How To Enter The Corn Muffin Contest During The Beacon Sloop Club's Corn Festival 2019

Photo Credit: Beacon Sloop Club

Photo Credit: Beacon Sloop Club

Last year marked the launch of the Cornbread contest at the Beacon Sloop Club’s Corn Festival. This year, the baking returns! In Corn Muffin form. Let’s see what you got!

Rules and Regulations for Corn Muffin Contest

1. Anyone can enter. The only rule is the corn muffin must be made from scratch.

2. Prize for first place is $25.

3. To enter, bring your cornbread to the Contest Tent before 2PM. Bring your cornbread on a dish or plate, along with a card with your name, phone number, and recipe. Besides the name of your recipe, please include the ingredients used. Winner announce at 3pm.

Beacon Sloop Club's Corn Festival To Include Live Music, Free Sailing, Tumblebus, and More (Free)

Photo Credit: Beacon Sloop Club

Photo Credit: Beacon Sloop Club

The Beacon Sloop Club’s Annual Corn Festival is this Sunday, August 11th from 12pm-5pm at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. To welcome in the beginning of Fall, you can expect to nibble on sweet corn on the cob, cold watermelon, hot chili, cold drinks, and other summer treats. The mission of the Beacon Sloop Club is to protecting the Hudson through environmental advocacy. Bringing you closer to the water is one way they do that. Admission to the Corn Festival is free. Info:

New! Kids Entertainment Will Include Tumblebus (Free)

This year’s festival will be featuring the Tumble Bus, a full size school bus converted into a mobile gym for kids from 18 months to 9 years of age, (a special free activity for children at this festival from 12pm-4pm).

Live Music and Storytelling

Two solar music stages with live music: Jonathan Kruk, storyteller, Susan Wright & Friends, Betty & The Baby Boomers, The Cabo’s, Ernie Sites, Roadhouse Roosters, Hank Woji, Lydia Adams Davis. The festival will be start with an original poem by Beacon Poet Peter Ullian created to commemorate the festival.

More Things To Do Including Free Public Sails On The Sloop Woody Guthrie

Environmental educational displays, craft and food vendors and many other free activities, fun for all ages! The Sloop Woody Guthrie will give free public sails. Sign up begins at noon at the BSC tent.

New Corn Muffin Contest!

Rules and Regulations for Corn Muffin Contest!!

1. Anyone can enter. The only rule is the corn muffin must be made from scratch.

2. Prize for first place is $25.

3. To enter, bring your cornbread to the Contest Tent before 2PM. Bring your cornbread on a dish or plate, along with a card with your name, phone number, and recipe. Besides the name of your recipe, please include the ingredients used. Winner announce at 3pm.

From Rt 9D, follow signs to the Beacon Metro‐North Train Station. Look for signs to Riverfront Park.

Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival From Common Ground Farm at Stony Kill This Weekend

Photo Credit:  Common Ground Farm

Photo Credit: Common Ground Farm

DATE: Saturday August 3rd,
TIME: 3-8pm
Rain Date: Sunday August 4th

The Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival, presented by Common Ground Farm, will be a celebration of gratitude for natural resources, from the sun in the sky to the earth; highlighting sustainable agriculture, local food, music and the supportive community. This happens on Saturday, August 3rd from 3-8pm.

Located on the historic Stony Kill property, the Sun & Earth Festival will welcome guests to explore Common Ground Farm, eat delicious local food, enjoy music performances and engage in food & farm activities. The event will highlight multiple activities including yoga, music, children’s activities on the farm and cooking demonstrations with farm fresh produce. The evening will conclude with a fun outdoor dance party!

Food and Activities From Your Local Favorites

FOOD: Confirmed food vendors include Barb’s Butchery, Las Tres Americas taco truck, Samosa Shack, Zora Dora and Drink More Good.

