Mold Creeps Way Into Beacon High School, J.V. Forrestal, and 7 Other Dutchess County Schools - BCSD Is On It

The end of summer is coming later, and September is proving to be an extremely hot back-to-school month. Forget fall wardrobe outfits and new boots on the first day of school, or even school pictures which happen a few weeks later. We’re talking 100% humidity, people. And not all of the schools or rooms in the Beacon City School District have air conditioning.

Two days after the first day of school, Superintendent Matthew Landahl emailed parents in the district about mold creeping into the high school, and the quality of the air. He wrote twice on September 7th, and again on September 14th. Then the Poughkeepsie Journal reported on it, as mold occurrences are happening in other school districts, including Millbrook’s Elm Drive Elementary School (classes are shifting to the middle school as remediation is estimated to take 6 weeks, according to the article). Wingdale Elementary School in Dover closed for a day, and Hyde Park apparently has a longstanding mold issue at Park Elementary School, according to Nina Schutzman in her Poughkeepsie Journal article.

Communication and action in the Beacon City School District looked like this, with emails from Dr. Landahl on September 7, 2018 (these are partial clips of the correspondences):

 

“I am writing to let you know about an air quality issue that developed in 6 classrooms in Beacon High School the past three weeks and steps we have taken to remediate it.

“On August 20, the Head Custodian at Beacon High School noticed some mold that developed overnight on desktops and other surfaces in four science rooms in the high school (rooms C127, C133, C135, C141). He immediately notified our Director of Facilities Anthony D’Amato who started working with the BOCES Safety and Risk Coordinator Brian Colandrea. We believe that the mold developed in those four rooms due to the classrooms having many potted plants and aquariums. That combined with the extremely high humidity outside helped to develop conditions for mold growth.

“We hired an outside company, ServPRo, to clean the four rooms over Labor Day weekend and we have ordered HEPA air filters and dehumidifiers for those rooms which will be in place at the beginning of next week. We have already received the air quality tests from those four classrooms and the results came back Satisfactory with the recommendation that we install dehumidifiers and HEPA air filters in those rooms.
[Editor’s Note: In the original email, “humidifier” was used in that last sentence, but “dehumidifier” was intended, as confirmed to A Little Beacon Blog by Dr. Landahl.]

On Tuesday, September 4, staff at the high school noticed some mold growing on instrument cases in the closet of the band room (room D163") and underneath the risers of the Chorus room (D157). Our own staff cleaned the instrument cases and furniture immediately. We will have the same company come in to clean those two rooms, and the Band/Chorus practice rooms which are in the same wing on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.”

 

As of now, the dehumidifiers and HEPA filters have been put into place. Later that same day on September 7, 2018, another update came:

 

“It came to my attention today that two downstairs classrooms at J.V. Forrestal Elementary had mold develop in windowsills and some of the edges of desks one morning a few weeks ago. It was wiped down immediately the day it was found and did not return. Since it was reported today, we inspected all of the downstairs classrooms in Forrestal with people from ServPro this afternoon. We did find small amounts of mold in rooms 6-12 (fourth grade classrooms, third grade classrooms, and art). We will have ServPro clean all of the those rooms on Monday, September 10. We will also install HEPA air filters and dehumidifiers in those rooms next week. We will test the air quality after the cleaning and share those results with you when we have them.”

 

A week later, on September 14, with the 100% humidity unrelenting, Dr. Landahl shared another update with new developments. All of these updates have been posted on the Beacon City School District’s website. These are snippets of his updates:

 

“I am writing to provide another update on air quality at Beacon High School. Yesterday, we noticed some mold growth on some of the cloth seats in the Beacon High School theater. We had the theater visually inspected today by the industrial hygienist we have been working with from Adaptive Environmental Consulting and he concurred with our assessment.

“We want to take care of this as quickly as we can so we are going to close off this space for the next two-three weeks so we can run powerful dehumidifiers for an extended period of time and have cleaners from ServPro clean every seat and treat other surfaces in the theater. The reason we are closing the theater is so that the folks from ServPro can work uninterrupted during this timeframe. The Beacon Players will be able to rehearse in our gyms during this period of time. I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause people.

“We will continue to test for air quality throughout the high school and share those results with you. We will also continue to work with our air chiller in the high school to see what adjustments or fixes need to be done to help mitigate this in the future.”

