New Art Gallery From The Raft Pops Up on Beacon's East End

jack fuller's paintings are part of the raft's pop-up gallery at 1 east main. photo credit: toni tan

jack fuller's paintings are part of the raft's pop-up gallery at 1 east main.
photo credit: toni tan

One of Beacon's best qualities is the way its residents rush to shine a spotlight on one another. In this case, Toni Tan of TanDao Studio sent up a flare to A Little Beacon Blog, to make sure we knew about The Raft’s pop-up gallery. “I reached out to you on their behalf because they are fabulous,” Toni said in an email. 

The Raft is a three-person art collective whose members' day jobs include architecture and fashion design. “Two of the artists are Beacon homeowners,” Toni says, and “all three are friends.” The group's members have been afloat in Beacon for a while: Beatrice and Jack met four years ago as neighbors in the Roundhouse's artist lofts. Jack brought Ben into the fold, and The Raft was launched.

the raft's pop-up gallery opened last weekend and continues this saturday and sunday. the show includes paintings, photography, and other media from three artists. photo credit: toni tan

the raft's pop-up gallery opened last weekend and continues this saturday and sunday. the show includes paintings, photography, and other media from three artists.
photo credit: toni tan

The former electric blanket factory at 1 East Main Street has been heating up once again in recent months: Visitors will find The Raft’s pop-up space next door to a swanky new bridal boutique from Lambs Hill. The gallery initially popped up last weekend, and continues this Saturday and Sunday (open from 1 pm to 7 pm) on the city’s East End, heading toward the mountain.

This weekend’s pop-up gallery will showcase photography, projections, and paper sculptures by Ben Boltin, and paintings from Jack Fuller and Beatrice Vann. The spark behind starting the collective will ring true to many artists, especially those who work hard to balance the day-to-day of “day jobs” with the impulses of creativity beyond the office. Beatrice explains: “It’s about finding the support you need to nurture and sustain a life in the arts - support from fellow artists whose work you admire and respect - and even envy a little.”

The group only plans to exhibit work this weekend - for now. Second Saturday and other ongoing events may be in the works, though. Keep your eyes on this space! We'll let you know as soon as we know.

What: The Raft Pop-Up Gallery
Where: 1 East Main Street, Beacon, NY

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 1 pm to 7 pm

Happening This Weekend - 3/24/2017

Your full guide for the day/night is here!
Here are this weekend dates pulled from some of A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
There is more parking than you think!
Especially the large free lots on the East End of town near the mountain. We've got pictures.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


Elysium Furnance Works presents David Torn
Day: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Maple Syrup Day
Day: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location: Little Stony Point Caretaker's Cottage - 3011 Rt 9D, Cold Spring, NY
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Eckert/Gilwood Duo
Day: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Movie Screening - District 9
Day: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 7:30pm (doors) 8pm (movie)
Location: Denning’s Point Distillery, 10 N Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
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Anime & Manga Club
Day: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Upcycle Art Studio
Day: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11am -1pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >



Spiritual Law Part 1
Day: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 7:30-10pm
Location: Shambala Yoga Center, 4 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
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Shibori Workshop
Day: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Location: KAIGHT Beacon, 512 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Yoga for All

Day: Sundays
Time: 12-1:15pm
Location: 436 Main Street (inside of Sacred Space, next to Matteawan Gallery)
Two Trees founder Jennifer Ruttner is passionate about yoga accessibility to everyone. For right now, Two Trees is offering this pay-what-you-choose class on Sundays for a Kripalu Basics Community Yoga class.
PS: Welcome Two Trees Yoga Studio as a Featured Listing in the Adult Classes Guide!
www.twotreesyogastudio.com

Breastfeeding Essentials
Day: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Waddle n Swaddle, 484 Main St, Beacon, NY
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241 Tote Bag Sewing
Day: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9-12pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
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“The Raft” Pops-Up at a Gallery Space

Day: March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 1-7pm
Location: 1 East Main Street (next to Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique...See Lambs Hill's featured listing in our Shopping Guide for a picture to familiarize yourself with the area). Three artists, Jack Fuller, Beatrice Vann, and Ben Boltin, present their photographs and paintings. For more details, we have the scoop here.
Please note: This has been corrected from the original publishing in the newsletter, which stated one of the three artists featured here as the gallery name.  



 


reMADE
133 Main Street

The process by which these art-to-wear scarves from Huzzah! Unique Handmade Wearables are made is fascinating. Dyed silk gauze fabric and only the finest, very soft merino wool "top" meticulously are arranged by hand. In the process of felting, the fibers merge with the silk and shrink to create the finished product. These pieces are light as a feather and can be worn year round. You may have seen Huzzah! at Hudson Valley Farm and Flea, and she's a part of Makers on the Hudson. But lucky you, you can find these pieces at reMADE because owner Liz has a great eye.


Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

If you've been trying to get into Bellus on Main but the Closed sign has been up, it's because they are inside setting up for Spring! They are back from the fashion trade shows and inventory is in.  Those who love the flowy Boho Chic look with off-the-shoulder shirts, dramatic sleeves with eyelet decoration, and beaded necklaces from Mexico and Turkey will love what they find in Bellus this weekend.
 


Classic Couture
178 Main Street

These little Prada pretties are waiting for a size 40.5 foot to slip them on. Covered in a gray pewter silk and made in Italy, this d’orsay pump with a strap will punch up your shoe collection. Add to that the high-couture Jack McConnell vintage cashmere felt hat with the feather plumes behind them. You could hunt for these pieces on eBay, or you can find these treasures right here in Beacon in Classic Couture, near Artisan Wine.
PS: Welcome Classic Couture as a Featured Listing in the Shopping Guide!

 


Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

Come on, Spring! Almost here! The sun reflecting off the snow is requiring eyewear, and DITA's modern interpretation of the classic cat eye style are available at  Luxe Optique right now. Just one of many vintage inspired styles you will find in this high-fashion optique boutique.



Raven Rose
474 Main Street

First of all, you need this cagey shelf in your life. Second of all that is a succulent you see growing from that vase, and there are more where those came from at Raven Rose. So much so, that we have been privy to Courtney the owner's future plans for succulents, terrariums, and you. Stay tuned! But duck inside to see this shelf first. 
 



Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Spring is in at Style Storehouse and so are the sleeveless t-shirt dresses you can wear over stretch pants or skinny jeans. Need to tone those arms to look good for summer? Just head over to A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide and Adult Classes Guide to find gyms you can join and classes you can drop in on...


 



Heart Body Mind Acupuncture

Maryam Mehrjui, RN, LAc is one of Beacon's newest acupuncturists, and she is planning a few workshops in spaces such as Sacred Space and A Little Beacon Space to meet you and show you more about acupuncture. As a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of New York, Maryam is also a Nationally Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, which includes Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She is a doctoral fellow of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific College.  Maryam is also a Polarity Therapist. Visit her website to learn more!
PS: Welcome Heart Body Mind Acupuncture as a Featured Listing in the Beauty Guide!
 

River Therapeutic Massage
612 Rt. 52 (at Karen's Place Salon)

The offer to include Hot Stone Mini into your regular massage service has been extended through the month of March.  Experience their comforting warmth and muscle melting power. 

Book your appointment. Do it! 



 

 

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

Antalek & Moore

Cyber security isn't usually on the mind of a business owner or artist once they finally launch their website. Luckily, Antalek & Moore thinks about it a lot. They are Beacon's local insurance agency and can talk to you about Cyber Insurance and Business Insurance. See what they have to say about it.

Daniel Aubry
Daniel Aubry knows of a few good business deals happening around town. Who will be the next to own the Pleasant Ridge II & Restaurant building? Business is also for sale, or bring your own ideas. This building offers 2 Main Street storefronts, 1 side office space, 1-2 bedroom apartment & 4 1 bedroom apartments. It is located on a corner lot w/ 7 approved spaces, next to 1 municipal lot, across from a bank lot & a 2nd municipal lot so parking is not an issue. No vacancies, no leases & all under what Beacon warrants. This long established Pizzeria/Restaurant has been in this location for over 17 years. Bring your business and ideas & own a piece of what Beacon has to offer. See the details here at DanielAubryRealty.com.

BeaconArts

The March Member Meetup for BeaconArts is at The Atelier Room 205! You get to experience this artist studio first hand. Are you a member yet of BeaconArts? Very worth it if you are an artists, business owner or friend of the arts. Click here for membership details >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Have you browsed the Beacon Chamber of Commerce Business Directory? New members are being added monthly, and you may recognize businesses you know, and some who are new to you. Need a person to help with your Mac computer? See their new “Computer Help” section. Got friends coming to town? See the new “Tourism” section. And it’s tax time, so look through the “Accounting and Bookkeeping” section!
Tin Shingle
Tin Shingle is hosting its a Member Meetup for business members located in the Hudson Valley. We will meet from 10am-11am at Tin Shingle's headquarters at 291 Main Street. We will cover the highlights from the month's TuneUps to see how they fit into your gameplans, and then break to mingle. There will be chocolate involved. These will meet Every Last Monday. If you're not a member of Tin Shingle yet, you can join here: www.tinshingle.com/join

InHouse Design Media

Are you making a website in Squarespace? Or a newsletter in MailChimp? Do either of those platforms stump you? InHouse Design Media can help! We offer training in both of those web tools in order to enable you to make big changes to your website and newsletter. Need ideas for what to send to your newsletter list? We can help with those too. Book a Private Training Session with us to come up with a plan. Now Mini-Sessions start at $75!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked by you at A Little Beacon Space. Click here for more details and to book online.

