Summer Camp for Kids at Storm King Art Center (Sponsored)

Have you ever been to the Storm King Art Center? It's nothing short of amazing. Located on 500 acres of meadow, fields, woodland and hills, is this setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures by highly acclaimed artists. One need not have a lot of art knowledge to have an awesome day - awesome in the purest sense of the word - as in produces serious awe while there.

This summer, kids of all ages, from elementary to middle to high school, can register for a week or two of summer camp at Storm King. To quickly describe what your camper will do there, we'll highlight a few choice tools that will make an appearance:

  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Sketch Book (no artistic skills necessary)
  • Pencils

Storm King Young Explorers
AGES: 7–9
DATE: June 26–30: 9AM–4PM (Aftercare through 5PM available)

Calling all young explorers! Roam, roll, run, improvise, play, create, and discover the meadows, woods, and art at Storm King. Learn to use a compass! See, sketch, and move like a sculpture! Campers will come away confident about exploring the outdoors and modern and contemporary art. Binoculars, magnifying glass, journal, art supplies, and more provided.

Project Write: Becoming Authors and Artists
AGES: 10–14
DATE: July 10–14: 9AM–3PM
DATE: July 17–21: 9AM–3PM

Spend a week at Storm King engaging in place-based writing surrounded by sculpture, rolling hills, meadows, and woodlands. Storm King staff and teachers from the Hudson Valley Writing Project share behind-the-scenes discoveries and inspiring insights, launching students into a fun and creative world of writing and art making. Offered in partnership with the Hudson Valley Writing Project.

The Art of Scientific Observation: From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture
AGES: High School Students
DATE: July 24–28: 9AM–5PM

Throughout history, both scientists and artists have used field journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas. Effective visual and written notation requires keen observational skills, and the practice of creative recording in journals can engage and develop critical and lateral thinking capabilities. Weaving together science and art, The Art of Scientific Observation offers teens a unique opportunity to combine field ecology and artistic practice. Focusing on daily explorations of plant and animal life, as well as the sculpture and landscape architecture of the Art Center, campers learn about observational and notational methods through creative journal making. Campers will engage with a variety of techniques including sketching, collaging, and writing. Each camper finishes the week having created his or her own experimental field journal.

The week at Storm King was really incredible. Sadie had agreed to participate reluctantly. She asked several friends to join her but none were able. One said, “It’s not my thing.” Another was busy. Art is a stretch for Sadie and I think she [too] would say “it’s not my thing.” What I saw happen over the course of the week was a shift in her perspective. We had some great conversations on our 30 minute ride each morning and evening: What is art? What constitutes art? By the end of the week she was asking if we could come back some time, because there were pieces of art that she wanted to sit under that she hadn’t had a chance to. I think she realized that her art and her journal were incredibly impressive and it wasn’t about how it compared to the other participants. Sadie really expanded her feelings about art and found that she liked it. I wanted to let you know that it had a powerful impact on her, perhaps life changing in some way.
— A parent of a camper from 2016's Art of Scientific Observation Camp

If you're wishing you could go to camp here, don't worry, they do offer Family Memberships which could be your entertainment on Saturday and Sunday mornings. But in the meantime, keep the focus on camp and register now, because space is limited and there are only a few weeks of it offered.

Editorial Note: This has been a sponsored article by Storm King Art Center that A Little Beacon Blog's editorial team approved of to write and research, as part of our Sponsor Spotlight series. To learn more about Storm King Art Center's programs, including their Summer Camp and Family Membership Programs, visit as well as their Dedicated Sponsor Page that highlights dates and must-do programs here at A Little Beacon Blog.

Beacon Library Hosts Filmmaker Series for Middle Schoolers with Reel Life Film Club

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 the filmmakers.
The next screening will be in Beacon on June 2nd at 6pm at the Howland Library. The club will be viewing the documentary, Racing Dreams (2009). The Film follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Writer and director Marshall Curry will be on hand to talk about his film with the kids. This movie won Best Documentary in six film festivals.
The third film, Spellbound (2002) will be shown on July 7th at 6pm at Desmond Fish Library in Garrison.
Pizza will be served at the events and registration is encouraged: Racing Dreams, at Howland Library on June 2nd, call 845-831-1134; Spellbound at Desmond-Fish on July 7th, call 845-424-3020. Like the libraries’ Facebook pages for up-to-date information.
For more information, contact Michelle Rivas, Howland Library,, Karen Thompson, Desmond-Fish Library,, Maureen McGrath, Butterfield Library,

Beacon's First Time Hosting the Cupcake Festival - The Freakonomics Angle

The Cupcake Festival was hosted in Beacon for the first time ever on May 6, 2017, making it possibly the biggest festival in the last few decades to be hosted in this city. So how was it for everyone? We collected feedback from various types of people to look at this from an economics point of view. It's an angle that may fit on the Freakonomics podcast, which studies the hidden side of everything.

Skin In The Game - Who's Skin, What Game?

When you're young and going to a spring or summertime festival, all you typically think about is who you're going with, when, where you're parking, and how much money you brought to spend on food, tickets or games. When you're a little kid, you may think about what friends you're going with, but otherwise it's all about the sweets, face painting and bouncy houses. Your only skin in the game is to get sticky with different cupcake flavors.

Meanwhile, you're surrounded by businesses whose skin in the game is to create a shop, gallery or eatery that will delight you, and hopefully tempt you into buying something from them. Not to mention the vendors who secure permits and insurance to be there and pack up a large load of stuff to unpack and quickly display for you. This article looks at how those two goals work together, for the long run or the immediate impact, and how they happened for Beacon the day 10,000 people came to town looking to have a great day.

The Cupcake Festival Spends 6th Year In Beacon - Beacon's 1st Year Hosting

The Cupcake Festival just completed its 6th year of production by radio station K104.7 from Pamal Broadcasting. They went looking for a new location after presenting in Fishkill for years, and they wanted to keep a city-feel, on a Main Street, in the middle of town. They approached the City of Beacon, and the Mayor said "Yes" with the enthusiastic support from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.

Style Storehouse was an official vendor in the thick of it, outside of their shop. All storefronts were permitted to have tables on the sidewalk at no cost to them. Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

Style Storehouse was an official vendor in the thick of it, outside of their shop. All storefronts were permitted to have tables on the sidewalk at no cost to them.
Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

Was it a good choice? Says Chamber president Rick Brownell, and owner of Freedom Ford on Rte. 52: "The Cupcake Festival was a complete success. I took a few walks through the festival and found smiling faces, especially the children.  Michele Williams (also on the Chamber board and owner of the boutique Style Storehouse) and I met with festival director Sam Favata of K104.7 a number of times, and he was very receptive to the requests we had.  After the event, Mayor Casale told me that he didn't know a lot of people at the festival. That’s a good thing. That's our job at the Chamber - to drive new people to Beacon and let our business community do what they do best."

