Seeking Your Memories of Beacon Spirit from the Past 40 Years

After being away from the office for some time in order to be all-in for my new baby's first months of life, I was in the office today, in back-to-business fashion. My dear friend Charlotte dropped in, as she does from time to time, to catch me up on all of the film making news of thearea (she is, after all, the #1 look alike for Paul Newman's wife and has been in several things).

We were discussing the Spirit of Beacon Parade, and how I'm on the Unofficial South Avenue Parade PTA Float Building Committee, and how I need to find a few certain things today (top secret of course until Sunday!), when Charlotte had the great desire to know what everyone's favorite memories were of Beacon or of the Spirit of Beacon Day.

The theme of this year's parade is Beacon Spirit of the Past 40 Years. Please share your favorite memory here in the Comments! If you have a picture you want to share, email it into us at editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com for consideration to be published in an article!

 

Happening This Weekend - 9/15/2017

Ohmygosh, this issue is huge with events! Have it open at. all. times. You're going to be busy this weekend!

From Art Galleries to choose from, dining options in our Restaurant Guide, and some of the best shopping in the Hudson Valley in our Shopping Guide, we have got you covered!

Weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, but more dates throughout the week are at the Guides themselves on the website,  so be sure to check them during the week.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


Beacon Independent Film Festival 

Days: September 15-17, 2017
Location: Beacon's University Settlement Camp on Wolcott Avenue (aka 9D)
Come see works by Hudson Valley filmmakers and artists, eat food from local eateries, and participate in thought-provoking conversations with industry experts. It's a weekend you won't want to miss!
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Story Screen presents "Bride of Frankenstein"
Day: Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 7pm ferry boat, 
Location: Bannerman's Island, Hudson River - Boat leaves Beacon Dock
Beacon, NY
Information >

Crafts at Lyndhurst
Day: Fri-Sun, September 15-17, 2017
Time: 10am-5pm (Fri & Sun), 10am-6pm (Sat)
Location: Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
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Casting Benefit Party!
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 2:30pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Theater Day
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Read more about this event in this article from our blog.

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)
Information >

Stony Kill's Foundation Country Fair
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

Concert: Clear Light Ensemble
Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Javaka Steptoe Reading
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Yoga & Brunch w/ Africa Yoga Project
Day: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 10am
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
Information >

"Keys to the City" Family Event
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 1pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Pacifica Quartet
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Chefs for Clearwater
Day: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park, NY
Read more about this event on our blog

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
 
 
Chalk Paint 101® - The Annie Sloan Method
Days
: Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >
 

BALLET ARTS STUDIO
Adult Classes

Ballet Class isn't just for kids anymore...Adults in Beacon have easy access to one of the best ballet studios in the Hudson Valley. Registration is open for their Adult Classes:
NEW!  Adult Beginning Ballet!
Day:
Wednesdays Time: 7:30pm
Adult Low Intermediate Ballet
Day: 
Tuesdays Time: 7:30pm
NEW! Adult Low Intermediate Tap Class at Ballet Arts Studio!
Day:
Tuesdays Time: 9:30am
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com
Visit Beacon Arts Studio's Schedule of Classes >
Where is Ballet Arts Studio? On the corner opposite the back of the Yankee Clipper Diner.


Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring our Adult Classes Guide!

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


Crafty Mama & Me with Keely Sheehan
Ages: 2 to 4
Days: September 18, 2017 (six week sessions)
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 am
Location: Fishkill Recreation Center, 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide
 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END


reMADE
133 Main Street

Looking for a unique way to light up your home? Check out these Hanging Tea Light holders handmade by William Mann across the river in Orange County. You could find this look in a catalogue, or you could skip down to reMADE for the real thing.
Where is reMADE? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.




Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Perfect for the classy lady. A lovely silky knit pencil dress by Joseph Ribkoff in a classic silhouette, cut with a cowl neckline, knee-length hem and three-quarter sleeves. Side darts and subtle layering ensure a sleek, flattering fit. 
Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.




Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
Barton Perreira frames are luxurious, elegant and always in style. You just might find that frames like these are a perfect fit for your face.
Luxe offers $25 eye exams and $45 contact lens fittings, which is applied to the cost of lenses when purchased at Luxe!  
Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread.

 


 

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

New in-store one-of-a-kind hand-dyed scarves made in Michigan by Brightly Twisted. A staple for the fall and winter to easily add interest to your outfit without effort. 

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




Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

Let us pause for a moment for this "ridiculously gorgeous" Venice Lace Gown by Lillian West featuring a fringe skirt in a sheath silhouette a v-neckline, dropped waist and sweeping train.  Walk-ins welcome for viewing this dress and others in person.
Where Is Lambs Hill? Next to King and Curated!






King and Curated
1 East Main, Retail #2

Designer Lauren Duende, co-owner of King + Curated, specializes in turquoise and diamonds, and the sparkle from this ring caught our eye. It's from Lauren's collection made with turquoise, white gold, white diamonds and a rare gray diamond set in the center. Plus, customization is available.
Where is King + Curated? Near the Dummy light, just down from the old train tracks in the renovated factory.


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




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

You know what your body needs right now? A good exfoliating with body brushing. Where are you going to get such a service? River Therapeutic Massage!
Learn More and Book Now >
Where is River Therapeutic Massage?
Sharing space with Karen's Place Salon, right next door to Bright Smiles of Beacon on Route 52.

Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!
 

 
The Vault
446 Main Street

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria made with brandy, apple cider, white wine and apricot liqueur with a cinnamon sugar rim. Need we say more? It's almost fall after all...
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble.



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

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Susan Pagones began selling insurance in 1985. In those days, childcare was limited, and she made her own rules in order to make it work with her job. To this day, Susan remains committed to the schools in her community.
Read Our Interview >

Main Street Summit
On Tuesday, September 26th, Beacon businesses will gather to participate in a panel discussion with city leaders, and break out into interactive roundtables led by facilitators who are experts in their fields: PR + Marketing, Staffing + Expansion, Money Matters, and Operations. What will you learn and take away for your business? Get your tickets now.
Learn More >

InHouse Design Media

Private training sessions are available to businesses who want to produce their own newsletters, website changes, or social media campaigns, but need guidance. Make an appointment with InHouse Design Media, who can make house-calls to businesses located in Beacon.
Book Now >

BeaconArts
5th Annual Beacon Independent Film Festival

BeaconArts is the fiscal sponsor for the Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) which begins tonight (Friday) with a kickoff party at Dogwood. Throughout the weekend, the festival will screen features, shorts, documentaries, and more. Enjoy panel discussions, food vendors, green space, and interactive activities for kids and adults.
Get The Schedule >

 

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Fall and Winter are becoming the traditional times for pop-up shops in Beacon! Two such shops have booked so far: Made & Given and LulaRoe with Erin and Leigh. Will yours be next?
Get Details >
 

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle will be hosting a Roundtable discussion on PR and Marketing during the Main Street Summit in September. Got questions for them? See their Ask the Expert series on their website to get a head start on buzz-building education.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Car Show is in October, and Sponsorships are available now! Reach thousands who come to Beacon every year to attend this anticipated event. Email stylestorehouse@gmail.com with interest.
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Third Annual Theater Day at Beacon High School 2017

Photo Credit: Beacon Players

Photo Credit: Beacon Players

3rd Annual Theater Day 2017
Where:
Beacon High School Theater
101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY 12508
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: Check-in at 8am
Register: Email beacononstage@gmail.com

Coming to a high school theater near you...The Third Annual Theater Day opens its doors at the Beacon High School Theater on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to students from high schools in and around New York State. Tickets are free for a 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.

Take a look behind the curtain of the agenda of workshops we've included below, and you will see why the region's high school musicals are so impressive. There have been others, but A Little Beacon Blog explored Peter Pan in 2016 and the amount of student produced work that went into it. The experience that students of Beacon High School theater come away with is irreplaceable. Hands-on work in set design, costume design, music, PR, and more are in addition to what the actors experience. Only 250 can sign up by emailing beacononstage@gmail.com and providing your name, school, and grade.

