The Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade This Weekend: How It Works

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Day: Sunday, October 28, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Lineup Time: 12 pm at the Visitors Center
Parade Start Time: 1 pm

Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade, from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce

Every year, the Beacon Chamber of Commerce puts on the Kids Halloween Parade, known as the Hocus Pocus Parade.

Costumed kids start lining up at the Visitors Center at Polhill Park (the little triangle land at South Avenue/Route 9D and Main Street, near Bank Square and Beacon Creamery) for a parade all the way down Main Street stopping at the intersection of Verplanck Avenue and Main Street.

In years past, kids have trick-or-treated while they parade. However, according to the parade’s main organizer, Sheryl Glickman of Notions-n-Potions, the intent has been for participants to parade down the middle of Main Street, and head back up on the sidewalks to casually trick or treat from storefronts, and spend time visiting the shops and galleries. We checked in with Sheryl, and got the nitty-gritty details for you on how it all works:

How This Kids Halloween Parade Works

The lineup is at the Visitors Center, which is near Bank Square and Beacon Creamery. When the parade starts, the kids and parents march down the middle of Main Street showing off their costumes. This year, the parade route has been extended. It will end at the intersection of Main Street and Verplanck Avenue. Sheryl has indicated that the Beacon Jeep Club may lead the parade route. We shall see!

Extended Parade Route

Wait - slow down - Verplanck intersects with Main Street? Yes, it does! Allllll the way at the end of Main Street by the old train tracks and the former Hop location, which is now Melzingah Tap House. You will parade past the Howland Cultural Center, past the Dummy Light, past the Roundhouse, and you will parade past lots of art galleries and shops you may not have discovered yet on this slightly hidden end of Main Street, sometimes referred to as the East End Gem of Main Street. See A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide and Art Gallery Guide to familiarize yourself.

Collecting The Candy - Trick or Treating Back Up Main Street

The first step is the parade. Make sure you smile and wave! A firetruck will be bringing up the rear of the parade while police escorts lead the parade.

The second step will be trick or treating from storefronts on Main Street as you make your way back up - on the sidewalk! - from the end of the parade route. After everyone completes Phase 1 of the parade (the marching part), the street will be unblocked, and you and the kids will trick or treat on the sidewalk on the return trip back up Main Street. This gives people time to visit the storefronts, see what’s inside, and have an overall more casual experience.

Bonus Round - Cider

Before you head back, stop by The Roundhouse! They will once again be handing out cider on their outdoor patio.

Getting Ready For Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade

It’s always a good sign when there’s a BOX OF CANDY 🍭 outside your door. Getting ready for Beacon’s Hocus Pocus Halloween Kids Parade on Sunday! Check A Little Beacon Blog’s Events Guide for details. Thank you to Katy Hope from Beetle and Fred for hooking us up with this stash of candy - and for the door-to-door delivery!!

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Spooktacular Halloween Pop-Up Shop From The Queen of Halloween!

The Hudson Valley’s Queen of Halloween is flying in on her broomstick to take over A Little Beacon Space with the first of what may become an annual Halloween Pop-Up Shopping Experience - HallowStyle. You may have read about Donna Davies - she was featured last year in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Donna is a designer, crafter, and children’s book author. She will be bringing in Halloween-inspired jewelry, pottery, and even her own children’s books. Sign up for a craft class and grab a brew. There will even be spooky stories for the kids!

Make ‘n Take crafts will be available while supplies last, but make sure you pre-register! These are made really fast, and there is no set schedule for making.

Just take a peek at the video to set the vibe and see what decorations she might be bringing in here! In the meantime, join her Haunted Hudson Valley Facebook Page to stay connected!

Beacon Team Wins Battle of the Books - A Multi-County High School Reading Competition

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The finals at this year's High School Battle of the Books on Saturday, August 18, 2018, culminated in a tight battle between kids from Beacon and teens representing neighboring libraries: Cold Spring and Wappingers. "The three-round final ended with Cold Spring and Beacon in a tie. Everyone was on the edge of their seats when the two teams met for the tie-breaking round," according to the press release from the Howland Public Library. Beacon answered the tie-breaking question correctly to become the 2018 Mid-Hudson Library System's third annual High School Battle of the Books champion.

