10 admission includes snacks and refreshments. Drinks are available. Elks Lodge Info: (845) 831-9746. 

Also, people are invited to join the free of charge Hudson Valley Dance Beat Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-Dance-Beat/

The site provides up to date notices, future events and more. Also on Facebook.

Cold Spring Farmers Market Tree Walk at Boscobel
Day: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10am-11am
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, New York 10524
The Cold Spring Farmers' Market presents Tree Walk at Boscobel! Meet tree expert Paul Markwalter at the Market Tent at 10:00am this Saturday for a Tree Walk on Boscobel grounds. Topics include: tree identification, pruning, tree pest identification, and uses for wood from different trees. Tree climbing and cutting tools will be on display. Paul was a tree surgeon for over 40 years before focusing full-time on his guitar amplifier business, Beacon Tube Amps. This is the perfect opportunity to learn a bit about what's going on in your own back yard! Great for families and homeschool groups, too!
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Hudson Hills Used Book & Board Game Fundraiser for a Playground
Day: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center
Help raise funds for our children’s playground at our Used Children’s Books and Board Game Sale. Enjoy apple cider, face painting, a and a 50/50 raffle. Cash only please. All proceeds benefit playground improvements at Hudson Hills Montessori Beacon Campus.

Walking Tour of Beacon's East End A Taste Of History
Day: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm
Location: Tour starts and ends at Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Learn about the people, the buildings, the factories and the stores of the time when the East End was the village Matteawan.  At the end of the tour there will be special desserts from an old Beacon cookbook.  $15.00 per person.
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New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
Days: October 15 & 16, 2016
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds | Rhinebeck, NY 12572
A lovely sheep and wool festival happening at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Learn about and enjoy the animals, find wool fashions like mittens, gloves and sweaters, and shop the market.
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Crafted
Days: October 15 & 16, 2016
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Rt 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
CRAFTED is a 2-day shopping event featuring a collection of American artisans offering quality, handmade goods. It's a great place for unique finds and great way to support small businesses. Some of the categories that will be represented are apparel, jewelry, home goods and decor, art, gourmet food, and lots of other great stuff! Just in time for holiday shopping!  This is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine. Shuttle bus will be available from the Beacon train station throughout between 9:30-5:00 pm.
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The 3rd Annual Flavors of Haverstraw Food Crawl
Day: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00-6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Haverstraw, New York
Haverstraw RiverArts and the Village of Haverstraw, NY are celebrating the diverse culinary options Downtown with "The Flavors of Haverstraw" – a small plates or tapas-focused "food crawl" ($3-6 per plate) or food sampling walking tour.  This is one of the best ways to meet neighbors, mingle, walk downtown and sample small plates from a wide range of cuisine. The food crawl begins at 5 Senses Food Truck. The group will meet in the parking lot of Sterling Bank, 38 New Main Street at 2:00 pm. There is plenty of parking in the lot at the food truck and across Village Hall - 40 New Main St. From there, the group will walk with official food crawl tour guides or venture on their own if they choose.
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Free Concert Celebrating Opening of American Center for Folk Music
Day: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY
The Hudson Valley music community will celebrate the opening of the American Center for Folk Music (ACFM) with a concert on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., at Long Dock Park on Beacon’s waterfront. The performance will feature folk legends John McCutcheon and Tom Chapin and WC Handy Award winner Joe Louis Walker.

Admission is free, but donations are suggested to benefit the ACFM, whose headquarters are located in Scenic Hudson’s River House, the restored red “barn” building in Long Dock Park.

The riverfront City of Beacon has long been a cornerstone of American folk music. Now that relationship is being formally cemented with the ACFM, established one year ago to honor folk legends and to sustain the folk music process as a vibrant part of American culture.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon.

