Happening This Weekend 12/30/2016 - Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

This week is a quiet one, allowing time for being with friends and preparing for 2017. Enjoy the fresh air, walking around, and the long weekend.

Here is your easy access to planning. These are weekend dates pulled from some of A Little Beacon Blog's 10 Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car & RV insurance.
The Upcoming Events Guide is proudly sponsored by King Family Chiropractic, located in Beacon and ready to serve you.


New Year's Eve Dance Distilled at Denning's Point Distillery
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30 pm
Location: Denning's Point Distillery, 10 N. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
Admission is $10 at the door or $6 online when you pre-RSVP. Includes $7 craft cocktails or $50 unlimited drink wristband, and a Champagne toast.
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New Year’s Eve at Dogwood
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Location: Dogwood, 47 E. Main St., Beacon, NY
Live music, and the Annual Beacon Ball Drop (from the maker of the Bicycle Tree and Menorah)
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BAJA 328 New Year’s Eve Celebration
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 10 pm
Location: 328 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Kitchen Sink
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: Dinner - reservations recommended
Location: 157 Main St., Beacon, NY
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The Vault
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: Dinner - reservations recommended
Location: 446 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Gala Dinner at The Roundhouse
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: Early or late dinner - reservations recommended
Location: 2 E. Main St., Beacon, NY
Early dinner: Includes five courses and a Champagne toast for $85.
Late dinner: Includes five courses and a Champagne toast for $125.
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Uptown New Year’s Eve 2017 Celebration    
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8 pm
Location: Uptown Kingston, 321 Wall St., Kingston, NY
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Visit our Annual & Upcoming Events Guide to see more events for the weeks ahead.


Barb's Butchery
69 Spring St., Beacon, NY

Under the weather? Try imbibing broth, broth and more broth. Put a lot of salt in it, and nurse yourself back to health by sipping Barb’s Butchery grass-finished beef broth or chicken stock.

Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.
SHOPS ON THE WEST END (TRAIN)

reMADE
133 Main St., Beacon, NY

Virginia Piazza's pottery is eye-catching and distinct. You've seen it around town and at markets, and you can buy the mugs easily in reMADE, a proud carrier of this Hudson Valley maker.

Mountain Tops
144 Main St., Beacon, NY

More workout wear for your new gym membership, hanging from the women's fashion wall at Mountain Tops. Find faves from Prana and other stretchy, breathable fabrics. Your body will thank you as you move and stretch into the new year!


Bellus on Main
181 Main St., Beacon, NY

For those who like a slim-jim wallet, these leather wallets in Bellus on Main have money clips and a pocket to store cards. One flips, the other squeezes. Which will you choose?

Luxe Optique
183 Main St., Beacon, NY

DEAL ALERT at Luxe Optique! Need an eye exam? Want to update your contact lens prescription so you can reorder? Mention this post and get a FREE eye exam and contact lens exam! Because guess what? Luxe Optique will beat 1-800-Contacts pricing to save you money!

SHOPS ON THE EAST END, 'ROUND THE TURN (MOUNTAIN)


Raven Rose
474 Main St., Beacon, NY

Quick, you need a cocktail plan for your next party, and fast. Trouble is, some people like beer, and some like spirits. What to do? Raven Rose has a book for that. Pick it up before your guests arrive. Then crack open the spine, and follow the directions.
Tip: Raven Rose is closed this weekend, open after Jan. 2.


Style Storehouse
484 Main St., Beacon, NY

SALE ALERT! Style Storehouse is having their HUGE semi-annual clearance event. All winter inventory is 50 percent off. Entire stock of Frame Denim, JBrand Denim, Blank Denim is 50 percent off. Sale rack has been marked down to 75 percent off! So much on sale!



The East End (formerly Pfotoshop)
493 Main St., Beacon, NY

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to take that trip to Italy, then East End/Pfotoshop has your new passport holder - and luggage tags! Would yours say "Mine" or "Nomad"?

Find phone numbers and addresses for all shops in our Shopping Guide, from Home Decor to Kids Fashion to Vintage and more.

River Therapeutic Massage
612 Rte. 52 (near Karen's Place)


GIFT CARD EXCHANGE + BONUS
For a limited time, you can trade in your valid store, restaurant, spa, or gas gift cards for FULL VALUE + 25 percent. Bring your $20 Dunkin Donuts gift card and get $25 toward any massage service. Your $50 Macy's gift card is worth $62.50. Awesome, right?

Card balance must be able to be verified and valid for use in the U.S. Good for massage services only, no cash back.

