Major Improvements and Upgrades to All Beacon City Schools If Public December 5th Vote Passes

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Rombout Middle School has long been longing for more by students and parents who pass through it for two grades after elementary school and before entering the new Beacon High School. Major amenities that many take for granted such as air conditioning and a proper science room just aren't there. Until now, when the Board of Education has included such things in their Capital Project, which is being presented right now by Dr. Landahl, Superintendent of Beacon City Schools.

On December 5, 2017, the public can vote for the Capital Project put forth by the Board of Education, that does not involve a new tax increase, according to the Board of Education, thanks to a decrease in District debt, 66.9% reimbursement from New York State, funds remaining from the EXCEL project, and funds in the existing Capital Reserves.

Presentations of the Capital Project have been given this November by Beacon's Superintendent Dr. Landahl at all of the regularly scheduled PTA/PTO Meetings, with two additional public meetings at the City of Beacon Parks and Recreation Department, and an upcoming meeting on November 30th at 7pm at the Beacon High School.

Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School. Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School.
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

What's Coming? What Will Happen In The Schools?

If the vote passes, here are the improvements slated for the budget of the project:

Beacon High School

  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • Exterior Wall Repairs
  • New Lockers in Pool Locker Room and Scoreboard

Rombout Middle School

  • Upgrade Science Lab
  • Renovate Home & Careers Classroom
  • Install A/C in the West wing
  • Redesign Bus Loop (the current loop is not smooth to navigate according to this parent)
  • Replace Wheelchair Lift
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.


Glenham Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT tile in 4 Classrooms
  • Replace Egress Window and Ladder in Classroom
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.


J.V. Forrestal Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT Tile in Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Rooftop Ventilation Units
  • Replace Ceilings in Stairs and Ground Floor
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades


Sargent Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT Tile in 6 Classrooms
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Roof Top Ventilation Units
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Selected Ceilings
  • Exterior Masonry Repairs
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.  

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.
 


South Avenue Elementary

  • Exterior Door Replacements
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Unit Ventilators in Cafeteria
  • Replace remaining VAT tile with VCT tile
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades


Athletics

  • New Artificial Turf Field Behind Beacon High School
  • Repairs to Track at Hammond Field
  • General Repairs to Rosenmeier Field House, Hammond Field House and Press Box

No New Tax Increase

According to literature from the Beacon City School District, with more information here: "To complete this Capital Project, Building Aid funds are currently available from New York State which reimburses 66.9% of the costs.  In addition, a balance of funds remaining from the EXCEL project, funds in Beacon City School District’s Capital Reserves, and a decrease in the District debt, all contribute to allow the project to be funded with no new school tax increases."

Where and When to Vote

Polls will be located at Beacon High School and Glenham Elementary School, and will be open from 7am-9pm. More information, including how to register, can be found here on the Beacon City School District website.

    Where to Eat or Order Specialty Thanksgiving Food in Beacon for 2017

    A reader question prompted us to call every restaurant on speed-dial to see who was open - if any. Result? Slim pickins, guys! You best be cooking in or ordering from Beacon's amazing specialty stores and picking up by Wednesday. The full list has been updated in A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide, and the results have been listed here as well.

    Keep in mind, most everyone is open before and after Thanksgiving Day, so it will be a bustling week, except for Thursday which will be quiet! See A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide and Pop-Up Shop Guide for where to shop while you eat!


    THANKSGIVING DAY OPENS:

    • Stock Up for morning sandwiches and 6-packs
    • BJ's Soul Food
    • The Lounge at The Roundhouse limited menu (main dining room closed)

    WHERE TO ORDER SPECIAL THANKSGIVING STUFF FOR HOME:
    All phone numbers are listed in The Restaurant Guide.
    Hurry, Special Ordering has begun and has fast approaching deadlines!

    • Beacon Bread Company
    • Artisan Wine Shop (for wine, obv.)
    • Homespun
    • All You Knead
    • Beacon Natural Market
    • Beacon Pantry
    • Kennedy's Fried Chicken (yes, they like to cook large orders)
    • Stock Up
    • Ella's Bellas
    • Barb's Butchery

    Happening This Weekend - 11/17/2017

    And so it begins! The weekend in Beacon, and it's all yours to enjoy...

