Happening This Weekend - 1/19/2018

If you've had cabin fever this month, you have a lot of great options right now in the Classes department, from fitness to iPhones. Several other goings on are scheduled, so get your boots on, get some fresh air, and enjoy the weekend!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
 

Thom Joyce’s Open Mic Night
Day
: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Live Concert: Shapiro/Kerr Due
Day
: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
 

Beacon Pilates : We Moved!
Thirteen years ago, Beacon Pilates set up equipment in Beacon, and at the end of last year, they moved to their new home near the train station! Now located in the same building that houses Two Way Brewing and BCAP at 18 West Main Street Suite 3, Beacon Pilates is on the side of the building with a beautifully renovated interior with plenty of parking.
SAVE THE DATE!
Day:
Saturday, February 10th
Time: 5-8pm
Beacon Pilates is having a Grand Re-Opening Party at their new space, and you're invited! Owner Juliet Harvey says: "Come celebrate 13 years of Beacon Pilates in our newly designed light filled studio! Anyone is welcome even if you've never been to the studio before."
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AcroYoga Fundamentals Workshop
Day: 
Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
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Stretch Your Soul Workshop
Day: 
Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
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iPhoneography Workshop
Day
: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: River Winds Gallery, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Quilting 101 w/ Katy Hope (4 sessions)
Level:
 Confident Beginner
Day: Saturdays, January 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Knitting 101 - Big Blanket Workshop
Day
: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Loopy Mango, 500 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Knitting Studio w/ Kit Burke-Smith (4 sessions)
Level:
 Beginner-Intermediate
Days: Mondays January 22 to February 12, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Thank you, Beacon Pilates, for sponsoring the Classes for Adults Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Hudson Hills Montessori Open House
Day
: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Hudson Hills Montessori, 12 Hanna Lane, Beacon, NY
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Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Learn Beat Boxing & Body Percussion
Day: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 11am
Location: Beacon Music Factory, 333 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide

 
Thank you to BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
SALE ALERT!
Get your shades out, it's sunny! What's that? You have boring sunglasses or you finally lost your old trusties? You're in luck because all Oliver Peoples sunglasses are $100 off at Luxe Optique right now! Get them with or without a prescription.

Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company.


 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Just look at this stack of threads. Your closet is in need of some fresh denim, and Style Storehouse is where you will find plenty of styles, sizes and stretchy fabric. There are lots of sales currently going on now at Style Storehouse, including this denim sale for 25% off! 

Where is Style Storehouse? A few stores down from Utensil.




Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

Featured in the most recent issue of Chronogram for their curated Wedding Venue Guide, Lambs Hill is the destination for a wedding in a beautiful, mountaintop setting. The Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique enhances the bridal experience with a store of wedding gowns at the base of Mount Beacon, in the newly renovated 1 East Main building. New styles are in store now with more to come! Find a wide range of sizes from brand names like Lillian West and Justin Alexander.

Where Is Lambs Hill? In the renovated factory building near the Dummy Light.



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



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or a beard trim? Or eyelash extensions?
Find out in A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency
CONGRATULATIONS!

If you were driving down Main Street Thursday afternoon and saw the gathering outside what is normally a quiet row of storefronts across from the Post Office, that was the crowd that showed up to support one of Beacon's longest running businesses, Antalek and Moore. A torch was being passed to the new Executive Partners, Susan Antalek Pagones and Vince Lemma. Read more about it!

Rhinebeck Bank

Rhinebeck Bank enables several Hudson Valley bussiness to grow, including Crunch Fitness. In this episode of "Wake Up With Rhinebeck Bank," Michelle Barone-Lepore interviews Tom Van Pelt to learn about 2018's fitness trends, which include Small Group Training, HIT (High Intensity Training), and Wearables. Want to learn more? Watch it here!

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is Monday, January 29th at 5:30pm at the Elks Club, which is at 900 Wolcott Avenue. This will include voting for new Board Members. Mark your calendar, and Join the Chamber today online!

BeaconArts : Open Studios

LAST CHANCE!
Tickets are on sale for only a little bit longer for the Beacon Open Studios fundraiser.
Day: Friday, January 26
Time: 8pm - 12am
Location: Denning's Point Distillery
Enjoy Live Jazz, Dancing, A VIP Gaming Room, + Special Raffle Prizes! Celebrate and support the arts community in one fancy party.
Buy Tickets >

Tin Shingle Workshop: Start Your Website With Markers!

