Magazzino Italian Art Space Comes to the Hudson Valley

The vibrant Hudson Valley art scene, home to Storm King Art Center, and Dia:Beacon, just got a brilliant new addition. Be prepared to be amazed by post-war Italian art. And you need not go far. Magazzino Italian Art (“Warehouse for Italian Art”) has opened its doors in Cold Spring. 

Off a verdant stretch of Route 9, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have created Magazzino Italian Art, a bold exhibition space that houses a remarkable collection of post-war and contemporary Italian Art.  It is breathtaking to note that Magazzino’s Arte Povera collection is likely the largest outside of Italy.

Both Olnick and Spanu have been long-term collectors of Arte Povera – an avant-garde conceptual art movement that took root in 1960s Turin, Italy. A defiant response to commercialization and industrialization - strong, provocative artworks created from “throw-away”, industrial materials and typically large-scale in size - defines the movement. 

The inaugural exhibition at Magazzino puts a tantalizing spotlight on Arte Povera, showing 70 works that span four decades. For Olnick and Spanu, they are activating the dream of Italian art visionary and Arte Povera collector, Margherita “Christian” Stein. In their words,  “Magazzino salutes Margherita “Christian“ Stein for her steadfast vision and commitment to her artists and for her courage to embark on an adventure that would last a lifetime. Her dream was to create a home for her artists in the United States. We hope Magazzino will fulfill her dream.”

The work of numerous artists Stein passionately encouraged and exhibited at the legendary Galleria Christian Stein in Turin are displayed here in Cold Spring. 

At Magazzino, you will view the works of Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio, Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi and Remo Salvadori. For a number of the artists, you can see works that cross several decades.

The sleek warehouse space designed by Spanish artist Miguel Quismondo, offers a light-filled backdrop for these towering and dramatic works. The white concrete warehouse space is an exciting example of adaptive reuse.  (Before this reinvention, the buildings housed the Cyberchron computer factory. And before that, the land on which it was built was a dairy farm.)

Quismondo choose to work with the existing structures rather than tear down.  With a new configuration, the two dramatic buildings, sharing an expansive courtyard, stretch over 20,000 square feet.  The sparse, elegant space, created in the “rationalist style” is modern and meditative at the same time. The outside setting is lush and retains an ancient orchard.

Admission is free, but an appointment has to be made prior to visiting. Magazzino will mirror the schedule at Dia:Beacon – open Thursday – Monday from April to December and Friday – Monday from January to March. 

Be prepared to spend an afternoon at Magazzino. The compelling works exhibited have detailed descriptions in a very informative booklet that provides a roadmap as you travel through the exhibit space.

You will see the fantastical igloo created by Mario Merz - built from sheets of slate and Guilio Paolini’s “Mimesi” – a towering sculpture of a double “classical” Hermes that represents one of his most iconic pieces.  The mirrored plate of Luciano Fabro will mesmerize you. Each glorious piece evokes response and awe from the viewer.    

In September, a research library comprised of over 5,000 volumes will open to scholars and those interested in delving more deeply into the world of Arte Povera and Italian contemporary art.

Under the directorship of Vittorio Calabrese, and brand new Beacon resident, Magazzino will also look to foster collaborations with neighboring institutions and the surrounding communities.

For further information on visiting, go to magazzino.art  or call 1.845.666.7202.  Magazzino is located at 2700 Route 9 in Cold Spring, New York. 

Beacon Players Offer Free Wednesday Workshops to Prep for 2017/2018 Theatre Season

The lights on the stage in the Beacon High School will not go dark this summer, as the Beacon Players meet every Wednesday for free theater workshops all summer long, from July 5 - August 16, 2017 from 9am-12pm. This is an open call to all Beacon High School Students, including incoming 9th graders, as well as Beacon Players, Cast and Crew.

This is a student's best chance at getting audition tips for the fall's upcoming student performance of Cinderella, and for hands-on experience at building the sets. Design work will start on the costumes, as well as on the horses (oh, the glamour!). Theater games will be played, lighting techniques will be practiced, and there will be donuts. Donuts!