Find phone numbers and addresses for all locations in our  Beauty Guide.
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS
Antalek & Moore
Looking to save money on your expenses next year? One easy way is to revisit your homeowners' insurance. If you just moved in, you might have inherited a policy that could be a lot cheaper with Antalek & Moore. Let them quote a policy for you. Call them next week: 845-245-6292
BeaconArts
The annual BeaconArts Meeting and Board Elections are set for January 25 at the Beacon Music Factory. This is a great time to join BeaconArts as a business or art member, and learn about all that they do to promote Beacon.
                                
Tin Shingle

You hung your shingle out for business, now what? Sit back and wait for the customers to walk in and clients to call? Ho Ho No! Now begins the beauty of buzz-building. Learn how in Tin Shingle’s online community. Hook in with their free newsletter for tips.

InHouse Design Media

Need help with social media? How is that newsletter coming along? Have you sent one to your customers/clients lately? InHouse Design Media are the makers behind the design and social media of A Little Beacon Blog, and can help you make a plan.
All Sport Health & Fitness
All Sport's Transformation Challenge starts January 9. Are you in?

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main St., Beacon, NY

A Little Beacon Space is now available to rent by the hour for workshops and group meetings. Includes a pulldown screen for projecting from your computer, and a long workshop table and chairs. Click here for more details.

You’re invited: Don’t miss these events!

February 11-12, 2017: Valentine’s Day Pop-Up with jewelry from Kit Burke-Smith and Margeaux Lange, and baked sweets from 5Hens. It will be heaven. 
We know what you're thinking... "I want my business featured here!"
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!

Beacon Fundraisers Raise Over $13,000 for Refugees Settling in Hudson Valley, and In Mountains Abroad

The beacon of light and hope that people refer to when describing Beacon, NY, the city named for fires burning atop Mount Beacon during the Revolutionary War to send signals warning of British advancement, extends beyond the City of Beacon to reach refugees locally and in warring countries abroad. Today, Beaconites have organized to send money to people displaced by war,  with the culmination of three such fundraisers from 2015 to 2016 having raised over $13,000 to be sent to nonprofit groups who help refugees, or to organizers who have a direct connection to a refugee camp and deliver and distribute the donation themselves.

Lemon bars with olive oil and sea salt from the artist Anna Bergin, for sale at the Beacon of Love bake sale. Photo Credit: Beacon of Love Facebook Page

Lemon bars with olive oil and sea salt from the artist Anna Bergin, for sale at the Beacon of Love bake sale.
Photo Credit: Beacon of Love Facebook Page

On December's Second Saturday this year, a local group called Beacon of Love, whose group type in Facebook is a category called "Get Things Done," raised $4,476.60 during a pop-up bake sale organized by Julie Shiroishi. Held in Open Space, an art gallery on the east end of Beacon, the pop-up benefited 80 refugees relocating to the Hudson Valley from the Middle East and Africa. Proceeds went to Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for the #BeaconofLove project, and will be used to help the people coming over.

In 2015, just before Thanksgiving, a pop-up bake sale called "Bake Love Not War" was hosted by Shannon Brandt of Shambhala Yoga Center, Anna Sullivan-Youatt, and Nisreen Nasser. That sale raised $3,500, which was personally delivered by Nisreen to a Lebanese refugee camp located on the border with Syria. The fundraising organization is now known as Solidarity Through Humanity and continues to raise money and document the use of donation efforts through an online campaign platform, IndieGoGo, and has raised $5,271 from 82 people in the last 23 days (as of this publishing), and the donating continues here for the next delivery to Lebanon. Solidarity Through Humanity's goal is to deliver fuel for heating, water management techniques to keep water from seeping in under tents, and other supplies to help the 600 refugees living there through harsh conditions. The first death at the camp was a child.

Pictures taken by the contact and distributor Nisreen Nasser after the "Bake Love Not War" pop-up bake sale fundraiser at Shambhala Yoga Center last year. Nisreen's goal was to distribute fuel to the refugees who otherwise have no heat in the winter in the mountains of Lebanon on the Syrian border. learn about that camp here. Photo Credit: Solidarity Through Humanity Facebook Page

Pictures taken by the contact and distributor Nisreen Nasser after the "Bake Love Not War" pop-up bake sale fundraiser at Shambhala Yoga Center last year. Nisreen's goal was to distribute fuel to the refugees who otherwise have no heat in the winter in the mountains of Lebanon on the Syrian border. learn about that camp here.
Photo Credit: Solidarity Through Humanity Facebook Page

Bake Sale Fundraisers That Persuade Through Sweetness

Perhaps first to demonstrate the great impact of a bake sale fundraiser are the ladies behind For Goodness Bake, Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello. They're known for organizing pop-up bake sales straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine spread, and they dedicate 100 percent of the proceeds to one cause per year. So far, they've benefited the Beacon Community Kitchen, Green Teen, and Kids R Kids Feeding Program, raising a few thousand dollars each sale for the causes. Veterans of this art, they have advised others on how to make their bake sales a success.