This workshop went well! Look for a new website from Evey Amaris, who is launching her long awaited business in creating sacred space for homes and businesses. This workshop takes you through the process of thinking out how your website will be presented to, and received, by your customers. Sign up for the next one!
Price: $185
Day: Tuesday February 6, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Buy Ticket Here

A Little Beacon Space

The time is right to host your workshop, now you just need a location. A Little Beacon's Space is a perfect location to fit your audience, conveniently located in the heart of Beacon.

InHouse Design Media

InHouse Design Media can produce pretty pictures for your social media stream that makes your brand extremely attractive to prospective clients and customers. Flyers, invitations, business cards, and more stationery can also be designed for you as needed. InHouse Design Media is the design arm of A Little Beacon Blog and can be hired by you for marketing services. Reach out to see how they can help you.
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP
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Congratulations to Susan, Vince, and Everyone at Antalek and Moore

When you attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for a normally quiet storefront of an insurance agency, and when everyone has poured out onto the sidewalk and into the intersection because there are so many supporters in attendance, it really is so heart warming. 

It was an emotional afternoon for this multi-generational business in Beacon - all of the congratulations to Antalek and Moore as the torch is passed to Executive Partners Susan Antalek Pagones and Vince Lemma. Several dignitaries attended - Mayor Casale and Senator Sue Serino during a joint Ribbon 🎀 Cutting with the Dutchess Chamber and the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.

As the Mayor pointed out, Antalek and Moore is one of the longest running businesses in Beacon, employing several people. The food at the party was local and amazing! Susan forced a to-go plate in my hungry eyes, and I’m so glad she did. Mr. V’s, Leo’s wings, treats from Ella’s Bella’s, Drink More Good blessing the new office, Alps Chocolate, BAJA 328 and others. Congratulations!!

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High School Students Can Get Writing Help In Writing Lab Thursdays at Library

High School Students looking for help with writing projects can stop by the High School Writing Lab Thursdays after school from 2:30-4pm at the Howland Public Library. Support, assistance, and encouragement is available for students in grades 9-12 at work on school or personal writing projects and college essays.

Drop-in, no registration needed. Facilitator Jess Conway is an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

To see more opportunities like this one for kids, see A Little Beacon Blog's Classes for Kids Guide.

Happening This Weekend - 1/12/2018


 

 
 
This weekend is Second Saturday! You have plenty of time to see many of the art exhibits going on now, including the exhibit from all four Beacon Elementary Schools at the Howland Public Library. The galleries are so diverse, offering you different experiences on your way up and down Main Street - or on other streets as well. We have the full Second Saturday Guide for you here (that's still being updated as usual because it's a live guide!).

Highlighted below are the events, classes, workshops and shopping that you need to factor into your weekend plans, as well as your week next week!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


“Art Is Elementary” Reception
Day
: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Studio @ Beacon
Day
: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: The Studio @ Beacon, 301 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Anna Polonsky/Orion Weiss, Duo Piano
Day: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Day: Monday, January 15, 2018
Time: See below for schedule
Location: Springfield Baptist Church, 8 Church Street aka 8 Mattie Cooper Square, Beacon NY, 12508
Theme: "If I Can Help Somebody, Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain"
8am: Free Continental Breakfast, provided by The Southern Dutchess Coalition
9:30am: 5th Annual Dr. King Community Parade Lineup. Participants are encouraged to bring American flags, posters and banners.
10:45am: Annual SDC/MLK Essay Contest Presentation to young writers, mainly Beacon High School Students, according to the Beacon Free Press, for a cash prize of $50. The sponsor of this prize is and has been Rhinebeck Bank since its inception.
11am: Annual Youth/Adult Talent Presentation
11:50am: Annual Youth, Choir Members and Seniors Celebration Lunch
12pm: Annual Adult Celebration Lunch
1pm: Annual Celebration Service
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
 