The ACFM benefit concert has been coordinated with the Beacon Sloop Club’s annual Pumpkin Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at nearby Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. Both events are within walking distance of the Metro-North railroad station.
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Beacon Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival
Day
: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
The Beacon Sloop Club holds or participates in several festivals and events each year to raise funds for the club's activities and bring awareness to many environmental and social issues.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Ecology Stroll for Black Rock Forest Consortium's New ADA-Accessible Nature Trail
Day
: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: Black Rock Forest Trail, off of Reservoir Road (off of 9W)
The Black Rock Forest Consortium, Independent Living, New York State Parks Commissioner, and local government representatives are hosting an opening ceremony event to celebrate the opening of the new ADA Accessible trail. See our article about it for more information. Parking for the Visitor Access Pathway will be at the main Black Rock Forest parking lot, which is off of Reservoir Road (off of 9W). The lot is to the right just before you reach the Black Rock Forest green metal entrance gate. This is also where the trailhead for the pathway is.  RSVP to (845) 534-4517 or brfoffice@blackrockforest.org.
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Roller Derby Fundraiser to Support School Nurse Donna Pedersen
Day
: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 6pm
Location: Rombout Middle School Gym
A roller derby to benefit Donna Pedersen, Rombout's beloved school nurse who is fighting cancer. Kids ~ $5   Adults ~ $10
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2nd Annual Dark Parade
Presented by the Chamber of Commerce and A Very Beacon Halloween:
Day: 
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Lineup Time/Location: 6:45pm Lineup at Main Street and Teller Avenue. The parade ends at the Elks Club for a dance party.
Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Accepting applications now for Spooktacular and glowing floats!
Enjoy this spooky dark party! Costumes and lights are encouraged, including flashlights or other creative lights that may come with your costume, like a light saber or glowing staff! Being that it's dark and late, this is for adults only. Parade ends at The Elks Club for a dance party. Get dinner ideas here in A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide, and consider making reservations first at any restaurant, as you'll be with several other hungry people.
Watch For It: The Psychic Fair is back from Notions-N-Potions at Chill Wine Bar from 12-6pm, with 20 minute card readings for $30 cash.
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Open Mic Story Share: An Open to the Sky Event
Day: October 22nd, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Polhill Park, corner of 9D & Main Street, Beacon, NY
Take the stage or take a seat to share and hear the memories that make up our lives. 

David Kupras will MC a story slam on the theme of Memories. Perhaps you have a story about the memories your grandmother shared when cooking her kitchen, perhaps you imagine the memories you hope your children will have. Our lives are made up of memories, and this is a chance to share them!

Open to the Sky is a reimagining of the ancient Jewish holiday of Sukkot. A sukkah (pronounced sue-kah) is a  sand mandala of a building, open to the sky and used for seven days around the time of the fall harvest and then dismantled. It's rickety and tenuous, creating the illusion of permanence and highlighting the impermanence of everything. For more information about the holiday and Open to the Sky, please click here. 

All of the programs of Open to the Sky are offered without charge; however, there are (of course) costs associated with the construction and maintenance of this project. If you can help support Open to the Sky with a donation of any size, please click here.

Red Pepper Dance Night
Day: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 7:00-11:00 pm
Location: The Red Pepper, 1458 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls
Dance, Chat, Eat, Drink, Enjoy! at the Red Pepper Bistro on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00-11:00 p.m. Enjoy a wide array of much loved, as well as lesser known songs, mostly from the 60's to present. Styles include Soul, R&B, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Afro-Latin, Rock, Disco, Swing, Blues, International and more. DJ’s Rhoda and Al add new song selections for each dance event, always aiming for the music to be moving, exciting and beautiful. 

The Red Pepper bistro serves creative Sir Lankan specialties along with freshly made American cuisine using healthy, locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Full bar service is available before and during the dance. The setting is warm and informal, the sound is superb, there is an outdoor patio for lounging, and plenty of free parking. All are welcome: singles, couples, friends, newcomers and kids. $10 admission includes American and Sri Lankan appetizers.

20th Annual Children's Halloween Parade aka The Hocus Pocus Parade,
Day: 
Check back in 2017!
LineUp Time: 12:30pm at the Visitor's Center
Parade Marching Time: 1pm
Locations: Costumed kids start lining up at Pohil Park (South Avenue/9D and Main Street) or a parade all the way down Main Street stopping at Teller Avenue.
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Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Read about last year's parade to know what to expect. Kids can dress in costume. Trick-or-treating at businesses is fun for the whole family. For all of the years this parade has been held, it happens on the weekend before Halloween. So mark your internal calendar for years to come.
Watch For It: A Little Beacon Space will be handing out treats and will be open for Kitchen Cuts, a day of kids hair cuts and face painting from 10am-4pm. Stop in!
Watch For It: Do check in at the Beacon Flea behind the Post Office, too! They'll have some treats for the little goblins.
Watch For It: The Patio at The Roundhouse will continue with their tradition of opening the patio to paraders and their families for free cider and treats. They will also have the option of a boozy cider for the adults who might need it!
Watch For It: Pfotoshop, located in the old Matteawan Train Station near The Roundhouse will be handing out candy and will have the photobooth ready for kid costume photos!
Watch For It: Style Storehouse, located down the block from Utensil will be handing out candy!
Watch For It: Style Storehouse, located down the block from Utensil will be handing out candy!
Watch For It: Five Hens Baked Goods is popping up at the Chocolate Studio and is bringing her most amazing donuts. The Chocolate Studio is past The Roundhouse on the left side of the street.