Sam from K104.7 explains why the desire for the Main Street location: "As a live and local radio station, we have a strong sense of community and listener experience. We love the intimate setting that our Cupcake Festival has, as it not only showcases the best bakers and bakeries in the Hudson Valley, but the opportunity it creates to bring thousands of festival goers to Main Street in Beacon and its businesses. We are thrilled that we were able to showcase Main Street in Beacon & its storefronts as a destination in the Hudson Valley, and look forward to continuing to work with the City of Beacon on this event."

The Cupcake Festival was set up on Beacon's East End of town, which was untraditional. Usually, festivals are held on the West End, starting at Bank Square and ending somewhere in the middle, usually at the Diner, or during the Halloween Parade, ending at Echo, with families extending the parade themselves to round the corner past Beacon Falls Cafe to find more candy from stores located on the other side of that sharp turn in the road. Shops, galleries and restaurants like Utensil, Waddle n Swaddle, Sukhothai Restaurant, BAU, Russel Cusick's gallery, Raddish, The Green Room, Abscission Barber Shop, and so many more destinations that are located over there. But do most people even know they exist, let alone frequent the storefronts much? Plus, did the storefronts want this kind of shutdown on Main Street in front of their stores? Sometimes festivals that close Main Street cause businesses to complain.

Anne Perrone St. George, owner of The Chocolate Studio, has wanted events on the East End for years. "There have been no opportunities from events for us on the East End. Even during the Spirit of Beacon Day Parade, which is held on the West End, doesn't allow for businesses to set up vendor tables. Only non-profits can set up tables. That doesn't help us, and keeps the people on that end of town for the day, leaving this end very dead. They do the Pumpkin Festival, the Corn and Strawberry Festival, and beer events at the Riverfront, and no one gets to the East end of Main Street and supports local businesses," she says.

Cupcakes Not an Everyone Thing?

Days before the event, a man approached me to ask: "What is the deal with cupcakes? Are they a big deal?" Others weighed in who are either not fans of crowds, or not fans of cupcakes. Says Beacon resident Justin Riccobono: "I walked through the event and found it somewhat unappealing to me and very crowded. I'm not really that big a fan of cupcakes, but that's OK. It looked like many people enjoyed themselves."

The Curated Gift Shop is located in the new retail spaces at 1 East Main, down a hill from Main Street summed it up in this Instagram caption for the photo below: "I stamped this cuff [bracelet] before the @king_and_curated store was even open. Then I heard we were having the cupcake festival in Beacon this year. Goes to show you, if you build it... they will come."

Photo Credit Posted at :@thecuratedgiftshop, taken by @mrcvaughan.

Photo Credit Posted at :@thecuratedgiftshop, taken by @mrcvaughan.


Is The East End Of Beacon A Big Deal?

Yes. Over the 2016 Holiday season, I received an email from a shop owner titled "The East End Is In Trouble," who then proceeded to ask for my advice, while sharing who they planned to connect with to try to make a difference by increasing the number of people who actually walk down through the East End.

So many businesses on that strip are concerned, that they have formed a coalition called the Beacon East End Business Association to connect and brainstorm ways to bring people down that way. After the abrupt closing of The Hop, foot traffic on the East End plummeted, which hurt several storefronts located on that end of town, according to several business owners.

Local artist Russell Cusick has been documenting what the East End looks like on different days. Although rainy imagery of a quiet end of town is beautiful, it's hard on a business owner who is trying to get exposure to their store. Pictured below are contrasting photos Russell has taken lately - both on rainy days (it also drizzled off an on during the Cupcake Festival with a chill in the air).

Photo Credit: Each photo was taken by artist Russell Cusick.

Photo Credit: Each photo was taken by artist Russell Cusick.

The artist Russell Cusick, outside of his East End gallery making one of his signature Beacon manhole covers.

The artist Russell Cusick, outside of his East End gallery making one of his signature Beacon manhole covers.

Russell has been vocal about his support of increasing exposure to the East End of Main Street. He is a member of the Beacon East End Business Association. "Being on the East End of Main Street, a lot of people don’t even know that we’re here. So just to get those numbers of people on the street here is important. I feel that the East End is really a special part of Main Street, and a special part of Beacon. Once people experience this part of Beacon, they will be back. So I think that’s good for local businesses on the East End."

Parking, Trains, Walking - What Was It Like?

As with any large event happening in one's own town, there were some Grumpy Cats expressing doubts about the event, concerns over parking, and the big question: will it be good for business? At the end of the day, 10,000 people came to Beacon by train, foot, and car, according to Sam from K104.7. Somehow the parking was absorbed. A lot of people hit A Little Beacon Blog's Free Parking Guide page before coming, and even wrote into us for walking directions. Recalls Sam after the big day: "I spoke with people from as far as Brooklyn & New Jersey to Monticello, PA and CT!"

Says resident Heidi Harrison, who lives in a wooded area down Churchill Street (the street between the Howland Center and the old Matawan Train Station that currently houses the new Gino's Italian Ice shop: "I was out of town for the festival, but I watched it through people’s photos in social media. My neighbors told me that people found their way to our area and parked in front of our driveways!”

Liz Ferrera, owner of reMADE on the West End of town near Bank Square, reported in that a large SUV parked in front of her store for over the 2hr mark, leaving her forlorn when the carload of people did not pop into her shop to take a look around before driving away. The 2hr parking rule is known to be - for the most part - unenforced in Beacon and is a complaint among business owners, who watch fellow business owners park in front of shops for hours on end, as well as residential tenets who live above the storefronts and park all day and night. We discovered this trend during our survey of business on Main Street when the topic of parking meters bubbled up. Most wanted enforcement of the 2hr parking rule first before investing in and installing parking meters.

Main Street isn't alone in its parking woes. It's a part of life on residential side streets like where I live. Surrounded by three churches, every Sunday, cars fill the street to go to church. Cars don't block us in, but backing out of the driveway is hard, and if we're expecting company, we put out our orange cones to reserve parking. Back where I come from in Ohio, when a spring festival comes to town or 4th of July parades are hosted, parking gets very creative, strategic, and for locals, often involves parking in friends' driveways as favors. For owners of private parking lots, some of them charge for spaces in their private lots for the weekend, making extra cash during the festival.

People were writing into A Little Beacon Blog for directions on walking from the train station to the festival. Key Food set up their Kettle Korn tent to catch the walkers headed to the festival with the irresistible smell of popcorn, and reported that the stand "did very well." Businesses from sewing store Beetle and Fred to Alps Chocolate to Mr. V's all reported watching crowds of people whooshing down Main Street, hoofing it on foot to get to the cupcakes as quickly as they could. Says the Alps manager, "I don't know what the rush was, there were plenty of cupcakes, right?"

How Many Cupcakes Sell At A Cupcake Festival?

Well...of the 70 vendors that participated in the festival, 18 of them were cupcake makers. Vendors were recommended by K104.7 to bring at least 1,000 cupcakes, and to price them no less than $3, most likely as a way to create pricing fairness. As a cupcake festival vendor newbie, this recommendation was a bit unbelievable. After experiencing the festival, however, and the lines that did not quit, it was clear that people were there to get what they wanted. Joe Condon, owner of Joe's Irish Pub, observed: "The woman who setup in front of my pub [must have] made a killing. She was sold out by 3:30pm." The festival started at 1pm, and ended at 5pm.