Chaturanga, Up Dog, Down Dog!
Day
: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
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Coloring Books for Adults
Day: Sunday January 14, 2018
Time: 4-7pm (Sun), 1-4pm (Tues)
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Tin Shingle's Workshop: Start Your Website With Markers!
Day: Thursday January 18, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Location: 291 Main Street, First Floor, First Door, Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Lightning Bugs Kids Yoga Camp
Day: Week of January 15, 2018
Time: 9:15-11:45am
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide

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

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
Stylish yet classic Dalziel sunglasses are handmade by Barton Perreira using unsurpassed craftsmanship and ingenious design. You'll often find a style like this sold out at the limited number of shops it is carried in, but is available now at Luxe Optique. Barton Perreira’s approach to fashion redefines style and elegance. Patty Perreira’s language of inspired design focuses on the evolution process and continues to challenge the industry by unveiling the next new thing.

Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company.


 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main by the Hudson Valley Brewery and use the back walkway entrance!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

The Queen of Leggings (and denim) on Main Street - Michele Williams, owner of Style Storehouse, keeps her collection of leggings fresh and in stock for many sizes and shapes of ladies. Pictured here are the super soft 100% lycra rainbow leggings by Hard Tail with a mesh detail.

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle.





Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

This gown by Lillian West featuring "power mesh" lining at the waist and hip is hanging at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique right now. It has unique scalloped hem and soft Venice lace throughout. This style also comes with an optional slit. Clearly, mesh is a thing right now, fits the curviest of body types, and can drape quite well while ensuring comfort.

Where Is Lambs Hill? In the renovated factory building near the Dummy Light.



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



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or a beard trim? Find out in
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

SAVE THE DATE!
This Thursday, January 18th from 4pm-5pm, welcome and meet Vince Lemma to his new role as partner at Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency. Read our article about him here, and drop by their offices on your way home from work or play on Thursday to cheers him.

Rhinebeck Bank

Big things are happening at the Underwear Factory in Poughkeepsie! The Art Effect - the collaboration and merger Mill Street Loft and Spark Media Project - is based there and has all sorts of creativity going on for young kids! Michelle Barone-Lepore interviews Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt and Gaye Mallet, Board President, to learn more about the program and how you behind the scenes of kids making films, graphic designing and more. One of the student produced films even traveled through several film festivals including the Tribecca Film Festival. Learn more about it here in this short episode!

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Are you a new business in Beacon? Joining the Chamber of Commerce shows your support for the business community in Beacon, and connects you with others during their monthly member meetings. Join today online!

BeaconArts : Membership

A big meeting is coming up for BeaconArts! It's the Annual Meeting and Board Elections. Current board members are listed below, as well as candidates. You must be a current member of BeaconArts to attend. You can join online here.
Board Members continuing through 2018:
Theresa Goodman (current Vice President), 1st term, 2nd year
Christina Jensen (former Board member; appointed by Board in January to fulfill Sommer Hixson’s remaining year of her 2nd term), 1st term, 2nd year
Terry Nelson, 1st term, 2nd year
Rick Rogers, 1st term, 2nd year
Aaron Verdile (current Treasurer), 1st term, 2nd year

Candidates are:
Matthew Agoglia
Hanny Ahern (2 yrs, 1st term)
Karlyn Benson (2 yrs, 1st term)
Angelique Devlin (2 yrs, 1st term)
Meghan Goria (2 yrs, 1st term)
Linda Pratt Kimmel (2 yrs, 1st term)

More details about the candidates including their bios are here.

Tin Shingle Workshop: Start Your Website With Markers!

This class is this Thursday! In this workshop, Katie Hellmuth Martin will lead you through the organization process of starting your website, in order to help you know what you're going to put on your website. What kind of pages and pictures will be there? What is the point of it? You will use markers, the dry erase board, and plenty of paper to help you map this out visually with your hands, before diving into the digital version on the computer.
Price: $185
Day: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Buy Ticket Here

A Little Beacon Space

The time is right to host your workshop, now you just need a location. A Little Beacon's Space is a perfect location to fit your audience, conveniently located in the heart of Beacon.

