Happening This Weekend 7/13/2018

Enjoy the weekend of walking around Beacon!

This weekend is Second Saturday, and there is plenty of accessible art for you to walk to and participate in. From a live art performance on 9D (aka Wolcott aka the busy road near Bank Square) to the Old Beacon High School as Ethan Cohen's KuBe comes to life on Verplank Avenue.

Get your sunscreen and walking hat (and super dope shades from Luxe Optique), and tag us in your photos as you explore!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Beacon's Second Saturday is happening! The galleries are ready to share their art with you, so see A Little Beacon Blog's full walking tour Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide to see which art is in each gallery. We even have when untraditional galleries like churches or shops have dedicated their walls to an artist, so learn about who is where here!


The Reel Life Film Club presents “Dogtown and Z Boys”
Day:
 Friday, July 13, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 377 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Vintage Postcards, Books, & Ephemera Show and Sale
Day
: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Hall Building, 413 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >


Opening on Beacon's Second Saturday
at ETHAN COHEN KuBe
(the Old Beacon High School)

Day: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Symposium Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Opening Reception Time: 4pm-7pm
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts is pleased to present Yu Han Yu: Force of Nature, The Power of the Brush, a solo exhibition co-curated by Gan Yu and Ethan Cohen. The exhibition will be held at Ethan Cohen Kunsthalle (KuBe) in Beacon, New York from July 14 to September 2, 2018. A performance by Yu Han Yu and Yin Mei and Sharp Lines, Soft Nature, a symposium about the converging histories of Chinese ink tradition and the trading history of China, will take place on July 14. Symposium participants include Boon Hui Tan, Yu Hanyu, Prof. Eugene Wang, Yin Mei, Melik Kaylan, Ethan Cohen, Isaac Aden and Gan Yu.
Thank you KuBe for sponsoring this month's Second Saturday Guide!

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

Wood Type, Chromatic Wood Type and Its History
Day:
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 9am-10am, 10:30am-11:30am
Location: No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works
469 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Bellydance Workshop
Day
: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Reserve spot: redmuise@hotmail.com
Location: Dennings Point Distillery, 10 N Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
Information >
For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.


Tiny Book Show and Workshop
Day: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

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

 
SIGN UP NOW:
Ballet Intensive Week | August 13-17, 2018

Taught by former New York City Ballet dancer Miriam Mahdaviani, mornings of this one-week class at Ballet Arts Studio will be devoted to warm-up and technique. In the afternoons, dancers will do pointe work and work on Variations, as well as study character dance, dance history, nutrition and injury prevention. The intensive will culminate with a studio performance on Friday. Call them today at (845) 831-1870 to save your child's spot.
Get Details Here >

Thank You Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide for more ideas! 
 
 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
One of Luxe Optique's recent happy clients, Travie McCoy in his new sabine be eyewear frames. He #gotluxed and raved: "My favorite pair thus far-❤️™️"
Here's the thing - you can #getluxed too. There is a perfect frame waiting for you inside. The question is...which one will you choose?




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Gowns found in Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique can be customized to each bride like this one here! Planning ahead several months in advance is a sure way to guarantee you'll be picking up the dress in time. Brides need the perfect fit, and will be fitted in the beautiful boutique that is Lamb's Hill at the base of Mount Beacon.





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Wares, Luxe Optique, and Lambs Hill.


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!



There are new barbers in town, and we're catching up on all of it.
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS


Rhinebeck Bank
This recent episode of "Wake Up with Rhinebeck Bank" features the author Randi Zinn, owner of Beyond Mom. Find out the inspiration behind her book "Going Beyond Mom," how to activate your mind, body, and business after having a baby. READ IT!

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Learn the different between insurance you purchase for a stand-alone home, and insurance you buy for a condo. Visit Antalek & Moore in their 340 Main Street office, or call them at 845-831-4300 to learn more.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce is printing a Business Guide! This Guide will run for two years and the first printing will be about 5,000 copies. Advertising space is limited and will be available for Beacon Chamber members first. If you would like to reserve a spot please send an email to Beaconguide2017@gmail.com This is an 8 1/2 x 11 book in full color. Ad sizes range from Business Card, 1/4, 1/2 and full page.
Join Today >
        
A Little Beacon Space | Private Bookings
Host your company retreat, workshop or cocktail party in A Little Beacon Space! Located in the middle of Main Street with plenty of food options at local eateries. Plus, when you book with A Little Beacon Space, you get built in promotion on A Little Beacon Blog's website.
Reserve Your Spot!