See Upcoming Events happening at A Little Beacon Space >
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Beacon's Parade Of Green 2017 On A Chilly Main Street in March

Madeleine Ouellette of King Family Chiropractic helps the Beacon Chamber of Commerce sell green headbands. Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

Madeleine Ouellette of King Family Chiropractic helps the Beacon Chamber of Commerce sell green headbands.
Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

It was a chilly day in Beacon last Saturday, March 22, 2017 for the 2nd Annual Parade of Green, but that did not stop the floats from descending down Main Street. Over thirty organizations participated (several of which can be seen here).  Although the turnout to cheer them on was a little lighter than last year, there were still many members of the community who did bundle up and come out to watch.  

The marching was kicked off by the Parade of Green committee greeting us all with a smile and a wave.  Without them, none of this wonderful new tradition would be possible.  They were followed by various groups from our community ranging from The Boy Scouts of America, Beacon’s Pop Warner teams, Yanarella School of Dance, the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, various fire departments from the area and even an impressive float from the McElduff Family.  

Stinson's Hub, a pub on Fishkill Avenue, was out with flying colors. Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

Stinson's Hub, a pub on Fishkill Avenue, was out with flying colors.
Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

Businesses along Main Street did participate as well coming out onto the sidewalks to hand out some St. Patty’s Day goodies.  Bank Square kicked off the day with a great Keg & Eggs making over 5 dozen eggs!  Antalek & Moore had a popcorn machine running throughout the morning to hand out to spectators and the marchers. 

The parade did take on a new route this year which ended at the East of Main near the Dummy Light.  But the day did not stop there.  Multiple bars and restaurants opened their doors with a St. Patrick ’s Day theme to welcome everyone- from Joe’s Irish Pub to The Elks Club to Max’s.  Even The Vault was dressed up for the occasion renamed “McVaulty’s Irish Pub”.    Stinson’s Hub also featured Irish step dancers and a pipe and drum band.  

The Vault turned into McVaulty's Irish Pub for two weeks, celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Photo Credit: The Vault

The Vault turned into McVaulty's Irish Pub for two weeks, celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
Photo Credit: The Vault

While we were missing the warm sunshine that graced us all last year, it was still a memorable year which brought Beacon together and made us all look forward to celebrating the 3rd Annual next year.

Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

Photo Credit: Beacon Chamber of Commerce and Kate Rabe

About This Citizen Blogger: Kate Rabe was born and raised in Beacon, NY. Her mother works for Antalek and Moore, and Kate holds a newly elected position as a Director on the Beacon Chamber of Commerce. Kate is a certified business coach helping corporations and small businesses navigate and implement their HR needs.  

Beacon Lifts State of Emergency Order

As emailed from the Mayor's Office moments ago, Mayor Randy Casale has lifted the State of Emergency Order for Beacon, NY.

From his desk:


WITHDRAWAL OF EMERGENCY ORDER

"A state of emergency was declared in the City of Beacon effective at 12:00 a.m., midnight on March 14, 2017.  This state of emergency was declared due to the forecasted blizzard that occurred all day on March 14, 2017 and threatened public safety. 

"I, Randy Casale, Mayor of the City of Beacon, hereby rescind the State of Emergency issued effective 12:00 a.m. on March 14, 2017 and all emergency orders issued thereunder effective immediately."

Dated:    March 17, 2017

Click here to read the full order >

To see the state of Beacon in pictures, see A Little Beacon's article "National Guard and Bulldozers Are Booked For Beacon's #Digout 2017"

Happening This Weekend - 3/17/2017

If you kept thinking yesterday was Monday, and you didn't know what day it was or where the week went, you're not alone. This storm really threw everything out of whack.