    Tell Your Friends:
    Anything they need to know about Beacon, like where to shop, eat or take a class of any kind, can all be found in A Little Beacon's Guides:
    Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 4pm
    Location: The Lofts @ Beacon Falls, 52 Leonard St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    “Fill Chill” Annual Food Drive
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7-11pm
    Location: Chill, 173 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Thom Joyce’s 20th Anniversary Open Mic Night
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 8pm
    Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    The Beacon Players Presents "Cinderella"
    Day/Time: Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & Sunday 2pm, November 17-19, 2017
    Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
    See Behind the Scenes Photos >

    Little Boxes Art Content 2017
    Day: Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Time: 6-9pm
    Location: Scenic Hudson River (Red Barn), Long Dock Rd, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    SOUND/PEACE - Seeking Harmony in Dissonant Times
    Day
    : Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Time: 3pm
    Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
     
     

    iPhoneography Workshop - Level II
    Days: November 18, 2017
    Time: 10am-12pm
    Location: Riverwinds Gallery, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Contact Dance Workshop
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7-9pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Inversion Workshop
    Day: Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Time: 1-3pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Intro to Tai Chi & Qigong
    Day: Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Time: 4-6pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Live DJ Yoga Flow with DJ Hyfi
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7-8:30pm
    Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
    Information >

    For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.




    Art & Zine Club Meetup
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 3:30-5pm
    Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Rig-ama-jig Builders' Club for K-5th grade
    Day: Fridays, November 17, 2017
    Time: 4-5:30pm
    Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Kids Night Out
    Days: Friday, November 17, December 8, 2017
    Time: 6:30-9:30pm
    Location: All Sport Health & Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill, NY
    Information >

    For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide
     
    The Vault
    446 Main Street

    Off the tapas menu is this savory Pan roasted mushrooms made with baby spinach, caramelized onions and mascarpone. Looks so delicious...who is going to feel the warmth?
     
    Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble.



    Thank you to The Vault and to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

     
     
    BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END



    Bellus on Main
    181 Main Street

    Holiday Party Season is here! This flattering yet forgiving black dress by Joseph Ribkoff with raglan bell sleeves produces instant-glam. The elasticized neckline can be worn on or off the shoulder for more or less drama. A subtle keyhole is cutout in front, and the bottom hem is finished with Guipure-style lace.
    Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.




    Luxe Optique

    183 Main Street
    New frames at Luxe Optique do not disappoint! Just when you thought you'd seen it all in the shapes of frames, you haven't seen these yet. Sabine-Be, a brand handmade in France, is known for their very wild, funky, different, unique and affordable frames. They're popular in NYC, and Luxe Optique is the only shop carrying them upstate.

    Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company.

     


     

    BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
    PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


    Style Storehouse
    484 Main Street

    This long burnout kimono by On the Road is in Style Storehouse right now, and is another easy glam trick for an outfit. Great to throw over jeans and a tee to bring a little fun to lounging at home or running errands.

    Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle.





    Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
    1 East Main, Retail #3

    SAMPLE SALE THIS WEEKEND!
    Sample Sale, up to 75% Off! November 17-19. Gowns by Justin Alexander, Justin Alexander Signature, Lillian West and Sincerity are on sale at great prices right now at Lambs Hill. Forward this email to your bride friend(s), and get down there!
    Where Is Lambs Hill? In the renovated factory building near the Dummy Light.


    Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide!  Bellus on Main, Luxe Optique, Lambs Hill, and Style Storehouse.



     

    River Therapeutic Massage
    612 Rte. 52
    Beacon, NY
    845-379-1956

    SAVE THE DATE!
    Black Friday Weekend, River Therapeutic will be announcing different sales for each day throughout the weekend. Keep a close eye on her Promotions Page on her website, Facebook and Instagram to score a deal on a massage for yourself, or gifts for friends, teachers or clients.
    Book Now >
    Where is River Therapeutic Massage?
    Sharing space with Karen's Place Salon on Route 52.

    Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!
     
    SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

    Rhinebeck Bank

    Beer brewing and craft beer enthusiasts will love this interview with the co-founders of Mill House Brewing Company. Learn about how they started in their basement after purchasing a beer brewing kit, got hooked, made too much, shared it with others, and the rest is history. At the time of this video in 2016, they had a 20 barrel production facility and employed 47 people at Mill House Brewing Company. When they got new equipment to increase their production, Rhinebeck Bank financed it.
    Watch the video here, and tour the brewery!

    Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency: Renters Insurance

    You just never know what may happen to your rented apartment. Accidents happen - like a bathtub overflowing onto the floor and into the shop below - causing major damage to the store and apartment. Renters Insurance can help with this. Contact Antalek and Moore to find out how at 845-245-6292.

    Beacon Chamber of Commerce
    Please join The Beacon Chamber of Commerce for The Lofts at Beacon Falls Ribbon Cutting as they celebrate the official opening of this apartment community in the heart of Beacon's Historic Factory District. Come and see this gorgeous location and welcome them to the neighborhood! Light refreshments will be served. The Lofts at Beacon Falls are at 52 Leonard Street, which is just up the road from Dogwood and The Roundhouse.

    BeaconArts : Retrospective 15

    BeaconArts is celebrating 15 years of leaving its mark on Beacon. The organization and its supporters treat Beacon as a canvas, delighting, inspiring and challenging residents and visitors alike. A walk through history is on view at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estatuaries/Clarkson University at 199 Main Street right now, with a timeline that presents what BeaconArts has done and how it has impacted you. One of the best ways to make sure this continues is through a donation to BeaconArts, which you can do right here online.

    A Little Beacon Space :  50Roots Pop-Up Shop Next Weekend!

    Returning to A Little Beacon Space for Black Friday Weekend is 50Roots.com, the online-only shop based in Poughkeepsie that carries only Made in America products. They are bringing their entire inventory into this space for a good old-fashioned shopping experience - with live music and a Complimentary Happy Hour. Get an idea for what they have by visiting their website, and get it into your gift-buying schedule for the day after Thanksgiving!

    InHouse Design Media

    SALE ALERT!
    Black Friday Weekend, InHouse Design Media will be discounting their services, from Training Sessions to Website Designs. If you know you want a website with them, social media strategy, or overall guidance on how to reach more people online, this will be the time!
    Learn More >

    Tin Shingle : Online Class

    Have you wanted to host a pop-up shop but didn't know where to start? Are you a shop owner on Main Street who wants to throw a pop-up event but can't think of why or how? Then this Training TuneUp is for you! Stream it while you work, and be prepared to write down ideas.
    Learn More >
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    Pictures shown above are from our Guide advertising partners in the Things To Do In Beacon Guides. We can include your most exciting news here too!

    Click here to learn about ways to advertise on A Little Beacon Blog.

    Until next week!

    Student Produced "Cinderella" Opens at Beacon High School Theatre - 80 Students in Cast and Crew

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    SHOW TIMES
    Friday, November 17th @ 7:00pm
    Saturday, November 18th @ 2:00pm
    Sunday, November 19th @ 2:00pm
     
    Beacon High School Seeger Theatre
    101 Matteawan Road
    Beacon, NY
     
    Tickets: $5:00 for students/seniors; $12:00 for adults.
    Available online or at the door (but don't wait!)

    The Beacon High School Seeger Theatre opens to the public this weekend to premier Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” produced by The Beacon Players. This student-produced production creates an opportunity for more than 80 students to participate in the cast and crew, from set and costume design to running the sound board, to performing in the musical.

    Students work for months on this production, from designing and building the sets, costumes and rehearsing. The Beacon Players Director, Anthony Scarrone, provides ample opportunity for many to be involved through workshops over the summer, and opportunities during the school year.

    Involvement in Beacon's student theatre challenges students in new ways. Anthony guides the student cast through thoughtful performances, as evident in each interview of some of the student actors published this week in the Beacon Free Press. Just like in promos with movie stars, the newspaper published interviews with student performers who recalled their interpretation of their characters and how they are played. Elizabeth Cenicola (playing Cinderella) reveals that she plays the star character as a girl with little confidence, who grows to become empowered and believing that she can do anything.