Bake Sale Fundraising Takes a Community

The effort behind such a bake sale involves a community effort, with sometimes more than 100 citizen bakers volunteering to get their bake on by breaking out their most favorite dessert cookbook, and trying a recipe that will impress and tempt donors into purchasing a single piece or an entire pie or loaf of bread. Professional establishments have been known to donate baked goods as well. What often accompanies such fundraisers is the build-up to the event, with citizen bakers posting pictures of their accomplishments, and bake sale organizers thanking each baker in social media posts. The anticipation, and the unique notes from the bakers, such as this one shown below, help make the events a success: "Pear-Pecan-Vanilla Tart: Full of gluten, nuts, butter, super fattening. YOU WANT THIS TART. Sooooo good. - Enid"

Citizen baker Enid Zentellis tempts donors with her Pear-Pecan-Vanilla-Tart. Photo credit: Beacon of Love's Facebook Page.

Citizen baker Enid Zentellis tempts donors with her Pear-Pecan-Vanilla-Tart.
Photo credit: Beacon of Love's Facebook Page.

Stepping up the game can also be a raffle with prizes, as was the case with the Beacon of Love fundraiser, which offered a number of prizes from local and national brands.

These fundraisers are easy to participate in - both as a baker and as a buyer - making community stronger all around. They're a spoonful of sugar in spotlighting problems that may otherwise find fundraising slow-going.

Happening This Weekend - 12/23/2016

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Hello!

Here is your easy access to planning. These are weekend dates pulled from some of A Little Beacon Blog's 10 Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car & RV insurance.

BeaconArts & The Beacon Hebrew Alliance Menorah Lighting
Day: Saturday, December 24 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
Location: Polhill Park / Beacon Visitors' Center (Main Street & Rte. 9D)
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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 
Day: Saturday, December 24, 2016
Time: 8 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
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Christmas Brunch & Carols
Day: Sunday, December 25, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
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SAVE THE DATE
New Year's Eve Dance Distilled at Denning's Point Distillery

Music by DJs Zesto Q & Freefall. Admission is $10 at the door or $6 with online RSVP. Includes $7 craft cocktails or $50 unlimited drink wristband. Champagne Toast
Day
: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30 pm
Location: Denning's Point Distillery, 10 N. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
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Visit our Annual & Upcoming Events Guide to see more events for the weeks ahead.

Anime & Manga Club (Teens)
Day: Friday, December 23, 2016 Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Holiday Vacation Kids Camp
Days: Monday to Friday, December 23 through December 30, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017
Time: 8 am to 5 pm
Location: 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
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Winter Break Kid Camp
Days: Monday to Friday, December 23 through December 30,2016
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: McCann Ice Arena (Mid-Hudson Civic Center), 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Snapology Lego  Mini Camp 
Ages: 5-12
Day: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Time: 9 am to noon; 1 to 4 pm
Location: Fishkill Recreation, 792 Rte. 52, Fishkill, NY
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Visit our Kids Classes Guide for upcoming classes.

Barb's Butchery
69 Spring St., Beacon, NY

Check out Barb’s Butchery's unstuffed sausages, ready for you to spread around the pan to make an amazing dish. We can vouch for this method for a holiday stuffing. Pictured here are Pear Kale and Hot Italian versions. Stop in to see which flavors are in stock!

Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.
SHOPS ON THE WEST END (TRAIN)

reMADE
133 Main St., Beacon, NY

Cute stuffed animal alert! Crafted by Naka Nora Knits, this wiggly squid and his friends look great popping out of someone's stocking, or as the first Hanukkah gift. Pick one out at reMADE.

Mountain Tops
144 Main St., Beacon, NY

Cozy! The foot pampering continues at Mountain Tops. These slipper socks with sturdy soles are perfect for cozying up near a tree, buried in wrapping paper, or tiptoeing outside for fresh air with a cup of hot cocoa.