So...it's the weekend. Today is Friday. There's a dance party you should go to. And lots of other weekend dates pulled from some of A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
There is more parking than you think!
Especially the large free lots on the East End of town near the mountain. We've got pictures.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (LAST CHANCE!)
Days: March 6-19, 2017
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Dance Distilled Returns to Dennings Point Distillery 
Day: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: 10 N. Chestnut
(on the side street of Rite Aid in the garage)
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Sugar Maple Celebration
Day: March 18, 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Sharpe Reservation Camp, Camp Hidden Valley, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd, Fishkill, NY
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Family Free Night
Day: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Jasper String Quartet w/ Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Day: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Movie Screening - Do The Right Thing
Day: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 7:30pm (doors) 8pm (movie)
Location: More Good, 383 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Jasper Quartet with Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Day: March 19, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10- to 14-year-olds
Days: Friday, March 17, 2017 (Third Friday every month)
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Saturday Morning Makers
Ages
: 10+
Day: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Starlab: What’s That Constellation
Day: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 71 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Prenatal 5 Week Series
Day: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: beBhakti Yoga Center, 89 Dewindt St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Terrarium Making Workshop
Day
: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Raven Rose, 474 Main St, Beacon, NY
Two Options:
1. Bring your own container: $45 per terrarium
2. Container provided: $55 per terrarium
*you can bring a guest to help, but please limit to just one
RSVP: 845-765-8660

 

 


reMade
133 Main Street

Calendars are never around when you need them - and when you need them is right around March when you've slowed down enough from the whirlwind of the New Year and are about to head into Summer. reMADE has a calendar for you typeface and art lovers who want a little pretty on the wall.



Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Alright you day-trippers, if you've been looking for the perfect bag, it very well could be in Bellus on Main, who pride themselves on selecting the best quality - down to the very stitch - in all of the products carried in their store. This back pack is one of a few choices you have if you are looking to coordinate your look with something sharp yet casual.
TIP: Ask if their Winter Sale of 40% off is still going on...



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

Paul Smith is a British fashion designer known for his "classics with a twist" tailoring  style, and stripes. You'll get his signature stripes on the inside arm of a few frames at Luxe Optique, which are hand made in Italy.






Raven Rose
474 Main Street

Easy access has been cleared in front of the high-end floral and gift boutique, Raven Rose! Come in if you haven't yet to see her dried flower display, and inquire about the new lineup of workshops! You'll be in a bright and inspiring atmosphere to get your creative on. Need to send flowers? Call Raven Rose directly to save and make an arrangement at 845-765-8660.




Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Spring is arriving rack-by-rack to Style Storehouse, with an entire collection of long stretchy short-sleeve shirts that are forgiving after this winter. The sidewalk is clear over here, and the good people at Hudson Valley Fitness dig a path from the street so that you can walk along these storefronts with a bit more freedom!



River Therapeutic Massage
612 Rt. 52 (at Karen's Place Salon)

☘️ SHAMROCK SPECIAL-Today Only!

Book an hour (or longer) appointment before the end of March and experience a Free Hot Stone Mini with my new Corestones!

☘️Mention Corestones when booking!

(No Gift Certificates, cannot be combined with other offers)

Book your appointment. Do it! 
 



The Vault
446 Main Street

All plowed! Warm up at The Vault with a hot toddy and our Parmesan corn fritters. We have customer parking in our lot and the walkway is clear!






Barb's Butchery
69 Spring Street

Barb is featured on Feastly for their #GirlsWithKnives Spotlight! Learn how Barb got into the culinary industry, life as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
Get the Scoop >

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

Antalek & Moore

Antalek & Moore is a new sponsor of K104.7's Cupcake Festival 2017, now happening in Beacon this year! Says COO Susan Pagones: "It is a great cause and something we wanted to commit to.  We hope to have a booth there that day also, so look for us!"

Daniel Aubry Realty
Are you in a Lone Star state of mind? Maybe this house at 39 Catherine Street in Beacon is for you. Check it out in Daniel Aubry's listings.

Atelier Room 205
New artists are joining the studio, The Atelier Room 205! Owner Maria Amor welcomes Paul W. McCormack, Devin Cecil-Wishing, and Richard Thomas Scott. Stay tuned for their schedules, and follow The Atelier Room 205's Facebook page for upcoming workshop announcements. Contact her to book the space by calling (646) 705-3833 or emailing AtelierRoom205@gmail.com.

BeaconArts

The March Member Meetup for BeaconArts is at The Atelier Room 205! You get to experience this artist studio first hand. Are you a member yet of BeaconArts? Very worth it if you are an artists, business owner or friend of the arts. Click here for membership details >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Look at these cuties from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce participating in last week's Parade of Green, before the official St. Patrick's Day holiday. See more pictures from the parade >
                                
Tin Shingle

Trying to get the word out about your business? Did you just realize you needed to be on Twitter and on Instagram? Tin Shingle can help. They have over 250 webinars called Training TuneUps that you can stream on snow days.

