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 3
TIME: 3 to 8 pm
RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 4

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 3 from 3 to 8 pm.

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 and 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 paletas 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 who make this event possible include Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, and activity sponsors Allsport Fishkill (yoga), Vassar Brothers Hospital (yoga) and Stop and Shop (cooking demonstrations). 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.

There's Still Time To Sign Up For Summer Camp!


Our Summer Camp Guide continues to get updated as more camps and 2019 dates come in. Many of these camps still have enrollment open as deadline dates are not until July, but offer discount rates for earlier enrollment. There is a camp for arts & crafts, sports, nature, and more.

Beacon Recreation will have several camps, including multi-sports camp, Tennis Clinic, Beacon Bulldogs Baseball Camp, Camp @ Camp and much more.

Visit our Summer Camp Guide for a full listing of Summer Camp options and dates today!

New Bathrooms On Bannerman Island - Civilized Circumstances At The Enchanting Castle

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Part of the fun of visiting Bannerman Castle, the abandoned structure perched on an island in the middle of the Hudson River, has always been the feeling that you’ve left civilization behind. Sure, it’s only a 20-minute boat ride from the Beacon dock, and the mysterious edifice is visible every day to thousands of Metro-North commuters on the Hudson Line. Still, once you step foot on the craggy Pollepel Island (now commonly referred to as Bannerman Island), it is easy to get swept away in both the history and the mystery. But things are getting a lot more civilized this summer.

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

State-Of-The-Art Restrooms Added & More Improvements

While activity on the island—lively historic tours, special events and performances—has been increasing each year, 2019 marks a major milestone. Not only is there a blockbuster lineup of music, theatre, and movie nights, but—wait for it —an actual state-of-the art, two-room permanent restroom has just been installed. No longer will visitors have to follow up Shakespeare or another show with a long trek down a steep staircase to access two portable toilets. In fact, we think the new handicapped-accessible restroom, designed and built by a team of 10 senior West Point engineering cadets, may now be one of the best public bathrooms in all of Beacon! 

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

The last couple of years have seen a host of major improvements to the island. In 2017 a new visitors center/museum opened in the round Bannerman residence building, perfectly situated on top of a hill with panoramic views. (Most eye-catching is a rusty bathtub used in the original house.) A cute “gift shop” area displays Bannerman Island paraphernalia: mugs, magnets, calendars, and more.

A proper gift shop at Bannerman Castle on Bannerman Island. Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

A proper gift shop at Bannerman Castle on Bannerman Island.
Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Learn The History of Bannerman Island

Here, the history of the island is laid out with old photographs and memorabilia. We learn about Frank Bannerman IV, who built the main castle between 1901 to 1918 to store his collection of antique military equipment, and how his family continued to use the residence through the 1930s. We see how the property fell into ruin after 1957, when the last superintendent retired, and how the interior of the castle was destroyed by a devastating three-day fire in the summer of 1969. Luckily, Neil Caplan, a local real estate broker and theatre enthusiast fell in love with the island, organized a nonprofit aimed at restoring it to its former glory, and first started leading tours in 2004.

Last year, a new stage was installed outside the visitors center. Frank Marquette, who with his wife runs the traveling theatre company Theatre on the Road, had such success with his nighttime production of Dracula there last year —The New York Times cooed: “An exceptionally skillful version of the classic thriller, fascinating”—that he is bringing it back for two more days in September. The company is also producing the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace for four days in July. As an added bonus, the daughter of Boris Karloff, who starred in the 1962 movie, will be on the island for two of those days to talk about why this show meant so much to her father.

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Movie Lineup & Events This Summer

Six movies will be shown this year. The season kicks off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on May 31, and also includes The Wizard of Oz (July 5), Jurassic Park (August 2), House of Wax (September 6) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (September 27). It’s no surprise that—given the sometimes eerie crumbling castle surroundings— the two showings of the cult classic Psycho are almost sold out (June 7 and 8). 