Jason Schuler, founder of Drink More Good, has made participating in markets all over the state his number one marketing strategy. He can do about eight markets a weekend with this team. Drink More Good's main storefront location and kitchen is located closer to the middle of Main Street, not in the heart of the festival with all of the foot traffic, so how did they fare? "The Cupcake Festival was a huge success in my opinion. It brought an insane amount of people to Beacon, and I guarantee a good portion of those people will be back to explore the town at a later date. We saw an increase in new traffic that day, but also had a private event in the evening that we closed early for. The only thing I'll do different next year for the Cupcake Festival is to actually get a booth at the event and sell as a vendor!"

Was the Cupcake Festival a Milestone Day for Everyone?

While Beacon does have a mile-long Main Street and nearby parks, hosting in Beacon would have been unimaginable a decade or two ago. Joe Condon, a lifelong resident of Beacon and founder of Joe's Irish Pub, remembers how Beacon could not have held an event like this decades ago: "Eighteen years ago there was nothing down here. Nothing at all. Anything that brings customers into this town is great. I know the Mayor and the City Council are doing everything they can to improve things in this town, and I think it’s great. I hope they bring that back every year. I am in business to make money! Next year I may have live music outside of my pub.”

Lauren & Riley

Lauren & Riley

Some business owners like Kim King of Lauren and Riley, preferred the festival to be in a field. “I picture a festival to be more in a grassy area, like Memorial Park, or the waterfront, or where the Beacon Flea is in the Henry Street parking lot. I feel like every time we have a festival, it never brings in extra business for me. If you’re not food. I’d want it a block over from my store. I would rather have foot traffic from people going to or leaving a festival, headed to their cars, not the people funneled down the middle of the street.”

Meanwhile, Kim's neighbor, Brenda Haight Murnane of Beacon Bath and Bubble, had been one of first vocal skeptics of the festival. After the big day, she declared: "I'll eat my words now!" Brenda saw sales like she gets the day before Christmas. Which is a pretty big deal on a random day in May - that was rainy. "People were pleasant and happy to be in Beacon, many here for the first time. The foot traffic in here was awesome. I was freaking out because my daughter couldn’t be in to help me that day. My husband stood in."

Would all businesses do well during this kind of festival? Brenda shares her thoughts: "I think it depends on what kind of store you have. A lot of soap went out the door - bath bombs - that sort of thing. And soda - we sell vintage sodas as well. I had lots of lookers. Not everyone bought but they got to see the store which was great. Hopefully the people will come back to shop Main Street.”

So many people that stopped at my table or came in the shop were shocked to see what Beacon is now.
— Stephany Carapola Jones, owner The Blushery

Diva, the Woodman's sidekick on the morning show of K104.7 and pictured below, couldn't help but enjoy himself all day, and expressed while surrounded by a backdrop of trees and old factory buildings currently in renovation phases. "I'm so glad this event was in Beacon! Beacon gets no love, and it is so nice here!"

Diva, of K104.7 in the morning. Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

Diva, of K104.7 in the morning.
Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

Harry's Hot Sandwiches up the street also declared a great day: "Things were great for us, without the festival I think it would have been a quiet day because of the cold and rainy weather." Others outside of his store observed that people walked into his eatery, looked around, walked back out to check out their sandwich options, and came back in to order up.

Further up the road at The Vault, owner Anthony DiSarro checked in the black: "The impact of the festival on business at The Vault was positive. We saw more families than usual, with parents eating and drinking, but children mostly 'cup-caked out.'" Later that night, The Vault would host an 80's and 90's Dance Party, so it was a full day of music for them. The vegetarian friendly eatery, Raddish, which normally has quiet business as its located in the blind spot of the turn, happily reported a very busy day.

During the Cupcake Festival, Anne of The Chocolate Studio put a table out on her sidewalk in front of her store: " After a very long winter, I was happy to have a very good sales day during the Cupcake Festival. I was happy to have the Cupcake Festival on Main Street."

Denise Gianna is the owner of Denise Gianna Designs, located next door to the Chocolate Studio, and sells repainted furniture and reclaimed designs,  as well as her interior design services. How did she fare?  “It was a typical touristy Saturday, I sold furniture and pillows on the day. I was happy the festival was here.”

Emily Burke, supplier of all your kitchen needs at Utensil, had a table outside on the sidewalk in front of her store, selling cupcake making things. Her daughters had baked cupcakes the night before, and were handing them out. "My sales were just about the same as an average Saturday. That said, I do think many people 'discovered' the east end shops, though it's difficult to quantify if that actually turns into new customers. From a non retailer perspective, the event was well run and people were respectful and having a good time."

PS: Pictured below are some of the tools you need to make cupcake baking easy found in Utensil, including these sturdy paper cupcake holders that let you skip using a muffin tin! Just pop them on a baking sheet - standing alone - and then bake (I tried it). Finish up with icing-art by getting piping bags with different shaped tips for squiggle designs, dual colors, and more (aka the equivalent to paint brushes for a baker).

Staphanie Carapola Jones, owner of The Blushery and a life-long Beacon resident, chimed in from the services side of business. Stephanie runs a brow bar, offers laser hair removal, is a makeup artist, and sells the makeup in her store. "Everybody had to pass The Blushery to get to the festival, which started a few stores away from us, so it was great. I set up a table right outside my shop on the sidewalk and had a lot of people stop in to take my service menus samples. I think the people had a destination in mind and it was for the cupcakes and a street fair, not necessarily shopping boutiques. But they got to see our little business district and will possibly make a future trip here to actually walk around and check out all the stores."

A fire torched s'more cupcake from The Roundhouse. Photo Credit: Stephanie Carapola Jones, owner of The Blushery.

A fire torched s'more cupcake from The Roundhouse.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Carapola Jones, owner of The Blushery.

Stephanie heard a lot of commentary about Beacon while she was in her store on the day: "So many people that stopped at my table or came in the shop were shocked to see what Beacon is now. They couldn't believe how nice it was and all the stores we have. I think we all are going to gain some new customers from this and word will travel about their experience. I walked the whole thing towards the end, because my daughter wanted to go in the bouncy house. I would love to have it back every year.”

Did the festival inconvenience Stephanie's customers? "I made sure to inform my customers about the event and logistics before they came in for appointments. They got there fine. Nobody complained to me when coming in the shop."

What about the new strip of retail shops at 1 East Main? We asked one of the latest newcommers, The Curated Gift Shop. Did people come down the hill from Main Street? "No," says The Curated Gift Shop, "but I was stuffing my face with cupcakes, so it was probably for the best."

A Little Beacon Blog's vendor table was located across from 1 East Main and from the Roundhouse's vendor table showing their cupcake skills (see The Blushery's photo above for a sample). We offered face painting, and the proceeds were going to the Kindergarten Teams of Beacon's Elementary Schools.