InHouse Design Media

InHouse Design Media can produce pretty pictures for your social media stream that makes your brand extremely attractive to prospective clients and customers. Flyers, invitations, business cards, and more stationery can also be designed for you as needed. InHouse Design Media is the design arm of A Little Beacon Blog and can be hired by you for marketing services. Reach out to see how they can help you.
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP
Advertise in A Little Beacon Blog
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Sponsors make the local media go round. Reach our readers and support our publication at the same time. Advertising with A Little Beacon Blog is effective because design ways to make it work for you. See our Media Kit for ideas!

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

Until next week!

New City Council Ward Members and Dutchess County Legislators Sworn In for 2018

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz. Graphic Art Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz.
Graphic Art Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

On the first day of the new year of 2018, Beacon held a Swearing In Ceremony for the brand new City Council ward members and two Dutchess County Legislators - all Democrats - who swept local elections after a tumultuous year in politics nationally. As reported by Jeff Simms for the Highlands Current, all citizens running were "first-time candidates, each [winning] by wide margins." The two At-Large council members, Lee Kyriacou has served 9 terms, and George Mansfield has served 5 terms so far.

Past City Council member, Pam Wetherbee, presided over the ceremony, of which several people attended including Kenya Gadsden, board member for the Beacon City School District Board of Education, and former Beacon Mayor Steve Gold who is currently the Chief of Staff for New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados.

Kicking off the ceremony were Cub Scout Pack 1, Boy Scout Troop 1, and Boy Scout Troop 141 of Beacon. Next, the the Beacon High School Chorus, led by teacher Susan Wright, sang "This Land Is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie, which was a "song special to Pete Seeger, who was someone important to Beacon,"  Susan stated (see this New Yorker profile on Pete Seeger by Beacon local David Rees).

The Swearing In

Terry Nelson, representing Ward 1, was sworn in by his daughter and wife, promising: "I will the best job I possibly can to represent everyone in the City of Beacon." Terry is also a founder of the Beacon Independent Film Festival, and a board member for BeaconArts.

John Rembert, representing Ward 2, was sworn in by his wife, showing gratitude: "I thank the citizens of Ward 2 and the citizens of Beacon, NY, and I will do my best for the citizens of Beacon, NY."

Jodi McCredo, representing Ward 3, was sworn in by her children. Jodi was also one of the founders of the Advocates for Beacon Schools, a group of parents and community members who pushed for change and awareness of the politics and policies in public schools. They were active during the time of a resignation of a Beacon superintendent in 2016 and in the election of three new board members to the Board of Education. That group built a website for publishing information, advocates12508.com, a similar website has been created for disseminating information about building development projects in Beacon, development12508.com. Said Jodi: "I'm looking forward to what we can do together for Beacon and for Dutchess County."

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz.

Amber Grant, representing Ward 4, used her small niece to place the Constitution on for her swearing in, who was held by her sister.  Amber said: "I look forward to getting to work. Hopefully I'll see a lot of you here tomorrow as well (next City Council meeting)."

After George Mansfield was sworn in for his At-Large position, he reflected:  "I was first here 8 years ago, when I first ran for office, and it never gets any less exciting. The burden of responsibility is great."

Lee Kyriacou, City Council at Large, selected The Constitution as his object to be sworn in on. "Thank my family, my spouse, my two lovely daughters who indulge my passion to indulge in community service., and to the voters who turned out in amazing numbers. Please keep doing that." "Beacon's journey of renewal." "Beacon has probably done the biggest turnaround of the Hudson Valley, if not, almost anywhere. It's been a pretty important set of roles for us to undertake. I've said from Day 1 - my first Day 1 was 1994 - that Zoning and Enforcement are the most important things that we do." "We aren't going downhill - which is where we were heading in those days. We are headed uphill, but we have to chart a journey that works for our entire community. I look forward to my colleagues on the Council and the County Legislature in charting that journey together."

Frits Zernike for Dutchess County Legislator, District 16. Frits stated: "District 16 extends into Fishkill. It was Beacon's energy that won us this election. I hope to take the energy we have in southern Dutchess County and infuse the entire county legislature with it...Democracy is not a spectator sport. It's nice to be participating this way. I hope and I trust that you all will continue to participate, show up, pester us, and get done what we need done."

Nick Page for Dutchess County Legislator, District 18, was eager to get started, stating: "The election effort in Beacon was truly astonishing."

The event concluded with a benediction by Reverend Perry from the Springfield Baptist Church.

