Meet A Designer for Little Beacon Blog - Allie Bopp!


Meet Allie Bopp. She’s a graphic designer behind some of the designs of A Little Beacon Blog and sometimes is Event Space Manager when the our office in the Telephone Building is rented for a pop-up shop.

I first discovered Allie Bopp in a Beacon bus stop on Main Street. A new babysitter had canceled on me a 2nd time in a row, and I was down in the dumps about it because I was supposed to teach a class for Tin Shingle and couldn’t. My kids and I took a walk, and they had always wanted to sit in the bus stop just to sit. So we sat. Behind my head was the cutest designed flyer taped to the glass. It was black with rainbow fireworks or stars all over, advertising for a babysitter. I took the number and called. Was I crazy? Calling a random phone number from a bus stop? Turned out, it was Allie Bopp, from Wappingers (she’s a Beaconite now). You can see her work at her website, and she also does work for me at my design shop, Katie James, Inc.

Allie is amazing and in addition to manning this A Little Beacon blog table while I marched in the Spirit of Beacon Say Parade with South Avenue Elementary, she worked ALBB’s table by setting it up with our new totes (!!!) and meeting the wonderfully different people who wander up to the table to ask questions and sign up for the newsletter.

Pictured here is her boyfriend posing as a signer-upper (I’m told he really did sign up!) The best question we got of the day was: “Are you going to keep covering the storms?” When we did the story on the macrobursts, it made quite an impression on someone who really wanted more information on the local weather and its aftermath. That meant a lot! We are going to try. When there a big repercussions left from weather, we do try to produce an article for it to help get information out.

During the research for that article, we became aware of some great sources for confirmations of weather events, so will pursue those when something happens. Great sources found were Hudson Valley Weather’s Facebook and Central Hudson’s Twitter at the time. You can always email in pictures of damage or something incredible to

The mums at our table were from Key Food next door, purchased that morning for about $5 each! A passer-byer told us that we could plant them in the ground and they’d come back for years later if they were cut down at the end of each fall. Will try!

Putting Up the Spooky Lights on Main Street

We’re setting up the spooky lights in the office ... After seeing orange, purple and pink Halloween 🎃 lights going up already on front porches of Beacon, we had to join in the spooky spirit!

Usually Home Depot has the glorious spread of Halloween yard decorations, but this year, Rite Aid in Beacon has enough choices on the shelves to do in a pinch. Brett’s Hardware, down on West Main, has the mums (flowers, not mummies!) and some other colored lights.

Happy Fall!