    The Beacon Players aren't afraid to challenge the norm by reinterpreting a story to show and tell it a little differently. The Prince, for instance, played by Alexander Ullian, takes on a dorky personality who isn't filled with bravery. The stepmother, played by Ellery Harvey, eventually shows remorse for hardships she has bestowed upon Cinderella.

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Says actress Elizabeth in the Beacon Free Press article, "'Cinderella' is a story of having strength even when the situation around you may be a difficult one, which is something everyone can relate to. Children will also be inspired by Ella because she doesn't wait around for her dreams to come true. She goes out and makes them come true herself."

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Fundraising Opportunities for The Beacon Players

    Marvel at the showstopping ballgowns and detailed sets, built and designed by The Beacon Players. There is a Princess Luncheon from 12pm-1:45pm, before the performances on the 18th and 19th. There will be visits from princesses, good food, and perhaps an appearance from Cinderella herself. Space for the lunch is limited, with only about 50 tickets available for each
    day. Tickets for the luncheon are $15.00 each, and sold separately from show tickets. As of now, the Princess Luncheon is Sold Out! And general admission tickets is about to be also, so get your tickets to "Cinderella" now!

    If you want to donate in other ways, you can sponsor a seat here, or become a VIP Member.

    Students can join the Beacon Players by clicking here.

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Scenic Hudson Proposes Increased Parking Spots at Mt. Beacon Trailhead

    Photo Credit: Concept rendering of Mount Beacon trailhead parking. Copyright © 2017 Scenic Hudson, Inc., All rights reserved.

    Photo Credit: Concept rendering of Mount Beacon trailhead parking. Copyright © 2017 Scenic Hudson, Inc., All rights reserved.

    If you're a regular hiker of Mt. Beacon to Mount Beacon Park, where you first encounter the steep staircase only to be met with a steep climb up the mountain to breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, you'll have noted that parking at the base of Mt. Beacon is thick. Cars easily fill up the 39 spaces that are currently available. Scenic Hudson manages Mount Beacon Park, in cooperation with the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society, and is proposing to increase the number of parking spots from 39 to 77 on the existing surface of the parking lot (ie, not above or below ground, but on the ground).

    The plans include universally accessible parking and walkways, enhanced walkways and an emergency access gate, a pedestrian connection to Howland Avenue, and increased landscaping to shield the view of the parking lot.

    In addition to increased parking spots in the existing parking lot, Scenic Hudson is proposing to add connections to mass transit. "We've provided a pickup/drop off area for a future trolley or bus stop," says Scenic Hudson’s Senior Park Planner, Meg Rasmussen.

    Beacon's Planning Board is hearing the proposal tonight, Tuesday, November 14th at their regular meeting at the Beacon Municipal Center, 1 Municipal Plaza, and the public is encouraged to attend to voice opinion. The project is filed under 788 Wolcott Avenue. It's a loaded meeting with several development projects in the agenda. The meeting starts at 7:30pm with a training/workshop portion to start at 7pm. Details about the project have been posted at The City Of Beacon's Website and can also be found here in our "Easy Access to City Meetings" section. When the video of this meeting posts, we will also add it to this meeting's overview page here at A Little Beacon Blog.

    OPEN! The Made + Given Pop-Up Shop at A Little Beacon Space

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    HOURS
    Find Made and Given at A Little Beacon Space:
    291 Main Street, across from Key Food
    First Floor, First Door.
    Friday 4-7pm
    Saturday 11am-8pm
    Sunday 11am-5pm

    A Little Beacon Space has been transformed again, the chalkboards are wiped and dressed with new chalk art, and even the wall flowers have been changed. There's a pop-up shop in town this weekend, and you only have 3 days to catch them (well, now 2 because today is Saturday. Here's what you'll find inside...

    Rock Dove

    Rock Dove is copper and rock jewelry made by husband and wife team Carolyn Baccaro and Mickey Dwyer. Says Carolyn about her style: "My love affair with copper and rocks began when I learned that copper was the first metal to be used in jewelry making. One of the few elements to occur in nature in its pure, metallic form, our ancestors have adorned themselves in copper since at least 8,700 B.C. I love using this ancient metal to craft unique jewelry using a modern method."