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!

What's Going On For An Entire Theater Day?
The 2017 Schedule

Theater Day offers high quality workshops for students, led by talented, working professionals in many different theater disciplines ranging from acting, dance, auditioning, scenic painting, special effects makeup and much more. 

Examples of some of the workshops are listed but not limited to:

Modern and Theatrical Dance

  • Learn modern/creative movement ( Martha Graham/ Horton technique)
  • Jazz (Luigi warmup)
  • Dance combos and Movements

Fosse Dance Workshop

  • Combinations
  • Signature and Stylized Choreography

Audition Technique Intensive

  • High School Audition Do’s & Don’ts
  • Vocal Audition Help
  • Line Delivery
  • Simple Rules

Musician Intensive

  • Pit Orchestra
  • Interactive (bring your instrument or use ours)

Acting - Drama vs. Musical

  • Interpret Your Role Appropriately

Your Personal Acting Coach - One on One Evaluation

Lighting Design and Application

  • Lighting Plots
  • Instruments
  • How To’s
  • Resources

Set Design

  • How to Start
  • Different ways to present your Ideas
  • How They Do it on Broadway
  • Create a Design and Present it

Set Construction

  • Design is Completed, Now What?

Acting Shakespeare for the High School Student

  • Overcome the Fear
  • Language/Intonation
  • Why “The Bard”

Costume Design and Execution

  • Work Together to Create a Design
  • How to Read a Plot
  • Costume Changes

Art Color and Design for the Stage

Improvisation and Theater Games

Publicity

  • Social Media
  • How to Get The Word Out
  • Create a Poster
  • Press Release
  • Collaborations

Vocal Techniques

  • “I Can’t Sing”
  • How Do I Make My Voice Work For Me?

The Student Stage Manager

  • What Are My Responsibilities

Makeup and Hair

  • Creating the Look - Period Hair
  • Fantasy Hair for the Stage

What Shows Work and What shows do not Work For High School
Musical Theater Today

  • Sondheim/Schwartz/Webber
  • Classics - Are They Gone?

8:00am: Students are invited to begin the day for breakfast and check in. During breakfast, the students will sign up for two morning workshops. There will be large charge charts set up in one of the hallways for students to sign up to attend workshops of their choice that happen that morning.

8:30am: Group meeting in the theater for a brief kick off and housekeeping.

9:00am-12:00pm: Two morning workshops!

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch! At this time, students can revisit their sign-ups for the afternoon sessions. 

1:00pm-4:00pm: Afternoon sessions

4:00pm: Re-group in the theater for wrap-up, presentations and some fun theater activities. Some of the activities from the day might be presented so everyone gets a feel for all the workshops presented.

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Where the Vegetable is King: First-ever Vegan Festival Begins in Dutchess County

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Eating a compassionate, plant-based diet is likely one of the best things you can do for yourself and the planet.  If you already set the vegan table, are thinking about it, or simply curious to learn more, prepare to be inspired and entertained at the first-ever Hudson Valley VegFest taking place in nearby Poughkeepsie on September 23rd and 24th (Saturday/Sunday) at Gold's Gym.

Conceived by activists, Sande Nosonowitz and Rebecca Moore, after two years of planning, the weekend festival spotlights innovators and influencers making waves on the plant-based culinary front, the arenas of food justice, compassion for animals and environmental sustainability.

"This celebration is for everyone - you'll absolutely be able to take in the energy that will be inspiring, joyous and life-changing.  If you are veg-curious - come explore, enjoy, eat and immerse yourself in the vegan vibe.  If you are already vegan...well, welcome to paradise in Poughkeepsie, “ said Sande Nosonowitz.  

Added Rebecca Moore, “It really is time that the Hudson Valley and Dutchess County get a fun festival featuring delicious food that goes beyond just appealing to our palates - that cares more and wants change that fosters growth, that highlights innovative products and lets inspiring speakers teach, and that brings out the best in all of us."