Registration is not required. Students need to walk into the theater on Wednesday mornings at 9am.

Announcing Babysmush: It's A Boy!

Hello from the land of New Baby!

As you may know, for the past 9 months I've been pregnant. That has meant many changes, like no jogging outside (I know some people can continue but I did not), buying clothes on Main Street (a pretty fun "must", and you'd be surprised at just how many stretchy outfits there are at Style Storehouse, Lauren and Riley, Bellus on Main, Mountain Tops, and Echo), and growing the team at A Little Beacon Blog in order to publish articles, keep up with Things To Do dates, and book and run The Space

Been keeping an eye on things from this little Baby Bubble, and one cannot go long off the grid without a lineup of news that needs written about! So you'll be seeing articles here sporadically or in blitzes, depending on how the schedule (and baby naps) go. Meanwhile, there have been some Frequently Asked Questions:

What hospital did you use?

Hudson Valley Hospital, or New York Presbyterian in Peekskill. My early care was at the Beacon Community Health Center, and that was a dream boat. For my first two kids, I insisted on going into NYC because I liked my doctor so much, but the midwives here at the Community Center were awesome. Also awesome was the whirlpool tub at the hospital - instant pain relief from the nerve pain I was having in my hips from the baby's position. Every hospital should have them!   

Are you having twins? 

On my first day out of the hospital, as I was getting my dignity back at Waddle n Swaddle (OMG this store was not here when I first moved here with my other little babies! Life savers for nursing moms who need special clothes!), I was asked by a man if I was having twins. Too tired to answer with something witty, I ignored him. That's not the first time a man has shouted the twins comment (they do that...they tend to shout the twins question). Even though I have post-baby belly, it is not twins size, so now I know that these men just do this  to be rude. Grrrr. Undeterred, another man in the grocery store asked when I was due, to which I answered "It already happened", to which he didn't understand and asked again. So I've just been hanging at home in the Baby Bubble bouncing between my other kids and doctor appointments.

Are you working? Are you on maternity leave? 

So funny thing about that...because I created this business, it's fun for me to do. Doctors orders were for me to rest, but that's hard for me, and the only way to get me to sit down to "rest" is to let me work on the computer. So yes, I am working. But running the ship are Marilyn (Editor of Things To Do In Beacon Guides, Kate Rabe (Office Manager aka A Little Beacon Bulldog), Allie Bopp (designer of Guides, Event Manager of Pop-Up Shops), Leigh Baumann (photographer and designer of ads and of websites we produce at InHouse Design Media), and Ashley Cox in my Tin Shingle world.

How Is Life With 3 Kids?

So far so good! I was told that the older ones would help, and so far that has been true - to the extent that kids help in Kid Land. For instance, my little dude carried the Diaper Station Bin from his room to mine to do a refill of Mommy's Diaper Station, and tried to fit all of the diapers into a smaller box. But heck, I got a refill!

Driving for a Transportation Network Company (TNC like Uber) and Your Personal Automobile Insurance (Sponsored)

We recently shared that ride-sharing services like Uber & Lyft are now available in the Hudson Valley.  We reached out to our friends at Antalek & Moore and Patrick Moore is here to share with us what to keep in mind insurance-wise before you dive into driving for a ride-sharing service.

Driving for a Transportation Network Company (TNC) like Uber or Lyft may affect the insurance coverage you have purchased.  This article addresses standard automobile insurance policies and is general in nature.  If you want to drive for a TNC, don’t enter into an agreement without consulting with your insurance agent or insurance company as their approach may differ from the standard.

Three Phases of Ride Sharing

  • Phase 1 – a driver is logged in the app and is available to accept a trip.  This phase is commonly called “trolling”.
  • Phase 2 – a driver has accepted a ride request but has no passenger in the vehicle (the driver is en-route to pick up the rider)
  • Phase 3 – The driver is transporting a passenger on a pre-arranged trip 

Livery Exclusion

The standard private passenger automobile insurance policy has exclusion for livery activity – providing transportation for hire.  With this exclusion, your insurance policy is not intended to provide any coverage while driving for hire.

