Windows on Main Street (WOMS) Returns for its 13th Year Starting August 11, 2018

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Artists and Businesses Merge to Make Main Street the Gallery

On Second Saturday, August 11, Beacon’s 1.5 mile long Main Street becomes a 24-hour, 7-day a week gallery space for the next month until September 8, 2018, as site-specific art installations are revealed in 26 Main Street storefront windows in the public art exhibit, Windows on Main Street (WOMS). As you're walking around, do you notice that certain storefront windows are filled with something extra special?

“Artists are paired with local businesses, and together they create a site-specific work of art,” says WOMS 2018 director Diana Currie, who is also participating as an artist in a window this year (you may remember her “yarn bombing” work of Beacon’s iconic Dummy Light in 2015, which triggered a public response to the yarn cozi knitted around the Dummy Light for days after the initial setup). Now in its 13th year, WOMS is a project of BeaconArts, the organization dedicated to organizing, promoting and nurturing the city’s multi-faceted arts community.

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“Windows on Main Street is a fantastic way for local artists - both newcomers and established - to really get more involved in our arts community, and in our community in general,” said Currie.

How to Find the Artists and Windows

A list of this year’s participants, locations, and artist statements can be found at www.windowsonmainstreet.com. Maps of the event are available around town at various locations, including Beacon’s Visitors Center, and participating businesses. You can read about each artist from the Windows on Main Street website when you click on their location. In fact, you should read about the installation "In Memory of Anthony Marra Jr." put on by his sister Catherine E. Marra in Mountain Tops.

The Windows on Main headquarters and “Tiny Windows” exhibit is located at Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St. Oak Vino and Windows on Main Street will host an opening celebration on August 11, starting at 6 pm. In addition to the “Tiny Windows" exhibit, there will be a live drawing/auction by artist Donna Mikkelsen, a DJ, and complimentary food. Windows on Main Street shirts and totes will also be available for purchase to benefit the project.

Funding Provided By...

This month-long public art event is a project of BeaconArts, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster and encourage the advancement of the City of Beacon as a center for arts and culture. This means that Windows on Main is supported BeaconArts' membership income, in addition to any fundraisers and sponsorships that the WOMS team organizes. BeaconArts' Ex-Officio and past president Kelly Ellenwood further explains: "It also means that BeaconArts will always support the event - both financially, and with deeper volunteer commitment."

Windows on Main Street 2018 was also made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature) and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Sponsorships are also possible for businesses who want to directly sponsor the event. A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor!

Look for These Windows

Tag us in photos you see, and use the hashtag #WOMS2018 to light up Instagram with the art and add to that hashtag collection. Here's what we have found so far, courtesy Instagrammers:

  Window:  The Chocolate Studio, 494 Main Street   Artist:  Jan Dolan   Photo Credit:  Windows on Main

Window: The Chocolate Studio, 494 Main Street  Artist: Jan Dolan  Photo Credit: Windows on Main

Window: Big Mouth Coffee Roasters 387 Main Street  Artist: Sarah J. Berman  Photo Credit: Windows on Main

  Window:  Vegetalien 504 Main Street   Artist:  Kat Stoutenborough   Photo Credit:  Kat Stoutenborough

Window: Vegetalien 504 Main Street  Artist: Kat Stoutenborough  Photo Credit: Kat Stoutenborough

  Window:  Meyer's Olde Dutch (MOD) 184 Main Street   Artist:  Erica Hauser   Photo Credit:  Windows on Main

Window: Meyer's Olde Dutch (MOD) 184 Main Street  Artist: Erica Hauser  Photo Credit: Windows on Main

  Window:  NFP (New Form Perspective) 504 Main Street   Artist:  Kristen J. Macauley   Photo Credit:  Windows on Main

Window: NFP (New Form Perspective) 504 Main Street  Artist: Kristen J. Macauley  Photo Credit: Windows on Main

  Window:  Oak Vino 389 Main Street   Artist:  Donna Mikkelsen   Photo Credit:  BeaconArts

Window: Oak Vino 389 Main Street  Artist: Donna Mikkelsen  Photo Credit: BeaconArts

  Window:  Ella's Bellas 418 Main Street   Artist:  Judith Kepner Rose   Photo Credit:  Judith Kepner Rose Sculpture

Window: Ella's Bellas 418 Main Street  Artist: Judith Kepner Rose  Photo Credit: Judith Kepner Rose Sculpture

Window: Artifact 17 East Main Street (on way to Dogwood)  Artist: Heather Delaney  Photo Credit: Artifact Beacon

New Corn Bread Contest at the Corn Festival 2018

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CORN FESTIVAL
When: Sunday, August 12th 2018
Time: 12pm-5pm
Price: Free
Ages: Family Friendly

This year, enjoy a new flavor at the Beacon Sloop Club's Corn Festival, down at the Pete and Toshi Seeger Park (Riverfront Park) in Beacon, NY on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 12pm-5pm. The event is rain or shine, so pack a poncho just in case!

