LTC Caroline Pogge Gives A Woman's Perspective During Veterans Day Speech in Beacon

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The Veterans Ceremony in Beacon on Sunday, November 11, 2018, was moved indoors after the chilly air proved to be too cold for most who were attending, including children, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Veterans, city leaders, and the public. The keynote speaker was LTC Caroline Pogge, who, according to her speech, was in part asked so that people could get a female perspective on serving in the military.

Her speech was given on the 100th anniversary of signing of Armistice, which marked the the ending of WWI. In the second half of her speech, she gave a brief history of women’s involvement in serving in the military of this country - which began in disguise and in secret.

She followed up with a small part of her own story of serving in Iraq. LTC Caroline Pogge granted us permission to publish her speech in full here, with headlines added to help you skim down. Following that is the video provided by the City of Beacon of the entire event, where you can also listen to her speech. We wanted to publish in text to help share the stories in history.


Good morning! Thank you for the wonderful introduction. As a 22 year and counting Veteran, it was an honor to be asked to speak with you this morning. Not only because of what Veterans Day represents, but more specifically because of what THIS Veteran’s day represents. 100 years ago today, the German delegation signed an Armistice in a train car outside of Paris formally ending the “War to end all wars.” Unfortunately, as we know, this was not the case.

While there was an end to international involvement in the war, it was not an end to regional instability as civil wars, revolutionary and counter revolutionary conflicts emerged across the globe. As nations split, Empires collapsed and Monarchies abdicated, boundaries were redrawn and new nations were created. In many cases this resulted in new players scrapping for position, some with less than honorable intentions as extremist attitudes including ethnic cleansing emerged.

This was not limited to Europe, but rather spread across to the Middle East with the fall of the Ottoman Empire; to Asia where Korea, influenced by President Wilson’s 14 Points, protested their independence and the Chinese Civil war raged; and to Africa where Nations were trying to make sense of newly drawn boundaries that had little to do with cultural demographics.

All the while, the global struggle went seemingly unnoticed in America. Many of us spent a very short time discussing WWI and its global impact. Certainly far less time than we spent learning about the Civil War or WWII. For most Americans, it can be summed up simply as: WWI was a decisive victory brought about by American bravery and might.

WWI had a relatively small impact on the US Population, particularly when compared to Europe. During the 1-year US involvement approximately, 50,000 troops died from combat and another 50,000 died from the 1918 Influenza pandemic. Unfortunately, the peace of WWI would fail and the ripple effect would have a tremendous impact on America for years to come.

By ignoring the wildfires spreading across Europe, America and the international community (lead by the newly formed League of Nations) quickly learned a difficult lesson that peace can not be won by simply stopping combat operations; rather lasting peace must be reinforced through stability. This hard lesson influenced the development of the Marshall Plan after WWII and COL Hunt’s drafting of a Congressional report formally recognizing my specialty of Civil Affairs as a military function. Both these events continue to influence our military operations today.

But who are these Soldiers and Statesmen, fighting one day and securing the victory through stabilization operations the next? They are Americans who, as LTC G. Edward Buxton described in the American Legion’s Constitution Committee Report in 1919, “fight to perpetuate the principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy.”

They are Americans who serve selflessly, not for accolades and praise, but as D Bernard Ryan wrote home in November 1918, troops who want to know we “had contributed by personal contact to the rout of the Enemy and his defeat.” And simply knowing that makes our efforts “worth all we have endured.”

I’d like to now ask my fellow Veterans, particularly those who may be standing incognito in today’s crowd, to make yourselves known as I announce your conflict era: Among the 20.4 million living veterans, less than 10% of our population, there are fewer than 500,000 living WWII Era Veterans 

1.3M Korean War Era Veterans  (pauses for anyone to stand)

6.5M Vietnam War Era Veterans  (pauses for anyone to stand)

and our current conflicts are included in the 7.4M Gulf War Era Veterans.

“Women Represent About 9% of the Veterans”

Of these, women represent about 9% of the Veterans, a number expected to grow to nearly 18% by 2045. I was asked to speak a bit about my service as a woman in uniform. To do this I need to take us through another brief history lesson.

When Women First Started Serving In The Military - In Disguise or Unrecognized

While our formal involvement in the military is growing, women have served since the Revolutionary war, albeit not always in a sanctioned role. There are countless stories of women serving alongside their spouse or family member in disguise or even as spies. For example Deborah Sampson, who during the birth of our nation, in 1778, was the first woman to enlisted, although as a man under the name Robert Shirtliffe. She served for 3 years before she was discovered while being treated for an illness, thanked for her service and promptly discharged. Young Woman Rides Twice The Distance

Of Paul Revere To Alert British Is Coming, Yet Remains Unknown

Or you may have heard about Hudson Valley’s own Sybil Ludington, who on the night of April 26, 1777 at the age of 16, rode between Putnam County, NY and Danbury, CT alerting militia of the approach of British Forces. We all know the story of Paul Revere, but despite riding nearly twice the distance and given her much younger age, even many locals do not know Sybil’s story!

First African American Woman to Enlist In Army During Civil War - As A Man - As Buffalo Soldier - And Discharged After 3 Years When Discovered

Fast forward to the Civil War and let me introduce you to the first African American woman to enlist in the Army – Cathay Williams - who spent three years as one of the Buffalo Soldiers before being discovered and discharged from service.