The question (and confusion) arises from what is a livery?  Transporting a passenger is usually considered a livery, but what about having the app turned on or driving to pick up a passenger?  It is unclear but provisions have been made to deal with these questions.

TNCs provide insurance protection on a blanket insurance policy they have purchased for a driver while engaged in “Phase 2 and Phase 3”.  The coverage for liability (injuries or property damage to a third party) of $1.25 million is required.  They also will provide contingent physical damage coverage (comprehensive and collision) provided the owner is purchasing the coverage for their personal use.  The deductibles may be higher than what the person may choose to purchase individually and there are differences in what each TNC will provide, but the law is specific on the requirement that the TNC provide $1.25 million of liability protection.

Phase 1 – How is that handled?

Phase 1 is where a lot of ambiguity lies.  By turning on the app, is a driver engaged in a livery?  Some carriers say yes, others say no and still others don’t know.  The first thing that we do know is the TNCs are also required to provide basic liability insuranceprotection during this phase.  The limits are lower than what most consumers purchase however.  They are $75,000 for bodily injury liability claims on a per person basis with a maximum of $150,000 of coverage per occurrence.  They also provide $25,000 property damage liability.  It is intended that the driver’s personal automobile policy will provide coverage in excess of these limits. There is no provision for physical damage coverage with this option.

Not all insurance companies are happy about providing this coverage.  The insurance industry is heavily regulated.  Coverage language has to be written and submitted to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) for approval.  Also any rates a carrier wants to charge has to go through the same regulatory approval process.  This process is time consuming and 12 months is not uncommon.  Coverage clarity is not immediate in New York State because this process has not begun.

The status today

The authorization for TNCs to operate in New York State came about very quickly.  Insurance companies have not had time to determine their position on the issue (even though they are dealing with this issue in 40 other states – but all have unique requirements) and they have certainly not had the time to create policy language or clear exclusions and get them approved.  The result is that we are dealing with a personal automobile insurance product containing exclusion for livery activity without any ability modify or clarify the intent of the policy.

The DFS has issued emergency regulations to deal with TNCs and insurance.  It would appear that they are requiring insurance carriers to provide coverage during “Phase 1” on an excess basis.  This is very recent.  Many insurance carriers are either not aware of this requirement or feel there are some ambiguities and questions.  This regulation is a stop gap measure.  Time is needed to clarify many questions.  Drivers should know that the TNC is providing primary insurance coverage – the question really is about excess coverage and physical damage during Phase 1.

What to Expect in the Future

The insurance industry will certainly ask DFS to approve new policy amendments that will clarify the livery exclusion.  One should expect that this language will look to exclude activity in all three (3) phases however; some carriers may also file for approval some coverage extensions that will allow a customer to buy back some coverage.  As mentioned previously, this will take some time.  The important thing is to be in constant contact with your insurance agent or carrier.

Where do we Stand Today

Informal surveys of insurance companies range from the position of “we don’t cover this activity now and we don’t anticipate ever allowing it” to “we are OK with it provided it isn’t a full time activity”.  In the middle is a lot of “we don’t know how we are going to handle it”.  Some insurance carriers will refuse to renew coverage for a person driving for a TNC and some may not.  This is why it is important to keep the lines of communication open until the industry files and obtains approval for the correct coverage that driving for a TNC requires.

Antalek & Moore is a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog, and this article was created with them as part of our Sponsor Spotlight program. It is with the support of businesses like this, that A Little Beacon Blog can bring you coverage of local happenings and events. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us! If you would like to become a Sponsor or Community Partner, please click here for more information.