InHouse Design Media

Do you think you can bow out of Facebook? As tempting as that is, if you have a business, you're going to want to keep at least one foot in that game by having a free Facebook Business Page. There are ways to do it without getting swallowed by the distractions of Facebook. Book a Private Training Session with us to come up with a plan. Now Mini-Sessions start at $75!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked and hosted by you at A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, in the heart of Beacon. Click here for more details and to book online.
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP
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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!

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Until next week!

National Guard and Bulldozers Are Booked For Beacon's Big #Digout2017

A true snowpocalypse, this blizzard of March 2017 will seal the deal that winter is not over in the Hudson Valley until April. Remember when we had those Summer Numbers during the nice weekend over President's Day? How the shops were wrapping it up with Winter Clearance sales? Reflecting on how they made it through the winter? Hopefully you headed our advice and stocked up on winter clothes and boots, because this happened, leaving 2'-3' (feet) of snow covering Beacon. With cold temperatures locked in, the barricades of snow corralling people trying to get somewhere via sidewalk might not melt away anytime soon, especially as Saturday is forecasted for a new snowfall. This snow state did happen several years back, possibly five years, when the barricades of snow lasted for what felt like weeks.

How is the snow affecting life in Beacon? Let's take a look in pictures...

The National Guard is called to Beacon to help remove snow.

The National Guard is called to Beacon to help remove snow.

The National Guard Removes Snow

The National Guard was called in to remove snow from designated areas. We emailed the Mayor's Office for comment to get a definitive answer on what the National Guard's instructions were as it relates to where they were told to dig out first - which sidewalks, streets or parking lots - but have not received a response as of the publishing of this article. The Mayor's Office did, however, send us the alert of the State of Emergency, and the subsequent Modification. Troops could be seen up 9D on either side of the street, and on side streets connected to 9D. If you saw them elsewhere in the City, please chime in below in the Comments.

Beacon runs out of places to put the snow after plowing city streets. Beacon City School buses are running as of Thursday.

Beacon runs out of places to put the snow after plowing city streets. Beacon City School buses are running as of Thursday.

The snow fell Monday early morning, and continued all day on Tuesday, letting up at around 6pm. Shoveling mid-way through the storm seemed pointless, as so much more would fall. Digging out from people's homes began Monday night and continued into into an all-day affair on Tuesday, which was a snow day for most to just dig out of their houses - literally - to dig off the porch to even get to the driveway. Snow responders, like contracted tow trucks, snow plows, or people with snow blowers had to first get out of their homes in order to get to work - removing snow from elsewhere.

Commuters who normally travel to New York City had no where to go, as New York City was also buried and had train shut downs. Beacon's State of Emergency kept cars and people off the streets in Beacon. The street was not somewhere you wanted to be, as snow plow trucks rumbled through trying to get to different neighborhoods. Trash was picked up as usual, but some couldn't get to their garbage cans, unless they were like Arie Bram, a resident of Beacon, who pulled his cans out before the storm hit.

Unless you pulled out your trash cans the night before, they weren't going anywhere. Trash pickup did commence the day after the storm.

Paths in the snow proved to be hard to come by, as some sidewalks - both residential, business and public owned - were not touched at all or not cleared completely by Thursday since there is such a massive amount of snow that needs immediate clearing, making it difficult for first responders to get into a building. Keep in mind, several sidewalks were cleared by snow blower and shovel, but one doesn't realize how dependent one is upon so many sidewalks on both sides of the streets until one suddenly can't use them. Just a single property not clearing 100% of a sidewalk impacts basic accessibility on an entire route to the train station, for example.

The public parking lot on Henry Street needs several trucks to cart away snow.

The public parking lot on Henry Street needs several trucks to cart away snow.

Bulldozers Booked By City And Private Business To Remove Snow

When you run out of room to push snow into corners, you call in the bulldozers and dump trucks to cart it away. Plowing of municipal lots started on Wednesday, with heavy work continuing on Thursday. The lot pictured here on Henry Street is a double lot. One side of it is attached to local businesses like Towne Crier and LocoMotive Crossfit, and the other side primarily serves patients of the Beacon Community Health Center. According to employees who work in this area, the business parking lot was plowed on Wednesday, and the health facility plowed on Thursday, with workers starting overnight. The Health Center was open on Wednesday seeing patients, who consist of the elderly, children, pregnant women and healthy or disabled people.

The public parking lot next to Beacon Bread Company gets the bulldozer treatment.

The public parking lot next to Beacon Bread Company gets the bulldozer treatment.

