Real Life Film Club Presents "To Be Heard"

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Published as submitted via Press Release from the Howland Public Library in order to get the word out to you faster...

Beacon, Cold Spring and Garrison libraries have teamed up for Reel Life Film Club, a new film series for Middle School Students. Reel Life Film Club is an opportunity for middle school students to view award-winning documentary films and talk about them with filmmakers.
The next screening will be in Beacon on December 1st at 6pm at the Howland Public Library. The club will be viewing the documentary, To Be Heard (2010). Shot over four years, To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins with writing poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, these three young people emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances. The film was produced and directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan.

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Amy Sultan, one of the directors of the film and co-founder of the Power Writers program featured in the documentary, will be on hand for a discussion after the film. In 2011, the film won multiple awards including the audience award at DOC NYC, Seattle International Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival. 
Pizza will be served at the events and registration is encouraged. To register to attend the December 1st screening of To Be Heard email 

The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St., Beacon, NY. To find out more about programs for tweens and teens at the library, go to

A Love Letter to Beacon From A Reader: "I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️BEACON!!!"


Sometimes readers write in to share their thoughts. Sometimes they want driving directions. Sometimes they want a tie-breaker as to which bridge they should take to get here, and what they should do if they only have 2 hours in Beacon as a pit-stop to somewhere else (we of course point them to The Things To Do In Beacon Guides for easy access to everything).

Something in this reader's letter felt very crisp and fresh, and she gave permission to reprint it here. Her language has been preserved to convey the enthusiasm, but edits have been made if a word needed uppercased for easier reading:

Architectural Digest named Beacon one among 15 most beautiful main streets. Only east coast contender!!! And very well deserved. It’s breathtaking!

I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️BEACON!!! What a shiny pearl!!! Driving down Main Street in one direction=the wide and scintillating Hudson River. Driving in the other direction=a wall of verdant green mountain! Gorgeous! Brattleboro Vermont got nothing on you, pretty Main Street of Beacon!!! Can’t wait to visit again n explore more n more n more. Plus, cool vibe. ENJOY!!!!!

I asked her what brought her to Beacon, wondering if it was the Architectural Digest article?

I wanted to explore Hudson Valley. I’d been to White Plains many times years ago n once to Troy n Albany. Wasn’t impressed. I guess there’s a lot of press on Hudson Valley now. Maybe it was the HBO show “Girls” where they travel north from the city? Beacon is right by the Hudson River n same trip visited Sleepy Hollow too. But Beacon by far was the star!!! Main Street is so long. The river so wide but really the mountain is most impressive. It’s instant falling in love. You drive Main Street once n you’re ready to pick up roots n retire to Beacon forever. It really made my❤️sing! Cold Spring was ok too but not nearly as picturesque. AND THAT MAGAZINE AGREES! Of all east coast, only Beacon rated a shout out!

I visit Brattleboro occasionally—it’s only 1.5 hrs from Hartford. The mountain is pretty but the CT River is just a trickle up there. So Beacon wins again.

To illustrate this article, I stepped outside to take a picture of Main Street facing the mountain. I took a moment to look at the mountain to angle out the shot, not intending to cross the street. Upon finishing deciding where I was going to take the picture, I looked behind me, before crossing the street, and a Fire Department vehicle was waiting patiently for me to cross. I hadn't realized I was standing so close to the sidewalk to activate someone to wait, and appreciated the gesture. This type of action could be why she hearts Beacon so much.

PS: We love Cold Spring! And all of the other cities and towns mentioned here. We all work together here in the Hudson Valley because we all love experiencing everywhere.

Parking Lot Expansion Plans from Scenic Hudson at Mt. Beacon Trailhead Are Voted to Move Forward

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The City of Beacon's Planning Board voted to approve plans put forth by Scenic Hudson to add parking spaces at Mt. Beacon's trailhead from 44 to 77 parking spots during the November 14, 2017 monthly Planning Board Meeting, to address the growing parking problem that overflows into residential areas. Meg Rasmussen, Senior Park Planner for Scenic Hudson, presented the plans, which incorporated requested changes to stay away from existing wetlands. Scenic Hudson maintains the public trails and parking lot at no cost to the City of Beacon.