Happening This Weekend - 7/14/2017

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

Food + Farm Day
Day: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 12-4pm
LocationGlynwood 362 Glynnwood Rd, Cold Spring, NY
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Silent Movies on the Mountain movie screening
Day:  Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Illuminated at Newburgh Brewing
Day: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 S Colden St, Newburgh, NY
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New Series: Chalk Paint 102
Days
: Sunday 16, 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Birth Prep 101
Day: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 12:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Waddle n' Swaddle, 484 Main St, Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 

 

A Little Beacon Blog's Annual Summer Camp Guide has over 20 camps for all age-ranges and passion areas. Cross-reference ages, days, times and prices in our easy-to-use guide that is many parent's go-to source for summer planning.

AUGUST CAMP:
Ballet Intensive
During this five-day program, taught by former New York City Ballet dancer Miriam Mahdaviani, mornings will be devoted to warm-up and technique. In the afternoons, dancers will practice pointework and variations, as well as study character dance, dance history, nutrition and injury prevention. The intensive will culminate with an in-studio performance on Friday, August 11, at 6pm.
Ages: 12+
Dates: August 7-11
Time: 10am-4pm (Friday runs until 7pm for in-studio performance)
Price: $375
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com
See All Camp Sessions from Ballet Arts Studio >

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

Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring our Summer Camp Guide!


Stampin' Up Card Making Workshop
Day: Monday, July 17, 2017
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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INSIDER TIP! Did you know that Pilates and Core Strengthening classes are available to parents of kids taking dance classes at Ballet Arts Studio? Get in a work out while you wait! Find out this and more in A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.

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

reMADE
133 Main Street

This is a very cool full length mirror in the shop now at reMADE designed and handmade by Hudson Valley based Terence Dolan of Reclaimed State, with reclaimed barn wood and a beautiful, heavy-duty copper trim. This mirror will definitely set the tone for the room it is in. The copper trim set along the rustic wood will compliment the reflection set inside.
Where is reMADE? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.



Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

New backpacks are now in at Bellus! Makers include TM1985 (Brooklyn) and Duluth Pack (Minnesota), who both use top-quaity, US-sourced materials to create fine leather + canvas accessories with time-tested craftsmanship and hardware. Can't you see yourself packing it up and heading off somewhere? It's very Meg Ryan from French Kiss, but better.
Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique, up the road from Notions-n-Potions.



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
SAVE THE DATE!
What:
J.F. REY Trunk Show
Day: Saturday, July 22nd
Time: 3-7pm
J.F. REY is an international eyewear design company based in the south of France specializing in avant-garde, unique and innovative frames. Meticulously handcrafted from the highest quality materials, these eye-catching frames are designed to last for years. Want a pair? Come in this weekend or any day of the week to Luxe Optique.
Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company, and across the street from Beacon Barkery.


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

SALE ALERT!
All shorts are on sale this week at Style Storehouse, perfect for your weekend getaway to Storm King Art Center or elsewhere. Plus, the boutique is well-stocked with soft, versatile T-shirts to match.

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle, and across the street from the old Mattawan Train Station.

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

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

 




River Therapeutic Massage

612 Rte. 52
Beacon, NY
845-379-1956

Come in for a massage between July 16-22, 2017 and Karen will give you a Free Massage Gift Certificate to share with a friend, in honor of EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week! (EBDMW)! The week is all about giving back to your community by sharing the benefits of massage. This gift is available next week only, so...Book your massage now!


Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!

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

 



 


The Vault
446 Main Street

Add a little sunshine to your glass on the outside patio at The Vault! This refreshing Summer Cocktail is called the "Garden Breeze" and it's a blend of of fresh strawberries, house-grown basil, Hendrick's gin, and white cranberry, finished with a splash of club soda. Order it and tell The Vault what you think on their Facebook or Google review pages!
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble, and across the street from the Howland Cultural Center.


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

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

SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Storm King Art Center

While the rain kiboshed this event at Storm King Art Center: Summer Friday: Sunset Music and Sketching, we wanted you to know about it because next time you might want to drink wine while listening to sunset music - and for those so inclined - sketching! See Storm King Art Center's dedicated sponsor page at ALBB to see what other events you want to know about, and stick with their Facebook Events page for changes and additions.
PS: Membership to Storm King Art Center gets you this event and more for free. There's a great deal going for Beaconites right now - it's only $110 for the whole family (see details here)!