Normally we have these events in our storefront office at 291 Main Street, and are lucky if we raise $15 on the day because they are only $1 and we need to attract people inside. During the festival, we had a solid line that we had never experienced before, and I was the only face painter. Normally my kids and their friends enjoy helping, but it became very clear very quickly that this was the big leagues and parents new to our model didn't know what to make of the little painters. When I had to go judge the cupcakes, I needed to leave the table, and did not warn the line or have an official backup painter (eeeks! Sorry everyone!). My friend jumped in reluctantly and ended up enjoying it once she got into the rhythm, but we are already planning ahead with new systems for next year! We raised $70 that day, which we are matching to send $140 to Glenham Elementary. Thank you everyone!

Most Importantly, Who Won The Cupcake Contest?

The Bourbon Bacon Cupcake! Baked and presented by Daniela Haugland. She won the $1,000 courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Galleria.

Daniela Haugland won first prize for her The Bourbon Bacon Cupcake. She won the $1,000 courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

Daniela Haugland won first prize for her The Bourbon Bacon Cupcake. She won the $1,000 courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Galleria.
Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

The winning cupcake, Bourbon Bacon Cupcake, baked and presented by Daniela Haugland. Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

The winning cupcake, Bourbon Bacon Cupcake, baked and presented by Daniela Haugland.
Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

2nd Place went to Dara Lippert with her Coconut Dream Cupcake. And the People's Choice Award went to Melissa Torres for her complex Bailey's Brownie Cheesecake Cupcake.

The People's Choice Award went to Melissa Torres for her complex Bailey's Brownie Cheesecake Cupcake. Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

The People's Choice Award went to Melissa Torres for her complex Bailey's Brownie Cheesecake Cupcake.
Photo Credit: Digital Weddings

All of the contestants included:

  • Arleen Harkins: Sweet Potato Caramel Delight  
  • Jamie Vislocky: Banana Cream Pie Cupcake  
  • Sarah Robinson: Chocolate Covered Cannoli Cupcake  
  • Kimberly Alford: Carrot Cheesecake Cinnamon Buttercream Cupcake  
  • Dina Marra:  Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup  
  • Mark Avon: Chocolate Kumquat Strawberry Cupcake

Looking forward to next year!

Happening This Weekend 5/19/2017

These weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week for more events happening mid-week.
There is more parking than you think! We've got pictures.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea
May 19-21, 2017
Time: 3pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
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Markie Baylash Reception: Portraits of Strong Women
 Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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How Can Acupuncture Help Me? Free Intro From Heart Body Mind Acupuncture
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 3-8pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY

Cleanup at the Camp
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 2-6pm
Location: Settlement Camp House, 724 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY
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Hudson Valley Auctioneers
Preview Day: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Preview Time: 1-5pm
Preview Day: Monday, May 22, 2017
Preview Time: 2pm
Live Auction Day: Monday, May 22, 2017
Auction Time: 5pm
Location: 432 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Hudson Valley Auctioneers opens their doors to the public first on Sunday for a preview, and then on Monday, May 22nd at 5pm for a live auction of fabulous finds from several estates, including a long held storage unit of a well-known collector/dealer to be sold unreserved. Look for furniture from Hans Wegner, George Nelson, Herman Miller and more. Look for a red 2010 Camero, Standard with 3,700 miles, as well as fine jewelry, paintings, assorted Sterling silver, and more.
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An Evening of Flemenco Jazz with Andreas Arnold & Mario Rincon
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Storm King Art Center's Children and Families Program: Ladybug Release
Day: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents The Walden Chamber Players
Day: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Story Screen Presents “Inside I’m Dancing”
Day: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 7:30pm doors, 8pm movie
Location: More Good, 383 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Ballet Arts Studio Presents "The Wonderful Dances of OZ"
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Times: 2pm and 6:30pm
Location: Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY

The dancers have been rehearsing and are ready for the performance. For tickets, call Bardavon's box office directly at 845-473-2072 or online for tickets to either time.
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Thank you to our sponsor Hudson Valley Auctioneers for sponsoring the Upcoming Events Guide!

5K Run/Walk With The Dogs
Day: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
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Camp at Storm King Art Center
Kids can enjoy time outdoors observing art and nature, making art, and exploring creative writing during Storm King's week-long day camps on their 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands, providing the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Space is limited and sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships are available. Camp programs include:

Storm King Young Explorers
Age: 7–9

Project Write: Becoming Authors and Artists
Age:  10–14

The Art of Scientific Observation: From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture
Age: High school students
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For a full list of camps open for registration now (they are filling up!), visit our Summer Camp Guide.

Thank you to our sponsors Ballet Arts Studio and Storm King Art Center for sponsoring the Summer Camp Guide!


Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10 to 14
Days: Friday, May 19, 2017 (Third Friday every month)
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Saturday Morning Makers - Rubber Stamp Making
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Sensory Art for Children WITH Special NEEDS
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location:  Eat, Paint, Love Studio, 331 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Children Museum's Family Free Night
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

Two Trees Yoga
Summer Membership - Unlimited Classes!

The Summer Membership from Two Trees Yoga is here! Subscribe to this monthly membership and get unlimited classes, and the ability to bring a friend for free once per month. Great for teachers or others with a summer break. There are many classes and yoga styles to select from. If you've never been, come to a Community Class on Sundays from 12-1:15pm for a pay-your-choice class.
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"How Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017  
Time: 3-10pm
Location: 291 Main Street, A Little Beacon Space, Beacon, NY
Join Maryam Mehrjui, LAc, RN, founder of Heart Body Mind Acupuncture in Beacon for a Free Intro to Acupuncture at A Little Beacon Blog Space!

Find Out:
  • What conditions it treats
  • What is a session like
  • Pressure points for pains and aches
  • Seasonal lifestyle and nutritional tips
  • How to prevent Spring allergies
Catch a half hour intro at 3:30pm and again at 6:30pm.

Walk in any time for a 20 minute Auricular acupuncture (NADA), which is great for relaxation and detox as space and time allows. Enjoy live music from Michiko Takani's meditative music: Sound of water and objects with Asian singing.

Maryam will also be offering discount packages for Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Herbal consult and Polarity Therapy.
Information >

Thank you Two Trees Yoga and Heart Body Mind Acupuncture for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide!


133 Main Street

Get yourself a nice cold six-pack of of the Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner (actually available at Rite Aid or check the new Craft Beer Shoppe next to Key Food) and put it into this handcrafted mermaid bag from Michelle of 'BomChelle Bags available at reMADE right now. This isn't the only style, as you'll find a little of the sweet side, and a little of the rock-n-roll side in this collection, but they are all limited edition. Can't wait to see who is sporting this mermaid style!

A Classic Couture Fashion Boutique
178 Main Street

The Goddess look...Where can you get this much pleated organdy in a couture dress with this much flounce? At A Classic Couture Fashion Boutique, that's where, right near Artisan Wine. This Marchesa dress could be worn for a summer evening out, or even as a wedding dress for those who are going short this year. You must try it on at least...

Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Ingenious Alert at Bellus on Main. Not only does Bellus have high fashion on their racks, but they look for really smart products to keep your life easy. Introducing the "droplet" bag, which is a tiny blue ball that can fit on your keychain, and out pops a "dry bag", that can hold your wet bathing suit, used tissues, PB&J sandwiches, little kid snacks, and everything else that wrecks the super cute lining of your bag. Because let's be real. Sometimes we buy bags just for the lining, and this dry bag will protect that.

Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

When we first saw the announcement from Luxe Optique that the new line of Anne et Valentine came in, we didn't realize what a big deal this handcrafted line was, a frame many agree "opens the eyes and provides definition."  Upon seeing them in person, one could take pictures of these glasses for days and days. There are so many different looks and personalities inside of them. The designers of the frames imagine very carefully the personality and energy of the wearer, and translate that into a sketch on the studio drawing board, matched with the right kind of metal and color. The two frames pictured here hooked our attention, with their cartoon-y look. But this isn't the only look you'll find in this collection right now at Luxe.

Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Spring is indeed in the air at Style Storehouse, an oasis of soft fabrics that will surprise you when you try them on. Not to mention their easy pick-me-up jewelry to punch up any outfit. After your brunch or mid-afternoon lunch at Beacon Falls Cafe or Harry's, keep going past the restaurants to duck into Style Storehouse, and treat yourself to something fancy yet comfy.

Thank you reMADE, A Classic Couture Fashion Boutique, Bellus on Main, Luxe Optique, Style Storehouse, and SallyeAnder for sponsoring the Shopping Guide!

River Therapeutic Massage
612 Rt. 52
Beacon, NY

Now that your spring workouts have started again, you get to relax those muscles under the healing hands of Karen at River Therapeutic Massage. An easy choice is a 60 minute massage that can include a variety of therapeutic massage techniques, such as Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and others. To really kick it in, add a mini-hot stone treatment onto your massage, but let Karen know before-hand so that she can warm the stones. Book it now, and enjoy!

Thank you River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring our Beauty Guide!

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

Thank you The Vault and BAJA for sponsoring our Restaurant Guide!

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

Antalek & Moore

As lemonade stand season starts, Antalek & Moore know a thing or two about the insurance you'll need to protect that lemonade stand or get you set up as a vendor at markets and fairs. Watch Antalek & Moore's Business Insurance video, staring local child star Addy Pagones (daughter of partner Susan Pagones), and company partner Pat Moore.  Do you have all you need for your business should an accident or the unexpected happen? What is the unexpected? Watch the adorable video, then call Antalek & Moore: (845) 245-6292 or visit them at 340 Main Street.


This month, the BeaconArts Member Meeting is at Oak Vino Wine Bar, also known as the home of the Beacon Open Studios 2017 Group Show. This particular meeting will be more of a Beacon Open Studios post-mortem, and most of the time will be reserved to reflect on this year's Open Studios, and what can be done to improve the event for next year. As always, there will be updates on BeaconArts projects and other member news. Must be a member to attend, and you can join right here.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The next Member Meeting for the Beacon Chamber of Commerce is Tuesday, June 6th. Put it in your calendar and meet other businesses in Beacon! Join today online.
Tin Shingle

Trying to get the word out about your business? Wishing you could get newspapers and magazines to feature your business, but you don't know how? They do want to, but there are good ways to pitch them, and ineffective ways to pitch them. Tin Shingle is a national organization, and is based in Beacon. Every last Monday of the month, they have a Local Member Meeting. The next one is Monday, May 29th at 10am. Discover Tin Shingle's Community Level of Membership (starts at $45/month), and come over!

InHouse Design Media

Squarespace, Social Media, MailChimp, Marketing In General - these are all areas that InHouse Design Media can work with you directly on - at your own speed and in language you understand. Private Training and Strategy Building in social media, websites, digital marketing and revenue stream building are what fall into InHouse Design Media's wheelhouse. Contact them today to start a conversation about what you need.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked and hosted by you at A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, in the heart of Beacon.

THIS SATURDAY! How Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Free intro from Heart Body Mind Acupuncture from 3-10pm.

See what upcoming events are being hosted in A Little Beacon Space.

Want to host your event here? Click here for more details and to book online.
We Know What You're Thinking..."I want my business featured here!"
Pictures shown above are from our Things To Do In Beacon Guide advertising partners in the Things To Do In Beacon Guides. We can include your most exciting news here too when you consider that promotion package!

If you have an event to promote, and you want the flyer listed here and on our website, please see the Event Promotion package.

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

Until next week!

Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election - May 18th, 2017

The Library will hold the annual budget vote and trustee election on Thursday, May 18th from 12 noon to 8pm in the Library's community room. All registered voters in the Beacon City School District are eligible to vote. Absentee ballots are available at the library or call Amy at 845-831-1134 ext. 100 or email Amy at beaconlibrary dot org with any questions.

Board of Trustee Candidates running for Election 2017-2018

There are two seats available on the Library Board. One with a 1 year term and one with a 5 year term. The candidate receiving the most votes will win the longer term. The candidates are:

Stacy Christensen bought a house in Beacon 10 years ago after being introduced to the city by a friend, and falling in love with all that Beacon has to offer.  One of the first things that she did upon moving here was to acquire a library card, and for a few years she volunteered in the evenings and shelved books.  Stacy has lived in Putnam Valley, and once worked as clerk at the library there.  The first book that she learned to read was 'Green Eggs and Ham', and she has been an avid reader and supporter of all the programs that libraries have to offer ever since. Stacy works as a bookkeeper, and has three grown children, and one small granddaughter.

April Farley is a long-time resident, born and raised in the City of Beacon. As parent and community volunteer, she believes that the Howland Public Library has been one of the greatest resources for her family and community over the years and now. Her son has attended youth programs since he was young and as a teen had the opportunity to be part of the Spark Media Project. April says, "It would be a great honor to serve on the board and give back to the Library and help the Library to continue to bring diverse services to our community, youth and seniors."

Library Budget

If the budget passes, taxpayers will find that the increase in their library tax (appearing on the School Tax Bill) ranges from a low of $2.60 (property assessed at or below $150,000) to an average library tax increase between $4.00 and $6.00 for the year.

Click here for annual report to the community & library budget vote information.

Click here for "very visual" annual report to the community.

Beacon City Schools Budget Vote and Election of Board Seats May 16, 2017

The Voting Details

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TIME: 7am-9pm
WHERE: Beacon High School for all voters living in Beacon, or Glenham Elentary School for voters residing in the Town of Fishkill or the Town of Wappinger
DETAILS: Find more details about what is in the proposed budget here.

The School Budget Vote and Election will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  Polls are open from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.  Beacon City School District will have 4 propositions on the ballot Tuesday May 16th. They are as follows in general form, as shared on the BCSD Facebook page and Budget newsletter for May 2017. All tax paying citizens are eligible to vote.

  1. The 1st proposition is the budget.
  2. The 2nd is the proposition to purchase school buses.
  3. The 3rd is to have a student board member for a non-voting seat.
  4. The 4th is to authorize the district to transfer money to a capital reserve. The money in a capital reserve is used for future capital projects. The district is planning a capital project in the near future and this reserve will be used to help keep the school taxes the same.

Details of what is in the proposed budget can be found here in a newsletter from the Beacon City School District.