Woman Surgeon Enlists As Nurse - Since Female Surgeons Not Permitted To Serve

Others were able to more openly serve, such as Dr. Mary Edwards Walker who volunteered for the Union Army as a civilian nurse since women surgeons were not permitted to serve. Her work caused her to frequently cross battle lines to treat injured civilians and even resulted in her capture by Confederate troops who arrested her as a spy. During her military career, she was eventually awarded a commission as a “Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon” which made her the first-ever female US Army surgeon.

Women Begin Formally Joining The Fight in 20th Century

Moving into the 20th Century we are witness to many women joining the fight, be it on the frontline, in the sky or at sea. Mary Borden, born into a wealthy Chicago family and educated at Vassar College, used her passion and funds to create field hospitals on the front lines of WWI, which was credited for saving countless troops’ lives.

In WWII the military finally started to recognize and award veteran status to women, but only to a handful of Women Airforce service pilots such as Irene Kinne Englund who spent 18 months ferrying military aircraft, transporting medical patients and towing aerial gunnery targets which freed up men for combat service overseas. The tide began to change in 1948, with the passage of Law 625 “The Women’s Armed Services Act” which allowed women to serve in fully integrated units during peacetime and leaving the Women’s Army Corps as the only remaining separate female unit.

But in reality, even women’s efforts during Korean and Vietnam were often little recognized and hard earned. It is literally within my lifetime that women’s involvement has really increased. In 1976, 2 years after I was born just up the road at Vassar Brothers, the 1st group of women were admitted to join the military Academy Classes of 1980.

“Women continued to blaze trails despite the obstacles such as combat limitations”

Women continued to blaze trails despite the obstacles such as combat limitations, which often limited their career progression. Mostly, women simply wanted to do what they were trained to do and serve beside their fellow Troops. No one stopped LTC Eileen Collins and LT Celeste Hayes as they flew assault teams and wounded troops in and out of Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury in 1983 or CPT Linda Bray, who at 29 years old in 1989, became the first woman to command American Soldiers in battle, when she led a Company of MPs during the invasion of Panama.

Women Were Banned From Combat Roles Until Recently

It was during the 1991 Gulf War that many Americans began to recognize the volume of women in uniform. Having come a long way from a few hundred troops, often in disguise, to over 40,000 women in uniform, we were no longer relegated to “safe” administrative and Medical roles. Despite officially being banned from combat roles until just 2 years ago; we were still flying aircraft, serving on staff at the front lines and in some cases working right in the middle of combat operations.

SGT Leigh Ann Hester, who earned the Silver Star (the 3rd highest decoration for valor) for her role as a Military Police team leader during a convoy ambush in Iraq in 2005, and 19 year old Army SPC and Medic Monica Lin Brown who also earned the Silver Star for running through gunfire to shield wounded Soldiers during a roadside attack in Afghanistan in 2007, are testaments to not only the amazing women I have the honor of serving with, but also great examples of why in 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat, which became effective in 2016.

LTC Caroline Pogge’s Own Story

In reality, we have been serving in combat for decades, often by capitalizing on technical loopholes. Don’t tell my mother, or maybe more importantly don’t tell the Army, but in reality, when I crossed the berm from Kuwait into Iraq in the first week of April 2003, I was technically not allowed to participate in combat. But as a Civil Affairs Soldier attached to the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, my role took me through tank battles, leapfrogging elements of the 101st and 82d Airborne, to finally settling into Baghdad on 17 April before ground combat was officially declared over.

In reality, I was looking forward to crossing the berm. Not because of a desire to go to war, or a drive to prove myself. But honestly I just wanted to leave Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where someone was preying on female soldiers during SCUD attacks. Yes, while we were preparing to move North into armed conflict, I needed an escort to go to the latrine after dark because of a series of assaults on female Soldiers.

Once in Iraq, my driver, SGT Betty Navarro and I, would notice the minute the locals “spotted us.” I frequently had to overcome additional cultural obstacles to achieve my mission, as often curious Iraqis would be surprised that a “woman could be in charge”. But being a female also had its advantage as frequently the ladies would welcome us into their community and offer us access unavailable to our fellow male Troops.

Thankfully, I believe the military is much easier to serve in today for women than it was even 40 years ago. We are paid based on the same pay scale as men. We are now afforded the opportunity to serve in any role across the service, and have the same chances to succeed as our male counterparts.

“I still get frustrated when someone sees my veteran tag on my car and asks if my husband served.”

I can only imagine the path the ladies before me had traveled and the obstacles they had to overcome which enabled me to stand before you today. From the days of Deborah Sampson hiding her gender in order to fight for her country, we have come a long way. It’s still a male dominated profession, and I still get frustrated when someone sees my veteran tag on my car and asks if my husband served. But at least I can offer a smile and simply reply, “I don’t know. I haven’t met him yet.”

Let me close by asking one thing from all of you. They say one of the greatest things we can offer the next generation is inspiration. I hope you look around this crowd, and across our community at the many veterans who have served during peace and conflict over the past Century and see countless reasons to be inspired. See the Veteran who was drafted and sent to a place they may not even know to fight for justice, freedom and democracy. See the Veteran who choose to join the ranks and found themselves standing watch to protect our way of life in far away places. And see the Veteran who today finds themselves in places like Afghanistan, Djibouti or Poland working to secure a lasting peace through the stabilization of democracies and economic freedom around the world. All these Veterans are an inspiration and represent the best of what we can offer as Americans.