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Are you renting a vacation home this summer? airbnb-ing it? What if you or your family cause damage to the property, or have something stolen? What would you have to pay for and what is already covered in your own homeowners insurance? Beacon-based Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency can answer these questions. Give them a call at 845-245-6292. Antalek and Moore is located at 340 Main Street, near Beacon Natural Market.

BeaconArts

Artists! The deadline for Windows On Main Street (WOMS) 2017 has been extended to July 22! The mile-long, multi-artist installation was on hiatus for 2016, and it was during the 2015 exhibition that the Yarnbombing of Beacon happened. What will artists contribute this year? Only you can know if you submit...

InHouse Design Media

Business in Beacon is moving at a fast pace, introducing new issues to business owners and city institutions. BEAHIVE and A Little Beacon Blog are producing a Main Street Summit to be held in their adjoining spaces on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, for Beacon business owners, managers and city leaders. InHouse Design Media, a division of A Little Beacon Blog, designed the website based on branding elements and vision from the talented Dan Weis of Thundercut (you know his work from Club Draw, Electric Windows and Obercreek Farm to name a few). Tickets for the summit are on sale now and can be purchased from the website. Sponsorship opportunities are open now to be included on early and wide promotion of this event happening September 26, 2017.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Who:
Brooklyn Brewery and the blog Brooklyn Based
When: Saturday, July 22
Brooklyn is coming  to Beacon, and they are ready to shop! For the past seven summers, Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have lured New Yorkers away from their well-worn paths to explore new neighborhoods through its Immersion series, and this year is their first in Beacon. Guests are given Discount Booklets with coupons at local shops, galleries and eateries with Immersion Dollars to spend in Beacon. Businesses and Artists can still submit an offering to go inside the booklet. Beaconites can attend the event as well to get in on the deals and beer!
Details here >

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is a buzz-building center. If you want to get the word out about your business - and get beyond your store shingle - Tin Shingle will fill you with the motivation, courage and education to do just that. Stream any of their Training TuneUp webinars to get fresh ideas on using Instagram, your Newsletter, or PR techniques.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Looking for an inspiring location for your company retreat? A Little Beacon Blog's Space is a 5-star rated location for this Hudson Valley business who came to Beacon for a retreat that mixed work first, followed by playing in Beacon.

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

Click here for the schedule of upcoming happenings at The Space.
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Until next week!

Beacon Locals Casting Call for TV Series 'Big Dogs'

Choice Films & Theatricals is currently seeking extras for the upcoming TV series production of  BIG DOGS! All roles are paid, meals will provided, and you will even get an IMDB credit!  They are currently in production and will be shooting for the next four months in and around Newburgh and Manhattan.  They are looking for many many local people to appear as background in the series for immediate hire.  There will be shooting in Beacon this Thursday and in Newburgh on Friday, don't delay!

Anyone interested in becoming an extra should email casting@choicefilms.com with a headshot (does not have to be a professional headshot) and your contact information.

Battle of the Books Seeking Beacon High School Recruits

The Summer time is a time where students from elementary to high school may slack off on reading literature. Once again, the Beacon Bees are working with the Howland Public Library to gain new recruits.  The Mid-Hudson Library System's 13th annual Battle of the Books, a nationally recognized literature contest, begins on June 29th. Read great books and meet with coaches every Thurs. from 5-7 pm to learn book-trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in book-related activities. You will compete in mini-battles, based on the books you've read, with local libraries in August. 

The Howland Public Library is currently recruiting team members for their very first High School Battle of the Books team. This year is the first time Beacon will have a team in the high school competition. The Beacon Bees, the library's middle school team, were the 2010, 2013, & 2015 Regional Champions! 