There will also be a board election of four seats, one of which is the fulfillment of a vacant seat.
Three Board Members are for running for three year terms, commencing July 1 2017, and expiring June 30, 2020. The candidate who receives the largest number of votes cast will also fill the remainder of a vacant term for six weeks, commencing May 16, 2017, and expiring June 30, 2018. Vote for up to four candidates.

Board Members up for re-election:
Anthony White
Kenya Gadsden
Craig Wolf
Kristan Flynn

Location & Eligibility
Voting takes place at two locations: 

  • Beacon High School, for all voters who live in the City of Beacon, and
  • Glenham Elementary School, for voters who reside in the Town of Fishkill or the Town of Wappinger. 

For help in determining your voting location, please call 845-838-6900 ext. 2032.


Beacon Open Studios 2017: Pirates, Paintings, Treasure

Beacon Open Studios (BOS) is a signature, citywide event in Beacon. For some, including myself and this year's new director, Samantha Palmeri, the discovery of this citywide art show happened quite by accident while meandering outside. Every year, dozens of artists clean up their studios, organize their brushes, and put out their best tools and works of art. Through this project, the public is invited in for direct access to the artist and their productions. Beacon Open Studios is going on now, on May 13-14 from 12pm-6pm. The kickoff party was Friday evening at Oak Vino.

How to Experience Beacon Open Studios

Open studios are identified by a large red dot in the artist's yard of their home studio, or on the studio door in a building. There is an official map that you should pick up or visit on the website, but there is something quite special about stumbling upon a red dot and following your curiosity inside. This wonderment continues to be my favorite way to experience Open Studios.

However, the more one learns about the artists, the longer the list grows of which artists to visit. Some are long time artists who left the dropped "practicing artist" for a few years and are back, while some are artists who do majorly commissioned work for private clients or advertising agencies, while some are artists who produce fantastic work yet only display during times like these.

Who Is Participating In Beacon Open Studios This Year?

Over 50 artists, several of whom are new, or are longtime artists but this is their first year participating. The physical map, which you can pick up at Hudson Beach Glass or at many restaurants or shops, is organized by artist, but also groups artists by location. For instance, if there are 6 artists showing in one location, you can search by that as well, if you wanted to see a bunch at once. 

Let's take a peek!

Artist: Chris Sanders, "Treasures of the Hudson Highlands" Photo Credit: Treasures of the Hudson Highlands

Artist: Chris Sanders, "Treasures of the Hudson Highlands"
Photo Credit: Treasures of the Hudson Highlands

"Treasures of the Hudson Highlands"

Chris Sanders is a storyboard artist for the film and television industry. Pirate lore of the Hudson River and Valley captivated her, and she began creating graphic novels inspired by pirates who did travel up and down the Hudson River years ago, in search of treasure, or hiding their own. Her first book, a historical fantasy, published in November. You can meet the artist and see the original pages during Beacon Open Studios. The best part? She's full of Hudson Highlands pirate knowledge, so best ye get thee there.

Location: 45 Beekman Street, one of the artists in Spire Studios

Artist: Stan Lindwasser Photo Credit: Stan Lindwasser

Artist: Stan Lindwasser
Photo Credit: Stan Lindwasser

Stan Lindwasser

Stan Lindwasser is new to Beacon, but not to the art scene. Stan has been a professional painter for decades, and has designed installations that were shown at the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY and the Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York City. An excerpt from his Artist Statement: "I question the place and role of color: on lines, as lines, or replacing lines. The works I have been doing reflect my career long interest in the details of line and color, the creation of shapes and the placement of these on paper, or in space. These paintings reflect my thinking about direction and how changes in density of paint or use of water define and subtly change the composition."

Full disclosure, the design services extension of A Little Beacon Blog works with Stan on his website, so we are familiar with several years of his work, and appreciate his fascination with color.

Location: 35 Monell Place

Rosemary Braghieri Rednour

Photo Credits for above photos: Rosemary Braghieri Rednour

Rosemary makes "jewelry and sculpture from a different perspective," as she identifies it. She's opened up her studio to you to see how she does it all.

Location: 17 East Main Street

Here's a sampling in video of what the Open Studios experience is like:


The New Director at Beacon Open Studios

This year marked the transition to a new director, Samantha Palmeri. She too discovered Beacon Open Studios while meandering around, and for her, it made a life-altering impact! We interviewed her for this article:

What is your background?

I'm from Staten Island originally. I've lived in Beacon 2 1/2 years now. this will be my third year as a participating artist in BOS. I graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a major in painting, and since graduating I've held practically every job in the art world including teaching, directing, curating, art handling etc. I've owned and directed two separate art galleries, one in Staten Island and one in New Jersey. And I've been a practicing artist for the last 20 years.

Why did the directorship appeal to you?

Director Samantha Palmeri's artwork, on display at 11 Creek Road. Photo Credit: Samantha Palmeri

Director Samantha Palmeri's artwork, on display at 11 Creek Road.
Photo Credit: Samantha Palmeri

When I moved to Beacon I was very content to just be in my studio working. We moved here because we liked that there was already an art community happening. I wanted to join something that was already established and not have to start from scratch. When I heard that BOS was in need of a director and it might not happen this year, I didn't even hesitate to find out how I could volunteer.

First of all, it's one of my favorite events of the year in Beacon, plus it was good timing for me, and again, it was already an established community event that had its own footprint and identity. I felt especially as a participant myself I had enough ideas and experience to be able to add to what was already a great event.

What was your favorite thing about Beacon Open Studios the first time you experienced it?

There are a lot of artists in Beacon! There's a lot to see and experience. The overall quality and diversity of the artwork is great. and it's special to this town because a lot of events like this tend to all look the same with the majority of artists all making similar looking things.

The first BOS I went to was before I lived here. We had sold our house and were coming up here expecting to get confirmation on a place to rent. That place fell through and we were wandering around BOS a little depressed because we didn't know if we could find a place to live. We happened to start up a conversation with one of the participating artists and she said, "Oh I know another artist in town who has a place for rent," and we ended up calling her that day and finding the house we rented for the next 2 years. So, I suppose BOS will always be extra special to me and my family because of that! It just was a perfect example of how welcoming and awesome this art community really is!)

What can we expect this year from Beacon Open Studios?

Because it's my first year directing, I really didn't want to make too many drastic changes. We ended up picking the second weekend of May for the date. That's the first thing, the fact that it will fall on Second Saturday this year. I thought it would only bring more visitors so it's a win win. It happens to also fall on Mother's Day but again, I think the town will be hopping that whole weekend! We're also revising the color catalog. The more sponsors and registered artists we get, the bigger the budget we'll have to work with. We'd like to make a fold out map this year so it's easier for visitors to find artist studios and figure out how to spend their day in Beacon. There will be musicians playing at certain venues and there are a few new locations to visit this year including the Shambhala Yoga center and the Creekside Lofts behind the Howland Cultural Center.

Does this kind of even run in other cities? If so, where? Is it all connected? Or a general concept that gets picked up?

There are open studio events all over the place. They're not connected in any way. It's a boost to any community to be considered a cultural destination. Not every town or city has a substantial community of artists like Beacon does. And even places that do don't necessarily have open studio events. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. BeaconArts and BOS is run completely by volunteers, and believe, me these people work hard!!