While President Theodore Roosevelt was addressing Civil War Veterans in 1906, his description still rings true “Veterans by their lives, by the records of their deeds, teach us in more practical fashion than it can be taught by any preaching, for they teach us by practice that the ultimate analysis of the greatness of a nation is to be measured not by the output of its industrial products, not by its material prosperity, not by the products of the farm, factory or business house, but by the products of its citizenship, by the men and women that that nation produces.”

By this measure alone, America is a great nation! Thank you to the many Veterans in attendance here and particularly those standing watch today in posts around the world. It is an honor to serve with you. I wish everyone a Happy Veteran’s Day and may God Bless America.

Warmth In Color For Winter: The Artist Stanley Lindwasser Exhibiting At Oak Vino

  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

November’s Second Saturday was as exciting as it ever is with new works being hung around town and exhibitions opening in galleries and unusual places. This Second Saturday, I wrote in my calendar (as opposed to falling into the serendipitous approach of going where the wind or free bus will take me) to go to Stanley Lindwasser’s opening of his 2018 collection of paintings.

  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

This is a man who has painted almost every day ever since his teacher told him he was good at finger-painting. Stanley is 71 years old now, and had a career as a painter. ”But I never became famous,” Stanley told me at the opening. Stanley’s mantra was family first, and with several children in his family, that can keep someone comfortably quiet in their production.

To pay the bills, he was a full time teacher. Teaching took him to different environments including a homeless shelter for teenagers at Harlem Hospital, schools for emotionally disturbed children, and a psychiatric facility, according to Alison Rooney’s article in the Highlands Current this weekend. 

Stanley is mesmerized by color and texture and feelings. The physical act of painting seems to produce the synapses that inspire where his brush goes and how it explores, which was my impression after reading the Chronogram article that describes Stanley’s artistic style.

Currently, he is also inspired the density he feels in his backyard overlooking the Hudson River. While speaking with me at his opening, I asked him if anything around him inspired him when he is away from paining. “The density,” he told me. Stanley lives along the Hudson River and gets to sit with the sunsets each afternoon into evening. “We are able to see so much more of the sky here than when we lived in Hoboken, NJ.” Stanley and his wife Helen moved to Beacon two years ago from their brownstone.

Stanley gets out to walk his little dogs - you might see him this winter with his big fur hat on. But he doesn’t get out to exhibit his work much. I’m now most curious about the other decades - decades - of his work that he has rolled up in various storage facilities. You can see a few previous years of his paintings at his website. His paintings - select pieces from 2018 and not even all of them, will be hanging at Oak Vino through January and are for sale. 

Glad to have him rooted in Beacon, and hanging on these walls.


Editorial Disclosure: We have worked with Stanley and Helen to help them complete Stanley’s website, via our design agency and parent company Katie James, Inc., as well as through our sister company Tin Shingle in consulting with them in how to get the word out. This article is one we wanted to bring to you regardless of the client connection, as we have gotten to know Stanley and Helen over the years in Beacon.

Veterans Day Ceremonies for Beacon on Sunday, November 11, 2018

 The Veterans Memorial Building at 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The Veterans Memorial Building at 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Building at 413 Main Street, Beacon NY at 11am. The veterans gather outside on the front porch of the building. The guest speaker will be Lt. Colonel Caroline Pogge, according to a calendar posting at Dutchess Tourism. Over the years, the amount of people who do attend this event has grown.

This spring, during a Memorial Day service at the same location, the presenting veterans acknowledged how appreciative they were of the turnout during that day, feeling the support from the community. City Council Member John Rembert, who is a veteran, also acknowledged this during the June 4th, 2018 City Council Meeting: “The Veterans really appreciated it. It meant a lot to all of us.”

Get your hat and gloves on and head over to these services. It will be a time to share a moment with your neighbors. Bring a to-go cup of coffee and nibble on a chocolate croissant as you walk down.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Day
: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 11am
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY
From the Dutchess Tourism Website:
”The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 666 will be sponsoring Veterans Day ceremonies on the front porch of the Veterans Memorial Building. The public and all Veterans are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the bingo hall of Veterans Memorial Building. Guest Speaker: Lt. Colonel Caroline Pogge”
Information >

Mount Beacon Eight Ceremony
Day
: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Veterans Park, RT 52 south of I-84 on the right side of RT 52 between the Police Department and the Recreation Center.
A ceremony will be held to remember the service members who died in a plane crash into Mount Beacon. That plane crash happened on November 11th, 1945, thirty minutes after leaving Wright Caldwell Airport in Caldwell, NJ en-route back to the Quonset Air Naval Base in Quonset, RI after their Navy Beechcraft Twin Engine Transport plane crashed near the northwest ridge of Mt. Beacon in the Town of Fishkill, NY.
Learn About the Mount Beacon Eight in A Little Beacon Blog’s Article >

Pop-Up Shop OPEN! VintageMania - Saturday Only

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WHERE: 291 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
The Telephone Building
First Floor, First Door
WHEN: Saturday, November 10th
TIME: 11am-9pm
One Day Only!
Come for shopping PLUS Video Games in the morning, Pokémon Giveaways in the afternoon, trivia at 6pm! Door prizes and giveaways ALL DAY!

If you want to hear the original Mario Bros. video game music - and play it on an old-school controller - then you will love this Pop-Up Shop! Inspired by vintage 90s, Amanda (pictured here, sporting her jean jacket she made last night) and her crew have outdone themselves in the setup of the shop in a tiny amount of time.