Bellus on Main
181 Main St., Beacon, NY

Guess what this is? An iPhone case/sling, custom-made by a teacher who now does these laser cut patterns for a living. You'll find more from her in Bellus (the new boutique next to Luxe Optique), so head for the black shelves and take a look.

Luxe Optique
183 Main St., Beacon, NY

The Dita line of glasses is one of the favorites at Luxe Optique, who are known for matching the right pair of glasses with your personality. Just ask the mayor, the fine folks in Dream in Plastic, Tourmaline Home, or the many other shop owners and townpeople near and far who have had their eyewear experience changed by Luxe.

SHOPS ON THE EAST END, 'ROUND THE TURN (MOUNTAIN)


Raven Rose
474 Main St., Beacon, NY

Unicorns, pigs and owls! All at Raven Rose right now on their front table. This looks to be the perfect dish to hold rings, earrings, and other delicate things. Dress up the dresser with the gold-lined dishes for other important littles. Plus, all holiday items are on sale right now, if you're still decorating, or if you are one of those collectors who waits to get next year's decorations during this year's post-season.


Style Storehouse
484 Main St., Beacon, NY

Those who want to have a kick-butt day will want to browse the stationery, card and mug collection at Style Storehouse. Owner Michelle is a do-er, and you can catch her vibes with her "Doing It My Way" and "Glitter and Goals" mugs. Plus, plan your week with her "Weekly Boss Plans" calendar pads that bring the seriousness of pen and paper back to your life.


The East End (formerly Pfotoshop)
493 Main St., Beacon, NY

For that new gym membership you're going to start, pick up a fresh and sexy workout t-shirt at The East End. It'll look great layered, with this handsome duffel bag from Brouk & Co. for the new you after class.

Find phone numbers and addresses for all shops in our Shopping Guide, from Home Decor to Kids Fashion to Vintage and more.

River Therapeutic Massage
612 Rte. 52 (near Karen's Place)

Instant gift certificates! Easiest. Gift. Ever. Now at River Therapeutic Massage via this link right here.

Find phone numbers and addresses for all locations in our  Beauty Guide.
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS
Antalek & Moore
Looking to save money on your expenses next year? One easy way is to get a quote on your homeowners insurance. If you just moved in, you probably inherited a policy. You might find one that's a lot cheaper with Antalek & Moore. Let them quote one for you. Call them next week: 845-245-6292
BeaconArts
The annual BeaconArts Meeting and Board Elections are set for January 25 at the Beacon Music Factory. This is a great time to join BeaconArts as a business or art member, and learn about all that they do to promote Beacon.
                                
Tin Shingle

You hung your shingle out for business, now what? Sit back and wait for the customers to walk in and clients to call? Ho Ho No! Now begins the beauty of buzz-building. Learn how in Tin Shingle’s online community. Hook in with their free newsletter for tips.

InHouse Design Media

Need help with social media? How is that newsletter coming along? Have you sent one to your customers/clients lately? InHouse Design Media are the makers behind the design and social media of A Little Beacon Blog, and can help you make a plan.
All Sport Health & Fitness
After the holidays, you and the kids may need a break. They can run, swim and craft at All Sport's Holiday Vacation Camp, which runs next week from 8 am to 5 pm while school is out. Book a day or three!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main St., Beacon, NY

A Little Beacon Space is now available to rent by the hour for workshops and group meetings. Includes a pulldown screen for projecting from your computer, and a long workshop table and chairs. Click here for more details.

You’re Invited: Don’t Miss These Events!

February 11-12, 2017: Valentine’s Day Pop-Up with jewelry from Kit Burke-Smith and Margeaux Lange, and baked sweets from 5Hens. It will be heaven. 
We know what you're thinking: "I want my business featured here!"
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!
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Until next week!

Christmas Lights On Houses In Beacon - 2017

Driving around Beacon to hunt for Christmas lights is a treasured pastime of many. The first time a roundup of light displays was published on this blog, people's comments recalled childhood memories of neighbors, who may or may not still live in those houses. Driving home at night in December is truly a festive experience. Here are a few of the many houses elaborately decorated for the holidays. And bonus "holiday feel" points for us this year - it has snowed already!

The Classic look.

Taken by graphic designer Stacie Merrill during the nights of the spooky moon in December 2016.

Ribbons, trimming and garland. Bring more snow!

Yard art is really hard to resist. This van with the laser lights is something special.

Taken by graphic designer Stacie Merrill on one of her nightly walks.

Taken by graphic designer Stacie Merrill on one of her nightly walks.