City Preparedness Corps
Day:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: City Of Beacon Fire Station #2, 13 South Ave, Beacon, NY
With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency.
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Pumpkins in the Park Jack O'Lantern Lighting
Carving: 
Monday - Thursday, October 24-27, 2016
Lighting: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon waterfront
On afternoons Tuesday to Friday, visit Long Dock Park to put your carving skills to use on pumpkins provided by Scenic Hudson. Stick around Friday evening, when the jack o'lanterns will be set aglow and displayed throughout the park.
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International Film Night
Day: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY

This month's feature, "Dirty Pretty Things," is from England. Audrey Tautou stars in this crime thriller. She is a Turkish immigrant, sharing an apartment with a Nigerian man - who is living in London illegally. Get ready. They're about to come face to face with a seedy world. Rated R.

This event is free and no registration required. All films shown in their original language with English subtitles (including films in English.) Doors open at 6:30 and film starts promptly at 7:00pm.
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2016 Pumpkin Smash!
Day: Check back in 2017!
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Beacon Farmer's Market, 8 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Soggy Pumpkin? SMASH IT, don't trash it with Zero to Go and the Beacon Farmers' Market on Sunday, November 6th! We'll be down at the Farmers' Market smashing pumpkins from 1pm-3pm.
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21st annual Goods and Services Auction
Day: Check back in 2017!
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dutchess Golf Club, 2628 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid Hudson Animal Aid Cat Sanctuary presents our 21st annual Good and Services Auction on November 13, 2016 at the Dutchess Golf Club, 2628 South Road, Poughkeepsie NY. Check in begins at 4:30. Silent Auction and Buffet Dinner begin at 5:00.  The evenings menu includes: Tossed Salad with House Vinaigrette, Caesar Salad, Rolls & Butter, Sliced Roast Beef with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Red Wine Reduction, Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme, Penne a la Vodka, and Seasonal Vegetables. Live auction begins at 7:00 with many awesome lots: Pet Pampering, NYC Hotel stay, Themed Baskets, Sports Gifts, Theater and Performing Arts tickets, Art and Antiques, Local Restaurant and Store Certificates. 

All proceeds to benefit MHAA Cat Sanctuary, a no kill cat sanctuary in Beacon, NY. Tickets may be purchased through Brownpapertickets.com.  For additional information, visit our Facebook page, our website: www.midhudsonanimalaid.org, or email us:info@midhudsonanimalaid.org.
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Hudson Valley Farm & Flea
Day: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 10:00-5:00 pm
Location: Motorcyclepedia Museum 250 Lake St. Newburgh, NY
The Hudson Valley Farm & Flea will highlight the innovation and talent of our passionate community of artisans, vintage collectors and local farmers. Added to this unique mix are musicians, filmmakers and food entrepreneurs. Collecting all of these local businesses under one roof will foster an environment where customers can be immersed in a total Hudson Valley lifestyle experience on Small Business Saturday, November 26th.