Katie James, Inc.

Showing and telling about your business is one of the most effective ways of creating a bond with your current and future customers. The folks at Katie James, Inc. (which is the in-house design agency of A Little Beacon Blog!) are master storytellers and love taking pictures of your business. See what we did for The Vault, Luxe Optique, and Lambs Hill, and see what we can do for your business!
Learn More About Katie James, Inc., Couture Branding >

BeaconArts

Days: Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Bannerman Island, by way of Beacon Dock, 1 Red Flynn Dr – Beacon
Enjoy this musical production, “1776,” on Bannerman Island at the Bannerman Residence, a stage experience that is only open for special occasions. The show stars Broadway veterans Craig Schulman and Kelly Ellenwood. Featuring Russell Cusick, Doug DeMarco, Asher Pacht, Fay Gerbes Pacht, Alexander Ullian, and Glen Macken.
Tickets $65/adult. Call for Reservations: 855-256-4007

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is interviewing the Beacon Based painter, Anna West, to learn how she has been successfully using Instagram for a year to sell her paintings, both here and abroad (learn how she sold two while painting in Florence, Italy). This live broadcast is free, so save your "seat" and watch from home!
Register >
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The Most Epic Trail Run In Beacon - Happening Saturday - The Cannonball Run Fundraiser

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Don't let the name fool you...the organizers of this event - The Beacon Recreation Department - are inspired by all sorts of things. This 2nd annual epic trail run through the University Settlement Park is named it after a road race movie (Cannonball Run) starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, and Farrah Fawcett. Only in this case, the run is with your legs - you're jogging, walking or sprinting the 5K or 1Mile trail - and the cannonball is going to be YOU jumping into the pool after you finish the race!

That's right - the Beacon Pool is part of the course! Bonus points for the raffle prize you might win from Meyer's Olde Dutch (burgers and such from MOD), Mountain Tops Outfitters, Garrison Art Center, Fishkill Farms, or one of the many more local business sponsors who have stepped up to aid in the fundraising efforts of this run. You don't even have to be a runner/walker to enter the raffle!

A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of Beacon's Cannonball Run because we are hooked on its mission. The proceeds from the race registrations and raffle tickets go to the Beacon After School Program, which started in Beacon's elementary schools. But if enough is raised, and another mile marker is hit, then monies will be used towards the starting of the After School Program in the Middle School. This has been a tremendous program benefiting kids and working parents, and parents who simply want more options for their kids after school.

Read our article to learn more about the program and the race, and see you bright and early tomorrow (Saturday) morning!

Happening This Weekend: 7/06/2018

Always the busy bees on Beacon's Main Street! There's always a power drill being used somewhere to hang a new sign or art. This new shop was spotted in the old Matteawan Train Station - The Square Foot - that carries the designer Connie Verrusio's jewelry and other "interesting things." Tell us about what you find! And check out A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide to see about what you'll find in Beacon, from Foodies to Home & Design to Fashion!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


2nd Annual Cannonball Run
Day
: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Location: University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY
A Little Beacon Blog is proud to be the Media Sponsor for this event! This is the only 5K or 1Mile - that we know of - that ends by jumping into a pool! And it's for a great cause.
Click here to get all the details.

Live Concert with James Keepnews
Day
: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Beacon Yoga Center, 464 Main St, Beacon, N
Information >

Family Fun Balancing Day
Day:
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Grace Gold and Dinner Benefit
Day
: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: 7:30am through evening
Location: Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club 103 Route 343, Millbrook, NY
Information >

SAVE THE DATE!
Opening on Beacon's Second Saturday
at ETHAN COHEN KuBe
(the Old Beacon High School)

Day: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 4pm-7pm
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts is pleased to present Yu Han Yu: Force of Nature, The Power of the Brush, a solo exhibition co-curated by Gan Yu and Ethan Cohen. The exhibition will be held at Ethan Cohen Kunsthalle (KuBe) in Beacon, New York from July 14 to September 2, 2018. A performance by Yu Han Yu and Yin Mei and Sharp Lines, Soft Nature, a symposium about the converging histories of Chinese ink tradition and the trading history of China, will take place on July 14. Symposium participants include Boon Hui Tan, Yu Hanyu, Prof. Eugene Wang, Yin Mei, Melik Kaylan, Ethan Cohen, Isaac Aden and Gan Yu.
Thank you KuBe for sponsoring this month's Second Saturday Guide!