Some main points to the enlargement project include:

  • Increasing opportunities for alternate transportation, which includes new bike racks and drop off and pick up points for public transportation. According to a local resident David Martin who hikes the trail often, bikes are often locked to trees.
  • Landscape design to guide people on where to park with timber guardrails, "whiskers" and signs, as well as borders of native plants along the roadway. Said Meg on the effectiveness of such design at the meeting: "We are delineating the spaces with "whiskers" which come out of the gravel. They use them at the Mohonk Preserve very effectively there. People really use them to see where they are supposed to park."
  • Hidden vs Public View of Parking Lot: The desire to keep the parking lot in view of the street vs hidden from view for safety reasons and keep improvements in the original area passed in the plan. "If we were to locate it back off the get a lot of nuisance and partying. We have experienced that at our other preserves," explained Meg during the meeting. Planning Board member Gary Barrack expressed disfavor of the viewable placement and was a minority vote against the plan, saying it was is the main entry point of the mountain and should be placed behind the wetlands. "To put this parking lot in this historic spot is not the way to go."

Members of the public who were at the meeting generally supported the increase in parking, and voiced concern that it will not solve the problem of parking as hikers increase to the area, especially as Breakneck Ridge prepares to close for restoration. Chairman of the Board James C. Sheers said: "I applaud the applicant for trying to address this situation.  I am very concerned about the future. This will absorb a lot of what we have been seeing, but eventually it won't. Hopefully we will take steps to address it when this becomes an issue again."

Improvements and Upgrades to All Beacon City Schools If Public December 5th Vote Passes


Rombout Middle School has long been longing for more by students and parents who pass through it for two grades after elementary school and before entering the new Beacon High School. Major amenities that many take for granted such as air conditioning and a proper science room just aren't there. Until now, when the Board of Education has included such things in their Capital Project, which is being presented by Dr. Landahl, Superintendent of Beacon City Schools to the public.

On December 5, 2017, the public can vote for the Capital Project put forth by the Board of Education, that does not involve a new tax increase according to the Board of Education, thanks to a 66.9% reimbursement from New York State, funds remaining from the EXCEL project, a decrease in District debt, and funds in the existing Capital Reserves.

Presentations of the Capital Project have been given this November by Beacon's Superintendent Dr. Landahl at all of the regularly scheduled PTA/PTO Meetings, with two additional public meetings at the City of Beacon Parks and Recreation Department, and an upcoming meeting on November 30th at 7pm at the Beacon High School.

Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School. Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School.
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

What Is Proposed for the Schools?

If Beacon residents vote for the proposal, here are the improvements slated for the budget of the project:

Beacon High School

  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • Exterior Wall Repairs
  • New Lockers in Pool Locker Room and Scoreboard

Rombout Middle School

  • Upgrade Science Lab
  • Renovate Home & Careers Classroom
  • Install A/C in the West wing
  • Redesign Bus Loop
  • Replace Wheelchair Lift
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Glenham Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT tile in 4 Classrooms
  • Replace Egress Window and Ladder in Classroom
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

J.V. Forrestal Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT Tile in Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Rooftop Ventilation Units
  • Replace Ceilings in Stairs and Ground Floor
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades

Sargent Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT Tile in 6 Classrooms
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Roof Top Ventilation Units
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Selected Ceilings
  • Exterior Masonry Repairs
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.  

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

South Avenue Elementary

  • Exterior Door Replacements
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Unit Ventilators in Cafeteria
  • Replace remaining VAT tile with VCT tile
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades


  • New Artificial Turf Field Behind Beacon High School
  • Repairs to Track at Hammond Field
  • General Repairs to Rosenmeier Field House, Hammond Field House and Press Box

No New Tax Increase

According to literature from the Beacon City School District, with more information here: "To complete this Capital Project, Building Aid funds are currently available from New York State which reimburses 66.9% of the costs.  In addition, a balance of funds remaining from the EXCEL project, funds in Beacon City School District’s Capital Reserves, and a decrease in the District debt, all contribute to allow the project to be funded with no new school tax increases."

Where and When to Vote

Polls will be located at Beacon High School and Glenham Elementary School, and will be open from 7am-9pm. More information, including how to register, can be found here on the Beacon City School District website.

    Where to Eat or Order Specialty Thanksgiving Food in Beacon for 2017

    A reader question prompted us to call every restaurant on speed-dial to see who was open - if any. Result? Slim pickins, guys! You best be cooking in or ordering from Beacon's amazing specialty stores and picking up by Wednesday. The full list has been updated in A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide, and the results have been listed here as well.