How To Enter the Corn Bread Contest

1.  Anyone can enter.   The only rule is the corn bread 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. Attach the card to the plate. If you would like your plate returned, please note that on the card.
4. The judging will start about 2:15pm and consider such aspects as taste, appearance, and texture.
5.  Winners will be announced from the tent at 3:00pm.


About the Corn Festival

Fresh picked, ready‐ to‐eat local‐grown sweet corn on the cob is the feature of this festival down at Riverfront Park, now known as the Pete and Toshi Seeger Park for their decades long work improving and protecting the Hudson River. Enjoy cold drinks, and other summer treats. Environmental displays will be set up, and activities available for all ages.

The sloop Woody Guthrie will give free public sails (weather permitting). Lots of craft and food vendors. Free Admission. Fun for all ages with two solar music stages featuring great sounds.

Music on the Main Stage:

  • April Mae and the June Bugs
  • Caroline Doctorow
  • Cosby Gibson
  • Hank Woji
  • Spook Handy
  • The Offshoots
  • The Roadhouse Roosters.

Music on the Children's Stage:

  • Bindlestick Bill
  • Lydia Adams Davis
  • Miss Vicki
  • Solar Sound
  • The Hudson Valley Troubadors
  • The Quahog Quire.

Vendor Opportunities

Those Interested in vending can email rmthomas99@yahoo.com call (845) 463-4660. Info: www.beaconsloopclub.org.

Photographers Wanted -> Howland Public Library & Spirit of Beacon Day Committee Wants to See Your Spirit!

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PHOTO CONTEST
Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2018
Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 6th, 2018
Submission Rules & Details >

The Spirit of Beacon Day has been a part of the community since 1977, always held on the last Sunday of September. Over the past year, they have gone through a lot of changes - including a new website! The event is organized and run by a volunteer committee with help and donations by local citizens and businesses, alongside the support of the City of Beacon. The Spirit of Beacon Day is set for Sunday, September 30, with a rain date of Sunday, October 7.

Spirit of Beacon Photography Contest

This year, 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. They are looking for images  capturing what makes the community so unique. Is it the mountainous backdrop? Our connection to the Hudson River? The historic architecture? The colorful, vibrant, and diverse community? The backyard gardens and/or chickens? What makes Beacon Beacon, in your eye?

How to Enter the Photo Contest

Photographers of ALL ages and skill levels are invited to submit their original photos by the deadline of Wednesday, August 1. Photos should be submitted with a certain format and naming structure. Read more about the submission requirements here

Selected photos will be displayed in the Community Room Exhibit Space at the Howland Public Library 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 8. 

You can get more details and information on how to register at the library's website.

Get Your Sneakers & Bathing Suit - The 2nd Annual Cannonball Run Fundraiser is July 7, 2018

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The Race That Runs The Trails, and Ends IN The Pool!

CANNONBALL RUN
RACE DETAILS

When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: Registration, 9:30 am; first heats start at 10:15 am
Where: The Beacon Pool at the University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
Donation/Price: $20 for 5K; $5 for 1 Mile

The Beacon Recreation Department is producing their 2nd Annual Cannonball Run, a 5K and 1-mile race through the trails of the University Settlement Camp, located on Wolcott Avenue on your way out of town toward Cold Spring on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

This is a race with an extra splash of fun - you get to start at the Beacon Pool, and end with a jump into the pool. Says Nate Smith, assistant director of the Beacon Recreation Department: "You can walk, stroll, jog, sprint, however you want to participate. We just want you to have fun. Though this is a trail run, so there will be some hills. Just to make it more exciting."

If you don't feel like running, you can still enjoy the event by taking part in a huge raffle. On offer: plenty of prizes from your favorite local businesses, including the Beacon Creamery, Trax Espresso Bar, Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such, Artisan Wine Shop, and many others. Bagels are being donated by Beacon Bagel for early registrants, and Sal's Pizza is pitching in a few pizza pies for after the race. The South Avenue PTO Collaborative will be selling ice pops and water. So bring your bathing suit, and be ready for a great Saturday morning.