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


For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



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









REGISTRATION OPEN:
Ballet Intensive Week | August 13-17, 2018

Taught by former New York City Ballet dancer Miriam Mahdaviani, mornings of this one-week class at Ballet Arts Studio will be devoted to warm-up and technique. In the afternoons, dancers will do pointe work and work on Variations, as well as study character dance, dance history, nutrition and injury prevention. The intensive will culminate with a studio performance on Friday.
Get Details Here >

Thank You Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide for more ideas!

BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
Have you considered glasses to be works of art? Several design collections at Luxe Optique are limited edition, and "très exclusive," as indicated by the engraving on the earpiece of this French frame, which is #20 out of only 80! Let the friendly staff at Luxe Optique teach you about what designer eye-wear really is...





BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
New in the shop at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique - flower girl dresses! Little Ayleen pictured here is playing dress up in their new flower girl dresses from Hayley Paige. Stop in to see the collection!





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Wares, Luxe Optique, and Lambs Hill.


Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!



There are new barbers in town, and we're catching up on all of it.
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS


Rhinebeck Bank | First Fridays in Poughkeepsie
Day: Friday, July 6, 2018
Time: 5pm-8:30pm
Plenty to do in Poughkeepsie tonight! Join Rhinebeck Bank for First Friday Poughkeepsie’s American Rock themed celebration in Downtown Poughkeepsie, 52-68 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It’s kid-friendly with a bounce house, face painters and Touch - A - Truck. Look for the “Dunk Tank" and Hudson Valley Young Professionals HVYP Backyard cornhole tournament, both to benefit their featured charitable organizations for July: MHA Dutchess Vet2Vet, Family Services and The New Deal Creative Arts Center. Enjoy live music by The Ceesar Band, Conor Walsh, Ian Flanigan and Ill Harmonics. Michelle Barone-Lepore, First Friday Poughkeepsie Emcee, and DJ Smitty / YOUR DJ.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Brush up on pool safety for your home with these tips from one of Antalek & Moore's favorite insurance carriers, Travelers. Antalek & Moore is always thinking about safety first and how to avoid risk in your home. #ThinkSafe. Visit Antalek & Moore in their 340 Main Street office, or call them at 845-831-4300 to learn more.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce is printing a Business Guide! This Guide will run for two years and the first printing will be about 5,000 copies. Advertising space is limited and will be available for Beacon Chamber members first. If you would like to reserve a spot please send an email to Beaconguide2017@gmail.com This is an 8 1/2 x 11 book in full color. Ad sizes range from Business Card, 1/4, 1/2 and full page.
Join Today >

A Little Beacon Space | Private Bookings
Host your company retreat, workshop or cocktail party in A Little Beacon Space! Located in the middle of Main Street with plenty of food options at local eateries. Plus, when you book with A Little Beacon Space, you get built in promotion on A Little Beacon Blog's website.
Reserve Your Spot!

Katie James, Inc.

Thank you Susan Pagones for this recent client testimonial about the website design work completed for the Beacon Chamber of Commerce:
"I have had the opportunity to work with Katie at Katie James, Inc. on many projects ranging from our Insurance business marketing to the remodeling of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce website. Katie was able to sit with myself and other board members to explain how the website works in an understandable way so that we can operate it ourselves. Her work on the Chamber website was the reason membership has increased and is actually reaching the business."
Learn More About Katie James, Inc., Couture Branding >

BeaconArts

Days: Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Bannerman Island, by way of Beacon Dock, 1 Red Flynn Dr – Beacon
Enjoy this musical production, “1776,” on Bannerman Island at the Bannerman Residence, a stage experience that is only open for special occasions. The show stars Broadway veterans Craig Schulman and Kelly Ellenwood. Featuring Russell Cusick, Doug DeMarco, Asher Pacht, Fay Gerbes Pacht, Alexander Ullian, and Glen Macken.
Tickets $65/adult. Call for Reservations: 855-256-4007

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is interviewing the Beacon Based painter, Anna West, to learn how she has been successfully using Instagram for a year to sell her paintings, both here and abroad (learn how she sold two while painting in Florence, Italy). This live broadcast is free, so save your "seat" and watch from home!
Register >
Advertise in A Little Beacon Blog
Over 21,500 views/month happen at A Little Beacon Blog, with over 3,100 followers at Facebook and 2,700 at Instagram and 1,100 newsletter subscribers. The support from every advertiser of A Little Beacon Blog helps make local news get produced. You can be part of making it happen, and get your business in front of the community. We have designed the most integrated advertising packages in the Hudson Valley to work for your business.
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Until next week!