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Wonderful plant-based food companies, including Mindful Kitchens, which produces a delicious line of seitan-based charcuterie right here in Beacon, are on the lengthy VegFest vendor list. Lagusta’s Luscious, one of the Valley’s innovators with a national following, will be there with their stunning line of artisanal vegan chocolates.  

Other vendors will present beautiful non-toxic health and beauty products and cruelty-free clothing lines. Organizations working hard to forward a more humane and compassionate world shall discuss their important work and outline avenues for involvement and volunteering. 

Cooking and fitness demonstrations will abound, and an impressive lineup of luminaries in the plant-based world, like best-selling author and inspirational vegan guru Victoria Moran, will take the stage. Celebrated vegan pastry chef Fran Costigan, known as “the queen of vegan desserts” will instruct and entice festival goers with her marvelous confections.

The festival dates are September 23-24 from 10am to 6pm both days. The venue is Gold’s Gym at 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY. Their huge indoor space known as “The Net” covers over 42,000 square feet – ample space for the festival and attendees. Vegfest tickets are $10 per person and children 10 and under enjoy free admission.  For detailed information on the festival, including vendors and speakers, go to www.hvvegfest.org

This Guy With the Sleeves of Tattoos Wants You to Toss Your Own Salad

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There's a book signing happening this Sunday, September 10th for Toss Your Own Salad by Eddie McNamara at the outdoor Beacon Farmers Market on Veteran's Place (next to Towne Crier Cafe) for a cookbook featuring meatless recipes. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of gal, but I'm always looking for ways to jazz up a salad instead of letting food waste happen in the 'fridge because of a lack of creativity or fear of knowing what to do with veggies, aka salad-tossing-block (think writer's block, but for making salads).

The timing is right as we enter the season for autumn detoxes and The Harvest, but something else caught my attention when people interested in this book signing emailed into A Little Beacon Blog about it. The author, Eddie McNamara, is an ex-NYC cop, having entered the force right after college. He then spent several months at Ground Zero after 9/11 to help out, which led to his desire to retire due to PTSD and took up cooking. Eddie started a blog of the same name as his book, and I investigated a bit to get to know him. Here is is below, on a blip of his book tour:

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His writing is hilarious and makes salad tossing actually sound tough - as tough as the tattoos on his arm - as well as delicious. For any man wanting to eat more salads, this is the cookbook to get (get it online - I prefer Barnes and Noble because Amazon is trying to take over the world) or a signed copy at the Beacon Farmers Market - maybe Beacon's local bookstore, Binnacle Books near the library, has a few copies). He even has a skull and crossbones in his blog logo! Not that salad making is gender specific at all. The literary approach to his salad making is just so funny, you must read his blog. His style reminds of me of the Ink and Coffee blog, penned by our very own Marilyn Perez, an editor here at A Little Beacon Blog.

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"Toss Your Own Salad" was just added to a 12 Must-Read Summer Cookbooks list at People Magazine. In Eddie's words: "People Magazine said you MUST READ my book. Bieber, every Kardashian, Drake, and J-Lo agree."

So with that, enjoy it, and maybe talk to him on Sunday. His people claim he will be providing recipes on the spot if you give him a vegetable that you want to eat, he'll tell you how and with what. For the carnivores in the room, fear not, you can always toss in some hamburger, fish or chicken into any recipe and just get more veggies into your life.

Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide For September 2017

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Happy Second Saturday, Beacon and fans of Beacon! Fall is in the air - schools are back in session, leaves are crunching, and there's just something invigorating about all of it. Make like the kids this weekend and work on expanding your horizons: Seeing a variety of art is a most excellent way to learn new things. Check in with nature at Theo Ganz, Catalyst and Matteawan, or find your softer side at Clutter. Practice civic engagement with two interactive art projects at the Howland Library. It's the final weekend for two exhibitions (Cathouse FUNeral and Beacon Institute)that blend history and art in very different ways. Don't miss out!