Find mini-blue holiday trees, ornaments, the real Rambo on a gym bag, and even an NSYNC kids-size mini backpack. Oh don't worry Britney - you've got a quote on a bottle opener: "Hit me baby one more time" that could hang on a wall.

PS: If you love this stuff, you will also love one of Beacon's newest shops, The Underground Beacon, further down Main Street toward the mountain at 462 Main Street. Just hail the free Beacon blue bus from anywhere and let it whisk you down there! See where else you can shop in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide.

Second Saturday! Gallery Openings for November 2018

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Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon (and beyond)! It feels like the year-end rush of fun options is upon us, including a lot of art gallery show openings. Some exhibitions run through the end of the year, but don't hold off on visiting. This season is not known for shorter to-do lists! We've got it all covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide

Game plan: First, fuel up with goodies at Urgent Knead: For Goodness Bake Reboot (remember, those delicious treats and beverages are for a good cause! It *is* the season of giving, after all). Then get to the galleries. Reflections on nature, and expressions of it, are a thread in openings this month. There's the Hudson River canoe voyage in the gallery at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, warm plein air landscapes at Bannerman Island Gallery, fall views in the Beacon Photography Group: Autumn in the Hudson Valley show at the Howland Public Library. More oblique nods to nature and fleeting encounters can be found at Oak Vino Wine Bar and No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works. Get the scoop on all of these shows and so. many. more. in our Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide.

A giant thank you to BeaconArts (BACA) for promoting the arts in our city. Also, shout out to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog - we couldn't produce this without you. To our readers - thank you for supporting the businesses who support us!

Happening This Weekend - 11/9/2018

It's November's Second Saturday and it's time to see what new work Beacon's local art galleries have in store. Take a peek now at our Art Gallery Guide to decide what you want to see.  Have you checked out the Beacon's Free Bus, the Beacon Loop, yet? It's really easy!  It can get you around town lickity split! Literally hail it from anywhere on Main Street, and it will scoop you up and put you down where you want.

PS: An update to yesterday's protest in Beacon: about 200 reportedly participated, which was one of 900 protests across the country regarding the resignation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and his temporary replacement.
Read all about it here and see pictures >

Alright...Let's see what you're doing this weekend! First of all, there's that can't-miss bake sale for a cause, For Goodness Bake, which is still accepting baked goods! See here for details...
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


The For Goodness Bake Bake Sale
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: 145 Main St, Beacon, NY
(aka Beacon Healing Massage & Create Space)
The For Goodness Bake event is a Beacon staple, and has become an annual event throughout the years. Started by Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello, the community-sourced bake sale raises money for one particular cause that has demonstrated an urgent need in the community. Say Kristen and Tara for this year: “We wanted to raise funds to help keep a beloved Beacon family together. For 4 years, this local family (who must remain anonymous) has helped to nurture a little boy who needed a home. Now his future and their family are in jeopardy as they face a difficult fight for his rights.”
See A Little Beacon Blog's article for details and pictures
(we even have sneak peek photos of fresh out of the oven yummies!) >


VintageMania Pop-Up Shop
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 11am-8pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

The Mitten - Encore Performance
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 11am and 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Stanley Lindwasser 2018 Exhibition at Oak Vino
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Oak Vino, 357 Main St, Beacon, NY
This Beacon-based artist only comes out to exhibit once per year. The rest of the days, he is painting in his back-yard shed with his two dogs and loving family. Meet this 71 year old career painter who relocated to Beacon last year, and continues to be inspired by the Hudson Valley. Read what the Chronogram said about him in this feature.
Information >

"Autumn in the Hudson Valley" Opening Reception
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Modigliani Quartet
Day
: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

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

 

WHEN:
Saturday, November 10, 2018
TIME: 11am-9pm
LOCATION: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main Street, Beacon NY, 12508
The 90’s Pop-Up Shop VintageMania! A one-stop shop for your 90's nostalgic needs! They are SUPER excited to open The Space for you. The VintageMania peeps have an agenda for the day - this will be quite an experience! Find Starter Jackets. Windbreakers. Sports Apparel. Snapbacks. WWF Tees. Character Tees. Toys. Home Décor. Watches. Video Games. Accessories.
Agenda: Shopping PLUS Video Games in the morning, Pokémon Giveaways in the afternoon, trivia at 6pm! Door prizes and giveaways ALL DAY!

Do you have a pop-up shop you are setting up? Tell us about it! We may add it to our Pop-Up Shop Guide.
 

The Spiral: Giving Thanks Through Body, Breath & Sound
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 1-4pm
Location: The Dancing Web, 46 Buchanan St., Beacon, NY
Information >
 
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 


Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Saturday Studio for Kids at Dia:Beacon
Day
: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: DIA: Beacon, 3 Beekman St Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   

Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
We've heard your questions - "But does Luxe Optique accept insurance?" Luxe Optique has a new app that makes finding what your insurance will pay you for out-of-network purchases and eye exams. They can work with your insurance, and it's worth it. Plus, you get 15% off you order just for trying! Literally, 15% off just for having them look up your insurance on their nifty tablet, as shown here by Ryon and Jessica.

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
HOP & SHOP! Save The Date!
An extended weekend of shopping is coming to Beacon for the holidays, and Lambs Hill is a part of it! It's called Hop and Shop Beacon, and is December 13th and 14th. Night shopping is so special during the holidays, when the lights are on and the shops are warm. During that winter weekend, several shops will be open later. See the "Hop and Shop" page for details.