The local paparazzi (aka friends and families showing support). Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz.

The local paparazzi (aka friends and families showing support).
Photo Credit: Screenshot of Swearing In Ceremony from video produced by Peter Skorewicz.

2018's Spirit of Beacon Day Will Be Under New Leadership - Gwenno James Steps In

Photo Credits: Dan Rigney

Photo Credits: Dan Rigney

An almost big story of 2017 was that the volunteer organizers of the Spirit of Beacon Day were stepping down, and were not appointing a successor. Panic set in among those who heard the fringe rumors, but those who keep an ear to the ground didn't miss a beat. Longtime Beacon resident, building owner and textile designer Gwenno James heard the open call for replacement volunteers voiced by Mayor Casale during a City Council meeting in July 2017, and decided to step in and step up to take on the enormous task of organizing a parade celebrating the entire city.

Gwenno James, the new volunteer organizer for the Spirit of Beacon Day, in her Beacon studio. Photo Credit: Gwenno James

Gwenno James, the new volunteer organizer for the Spirit of Beacon Day, in her Beacon studio.
Photo Credit: Gwenno James

Over the years, the organizers have for the most part been invisible, except to their friends and community members who knew who they were, making them into an enigma. While the succession of the organizers is described clearly in "Celebrating Our Centennial," a book produced by the Beacon Historical Society, the newest members of the Beacon population tended to not know who produced the parade, only that it happened year after year and was the most celebrated time to show off public schools, non-profits and other initiatives that strengthen the Beacon community by helping neighbors get to know neighbors.
Trivia Tip: Gwenno herself has penned several pages in that book! 

We wrote about the Spirit of Beacon's backstory here, and have interviewed Gwenno below for the latest on what the future holds for the Spirit of Beacon Day.

ALBB: Some have said: “Beacon has changed. It doesn’t need a Spirit of Beacon Day anymore.” What’s your response to that?

Gwenno James: The Spirit of Beacon Day has been a wonderful celebration bringing everyone together across our community for forty years. When the original founders met in 1977 at the Howland Cultural Center, they agreed that “the community should get to know one another better….we should learn to know each other’s likes and dislikes regarding conversations, feelings, entertainment, education and food. “  I think that this intention / manifesto is as relevant today as ever, and helps us continue to grow together as a community.
 
ALBB: How did you come to take over the Spirit of Beacon Day Parade?

Gwenno James: First of all, I’d like to say that we are all so grateful to the committee who have been running the Spirit of Beacon Day parade for many years, for their dedication and hard work, including Rose Story, Roy Ciancanelli, Diane Sedore, Tony Lassiter and Bob Outer. They will continue to provide their support and advice going forward, which is great, and will enable us to transition smoothly and pass on the “torch.”

I look forward to leading the new committee with volunteers from all across our community. How the transition came about was:  In July, an announcement was made at the City Council meeting that the committee would be stepping down. The Mayor and others encouraged folks from the community to step up and help. I had already been in touch with Rose Story, the committee Chair earlier in the summer to offer help and volunteer for the 2017 parade, so when I heard the news, I contacted Rose again and said I would be happy to help with any transition and, as needed, lead going forward.

We then further discussed with Mayor Casale, and he gave his support, alongside the City. An announcement followed at the next City Council meeting. Others also came forward to help and I spoke at the Beacon Chamber and Beacon Arts joint meeting, where members showed their support and volunteered.

During this year's parade [2017], I “shadowed” Rose and Roy to learn more about how the parade is run on the ground. I also connected in person with the volunteer organizations and school groups.

ALBB: What will the upcoming year look like for you as you prepare?

Gwenno James: There will be a kickoff meeting around March with everyone who has expressed an interest to become involved. We will plan from there and assign volunteer tasks going forward. We will have continued meetings throughout the Spring and Summer and there will be plenty of opportunities for folks to provide input and help.

As for a website and social media presence for the Spirit of Beacon Day - that is coming, and we will return to this article to update it with the new link.

ALBB: How can others submit to volunteer?

Gwenno James: We welcome anyone who would like to volunteer and become involved. Folks can get in touch via email: spiritofbeacon@gmail.com

The good news is that many of the original committee would like to continue helping and advising going forward, so we can build upon the great efforts they have done and have continuity. 