Battle of the Books is a national summer reading program for middle- and high-school students in the five-county region of the Mid-Hudson Library System. The program began in 2005 as a way to encourage middle school students to read during the summer. In 2016, the program was extended to reach high school students as well. Congratulations to Butterfield Library's team, The Evil Latin Teachers, who were the second-place winners, and to Grinnell Green Grapes, who took home third place.    

Beacon Team Is Two-Time Champions, Five-Time Winners!

This is the Beacon team's second championship at the high school level, and their fifth win overall since the competition began in 2005. This year, 13 public libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System's five counties (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, and Greene) competed in this nationally recognized literature contest in which teens answer trivia questions based on books they read over the summer.

Individual library teams worked through the summer with their coaches to prepare for this final regional battle. Mini-battles were played throughout the summer to practice for the big event. Over 60 students in grades 9-12 participated, while coaches, family, and friends cheered them on. "The teams all proved to be winners when it came to knowledge, team spirit, and good sportsmanship," according the Howland Library's press release.

Join Next Year’s Battle of the Books Team

To find out when the Howland Public Library is recruiting for next year’s time for both Middle and High School age kids, subscribe to their newsletter and to A Little Beacon Blog’s newsletter. We usually put information like that in our Kids Classes Guide, as a helpful reminder of signup dates.

Special Thank You from The Howland Public Library

A message from the Howland Public Library:

A big thank you to the host venue, SUNY Ulster and Matt Pavloff, HS BOB chairperson. Congratulations to all of the volunteers and families who came out to support the teams, and the coaches and librarians who worked so hard throughout the year to make this special event possible.

The Howland Public Library team would like to give a special shout out to Harry Thorne for his help coaching the team and the Friends of the Howland Public Library who generously sponsor the Beacon team every year. Last but not least, many thanks to Pizza and Stuff for keeping the team's hungry minds fed all summer.

Community Created Post-It Note Art at Library for Windows on Main - Needs You!

 Photo Credit: Howland Public Library, used to give an idea of how the wall could look. Pictured is a Giant Robot Post-it Note Art Wall for illustration purposes.

Photo Credit: Howland Public Library, used to give an idea of how the wall could look. Pictured is a Giant Robot Post-it Note Art Wall for illustration purposes.

Do drop into the Howland Public Library most anytime, now through Saturday, August 11, to make your piece of Post-It Note Art for the library's Post-It Note Community Art Wall. The Community Art Wall is part of this year's Windows on Main Street public art installation, in which the Howland Public Library is participating. People of all ages are invited to create a Post-It Note sized creation for the Community Art Wall.

Windows on Main Street is an annual exhibition that pairs artists with storefronts along Beacon's Main Street. This year, 26 Main Street businesses are participating, and for the library's exhibit, you're invited to be one of the contributing artists. The exhibit will be up for one month.

A rainbow of sticky notes and a ton of art supplies will be available at the library to inspire you. This is a great impromptu summer activity as you're looking for free things to do in Beacon on Main Street. Please note, the Post-it Note art maker station may not be open during some programs at the library.

The library is located in the middle of Beacon's downtown at 313 Main St., near Glazed Over Donuts.

Musical Performance Fundraiser for Robin Testerman at Beacon High School

  Photo Credit: Beacon High School

Photo Credit: Beacon High School

WITH LOVE & LIGHT
Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Beacon High School Seeger Theater
101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
 Price*: Admission: $10 at the door. Children under 5 are free
*All proceeds benefit Robin Testerman, to help pay mounting medical bills for cancer treatment.

From the desks of Lori LaDue and Anthony Scarrone of Beacon High School:

Song and dance will take the stage at Beacon High School as the extended performing arts community—including John Jay Proscenium Alumni, The Beacon Players, Spackenkill High School’s Spack Onstage, and Beacon Performing Arts Center—pool their talents to benefit local champion of theater Robin Testerman.