The River Pool at Beacon IN The Hudson River Opens for 2018!

 The left side of The Beacon River Pool - eye level.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The left side of The Beacon River Pool - eye level.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

As you play at Riverfront Park, now known as Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, you may have experienced the extreme desire to swim in the Hudson River to cool off. Well now you can - because The River Pool at Beacon is open again this year! Starting in 2007, five years after submitting plans to New York State for construction, the pool opened for the first time to people everywhere, originally proposed by the pool's co-founder, Pete Seeger, according to the pool's History page.

What's a River Pool?

The river pool is netted and shallow, with a net bottom designed by Meta Brunzema Architect P.C., a New York City-based design firm. You could crawl on it, with a child on your back, pretending you are an alligator gliding just under the water surface. Or you could sit or stand in the shallow water, enjoying the breeze off the water and gazing up or down the river, thankful you aren't in the traffic moving or not moving on the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Or, you could simply sit on the colorful plastic seats basking in the sun, and then slip further into the water when you're ready.

River pools aren't unique to this spot - they have been around since at least 1830 up and down the Hudson River, but pulled out after 1930 due to water pollution. Pete Seeger was a major advocate for cleanup of the Hudson River. Thanks to his efforts as well as many other organizations including Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, the river has improved since then, and has advocacy from many in its corner to continue in this direction.

Can Anyone Go Into the River Pool?

It's a free pool for all, thanks to support from individual donations, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Durst Organization, the Abrons Foundation, the Hudson River Foundation. The organizers of the pool actually want to make it bigger, and are working with another architecture firm to design a bigger one, and are working with cities or towns about finding the right location that reach agreeable environmental considerations.

What's It Like Swimming in The River Pool?

 The changing room at The Beacon River Pool.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The changing room at The Beacon River Pool.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

So fun. So relaxing. You're IN the river, just sitting there protected from the currents by the anchored netting. The pool is small, so you'll be near others as they dip in and out of the pool. The pool is also very shallow. An adult is up to their waist or thighs. The River Pool is fully staffed by lifeguards, and even has a changing room!

If thunder rolls and you need to leave the pool and wait 30 minutes for no thunder to be heard again, you could always shoot baskets at the basketball court also at the park, or play on the playgrounds. Or have a picnic on the grass (watch out for alllll of the geese poop).

An additional perk, Riverfront Park is very breezy, so you'll be cooled off down there no matter what.

Is Swimming in the Hudson River Safe?

The Hudson River was contaminated by companies who dumped pollutants into it for many years. There is an ongoing effort that has spanned over several decades to clean up the Hudson River. As of today, it has reached cleaner levels, but is closely monitored by The River Pool at Beacon. Says a representative from The River Pool this year: "The quality in Beacon Harbor is definitely of concern. Beacon Harbor had a long run of low numbers. We hope this is a temporary situation. That said, the pool is off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront park. The water is tested every week by the county health department. We would not open if the water was not considered safe for swimming."

Swim For The Pool - From Beacon To Newburgh!

Fundraising continues for the pool with regular donations that you can make at any time, and during the 15th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim where you can sponsor a swimmer - or be a swimmer that people sponsor! See the Beacon to Newburgh Swim page for details.

Make a donation here to keep this all going, but don't worry if you can't. It was designed for all to be able to access and experience the Hudson River. See you at the pool!

The Beacon Pool 2018 Opening, How It Works, and Summer Hours

  Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

The Beacon Pool is back for its 2018 season! Those who are lifers of Beacon remember the days when the Beacon Pool had to close and was an empty cement hole for many hot summers. But no longer. Operated by the Beacon Recreation Department and staffed by lifeguards and pool staff you've come to recognize year after year, the Beacon Pool is open for business and still has season passes available, though you can buy affordable day passes as well. Over the years, we've gotten to know the pool and how it works, so here's what you'll need to know:

Season Pass Holders

While this feels like VIP pass (and you should feel like a VIP for having one because you're committed), it's really just a convenience to you scrounging for dollars in your pool bag or car. Season Pass Holders don't get priority swimming when there is a line at the gate when the pool reaches capacity of 75 people - which happens quickly. But having the Season Pass makes life easier when you're just swinging by the pool for a quick dip. Otherwise, you may find yourself justifying a 20-minute "quick dip" and ask yourself if it's worth it. Answer: It is. Just go.