As founder and creative director of Farm2Fashion and a longtime Hudson Valley resident, Laurie Perrone knew that there were lots of local craft fairs and events but nothing in the area that would support Farm2Fashion’s mission to bring together on a larger scale the many independent local farmers, craftsmen and designers who were also making their goods right here in America. Determined to pull these forces together to make a difference in the “Made in America” rebirth, Laurie was inspired to reach out to the many local makers and artisans who were working hand in hand with local and regional farmers, designers and manufacturers to bring American made products to a wider market.
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Local Artisan Holiday Market
Day: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: CREATE Community, 11 Peekskill Rd, Cold Spring, NY
Create Community, a shared work and play space in Nelsonville, will host a Local Artisan Market on Small Business Saturday (11/26). With over 20 vendors, the market will offer gifts, goods, and nibbles to suit a range of tastes at various price points. The majority of vendors will be selling local handcrafted items. Offerings include stationery, bath/body, sweets, jewelry, art/ceramics, apparel, home/garden and more. 
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Sinterklaas Festival Day!
Day: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: All day!
Location: Village of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY
A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. This year be sure to visit the LIVE OWLS and the giant COO COO CLOCK. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: The Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY
This is the 9th year “Tinsel” (Miss Vickie) has hosted Breakfast With Santa in Beacon, and it has become more popular every year! Tinsel, Little Santa and Elf Bob hand out craft ornaments for children to work on as they are finishing their buffet breakfast from the renown Towne Crier kitchen, and enjoying their Christmas coloring books (all included). Santa stops at each table to talk with children and give out candy canes while parents take pictures. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Adult $15.00, Children $10.00
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Common Ground Farm Annual Benefit Auction
Day: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: The Red Barn at Long Dock, Beacon, NY
Get ready for local food, good drink, live music from Break Neck Boys, and both a silent auction and a spirited live auction with host Mark Roland! All proceeds benefit the Farm's food justice, farm-to-school, and education programs. More information.

Little Boxes Art Contest 2016
Day: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Scenic Hudson's River Center (Red Barn) at Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Show your artistic side and support the restoration of the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie. For an entry fee of $25 each artist  will receive a 3 x 3 inch numbered canvas on which to create an original work of art on the theme of "The Hudson River" in their media of choice and a ticket to the reception. 
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BeaconArts & The City Of Beacon Annual Tree Lighting
Day: Saturday, December 10, 2016 (Second Saturday)
Location: Polhill Park / Beacon Visitor's Center (Main Street & Rt. 9D) The Annual Bicycle Tree Lighting ceremony from Beacon Arts, which partners with The City of Beacon and The Beacon Hebrew Alliance, is wrapped in entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy Kids’ Crafts with Wee Play, holiday music with Emily Ellison, the Beacon City School District Choirs and the Beacon Players. Plus, enjoy hot cider and donuts! BYOM (bring your own mug) Santa arrives via pedicab!
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Beacon of Love Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Day: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 11:00am-7:00pm
Location: Open Space, 510 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Part bake sale, part raffle, and 100% love, this fundraiser will feature a tempting array of sweet and savory baked goods prepared by both home cooks and professional bakers. There will also be a raffle offering a range of donated prizes that are perfect for gift-giving, including books, CDs, original art, crafts, gift certificates to local businesses, and services, including specialty baking and massage. The money raised at the Beacon of Love fundraiser will be donated to the Mid-Hudson Refugee Welcome Fund to defray the costs of the goods and services arriving families will need to ease their transition to life in America.  There will be 80 refugees resettled in the area.

**Read more about this fundraising event in our blog post!

Wreath Decorating & Holiday Food Fair
Day: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Enjoy delicious food and drink samples. Holiday crafts and more!
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Catahoula Cajun Band: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Cajon Band
Day: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Location: Dennings Point Distillery, 10 Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
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Beacon Blood Drive: Holiday Edition
Day: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: 1:00-7:00pm
Location: Beacon Hebrew Aliance, 55 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
In between all the thanks-giving and the gifts-giving, can you make time for a little blood-giving too? You might remember that this summer, New York Blood Center declared an emergency blood shortage and we mobilized to help? Well, they just issued a press release saying that an additional 240 blood drives are needed in December and January to insure that we keep our blood banks full through the holiday season. So we're mobilizing again and we need your help. Will you donate to save a life? 
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Sparkle!
Day: Check back in 2017!
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
A Dazzling Celebration of the Season! Join us for a series of dazzling evening events featuring thousands of lights, luminous displays and festive holiday happenings around the gardens and grounds of Boscobel. Walk the candlelit paths with a hot cup of cocoa and celebrate the season with family and friends! Twilight Tours of the mansion book quickly – reserve your Grounds PLUS tickets early! Returning attractions this year include Magician Margaret Steele, Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner, The Libby Richman Jazz Trio, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus…and much more!
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Santa Visits the Farm
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Location:  Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Kids of all ages and pets take photos with Santa up on his tractor. 
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Winter Children’s Book Event
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
My Day…A Long Distance Lullaby is a new children’s book about the power of love and family across distances.  There will be crafts, kid-centered fun, and light snacks with a special performance of the book’s lullaby. There will also be the chance to win a copy of the book and a stuffed animal puppy.