YOGA: Programs offered include yoga with local instructors Julian Paik and Kyla Wedenko, mindful relaxation with Beacon of Light Wellness, pottery with Newburgh Pottery and a farm activity led by Common Ground’s farm manager Leah Garrard.

KIDS ACTIVITIES: There will also be children’s activities provided by Compass Arts, and cooking demonstrations and tastings with fresh Common Ground vegetables, led by Chef Sonya Joy Key and Chef Nicholas Leiss. Musical acts include live music from Tony DePaolo and a dance party DJ’ed by Jamie Pabst aka Miss Behavior Music!

Sponsors include Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, and activity sponsors, Allsport Fishkill (yoga), Vassar Brothers Hospital (yoga) and Stop and Shop (cooking demonstrations) for making this event possible. Admission is free with donations accepted to support Common Ground Farm’s efforts in expanding food access throughout the Hudson Valley.

About Common Ground Farm

CGF’s mission is to serve the community as a model for food justice and education for people of all ages and incomes. The organization maintains a 7 acre vegetable farm at the Stony Kill property in Wappingers Falls, runs education programs for children and adults on the farm and in the schools, and operates farmers’ markets and mobile markets in Beacon and Newburgh. You can find the farm’s produce weekly on Wednesdays at their Common Greens Mobile Market (a partnership with Green Teen Beacon and Cornell Cooperative Extension) at Forrestal Heights and the community health center in Beacon, Saturdays at the Newburgh Farmers’ Market, and Sundays at the Beacon Farmers’ Market.

Accepting Photos: Spirit Of Beacon Day 2019 Juried Photo Exhibit

Photo Credit: Howland Public Library

Photo Credit: Howland Public Library

The Howland Public Library Calls For Photography:
Show Us The Spirit of Beacon!

The Spirit of Beacon Day is a citywide celebration for the community of Beacon, NY, held annually since 1977 on the last Sunday of September. The parade and festival highlight local community groups, volunteer organizations and schools, all joining together with local businesses on Beacon's vibrant Main Street. A day to bring the city together, especially the children and youth. Members of the community should get to know one another better, learn to know what each other likes through conversation, feelings, entertainment, education, and food.

The Howland Public Library wants to know: “What does The Spirit of Beacon mean to you?”

The Howland Public Library and the Spirit of Beacon Day Committee are looking for photographs that best capture the essence of The Spirit of Beacon. What makes our community so unique? Can you capture it in an image? Is it the beautiful mountains, the historic architecture, the connection to the river, the vibrant community, all of the above, or something else? Share your vision with us! Photographers of ALL ages and skill levels are invited to submit their original photos.

Selected photos will be exhibited in the Community Room Exhibit Space at the Howland Public Library in Beacon, NY, during the month of September as part of the Spirit of Beacon celebration. A reception for the community will be held on Second Saturday, September 14.

How to Enter

  • Email up to three of your photos that you feel best capture the Spirit of Beacon for consideration to

  • Images should be in jpeg format. Maximum file size 1MB. Name your files as follows: Last Name + First name + underscore + title.jpg. Example: SmithJohn_MountBeacon.jpg.

  • In your email, please include the following information for each photo, 1) the title, 2) location and 3) year taken (approximate.)


All entries must be received by Thursday, August 1.


The winning entries will be selected by a committee and all photographers will be notified by Saturday, August 10, if one of their photos has been accepted into the show.


Photographs (unframed, prints only) must be dropped off at the Howland Public Library between Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8. All photos should be printed 8” x 10” or 8” x 8” for square images.

If you need help printing your photo, reach out to Accuprint on Main Street, next to Isamu Sushi.


Notification of Acceptance: No later than Wednesday, August 7.
Accepted Photos Delivered to Howland Public Library: Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, September 14, to Saturday, October 5.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 5 to 7 pm.

Annual Fish Fry This Saturday From Springfield Baptist Church

The annual Springfield Baptist Church Fish Fry is this Saturday on Mattie Cooper Square/Church Street, on the corner of Willow Street just behind Main Street. Have your belly ready for some cornmeal-fried fish filet and other menu options.