2018 Day Use Pool Fees

Adult Day Pass: $4
Child/Senior Day Pass: $3

The Line and Wait Time

 There is no messing with this Poolside Fashionista. No running!  Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

There is no messing with this Poolside Fashionista. No running!
Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

So there is this issue of the pool having a line to get in. And you can't bribe the pool bouncers. We've tried. Waiting isn't soooo bad. As long as you are prepared. Bring snacks, maybe a soccer ball or your own radio and a low volume. Don't walk away or expect a fancy paging system to buzz you when you're next in line. Stay close to the fence to hear your name being called.

Speaking of Food...

You can bring your own, but you can't eat it within the pool area. They don't want too many extra bees flying around.

Why Does It Open At 2pm?

We've heard this before. No the lifeguards aren't just rolling out of bed then. The pool staff has actually been there for some time, teaching swim classes and entertaining campers from around the area. The afternoon is when it opens to the public.

POOL HOURS
Monday to Friday - 2 to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 7 pm

The Beacon Pool keeps an "unofficial" Facebook Group, where they often post their hours of the day. Which don't generally change unless something unexpected happens, like a thunderstorm or cleaning of the pool. If you're not on Facebook, you're out of luck in terms of updates. Which is why we would encourage the pool to develop a basic website to post their updates! Email Katie James Inc. for help... (wink wink).

Who Can Go? Only Beacon Residents?

Speaking of the public, anyone can go. Anyone from any city, town, county or state. You do not need to be a Beacon resident to go.

Where Is The Beacon Pool?

It's really hard to see from the street. In fact, you can't. It's hidden behind trees and woods.

The Beacon Pool is located at the Park at The Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon. It is across from the Craig House.

How Accessible Is the Pool?

The pool itself is 140 feet by 50 feet, and progresses in depth from 2 feet to 8 feet deep, making it perfect for swimmers and water lovers of all ages.  You could step down and wade into the pool. There are steps available for those who need it upon request.

There are basic bathrooms that could serve as a changing room. But the floor is pretty wet from other swimmers, so change at home if you can.

So Sunny!

Mostly, the pool is in the sun. This year they got new blue and white striped umbrellas! The very end of the day is a great time to go - like after 5:30pm. There will still be a wait time most likely, but shade starts creeping in on the sides.

Spotted New Shop: The Square Foot

Spotted! New store on the east end of Main Street near the mountain (and in the old old Matteawan train station!), The Square Foot! Inside you’ll find jewelry of design and store owner, Connie Verrusio who stocks other “interesting things.” Ask her what’s behind her shop’s name. Hurry, she’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays. This space used to be occupied by Hair Haven, and The Pfotoshop.

This shop and more in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide! Read all about each shop before or after you visit them! Look up in the to navigation and hit the Things To Do In Beacon tab. 

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Spotted! Pop-Up Shop Within a Shop at Beetle and Fred

Spotted! A Pop-Up Shop, within a shop. Vintage collection from Psychedelic Sunset Vintage and antiques from Majestic Beast Antiques, all inside of the fabric, trimming and tools store Beetle & Fred, on the west end of Main Street going toward the train! A Little Beacon Blog loves spotting unique pop-up shopping experiences in Beacon. See our Things To Do In Beacon Guides for all the shops and eateries!

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Happening This Weekend 6/29/2018

It's official! Humidity and Summer have arrived in the Hudson Valley. We have your list of things to do while you're out enjoying the summer days into night.

PS: If you need instant access to a backyard pool, you may need to shop Main Street to grab one from the shelves, bring it home, and fill it up for a quick dip. Here's our suggestion.
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.