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


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
Please email us when you move into this home, because we want to visit! We took a drive to this house - it has 4 fireplaces BTW - and the views of Mount Beacon are real. This house feels like a country home, is beautiful inside and out, and can fit a family. While it feels country, it is quite close to downtown Beacon. You are within walking distance to one of the best breakfast sandwiches at Bob's Corner Store. Call or Email JonCar Realty to view it: 845-831-3331 or joncarrealty@yahoo.com.
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PARTNER SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Susan Pagones and Vince Lemma were main sponsors of the Beacon Historical Society's "Beacon's of History" Fundraiser last night. We were there too, and were so fortunate and honored to attend with Susan and Vince, and to hear so many stories of Beacon's history from Susan herself. Supporting the community has always been a top priority of Antalek and Moore. Pictured here are the honorees, Ronnie Beth Sauers and B.P.O.E. Lodge #1493.
       
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Want to host your pop-up shop at A Little Beacon's Space? How about Black Friday Weekend?
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Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce is available to all businesses in Beacon, as well as others. Membership and Event opportunities are available to help connect businesses.
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BeaconArts
Your membership with BeaconArts is important to provide funding, support and expertise for achieving BeaconArts’ vision + mission. Volunteers are important to the success of the many BeaconArts activities and are the backbone of BeaconArts’ achievements. If you would like to make a donation to one of their sponsored projects, click here.
Tin Shingle
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Saturday: For Goodness Bake Fundraisers Strings Up Their Aprons To Raise Money For A Family

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The For Goodness Bake event is a Beacon staple, and has become an annual event throughout the years. Started by Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello, the community-sourced bake sale raises money for one particular cause that has demonstrated an urgent need in the community (see below for info on how you can bake). This year, the highly anticipated bake sale is on Saturday, November 10th from 10am-3pm at 145 Main Street in Beacon (aka Beacon Healing Massage and Create Space), near Bank Square Coffeehouse.

Say Kristen and Tara as to what inspired them to put on their aprons: “We wanted to raise funds to help keep a beloved Beacon family together. For 4 years, this local family (who must remain anonymous) has helped to nurture a little boy who needed a home. Now his future and their family are in jeopardy as they face a difficult fight for his rights within a legal system that consistently puts political interests above the best outcomes for children.”

How This Bake Sale Works

Bakers from around the Hudson Valley will join the fundraising efforts by donating a variety of sweet and savory baked goods. Pay-what-you-can beverages and coffee will be provided by Drink More Good and Trax Espresso Bar & Coffee Roasters.

Now in its sixth year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised nearly $15,000 for local causes including the Beacon After School Program Tuition Assistance Fund, the Beacon Community Kitchen, Green Teen Beacon, and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

To learn more about the event or to get involved, call (845) 518-4194 or email forgoodnessbakebeacon@gmail.com.

To donate baked goods, sign up via this link: http://signup.com/go/jsTeNdH

INSIDER TIP! They are accepting baked goods up until the last minute. So if you have mad baking skills, use ‘em! I have done it (I am not a baker) and it was a wonderful initiative to be a part of.

Simply drop off to to Kristen and Tara tonight (Friday) at 145 Main from 6-8pm, or Saturday from 7-8am.

If you are reading this article after the bake sale has ended, but want to offer to bake for another one, email forgoodnessbakebeacon@gmail.com and ask to be added to their notification list.

  Photo Credit: For Goodness Bake

Photo Credit: For Goodness Bake

  Photo Credit: For Goodness Bake

Photo Credit: For Goodness Bake

  Photo Credit and Baker: Raquel Verdesi

Photo Credit and Baker: Raquel Verdesi

  Photo Credit and Baker: Alena Morgan Brown

Photo Credit and Baker: Alena Morgan Brown

  Photo Credit and Baker: For Goodness Bake

Photo Credit and Baker: For Goodness Bake

200 Beaconites Protest Justice Department Shuffle of Jeff Sessions' Replacement, Matthew Whitaker

Yesterday we reported that people were gathering at Pohill Park in Beacon to protest the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to temporarily replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, after Sessions submitted his resignation letter, as requested by the president, according to the first sentence in the letter Jeff Sessions submitted. A participant sent in an estimation of 200 people in attendance. This protest was one of 900 that happened across the country.

As a bring-you-up-to-speed if you need it, Sessions recused himself from the Russia Investigation which is investigating if and how Russia influenced the 2016 election, and if the current President played a part in that in any way. Sessions has continued to do work that the President has directed him to do, but the President has openly resented Sessions for his recusal. Matthew Whitaker was the Chief of Staff under Sessions, and has vocalized wanting to end the Russia Investigation. Rod Rosenstein is the Deputy Attorney General, and is protective of continuing the Russia Investigation.

From a participant, Air Nonken Rhodes, we have a description of the event, and pictures that Air took. In Air’s words:

About 200 people in total were there at the time of its largest crowd (5:30pm), and about 80 people were there most of the rest of the time from 5-6:30pm. Kids, grandparents, commuters coming off the train, people with their dogs, everyone showed up with signs and spirit to stand up against what we see as a power grab.

Conversations included how scary it is to see the checks and balances in our democracy unravel. The mood was generally light, with lots of hooting and hollering with joy whenever a car would honk in support. The commuter traffic going by was generally supportive of our signs.

A small minority shook their heads or gave thumbs down, a dozen or so going out of their way to roll down their window in the cold air to shout curse-riddled invectives and diatribes against the protestors. A few were stunningly hateful, and took some careful explaining for the kids present. It was deeply sad to see this Trumpish incivility on our own Main St.