A Little Beacon Blog was created in part to spot events like this and share them with the community - to add to the efforts community organizers make to get the word out. Getting the word out takes a lot of work! A Little Beacon Blog is here to help. 

You know who else helps make this happen? Our sponsor of the popular Event Guide, The Crafty Hammer, a new DIY crafty business in Beacon. They came to us saying: “We want to use ALBB in our promotional planning. All the time. Where else can we help support you?” Amazing. Thank you to all of our sponsors!! 

To submit an event for consideration in our Event Guide, use the Event Submission Form in the menu above. This is great for free events, educational, super cool and unique (tough choice there because everything is super cool! Just make sure it’s VERY unique). If you’re running a marketing event for your business, that is free, we may ask you to buy a Event Promotion Package. All advertising helps keep us posting here on the Internet, so thanks in advance! Maybe one day we’ll be in print!


The 16th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim - Registration Closes Friday, July 19!

The River Pool at Beacon is hosting the 16th annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim on Saturday, July 20, 2019 (rain date is Sunday, July 21). All swimmers must pre-register to swim by Friday, July 19, 2019. Registration on race day will not be allowed.

The race is a wonderful opportunity for experienced swimmers to swim about one mile (72 lengths of a standard 25-yard pool) across the Hudson River and raise funds to benefit the nonprofit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon (a 501c3 tax-exempt organization). You can also learn more about the River Pool from this article we published about their 2018 opening.

Swimmers will check in on the Newburgh side of the river at Water Street, between 3rd St. and 4th St. (UNICO Park Plaza) between 8:30 and 10:15 am. Swimmers must be at least 10 years old, but swimmers ages 10-17 need certification of ability signed by a coach or athletic director.

Family and friends are encouraged to drop off swimmers in Newburgh, watch them start the race, then drive across the bridge to Beacon to greet them as they come out of the water. There will be light snacks, food, and beverages available for purchase on the Beacon riverfront.

Kayak Escorts Wanted

In addition to swimmers, they are also looking for kayak escorts for the race to ensure the safety and well-being of all swimmers, as well as keeping them on-course. There are no registration fees to be a kayak escort.

Regularly check for updates, especially the week before the swim. To register for the race as a swimmer or escort, visit

Stony Kill Foundation's Annual Butterfly Festival

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The fun and family-friendly annual Butterfly Festival at Stony Kill Farm is happening this year on Saturday, July 27, from 11 am to 3 pm. Master gardeners are in attendance to educate and answer questions about Stony Kill Foundation's Verplanck Memorial Garden.

What To Expect - Butterflies, Of Course

The festival will feature local vendors, a plant sale, a monarch butterfly expert and education table, storytelling, music, food, crafts, face painters, a henna artist, hula hoop demonstrations, and of course - the butterfly tents that the festival is known for!

And Horses

This year there will also be a horse show for the first time. There will be many types of activities and opportunities for the family to experience.

Tickets and VIP Perks

This event, which regularly draws over 2,000 people, is always a big hit every year. VIP fast-passes are available - they include a ride on the Butterfly Mobile, an event T-shirt, and a ticket to the “Fast Pass” Butterfly tent so that you’ll be able to avoid the regular long lines to get in and see the butterflies. It’s like the Fast Pass at Disney, but better because you’re at Stony Kill Farm in the fresh air!

You’ll get all of this for a suggested donation of $17 ($65 for a family of four, and kids under 5 are free!).

The Butterfly Festival is sponsored by Antalek & Moore and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. A Little Beacon Blog is also a sponsor this year! Look for us on the T-shirt! This event helps keep Stony Kill Farm’s doors open, and their programs and services running. Help them stay open by purchasing your VIP tickets on Eventbrite.


Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center is located on Route 9D in Wappingers Falls, NY.  This 1,000-acre farm, former homestead of the Verplanck Family, is owned by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and operated by the Stony Kill Foundation.