    Keep in mind, most everyone is open before and after Thanksgiving Day, so it will be a bustling week, except for Thursday which will be quiet! See A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide and Pop-Up Shop Guide for where to shop while you eat!


    • Stock Up for morning sandwiches and 6-packs
    • BJ's Soul Food
    • Beacon Bagel 'till 11am
    • The Lounge at The Roundhouse limited menu (main dining room closed)

    All phone numbers are listed in The Restaurant Guide.
    Hurry, Special Ordering has begun and has fast approaching deadlines!

    • Beacon Bread Company
    • Artisan Wine Shop (for wine, obv.)
    • Homespun
    • All You Knead
    • Beacon Natural Market
    • Beacon Pantry
    • Kennedy's Fried Chicken (yes, they like to cook large orders)
    • Stock Up
    • Ella's Bellas
    • Barb's Butchery

    Happening This Weekend - 11/17/2017

    And so it begins! The weekend in Beacon, and it's all yours to enjoy...

    Tell Your Friends:
    Anything they need to know about Beacon, like where to shop, eat or take a class of any kind, can all be found in A Little Beacon's Guides:
    Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.

    Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 4 pm
    Location: The Lofts at Beacon Falls, 52 Leonard St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    “Fill Chill” Annual Food Drive
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7 to 11 pm
    Location: Chill Wine Bar, 173 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Thom Joyce’s 20th Anniversary Open Mic Night
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 8 pm
    Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    The Beacon Players Presents "Cinderella"
    Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 17, 7 pm; Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 pm; and Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 pm
    Location: Beacon High School Seeger Theater, 101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
    See Behind the Scenes Photos >

    Little Boxes Art Content 2017
    Day: Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Time: 6 to 9 pm
    Location: Scenic Hudson River Center (Red Barn), Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY
    Information >

    SOUND/PEACE - Seeking Harmony in Dissonant Times
    Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Time: 3 pm
    Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

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

    iPhoneography Workshop - Level II
    Days: Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Time: 10 am to noon
    Location: RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Contact Dance Workshop
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7 to 9 pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Inversion Workshop
    Day: Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Time: 1 to 3 pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Intro to Tai Chi & Qigong
    Day: Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Time: 4 to 6 pm
    Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Live DJ Yoga Flow with DJ Hyfi
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
    Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St., Fishkill, NY
    Information >

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

    Art & Zine Club Meetup
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
    Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Rig-ama-jig Builders' Club for K-5th grade
    Day: Friday, November 17, 2017
    Time: 4 to 5:30 pm
    Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
    Information >

    Kids Night Out
    Days: Friday, November 17 and December 8, 2017
    Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Location: All Sport Health & Fitness, 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
    Information >

    For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.
    The Vault
    446 Main Street

    Off the tapas menu is this dish of savory pan-roasted mushrooms, made with baby spinach, caramelized onions and mascarpone. Looks so delicious... Who is going to feel the warmth?
    Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath & Bubble.

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


    Bellus on Main
    181 Main Street

    Holiday Party Season is here! This flattering yet forgiving black dress by Joseph Ribkoff with raglan bell sleeves produces insta-glam. The elasticized neckline can be worn on or off the shoulder, for more or less drama. A subtle keyhole is cut out in front, and the bottom hem is finished with guipure-style lace.

    Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique.

    Luxe Optique

    183 Main Street
    New frames at Luxe Optique do not disappoint! Just when you thought you'd seen it all in the shapes of frames - well, you haven't seen these yet. Sabine-Be, a brand handmade in France, is known for very wild, funky, different, unique and affordable frames. They're popular in NYC, and Luxe Optique is the only shop carrying them upstate.

    Where is Luxe Optique? Across Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company.



    PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway to come up to Main!

    Style Storehouse
    484 Main Street

    This long, burnout kimono by On the Road is in Style Storehouse right now, and is another easy glam trick to top an outfit. Great to throw over jeans and a tee to bring a little fun to lounging at home or running errands.

    Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle n Swaddle.

    Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
    1 East Main Street, Retail #3

    Sample Sale, up to 75% off! Friday to Sunday, November 17 to 19. Gowns by Justin Alexander, Justin Alexander Signature, Lillian West and Sincerity are on sale at great prices right now at Lambs Hill. Forward this email to your bride friend(s), and get down there!