“With Love and Light” Benefit
Day:
Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
Information >

Cirque de la Lune
Day:
Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Beer, Bourbon & Bacon!
Day:
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Location: Barton Orchards, 63 Appletree Lane, Poughquag, NY
Information >

Why The LGBTQ+ Center Now? A community conversation
Day:
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Black Vanilla, 197 South St., Newburgh, NY
Information >

Circus @ The Howland & Acrobats Inc. presents “Piccolo Circus”
Day:
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Time: 2 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Beacon’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Day: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Time: 5 pm to dusk
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Food by: Empire Concessions and Poppy’s
Fun from: Southwest Entertainment - Bounce fun, games, henna and tattoos.
RAMP: Stop by the RAMP tent to learn more about the new skate park coming to Memorial Park!
🎆 Fireworks would not be possible without the fundraising efforts of Beacon Natural Market, and financial support received from the following businesses and individuals.
THANK YOU TO:
M&T Bank, JonCar Realty, Homespun Foods, Dominic Penzetta, Dogwood, Drink More Good, Hudson Valley Auctioneers, Greg Zabel, Hudson Beach Glass, Artisan Wine Shop, Hudson Valley Brewery, Mobile Gas Station, Quinn's, Quinn's Employees, Keyfood, Antalek & Moore, Mountain Tops, Kitchen Sink Food & Drink, Hudson Valley Zoned, Luxe Optical, Law Office of Dennis Vetrano, Gate House Realty, Kiwanis Club, Roundhouse, Melzingah Tap House, Poppy’s, Beacon Natural Market, and Thundercut
Details here >
Read the story behind this year's fireworks >


Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Day:
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: City Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon, NY
Read our article for more details on this event. 

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


 

SAVE THE DATE!
2nd Annual Cannonball Run
Day:
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Location: University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
A Little Beacon Blog is proud to be the Media Sponsor for this event!
Click here to get all the details.



 


 

Four-Season Vegetable Gardening Workshop with Sarah Simon from Common Ground Farm
Day: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
Location: One Nature Garden Center, 321 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Registration Open:
Tiny Book Show from The Creativity Caravan
SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
The Creativity Caravan is coming to Beacon! On Saturday, July 14, Maya Stein and Amy Tingle are hitting the road and bringing their Tiny Book Show and Workshop to the Howland Public Library. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make their very own miniature books.
Information >

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

 




 


Ballet Arts Studio Summer Classes

Register For: Ballet Intensive Week
Taught by former New York City Ballet dancer Miriam Mahdaviani, mornings will be devoted to warm-up and technique. In the afternoons, dancers will do pointe work and practice Variations, as well as study character dance, dance history, nutrition and injury prevention. The intensive will culminate with a studio performance on Friday.
Get Details Here >

Thank you to Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide, where you'll find even more busy-kid ideas! 
 
 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company)
Luxe Optique quickly became known around Beacon as the eyeglasses shop where they'd fit a frame to a person's personality. Meet Cutie Chloe, who found her perfect pair from the summer collection inside the shop now. Stop in to see what you'll discover!




 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the dummy light)
Oh wow... talk about a tuxedo dress that redefines the heart neckline! The dress and gloves are from Justin Alexander, and are at Lambs Hill now for you to take a look. The clean lines with a vintage touch ensure an hourglass figure.





Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Wares, Luxe Optique, and Lambs Hill.


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!



There are new barbers in town, and we're catching up on all of it.
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS


Check account balances, locate branches and ATMs, pay bills and so much more on the Rhinebeck Bank Mobile Banking app

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Is your deck ready for the summer sun? Checking your deck for possible deterioration and safety hazards can help you enjoy your summertime parties. Find more summer home maintenance tips here. #ThinkSafe. Visit Antalek & Moore in their 340 Main Street office, or call them at 845-831-4300 to learn more.
        
A Little Beacon Space
Will you host your pop-up shop or experience in A Little Beacon Space? We are showing it this Saturday to those interested in booking a date. The space comes with built-in promotion, because we know that pop-up shops need fast buzz!
Contact us to set up an appointment >

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is interviewing the Beacon-based painter Anna West to learn how she has been successfully using Instagram for a year to sell her paintings, both here and abroad (learn how she sold two while painting in Florence, Italy). This live broadcast is free, so save your "seat" and watch from home!
Register >

Katie James, Inc.

Well-crafted photos of your art, studio, place of business and staff can make such a difference when you are promoting or selling. Professional photographers from Katie James, Inc. can come to your place of business and take pictures, to showcase your work the way it should be shown - beautifully. See a few photo examples here, and contact us for details and pricing.

BeaconArts

Enjoy this musical production, “1776,” on Bannerman Island at the Bannerman Residence, a stage experience that is only open for special occasions. The show stars Broadway veterans Craig Schulman and Kelly Ellenwood, and features Russell Cusick, Doug DeMarco, Asher Pacht, Fay Gerbes Pacht, Alexander Ullian, and Glen Macken.
Tickets: $65/adult. Call for reservations: 855-256-4007

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Looking to bring people into your location? Host a Beacon Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Details Here >
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Until next week!