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Muslims Celebrate Eid In Beacon For End Of Ramadan

Photo Credit: Junior ZayEd

Photo Credit: Junior ZayEd

Junior Zayed pictured with his daughters, who decided to dress up, including scarves, during Ramadan.  Photo Credit: Junior Zayed

Junior Zayed pictured with his daughters, who decided to dress up, including scarves, during Ramadan.
Photo Credit: Junior Zayed

Today was a celebration of the end of Ramadan for Muslims, and the community was celebrating and praying in Beacon. Said one local, Junior Zayed in his Instagram along with this photo pictured above: “We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We would like to thank the City of Beacon Police Department for being here with us while we pray in peace in our place of worship with our families, friends and community.”

More About Eid: Izzy Tells Us

To learn more about Eid, we reached out to A Little Beacon Blog writer Izdihar Dabashi. She explains what Beacon Muslims have been doing today, and why: “Muslims have two Eid holidays: Today is Eid Al-Fitr, which is the first day to break fast following the holy month of Ramadan. Eid Al-Fitr celebrates the completion of Ramadan. We start the day by praying at the mosque for Allah (God) to accept our fast, charity, and good deeds during Ramadan. Each Muslim person donates money to the poor, and it’s common for people to send money to feed the poor or slaughter (in a humane and clean method, which makes it halal) a lamb to feed the poor. Eid is spent with family, some of us go to the park, others to restaurants, some choose to just stay at home and have family over.

“Muslims in Beacon prayed the Eid prayer around 9:30 am today. The Beacon Police actually parked across the street from Masjid Ar-Rashid to keep watch over the mosque. Many of us greatly appreciate their efforts and peaceful involvement in the Muslim community.”

According to Izdihar, if you are passing someone who is recognizing the day, you could say to them: “Eid Mubarak” or even just “Happy Eid.”

More About Ramadan

We invited Izdihar to explain Ramadan in her own words, to help connect the holidays:

“Ramadan is the holy month of Islam. It is a month of fast from sunrise to sundown. Muslims not only restrain from food and drink, but also from unnecessary distractions to your faith and community such as music, excessive attention to appearance and/or TV, etc.

“During this month, your fast will not be accepted if you are unkind to someone, use foul language, rude or aggressive behavior, etc. You try to limit bad deeds, and focus on consistently committing good deeds. It is a month meant to be experienced in peace, and connect you to Allah (God) as well as the people around you.

“Muslims donate food and money to the poor. Some will try to focus on a family to actively feed. Each night, Muslims who are able to make it to the mosque after sundown will pray Ramadan prayers to ask for forgiveness, peace and relief in the world, and whatever else an individual would like to pray for.

“The purpose of Ramadan is to connect you to your faith, and community. It teaches a Muslim empathy for the hungry, and makes them conscious of their role in community and earth in general. A proper Muslim role is meant to be filled with peace, generosity, kindness, and humbleness.”

Remembrance Comes From Unexpected Places - The Story Of A Ring For Memorial Day

Memorial Day remembrances stretch deeply into many people’s stories. A shade of grief or worry might emerge from a radio essay by a mother of a grown son, as she remembers when he departed for his first tour of duty, when she noticed that he needed a shower as she hugged him goodbye, triggering a memory of her giving him a bath as a baby. A memory she quickly dismissed.

This story is of a woman, Ashley, getting her engagement ring reset so that she could wear it as an everyday ring, as told by King and Curated, the Beacon jeweler who redesigned it, via two Instagram posts here and here. To show another side of remembrance on this Memorial Day Weekend, we have republished the story here, with tiny edits for clarity.


When Ashley came for her custom appointment, she brought an engagement ring and explained it was from her husband who had since passed. I didn’t pry. I didn’t want to bring up anything that would possibly upset her. She explained that she kept wearing it after he had passed, but when people would compliment her on it or ask her about her husband, she would either be honest and tell them he passed, or she would find a way to thank them and avoid mentioning it to not make things awkward.