    Where Is Lambs Hill? In the renovated factory building near the dummy light.

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


    River Therapeutic Massage
    612 Route 52
    Beacon, NY
    (845) 379-1956

    Black Friday Weekend, River Therapeutic will be announcing different sales for each day throughout the long weekend. Keep a close eye on the Promotions Page on Karen's website, Facebook and Instagram to score a deal on a massage for yourself, or gifts for friends, teachers or clients.
    Book Now >

    Where is River Therapeutic Massage?
    Sharing space with Karen's Place Salon on Route 52.

    Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!

    Rhinebeck Bank

    Beer brewing and craft beer enthusiasts will love this interview with the co-founders of Mill House Brewing Company. Learn about how they started in their basement after purchasing a beer brewing kit, got hooked on the hobby, made too much beer, shared it with others, and the rest is history. At the time of this video in 2016, they had a 20-barrel production facility and employed 47 people at Mill House Brewing Company. When they got new equipment to increase their production, Rhinebeck Bank financed it.
    Watch the video here, and tour the brewery!

    Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency: Renters Insurance

    You just never know what may happen to your rented apartment. Accidents happen - like a bathtub overflowing onto the floor and into the shop below - causing major damage to the store and apartment. Renters insurance can help with this. Contact Antalek & Moore to find out how at (845) 245-6292.

    Beacon Chamber of Commerce
    Please join the Beacon Chamber of Commerce for The Lofts at Beacon Falls Ribbon Cutting as they celebrate the official opening of this apartment community in the heart of Beacon's Historic Factory District. Come and see this gorgeous location and welcome them to the neighborhood! Light refreshments will be served. The Lofts at Beacon Falls are at 52 Leonard Street, which is just up the road from Dogwood and The Roundhouse.

    BeaconArts : Retrospective 15

    BeaconArts is celebrating 15 years of leaving its mark on Beacon. The organization and its supporters treat Beacon as a canvas, delighting, inspiring and challenging residents and visitors alike. A walk-through history is on view at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estatuaries/Clarkson University at 199 Main Street right now, with a timeline that presents what BeaconArts has done and how it has impacted you. One of the best ways to make sure this continues is through a donation to BeaconArts, which you can make right here online.

    A Little Beacon Space :  50Roots Pop-Up Shop Next Weekend!

    Returning to A Little Beacon Space for Black Friday Weekend is, the online-only shop based in Poughkeepsie that carries only Made in America products. They are bringing their entire inventory into this space for a good old-fashioned shopping experience - with live music and a complimentary Happy Hour. Get an idea for what they have by visiting their website, and put the pop-up shop on your gift-buying schedule for the day after Thanksgiving!

    InHouse Design Media

    Black Friday Weekend, InHouse Design Media will be discounting services, from Training Sessions to Website Designs. If you know you want to build a website, develop social media strategy, or get overall guidance on how to reach more people online, this will be the time!
    Learn More >

    Tin Shingle : Online Class

    Have you wanted to host a pop-up shop but didn't know where to start? Are you a shop owner on Main Street who wants to throw a pop-up event but can't think of why or how? Then this Training TuneUp is for you! Stream it while you work, and be prepared to write down ideas.
    Learn More >
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    Pictures shown above are from our advertising partners in the Things To Do In Beacon Guides. We can include your most exciting news here too!

    Click here to learn about ways to advertise on A Little Beacon Blog.

    Until next week!

    Student Produced "Cinderella" Opens at Beacon High School Theatre - 80 Students in Cast and Crew

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Friday, November 17 @ 7 pm
    Saturday, November 18 @ 2 pm
    Sunday, November 19 @ 2 pm
    Beacon High School Seeger Theatre
    101 Matteawan Road
    Beacon, NY
    Tickets: $5 for students/seniors; $12 for adults.
    Available online or at the door (but don't wait!)

    The Beacon High School Seeger Theatre opens to the public this weekend to premiere Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” produced by The Beacon Players. This student-produced production creates an opportunity for more than 80 students to participate in the cast and crew, from making sets and costumes, to running the sound board, to performing in the musical.

    Students work for months on this production, from designing and building the sets, sewing costumes, and rehearsing scenes. The Beacon Players Director, Anthony Scarrone, provides ample opportunities for many students to be involved through workshops over the summer, and during the school year.