ALBB: Will anything different be done for businesses on the day? Traditionally it has been for non-profits only.

Gwenno James: This is certainly a matter that we will discuss at our next committee meeting. It’s great to get input and we will be connecting with the Main Street businesses to hear their feedback over the coming months.

ALBB: Thank you Gwenno, and good luck! Look forward to experiencing next year's parade!

New Year, New Beginnings, New YOU with Beacon's New Boutique Fitness Studios!

Photo Credits: Instagram feeds of these businesses. Graphic Art Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credits: Instagram feeds of these businesses.
Graphic Art Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

It’s a new year and with a new year comes new beginnings and starting new habits for the better! It's a great time to hit the reset button on your health and try new things. If you are looking to add some fitness into your routine but may not want to commit to a long-term, big gym memberships, perhaps a smaller boutique gym that specializes in particular workouts may be more your speed. We recently shared what’s new in our Shopping Guide and included The Studio @ Beacon and Zoned Fitness, both on Main Street.  

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It’s hard to miss The Studio @ Beacon’s “Coming Soon” sign at 301 Main Street and it has triggered curiosity from residents peeking through the windows. The Studio owners Laura & Samantha shared with me, “We’ve had so much positive feedback and we feel like Beacon is ready for this. We love hearing from people who are excited for what we’re bringing to town.” The Studio @ Beacon specializes in Spin and Boxing classes which Laura and Sam are very passionate about. They will have their ribbon cutting this month on Second Saturday, January 13th,

Zoned Fitness is the first personal training studio in Beacon to offer Heart Rate Based training, creating a work regiment specifically for your needs.  Located at 490 Main Street, it was formerly Hudson Valley Fitness but they underwent rebranding and reopened in November 2017. They felt the original name did not reflect the type of fitness program they provide - the Zoned Training Method. Zoned training is a style of training that allows the person to scale their program, routines and exercise through four zones based on ability or fitness level. In addition to getting in shape, Zoned Fitness also teaches about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. You can sign up for an all fitness level class like Boot Camp or HIT (High Intensity Training) or Personal Training for more personalized attention or working through an injury or other physical limitations.

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If you are looking for more than just a physical challenge but also mind and body, last year Shambhala Wellness Center at 4 S Chestnut Street underwent an makeover to provide more than just yoga.  You can also receive massages, reiki (traditional & shamanic), nutritional counseling, health coaching, cognitive therapy, herbal medicine and psychic readings. You do not need to a flexible yogi with a Lululemon wardrobe to check out one of their upcoming workshops like AcroYoga Fundamentals!

[Update 1/12/2018]: And this just in! Beacon Pilates has moved locations after a decade on Main Street in Beacon. Find them now on West Main Street, near the train station. Their upcoming grand re-opening party is in February.

Don't worry about making too much of a change all at once, which is why some resolutions don't work out. One of the things Laura and Sam love about Beacon is the number of tasty options available, “If you haven’t already, you’re likely to see us around town eating and drinking…We’re not ashamed of our imperfect bodies, so when you hear us talking about the Big Bird we just ate at Stock Up, the fish tacos we love from Max’s, or a coffee run to Ella’s Bellas that inevitably includes a few of their insanely delicious salted chocolate chip cookies.” Take baby steps! 

Inclusiveness is the continuing theme for smaller boutiques and studios.  They bring a different kind of vibe when it comes to fitness which can be welcoming for exercise newbies.  Being part of smaller fitness community may be just what you need to stay committed.

Antalek & Moore Announces New Partnership with Vincent A. Lemma, as Longtime Beacon Advocate Pat Moore Retires (Sponsored)

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Antalek & Moore's Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 4pm-5pm
Where: Their offices at 340 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Stop By! Or RSVP: 845-245-6292

Late in December of 2017, a hand-signed letter arrived in the mail from Pat Moore, partner at Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, announcing his retirement from the independently owned firm Antalek & Moore in order to pursue personal interests, which included traveling with his expanding grand-family. Deeply important to Pat, has been maintaining independence in the insurance world, and he stated in his retirement letter: “We live in a time of high level merger and acquisition activities of firms like ours. Maintaining our long standing independence is proving to the exception in today’s business environment.”
 