Setting the scene.

Each year, these row houses on East Main just past Dogwood always dress up.

More yard art! The blow-up scene.

A naturally decorated house, with its gingerbread trim.

Each piece has its place.

Epic every year.

But needs two photos, because of the side yard.

A sparkler.

Same house as above, but captured differently. See the orbs in this one?

Aww, what a friendly porch!

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Katie Hellmuth Martin, except those taken by Stacie Merrill as indicated.

Santa Letter Delivered In Beacon - Did You Write Him?

Have you ever written a letter to Santa and sent it to the North Pole? I don't think I ever did. Maybe at Higbee's when we visited Santa one time, you needed to write something. My 6-year-old this year asked if she could write a letter to Santa. Correction: She didn't ask, she declared she was doing it. And now that she has just learned how to write, she can accomplish this.

One letter was written to Santa, the envelope was addressed, and the whole shebang was sent with a real U.S.P.S. stamp to give the post office the extra Christmas cash. The next day, she checked the mailbox, and the letter was indeed gone. Unlike the Elf on the Shelf, it wasn't anything I had anything to do with. The letter had been whisked away to the North Pole. The job was done.

Until December's Second Saturday, when we were out and about. My daughter and I hit two pop-up markets on the east end of town, then shopped our way up Main Street at Utensil, Echo, and Style Storehouse (where we saw carolers!). We stopped into Rite Aid to contemplate Big Gigantic Bears, and made it allllll the way to the new boutique, Bellus on Main, to try on their amazing boot selection. Hunger overcame me, so we needed to head straight to Dogwood for an emergency burger. But not before stopping by our own mailbox to check on an Elf on the Shelf that appeared there. Lo and behold, we also found a mystery letter, decorated in stickers and lollipops! I assumed it came with the Elf, which had been offloaded by a friend whose child had condemned it to live in her car's glove compartment.

Ho ho ho, this letter was not from my friend.

It was from Santa! The note thanked my daughter for sending him her Christmas list. He told her that he checked it, saw that she was on his Nice List, and would be paying a visit, but only if she did not peek. The note was pre-typed on Santa stationery, with her name hand-written in purple marker. The outside of the envelope was decorated with multicolored markers, with glitter stickers and a super-special gingerbread lollipop that - at her own insistence - has been stored in a special place by my daughter until Christmas.

None of us had ever seen a letter from Santa, and we were all shocked, extremely excited, and very warmed to the heart to live in Beacon.

The only clue to the letter's origin - not that one needed a clue, because it was signed "Santa" - was the return address and stamp. Of which there were none, except for the logo of the United States Postal Service, and a pre-paid postage placement. Well, heck. There are some elves out there!

Speaking of elves, I saw one in Accuprint the other day when I was shipping gifts. He'd asked me, while he waited to take away my packages and a bunch of others: "Did your daughter get the letter I brought?" YES, I said. According to this elf, he'd delivered my daughter's letter and others to a woman in the post office. Every year, she answers children's Christmas letters to Santa. No one knows why she does it, he told me. And it's not her official job to do so. She just does. Rainbow markers, glitter stickers and all. Leaving the rest of us speechless.

Making magic happen.

Two 2-Hour Delays and 2 Sick Kid Days Equals Blogging Logjam

When the school district calls for a two-hour weather delay for snow one day and subsequent rain the next, I've learned to let it go. It used to rile me up, being that I'm from the snow belt of Cleveland. That got me used to actual snow or frozen boilers being the reason for delays or closures. But after experiencing a reverse tizzy last year, when the district did not call a snow day on the one day that it actually did snow toward the end of the season, when all of the other districts around us did call a snow day, which compelled me to make a complaint appointment with the superintendent, I've learned to let. it. go.

Which leads us to this post, letting you know that last week's two 2-hour delays, and my son's double sick days at the start of this week, has led to a delay of some pretty good articles coming out. Normally, I'd take the 2-hour delay as bonus time for getting writing and picture uploading done, but (surprise!) I'm also newly pregnant, so I took the time to sleep in because in these early weeks, I've actually felt quite unwell when hungry! You'll find me at any grocery store re-stocking up on food, like Stouffer's Mac 'n' Cheese and a really amazing frozen chocolate mousse pie at Key Food, or the ready-made healthy food bar at the Beacon Natural Market. (One must balance the diet, after all!)

But know this: There is a Holiday Decoration Special blog post coming up — got a picture of your house all lit up? Email it to editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com for consideration! Also on deck are a couple more articles you'll like. 