It’s very hard to find the words to comfort loss like that. You never really know what to say. I just told her I was sorry to hear that, and she made sure to continue to tell me that was why she wanted to reset it.

Along with [this ring was a ring from] her mother-in-law. [She wanted to combine rings]. She wanted it to look like a ring she could enjoy every day, [so] that she would have Nate and her mother-in-law in one ring mixed with new stones.

She wanted it to represent the growth since his passing while at the same time memorializing him. She didn’t want it to look like an engagement ring anymore. So we made sure the diamond was offset by colorful stones to complement both the sapphire from her mother-in-law and other stones we hand-picked for her. We added sprinklings of diamonds in between to add texture-like pattern to break up the modern settings of the larger stones.

As our conversation continued, I asked her when she needed it done by. She said she was going on a trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and she would like it to be done when she got back. I was impressed! I asked who she was going with. She said she was going with TAPS. I didn’t know what that was and she explained. “TAPS - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. They support anyone [who] has lost a special someone in the military (spouse, child, friend, sibling, etc). They supply grief counseling, host workshops, retreats, expeditions, etc. Basically they help you not feel alone. To help you understand that someone out there is going through the same thing that you are and that TAPS is here to help. It's an incredible organization with awesome resources.”

Then my heart sank. Ugh. As fate would have it, Ashley’s new ring was handed off yesterday. She came in excited, got happy and emotional. And then told me - out of all the times this ring could be given to her in its new setting of past, present, and future - that Memorial Day weekend, when we celebrate those who make the ultimate sacrifice, couldn’t have been a more fitting time.

It’s been 6 years since Nate’s passing.

The Dutchess Reformed Church of Beacon, 1113 Wolcott Avenue (9D). Photo Credit: Google

The Dutchess Reformed Church of Beacon, 1113 Wolcott Avenue (9D).
Photo Credit: Google

For more information on TAPS, including how to use their resources or to donate, visit their website here. To participate in remembrances and to show appreciation in Beacon, you can attend Beacon’s Memorial Day Parade at 1 pm (line up at noon at City Hall on Route 9D). The parade starts on 9D (Wolcott Avenue) at City Hall, then heads up Main Street.

The Memorial Service at Beacon’s Memorial Building at 413 Main St. (across from Chase Bank) will follow the parade, at approximately 2 or 2:15 pm, “to give everyone a chance to get here,” says parade organizer Tony Lasseter.

Beacon’s Memorial Building, 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Beacon’s Memorial Building, 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Last Day Of Beacon Open Studios - Check Out These Artists!

Beacon Open Studios
Days: Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: Noon to 6 pm
Location: Citywide in Beacon, NY!
Get the map online or find their brochure in stores!

Sunday is your last day to visit the studios of artists participating in Beacon Open Studios 2019. For some artists, this might be the only chance you have to see their art up close and in person. There are so many artists involved - check them out here! And find them by address here.

Some of the artists you’ve been following on Instagram, others you have seen in galleries or spotted in magazines. Take this Sunday to get out there on foot, bike or car to explore the creatives around you.

When you see the red Beacon Open Studios dot outside of a home or building, pull over! A few artists we have spotted in Instagram:

Photo Credit: Matthew William Robinson

Photo Credit: Matthew William Robinson

Photo Credit: Third Muse Metal Arts

Photo Credit: Third Muse Metal Arts

Photo Credit: Dichotomy Home

Photo Credit: Dichotomy Home

Photo Credit: Agouti Studios

Photo Credit: Agouti Studios

Photo Credit: Rexhill Studio

Photo Credit: Rexhill Studio

Photo Credit: @Kennifs

Photo Credit: @Kennifs

Sneak Peek Into Beacon Open Studios 2019 - Kickoff Is This Weekend!