Of the utmost importance to Pat was hand-picking his successor, Vincent A. Lemma, for his business partner, Susan Antalek-Pagones, to carry the business forward into its next generation. Antalek & Moore originated in Beacon in 1853 and continues here today with the new leadership and partnership of Susan and Vincent at the helm. They are hosting a ribbon cutting celebrating the transition on Thursday, January 18th at 4pm. And you’re invited!

About Vincent A. Lemma, Antalek & Moore's New Partner

Vincent (please…call him Vince), started working with Pat eight years ago during a time when Vince was working for an insurance agency owned by a bank. “Crazy things were happening with the banks,” says Vince, “and things were happening that didn’t jive with me for our customers.” He reached out to Pat to begin working in the independent world, and their business relationship blossomed.
 
As a new leader of the firm, Vince is pulling from his experience as an assistant lacrosse coach at several different colleges. As an assistant coach at Randolph Macon College, his team knocked nationally ranked Washington and Lee out of the playoffs in 1997, fueling his competitive drive to work with a team of young people balancing sports, school and teamwork. Coaching also allowed him to leave his home state of New York to experience different parts of the country, and return later to settle down into the insurance profession.
 
“As an athlete, you need to overcome hurdles to win. In this industry, we face those hurdles on a daily basis. As a coach, you need to understand how to help your employees overcome those hurdles.”
 
Vince believes that 90% of problems in the insurance world are caused by simple misunderstandings, and he aims to educate current and future customers of Antalek & Moore to help them know their coverage. He believes that working with an independent agent gives customers an advantage. “When you’re not working with your agent and your broker, things get difficult, and you think the insurance companies are out to get you. We fight for the insurance company to cover everything they agreed to cover in the agreement with the customer.”
 
You can meet Vince any time by scheduling an appointment with him, but the most fun way will be at their upcoming ribbon cutting right on Main Street conveniently located in the middle of town, near Rite Aid. In fact, park in the free parking lot behind Rite Aid and BAJA, and you're on Antalek & Moore's back doorstep! Stop in, welcome him to the position, and look for more from this new development at Antalek & Moore.


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Happening This Weekend - 1/5/2018

The temp won't go above 18 degrees this weekend. Stay warm! 

Despite this - it's time to get out of the house, and because you took our advice last year and got the most amazing Dig Out Winter Boots at Mountain Tops, you are ready for anything! The sidewalks are shoveled, the sun is shining (for now).

If you're battling the cold or flu that gripped everyone during the Winter Break, we have brewed up a tea for sick folks. Pick up the simple ingredients from a shops in a three-store radius.

And now, onto the things going on this weekend or starting mid-week...
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance


“Cloth & Memory” Opening Reception

Day: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Open Mic Invitationals
Day: Sunday, January 7, 2017
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Location: Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

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

Natural Dye Workshop
Day:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Location: Textile Lab, 146 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Workshop: Strong Core & Open Hips with Charles Matkin
Day: 
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Location: Shambhala Wellness Center, 4 South Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Card & Board Games Club
Day: Friday, January 5, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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High School Writing Lab
Day: Thursdays, starting January 11, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 4 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Sew Cool Tuesdays
Ages: 5-11
Days: Tuesdays, starting January 9, 2018
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm
Location: Beacon Art Adventures @ Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

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

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
SALE ALERT!
Can you stand it? So much plaid around your eyes, and in a square/circle combo? These frames are incredible, and are part of the Winter Sale going on now at Luxe Optique. $100 off JF Rey (pictured), Boz, Volte Face and Nao Ned frames!

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


 

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END
PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main, by the Hudson Valley Brewery, and use the back walkway to come up to Main Street!


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

SALE ALERT!
Awesome sales going on now! We especially have our eye on the 50% off (!!) vegan leather legging by Free People. Do go in, and see what Michelle has put on sale - and how low she has gone on these discounts. As you can see - they're clearly marked!

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle n Swaddle.





Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

Visit Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique down on Beacon's east end of town, for three floors of gowns, veils, accessories and a private dressing area with room for your best shopping gals. Brides and their entourages get VIP treatment in the beautifully adorned shop with a rustic touch.