Other special events include farm-fresh dinners and musical performances on the third Sunday of each month, from May through October. 

No matter what brought you to the island—a show or one of the 1.5-hour guided walking tours— an ever-present added bonus is the natural beauty that surrounds you at every turn. A dedicated team of volunteers tend to the carefully-cultivated gardens, which are sponsored by Adams Fairacre Farms; that’s a good thing, as the island has been designated a monarch butterfly waystation. And of course there are the ever-present views. From Frank Marquette, “The Bannerman experience is completely unique. There is just nothing else like this,” says Marquette. “Of course, there are some challenges—there are mosquitos, there are trains going by—but people are willing to overlook these things because of the gorgeous, exotic setting. And, of course, those views.”

Kids Summer Camp Teaches Coding, Roblox and Minecraft Building, Robots, and More at SUNY New Paltz


Are your kids obsessed with Roblox and Minecraft too? Do they love coding during the sessions that the Beacon City School District provides during Library/Media Class, and the #hourofcoding nights? Then they may love this camp from ID Tech, available this summer at SUNY New Paltz .

WEEKS OF: June 24 | July 1 | July 8 | July 15 | July 22 | July 29

”iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 prestigious campus locations including SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and NYU.

“Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games, design Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Outdoor time is included.”

Details and pictures in A Little Beacon Blog’s Summer Camp Guide. We have not taken this camp ourselves yet, or heard from other locals who have. This is new on our radar.

iD Tech is a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog’s Summer Camp Guide.

You can be too if you run a Camp! Or if you run a business that helps families, you can sponsor this popular guide also. Details on how to sponsor are here.

The River Pool at Beacon IN The Hudson River Opens for 2018!

The left side of The Beacon River Pool - eye level.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The left side of The Beacon River Pool - eye level.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

As you play at Riverfront Park, known since 2014 as Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, you may have experienced the extreme desire to swim in the Hudson River to cool off. Well, now you can - because The River Pool at Beacon is open again this year! Starting in 2007, five years after submitting construction plans to New York State, the pool opened to the public for the first time. The river pool idea was originally proposed by the pool's co-founder, Pete Seeger, according to the pool's History page.

What's a River Pool?

The river pool is netted and shallow, with a net bottom designed by Meta Brunzema Architect P.C., a New York City-based design firm. You could crawl on it, with a child on your back, pretending you are an alligator gliding just under the water surface. Or you could sit or stand in the shallow water, enjoying the breeze off the water and gazing up or down the river, thankful you aren't in the traffic moving (or not moving) on the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Or, you could simply sit on the colorful plastic seats and bask in the sun, slipping further into the water as you're ready.

River pools aren't unique to this spot - they have been around since at least 1830, up and down the Hudson River - but they were removed after 1930 due to water pollution. Pete Seeger was a major advocate for cleanup of the Hudson River. Thanks to his efforts as well as many other organizations including Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, the river has improved since then, and many groups and people continue to advocate in this direction.

Can Anyone Use the River Pool?

It's a free pool for all, thanks to support from individual donations, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Durst Organization, the Abrons Foundation, the Hudson River Foundation. The pool's organizers actually want to increase its size. They're working with another architecture firm to design a bigger pool, and they're talking with cities and towns to find the right location that offers agreeable environmental considerations.

What's It Like Swimming in the River Pool?

The changing room at The Beacon River Pool.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The changing room at The Beacon River Pool.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

So fun. So relaxing. You're IN the river, just sitting there protected from the currents by the anchored netting. The pool is small, so you'll be near others as they dip in and out of the pool. The pool is also very shallow: An adult is up to their waist or thighs. The River Pool is fully staffed by lifeguards, and even has a changing room!

If thunder rolls in and you need to leave the pool and wait 30 thunder-free minutes to go back in, you could always shoot baskets at the park's basketball court, or play on the playgrounds. Or have a picnic on the grass (watch out for alllll of the goose poop).