Beacon Open Studios is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Beacon Open Studios is a sponsored project of BeaconArts, a 501(c)(3) organization supported through grants and donations and run entirely by volunteers.

Chime in here with where you were able to visit, and tell us your favorite parts!

OPEN! LulaRoe Pop-Up Shop with Erin and Leigh at A Little Beacon Space - This Weekend Only!

There is a cult of women who love LulaRoe, and that cult can now come into A Little Beacon Blog's Space this weekend only - Friday to Sunday - to shop from Erin and Leigh, two moms who were born and raised in Beacon and have been popping up in people's homes for these sales, and now have popped up in The Telephone Building in A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, across from Key Food. Come into the building. We are on the first floor, in the first door.

If you're aren't familiar with LulaRoe, it's a brand of clothing designed by a woman who wanted to build a business around their children and family life (pretty much the best goal ever). It quickly grew to become a house-party model, where it's not sold in stores, and can only be found at house parties. It's unusual for the brand to be in a location like this open to the public, but not so unusual for the dynamic duo of Erin and Leigh, who reach people via their Facebook page using videos and pictures galore.

If you're walking by our space with kids in tow, bring them in. There are kids size leggings, tops and dresses.  Sizing is easy, so several should work.

In addition to the stretchy fits you may be used to, there are a few pleated styles as well. There is a popup changing room behind the curtain, so you can try on to make sure things fit you just right.

Leggings...there will be leggings. The sizing is unique yet flattering. Pictured here is a batch of size TC, or "Tall and Curvy". Leigh tells me that the TC would fit a pregnant belly nicely. We shall see when the truth is revealed in the popupdressing room, but it's nice to have that sizing label! Will take it!


Friday: 3-7pm (5/12/17)
Saturday: 10am - 8pm (5/13/17)
Sunday: 10am - 5pm (5/14/17...Happy Mother's Day...#treatyoself!)

291 Main Street
First Floor and Door
Across from Key Food

Rain? What Rain?

It's supposed to rain Saturday and Sunday. People came on Friday because they were walking by or made early plans to come over quick. Good choice. This popup is rain or shine. Wear your galoshes! Because you don't want to miss this chance to add pretty and comfort to your wardrobe. We know you'll be out this weekend because there are just too many one-time-only events going on. So make a dash into here while you're out!

Happening This Weekend 5/12/2017

Step out of your house this weekend, and you are surrounded by choices of where to go. This is the weekend to steep yourself in art and in Motherly Love. It's all at your fingertips. Read on for ideas and bookmarks of things you want to make sure you do.

Rain Tips: No excuses! Your favorite galleries, shops and eateries get so sad when they don't see you when it rains. So get cute rain boots from Echo, upside down umbrellas from Bellus, and maybe a couture rain coat from Classic Couture.

Lots of weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.

Second Saturday Alert! It's that time again! Our Second Saturday Guide Editor is updating the Guide as we speak, as some art galleries release their themes just days or hours before opening for the big art inspired weekend. You can always find the current Second Saturday Guide at A Little Beacon Blog here at this link. Just hit refresh every time!
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LuLaRoe With Erin and Leigh LIVE in a Pop-Up Shop
Day: Fri-Sun, May 12-14, 2017
Time: Fri 3-8pm, Sat 10-8pm, Sun 10-4pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Beacon Open Studios Kickoff Party
Day: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Beacon Open Studios
Days: May 13-14, 2017
Time: 12pm-6pm
Location: Residences, Galleries and Studios all over Beacon. Look for the brochure that has a map and details of all participating artists, or click here to read about the artists to figure out where you want to go.
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2017 Hudson Valley Family Fest Pet Expo
Day: RESCHEDULED! On June 17th now.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
Day: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique, 1 East Main St, Beacon, NY
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Common Ground Farm Spring Plant Sale
MOVED to Rain Location!

Day: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 12pm-3pm
Location:  327B Main St (next to Beacon D'Lites, across the street from All You Knead.)
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The Louie Tunes Band
Day: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main, St, Beacon, NY
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Women's Work - Benefit Concert for The Sloop Woody Guthrie
Day: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Story Screen presents “Tarnation”
Day: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 7:30pm doors, 8pm movie
Location: More Good, 383 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full & Half Marathon
Rain or Shine

Day: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 6am (Full) 8:30am (Half)
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
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LuLaRoe With Erin and Leigh LIVE in a Pop-Up Shop
Day: Fri-Sun, May 12-14, 2017
Time: Fri 3-8pm, Sat 10-8pm, Sun 10-4pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
You’ve heard of the leggings and funky patterns everyone is talking about. Now is your chance to touch and feel them in person - and probably walk away with a few pairs. Erin and Leigh are bringing in their entire collection of inventory, which includes skirts, tops, coverups, all in many sizes to fit any body. Hurry in! Opens Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then poof, gone!
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Mid-Hudson Etsy Makers Pop-Up
Day: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY


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.


Ballet Arts Studio Summer Camp
Several programs are available this summer at Ballet Arts for little ones and for teenagers. Consider this early evening, 2hr program for ages 12+:

Ballet, Modern and Jazz Technique
The faculty of Ballet Arts Studio will teach technique classes in a different discipline each day: jazz on Tuesdays, ballet on Wednesdays and modern on Thursdays.
Ages: 12+
Dates: June 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29, and August 22-24, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Price: $18 single class or $50 for three classes
To Register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email

See All Camp Sessions from Ballet Arts Studio >


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

Cheese and Wine Tasting - Great Women Cheesemakers
Day: Friday, May 12, 2017 
Time: 7pm
Location: Beacon Pantry, 382 Main St, Beacon, NY
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SallyeAnder is Hiring Manager for New Main Street Location
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This weekend's Shopping Guide issue is dedicated to showing you storefronts of our sponsor stores, to help you have the "ah ha" moment of knowing where the shop is!

Niche Spring Factory Sale
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, May 13-14, 2017
Times: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Location: Niche Studio - 310 Fishkill Avenue, Unit 11, Beacon, NY
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133 Main Street

This double-wide storefront, reMADE, is owned by Liz Ferrara and features lots of little but carefully crafted pieces of jewelry, pieces for the home, larger pieces of furniture for your home.
Where is it? Across from Tito's, next to Bank Square.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: These adorably sweet magnets for your 'fridge or office. Such an easy gift for little hands to grab and give. Handcrafted by Beacon native Susan DiGilio, owner of DiGilio Designs. These cheerful magnets are made with jewelry quality glass domes backed with a metal base and a rare earth magnet.

Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Bellus on Main is one of the newer boutiques on the block of the West End, and if you haven't been in yet, you really need to change that. Lots of jewelry and home decor is from South America, and many of the accessories are hand-picked from different artisans that the owners discover.
Where is it? Next door to Luxe Optique, up the road from Notions-n-Potions.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Necklaces like this beaded blossom design at Bellus on Main are uniquely made, and your love will wear it as her own style, with maybe no one else having the exact same necklace.

Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

Luxe Optique moved to town not too long ago, and immediately began changing how people saw glasses. Pun intended. From parties celebrating when new handcrafted lines arrive in the store, to custom fittings to their top-notch eye doctor seeing patients, Luxe Optique has brought the excitement and hand-craftmanship back to eye-wear.
Where is it? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company, and across the street from Beacon Barkery.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: These. Need we say more? Other sunglasses are available if your lady needed less pizzazz, but why? Get these.

Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Style Storehouse opened in Beacon one year ago. Owner Michele Williams lives in Poughkeepsie with her three sons and husband, and is constantly on the road between the shop and family. Her special gift is style, and making you feel very comfortable in styles you would not have considered for yourself. Come into the shop this weekend, and let her pick out a few things for you, and then trust her opinion.
Where is it? Near Waddle n Swaddle, and across the street from the old Mattawan Station that now holds Gino's Italian Ice.
Mothers Day Gift Idea: Easy breezy dresses to wear to brunch or to work or on a playdate. Because it's all washable. Find a lot of Free People and Hard Tail in the store, which means soft fabrics with stretchy fits.

1 East Main St

SallyeAnder is the newest shop on the block on the East End! Though their neighbor Lambs Hill is hosting their Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, SallyeAnder has opened their second location in Beaecon. The first is near the train station and is their soap-making and shipping factory.
Where is it? Just down the hill from the Dummy Light in the Electric Windows building.
Mothers Day Gift Idea: Every hour on the hour from 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, join a demonstration of how to make lip balm. SallyeAnder is teaching you their secrets! The aroma of soap is instantly relaxing once you walk into the peaceful store, so do drop in and find a sweet smelling soap gift for Mother's Day!

River Therapeutic Massage

Every woman should indulge in a #treatyoself session this weekend. Book with Karen at River Therapeutic Massage and always check to see if there is a special going on. You can tack on foot rubs, facial rubs, and more. Gift certificates available for Mother's Day, Graduation gift, Bridal Party gifts and more!  Peruse River Therapeutic Massage's services, and pick one now.

PS: Did you see our new "Lashes" and "Laser Hair Removal" sections? Yes, all in Beacon! 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

The Vault wishes you a Happy Mother's Day, and is ready for your family for Sunday brunch. Plenty of room inside or outside (weather permitting). Friday night The Vault is closed for a private party, as wedding season has started and a couple wanted to celebrate with friends and family at The Vault. Where is it? Located at 446 Main Street, down the street from Ella's Bellas and across the street from Terreson: Beacon
Mother's Day Idea: Reservations are recommended but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Call (845) 202-7735.

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

Antalek & Moore

So you just bought a totally rad RV and now you need to insure it. Walk on down to Antalek & Moore and let them research the lowest RV insurance rate for you! Or call them - from your RV while you're dusting it off! Antalek and Moore is located at 340 Main Street, near Beacon Natural Market, or can be reached by phone: 845-245-6292.

Fiscal Project: Beacon Open Studios

Beacon Open Studios is finally here! It's a city-wide art show, and it happens rain or shine inside of artists' studios. That could be in a gallery location or inside of their homes. Beacon Open Studios weekend is one of the biggest group productions in the Hudson Valley, and is a defining annual event for today's Beacon. Artists range from painters to sculptures to jewelers. The kick off party is tonight (Friday) at Oak Vino on May 12th. Be there! Be everywhere! Pick up one of these brochures to be your map.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce congratulates Lambs Hill on their grand opening at 1 East Main, and is hosting a Ribbon Cutting this Saturday from 1pm-2pm. Lambs Hill is an equestrian themed bridal boutique, opened by Main Street real estate veteran, Charlotte Guernsey. Join them! And book your own Ribbon Cutting when you're ready!
Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is all about empowering business owners, but they are also about saving, spending or donating the money you bring in from all that buzz building Tin Shingle teaches you how to do. Monday for entrepreneurs can often be great and optimistic vs dreaded and back to the grind for some. Tin Shingle dedicates some Mondays to be Money Monday, and shares how to save, earn, spend or donate. Read Tin Shingle's founder's creative way on saving $200/month on the mortgage (fired the PMI!) and instead applies it to the loan Principle each month. You can do this too!

InHouse Design Media

Are you afraid of social media? Do you have a business but dread putting anything out there? Is just isn't your style? Your business needs it, and there are ways to do it gracefully. Book a Private Training Session with us to come up with a plan.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked and hosted by you at A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, in the heart of Beacon.

THIS WEEKEND! The LulaRoe Show with Erin and Leigh! Racks and racks of clothing have arrived inside of our space, and are ready for you to start shopping today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find leggings, tops, dresses, and more.

See what upcoming events are being hosted in A Little Beacon Space, and click here for more details and to book online.
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Until next week!

Classified Ad: SallyeAnder is Hiring Manager for New Main Street Location

SallyeAnder has been a handmade skincare company since 1982- customers rely on them to keep their skincare pure, and safe from common allergens. This business is family owned and operated, made in New York State for the past 30 years. Their business has been dedicated to the practice of fair trade sourcing, and using functional ingredients. They produce hypoallergenic products in small batches with the highest quality ingredients.

SallyeAnder is looking to fill their Retail Sales Manager position at their new brick and mortar store on Main Street. As a manger you will bring SallyeAnder’s Leadership practices into all elements of the shop: Transparency, Leading Honestly, Adapting and Developing, Nurturing Talents, and Living with Purpose. You will take initiative to drive your own development and improve your practice of leadership and management to grow into your future role of Sales Manager across SallyeAnder. Hours will be M-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5.

SallyeAnder offers:

  • A modern honest store atmosphere where individualism is encouraged
  • A 50% discount off all our products
  • An unconventional retail structure to support your entrepreneurial spirit
  • The opportunity for growth within our brand


  • Customer service: ensure a unique customer experience that makes every visitor feel welcome, meets their needs, and makes their day
  • Building the Brand by educating our customers on our brand values, handmade, ingredient knowledge. 
  • Driving sales- demonstrate strong business insight and understand business metrics and reports and how to impact them through behaviors on the floor.
  • Stock and Inventory- keeping note of fresh standards and rotation rules, manage ordering the correct products and amounts.


  • Managing sales and merchandising in a retail environment (2-3 years).
  • Ability to manage reporting systems, excel and MS word
  • Can lift 30 lbs.- reasonable accommodations will be made for any employee when necessary
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the shop


  • Experience with customer service
  • Ability to train and develop staff through positive coaching and feedback
  • Strong time-management and planning practices
  • Experience working with skincare or cosmetics
  • Experience with fresh product, ordering and rotation

As SallyeAnder, we believe when we continue to foster a culture of inclusion and respect within a diverse workforce, we are doing our part in building a world where there is equal opportunity for all. We are looking for employees through a variety of agencies, community groups, non-profits, and online social job sites- and in our business practices, we strive to leverage the gift that diversity brings. 

SallyeAnder unequivocally supports equal opportunity employment for all applications regardless of religion, race, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, adverse metal health and other characteristics both defined, protected, and enforced by the law under federal or state jurisdiction. 

Interested? Please send your resume + cover letter to: No calls or walk-ins please.