Fundraiser for the Beacon After School Programs

The run itself is awesome, but the main reason for the event is to raise funds for Beacon's After School Programs, which have been instrumental in hugely improving the public school experience in Beacon. See our article here from when the program first launched in the elementary schools.

If enough money is raised during this event, funding will go toward a new middle-school After School Program - it's the trickle-up effect! Fundraising efforts will help the Beacon Recreation Department secure the funds they need to start that program.

The five-day program, which runs from 3 to 6 pm on school days, started in the elementary schools, allowing enrolled kids to stay at school and engage in different themed activities each day, such as Yoga, Martial Arts, Spanish, and more. Local businesspeople are involved and serve as the instructors. "It has been a win-win for everyone," says Nate.

A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of this Cannonball Run, as we have first-hand experience of how wonderful the After School Program is - including instructors, caregivers and programming. We give this event a double-high five!

About The Cannonball Run

Participants have the choice of doing a 5K (just over 3 miles) or a 1-mile trail run. The race begins at the pool and ends IN the pool. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the suggested donation is $20 for the 5K, $5 for the 1-mile. You can also pre-register at the City of Beacon Recreation Department's Facebook Page.

Win Some Of The Best Prizes Around!

There will be prizes for the following categories from the following businesses:

  • Fastest 5K Male
  • Fastest 5K Female
  • Fastest Mile (Male, under 12)
  • Fastest Mile (Female, under 12)
  • Best Costumes
  • Raffles

Sponsoring Businesses:

  • Nella Bellas Boutique
  • Mountain Tops
  • Trax Espresso Bar & Coffee Roasters
  • Bank Square Coffeehouse
  • Fishkill Farms
  • Hudson Valley Renegades
  • Beacon Bagel
  • Barb's Butchery
  • Garrison Art Center
  • Beacon Creamery
  • Bounce! Trampoline Sports
  • beBhakti Yoga
  • SHRED Foundation
  • BCSD PTO Collaborative
  • A Little Beacon Blog
  • Beacon Arts & Education Foundation
  • Girls Inc.
  • Keyfood Beacon
  • Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such
  • Artisan Wine Shop
  • Play Toys and Gifts
  • Beetle and Fred
  • Fishkill Bowl
  • Mr. V's Deli
  • Sal's Pizza & Pasta

You can RSVP on Facebook here

See you there! We are training...

Declaration of Independence Reading on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Going on its eighth year, a committee of people will be reading the Declaration of Independence at Beacon's City Hall (aka the Municipal Building and police station building off of Wolcott Ave. on your way down to the train station) on Wednesday, July 4, at 11 am.

Dennis Pavlock as Chairperson, will be joined by other committee members including former Beacon Mayor Clara Lou Gould as Vice Chairperson. This is your chance to hear the Declaration of Independence read to you, in the same way that George Washington read it to his troops in July of 1776 while he was out defending New York against the British.

July Fourth was the day that Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, which was signed later by representatives of each state. Have you read the entirety of the Declaration of Independence lately (or ever)? It declares the different reasons that the people who migrated to the United States wanted to dissolve their political relationship with the King of England and his government. You can read it here as a sneak peek to the July Fourth performance.

During his promotion of the event during a Public Comment portion of a City Council meeting, Dennis reiterated that this is not a city-sponsored event: "Not one $0.10," he said. Clara Lou Gould also spoke, encouraging people to attend and know what the Declaration of Independence is, that it is a declaration of government by the people, for the people. She continued to encourage people to call into governments with their suggestions.

There Will Be Cake - And Bagels! - And a Candy Jar

"Get a piece of history, get a piece of cake," encouraged Dennis. Kelly the Cake Lady will be providing cake, and the Beacon Bagel will be providing bagels. Dunkin' Donuts is on board, as is BJs Wholesale Club as a sponsor. There will be two candy jars for kids to guess how much is in each jar. So let them eat cake! And bagels and donuts and candy. It's for a good cause, after all.

Memorial Day Ceremony in Beacon 2018

Today we honor the fallen and salute those who serve today to protect us. Thank you.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Day:
Monday, May 28, 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: American Legion - Beacon Post, in the Memorial Building, 413 Main St., Beacon, NY

Get a bite to eat at the Yankee Clipper Diner Restaurant, Beacon Pantry, or Ella's Bellas afterward.