 

Capital Plan Improvements In Beacon City Schools

Projects that are part of the Capital Improvement Plan, that passed a public budget vote in November of 2017, may aid in the overall fight against mold that threatens any structure (you can read about them here in our article). For example, replacing carpet with tile at Glenham Elementary could help, as mold and dust fester in old carpets. I’m a mold-phobe, and have been known to rip out old carpet from my home in the middle of the night - only to make myself very sick in the process from dust for not wearing a protective air mask. I’m currently chiseling adhesive carpet tile from my sun-room. Block by clock.

Rooftop ventilation systems are also slated for replacement at J.V. Forrestal and Sargent Elementary. Roof repairs are slated for Beacon High School and Rombout Middle School.

All eyes are on improvements, as it seems like things are on track to getting better. Until the next mold update!

Enhancements for Beacon City Schools: More 1:1 Learning, Chromebooks, Smaller Elementary Classes & PE

Superintendent of Beacon City Schools, Matthew Landahl started off the year by emailing the Beacon Community of parents of children registered in the District about his plans for the future, and enhancements to the programming that are happening this year.

They are as follows:

  • Fourth grade instrumental music will begin for the first time ever later this fall as a result of the grant we won last June.

  • Elementary students will experience Physical Education class every other day instead of two out of every six days.

  • Elementary class sizes are further reduced with the addition of three additional teachers.

  • Rombout Middle School will have a fully 1:1 learning environment with every student receiving a Chromebook this fall.

  • Interactive teaching screens will be added to Rombout Middle School and Beacon High School

  • Further planning and development of the Capital Project (A Little Beacon Blog covered those details here) with construction the summer of 2019 on the Turf Athletic Field behind Beacon High School

His goals for the upcoming year, as posted at the District website:

  • Create and facilitate a student advisory council for the district.

  • Create and facilitate a strategic planning process including forming a strategic planning advisory committee.

  • Increase and improve the quality of district communication in a variety of formats.

  • Help to create building and department leadership teams including the participation of parents and community members.

  • Facilitate equity leadership work in the district.

  • Maintain a high level of community and staff engagement through open forums, individual conversations, and online tools.

Already, parents of elementary students have been invited into the Parent Portal, which is an app that lets the parent and child log in to see homework and comments from the teacher. Older students used to be the only ones with access to this.

In terms of communication with parents at least, Dr. Landahl has been busy emailing updates about pesky mold that has been springing up in the Beacon High School and at J.V. Forrestal during these 100% humidity days, and steps they are taking to remove and prevent it.

Back to School Tips for Kids and Parents from Michelle at Rhinebeck Bank (Sponsored)

Rhinebeck Bank works hard to connect with the community. That’s why they started the video series “Wake Up With Rhinebeck Bank” with Michelle Barone-Lepore. Their first episode of the new season kicked off with some great Back To School Tips in this video. The tips were so great, that we wanted to be sure you saw them too. Here they are:

Buy Bulk Snacks for Kids

After summer when kids can snack when they want, it’s a good time to think about giving your children healthy snacks, and stocking up on good tasting food. Kids love to snack and having their favorite snacks will help them feel comfortable in their new environment, and will give them fuel for the end of their day.

Set Weekday and Weekend Evening Routines

Now’s a great time to set up a routine that works for you and your children. Bath time, reading, supper time and bed. It’s great to try out audio books for soothing music that will lull your little ones to sleep, especially for those who are entering school for the first time.

Set your alarm for bedtime. Figure out the right balance for screen time, play time and reading, preparing for each child to transition into the Habits of Homework. By keeping your children in a routine, it may allow them be more focused in the classroom.

Establish a Set Family Time

Sitting at the table eating with food inspires conversations and builds family relationships. It’s important to set aside time to talk about your day. Talking about highlights of your day brings you closer.

Have Your Kids Set Realistic Goals for the New Year

  • Pick which books to read for pleasure as well as study

  • Getting in the habit of nightly homework

  • Getting ahead on projects that may be due in a couple of months

  • Figure out chores for your kids and set up allowance for the year. One goal could be reading 30 books. If that’s not your child’s goal, create something of interest to be their goal so they can feel accomplished at the end of the year.

As you know, childhood goes by in a flash. Start saving for your child’s college. Open an account or 529. You won’t just have smart children, you’ll be a smart parent as well.


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Spooktaular Halloween Pop-Up Shop From The Queen of Halloween!

The Hudson Valley’s Queen of Halloween is flying in on her broomstick to take over A Little Beacon Space with her first of what may become an annual Halloween Pop-Up Shopping Experience - HallowStyle. You may have read about Donna Davies, last year in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Donna is a designer, crafter and children’s book author. She will be bringing in Halloween inspired jewelry, pottery, and even her own children’s books. Sign up for a craft class and grab a brew. There will even be spooky stories for the kids.