An additional perk: Riverfront Park is very breezy, so you'll be cooled off quickly down by the river no matter what.

Is Swimming in the Hudson River Safe?

The Hudson River was contaminated by companies who dumped pollutants into it for many years. An ongoing effort to clean up the Hudson River has spanned several decades. As of today, it has reached cleaner levels, but is closely monitored by The River Pool at Beacon. Says a representative from The River Pool this year: "The quality in Beacon Harbor is definitely of concern. Beacon Harbor had a long run of low numbers. We hope this is a temporary situation. That said, the pool is off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. The water is tested every week by the county health department. We would not open if the water was not considered safe for swimming."

Swim For The Pool - From Beacon To Newburgh!

Fundraising continues for the pool with regular donations that you can make at any time, and during the 15th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim, where you can sponsor a swimmer - or be a swimmer that people sponsor! See the Beacon to Newburgh Swim page for details.

Make a donation here to keep this all going, but don't worry if you can't. It was designed for all to be able to access and experience the Hudson River. See you at the pool!

The Beacon Pool 2018 Opening, How It Works, and Summer Hours

Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

The Beacon Pool is back for its 2018 season! Beacon lifers might remember the days when the Beacon Pool had to close, and was an empty cement hole for many hot summers. But no longer. Operated by the Beacon Recreation Department and staffed by lifeguards and pool staff you've come to recognize year after year, the Beacon Pool is now open for business and still has season passes available, though you can buy affordable day passes as well. Over the years, we've gotten to know the pool and how it works, so here's what you'll need to know:

Season Pass Holders

While this feels like a VIP pass (and you should feel like a VIP for having one, because you're seriously committed), it's really just a convenience so you can avoid scrounging for dollars in your pool bag or car. Season Pass Holders don't get priority for swimming; they don't get in even when there is a line at the gate when the pool reaches its capacity of 75 people - which happens quickly. But having the Season Pass makes life easier when you're just swinging by the pool for a quick dip. Otherwise, you may find yourself trying to justify heading out for a 20-minute "quick dip" and ask yourself if it's worth it. Answer: It is. Just go.

2018 Day Use Pool Fees

Adult Day Pass: $4
Child/Senior Day Pass: $3

The Line and Wait Time

There is no messing with this Poolside Fashionista. No running!  Photo Credit:  The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

There is no messing with this Poolside Fashionista. No running!
Photo Credit: The Beacon Pool's Facebook Page

So, there is this issue of the pool often having a line to get in. And you can't bribe the pool bouncers - we've tried. Waiting isn't soooo bad, as long as you are prepared. Bring snacks, maybe a soccer ball or your own radio and a low volume. Don't walk away or expect a fancy paging system to buzz you when you're next in line. Stay close to the fence to hear your name being called.

Speaking of Food...

You can bring your own, but you can't eat it within the pool area. They don't want too many extra bees flying around.

Why Does It Open at 2 pm?

We've heard this before. No the lifeguards aren't just rolling out of bed then. The pool staff has actually been there for some time, teaching swim classes and entertaining campers from around the area. The afternoon is when it opens to the public.

Monday to Friday - 2 to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 7 pm

The Beacon Pool keeps an "unofficial" Facebook Group, where they often post their hours for the day. Hours don't generally vary unless something unexpected happens, like a thunderstorm or cleaning of the pool. If you're not on Facebook, you're out of luck in terms of updates. Which is why we would encourage the pool to develop a basic website to post their updates! Email Katie James Inc. for help... (wink wink).

Who Can Go? Only Beacon Residents?

Speaking of the public, anyone can go. Anyone from any city, town, county or state. You do not need to be a Beacon resident to go.

Where Is the Beacon Pool?

It's really hard to see from the street. In fact, you can't see from Route 9D - it's hidden behind trees and woods.

The Beacon Pool is located at the Park at The Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon. It is across from the Craig House.

How Accessible Is the Pool?