Stay tuned! In the meantime, I'll be over here co-engineering Hot Wheels tracks.

Happening This Weekend: 12/16/16

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This weekend is loaded with options! Here is your easy access to planning. These are weekend dates pulled from some of A Little Beacon Blog's 10 Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car & RV insurance.

Sparkle!
Day: Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17, 2016
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
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International Film Night
Day: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Shopping by Lantern Light
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Location: Main Street (East End), Beacon, NY
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Wine Glass Painting & Cider
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY
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Santa Visits the Farm
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location:  Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY
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"Blue Christmas" & "Sanctuary of Angels" art installation
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 5 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
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Christmas Pageant
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 5 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: County Fare, 2652 East Main St., Wappingers Falls, NY
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Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Location: Ramada Conference Center, 542 Rte. 9, Fishkill, NY
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Visit our Annual & Upcoming Events Guide to see more events for the weeks ahead.

Zine Club - Special Guest: Ori Alon
Day: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Saturday Makers: Build a Gingerbread House
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Winter Children’s Book Event
Day: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Visit our Kids Classes Guide for upcoming classes.

An Evening of Books and Wine
Day: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Chalk Paint 101® - The Annie Sloan Method
Day
: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 9 am to noon
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Visit our Adult Classes Guide for upcoming classes.

 

Holiday Makers Market
Dates: Friday to Monday, December 16 to 19, 2016
Times: 11:30 am to 6 pm (Friday, Saturday, Monday); noon to 5 pm (Sunday)
Location: Tourmaline Home, 396 Main St., Beacon, NY
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**Host your own pop-up shop at A Little Beacon Space! More details here.

Locally sourced ham steaks are in, and they’re perfect for soups and family meals! While you’re hamming it up at Barb’s Butchery, get ahead of the game and order your special meats for the holidays. Orders must be in by December 18!

Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.
SHOPS ON THE WEST END (TRAIN)

reMADE
Even if you've given the man on your list shaving stuff before, chances are you've never scored with Roosevelt Grooming Company, a Hudson Valley-based outfit you'll find in reMADE. In the shop, you'll find two unique straight razors with fully restored vintage blades and handmade scales. Oh, and that strap you see: It's actually called a "strop," and it's for sharpening the blades. Available in leather or vegan material. All shaving products are made with natural ingredients, including beard oils, shaving kits, and fragrance oils. 

Mountain Tops
We introduced you to these slip-on-spikes from Mountain Tops last week, and now we're taking a look at how they work. Slip them over your hiking boots, worn with Darn Tough socks of course, and make your way up Mount Beacon, parts of which have already iced over.


Bellus on Main
Pronounced (bel-Use) with a long "u," Bellus is Latin for the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number. These boots are one pair in a collection of other must-see designs, carefully curated by the owners. (Insider tip: They are also the parents of Ricardo of Fabhaus!) Come in and welcome them to town.

Luxe Optique
There is a reason you're seeing so many cool glasses on Beacon faces lately... They are coming from Luxe Optique. Play a game: Ask a person whose glasses you like where they got them. If the winning answer is Luxe Optique, give yourself a chocolate!

SHOPS ON THE EAST END, 'ROUND THE TURN (MOUNTAIN)


Raven Rose
Delicate ornaments are just in at Raven Rose. Find these glass reindeer, frosted snowflakes or the basket or bulb ornaments near the couch. You will find plenty of gift ideas and home decorations here (next to Echo).


Style Storehouse
The glitter is on at Style Storehouse. You've seen their sparkling window (next to Waddle n Swaddle), now step inside for that New Year's Eve dress, or even slouchy, super soft cotton t-shirts, depending on what's taking the lead in your holiday wardrobe this season.


The East End (formerly Pfotoshop)
Pretty wrapping paper! From one of your favorite paper companies, Rifle Paper Co. No need to order online, it's right here at The East End shop, formerly known as Pfotoshop.

Find phone numbers and addresses for all shops in our Shopping Guide, from Home Decor to Kids Fashion to Vintage and more.

River Therapeutic Massage
Will you be under these hot stones at River Therapeutic Massage? This package makes a great gift certificate, or treat for yourself. Go on, do it! It's good for your health!
Book this now...

Find phone numbers and addresses for all locations in our  Beauty Guide.
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS
Antalek & Moore
The holiday season is one of the biggest times for pop-up shops all over the country. If you're considering hosting a pop-up shop, have you considered any possible insurance implications? Local insurance agency Antalek & Moore can give you a breakdown.
BeaconArts
BeaconArts reminds you to travel all the way down Main Street to the East End, near the mountain. "Discover some of Beacon's hidden gems on the East End of Main Street! Here, you'll find the best shopping and dining experiences in town."
                                