Make ‘n Take Crafts will be available while supplies last, but require pre-registration to save yours. These are made really fast, and there is no set schedule for making.

Just take a peek at the video to set the vibe and see what decorations she might be bringing in here! In the meantime, join her Haunted Hudson Valley Facebook Page to stay connected!

Happening This Weekend 9/14/2018

Craft Beer and Sausages?? No, Oktoberfest did not come to Beacon early but the city will buzzing with IPA enthusiasts. And what better way to recover than a belly full of delicious samples from Barb's Butchery? 

There are lots of options for you to see and do this weekend. You'll bump into a lot of them just by walking around. Take a look at the lineup below!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
Days
: September 14, 15, 16, 2018
Time: 10am-5pm (Fri), 10am-6pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Location: Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
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September Bird Walk
Day
: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 8:30am-10am
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Information >

Tiny Concerts at Beacon's Bus Shelters
Day
: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 1:30-2:15pm
Location: Main St & Route 9D, Beacon, NY
Information >

Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 1:30-5:30pm (12:30 VIP)
Location: 1 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY 12508
Information >

DiaTalks presents Kellie Jones on “Women and the Dreamwork”
Day
: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Information >
Free admission on Saturdays and Sundays for City of Beacon residents (including the adjacent Hudson Valley communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham).

2018 New York Air Show
Day
: Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16, 2018
Time: 9am
Location: Stewart International Airport, New Windsor, NY
Information >

4th Annual Sausage Fest
Day
: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 10am-7pm
Location: Barb’s Butchery, 69 Spring Street, Beacon, NY
Photo Credit: Barb's Butchery
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle Presents Juilliard String Quartet
Day
: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Special Presentation: Grannies Respond to Keep Families Together 
Day: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: BEAHIVE, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Photo Credit: Claire Nelson
Information >

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




SAVE THE DATE! 
Amy Ma Pop-Up Shop
Day
: Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23, 2018
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Shop this fashionista's closet! Amy is bringing her collection of high fashion and some couture clothing for you to shop from.
Next week!

 


Meanwhile, during the week...
Be sure to check the Classes for Adults Guide for opportunities mid-week!

Adult Coloring Books
Day: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Talk Back To Mind Chatter - Tips to Reduce Critical Thoughts
Day: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main 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 and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 


 
Classics for Kids: Instrument Petting Zoo and Concert
Day
: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Dance Classes  - Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Theater Dance, Modern
Day/Time
: Days and Times Vary Depending on Class
Location: Ballet Arts Studio, 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY
(between the Yankee Clipper Diner and Stock Up)
Information >

Broadway Kids
Grades
: K-5
Days: Saturdays September 15-November 10, 2018
Time: 12:15-1:00pm
Location: Beacon Performing Arts Center, 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Musical Theatre Dance
Grades
: 6-12
Days: Sundays September 16-December 16, 2018
Time: 2:45-3:30pm
Location: Beacon Performing Arts Center, 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Performance Masterclass - acting, singing, some dance, film
Grades: 9-12
Days: Sundays September 16-December 16, 2018
Time: 1:45-2:45pm
Location: Beacon Performing Arts Center, 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

The Pigskin Princess Project
Winter 2018 Girls Football Program

Days: Sundays, starting September 16, 2018
Ages/Time: Ages 3-10  see website for age/time
Location: Geering Park, Fishkill, NY
Information >

The Pigskin Prince Project
Winter 2018 Boys Football Program

Days: Sundays, September 16-October 21, 2018
Ages: 3-5
Time: 11:15am-12pm
Location: Geering Park, Fishkill, 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)
Just when we thought we were satisfied with our existing glasses collection from Luxe Optique - we need this punky cat-eye frame - as "transitions"! Wear as regular glasses, or sunglasses. OR, you can get them with tinted glass that goes dark or totally clear depending on if you're outside or inside. Yes, check them out. It's the Firi Matte Nude from Christian Roth Eyewear at Luxe.




 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Is this a vision of the Snow Queen from the TV show "Once Upon a Time"? It is a gorgeous image of the winter bridal looks that are coming out of Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique, located at the base of Mount Beacon. This photo was taken at Lambs Hill wedding venue. Yes, they have your bases covered.