    Involvement in Beacon's student theatre challenges students in new ways. Anthony guides the student cast through thoughtful performances, evident in each interview of some of the student actors published this week in the Beacon Free Press. Just like promos with movie stars, the newspaper published interviews with student performers who recalled their interpretation of their characters and how they are played. Elizabeth Cenicola (playing Cinderella) reveals that she plays the star character as a girl with little confidence, who grows to become empowered and believes that she can do anything.

    The Beacon Players aren't afraid to challenge the norm by reinterpreting a story to show and tell it a little differently. The Prince, for instance, played by Alexander Ullian, takes on a dorky personality who isn't filled with bravery. The stepmother, played by Ellery Harvey, eventually shows remorse for hardships she has bestowed upon Cinderella.

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Says actress Elizabeth in the Beacon Free Press, " 'Cinderella' is a story of having strength even when the situation around you may be a difficult one, which is something everyone can relate to. Children will also be inspired by Ella because she doesn't wait around for her dreams to come true. She goes out and makes them come true herself."

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Fundraising Opportunities for The Beacon Players

    Marvel at the showstopping ballgowns and detailed sets, built and designed by The Beacon Players. There is a Princess Luncheon from noon to 1:45 pm before the performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19. Luncheons include visits from princesses, good food, and perhaps an appearance from Cinderella herself. Space for the lunch is limited, with only about 50 tickets available for each day. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 each, and sold separately from show tickets. Update: As of now, the Princess Luncheon is Sold Out! And general admission tickets are about to be, so get your tickets to "Cinderella" now!

    If you want to donate in other ways, you can sponsor a seat here, or become a VIP Member.

    Students can join the Beacon Players by clicking here.

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Photo Credit: Beacon High School Players

    Scenic Hudson Proposes Increased Parking Spots at Mt. Beacon Trailhead

    Photo Credit: Concept rendering of Mount Beacon trailhead parking. Copyright © 2017 Scenic Hudson, Inc., All rights reserved.

    Photo Credit: Concept rendering of Mount Beacon trailhead parking. Copyright © 2017 Scenic Hudson, Inc., All rights reserved.

    If you're a regular visitor to Mount Beacon Park, where you first encounter the steep staircase only to be met with a steep climb up the mountain to breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, you'll have noted that parking at the base of Mount Beacon is thick. Daily, cars quickly fill up the 39 spaces that are currently available. Scenic Hudson manages Mount Beacon Park, in cooperation with the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society, and is proposing to increase the number of parking spots from 39 to 77 on the existing surface of the parking lot. (Ie, they don't plan to construct new platforms above or below ground, but to expand at ground level.)

    The plans include constructing universally accessible parking and walkways, enhanced walkways and an emergency access gate, a pedestrian connection to Howland Avenue, and increased landscaping to shield the view of the parking lot.

    In addition to making increased parking spots in the existing parking lot, Scenic Hudson is proposing to add connections to mass transit. "We've provided a pickup/drop-off area for a future trolley or bus stop," says Scenic Hudson’s Senior Park Planner, Meg Rasmussen.

    Beacon's Planning Board is hearing the proposal tonight, Tuesday, November 14, at its regular meeting at the Beacon Municipal Center, 1 Municipal Plaza, and the public is encouraged to attend to voice opinions. The project is filed under 788 Wolcott Avenue. It's a loaded meeting, with several development projects in the agenda. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, preceded by a training/workshop portion to start at 7 pm. Details about the project have been posted at the City Of Beacon website and can also be found here in our "Easy Access to City Meetings" section. When the video of this meeting posts, we will also add it to this meeting's overview page here at A Little Beacon Blog.

    OPEN! The Made + Given Pop-Up Shop at A Little Beacon Space


    Find Made and Given at A Little Beacon Space:
    291 Main Street, across from Key Food
    First Floor, First Door.
    Friday 4-7pm
    Saturday 11am-8pm
    Sunday 11am-5pm

    A Little Beacon Space has been transformed again! The chalkboards are wiped and dressed with new chalk art, and even the wall flowers have been changed. There's a pop-up shop in town this weekend, and you only have three days to catch it (well, now two, because today is Saturday). Here's what you'll find inside...