One kid standing next to me asked, “Are we allowed to be here? Are we allowed to do this?” (Meaning protest) And her mother explained proudly, “Yes, as Americans we have the free right of peaceable assembly and the right of free speech. We are allowed to be here and do this, and it’s very important to do so whenever something goes wrong. The President doesn’t think the rules apply to him, and we have to remind him that they do.”

Photo Credit for All Photos: Air Nonken Rhodes

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Thursday's Planned Local Protest in Beacon Is One Of 900 In USA In Protest of Jeff Sessions Replacement, Matt Whitaker

When: Thursday, November 8, 5 PM
Where: Polhill Park, intersection of Rt 9D & Main St., Beacon, NY 12508
What: Citizens protest against President Trump replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matt Whitaker

On your drive or walk home from work, if you notice a gathering of people at the intersection of Main Street and 9D known as Polhill Park, they have gathered there in protest against President Trump replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matt Whitaker, who as of yesterday, was the Chief of Staff under Sessions. This protest is one of about 900 scheduled across the country, encouraged by MoveOn.org, categorized under the theme “Nobody’s Above The Law”.

Air Nonken Rhodes, a citizen from Beacon, wrote into A Little Beacon Blog to alert us about the event, and had this to say about attending: “We are standing up against Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General because we see it as a clear move to thwart the power of the Mueller investigation…[It is my opinion that] Whitaker has been appointed not because he will make a good acting AG, but because he will protect the President. If Trump has nothing to hide, he would allow the investigation to continue. The American public (and people around the world) have the right to know the truth about the financing and influences in the 2016 election, Russia's interference in it, and Trump's personal, family, and business connections to these issues.”

TV News Station News12 Expands Hudson Valley Coverage Via Cable On Channel 63

Local news growth is percolating! TV news station News 12 Hudson Valley, is now available to Optimum TV customers in Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties. Surf up on your cable box to channel 63, and you’ll see it. Their website is also informative with articles, clips and weather and traffic reports.

“Our talented local reporters are members of the communities they cover, committed to telling the stories that impact the daily lives of their friends and neighbors. News 12 is an incredibly important resource for our viewers, and we’re excited to bring our tradition of on-the-ground hyper-local journalism to more viewers in the Hudson Valley,” said Stan Kowalski, Assistant News Director for News 12 Hudson Valley / Westchester.

If you are looking to make the news to get the word out about something, the first thing you should do is scour the website to see what kind of segments they do, who does them, and how. If you want to pitch the media but don’t know how, hook up with A Little Beacon Blog’s sister company, Tin Shingle via their newsletter, which teaches you how to pitch the media. You could try reaching out to their news desk via Email: news12hv@news12.com or Phone: (845) 624-8780.

Otherwise, for those who still have cable (I do!), you can put this and Beacon’s Municiple Channel on “Last” on your remote control and just bounce between the two. Or HGTV, or the Big10 Network, or Disney, or Stars. Whatever you got on.

Chronogram Publisher, Luminary Media, Launches "The River," Local News for the Hudson Valley

Local news coverage is getting more options here in Beacon and the Hudson Valley. Luminary Media, the creators of longtime favorite for the arts, Chronogram, have launched a “newsroom” to add to local coverage for the Hudson Valley.

Driving their mission is expanding access to local news. According to their About page: “Locally, we’re fortunate to have some great community-based local weeklies, owned and created in the Hudson Valley. But only some of our communities are lucky in this way. In fact, many areas in the Hudson Valley have no local coverage, and others don’t have more community coverage than afforded by the police blotter or random facebook posts.”

The River promises to provide coverage “from Newburgh to Hudson, from Woodstock to Beacon.” You can visit it anytime on their website, or subscribe to it via their newsletter. Of course Beacon has local news outlets like A Little Beacon Blog (minus the police blotter…we don’t get into that), Highlands Current, The Beacon Free Press (though not online much), The Valley Table (based on Main Street Beacon), edible Hudson Valley, The Poughkeepsie Journal (though you can hardly read the articles between the video and ad pop-ups, and they throttle number of articles), News Channel 12 (on channel 63 on cable), and engaging Instagram accounts like EatingBeacon and Beacon Transplant.

The River Is A Newsroom On Civil, A Blockchain Newsroom Of The People

Journalism as a whole is always evolving. Local journalism is always evolving, fighting to survive, is sometimes funded, sometimes not. Sometimes local journalists write for free, sometimes there are sponsors and advertising campaigns that help it all continue. Local journalism is actually super fun to be involved in.

However, in order to keep doing it, publications need to get creative in how they get funding. Enter a new media company, Civil, a “blockchain” newsroom powered by cryptocurrency with no ownership: Well, no ownership in theory…there’s a constitution explaining this, and a work-in-progress Beginner’s Guide that is a public Google Doc explaining how it works.

The River is a newsroom running on Civil, which is a company started by journalists and marketing professionals, inspired by decades of events that cloud publishing and advertising. Most recently, sadly, the total wiping out of huge local media companies Gothamist and DNAInfo. The publisher of these online publications didn’t want his editors and journalists to unionize, and in a tizzy, took them offline, wiping out history of local coverage including real estate development disputes, landlord investigations, politics, events, openings, new business stories, and more. Poof, gone. Years of journalists’ work was wiped out. Which gives rise to print and local newspapers that often get underappreciated, yet archived in libraries.