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
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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
There are only a few apartments left for rent at 7 Creek Drive, which is down by the Fishkill Creek near The Roundhouse and Hudson Valley Brewery. These well lit apartments even come with access to a place to give your dog a bath.
Pictures and Our Favorite Parts >
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Just as purchasing a home is an extensive process; selling one can be as well. Most sellers do not want to enter the holiday season with interruptions and the selling process on their mind. It is not uncommon for homeowners that have not sold by the Fall to wait until the following Spring. With this being said, sellers are worn out and may be more willing to negotiate and expedite the closing and move-in process.  
Talk to Rhinebeck Bank If You're Buying a Home!

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Are you hosting a special event? Antalek & Moore can take care of the Event Insurance for you, making this aspect of your event planning ta-done.
Learn More >
 
BeaconArts
"That wasn't there before..." muttered someone while walking past this flaming red piano on their way to get a grocery cart at Key Food. That's right. It's a temporary performance installation known as Keys to Beacon, a project of BeaconArts, where YOU get to make the magic at the keyboard. Anyone can sit down - or stand up - and play. A new Beacon blogger, Timothy Delaney, wrote about it here.
Read the Article >
Photo Credit: Timothy Delany
        
A Little Beacon Space
Book your next Work Retreat at A Little Beacon Space, and enjoy easy access to coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner! We made an easy Recommendation List of where to get what as you plan it out.
Get Photos & Details >

Katie James, Inc.

Great photography can make all the difference in your social media streams. Katie James Inc. can come to your space to take a round of photos you can add to your collection and use as needed for Instagram, Advertisements, Marketing Brochures, and more.
View Our Portfolio >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Car Show is coming to Beacon. All sponsorship inquiries can be emailed to Carol Oken: carloken3258@gmail.com

Tin Shingle | Private Training

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Back to Business, Back to School - September's Column in the Highlands Current

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Writing about others is very easy and delightful. Writing about one’s self is very hard! Yet is what I teach business owners, artists and makers to do in my Tin Shingle life. Yet in my A Little Beacon Blog life, this is a much harder exercise!

But here it is - The Highlands Current offered me a monthly column in their newspaper, and that is such an honor. Anything printed is a much tougher choice with layout/design, actual word length cut-offs, limited picture runs, distribution of the paper (aka driving it around and dropping it into locations), etc. But people love paper, they pick it up, it always works and doesn’t need to be plugged in an recharged. Admit it. You pick up papers, and you see paper flyers on walls.

They wanted someone to speak about Kid life here in the Hudson Valley, with a focus on Beacon and Cold Spring. So, we have my column, called “Kid Friendly,” that will do just that! Plus life as a (self-employed) working parent.

September’s column is on newsstands now - but only until Friday! Then it switches out to their next issue. I focused on my favorite time of year - September - because it is the time to begin again. It is the Back to Business season. Yet is also Back to School season. Which makes getting into a work groove very tricky. The article works to dispel the myth that parents can work with kids at home (or very little kids at least). The picture used in the article tries to debunk the myth created by photos of very calm looking mothers sitting at the dining room table working on their laptop with a baby on their lap. Doesn’t happen!

Additionally, the article explores how business owners with storefronts do it. Showing up to a physical location at a set time can be extremely challenging. I have encountered more than one storefront that was closed during an OPEN day with a sign in the window: “Sorry, the babysitter canceled, we had to stay home” or “Sorry, we had to make an emergency Doctor’s appointment.” For this article, I interviewed Carley Hughes of Ella’s Bellas in Beacon, and Dawn Scanga of Cold Spring Fitness. Carley started her business when her daughter was in a stroller, and Dawn started hers when her 4 children were still in high school. If you ever do encounter these signs, go easy on ‘em. It’s challenging running a business with kids!

Pick up your copy today! Right now!

PS: It’s also online, but paper is more fun.

Places to Vote in Beacon for Primaries and Elections

Wondering where to go vote in the primaries this September? Did you toss your yellow card by accident? It's coming right up on Thursday, September 13, 2018, and the locations of where to go for where you live are below. Polls are open from 6am-9pm, according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

We confirmed these locations before they were published onto the Dutchess County Board of Elections website with Kelly Floyd, Senior Election Specialist, Dutchess County Board of Elections, and this is what she sent via email (it has since been uploaded there) For your reference, this tool at the New York State Voter Registration page has been the best one to use:

ADDRESSES

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

Rombout Middle School
84 Matteawan Rd
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, or by looking at the map on this website: http://dutchesselections.com/pdf/2014townmaps/CityofBeacon.pdf.