    Rock Dove

    Rock Dove is copper and rock jewelry made by husband-and-wife team Carolyn Baccaro and Mickey Dwyer. Says Carolyn about her style: "My love affair with copper and rocks began when I learned that copper was the first metal to be used in jewelrymaking. It's one of the few elements to occur in nature in its pure, metallic form, and our ancestors have adorned themselves in copper since at least 8,700 B.C. I love using this ancient metal to craft unique jewelry using a modern method."

    PS: If these rock/copper combos look familiar, you might have seen them nearby. They are also sold at one of Beacon's newest shops, Howling at the Edge of Chaos near The Beacon Hotel (head east toward the mountain).

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    The Wednesday Collective

    The Wednesday Collective is a hard-to-find collection of pottery that makes for perfect additions to your ceramics collection, or a great housewarming gift.


    Black Gold Records

    A record collector who also roasts coffee, Black Gold Records is based in Brooklyn where he spins the black vinyl while roasting beans - both of which you can buy in this pop-up shop. He's also known for this t-shirt, "Record Collecting Ruined My Life."


    Pop Porcelain

    This is all you, kitsch-lovers. Vintage plates with some not-so-vintage people on them ,from Pop Porcelain. Best of both worlds? You decide, then take a picture and tag us to show us what you picked.


    FSA Leather Goods

    This is some fine leather designing going on here. FSA Leather Goods has brought their assortment of jewelry, paperweights, and other excuses to make beautiful combinations of fine leather and metalsmithing. In their own words: "FSA Leather Goods has been inspired by the well-worn and dependable tools used by the farmers and migrant workers who endured the Depression and Dust Bowl. Hard work was the only way for these people to pull themselves out of the toughest times that dared to destroy the land. The durable products manufactured during this era were built to last generations. Our mission is to design products with the traditional qualities of simplicity, utility and durability essential to the hard-working people of the Depression Era, whose efforts, and the tools which enabled them, we still respect today."


    Halmi Co

    And if you wanted a little sparkle with your leather, there is Halmi Co. At this time, Halmi Co. does not sell online (coming soon), so the only way to score their goods is to find them in person.


    John Defeo

    New to A Little Beacon Space's walls is the artist John Defeo. You can see this art right now for this weekend only, and then it's gone. So if you want to pick up a piece, now is your chance.


    Moor Berry

    Bow ties and baby booties...that's what you'll find from Moor Berry, who sews a cultural twist into each of her designs.



    But of course, a pop-up vintage assortment is on the racks from Rock Dove's private collection, with jeans, a few shoes, and coats that you could use today.


    Teddy's Barkery

    Got a pooch or two? They need a special doggy treat with a message on it from Teddy's Barkery. There are stamped-message cuff bracelets for humans (down at King + Curated on Beacon's east end at 1 East Main), and there are stamped-message doggie treats for dogs in the pop-up shop.

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    Santa's Dirty Workshop

    Rated R cards, so can't show much here. You'll need to go in to see the collection!


    Where To Go Next

    After, or on your way to, this pop-up shop, check out these Beacon stores that carry a selection of products in the same niche as this one:

    On the West End (toward the train):

    • reMADE
    • Hudson Beacon Glass
    • Dream in Plastic (also sells Kala Style soaps which will be at this pop-up shop)

    In the Center (near this pop-up shop):

    • American Gypsy
    • Hudson Valley Vinyl

    On the East End (near the mountain):

    • Howling at the Edge of Chaos (also sells Rock Dove rings which will be available at this pop-up shop in other styles)
    • Blackbird Attic
    • Shop Reservoir
    • King + Curated

    Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide for November 11, 2017

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    Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon! This month, we pause to reflect on gratitude. Today especially, gratitude for the artists who, through some kind of alchemy (and a lot of hard work), bring some of our biggest feelings into the visual realm. Thank them in person, if you'd like: See where they'll be and when in our Guide to Second Saturday Art Showings

    Some artsy-tartsy highlights: Gifts galore! Artists often sell their work in gallery openings, but we also have the Beacon Art Market Opening at Catalyst Gallery, the annual holiday show at RiverWinds Gallery, the Made & Given Holiday Pop-Up Shop in our very own Little Beacon Space, and more.

    A giant thank you to BeaconArts for promoting this day in our city for years, and thanks to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, who make it possible for us to share the goings-on around town. Please support the businesses who support us!