Beacon's high school team will begin meeting on Tuesday, June 20th. Read great books and meet with coaches every Tuesday from 5-7 pm to discuss books, practice book-trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in Battle-related activities. An All-Star Team will be formed to compete on August 19th against 12 other library teams for the Regional Championship.
 
The high school team is open to students in currently in 9th - 12th grade. Students may sign-up by contacting Michelle Rivas, Young Adult Program Assistant at Howland Public Library 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY, 845-831-1134, x.101 or community@beaconlibrary.org.

Happening This Weekend In And Around Beacon, NY - 7/7/2017

It's our monthly Second Saturday special newsletter! See which gallery is celebrating its 1st Year Anniversary!
Happy Second Saturday!
This here newsletter is a list of things to do in every category of our Things To Do In Beacon Guides, but our official and Second Saturday Art Goings On Guide is right here. You don't want to miss it! Keep it open on your phone all weekend. It features the gallery openings and artistic things you can do on Beacon's Second Saturday.

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


Terreson:Beacon 1st Year Anniversary
Day:
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Location: 475 Main St, Beacon, NY
Highly sought after artist Jeffrey Terreson celebrates his 1st Year in Beacon this weekend during Beacon's Second Saturday! He has 15 new pieces in the gallery for you to see, plus you can visit his studio in the back. Prepare to come away amazed and inspired by both his work-setting, his art and his method. Prints and original pieces will both be available for sale.
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Balloon Festival at Barton Orchards
Day: July 7-9, 2017
Time: 1-5pm (Fri), 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun)
Location: Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
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Postcard Show and Sale from Beacon Historical Society
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Memorial Hall Building, 413 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Day:
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
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OAH Livinglegends Presents Annual Vendors Extravaganza
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Come On Beacon Let's Dance Presents Louie Tunes Band
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Innovative Bead Expo
Days: Saturday & Sunday July 8-9, 2017
Time: 10am-5pm (Sat), 11am-4pm (Sun)
Location: Ramada Inn, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY
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New Series: Chalk Paint 101® - The Annie Sloan Method
Days
: Sundays, July 9 & 23, 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St, Beacon, NY
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DIY Rain Barrel Workshop
Day: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 5-8pm (BBQ to follow)
Location: Green Beacon Coalition, 127 Catherine St, Beacon, NY
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New Series: Quilting 101 (4 sessions)
Day: Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY

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

A Little Beacon Blog's Annual Summer Camp Guide has over 20 camps for all age-ranges and passion areas. Cross-reference ages, days, times and prices in our easy-to-use guide that is many parent's go-to source for summer planning.

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP:
5-Day Dance Exploration with Katie Bissinger
During this special five-day camp, dancers will explore a different kind of dance: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater - each day.
Ages: 6-11
Dates: July 10-14
Time: 9am-noon
Price: $180
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com
See All Camp Sessions from Ballet Arts Studio >

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

Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring our Summer Camp Guide!


INSIDER TIP! Did you know that Pilates and Core Strengthening classes are available to parents of kids taking dance classes at Ballet Arts Studio? They know you're waiting, so figured that you might as well get a work-out in! Find out this and more in A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.

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


reMADE
133 Main Street

Wwwwwhat? This table just in at reMADE from Table made by RStudio, led by Ryan Samuelson, who hails from Beacon. Ryan used vintage Baroque legs and an inlay of reclaimed wood for the top. It measures 40" x 41" and would fit perfectly in your kitchen, dining room or even front hall.

Where is reMADE? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.




Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Rustic, industrial and simple, The Gio Brass Wire and Rattan Caddy with Glasses is great for decorating and serving your guests on your front porch or back yard. Then the handle and top edges are wrapped with natural rattan to give it a contrasting texture and warm glow. Six gently tapered glasses made from recycled glass come with the caddy, so start inviting over your friends.
Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique, up the road from Notions-n-Potions.



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
Oliver Peoples Trunk Show!
Day:
Saturday, July 8
Time: 3-7pm
It's time! You get to check out all of the Oliver Peoples collection during this weekend's trunk show.
Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company, and across the street from Beacon Barkery.