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



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



Where can you get your hair done in Beacon? Or tidy up with a beard trim? Find out in
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Big things are happening at Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency in the new year. Keep your eyes on A Little Beacon Blog for an upcoming announcement and celebration. Meanwhile, look into your home and business insurance needs. Take a look here to learn about your options, then call Antalek & Moore today for more information, at (845)245-6292.

Rhinebeck Bank

Season 3 of Wake Up With Rhinebeck Bank has started! Host Michelle Barone interviews local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public figures of the Hudson Valley. See firsthand how Rhinebeck Bank helps businesses grow and impacts the community! See the latest from Rhinebeck Bank.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Are you an expert in your field, looking for ways to get in front of Beacon's business community? Suggest yourself as a speaker for an upcoming Beacon Chamber of Commerce Member meeting. Details here on their website.

BeaconArts

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Board Elections will be Wednesday, January 3. It starts at 6:30 pm with networking; at 7, the meeting starts, running until 8. The election is the only item on the agenda, though attendees will be given updates on the status of BeaconArts projects and a brief Annual Report. You must be a current member of BeaconArts to vote. The meeting will be held at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Main Street, where the BeaconArts Retrospective:15 exhibit is currently on view. This is a great opportunity to take in the exhibit, and renew your support of BeaconArts.

Tin Shingle

In this class, hosted at 291 Main Street in the Telephone Building, you will go through the process to get started on your website. Begin with a blank slate, finish the day knowing what pages will be on your website. We will use blank pieces of paper, colorful markers, dry erase boards, and other easy ways to break you free of your fear of creating a website. Get the details here! Class size is limited, so reserve your spot.

A Little Beacon Space

The time is right to host your workshop, now you just need a location. A Little Beacon's Space is the perfect spot, conveniently located in the heart of Beacon, to fit your audience.

InHouse Design Media

Need someone to take over your social media, or to guide you in what you are already doing? InHouse Design Media can feed you ideas that will make customers take action. Pick one of our Digital Marketing Retainers.
 
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The Sickness Miracle Tea: Where To Source It For Home Brewing

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It’s as if there is a Winter Break *just* for getting sick. Right when you have the week off to celebrate the holidays and go wassailing to visit friends, someone or everyone in each family has a stomach bug or bronchitis. So before that pesky tickle cough turns into pneumonia - call your doctor of course in case you need an inhaler - but brew this tea and drink up daily. You can find everything you need to make it right on Main Street in Beacon:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

a few shavings of fresh ginger

a clove of freshly chopped garlic (optional, if you have extra inflammation)

a slice of freshly squeezed lemon  

a teaspoon of honey

your favorite sick-day mug

You might have an old bottle of apple cider vinegar in your cupboard, but do yourself a favor and pitch it. If it’s old, it most likely looks unappealing to you and you’ll skip this recipe. Take yourself to the olive oil store, Scarborough Fare Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room, on Main Street, next to the building construction and across the street from Homespun Foods. There you will find a deliciously refined bottle of apple cider vinegar that you’ll actually want to drink.

Next, cross the street to Homespun and select local honey, or the “Super Special” honey from France. Those who go deep with nutrition may prefer the local honey to get more local flower pollen into your body, but if you’re partial to pretty cans and French flowers, try the Super Special honey! That’s what they call it at Homespun, so just ask for it by name. I just bought it for the first time, and I’m an allergy barometer, so I’ll let you know if the foreign flowers make me sneeze. Probably not.

Then, shred a bit of that ginger into the mug with a knife or a cheese grater. Slice up the lemon and squeeze into the concoction.

My favorite sick-day mug is one that I picked up at Wickham Studio’s pop-up Holiday Sale three years ago, as it always fits just the right amount of this tea.

Finally, smell the tea for a while. The aromas will start working immediately on blasting out the unpleasant feelings.

Bonus round! For achy bodies, get thee to a bath right away, and soak in Epsom salts. If you go the route of unscented and un-anythinged, you’ll have only the magnesium sulfate to draw out the toxins from your body and relax muscles. Epsom salt baths are a frequent Mom-recommended thing, and an Internet-recommended thing. Vogel Pharmacy, right next to Homespun, is the place to buy straight up Epsom salts. Your total cure and sickness miracle tea, all in a three-shop radius. Well, save for the ginger and lemon, which are just down the block at Key Food. 

Feel better!