Get the scoop on all the Second Saturday happenings around town in our Guide to Second Saturday Art Gallery Showings

As always, a huge, big thanks to BeaconArts (BACA) for the tireless efforts promoting Saturday. And another huge, big thanks to A Little Beacon Blog's advertising partners, without whom this production would be exceptionally difficult. Please support the businesses who support us!

Happening This Weekend - 9/8/2017

A Second Saturday Guide + Weekend Happenings in one email!

Happy Second Saturday! 
Here's what you're getting right here in this email:
1. A Little Beacon Blog's official and Second Saturday Art Goings On Guide. It's a descriptive list of special art, musical and unusual happenings for the day. Our editor of this guide is Catherine Sweet - a former Beaconite who moved back to her hometown in CA but held on tight to her editorial position of the Second Saturday Guide as she follows all things Beacon from afar!

2. The Happening This Weekend list. Let the scheduling begin!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Hudson Valley Poets Cafe
Day: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Hudson Valley Hoptember Harvestfest
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 1pm
Location: Eastern View Farm & Nursery, 1167 Noxon Road, Lagrangeville, NY
Information >

Expressions On Air - Live Streaming Music & Podcast Event
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 3pm
Location: Beacon Soundworks, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Samantha Hunt + Adrian Shirk - Reading 
Day: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

See more upcoming events for the week in our Events Guide.
 
Charm Patterns Launch Party
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Easy Peazy Pajama Pants
Day: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 9-12pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >


Ballet Arts Studio
Location: 107 Teller Ave, Beacon, NY
CLASSES START SEPT. 11!
NEW Classes for Adults:
  • Adult Beginning Ballet
  • Adult Low Intermediate Ballet
  • Adult Low Intermediate Tap Class at Ballet Arts Studio!
To register, call 845-831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com.
www.balletartsstudio.com

Where is Ballet Arts Studio? On the corner opposite the back of the Yankee Clipper Diner.


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


Classics for Kids: "Instrument Discovery"
Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

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


reMADE
133 Main Street

Lovely one-of-a-kind handmade mug - because does anything sound better than morning coffee or tea outside on a sunny + brisk September morning? You'll see this one in reMADE's window. Unless we buy it first. Do you have a collection of mugs found at reMADE? Take pictures and show us in our Instagram.
Where is reMADE? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.





Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

New fall apparel is here! This soft, cozy and versatile light weight knit cardigan is designed and made in the US. It is wrinkle free, so feel free to pack it in a bag! It is the perfect piece to layer and travel with. Available in black and grey.
Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.




Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
The designer frames line, "ic! berlin" (get it? ic="I See")  produces high-end, handcrafted eyewear out of extremely flexible and lightweight stainless steel. Their frames are indestructible, yet soft + adjustable. They offer a revolutionary interlocking hinge system, eliminating the frustration of losing or breaking screws. Try them on!

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




Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

New dresses in shop! This one, by Black Swan, is perfect for a Saturday night out, a fall wedding or a holiday party. This velvet beauty is a classic midi length (fashion translation: dress that hits mid-calf) with a flattering V-neck and subtle pleats. Want a closer look? Stop in. Style Storehouse is allllllll the way around the curve towards the end of Main Street.

Where is Style Storehouse? On the way to what used to be The Hop.



Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

The second floor of Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique is where the magic happens. It is a destination for private fittings, and offers plenty of sitting room for your most trusted posse. Walk-ins are always welcome, but call 845-765-2900 to make an appointment. Who's bringing the champagne?
Where Is Lambs Hill?Next to King and Curated!



King + Curated
1 East Main, Retail #2

Photographer Alicia King is the "King" in one of Beacon's newest concept boutiques, King + Curated. She is a sought after wedding photographer and is now booking for 2018. Want to meet her? She is now in the shop on Mondays! Yes that's right, the boutique serves as a very cool shoppable store/showroom where you can meet with the photographer or jewelry designer, as well as find gifts.