Tin Shingle

You hung your shingle out for business, now what? Sit back and wait for the customers to walk in and clients to call? Ho Ho No! Now begins the beauty of buzz-building. Learn how in Tin Shingle’s online community. Hook in with their free newsletter for tips.

InHouse Design Media

Need help with social media? No idea where to start? InHouse Design Media are the makers behind the design and social media of A Little Beacon Blog, and can help you make a plan.
All Sport Health & Fitness
Have you been to The Fuel Cafe at All Sport lately? You'll notice the over-the-top options soups, and in salads like this one. Chef Megan Lawrence (you know her from Nixie Sparrow) is cooking up healthful goodness!

A Little Beacon Space

Located in the heart of Main Street, A Little Beacon Space is the perfect location for your workshop, presentation, pop-up shop, photoshoot, or other gathering. And now you can book it for only $125 between 3 and 5 pm on weekdays! That’s right, two hours of prime sunlight time in a gorgeous space on Main Street. The space is clearly visible from the sidewalk and can comfortably accommodate 25 people. Visit us online for more information and to book your day and reach out with your event ideas!

You’re invited: Don’t miss these events!

2/11/17-2/12/17: Valentine’s Day Pop-Up with jewelry from Kit Burke-Smith and Margeaux Lange, and baked sweets from 5Hens. It will be heaven. 
We know what you're thinking: "I want my business featured here!"
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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Classified Listing: Writers' Group Looking for Professional Writer(s) for New Writers' Workshop Group

Submitted by:
Liesa Goins
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Looking for a writer or two to join a small local writers' group. Current members are professional writers with bylines in many national publications, including Marie Claire, Slate and The New York Times Magazine.

We are looking for a place to discuss ambitious projects (of any length) and some healthy deadline pressure to keep us honest. We're hoping to find some other serious/professional writers to join the fray. Fiction or non-fiction projects welcome.

We'll be meeting once a month to offer feedback, brainstorm ways to work through challenges, provide accountability and act as readers for projects in the works. We'll be meeting once a month (ideally) at a member's home - we'll rotate the venue.

If you're interested, please send an email introducing yourself and your writing background to liesago@gmail.com.


To place your own Classified Listing, click here for booking and pricing information >

'Tis The Season at All Sport Health & Fitness (Sponsor Spotlight)

It may be cold outside, but All Sport will keep you sweating all winter long! And we're not just talking about their sauna, although they have that too and it's one of our favorites. Today is the first day of Member Appreciation Week, from December 12 to 15, and All Sport is showing its members a little extra love with events for adults and kids, including a mini Wellness Workshop and photos with Santa! See dates below and more information here.

There are so many ways to enjoy All Sport, we maintain an All Sport Guide here at A Little Beacon Blog. At the beginning of every month, we throw the spotlight on the dates you don't want to miss.

Holiday Entertaining in Lobby - Live Music from Beacon High School choir

In honor of the holiday season, All Sport is hosting a variety of musicians in the lobby throughout the month to get you in the spirit. Don’t miss a serenade from members of our own Beacon High School Orchestra on Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm! And the Costellos will also be playing during All Sport's Member Appreciation Party on December 15. If you're used to the band lineup around the pool during the summer at All Sport, then you won't be disappointed at this social schedule. Plus, Santa is coming during the Kids Craft Party on Tuesday, December 13!

School's Out Holiday Vacation Camp

You could occupy the kids for the entire week of Winter Break, or you could treat them to a day (or three) of All Sport Camp in the Winter. From 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays from December 23 to January 2, your children ages 5 to 12 can spend their days swimming, playing sports and games, doing arts and crafts, and more. Holiday Camp is available for members and non-members, but members get a daily discount. See more details here, and call the Front Desk at 845-896-5678 to register.

DING DING DING! Kids Class Registration Opens

Registration for Winter I kids activities, from fencing and gymnastics to swimming, opens on December 14 for members and two days later for non-members. The phone lines light up for Swimming Class registration, and others. See our breakdown of all kids classes, and find out how to make a workout for you happen at the same time as a sports class for your child.

Challenge Yourself

The next Small Group Training Transformation Challenge starts on January 9, just in time to get through the holiday leftovers and start working on your New Year’s resolutions! The program runs through April 4 and includes unlimited small group training sessions, progress tracking, nutrition seminars, and more. Even better: The Transformation Challenge is only $299 for members.