    PS: If these rock/copper combos look familiar, they are also sold at one of Beacon's newest shops, Howling at the Edge of Chaos near The Beacon Hotel (head east toward the mountain).

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    The Wednesday Collective

    The Wednesday Collective is a rare and hard to find collection of pottery that makes for perfect additions to your ceramics collection or for a housewarming gift.

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    Black Gold Records

    A record collector who also roasts coffee, Black Gold Records is based in Brooklyn where he spins the black vinyl while roasting beans, both of which you can buy in this pop-up shop. Also known for this t-shirt, "Record Collecting Ruined My Life."

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    Pop Porcelain

    This is all you, kitch-lovers. Vintage plates with some not so vintage people on them from Pop Porcelain. Best of both worlds? You decide, and take a picture and tag us to show us what you picked.

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    FSA Leather Goods

    This is some fine leather designing going on here. FSA Leather Goods has brought their assortment of jewelry, paperweights, and other excuses for beautiful combinations of fine leather and metalsmithing. In their own words: "FSA Leather Goods has been inspired by the well-worn and dependable tools used by the farmers and migrant workers who endured the Depression and Dust Bowl. Hard work was the only way for these people to pull themselves out of the toughest times that dared to destroy the land. The durable products manufactured during this era were built to last generations. Our mission is to design products with the traditional qualities of simplicity, utility and durability essential to the hard-working people of the Depression Era, whose efforts, and the tools which enabled them, we still respect today."

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    Halmi Co

    And if you wanted a little sparkle with your leather, there is Halmi Co. At this time, Halmi Co. does not sell online (coming soon), so the only way to score it is in person.

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    John Defeo

    New to A Little Beacon Space's walls is the artist John Defeo. You can see this art right now for this weekend only, and then it's gone. So if you want to pick up a piece, now is your chance.

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    Moor Berry

    Bow ties and baby booties...that's what you'll find from Moor Berry, who sews a cultural twist into each of her designs.

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    Vintage

    But of course, a pop-up vintage collection is on the racks from Rock Dove's private collection, with jeans, a jew shoes, and coats that you could use today.

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    Teddy's Barkery

    Got a pooch? They need a special doggy treat with a message on it from Teddy's Barkery. There are cuff bracelets for humans (down at King + Curated on Beacon's east end at 1 East Main), and there are doggie treats for dogs in the pop-up shop.

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    Santa's Dirty Workshop

    Rated R cards, so can't show much here, so you'll need to go in to see the collection!

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    Where To Go Next

    After, or on your way to, this pop-up shop, check out these stores that are in the same niche as this one:

    On the West End (toward the train):

    • reMADE
    • Hudson Beacon Glass
    • Dream in Plastic (also sells Kala Style soaps which will be at this pop-up shop)

    In the Center (near this pop-up shop):

    • American Gypsy
    • Hudson Valley Vinyl

    On the East End (near the mountain):

    • Howling at the Edge of Chaos (also sells Rock Dove Rings which will be available at this pop-up shop in other styles)
    • Blackbird Attic
    • Shop Reservoir
    • King + Curated

    Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide for November 11, 2017

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    Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon! This month, we pause to reflect on gratitude. Today especially, gratitude for the artists who, through some kind of alchemy (and a lot of hard work), bring some of our biggest feelings into the visual realm. Thank them in person, if you'd like: See where they'll be and when in our Guide to Second Saturday Art Showings

    Some artsy-tartsy highlights: Gifts galore! Artists often sell their work in gallery openings, but we also have the Beacon Art Market Opening at Catalyst Gallery, the annual holiday show at RiverWinds Gallery, the Made & Given Holiday Pop-Up Shop in our very own Little Beacon Space, and more.

    A giant thank you to BeaconArts for promoting this day in our city for years, and thanks to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, who make it possible for us to share the goings-on around town. Please support the businesses who support us! 

    Happening This Weekend - 11/10/2017

    Happy Second Saturday and Veterans Day Weekend! See below for where you can have a moment of silence to pay homage to those who protect us, and a few businesses who are doing something special for those in the military.