Where is King and Curated?Near the Dummy light, just down from the old train tracks in the renovated factory.

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

Visit the Shopping Guide for a full list of shopping destinations up and down Main Street. Includes stores for Vintage, Kitchen, Kids, and more.

 




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

New Product: eco-fin - The Eco-Friendly Paraffin Alternative
Enjoy a luxurious blend of shea butter, palm, soy, jojoba, and organic coconut oils, plus vitamin E and essential oils. They are gently warmed and applied by brush to your hands and/or feet. Heated mitts/booties are put on to add another level of *Spa* and aid in absorption. When removed, the remaining product is massaged into your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Book It Now >


Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!

Visit our Beauty Guide for a complete list of beauty sources in Beacon, including hair, nails, barbers, and even lashes.

 



 
 
The Vault
446 Main Street

The classic Dark & Stormy is the perfect cocktail for the cooling September days + nights. Made at the Vault with dark rum, ginger ale, ginger syrup, lime and mint.
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble, and across the street from the Howland Cultural Center.

 
Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.

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

BeaconArts: Live Music

BeaconArts + Beacon Music Factory present "Second Saturday Live at the Visitor's Center" - free live music every Second Saturday through October. Sponsored by Rhinebeck Bank. Enjoy the sounds from 5pm-7pm.

Defensive Driving Class

Join Susan Pagones as she guides you through a Defensive Driving class. You want to lower your auto insurance, right? Taking this class is one way to do it. And makes you safer. A win-win.
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 8:30am-3pm
Location: The Antalek and Moore Office, 340 Main Street, Beacon NY
RSVP: Register with Thomasine Supple, 845-831-4300 or tsupple@antalek-moore.com

Tickets: Reserve your seat now because tickets are selling. General ticket price for Beacon businesses is $30, and $10 if you are affiliated with BeaconArts, BEAHIVE, Tin Shingle, or are a A Little Beacon Blog advertiser.
Pro Business Tip: One of the most effective (and free) ways of marketing on Facebook right now is use of their Event Page creation feature. Creating an Event on Facebook triggers Facebook to create lots of free marketing on your behalf.
This Pro Business Tip brought to you by our sponsor, Tin Shingle, a training platform for businesses getting the word out about their business. You'll learn about this tip and more when you attend the Summit.

Tin Shingle

Do you want to know the ins and outs of how to get the media to write about your business? Or the best ways to use Instagram and other social media? Do you need courage to talk loud and proud about your business? Tin Shingle has got your back. Sign up for their free newsletter to get weekly doses of courage, free training webinars, and helpful tips.

Private Training

Are you reading and reading about ways to do social media for your business, but aren't sure if you're doing it right? Book a Private Training session with Katie from InHouse Design Media. She can come to your place of business (if in Beacon), get a feel for your shop, and give you ideas and feedback on the spot.

Car Show Sponsorships Available
Beacon's Chamber of Commerce is taking sponsors for the famous Car Show happening this October. The event continues to grow each year. Get in front of the attendees and show your support. Email Carl Oken if interested coken@optonline.net.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Just steps away from a chocolate crepe and Turkish coffee at the nearby crepe shop Royal Crepes, A Little Beacon Space is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Beacon with plenty of food nearby to keep you and your guests going. Available for an hourly rental for meetings that involve no setup and up to five people attending.

Click here for details about booking The Space for your event.

Click here for the schedule of upcoming happenings at The Space.
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Happening This Weekend - 9/1/2017

Whoa, fall wardrobe weather! Autumn is here...the cooler air breezes in and some leaves are turning. You know what that means: Beer festivals and Halloween decorations are just around the corner. If you're in Beacon for the Labor Day Weekend, you're in for easy entertainment. You have tons of Art Galleries to choose from, outdoor patios in our Restaurant Guide, and some of the best shopping in the Hudson Valley in our Shopping Guide.