The pool itself is 140 feet by 50 feet, and progresses in depth from 2 feet to 8 feet deep, making it perfect for swimmers and water lovers of all ages. You could step down and wade into the pool. There are steps available for those who need them, upon request.

The basic bathrooms on-site could serve as a changing room, but the floor is pretty wet from other swimmers, so change at home if you can.

So Sunny!

Mostly, the pool is in the sun. This year, new blue and white striped umbrellas provide some shade! The very end of the day is a great time to go - like after 5:30pm. Most likely, there will still be a line, but shade starts creeping in on the sides.

Backyard Pool for Heat Wave - Blow It Up


Call it a heat wave, or just call it summer in the Humid Hudson Valley. Either way, you're going to need water to dip into. If you are too dazed to get down to the River Pool in the Hudson River, then head to Rite Aid to get this big blowup pool. Adults can fit into it, as well as small mermaids. Mermaid tails aren't included, but you can get an actual one here. Swim for free in your backyard, or in the River Pool.

Be sure to pick up an air pump at Brett's True Value down on West Main Street (on the way to the Metro-North train station). The pump will make it a breeze to inflate the backyard pool!

Beacon Youth Police Academy Recruiting for Summer Camp 2018


From the Office of the City Administrator, Anthony Ruggiero

The Beacon Youth Police Academy is pleased to announce our 4th annual summer program, July 16 to 20, 2018. This free weeklong program, for students in the Beacon community entering grades 9-12, will provide an introduction to law enforcement, interactions with officers and field trips. A variety of locations will be used to host the program, including Beacon High School. Trips will include visits to local training centers, police academy, court and correctional facility. The goal of the academy is to help participating youth understand the role police officers play in the community, job duties performed and the requirements of becoming a police officer.

This program was organized by Joe and Christine Galbo in cooperation with the Beacon Police Department, Beacon Recreation Department, Beacon Mayor's Office, City of Beacon, Beacon PBA and Beacon School District. Our Youth Academy is funded solely by donations from the community. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our local businesses, community organizations and residents for their continued support.  

An online application can be found here or by emailing  

Cupcake Festival in Beacon, NY 2018 - Reached the Cupcake Mecca

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Streets were packed on Beacon's east end of town for the Cupcake Festival 2018.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin   

Streets were packed on Beacon's east end of town for the Cupcake Festival 2018.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Did you reach the mecca? The Cupcake Festival? The east end of town was thick with cupcake celebrators, but in our journey to walk all of Main Street from the train to the mountain, we got to duck into a few favorite local businesses...

Luxe Optique (where we helped a friend buy some glasses!), American Gypsy Vintage while waiting for a to-go chicken wrap from Ziatun to eat on the way, NFP Studio (got a personal demonstration of how to wear their architecture-inspired sweaters!), Utensil Kitchenware (bought some nesting containers at last!), Jeffrey Terreson Fine Art (always love seeing that guy and he had a stunning, ginormous print on the floor ready for shipping out the door). And at last, we decorated this cupcake from Tops, and indulged in a generous chocolate cupcake with a lot of vanilla frosting from The Chocolate Studio. Alas, we ate it before the camera could capture a picture.

We Shopped at American Gypsy Vintage on the way down to the Cupcake Festival, while waiting for a takeout chicken wrap from Ziatun.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin   

We Shopped at American Gypsy Vintage on the way down to the Cupcake Festival, while waiting for a takeout chicken wrap from Ziatun.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

How many cupcakes should you bring if you're a cupcake vendor? A lot. This is just a fraction - 1/279th - of the cupcakes that were for sale.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin   

How many cupcakes should you bring if you're a cupcake vendor? A lot. This is just a fraction - 1/279th - of the cupcakes that were for sale.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Finally Stopped into NFP Studio to experience the sweaters!  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin   

Finally Stopped into NFP Studio to experience the sweaters!
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

During Last year's Cupcake Festival, no one ventured down to 1 East Main, which is literally Just down a grassy hill from the Happenin' Event. This year, Since  Trax Coffee Roasters Has moved in , Cupcake Aficionados Were Happy to venture down the hill.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

During Last year's Cupcake Festival, no one ventured down to 1 East Main, which is literally Just down a grassy hill from the Happenin' Event. This year, Since Trax Coffee Roasters Has moved in, Cupcake Aficionados Were Happy to venture down the hill.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

"Total Beacon Immersion" from the Blog "Brooklyn Based" and Brooklyn Brewery - This Weekend


The Brooklynites are coming... The Brooklynites are coming!