Later, WNYC and two other public radio stations acquired Gothamist, and the articles and radio stories have only gotten richer. The archives of Gothamist and DNAInfo did reappear online, and some folks from DNAInfo started something new called Block Club Chicago, which also is an official newsroom on Civil.

So journalists today are pretty emotionally and professionally damaged by the decisions of some publishers, and it is no wonder why they seek a publisher-free news outlet on which to publish their stories. According to Civil’s CEO, “Civil is building a newsroom platform using blockchain technology and cryptoeconomics to create an open marketplace for journalists and citizens. In Civil’s self-governing marketplace, readers may directly sponsor journalists, and journalists collaboratively run their own publications, called Newsrooms.”

Will This New Blockchain Newsroom Work?

Anything blockchain related seems to be pretty high-concept. The premise behind an ad-free newsroom is noble, but as with everything, decisions come down to people and relationships. Even if a journalist is sponsored by a citizen, that citizen may accumulate a lot of special dollars-not-dollars called CVL Tokens, which is Civil’s currency in how journalists get paid.

We are witnessing a destabilization of social media based gathering places for information - which started out as a hands-off, uncensored way to micro-publish information by anyone. However, we are witnessing a change, as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and others are removing posts and accounts. Some regular-person admins of groups enact grand gestures of power by locking a group or deleting it entirely, thereby paralyzing anyone who had posts on it that wants them removed and cannot, as per Facebook’s rules. The overuse or misuse of power may not only reside with publishers, and may be a human thing.

In the meantime, The River’s new source of news is a welcome addition to what we can find out about here in the Hudson Valley. Go sign up.

Voted. How To Vote, And What To Expect While At The Polls

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The polls are open from 6am-9pm in Beacon.

If you’re looking for where to vote for your Ward, then you can click here to see the list of locations we compiled, which includes easy links to maps to see which District within a Ward you are in. Or even if you don’t know what Ward you are in, you can find out by following those links.

What Is It Like? How Do I Cast My Vote?

To my surprise, my very own husband called to ask me this: “How do I vote? Are there levers?”

Levers? No. Ok, so here’s what it’s like to vote:

You walk into your polling place, aka “place to vote” as I call it. This is determined by “Ward.” There are 4 Wards in Beacon. It’s like big borders, and you live within a border of one of them. Within a Ward, there may be a smaller boarder called a “District.” You probably never think about these things until Voting Day, but usually that little yellow card you get in the mail prior to election time tells you. The last time I saw a card was during the Primaries this year. You can get a list of locations in Beacon here.

Once you get to your voting location, there are several tables set up inside. The tables are divided by Name (in alphabetical order) and by District (that border within a Ward). You will find your name at one of them.

You may be asked: “What District are you in?” If you checked the locations list here, you’ll know. “I’m in District 2!” you could say, and volunteers will tell you what table you should go to next. However, if you don’t know what District you are in (like me), there is hopefully a table dedicated to District Discovery at your polling place just for telling you this information. (Insider Tip: Check this first! It will save you a line).

Once it’s your turn in line, a volunteer will hand you a large voting card with a privacy sleeve. You’ll walk over to tall table/desks with metal privacy walls around the top of the desk. A pen is provided for you to mark your circle bubbles of your votes. The directions at the top of the voting card will tell you how many people to vote for in each. Like for governor, you would vote for 1 person. For judges, you would vote for 7. Just follow those directions at the top to make sure you’re not over or under-filling in the circles.

When you’ve completed all of your circles, you walk it over to a scanning machine. Another volunteer will be there to make sure the machine doesn’t break, because you are feeding the machine with your voter card yourself. Once you slide your card into the machine, it tallies it, swallows your card, and tells you what number voter you were.

I was #60!

Thank You To The Volunteers

A HUGE thank you for the volunteers who are running these polls. If when you go to vote, and you wish it were run differently, or had better signs, it’s best not to take your frustration out on the volunteers. They are your friends and neighbors, and may not be as experienced at running an event as you are. Same goes for any event run in Beacon (or anywhere in the world). If you feel passionately about how something is organized, then it’s best you sign up to volunteer, and help make it a better experience for all of us.

Places to Vote in Beacon for Elections (for General and Primary)

EDITORIAL NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect how to vote in the election on November 6, 2018.

Wondering where to go vote this Tuesday, November 6, 2018? Did you toss your yellow card by accident? Below is a list of locations for where to cast your ballot based on where you live and are registered.

Polls for Beacon are open from 6am to 9pm, according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

There are two sources for this list of locations:

ADDRESSES

Lewis Tompkins Hose Company
Route 9D Entrance, 13 South Ave.
Beacon, NY 12508

Rombout Middle School
84 Matteawan Road
Beacon, NY 12508

James V. Forrestal Elementary School
125 Liberty St.
Beacon, NY 12508

First Presbyterian Church
50 Liberty St.
Beacon, NY 12508

LOCATIONS

Ward 1, District 1:
Lewis Tompkins Hose Company
Ward 1, District 2: Rombout Middle School
Ward 2, All Districts: Lewis Tompkins Hose Company
Ward 3, District 1: Rombout Middle School
Ward 3, Districts 2 and 3: James V. Forrestal Elementary
Ward 4, All Districts: First Presbyterian Church


District - Which District in Which Ward?

Voters can determine what District they’re in either by looking at the yellow voter card that arrived by mail, or by looking at the map on this website:

http://dutchesselections.com/pdf/2014townmaps/CityofBeacon.pdf.

Or, you can find what District you are at this VoterLookUp web page from New York State's Register to Vote page.