Kick Off Party - Friday
Day: May 17, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm

Oak Vino Wine Bar 
389 Main St., Beacon, NY

Beacon Open Studios
Days: Saturday, May 18, & Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: Noon to 6 pm
Location: Citywide in Beacon, NY!
Get the map online, or find their brochure in stores!

While Beacon celebrates its local artists all year long, the Beacon Open Studios weekend is special because once a year, the artists of Beacon open their art studios to the public. This free, citywide, weekend-long event has become one of the largest of its kind in the Hudson Valley. A Little Beacon Blog is happy to once again be a sponsor for Beacon Open Studios, the weekend of May 17-19, 2019.

Sneak Peek Into Performances and Art

The artists have been promoting their studios and exhibits in anticipation of this weekend. A few interesting pieces crossed our inbox, so we’re spotlighting them here on the blog.

Visit the Beacon Open Studios website for a directory and map of participating artists, and you can plan out your visits. The organizers even offer four different tour suggestions to help you navigate through the area. You can also pick up a brochure and map at various businesses along Main Street. You can also wing it on your own, and just follow the red dots that will be all over the city.

A-Y/Dancers Perform at KuBe (aka the Old Beacon High School)

Included with the open studios will be a live performance from the A-Y/Dancers at the KuBe Theater in the old Beacon High School on Saturday, May 18, at 5 pm and 7 pm. They will also perform at the Ethan Cohen Gallery beforehand in the hallway.

As part of their inaugural season, A-Y/Dancers licensed a unique “MinEvent” from the Merce Cunningham Trust. The performance, titled “Embodied Time: A Collaborative Performance,” is an arrangement of excerpts from works that Cunningham choreographed across three decades, from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, strung together by Jean Freebury, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A unique score composed and performed by sound artist Mark Trecka will consist of audio recordings of the dancers’ bodies during rehearsals, transferred to cassette, but into loops, and amplified back into the room in real time. In a synchronistic approach, artist Joseph Ayers created a unique animation that samples the dancers’ movements recorded during rehearsals, and then projects the resulting abstraction as a backdrop to the live performance.

Having a hard time imagining all of that? Below is a teaser video of what you will see live on Saturday!

3 Artists at Caiming Cheung’s Studio

The jeweler Caiming Cheung has opened up her studio to the potter Virginia Piazza and the painter Chris Sanders. Caiming’s studio is at 70 Eliza Street, Beacon.

Photo Credit: Virginia Piazza

Photo Credit: Virginia Piazza

Photo Credit: Caiming Cheung

Photo Credit: Caiming Cheung

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders

For The Photography Lovers

Some photography work featured this weekend.

Photo Credit: Randy Calderone

Photo Credit: Randy Calderone

Photo Credit: Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh

Photo Credit: Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh

Photo Credit: Dale Leifeste

Photo Credit: Dale Leifeste

Furniture Making

Photo Credit: Chris Ungaro

Photo Credit: Chris Ungaro

Photo Credit: Justin King

Photo Credit: Justin King

Mixed Media

Photo Credit: Kat Stoutenborough

Photo Credit: Kat Stoutenborough

Photo Credit: Johana Skalsky Presence

Photo Credit: Johana Skalsky Presence

Photo Credit: Patricia Di Bella-Kreger

Photo Credit: Patricia Di Bella-Kreger

Beacon's City-Wide Yard Sale Is Back for 2019


Now is your chance to kick your spring cleaning into high gear! It’s time to clear out the attic, basement, junk drawers and whatever other items you’re willing to let go of, and see them off to a new home. The City of Beacon is once again hosting their City-Wide Yard Sale held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm. There is still time to register!

Get The Word Out

You can advertise your sale through the City of Beacon ahead of time to get the word out and gather some interest. List your yard sale for $10 or talk to your neighbors and list three for $20. Your sale will be listed by street address. This list will be available to shoppers on the morning of the sale at the Recreation Center as well as online for the weeks leading up to the sale. You will also receive a City-Wide Yard Sale sign to mark your house on the day of the sale. The City-Wide Yard Sale will be locally advertised in print and online by the Recreation Department.