Plan For Holiday Closings

All Sport will close early on the following days this month, but don't worry, if you are one with your inbox, you'll see the reminders they send:

Dec. 24: Club closes at 3 pm
Dec. 25: Club is closed
Dec. 31: Club closes at 5 pm

There is a lot more going on at All Sport, so see our All Sport Guide for special classes, themed classes, and much more.

Editorial Note: All Sport is a Sponsor Spotlight of A Little Beacon Blog, and this post has been a part of our Branded Content Partner Program. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us!

The Story Behind Beacon's Bicycle Tree, Lit Every December Second Saturday (Sponsor Spotlight)


This year will mark the fifth year for the Bicycle Tree, which has grown in size and complexity. During its first year, the tree was smaller and stationary. Last year, visitors of all ages were delighted when they found they could interact with the tree by spinning wheels, using pedals, and climbing around its larger structure. Originally an initiative conceived by the artist Ed Benavente and sponsored by BeaconArts, the City of Beacon now also supports the event. Activities including a children's craft begin at 3:30 pm, Santa arrives at dusk, and the tree is lit at 5 pm. Bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Photo Credit: BeaconArts, by Ethan Harrison (@Wolfingtons)

The Bicycle Reindeer that brings Santa to the tree lighting each year.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The Second Saturday Tree Lighting happens at Polhill Park next to the Beacon Welcome Center. Last year, in 2015, a record 750 people attended and 200 children sang, according to Kelly Ellenwood, Vice President of BeaconArts. During the day of the tree lighting, the program includes singers and dancers from various local schools, traditional Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and of course, Santa Claus himself, who is delivered by a Bicycle Reindeer to the tree. The menagerie of bicycle constructions has also grown to include a Bicycle Menorah for Hanukkah, and now a New Year’s Ball made of bicycle wheel rims. The latter will be dropped in the last seconds of 2016 for the second time at Dogwood (on the East End of town just over the Fishkill Creek).

Ed's sculptures are all around town. Most notable may be the tall fork and spoon that went up outside Café Amarcord during a Beacon 3D summer outdoor show. You also may have seen Ed peddling around town on his Santa Cab/Bike, aka the Bicycle Reindeer. Ed's work can also be seen in Marion Royael Gallery (speaking of which, have you been in to see the Doors exhibit, "Mr. Yard Presents Knock Knock Underground Emoji" yet? Today is a good day to go). To learn more about the tree, we asked the artist to tell us about it in his own words. Here's what he had to say:

Why the Bicycle Tree? How did this become an annual symbol in Beacon?

"First of all, this project was conceived in 2011 to help give a focal point for all of the various holiday activities being supported by the city, local businesses and volunteer groups. As is often the case, money was the biggest obstacle to having a large, central holiday display. When it comes to making something out of nothing, ask an artist. I am an artist, and a local resident and sculptor, and I volunteered to create a town Christmas Tree as an art project.

"As an art piece, the tree is not perfect. It is ever-evolving just like the community we live in. That’s one reason I chose the bicycle as a symbolic component. Bicycles are powered by people. I feel very fortunate to live in a place that knows how to keep things rolling.

"Taking a half-dozen or so junk bicycles, I fashioned a tree-shaped display and installed it on the empty lot at the corner of Main and Cross Streets (between River Winds Gallery and Hudson Beach Glass) under the sponsorship of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA). The location has since moved to Polhill Park."

How did it go? This bicycle tree? How was it received?

"It’s one of those things you just don’t know what people will do or how they will react. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses from people walking by as I was setting this thing up. It made them happy."

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The Bicycle Menorah
Photo Credit: Ed Benavente

This tree lighting is an annual tradition, and Ed's work and BeaconArts' organization and promotion of the event are integral to the holiday season in Beacon. See you this afternoon/tonight at 3:30 pm! Santa arrives at dusk (about 4:30 pm) and the tree is lit at 5 pm. Bring a mug for hot chocolate. Then return to this spot on December 24, 2016 for the lighting of the Bicycle Menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, and let's gather at Dogwood on New Year's Eve for the dropping of the Bicycle Ball.

The Bicycle Ball for New Year's Eve at Dogwood.
Photo Credit: Ed Benavente

This article is a Sponsor Spotlight post with our partnership with BeaconArts, but what makes the partnership so great is that we would have written about it anyway! Thank you for supporting businesses and organizations who support us.