    The Galleries are in holiday mode, and you can start your gift collecting early! We know - Holiday music shouldn't start until after Thanksgiving, but it's on the radio already, and the greenery and the lights are turning on, so we're going with it! And you can find lots of it on Main Street. Just follow our Second Saturday Guide.

    Trivia: Can you guess whose ornaments these are? You got that right - the famous blown glass collection being made now in Hudson Beach Glass.

    This weekend includes lots of handmade and local shopping (stop by Utensil and wish them a Happy 5 Year Anniversary!!), live performances, and even ghost hunting! We have more Pop-Up shopping fun at A Little Beacon Space as we host Made & Given all weekend starting today!

    Tell Your Friends:
    Anything they need to know about Beacon, like where to shop, eat or take a class of any kind, can all be found in A Little Beacon's Guides:
    Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


    Made & Given Pop-Up Shop

    Days: Fri-Sun, November 10-12, 2017
    Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Times: Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
    Learn more about event and the vendors in our Pop-Up Guide. 

    Open Mic Night for Kids
    Day: Friday, November 10, 2017
    Time: 7-9pm
    Location: Beacon Performing Arts Center, 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
    Want to jam out to your favorite show tune or pop song, with Kate on the 
    Information >

    Veterans Day Ceremony
    Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 11am
    Location: The Veterans Memorial Building, 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY
    The event will be held indoors this year. The public is invited and is encouraged to use the Teller Ave. entrance, according to the Beacon Free Press.

    Grand Opening - Halvey Funeral Home
    Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 11am-4pm
    Location: Halvey Funeral Home, 2 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
    Read more about the new location on our blog

    Free Mini Maker Faire
    Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 10am-8pm
    Location: Barnes & Noble, 2518 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
    This is a fundraiser for Sargent Elementary School that coincides with the awesome Barnes & Noble Free Mini Maker Faire to help purchase innovative classroom supplies for all grades. Kids get to create all kinds of cool hi-tech models, program robots, and fly drones, while parents got in some early holiday shopping. A portion of your purchase will go toward Sargent's fundraiser.
    Information >

    Utensil's 5th Anniversary Party
    Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 6-9pm
    Location: Utensil Kitchenware, 480 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Kaight's Fall Pop-Up Party
    Day
    : Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 6-9:30pm
    Location: Kaight, 512 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Veterans Day Service
    Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017
    Time: 10:30am
    Location: Reformed Church of Beacon, 1113 Wolcott Avenue (aka Route 9D), Beacon, NY
    Following the worship service will be a lunch, according to the Beacon Free Press.

    Paranormal Investigation of the Old Beacon High School
    Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Time: 7-11pm
    Location: 211 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Veterans Day Freedom Fund Dinner
    Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017
    Time: 4pm
    Location: Chalet on the Hudson, 3250 Route 9D
    The Southern Dutchess NAACP will hold its 52nd annual Freedom Fund Dinner, "Honoring Those Who Served." Honorees include local U.S. Armed Forces veterans Bascom G. Durham, Walter Patrice, Ta 'Tanisha Powell and John E. Rembert. Live music to features Bosco & The Storm. For info and tickets, call Dorothy Medley 845-831-6447, according to the Beacon Free Press.

    Howland Chamber Music Circle Presents Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello
    Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017
    Time: 4pm
    Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
     
     
    Cross-Back Apron with Toni Maeck
    Day: Friday, November 10, 2017
    Time: 9am-1pm
    Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
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    Notary Public Licensing Class
    Day: Friday, November 10, 2017
    Time: 5-8pm
    Location: Residence Inn Marriott, 500 Westage Business Dr, Fishkill, NY
    Information >

    iPhoneography Workshop - Level I & II
    Days: November 11 & 18, 2017
    Time: 10am-12pm
    Location: Riverwinds Gallery, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Meet the Machine with Hilary Oak (Sewing)
    Day: Sunday November 12, 2017
    Time: 2-5pm
    Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.