PS: If you're donating to Hurricane Harvey relief funds this weekend, go the extra step and mark your calendar for a few months from now as a time to donate as well. Victims of hurricanes past have said that support slows down after the weather clears and flood waters recede, which is when some of the most important levels of support are needed.

Weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, but more dates throughout the week are at the Guides themselves on the website,  so be sure to check them during the week.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
 
Enjoy your holiday weekend! Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.

Blood Drive - Elks Club
Day: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 2:30-7pm
Location: 900 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY
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Beacon pitching in for East Texas
Day: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Dogwood, 47 E. Main St, Beacon, NY
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Howland Wolves '17 Concert
Day: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 8-11pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Adult Ballet Classes at Ballet Arts Studio
Did you take ballet as a kid? Or maybe you always wanted to? Ballet Arts Studio has new classes starting Monday September 11th. Give your regular schedule a lift!
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com

NEW!  Adult Beginning Ballet!
Day:
Wednesdays Time: 7:30pm

Adult Low Intermediate Ballet
Day: 
Tuesdays Time: 7:30pm

NEW! Adult Low Intermediate Tap Class at Ballet Arts Studio!
Day:
Tuesdays Time: 9:30am
Visit Beacon Arts Studio's Schedule of Classes >
Where is Ballet Arts Studio? On the corner opposite the back of the Yankee Clipper Diner.


Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring our Adult Classes Guide!

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


For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide
 
 
WEST END SHOPPING


reMADE
133 Main Street

Admit it, you need these vintage forks in your life. Hand stamped with the names of your favorite herbs like Parsley, Rosemary and Mint by sisters Dana and Dawna Anders, of Bliss Co Op in Sugar Loaf, NY.
Where is reMADE? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.




Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Find intricately beaded necklaces at Bellus on Main like this one from the Mexican based designer Morena Corazon, who is dedicated to the diffusion of the cultures through beautiful pieces of ethnic design and its ancestral techniques, fused with the creativity and innovation of contemporary artists.
Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
Vision changes and so do kid's favorite glasses. Luxe Optique has kids frames for $199 with a 2 year scratch warranty and an easy $25 eye exam right in the store. Cuteness!
Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread.


 

EAST END SHOPPING
PARKING HINT: Park in the back near the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

What shoes will you wear with the faded grey and muted color stretch leggings Style Storehouse has become known for? Pick from select styles of shoes by Free People, Jeffery Campbell and Dolce Vita arriving this fall.

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



Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

Boho chic is the style of wedding gowns you will find inside of Lambs Hill, the equestrian inspired bridal boutique at the base of the mountain. This lace paneled gown will blow softly in the wind and looks especially pretty in a field of wildflowers.
Where Is Lambs Hill? Next to King and Curated!




King and Curated
1 East Main, Retail #2

Wear your heart and thoughts on your wrist with the famous brass cuff bracelets made by designer Lauren Decker. These are handmade in-house! Each one is unique. Plus, customization is available. 

Where is King and Curated? Near the Dummy light, just down from the old train tracks in the renovated factory.


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




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

Seasons are changing which can trigger sinus pressure and sniffles. The fix? An Aromatherapy Facial Massage with a mild Mint exfoliation and facial massage with acupressure that includes the face, neck, and decollete. It is designed to encourage relaxation of facial and neck muscles, decongest sinus areas, and nourish the skin on a cellular level.
Learn More and Book Now >
Where is River Therapeutic Massage?
Sharing space with Karen's Place Salon, right next door to Bright Smiles of Beacon on Route 52.

Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!
 

 
The Vault
446 Main Street

It's cooler now at the lounge on the back patio of The Vault! Their outdoor couch seating has been popular with relaxers with a glass of prosecco. Perfect for a staycation on Labor Day Weekend.
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble.



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

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Defensive Driving Class
Ask Antalek & Moore about Personal Umbrella Insurance. It's an extra step of coverage that is a broader form of coverage that accounts for common limits and exclusions on your New York homeowners or auto policies.
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InHouse Design Media

Running your own social media for your business is important, as it captures your voice, your vibe, and your passion for your business. But what do your photos look like? See some of the photos InHouse Design Media have taken for The Vault to get their readers hooked into their new team and menus.