The VoterLookUp tool will tell you what District you are in, as well as which Ward, Senate District, County Legislative District, Assembly District, and Congressional District apply to you.

Can I Vote in The Primary Elections?

Two answers to this:

  • You’ll need to be registered in Beacon if you’re not already. You only need to do this once for each move. If you got the little yellow card in the mail telling you where to vote, you’re good. Otherwise, look yourself up at this VoterLookUp web page.

  • You’ll need to be registered in a party if you want to vote in the primary elections. If you’re registered to vote, but didn’t officially declare a party on your registration, then you can’t vote in the primaries for your party. You also can’t sign name collection forms from politicians looking to get onto the ballot, BTW. You would need to be registered in their party. You will, however, have gotten a little yellow card in the mail, even if you haven’t officially affiliated with a party.

  • You do not need to be affiliated or registered with a party (Independent, Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Working Families, etc.) to vote in the General Election. You do need to be registered to vote, however, based on where you live (see above).

Where Can I Register to Vote?

Here’s how to register to vote in Beacon:

You could click here to do it via this website, and please note: You’ll need to snail-mail it in.

Or, you can register to vote with friendly people around town who have set up registration stations. Some that we know of:

  • The Howland Public Library

  • The Spirit of Beacon Day Parade 2018. Look for a table from “We All Vote”

  • The annual Sukkah that happens each fall down at Polhill Park (the park across from Bank Square and Beacon Creamery where the Visitors Center is)

There is a deadline to register to vote - you’ll want to be all buttoned up by Sunday, September 30, if you’re doing it via the folks above. They are physically driving the registration forms to their destination in Poughkeepsie. “We are driving them to Poughkeepsie so we don’t give people stamps.

There are lots of rules about this,” says Ronna Litchtenberg, a volunteer with When We All Vote. Or, people can take the form home and mail it in themselves. “But we’re making it easy on you,” says Kelly Ellenwood, another volunteer. “We’ll hand-deliver it to Poughkeepsie to make sure it gets there.”

But don’t let it slide by again. In a small city town, your vote really does make a difference. "One vote matters, especially in Beacon where elections have been decided on by as few as 10 votes,” says Ronna.

Sign Us Up! Beacon Players Program Pponsorship Open

Sign us up!

It’s the season for the Beacon Players amazing theatrical productions, and program sponsorship opportunities! The Beacon Players are the theatrical groupn of the Beacon High School. The opportunities afforded to kids for working behind the scenes on the set, or being an actor or actress are amazing.

If you work in a storefront, some cast and crew may be coming to your door. But if you miss them, contact by visiting their website to sponsor the program or more!

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Happening This Weekend - 11/2/2018

Balmy with a touch of red leaf foliage! Thank you Beacon Recreation for the Fall Foliage Tracking! Let's see what's going on in and around Beacon this weekend...
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Salsa Dance Social
Day
: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7pm (dance lesson), 8pm (dance)
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

B House Performance Garage/Shack Presents
Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet
Day:
Friday/Saturday, November 2 & 3, 2018
Time: 8pm
Information >

Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps Kids Halloween Party
Day
: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 1 Arquilla Dr, Beacon, NY
Information >

Honey Drop Sessions - A Night of Sweetness & Song
Day
: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

“Hudson Valley Artists Mentors” Opening Reception
Day
: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Goods and Services Auction
Day
: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 3-7pm
Location: Wappinger Elks #2609 1195 RT-376, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

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

The Free Tuesday/Thursday Seniors Program
at the Salvation Army
Day:
Thursday is craft day; Tuesday/Thursday include free meals
Holiday Note: There will again be a free Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Celebration for Seniors
Information >
 
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 


NEW
Saturday Studio for Kids at Dia: Beacon
Day
: Second Saturdays (make a note for next week)
Time: 10:30am - 12pm
Location: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   

Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
You can never go wrong with classic black frames. We love these Inspired frames by Yves Saint Laurent. Do stop by and check out Luxe Optique's expansion! And book your next eye exam with them in their Doctor's office. So convenient!

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
TRUNK SHOW!
Gorgeous! Hayley Paige Trunk Show is this weekend! Call 845-765-2900 or book your trunk show appointment online! Spots are filling up! Don’t miss out! 





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


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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!! VINTAGEMANIA !! 90s Vintage, Trivia, DJ and More!
Second Saturday, November 10, 2018 (1 Day Only!)

Elite Coast Vintage and Pinot and Pine are teaming up for the ultimate 90s experience for this One Day Pop-Up Event in A Little Beacon Space! Starter jackets, sportswear, old school wrestling tees, throwback cartoon merch, home décor, vintage toys, accessories -- and MORE!

Check out EliteCoastVintage.com and @Elitecoastvintage on Instagram

11-2pm -- SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS!
Stop by, grab a bowl of cereal and watch some old school cartoons with us.

2-5pm- POKEMON GO COMMUNITY DAY APPRECIATION!
Free Pokémon Decal with ANY purchase, no minimum required.

6pm -- 90S MUSIC TRIVIA
5 teams compete for the title of 90s Music Experts! Each participant gets a prize, special gifts for the winners, and other raffles!
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Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce is available to all businesses in Beacon, as well as others. Membership and Event opportunities are available to help connect businesses.
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BeaconArts
Earlier this week, A Little Beacon Blog received an email about this bear and this winged red piano that sits in Beacon. The piano is part of a public art project from BeaconArts. The bear is part of the love note we received from a reader this week.
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