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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

Hunting for Beacon Open Studios! Follow the Red Dots

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Part of the thrill of experiencing Beacon Open Studios is finding each studio somewhere in Beacon. Similar to how we hunt for Christmas lights at night, we drive or jog around town looking for the red dot in yards and sidewalks, signaling that there is an artist inside waiting to show you their actual studio and finished (or unfinished) art. Step inside to see the studio in this picture, and you'll discover the metalsmith Kit Burke-Smith at 5 Orchard Place.

You can pick up an actual map in different shops around town, or here at our office at A Little Beacon Blog. Once again, we are a proud sponsor of this event, as it’s one of our favorites of the indoor/outdoor events that define Beacon. Or you can get the map on your phone, by going to the Beacon Open Studios website, for a really slick experience to help you hit the artists' studios you want. 

Ambling is encouraged! 

Beacon Organizes Mountain-to-River Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 21, 2018

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The 2018 Beacon Earth Day is taking place on Saturday, April 21, and is organized by the Green Beacon Coalition and the Beacon Recreation Department. Several city leaders - from business owners to nonprofit organizers to citizens - will be stationed at some of your favorite spots around the city, like Long Dock Park, Rocky Glen, South Avenue Park, Madam Brett, and so many other places. You can find all of the locations and start times here, or scroll down in this article to get a quick glance.

Can people pick up trash any day of the year? Not just on Earth Day? Of course, says Brian DiFeo, co-founder of Green Beacon Coalition and a member of the Conservation Advisory Committee for the City of Beacon, but people should take some precautions so as to stay safe. "It's wise to plan ahead - if you notice trash on the road or in the woods, next time you go by, bring a trash bag and some gardening gloves. Better yet - invite your neighbor to join you! Part of the spirit of a community trash cleanup is doing something good together with neighbors because it builds the ties that make a place like Beacon a wonderful place to live."

After-Party of the City Wide Clean Up at Recreation Center

The cleanup generally runs from 9 to 11 am (except for the Mount Beacon and Fire Tower with Hudson Valley Hikers portion, which starts at 8:30 am), there will be a BBQ with music, the return of the Repair Cafe, and a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater at noon.

Beacon Earth Day Clean Up Locations

Beacon Reservoir with Mountain Tops
When: 9 to 11 am *might start earlier*
Meeting Location: Pocket Road Trailhead
Crew Leader: Katy Bell Behney

Long Dock Park with Zero to Go
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Long Dock Park
Crew Leader: Sarah Womer

Rocky Glen with Beacon Greenway Committee
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Beacon Lofts on Front Street
Crew Leader: Andy Bell

South Ave Park with Beacon Recreation Department
When:  9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Recreation Center
Crew Leader: Mark Price

Teller Woods / Madam Brett Homestead with Beacon Historical Society
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Madam Brett House
Crew Leader: Theresa Kraft

Mount Beacon and Fire Tower with Hudson Valley Hikers
When: 8:30 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Pocket Road Trailhead
Crew Leader: Chris Pelaia + Aaron Sterling

East end of Main Street with the Conservation Advisory Committee
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Trax Coffee Shop
Crew Leader: Brian DiFeo

Pocket Road Trail + Fire Road with Friends of Fishkill Ridge (Local Hikers)
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Pocket Road Trailhead
Crew Leader: Kristen Pratt + Meghan Spiro

Fishkill Ave with Friends of Beacon Dog Park
When: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Location: Beacon Dog Park
Crew Leader: TBD

Visit www.greenbeaconcoalition.org/earth-day and click the "Volunteer" location for your preferred location.

Beacon Open Studios Maps Are Here!

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Our most favoritest artist holiday of the year! Beacon Open Studios is coming to artists' studios all over town, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29! The kick-off party is the Friday night before, on April 27 at Oak Vino, from 6 to 9 pm, and you're invited! Get the event's brochure - with a map! - here at A Little Beacon Blog’s Office, at 291 Main Street, First Floor, First Door. A Little Beacon Blog is a proud sponsor of Beacon Open Studios!

We highly recommend participating in this weekend-only event. It only happens once a year. You get to see inside the home studios of artists you’ve never heard of, who produce incredible work. See our past articles on Beacon Open Studios, including views into a few of the studios. Some participating artists are professionals in other fields, who commute to other places during the week, and only show off their passionate works in their studios here in Beacon. You never know who you will discover as an artist, or why.  

Put this date in your calendar as a must-do. You can even check out the art while out walking, since the studios are all over Beacon. Planning studio visits is flexible and commitment-free! (Just make sure that you do in fact go.)