Backyard Pool for Heat Wave - Blow It Up

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Call it a heat wave, or just call it summer in the Humid Hudson Valley. Either way, you're going to need water to dip into. If you are too dazed to get down to the River Pool in the Hudson River, then head to Rite Aid to get this big blowup pool. Adults can fit into it, as well as small mermaids. Mermaid tails aren't included, but you can get an actual one here. Swim for free in your backyard, or in the River Pool.

Be sure to pick up an air pump at Brett's True Value down on West Main Street (on the way to the Metro-North train station). The pump will make it a breeze to inflate the backyard pool!

Get Your Sneakers & Bathing Suit - The 2nd Annual Cannonball Run Fundraiser is July 7, 2018

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The Race That Runs The Trails, and Ends IN The Pool!

CANNONBALL RUN
RACE DETAILS

When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: Registration, 9:30 am; first heats start at 10:15 am
Where: The Beacon Pool at the University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
Donation/Price: $20 for 5K; $5 for 1 Mile

The Beacon Recreation Department is producing their 2nd Annual Cannonball Run, a 5K and 1-mile race through the trails of the University Settlement Camp, located on Wolcott Avenue on your way out of town toward Cold Spring on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

This is a race with an extra splash of fun - you get to start at the Beacon Pool, and end with a jump into the pool. Says Nate Smith, assistant director of the Beacon Recreation Department: "You can walk, stroll, jog, sprint, however you want to participate. We just want you to have fun. Though this is a trail run, so there will be some hills. Just to make it more exciting."

If you don't feel like running, you can still enjoy the event by taking part in a huge raffle. On offer: plenty of prizes from your favorite local businesses, including the Beacon Creamery, Trax Espresso Bar, Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such, Artisan Wine Shop, and many others. Bagels are being donated by Beacon Bagel for early registrants, and Sal's Pizza is pitching in a few pizza pies for after the race. The South Avenue PTO Collaborative will be selling ice pops and water. So bring your bathing suit, and be ready for a great Saturday morning.

Fundraiser for the Beacon After School Programs

The run itself is awesome, but the main reason for the event is to raise funds for Beacon's After School Programs, which have been instrumental in hugely improving the public school experience in Beacon. See our article here from when the program first launched in the elementary schools.

If enough money is raised during this event, funding will go toward a new middle-school After School Program - it's the trickle-up effect! Fundraising efforts will help the Beacon Recreation Department secure the funds they need to start that program.

The five-day program, which runs from 3 to 6 pm on school days, started in the elementary schools, allowing enrolled kids to stay at school and engage in different themed activities each day, such as Yoga, Martial Arts, Spanish, and more. Local businesspeople are involved and serve as the instructors. "It has been a win-win for everyone," says Nate.

A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of this Cannonball Run, as we have first-hand experience of how wonderful the After School Program is - including instructors, caregivers and programming. We give this event a double-high five!

About The Cannonball Run

Participants have the choice of doing a 5K (just over 3 miles) or a 1-mile trail run. The race begins at the pool and ends IN the pool. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the suggested donation is $20 for the 5K, $5 for the 1-mile. You can also pre-register at the City of Beacon Recreation Department's Facebook Page.

Win Some Of The Best Prizes Around!

There will be prizes for the following categories from the following businesses:

  • Fastest 5K Male
  • Fastest 5K Female
  • Fastest Mile (Male, under 12)
  • Fastest Mile (Female, under 12)
  • Best Costumes
  • Raffles

Sponsoring Businesses:

  • Nella Bellas Boutique
  • Mountain Tops
  • Trax Espresso Bar & Coffee Roasters
  • Bank Square Coffeehouse
  • Fishkill Farms
  • Hudson Valley Renegades
  • Beacon Bagel
  • Barb's Butchery
  • Garrison Art Center
  • Beacon Creamery
  • Bounce! Trampoline Sports
  • beBhakti Yoga
  • SHRED Foundation
  • BCSD PTO Collaborative
  • A Little Beacon Blog
  • Beacon Arts & Education Foundation
  • Girls Inc.
  • Keyfood Beacon
  • Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such
  • Artisan Wine Shop
  • Play Toys and Gifts
  • Beetle and Fred
  • Fishkill Bowl
  • Mr. V's Deli
  • Sal's Pizza & Pasta

You can RSVP on Facebook here

See you there! We are training...