Or, you can be told what District you are at this VoterLookUp web page from New York State's Register to Vote page, and the VoterLookUp 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?

Two answers to this:

  • You’ll need to be registered in Beacon if you’re not already. You only need to do this once. 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 primaries. 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 polititians 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.

Where Can I Register to Vote?

If you just moved to Beacon and haven’t registered to vote here yet - or if you haven’t registered at all - then you’re out of luck to vote in this Thursday’s Primary vote. However, the time is now to register to vote for the rest of the election opportunities for the mid-term elections and beyond.

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. Look for a table from “We All Vote”

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

There is a deadline - you’ll want to be all buttoned up by September 30th 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 is 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 ten votes,” says Ronna.

Pop-Up Shop Is OPEN! Walk Around Corrado's Design Showroom for Kitchen & Bath Surfaces

A Little Beacon's Space is ready for you! Come in this weekend to touch and feel samples of flooring and countertops from Corrado's Design Center, who specialize in porcelain tile, marble, stone, mosaics and glass products. This will be the easiest, most convenient home renovation shopping you will do in Beacon! But there are only 2 days left for you to visit - Saturday and Sunday.

Bring the kids, because you'll get to make a free tile magnet and take home a little Super Hero Tile Guy! These red Super Hero Tile Guys are spacers used when installing tile. Corrado's Design Center can help you pick out the pattern, and getting everything you need for it. Do some Adult Coloring of your own on a blank magnet tile.

WHERE: 291 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508, First Floor, First Door
WHEN: September 7th-9th
Saturday: 10am-8pm (wine and cheese starting at 6pm)
Sunday:  10am-4pm
KIDS CRAFT ALERT! Design your own free magnet! Available all day long, while supplies last.
DESIGN TIP: Take a picture of the room(s) you dream of renovating and bring it to the shop. This will help you imagine which styles would work. Could be the bathroom floor, shower, kitchen, anything.
More Details Here >


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PS: This weekend, The Telephone Building is in extremely creative form, with ambient art from ambidextrous artist Donna Mikkelsen visiting the Beahive next door for a "Day of Spontaneous Symmetry." More hands-on art creating is available for little kids from 3pm-4pm. The littlest mark-makers (ages 1 to 3yrs) are welcome to draw. From 4pm-5pm, everyone, all ages, is invited to playfully explore symmetry, movement, and rhythm. Both of those sessions are free, so don't miss out! Come back in the evening for an opening of Donna Mikkelsen's own work, Spontaneous Symmetry, with art on Beahive's walls and happening live, before your eyes.  

All of your Art Openings are starting today. Pick which ones you want to visit by using A Little Beacon Blog's Second Saturday Art Guide, which has write-ups of each of them.

Happening This Weekend 9/7/2018

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It's September's Second Saturday this weekend! There are so many fun things for you to do. New gallery openings, and some very limited time events - like this weekend only. Get your very cutest umbrella out, because you are walking this beat! Oh - and if you want to cruise on down the road under cover, hop on the new/old G Loop now knows as the Beacon Free Loop with its new Free Fare for Everyone!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Saturday is your last chance to see the Windows on Main Street adorning Beacon storefronts. This month also holds our last chance to visit Matteawan Gallery. Since 2013, the gallery has showcased many Hudson Valley artists. It will be missed. Read more about it here, and where you can find Karlyn next.
GO TO THIS GUIDE

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival
Days
: Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9 2018
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Rt 9, Rhinebeck, NY
Information >

Sun & Earth Festival
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 3-8pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

Spirit of Beacon Photo Exhibit
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

"Playing Changes" Book Party: Local Beaconite and National Jazz Critic Nate Chinen Publishes Book
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Hudson Valley Vinyl, 267 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Live Concert: Ate Bit + James Brandon Lewis Trio + Sir/Real
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center,477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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25th Annual Fishkill Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
Day:
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Main St, Fishkill, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.




Pop-Up Kitchen & Bath Showroom, from Corrado's Design
Day
: Friday-Sunday, September 7-9, 2018
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Corrado's Design Center, Inc. is taking over A Little Beacon Space starting this weekend (right now!) Touch samples of porcelain tile, marble, stone, mosaics and glass products. They are even bringing a craft project for you to make with tile!


