Happening This Weekend 5/4/2018

Does your phone have a cupcake emoji? Because ours does not, and you'll need one this weekend! We're expecting thousands of people to come into Beacon on Saturday to see the Cupcake Wars and experience the Cupcake Festival, happening on the East End of Beacon near the mountain. Read our full report, with pictures, on how it went last year.

If we had an emoji message for you, it would be: 🍡 🍰 🦄 ☕️ 🌷 😍

That you'll eat lots of cake, maybe feel like a unicorn with all that colorful frosting, at which point you'd need coffee from nearby Trax in the new 1 East Main area (read our interview with co-owner Katy Bell Behney here!). And a tulip because Beacon is still in glorious bloom.

Whether you find yourself indulging in some cupcakes at this year's Cupcake Festival or burning them off at the Hard Cider Run in Warwick - it will be a good weekend to be outside, especially with the Spring plant sale, river cleanup and food events happening! See everything below.
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.

Beacon Waterfront Cleanup
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
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K104.7 Cupcake Festival
Day: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY (between Route 52/Teller Ave. and E. Main St.)
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Stony Kill Spring Celebration & Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
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Hudson Valley Film & Television Industry Mixer
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
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Beacon Farmers Market Opening Day Celebration
Day: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Veterans Place, Beacon, NY
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Apple Blossom Day
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY
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An Intimate Concert with Dar Williams
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 2 pm
Location: Winter Hill, Garrison, NY
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Sound/Peace (Seeking Harmony in Dissonant Times)
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 6 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.

Easy Peazy Pajama Pants with Katy Hope
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location:  Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Walking Foot Quilting with Melanie Tuazon
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Relax and Restore Acupuncture and Essential Oils with Erika Forsell, LAc
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Location: Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.

Card & Board Games Club
Day: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

The Hard Cider Run: New York
Days: Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 10 am (both days)
Location: Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY
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Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
There've been many recent changes,
so get the full Restaurant Guide to Beacon here:

CLOSED: Harry's Hot Sandwiches
CLOSED: Pleasant Ridge 2
OPEN: Enoteca Ama
OPEN: Melzingah Tap House (in the former Hop location)
OPEN: Big Mouth Coffee Roasters
OPEN: Trax Coffee Roasters


Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
(across Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company)
Recognize this face? It's Julia from Luxe Optique! When she's not working your paperwork and finding you frames, she's the star of much of Luxe Optique's fashion photography. These Thom Brownes are one of her favorite styles. Stop by any day of the week to try them on. 😎




Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

(near the dummy light)

This bride is wearing a Lillian West gown, as its simple elegance against the mountainous backdrop of Lambs Hill makes a big impact. You'll find Lillian West gowns at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique at 1 East Main - near Trax Coffee Roasters! Come in to take a peek inside the boutique.


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

Look for our friends - The Blushery - at this year's Cupcake Festival! The owner, Stephanie, will have a table outside on the sidewalk. See her for your makeup needs and brow waxing!
For more, check out A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide!

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Book it and forget it. Let Antalek & Moore worry about your wedding venue insurance. They can do the research to find you the best rate. Check that off your list! Click here for details or call them at (845) 831-4300.

Rhinebeck Bank

When you buy a home, it's common to experience feelings after the initial baby step excitement, like "Ohmygosh, I love this home!" which (fingers crossed!) turns into "Ohmygosh, they accepted my offer!" Working with Rhinebeck Bank to finance your home can help set that nervous excitement at ease once you move forward with purchasing. Just hear what these happy homeowners had to say after closing on their home: "What an adventure this whole crazy home-buying process has been! You calmed the wild mortgage jungles with grace, patience, and expertise, helping us navigate through the financial waters... Thank you for everything!"
Read about their success story here >

Katie James, Inc.

Private training and group classes are available for:
  • MailChimp Newsletters
  • Squarespace Websites (both design and writing copy that helps you in Google and gets customers to do what you want on your website)
  • Social Media Strategy
Keep your eyes on this space for when the class dates are set! Though Private Training is available anytime.
Want to book a Pop-Up Shop at A Little Beacon Space? Do it! Our Pop-Up Shop Package includes promotion for your weekend. Learn more here.

Tin Shingle

Sometimes you need a little wild eyes to keep you going! Check out the encouraging words from this artist who was featured in The New York Times for her work. If you're doing your own PR, she has words you need to hear. Tin Shingle offers the resources available to you to make feature stories like this possible, with our easy-to-use Media Contact List Database, Editorial Calendars, and Training webinars called TuneUps.
Learn more about membership here.


One of the most connected memberships in Beacon. If you are an artist, have a business or need to connect, this is a membership-based group you'll want to join.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Is your business new in town? Schedule your ribbon-cutting! Did you move and reopen somewhere? The Beacon Chamber of Commerce wants to help your business start out on the right foot. Reach out to them to schedule.
A Little Beacon Blog's monthly Second Saturday Guide is seeking lead sponsors to have their logo at the top of the Guide for the month. All Second Saturday Guides are archived and live forever to help preserve our memories of which artists were showing what.
Packages start at $350 and can include newsletter and website exposure. See A Little Beacon Blog's Media Kit for details, and contact us with questions.
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Until next week!