Happening This Weekend - 12/15/2017

Your Winter Wonderland dreams are coming true! This year, there is a good chance we'll all be able to go through a holiday lights show that isn't completely muddy!

We are in the season of Elfing! Elf magic, as made by you. Gifts, cards, porch drop-offs, little special things you are doing for people. For ideas on food pantries to contribute to, see our Food Pantries Guide here. For amazing gift ideas and lustworthy things you might need, see our Shopping Guide. It's always being updated, and currently has new shops on both ends of Main Street.

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Beacon's East End Shopping Association Presents
Shop Late!
Sip, Snack + Shop

Day: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time: Shops open until 9 pm!
Location: East end of Main Street
Shops on the East End of Beacon have aligned to help bring awareness to that end of town, after the sharp curve in the road where people don't think to venture. Take the adventure! Follow the sidewalk until it ends. Participating shops will be open late, starting at Beacon Bath & Bubble, through Utensil, Waddle n Swaddle and Style Storehouse, all the way to The Blushery. Just keep walking! Park in the free parking lot by The Green Room, or down behind SallyeAnder in the free public parking lot at Hudson Valley Brewery.
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Beacon Historical Society Holiday Party & Open House
Day: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Location: Beacon Historical Society, 17 South Ave., Beacon, NY
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Thom Joyce’s Open Mic Night
Day: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Beacon Zoning Forum
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
Location: BEAHIVE Beacon, 291 Main St., Beacon, NY
In light of the current development boom in Beacon, with some resulting snafus and public outcry, the City of Beacon is reviewing its zoning laws. Come to this open meeting to learn how zoning works, what current zoning laws are, what proposed changes would do, etc. Questions are welcome. City council member Lee Kyriacou will facilitate the discussion — operating in this capacity as a private citizen. He’ll be joined by a number of planning and zoning experts. There’s no particular stance at the meeting, just open and honest information sharing.
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Annual Fine Arts & Craft Small Gifts Holiday Show Opening Reception
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Blue Christmas
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 5 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
Feeling blue right now? Then this event may be for you.
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Live Performance with Joe McPhee & Billy Stein
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Hudson Valley Vinyl, 267 Main St., Beacon, NY
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“Christmas from Ireland” with Irish ensemble Lunasa & Ashley Davis
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: The Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
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"Deck The Halls At Cafe Sizzle"
Day: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Time: 5 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.

Coloring Books for Adults
Day: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.

Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Snapology Lego Holiday Workshop
Day: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Printed Patterns Family Workshop
Day: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

The Vault
446 Main Street

Come in to The Vault, and relax with a nice Vanilla Old Fashioned, mixed with Beacon Bourbon, housemade vanilla simple syrup, fresh orange and apricot bitters. Take in the aroma, then order a cheese plate for a perfectly paired snack!
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath & Bubble.

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


Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
Gorgeous. That's how these festive, cat-eye, high-end handcrafted frames by Thom Browne will make you feel. The square semi-rimless glasses in gray and silver are luxurious, indulgent, and bold. 
Where is Luxe Optique? Across the block from Beacon Bread Company.


PARKING HINT: Park behind 1 East Main, by the Hudson Valley Brewery, and use the back walkway entrance up to Main Street!

Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

A rotating cast of accessories completes an outfit, while keeping it distinct from the last time(s) you wore it. New jewelry by Five and Two is on the shelves at Style Storehouse, where there's always good music playing and sweets at the counter. Charm necklaces are gold-plated and great for layering, or are lovely alone. Try them on. Play!

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle n Swaddle.

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

This dreamy two-piece gown by Lillian West features sequin embellishments, a sweetheart neckline and natural waist. The perfectly shaped ballgown skirt is made of tulle and has a chapel-length train. Simply beautiful.
Where is Lambs Hill Bridal? In the renovated factory building near the historic dummy light.

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

The easiest and most loved gift certificates are those that take care of Beauty!
Find gift certificates to any of Beacon's service businesses - for hot stone massage, hair, makeup, or lashes - in A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!

Rhinebeck Bank

It's your last chance to participate in Rhinebeck Bank's collection of new toys for Grace Smith House's annual toy drive, benefiting kids who stay with them during times of safety and transition. See here for more information on how you can donate.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Gift the gift of a Whole Life Insurance Policy to your children or grandchildren while they are healthy, thereby making it easy for them to take over as adults and keep the lower rate. Call Antalek & Moore today for more information: (845) 245-6292.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Are you new in town? Join the Beacon Chamber of Commerce to connect with other businesses and show your support for the community. Elections for new board members are in January, so now is the time to hook in with this organization! Click here to join online.


The Illumin8 2017: BHA + BeaconArts Bicycle Menorah has begun. You'll find the unique menorah on display at its new location, the Beacon Building at 427 Main Street (the building with the green NuSpecies sign). A new wheel lights up on each of eight nights in honor of different groups: Volunteers, Educators, First Responders, Children, Business Owners, Clergy, Activists, Artists and Musicians.
One of the best ways to make sure this uniquely Beacon tradition continues is by making a donation to BeaconArts, which you can do right here, online.

A Little Beacon Space

Need a last-minute location for your holiday event? A Little Beacon Space has our sleek tree up! To book your private event, see here for pictures and details.

InHouse Design Media

Are you stuck on something with your website? Do you have bunches of questions? InHouse Design Media is designing in-person classes for you to attend. Got questions? Let us know about them and we might offer a class to find answers!

Tin Shingle

Coming Soon to Tin Shingle's Community Membership Level... Hudson Valley Monday Morning Meetings! Inspired by our super local community awesomeness, we are starting monthly meetings for members to connect. More to come, so keep your eyes on this space...
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Until next week!