    Cinderella: "On the Way to the Ball"
    Day:
    Friday, November 10, 2017
    Time: 11am-12:30pm
    Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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    Bakeology 101
    Day:
    Friday, November 10, 2017
    Time: 3:30-5pm
    Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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    Studio Art: Drawing into Painting
    Taught by Kathy Moss
    Grades: 6-12
    Day: Mondays, November 13-December 18, 2017
    Time: 5-7pm
    Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide
     
    The Vault
    446 Main Street

    SPECIAL FOR VETERANS DAY: The Vault has created a special cocktail called The Soldiar's Toddy. This drink will warm you on the way down, as it's made with cognac, aged rum, fresh lemon juice, apricot bitters and garnished with cloves, orange and cinnamon. Might even clear your sinuses.
    Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble.



    Thank you to The Vault and to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

     
     
    BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END



    Bellus on Main
    181 Main Street

    SALE ALERT!
    Soft and warm, these 100% baby alpaca sweaters are made in Peru and are in Bellus on Main in several colors right now. Bonus? They are 35% off for a limited time! So put one on, and head down to The Vault to enjoy that Toddy.
    Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.






    Luxe Optique

    183 Main Street
    TRUNK SHOW THIS WEEKEND
    The Barton Perreira trunk show is November 11 at 3pm at Luxe Optique. Every frame, every color, every size will be there! Handmade in Japan.
    DEAL ALERT! Mention A Little Beacon Blog and get $75 off!
    Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company.


     


     

    BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
    PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


    Style Storehouse
    484 Main Street

    HAPPENING TODAY! (FRIDAY)
    Style Storehouse has packed all of their inventory - boots, leggings, sexy sweatshirts and comfortable tops - from their Beacon location to set up with other shops at Vino at Crew Restaurant at 2290 South Road, Poughkeepsie. Joining them will be handstamped, customized jewelry from King + Curated.
    VETERANS DAY ALERT: Style Storehouse regularly gives a discount to military, and this weekend, is giving 15% off to military and veterans.

    Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle.





    Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
    1 East Main, Retail #3

    SAVE THE DATE! 
    Sample Sale, up to 75% Off! November 17-19. Gowns by Justin Alexander, Justin Alexander Signature, Lillian West and Sincerity.
    VETERANS DAY ALERT: Lambs Hill is giving 50% off of accessories to veterans and military this weekend.
    Where Is Lambs Hill? In the renovated factory building near the Dummy Light.



    Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide!  Bellus on Main, Luxe Optique, Lambs Hill, and Style Storehouse.




    River Therapeutic Massage
    612 Rte. 52
    Beacon, NY
    845-379-1956

    “I recently received a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage and was (again) blown away with how amazing it was. Thank you!”
    - Happy Customer
    From now until December 22, 2017, River Therapeutic Massage is offering it as a Spa Mini Add On for only $5. WOW.
    Book Now >
    Where is River Therapeutic Massage?
    Sharing space with Karen's Place Salon on Route 52.

    Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!
     
    SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

    Rhinebeck Bank

    Mark and Michelle interview Rachel Beard, founder of The Harmony Garden School of Music and Kindermusik. Says Mark: “Upon walking in, the first thing I thought was: ‘Kids would love it here.’ It beats Mickey Mouse Club." Hear how Rachel went from playing cello in school, following her dream of becoming a music teacher, and then pursuing her new dream of opening a business to work more closely with children. She loves helping kids wake up parts of their brain through music.
    Watch the Video >

    Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency: Condo Association Insurance

    Condominium association insurance is a unique form of insurance that’s specifically written to meet the needs of condo associations. It’s mainly used to insure common areas of condominium complexes. Depending on the layout and features of a complex, the common areas that a policy insures might include:
    • walkways and exterior steps
    • foyers and entryways
    • elevators, stairwells and hallways
    • units’ shared walls and buildings’ exterior walls
    • landscaping and fencing
    • amenities, such as pools, community rooms and fitness center

    Beacon Chamber of Commerce
    Join the Beacon Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate the Grand Opening of Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey. The celebration will take place from 11am-4pm with a Ribbon Cutting by the Beacon Chamber taking place at 12:30pm.  The Chamber hopes to see you there!

    BeaconArts : Retrospective 15

    BeaconArts celebrates 15 years since its founding in November of 2002 at a new gallery opening at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estatuaries/Clarkson University at 199 Main Street. A private opening takes place Saturday, and then public viewing hours begin on Sunday through March 2018. The exhibit is curated by Kalene Rivers. Different film screenings will take place each Second Saturday. Mark your calendar for the BeaconArts January 31st Member Meeting to take place there, and the Friendraiser campaign later in March.