No Yard? No Problem!

Not enough stuff to set up a whole sale? Consider being part of the sale at the Beacon Recreation Center this year. The city will have space and an 8-foot table waiting for you at the Recreation Center. Bring a chair, an umbrella and your wares for sale and the center, at 23 West Center Street, will host a flea market. All this for $15 and your sale will be part of our list. Use the same form to sign up.

RSVP on Facebook

Color-A-Thon Happening Saturday - Short Run Around Block Raises Money For South Avenue Elementary


Starts at 10 am
Bounce House: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Color-a-Thon: Starts at at 12pm.
We will have music, food for sale, and an awesome raffle. Enjoy South Avenue’s playground where we just added a new climbing wall and ten spin!

The moment South Avenue has been waiting for all year is here - The Color-A-Thon (also called the Color Run)! This is South Avenue Elementary School’s big fundraising event organized by the PTA, which helps them buy playground equipment for the school, fund field trips, purchase class supplies, establish a sustainable school link with an Ethiopian partner school, and more.

Color-A-Thon Open To All

The run is open to everyone in the community, not just South Avenue students, and you can register at the event for $15. Some teachers and students have sponsored “student spots” for those who don’t have the registration fee, including teachers like Mrs. Biersack and Mrs. Fabia. Other teachers, including Mrs. Nunez and Principal Cahill, will be at the run throwing color and participating in other ways.

Raffle Prizes

Raffle prizes include fun stuff from Alps Sweet Shop, Beacon Bath & Bubble LLC, Beacon D'Lites, Homespun Foods, Hudson Beach Glass, and Obercreek Farm. Other participating organizations include Wee Play Community Project, with a gift certificate to the Ree Play Sale (last weekend in April!), and Beacon Recreation for donating a 2019 Beacon Pool pass.

How The Color-A-Thon Works

So it’s pretty easy - you wear white and run around the block in the neighborhood next to South Avenue. The streets are blocked for the run, and you can run around as many times as you like. Often there are parents running or walking with the kids, so if you can’t run or walk, your child will most likely join up in a pack with others.

Then, there are color points at each turn, and bright colors are literally thrown onto you! You get covered head to toe in color, and it’s a lot of fun. The color powder is made from cornstarch, and the bright color in it is a mystery. :)

You can register at the event.

TIP: Walk, don’t drive to this event. Your car will get really messy with color when you get back in after the event. Shoes get really messy.

Color-A-Thon Made The “Morning News”

South Avenue Elementary’s librarian, Mr. Burke, produces a morning news show from his library in the basement. He goes throughout the school for different scenes and has recurring characters. Usually played by himself (kind of like how Tyler Perry often plays so many roles in one movie).

Here’s Mr. Burke exploring what would happen if the Color-A-Thon and the State ELA Tests were on the same day (they were the same week this year).

Last Chance For Artists To Register For Beacon Open Studios 2019 - All Artists Welcome

Photo Credit: Beacon Open Studios, Russell Cusick Gallery

Photo Credit: Beacon Open Studios, Russell Cusick Gallery

Are you an artist? This is your last chance to register your studio to be an official Open Studio for the weekend of Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 2019 for Beacon Open Studios. This is a citywide event in its 11th year, where the public gets to roam around all of the neighborhoods in search of artists they want to discover. We have written about the phenomenal event bunches of times here on the blog.

This free, citywide, weekend-long event has become one of the largest of its kind in the Hudson Valley. Artists are encouraged to put themselves out there to meet others, and get on the map - literally. Your studio will be on the map produced by Beacon Open Studios and distributed to business locations throughout Beacon, NY to help people find artists. You can see which artists have signed up so far on the BOS website.

This is one of A Little Beacon Blog's most favorite collaborative events of the year, and we are once again a proud sponsor.
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