Breakfast With Santa
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: County Fare, 2652 East Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY
Join us for breakfast with Santa. The man himself will be in the building to spread holiday cheer and take some pictures. Seatings at 10AM and 12PM. Price is $10 per child, $15 per adult and includes a breakfast buffet and a make your own ornament craft for the kids. By reservation only so give us a ring and book your spot today.
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Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 11:00-6:00 pm
Location: Ramada Conference Center, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY
Holistic Market Vendors, readers, healers, and crafters are back, reassembled to bring you a Holiday Market like no other! Shop your favorite vendors plus new faces.
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2016 Christmas at First Presbyterian Church
Day: December 17 to 25, 2016
Time:Times vary by event, please see below.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
Dec 17, 5pm – Blue Christmas 
Holidays got you down? Is there someone you know struggling with grief? Join us as we point to the light in the midst of the darkness with this simple, moving service. 
*Directly after the Blue Christmas, join us in the Amity Arts Center (in the basement) for a "Sanctuary of Angels" art installation, hot cider and places to talk or rest in quiet contemplation. 

Dec 24, 8pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 
Come for our traditional Christmas Eve service as we celebrate with music and candlelight.  Carry Christ’s light with you out into the world when you leave!

Dec 25, 10am – Christmas Brunch & Carols 
Looking for someone to celebrate with?  Gather in our Fellowship Hall to the sound of church bells and the smell of good food!  We’ll share this feast with our friends from the Welcome Table Soup Kitchen. 
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BeaconArts & The Beacon Hebrew Alliance Menorah Lighting
Day: Saturday, December 24-31, 2016
Location: Polhill Park / Beacon Visitor's Center (Main Street & Rt. 9D)
The story of Beacon is the story of a town coming through hard times with hope and dedication. In order to celebrate those who light up our community, Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts are teaming up to celebrate Illumin8 at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah!

Hannukah tells us that we can hope against all reason and sometimes, we will prevail. Sometimes, the mighty will fall before the weak, and sometimes, just a little bit of fuel will get us through the darkest night – or even eight of them, if need be.

Grateful thanks to sculptor Ed Benavente, the artist behind the Bicycle Menorah.  In 2014, Rabbi Brent Spodek presented a maquette of the menorah at the White House’s Hannukah celebration.
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Santa Spottings on Main Street
Day: December 2016
Location: Main Street Shops
Santa comes to coffee shops and restaurants around Beacon. Where will you visit him?
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New Year's Eve Dance Distilled at Dennings Point Distillery

Music by DJ's Zesto Q & Freefall. Admission $10 at the door or $6 online RSVP. Includes $7 Craft Cocktails or $50 Unlimited Drink Wristband. Champagne Toast.
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Dennings Point Distillery 10 N. Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY
 

New Year’s Eve at Dogwood
Day
: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8pm-2am
Location: Dogwood, 47 E Main St, Beacon, NY
Join us in celebration of a new (and hopefully better) new year.
We'll have The Back Coffee Blues Band w/special guests to entertain you. 
Followed by the annual Beacon Ball Drop (courtesy of Ed Benavente!) and a champagne toast. No cover!
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New Year’s Eve Celebration
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 10pm
Location: BAJA328, 328 Main St, Beacon, NY
No cover!!  Enjoy drink specials and music from DJ IQue & MC Redd. 

Uptown New Year’s Eve 2017 Celebration    
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8pm
Location: Uptown Kingston, 321 Wall St, Kingston, NY

*** MIDNIGHT BALL DROP *** (free + open to public)
featuring fireworks! Sponsored by Basch & Keegan, LLP! 

Happens at the corner of Wall St. + N Front St. in Uptown Kingston. 
PARKING: Plenty of Street and Municipal (free) lots around the neighborhood, PLUS the city has allowed for free parking at the Cioni Building lot til 3am (directly behind BSP)
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LOTTERY, SEASON PASSES & SIGNUPS

Scenic Hudson Kayak Storage
May 7 - October 31, 2016
This lottery signup is annual. Deadline to sign up is April 22nd. We covered it here on the blog.
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Beacon's New Pool at the Settlement Camp
Passes available March 1st, 2016
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Green Teen Beacon

Spring Green Teen applications are out now! You can get them from the Beacon High School guidance office, our office, or msg or email hgb4@cornell.edu. All applications are due back by March 3rd. Spring is super fun...you should go for it!