Brooklyn Based, a blog based in Brooklyn that covers all things Brooklyn, hosts events called Immersions, where they lead people to new places and encourage them to shop, eat, drink, buy art, and fall into the culture of a new place. This time, they are leaving the comfortable life in the New York City area to come alllllll the way up to Beacon on Saturday, July 22, from 11:30 am to 6 pm (and probably over into Sunday for serious day-trippers who decide to sleep over).

How This Immersion Works

To city-folk (of whom I used to be one), this would be called going upstate. To a person looking at a map, this would mean venturing north a bit, but still being at the bottom of New York State in the Hudson Valley. For a simple $15-$25, participants in The Total Beacon Immersion will get to check in at Dia or the Visitors Center and be given WAM (Walking Around Money) and an Immersion deal card. This card is "a special card to redeem all sorts of magical deals, special specials and fantastic discounts throughout Beacon," as described by Nicole Davis, publisher of Brooklyn Based. Deals include a free Brooklyn Brewery beer at four of Beacon's bars: Baja 328, Towne Crier, Draught Industries, and Dogwood. Admission also includes a delicious lunch at either Draught Industries, Baja, The Vault, Stock Up or Meyer’s Olde Dutch. It all sounds too good to be true, but it is!

Beaconites Can Be Immersion Tourists Too!

Guess what? Beaconites can get in on this too and buy a ticket! Take the day off from being a resident and be a tourist in your own city, and enjoy the deals. Because the lunch and Brooklyn Brewery beer isn't all that Immersion participants get dialed into. There is art and shopping as well. And what a perfect time - during Beacon3D - the outdoor sculpture art exhibition featuring 11 pieces of art sprinkled throughout the city.

Where are the Deals?

Here is a map of all of the participating Beacon businesses offering deals to Total Beacon Immersion participants, and see a list with discounts here. Immersion-ites get 20% off all non-sale merchandise at Kaight and Style Storehouse, 20% off all jewelry at King + Curated, 20% off everything in Lauren + Riley, 25% off women’s shoes and handbags at Echo, and 15% off storewide at Utensil, to name just a few of the deals. (Don't know where these stores are? Check out A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide for pictures, descriptions and addresses.) And, to help these car-less people get around, The Total Beacon Immersion team joined up with Lyft to bring you rides: Use code BBIMMERSION20 to get 20% off a ride around the event.

Major Press Coverage

Word is spreading as major publications have written about the Immersion experience, including Upstater, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Time Out New York. All this, right after Architectural Digest included Beacon's Main Street in its list of 15 of the most beautiful Main Streets across America.

Get your tickets here to further enjoy Beacon. $25 gets you lunch at the above restaurants (amazing), four Brooklyn Brewery beers (many cherries on top), and the shopping deals (guess you better have a day-drinking strategy). For $15, get the four Brooklyn Brewery beers and the deals. Our own designer of the Things To Do In Beacon Guides, Allie Bopp, will be holding down the check-in station at Dia: Beacon and The Visitors Center, so say hi to her! A Little Beacon Blog is not affiliated with this event, but did contribute to this article about Beacon at Brooklyn Based along with several other locals.

Have fun !

Summer Swim Lessons Posted for Beacon Pool Swim Academy at Settlement Camp

Photo Credit: Pool photo originally from Beacon Parks and Recreation.