    A Little Beacon Space :  OPENING TODAY!

    The day has come! A Little Beacon Space transforms into a shop for 3 days only this weekend. November 10-12, 2017 at 291 Main St, Beacon. Enjoy complimentary beer and wine Friday and Saturday after 5pm! Here's who you'll find in the shop. More details to come to your inbox today!
    • Curated records from Black Gold Records
    • Handmade Jewelry by Haimi Co and Rock Dove
    • Bow Ties and Headscarves for Adults and Babies by Moor Berry
    • Unisex Leather Goods by F&S
    • Artist John Defeo
    • Naughty Holiday Cards from Santa’s Dirty Workshop and more!
    Open Hours:
    Friday, November 10th   4pm-7pm
    Saturday, November 11th  11am-8pm
    Sunday, November 12th   11am-5pm

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    Tin Shingle : Community Membership

    Tin Shingle has a new Community Membership level for those who want to connect about big ideas for getting the word out about your business, and what you can do with your business in general. Strength in numbers! Now includes a private, safe and supportive Facebook Group for faster connection to business owners around the country.
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    Until next week!

    Update Made to Shopping Guide: 2 New Stores, 1 Less Store, 1 Moved Store

    Moving and shaking as always on Main Street in Beacon. We have made updates to A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, and they go like this:

    OPEN:
    Sanctuary
    192 Main St.
    (845) 440-6973
    Opened by Laura Gould, a former Beaconite who moved to Nyack for a while, and is back in Beacon. Laura is also a former board member of BeaconArts. Sanctuary is "a Conscious Living Shop," according to Laura. She focuses on hand-made, fair-trade or ethically made goods. Inside, you'll find  art, home furnishings, clothing, jewelry, books, wellness and self care items, ritual and sacred objects, and a beautiful selection of curated gifts. Expect to see in-person gatherings in the shop in the evenings to learn how to use essential oils and other wellness techniques.

    Howling at the Edge of Chaos
    428 Main St
    Located in the sliver of a storefront next to the Beacon Hotel, Howling at the Edge of Chaos is a charmingly fierce shop. Here's how the owner describes the store:
    "Life is art. Art is life. Art isn’t just what you put on your walls. It’s what you hold in your hands in the morning sipping coffee, it’s the leather bag you carry on your shoulder everyday, the pin you wear on your jacket expressing your thoughts, the necklace you put on as you walk out the door to meet your girlfriends. You should be surrounded by unique, beautiful wares, pieces that make you smile, laugh, feel strong, empowered, or make you dream. Howling at the Edge of Chaos carries unique finds for those that want to HOWL their TRUTH. Items might include but not limited to: Jewelry, Pottery, Handbags, Textiles, Paintings, Photographs, Cards, Pins, Patches. Stop by if you’re curious."

    MOVED
    Colorant has moved across the street! Head next door to Mountain Tops to check out their new digs, and for natural-fiber dying workshops with NY Textile Lab. From 3 to 7 on Second Saturday, bring your own cotton, wool or silk pieces for indigo-dyeing workshops (sign up here). Once you're finished repurposing, celebrate your new skills with cocktails featuring Beacon's own Drink More Good products.

    CLOSED
    A Classic Couture Fashion Boutique has left the west end Beacon location. This space is now For Rent. But fear not, you will probably be able to access owner Leah's collection in other ways if you were already in touch with her.

    Visit A Little Beacon Blog's complete Shopping Guide for all of the stores on Main Street in Beacon.

    Vote! And Get This Sticker!

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    You too could get this sticker...Vote! Don’t assume that your vote doesn’t count because your pick will win, or that you’ll be fine with anything. Head on down to your voting location, vote for the people, flip the ballot and vote for the amendments (easy paragraphs describe what they are), and then ask for a sticker! The stickers might not be in an obvious place, but once you become a Cast Vote, get the sticker.

    PS: The pink leather of this purse came from Lauren & Riley, on Main Street, Beacon.