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

It's time to get your new Bon Jovi t-shirt and other rock band t-shirts you can wear all summer. Super soft graphic "band tees" by Chaser have the perfect relaxed fit and vintage features like deconstructed shoulders.

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle, and across the street from the old Mattawan Train Station.

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

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



River Therapeutic Massage

612 Rte. 52
Beacon, NY
845-379-1956

You want this bed in your life...It's the massage table at River Therapeutic Massage on Rt. 52 inside of Karen's Place (formerly Hair Haven). Here's what you want to book:
The 90 Minute Massage with the Sugar Foot Scrub, one of Karen's most popular Spa Mini Treatments.
Book yours now!


Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!

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




The Vault
446 Main Street

Second Saturday Dance Party at The Vault! Visit the galleries, and then come by The Vault for a late dinner and drink, and stay for the Dance Party!

Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble, and across the street from the Howland Cultural Center.

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

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

SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Storm King Art Center

Can you imagine doing yoga outside at Storm King Art Center? At its core (pun not intended), it's a world-renowned sculpture park on 500 acres of rolling hills. From 10:15am-11:15am on Saturdays this summer, you can come for yoga outside on Museum Hill. Bring your own mat, and enjoy the walk back to your car.
PS: Membership to Storm King Art Center gets you this class and more for free, and there's a great deal going for Beaconites right now.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Camping! Did you get that new/used RV or Airstream? Time to insure it and hit the road! Antalek & Moore can help with that, and your motorcycle. Give them a call at 845-245-6292. Antalek and Moore is located at 340 Main Street, near Beacon Natural Market.

BeaconArts

Enjoy Live Music this Second Saturday from BeaconArts and Beacon Music Factory! Down at Beacon's Visitor's Center, which is located at the end of Main Street on the train station end, across from Bank Square, at intersection of Main Street and Wolcot aka 9D.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Who:
Brooklyn Brewery and the blog Brooklyn Based
When: Saturday, July 22
Brooklyn is coming to Beacon, and they are ready to shop! For the past seven summers, Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have lured New Yorkers away from their well-worn paths to explore new neighborhoods through its Immersion series, and this year is their first in Beacon. Guests are given Discount Booklets with coupons at local shops, galleries and eateries with Immersion Dollars to spend in Beacon. Businesses and Artists can still submit an offering to go inside the booklet. Beaconites can attend the event as well to get in on the deals and beer!
Details here >

Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is a buzz-building center. If you want to get the word out about your business - and get beyond your store shingle - Tin Shingle will fill you with the motivation, courage and education to do just that. Stream any of their Training TuneUp webinars to get fresh ideas on using Instagram, your Newsletter, or PR techniques.

InHouse Design Media

This little person jumped into Squarespace one evening and wanted to learn all about it. Who knows what kind of website she'll make one day, but what she discovered was that all she needed to work her own website was a little patience, like in the Guns N' Roses song. Guess she needs a band t-shirt from Style Storehouse when she's next building on the computer. InHouse Design Media is ready to help put it together with you, so send an email.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Looking for an inspiring location for your company retreat? A Little Beacon Blog's Space is a 5-star rated location for this Hudson Valley business who came to Beacon for a retreat that mixed work first, followed by playing in Beacon.

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

Click here for the schedule of upcoming happenings at The Space.
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Lyft and Uber On Apps Now In Huson Valley, Beacon, Newburgh, and Beyond

Lyft looks like this on your iPhone in Beacon. Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin for A Little Beacon Blog

Lyft looks like this on your iPhone in Beacon.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin for A Little Beacon Blog

This is big news: Legislation just passed to allow Lyft and Uber to operate in the Hudson Valley. Lyft and Uber are app-based car services that people like you and me download on our phones, tell the app where we are standing, and then an alert goes out to drivers also on the app to let them know that we need a pickup somewhere. Your credit card is attached to the app, so you pay for the ride immediately, without no need to take a card out of your wallet. You can see a picture of the driver and watch their car drive to you - all while in the app.