Citizens who do not have driveways or a place to park their cars sought spots in the public parking lots, the 24hr rule of which remained in effect. But with so much snow, there was no where to move the cars. Residents visited the lots at night to shovel their cars out and lot-hop to avoid the ticket when one exceeds the 24hr rule. Pictured above is the public parking lot next to Beacon Bread Company on Thursday as a bulldozer lifted snow out.

Those who could not get to lots, or already had a car in a lot and needed placement for another car, borrowed friends' driveways, as Jesse Meyer of Pergamena, a tannery based in Montgomery, did, who had one car at the Beacon Bread lot, and another in a neighbor's driveway. He is pictured here digging out the first of two vehicles on Tuesday night.

A man with no driveway borrows another before heading to a public lot to shovel out two cars.

Some private businesses, such as Halvey Funeral Home, plowed early Thursday morning, completely clearing their sidewalks and street parking, which is a benefit to their clients as well as residents. Other establishments like St. Andrews Episcopal Church on South Avenue had completely cleared sidewalks, which is helpful for their congregation as well as kids walking to the elementary school just one block down the road. But other homes, which can be abandoned homes or homes with elderly residents, had not shoveled yet, making walking to school difficult as kids and parents needed to walk in the street.

Harvey Funeral Home completely cleared their sidewalks and street parking with a bulldozer.

Harvey Funeral Home completely cleared their sidewalks and street parking with a bulldozer.

The orange No Parking signs moved throughout the City all week.

The orange No Parking signs moved throughout the City all week.

No Parking on City Streets

The orange signs started going up on Wednesday (as per eye witnesses, we have not confirmed with the City), reinforcing the parking ban on City streets, but definitely acting to clear the way for any quickie parking jobs from people who were running into a store or friend's apartment to get something. Wednesday was a fully open day, as the Post Office was open, all grocery stores, banks, etc., as people started going out to complete errands like getting food, signing corporate tax documents (a major tax corporate tax deadline was March 15th, sending accountants into a panic when clients couldn't come in to sign paperwork) and other business as usual.

Despite the 5-day parking ban on City streets, people did park on Main Street and side streets.  Plowed snow couldn't be removed completely from the street, thereby spilling into and narrowing the streets. With cars parallel parked further away from the sidewalk, driving down Main Street mainly consisted of driving in the middle of the road.

With Thursday being the new Monday as school was back in session and more businesses were open, everyone was out, making driving a very slow and careful experience. However, toward the afternoon when the sky was blue and the sun was shining, some people began to drive a little faster, turning quickly out of side streets and almost ramming into oncoming traffic who had to inch by slowly to let other cars by. Driving in Beacon was not fun on Thursday.

A pathway cleared for gym-goers to Hudson Valley Fitness and other neighboring shops.

A pathway cleared for gym-goers to Hudson Valley Fitness and other neighboring shops.

Stores on Main Street and side streets did their best to clear the sidewalk, and a path to the street itself so that you could get from your car through the thick wall of snow. Clearly, Hudson Valley Fitness has given you no excuse to not be able to get to a fitness class. Parking on this end of town is actually possible, the East End, what with the free parking lot located down the street from this P for Parking sign in this picture. Just head down Church Street to the large lot near Hudson Valley Brewing. See A Little Beacon Blog's Free Parking Guide for pictures and cross streets.

School's Out For Summer! Just Kidding - For Pre-Spring Break

Beacon City Schools shut down Tuesday during the storm, and Wednesday during the digout. Thursday was a 2hr Delay, which means families need to get their kids to school at 10:30am instead of 8:30am, and even earlier for the High School. Not all roads and sidewalks were 100% clear by the opening or the delayed opening, so the 2hr Delay did not make sense to some parents who have questioned other 2hr Delays called when no weather is happening at all, accept for a cold temperature of 20 degrees or blowing wind.

The plowed parking lot of Beacon High School.

The plowed parking lot of Beacon High School.

The plowed parking lot of Rombout Middle School.

The plowed parking lot of Rombout Middle School.

While Beacon City Schools had plowed parking lots in time for school to start, that act alone doesn't guarantee access to the schools. Several sidewalks from residential and private properties were not yet cleared, making walking to school not straightforward, and plowed snow remained in the street, making two-way traffic of kid drop-offs very congested.

A Proposed Alternative to the 2-Hour School Delay

Quite possibly the most controversial topic that parents discuss amongst themselves and to administrators is the justified or unjustified calling of a snow day or 2hr delay. In Beacon, the formula for such calls has not been clearly stated by the current Super Intendant or Board of Education president, broadly citing child safety as the reason, when emailed by parents including this parent to ask why, or for more specific details so that we can know when to except a 2hr delay on clear sunny days.