Photo Credit: Pool photo originally from Beacon Parks and Recreation.

Only a few (maybe two) short years ago, swimming lessons - and any opportunity to swim, really - were hard to come by in Beacon. You had to venture up and down 9D or across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to enroll in swimming lessons for kids or adults. So many people were searching for information, we made a Swimming Lessons Guide for it. It was actually the first Guide we ever made. Now, we have more options closer to home.

The Beacon Pool Swim Academy, the team behind the Beacon Parks and Recreation Department who operate The Beacon Pool, started offering swimming lessons in the Settlement Canp's outdoor pool last year. Times for the 2017 swimming lessons have been posted, and this year, lessons will be the same for swim-only students and campers at the city's new summer day camp, Camp @ The Camp (see A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Day Camp Guide for details).

Outdoor Beacon Pool Swimming Lesson Details

Instruction is $40 per session. Each session has four lessons, so it comes to $10 per lesson.

For children who are enrolled in Camp @ The Camp, these swimming lessons are included with their camp tuition. The swimming lesson programming will be the same for kids in camp as it is for kids in group swimming lessons that happen at times separate from Camp @ The Camp.

All classes are American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level I. Instructional swim will be approximately 30 minutes, followed by a few minutes for free swim and reinforcing the lessons of the day. Class size is limited. Classes are for participants new to swimming with an emphasis on gaining confidence and learning how to be safe around water. Parents of children ages 3 and older should plan on remaining present in the University Settlement pool picnic area for the duration of the lesson.

Schedule as posted at the  City of Beacon's website.

Schedule as posted at the City of Beacon's website.

Registration can be made by filling out the Beacon Pool Swim Academy's PDF which you can find and download here. Any questions can be directed to Nate Smith,

2017 Summer Hours at the Beacon Pool & Vendor Opportunity

Photo Credit: City of Beacon Recreation 

Photo Credit: City of Beacon Recreation 

Pool Hours

Monday - Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Noon to 7 pm
Sometimes things change based on usage by the people, so please keep an eye on the Beacon Pool Facebook Group for updates 

Tentative Open Date:
Monday, June 26

It's happening again... The Beacon Pool is opening for its third straight year (read here about the big re-opening), and it looks like floaties are allowed in the pool! Club pool-goers know that not all pools allow toys in it, but the fine folks of the Beacon Recreation Department are all about fun. In fact, watching pictures of swimmers having fun was where I first saw the actual swimmable Mermaid Tail...

Open Date and Hours

The projected opening date is Monday, June 26. We are told that if it can happen sooner, it will. For now, plan on hours being Monday to Friday, from 2 to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 7 pm. In the mornings, the pool accommodates campers from various camps in the region, including the Park and Recreation Department's own new camp, Camp @ The Camp. The pool is located at 742 Wolcott Ave., in the area known as The Settlement Camp.

Pool Passes On Sale Now

Any resident of the state of New York can join or buy day passes to swim in the pool, since it is on state-owned land. Day passes for adults are $4, and children and seniors are $3. The pool is divided into sections based on depth, and does not have a lap lane. The shallow end is 2 feet for waders, deepening to 8 feet for splashers and underwater swimmers.

Pool passes on are sale now, and have sold out in years past. Adult and kid passes are available year-round, so it's not like if you don't get a Family Pass now, you won't be able to go. However, having the Family Pass means that you won't have to scrounge for cash, not something you need to worry about as you're packing up snacks and towels for the pool.

Click here to buy the pass online, or you can visit the Recreation Department in person at 23 West Center St.

Call for Food Trucks and Snack Vendors 

Speaking of food, it has been the dream of Mark Price, the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to have food trucks and a snack table available to all at the Beacon Pool at the Settlement Camp. If you are such a person who wants to sell their wares, then email him directly at 

Any questions regarding pool passes can be directed to Mark Price at We are told that they are beginning to start the process of sending them out in the mail, so watch your mailbox!