Your friends can (almost) instantly become taxi drivers by being on-call drivers that people order from their apps in Lyft or Uber. No matter your politics about the ridesharing economy and its impact on the taxi industry, there is no denying that the Lyft and Uber apps have changed the way people get around - all over the world.

HudsonValleyOne has produced a great article about the general overview of this type of transportation, and how it was or was not accepted in Kingston. Bottom line is: There's a new competition in town for how people get around. We have ZipCar for car rental, car dealers for car owning, and now ridesharing for quick and affordable car trips places.

Why Are Lyft and Uber Useful to Local Beaconites and Hudson Valley Peeps?

Oh, let us count the ways!

  • Tired: You walked really far from your house, and are too tired to walk home. Lyft it!
  • Pregnant: You're pregnant (like me!) and don't know who will drive you should you go into labor during the day when everyone is at work. Lyft it!
  • One-Car Family: You have one car in your family, and your partner is using it, but you really need to get up 9D. Lyft it!
  • Train: You need to get to the train station and don't feel like walking, and have 9 minutes to spare. Lyft it!
  • Shopping Spree: You live on the West End of Beacon but just indulged in a major shopping spree #BeyondTheBend on the East End of town at Style Storehouse, and then Kaight, and picked up a bunch of makeup at The Blushery. Too many bags to carry home. Lyft it!

You get the idea.

The Business of Taxis vs Ride Apps and "the gig economy"

This has been a fun business drama to follow. First there is the disrupting of the traditional taxi industry. When once taxi drivers were known to be rude or have dirty cars, or balked at you when you took out a credit card to pay when credit card machines got put into taxi cabs years ago, they now have to be a little nicer because people aren't hailing them as the only resort. People can tap their phones and find someone who'll happily pick them up. No more looking up phone numbers to local taxi cab companies, only to find a wrong number or one where no one picks up the phone.

The gig economy is one where someone can decide to pick up some extra cash on the side of (or instead of) a so-called "regular" job. Grandmothers, college kids, graphic designers, and everyone is becoming a driver for Lyft or Uber. Heck, it makes you keep a clean car, that's for sure.

The taxi industry is upset that these indie-drivers don't have to deal with the overhead that they do: carrying liability insurance, finding dispatchers, office rentals etc. Kingston Kabs owner Jeff Weintraub was quoted in the Hudson Valley One article when he wrote to Kingston Mayor Steve Noble: “My point is that before you wrap your arms around these entities, take the time to analyze and learn about what we do and the problems we face,” wrote Weintraub. “Perhaps the first step is to deal with the present system, clean it up, and see if local business people with local workers can provide the service you want [and] the people of Kingston deserve.”

The trouble with that approach is that ridesharing has been around for years now, and has improved people's lives - both people who want a ride, and those businesses who benefit from more people getting there safely. The Kingston mayor responded with this: “Now we have this technology that has worked in other places. We have more and more people coming into the city who have this technology on their phones and are wondering why it’s not working here.” So many people who live in the Hudson Valley access Lyft and Uber when they are not in the Hudson Valley, like when they are visiting friends in Chicago, New York City, or Columbus. To not be able to use these services in one's hometown or city, when they can in so many other towns and cities, opens a dialogue for questions.

So we reached out to our friends at Beacon insurance agency Antalek & Moore to tell us how the insurance part of it might impact gig economy drivers who, so far, are not required to carry liability insurance. What did we learn? It's a big risk for indie drivers, as insurance companies are opting not to fulfill claims when the app is on and they are waiting for pickups or driving a client. More to come on that next week!

How Do You Use Lyft and Uber?

Using Lyft and Uber is one of those things that is so easy, you might complicate it by overthinking it. If you have a smart phone, and if you know how to get to your App Store or Play Store, you just download Lyft or Uber. (I'm using Lyft until Uber can smooth out its sexist corporate culture issues and wannabe do-gooding campaigns that end up backfiring on them.) Put in your address and credit card information. Then just tap the main button to activate a ride to come to you.