Two years ago during a normal snowfall, all districts around Beacon closed - except Beacon - really throwing a wrench into the logic. During a meeting with the Super Intendant, it was told to me in that meeting that those schools were fulfilling a contractual day off for teachers that had been negotiated by the Teacher Union and the schools were looking for a day in the schedule to grant it. Beacon, that particular time, did not want to go that route. Despite the argument that school is not childcare, school is in fact a solid schedule, and when that schedule is disrupted, adjustments need to be made quickly and at times jeopardize jobs or important medical appointments.

The trouble with 2hr delays in the morning is that at times, it is not safer, and did not feel safer during this week as the entire district poured out in the late morning to walk and drive children to school. If walking, it was in the middle of the street when a sidewalk wasn't available. If driving, it was in the middle of the street to drive around walkers and other parked cars. Getting more than one child to different schools certainly took longer by sometimes half and hour to drive what normally took five minutes, if roads were closed by the National Guard in order to clear sidewalks or streets. Beacon doesn't have 100% busing for all kids, so several children walk to school in the morning, either with their friends, alone, or with a parent.

A safer alternative may be to wave the Late Pentalty, and open schools at the usual time, but allow kids and parents 2 hours to get there. This possibly stacks the time people leave (assuming everyone doesn't leave 5 minutes before the delayed open time, as they do during 2hr delays) in order to give them more time to dig out, slowly back down driveways, get unstuck from driveways, pickup unplanned carpools, and get through alternate routes to school.

That's not a sidewalk those boots are standing on, it's 2.5" of snow on top of the berm of the sidewalk. For some parents, drop-off is on the other side of the sidewalk, so getting the child over the mound was the challenge once getting through traffic to school. But at least there was a clear path in front of the school!

That's not a sidewalk those boots are standing on, it's 2.5" of snow on top of the berm of the sidewalk. For some parents, drop-off is on the other side of the sidewalk, so getting the child over the mound was the challenge once getting through traffic to school. But at least there was a clear path in front of the school!

Mostly unintentional blockages of sidewalks happened throughout the city. If you are not a walker, then you aren't used to using sidewalks. First and foremost on people's minds is getting to their cars in order to get to work or to the store. Some people shoveled a path from their door to the driveway, without shoveling the other side of the door. Or if neighbors didn't want to step on each other's shoveling, they left an un-shoveled no-mans land of a barrier of snow, like when you're sharing dessert with someone and neither of you wants to take the last bite. Mini-baracades like this were all over the City, which pushed more people into the streets who were trying to take what is normally a straight-forward walk. 

Shoveling in front of fences was actually dangerous, as the removal of the snow unbalanced the gate, causing sounds of buckling. So be careful walking past those fences!

Watch for buckling fences pushed by unbalanced yards of snow.

Watch for buckling fences pushed by unbalanced yards of snow.

All in all, Beacon is getting cleared pretty systematically, especially considering this amount of snow doesn't happen all of the time, so there aren't many protocols to follow. At least the weather didn't jump to 40degrees after a snowfall, as it has in the past, causing flooding. So we'll take the bright sun and colder temperature to let the snow gradually melt into the ground and fill the reservoirs for a replenished water supply.

Be Ready for DOT

And listen - don't park your car out on the street at night if your road hasn't been snow-sucked! You never know when those heroes from the Department of Transportation are going to swing by. Signs for the snow removal pictured below went up at possibly 1am, and the trucks came by at 6am to clear the snow from this side of the street on this block. I was awake at 1am so see the trucks getting ready - because that's my new pregnancy thing - awaking in the middle of the night.

Once the morning officially started for me at 6am to make a dent in this article (I don't write at night because I fall asleep while typing), while I was making coffee and stirring cat food (they like it soupy), I heard the trucks again, this time in blower mode. Little did I know my husband had parked the car in front of the house, and it was face to face with a giant DOT truck. I put on my cap and boots and dashed outside to move it, only to not notice when his prized glasses he got for Christmas from Luxe Optique (such a treat!) fell out of the car and subsequently under my tires as I put the car into Drive and Reverse several times to get it around the mounds of snow, and into our shared driveway, which already had 5 cars in it.

A casualty of the storm, this glasses  case is pretty impressive, in that the glasses didn't completely flatten and the lenses shatter. A man in the DOT truck saw the whole thing happen, and got out of his truck to pick up the crushed glasses case and hand it to me in the wee, dark hours of the morning. Someone has hawk-eyes and had his glasses on!

Photo Credit: All photos pictured here were taken by Katie Hellmuth Martin.