Summer Work Opportunities

The City of Beacon Parks and Recreation Department are looking for lifeguards, camp counselors, and volunteers. For information about applying, contact Mark Price at

New Discount for Beaconites at Storm King Art Center on Family Membership


This Just In!

We're excited to announce a special discount for Beacon residents on the Family Membership at Storm King Art Center. Memberships for a family (up to two adults and up to four kids) are normally $125 per year for unlimited free admission, including workshops and private events. But you can save $15 on the yearly membership, bringing it to $110 per year! Mention "BEACON" when you call (845) 534-3115 or email Membership includes their everyday free parking for everyone.

This makes going to Storm King an even easier weekend activity for Beaconites and Hudson Valleyers. There are many permanent exhibits, but there's often something new, too: The new accessible house roof exhibit, "The Oracle of Lacuna," was just featured in W magazine. People can walk on and in the house while listening to special audio that details how migration and slavery shaped the surrounding area. It's just one of many exhibits on the 500-acre outdoor sculpture park.

We've got the details for you here on Storm King Art Center's Dedicated Sponsor Page.

Spotlight Sponsor Note: This has been a special message from Storm King Art Center that we couldn't resist telling you about right away. For details on becoming a Spotlight Sponsor, click here.

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

Have you ever been to the Storm King Art Center? It's nothing short of amazing. On 500 acres of meadow, fields, woodland and hills, you'll find a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures by highly acclaimed artists. One need not have a lot of art knowledge to have an awesome day - awesome in the purest sense of the word, as in "the experience of being at Storm King produces serious awe."

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

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

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

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

Project Write: Becoming Authors and Artists
AGES: 10 to 14
DATE: July 10–14: 9 am to 3 pm
DATE: July 17–21:
9 am to 3 pm
Spend a week at Storm King engaging in place-based writing, surrounded by sculpture, rolling hills, meadows, and woodlands. Storm King staff and teachers from the Hudson Valley Writing Project share behind-the-scenes discoveries and inspiring insights, launching students into a fun and creative world of writing and art making. Offered in partnership with the Hudson Valley Writing Project.

The Art of Scientific Observation: From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture
AGES: High School Students
DATE: July 24–28:
9 am to 5 pm
Throughout history, both scientists and artists have used field journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas. Effective visual and written notation requires keen observational skills, and the practice of creative recording in journals can engage and develop critical and lateral thinking capabilities. Weaving together science and art, The Art of Scientific Observation offers teens a unique opportunity to combine field ecology and artistic practice. Focusing on daily explorations of plant and animal life, as well as the sculpture and landscape architecture of the Art Center, campers learn about observational and notational methods through creative journal making. Campers will engage with a variety of techniques including sketching, collaging, and writing. Each camper finishes the week having created his or her own experimental field journal.

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

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

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

August Dates You Don't Want to Miss at All Sport - Last Chance for the Pool! (Sponsored)

Summertime at All Sport Health and Fitness means kiddie pool, volleyball pool, a bar with food, smoothies and drinks, plus live music on the weekends, and relaxing. We have the All Sport At-A-glance Guide that features all classes and programs for Adults and Kids, including upcoming School's Out programs, the special on Small Group Training (SGT) for $99 for a 4-pack, and Swim Class Registration dates!

Dates you don't want to miss this month include:

  • Live Music at the Pool: See below for full music schedule from 1-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Small Group Training (SGT) 4 Day Fit Pack:  August 8-11, 22-25 Have the freedom of taking as many SGT Sessions as you want.
  • Now through August 31, purchase your 4-weeks of Unlimited SGT Sessions for $99!
  • Fall Class Program Registration: August 17 for Members, August 19 for non-members (registration not required for daily drop-in classes listed below). Includes Registration for Swim Classes.
  • Round Robin Tennis Every Saturday
  • Last Week of Camp FIT: August 29th. They have you covered up until school!
  • After School Program: Enrollment going on now for before and after care until 6pm.




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