Calling All Beacon Poets! Beacon Poet Laureate Applications
Deadline: TODAY September 7th
Do you like to wax poetic? You could be the next Beacon Poet Laureate! The Beacon Poet Laureate acts as an advocate for poetry, on behalf of the City of Beacon, by promoting and emphasizing the importance of poetry in our community. The selected Beacon Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020.)
Application Form >

Historic Happening at West Point Foundry
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 10am-11:30am
Location: 68 Kemble Ave Cold Spring, NY 10516
Explore the ironworks that sparked America's Industrial Revolution and helped win the Civil War—and enjoy a rare glimpse inside the Foundry's 1865 office building.
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Trail Building Workshop at Crystal Lake
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: 100 Temple Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550
Help Scenic Hudson staff members with the construction of a new hiking trail leading from Crystal Lake in Newburgh to Snake Hill’s summit and great river views. Gloves, tools, snacks and light refreshments provided.
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Charming Party for New Gretchen "Night and Day Dress" Pattern at Beetle and Fred
Day
: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Love In America: The Impact of Social Media on Relationships
Day
: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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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 and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.


Lightning Bug Kids Yoga!
Day: Mondays, starting September 10, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
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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)
Goodbye Summer Style, hello Fall Fashion! You'll find that most handmade styles of sunglasses at Luxe Optique will carry you through any season. Go try on a pair to see for yourself!





BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
The detail on the back of this Sorella Vita gown is stunning. You must get to know this designer now carried in Lambs Hill, and you can do so right now on Lamb Hill's website who has the full collection of bridesmaids’ dresses to browse.





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
PARTNER SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Do you think about your safety when hopping into a rideshare car like Uber or Lyft? Antalek and Moore is thinking about it for you, and dug into recent safety changes at Uber. Read of them here before you schedule that next ride.


Rhinebeck Bank
Rhinebeck Bank's informative morning show, "Wake Up With Rhinebeck Bank" is about to release Season 3! Take a peek at this rare behind-the-scenes footage of Michelle recording, and get her Back to School Tips!
BeaconArts
DEADLINE TODAY! The Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts is now accepting applications now being accepted and the deadline is September 7th, 2018.
Apply Online >

A Little Beacon Space
Book your next Work Retreat at A Little Beacon Space, and enjoy easy access to coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner! We made an easy Recommendation List of where to get what as you plan it out.

Katie James, Inc.

Great photography can make all the difference in your social media streams. Katie James Inc. can come to your space to take a round of photos you can add to your collection and use as needed for Instagram, Advertisements, Marketing Brochures, and more. See samples here.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Car Show is coming to Beacon. All sponsorship inquiries can be emailed to Carol Oken: carloken3258@gmail.com

Tin Shingle Member Mingle

SAVE THE DATE!
Day: Monday, September 28, 2018
Time: 12pm noon
The Tin Shingle Member Mingle on the last Monday of the month, starting in September! Put your marketing brain on, because we'll chat, catch up, and then go over how you are getting the word out about your business (or art, or book, or initiative). Enjoy Stumptown coffee and cheeses from Beacon Pantry.
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Until next week!

Gallery Closing: Matteawan Gallery's Final Opening is September 2018 - Where to Find Karlyn Next

It's bittersweet that this month's opening at Matteawan Gallery reflects on the passage of time: Eleanor White's It's About Time  will be Matteawan Gallery's final show. Karlyn Benson opened Matteawan Gallery in March 2013 in a small space further east on Main Street near the mountain.

It was a pretty common sight to see familiar faces packed into the gallery and congregating on the sidewalk outside, discussing everything from new puppies (hi, Jack!) to the featured artist who used math and dots to make really neat art that I couldn't wait to share with my math teacher-Renaissance man dad. I (I = Second Saturday writer Catherine, not bloggista extraordinaire Katie) am a total art newbie, and don't always "get" the fancy/important work, but Karlyn's gallery always had pieces by new (to me), interesting artists. Who remembers the baseball card guy

Matteawan will be missed, but keep your eyes peeled for Karlyn's name: "I plan to curate exhibitions under the name Matteawan Projects and to write about art in the Hudson Valley," she says. (Her first article is already up at Chronogram!) 

September's Opening: Eleanor White's It's About Time

Eleanor White returns to Matteawan Gallery with It's About Time. In her second solo show at the gallery, Eleanor explores the passing of time in sculpture and drawings. Natural materials, including hair, dandelion fluff, wood ash, and eggshells break out of their place in the daily background to figure prominently as materials, reminding viewers of fragility and the cyclic nature of ... nature. According to gallery owner Karlyn Benson, "White takes ordinary objects and makes them into something wonderful, captivating, and strange, thereby showing the potential of everything around us to change over time."

This exhibit runs through Sunday, October 7, 2018.