Modification of Emergency Order - You Can Drive But Not Park on City Streets in Beacon, NY

From the City of Beacon Mayor's Office, sent at 8:55pm, Tuesday, March 14th, as issued by Mayor Randy Casale:

MODIFICATION OF EMERGENCY ORDER

"A State of Emergency was declared in the City of Beacon effective at 12:00 a.m., midnight on March 14, 2017.  This state of emergency was declared due to the forecasted blizzard that occurred all day on March 14, 2017 and threatened public safety. 

"The State of Emergency remains in effect, but I am rescinding the Emergency Order which banned travel on City Streets effective at 4:00 am on Wednesday March 15, 2017.  The Emergency Order banning parking on City streets remains in effect."

Dated:      March 14, 2017, sent by Anthony Ruggiero, City Administrator for the City of Beacon

More Public Updates

Additional public updates seem to be here on this page of the City of Beacon website, should you want to refresh your screen for meeting cancelation updates that relate to the City of Beacon.

Guide To Where To Find Free Municipal Parking Lots In Beacon, NY

Find the free, municipal parking lots in Beacon, NY here in our Guide. According to this State of Emergency, the 24hr rule is still in place. 

Made for TV Film, "Dancing on Broadway" By Katie Fforde Filmed In Beacon, Airs In Germany

See that yarn bomb on the light pole behind the piano? It's an extra in the made for TV movie, "Dancing on Broadway" from Katie Fforde that was made for German TV and is airing now online for anyone to watch and was filmed in Beacon. See local favorites like Dream in Plastic, Notions-in-Potions, Classic Couture Boutique, Hudson Beacon Glass, and others.

Set in Poughkeepsie, Beacon and other Hudson Valley locations, this story follows that of a dancer, Skye Rhodan, as she struggles to find her footing in her dancing career, torn between two men - her ex, Ryan, and her new dance partner and widower of two children, Michael.

Stream it here >

"Homeland" Episode 8 Season 6 With Quinn Airs Starring Key Food Beacon

Photo Credit: Key Food Beacon

Photo Credit: Key Food Beacon

The much-buzzed about filming of "Homeland" in Beacon, Season 6 Episode 8 titled "Alt. Truth"  has finally hit and binge-streaming feeds of TV screens on March 12, 2017. In this episode, Quinn fans get their fill of the actor as he meanders through the meat section of Key Food, past Beacon's own local celebrity and Key Food co-owner/manager, JB, and onto spotting Quinn's mark of a man at checkout.

Watch it here on Showtime.

[Updated] State of Emergency Declared in Beacon & Parking Restrictions

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UPDATE 3/14/17: The Mayor's Office has issued a Modification of the Emergency Order, allowing cars to drive on City streets, but not park, effective 4am, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. View the update here.

From the office of Randy Casale, Mayor - City of Beacon, as written by the Mayor, dated March 13, 2017:

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION & EMERGENCY ORDER

"A state of emergency is hereby declared in the City of Beacon effective at 12:00 am, midnight on March 14, 2017. The state of emergency has been declared due to the forecasted blizzard which is expected to occur all day on March 14, 2017 and bring heavy accumulation of snow and high winds during the storm.  This situation threatens the public safety.  This state of emergency will remain in effect for five (5) days or until rescinded by the subsequent order. 

"As the Chief Executive of the City of Beacon, I Randy Casale, exercise the authority given to me under Section 24 ofo the New York State Executive Law, to preserve the public safety and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of this municipality.  I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the City of Beacon to take whatever steps are necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary.

"Pursuant to my authority and consistent with my Declaration of a State of Emergency, I am hereby ordering 1) that all vehicles are prohibited from travelling on City Streets and 2) no vehicles are permitted to be parked on City Streets and all City Code provisions inconsistent with this Emergency Order are hereby suspended.  I will issue further Emergency Orders as are necessary and consistent with this State of Emergency Declaration. "

Read full declaration here.

24 Hour Parking Limit

See all of the free municipal parking lots here in A Little Beacon Blog's Free Parking Lot Guide.

§211-19.5. Twenty-four-hour parking limit. [Added 4-2-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001; amended 5-19-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]

"Unless otherwise restricted by an appropriate sign, all City-owned parking lots shall be limited to twenty-four-hour parking. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, the parking of commercial and recreational vehicles, as defined in § 211-15.1 of this chapter,1 overnight in municipal parking lots is prohibited. Signs shall set forth the following language: "24 Hour Parking — Except for Commercial and Recreational Vehicles - All City-owned Parking Lots unless otherwise marked - Section 211-19.5."

24 Hour Parking Restriction and Municipal Parking Lots

Guide to Free and Easy Parking Lots In Beacon