Main Street Summit
When is it time to hire an employee to help you?
Does social media really work?
These are questions we are going to discuss at the Roundtables after the Panel discussion at the Main Street Summit.
Meet The Roundtable Experts for PR, Marketing, Finance and Operations  >

BeaconArts

Artists are at work to create their installations for Windows on Main (WOMS) 2017, a project from BeaconArts. Pictured here are book page flowers for the Howland Library's collaborative installation. Join them during next week's Second Saturday to make more. All art coming soon in October!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

A Little Beacon Blog's Space is thrilled to be a participating business in Windows on Main (WOMS) 2017! Pictured here is Chris Sanders, the artist behind the book series Treasures of The Hudson Highlands. She is measuring the windows for her installation to be revealed in October!

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle will be hosting a Roundtable discussion on PR and Marketing during the Main Street Summit in September. Got questions for them? See their Ask the Expert series on their website to get a head start on buzz-building education.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The next Member Meeting is on Tuesday September 5th from 5:30pm-7pm at Shop Reservoir, 460 Main Street. Join online today if you haven't yet, and mingle with other business owners!
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Kids Halloween Hocus Pocus Parade Changes Date for 2017

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Beacon Weekend Halloween Events

Saturday, Oct. 28: Psychic Fair from noon to 5 pm at Notions-n-Potions
Saturday, Oct. 28: Murder Mystery at 6 pm, show begins at 8 pm at Clove Creek Dinner Theater, Fishkill
Sunday, Oct. 29: Kids Hocus Pocus Halloween Parade - At noon, line up at Visitors Center near Bank Square Coffee; at 1 pm parade begins down Main Street
There will be no Dark Parade this year.

For the first time in forever - well, for the second time in its 20-year history - Beacon's Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade will be the weekend of Halloween. That's right, on Sunday, October 29, the kids will line up at noon at the Visitors Center on the corner of South Avenue and Main Street (across from Bank Square Coffee) and begin parading and trick-or-treating in costume at 1 pm. For a long time, the parade had been held over a week before Halloween.

Traditionally, the kids paraded and then trick-or-treated the Main Street stores, but this year they'll be parading and trick-or-treating at the same time, according to parade organizer Ron Iarossi, a board member for the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and owner of Beacon Creamery. The number of participants has increased each year, with hundreds of kids and parents making their way down Beacon's milelong Main Street collecting candy. We participated at A Little Beacon Blog last year, and to hit up Key Food four times to refill our candy supply as the kids kept coming!

For some parents, this dates comes as a relief as costume-required events tend to pile on top of each other during the week of Halloween. With the actual date of Halloween on a Tuesday this year, the weekend of Halloween may prove to be a fun and busy time. There will be no Dark Parade this year.

PHOTOcentric 2017 - Garrison Arts Center Call for Entries Sept. 5, 2017

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The Garrison Art Center's deadline for PHOTOcentric, this year's International Juried Photography Exhibition, is fast approaching on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. This is open to amateur and professional photographers in all mediums. There is a $50 entry fee for five images, and $10 for each additional image. This year, the exhibit will be juried by Francis M. Naumann, an independent scholar, curator, and gallery owner of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art in New York. Naumann specializes in the art of the Dada and Surrealist periods, including the noted photographers Man Ray and Naomi Savage. He has recently organized museum shows for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Craft Museum of New York.  

The opening reception will take place on December 9, 2017, and the exhibit will last through January 7, 2018, at The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY (right next to the train station). "Best in Show" will be awarded $1,000, be featured on the cover of the exhibition book, with the image, artist's biography and website or email address in book, and link on Garrison Art Center website. Awards will also be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category with a cash prize. 

All work must be submitted online using this link. The format for your images should be 72 ppi resolution and JPEG format. 1280 pixels on the longest side and RGB color space (standard) with layers flattened, 8-bit mode. To view the full prospectus for this exhibit, click here to download