With the goal of offsetting Robin’s mounting medical bills due to cancer treatment, the area’s best and brightest present an evening of Broadway hits, including selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Footloose, West Side StoryLes Miserables, A Chorus Line, Aida, Jekyll & Hyde, The Little MermaidPhantom of the Opera, and so much more.
 
Special guest Ryan Dutcher, a nationally known illusionist, will provide fast-paced magical entertainment, cutting-edge comedy, and opportunities for audience participation in his mesmerizing act.

Before the show and during intermission, enjoy light refreshments while you browse the silent auction, offering tantalizing experiences and wares. More special appearances may be happening (perhaps a Broadway star or two?) at this can’t-miss musical event of the year.

Kids Classes Guide Update: Beacon Recreation Building is Open and Useful!

As if inspired by the mantra of Thomas the Train and Friends, whose goal is to always be useful, the Beacon Parks and Recreation Department has posted the following message to their Facebook page. This has been updated in A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide:

SPRING STORM UPDATE:

From the Beacon Parks and Recreation Department:

Wednesday, May 16: "We are open, with running water, three bathrooms, power, wi-fi... and coffee! Community hours until 2 pm. Need to charge your phone? Need to get out of the house? The Rec Center at 23 West Center Street has power, wi-fi and big blue blocks/playground for the kids. We'll be open until 2 pm"

Adults, we've got your backs too! Specialty classes are listed in A Little Beacon Blog's Adult Classes Guide for both lifestyle, business and sports. So do check it out, and if you have a specialty class to submit to either Guide, you can do so on our Event Submission Page!

Upcoming Creative + Fun Events Supporting Beacon Schools! Rubik's Cubes, Movie Night, and More

A Little Beacon Blog now tracks the fundraising efforts for all of Beacon's public schools, and a few events are coming up! Movie Night, Line Dancing, Ice Cream Night - and Rubik's Cubes! See below for our roundup, and hit up A Little Beacon Blog's Public School Fundraising Guide  for dates and details.

PS: Do you love this Guide? Your business could support it (with your logo as a lead sponsor) and reach so many parents in the Beacon community! Please contact us to be a lead sponsor, and thank you!

JV FORRESTAL ELEMENTARY:
• Rubik's Cubes for Hands-On Library Learning: JVF Librarian Ms. Coleman is raising money to buy Rubik's Cubes that students can check out of the library.
• Beacon's All-Star Lip Sync Battle: This adults-only event at the Towne Crier raises money to support the Center for Creative Education's outreach programs to BCSD schools!
• Book Fair Next week!

GLENHAM ELEMENTARY
• Ice Cream & Bingo Night! Friday, March 9, from 6 to 8 pm. Kids and adults get to play bingo and eat FREE ice cream, donated by Stewart's.

ROMBOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL
• Shake What Your Mama Gave You! Zumba and line dancing to benefit the Rombout PBIS Committee!

BEACON HIGH SCHOOL
• Movie Night! In the Beacon High School Cafeteria, Beacon High School's National Honor Society is sponsoring the Valuable for Veterans fundraiser, screening the Academy Award-winning movie "Coco."

High School Students Can Get Writing Help In Writing Lab Thursdays at Library

Beacon High School students looking for help with writing projects can stop by the High School Writing Lab on Thursdays, after school from 2:30 to 4 pm, at the Howland Public Library. Support, assistance, and encouragement will be available for students in grades 9 to 12 who are working on school or personal writing projects and college essays.

Drop-ins are welcome; no registration is needed. Facilitator Jess Conway is an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

To see more opportunities like this one for kids, see A Little Beacon Blog's Classes for Kids Guide.

"Kindness Rocks" Project Launches at Beacon's Howland Public Library

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Published as submitted via Press Release from the Howland Public Library in order to get the word out to you faster...

A little bit of kindness can go a long way. Young people ages 10 and up are invited to The Howland Public Library on Saturday, November 4, to help spread a little kindness in Beacon and beyond via The Kindness Rocks Project.

You’ve probably seen them popping up all over the place, brightly painted stones with inspirational words on them. The Kindness Rocks Project began in Cape Cod when the project’s creator, Megan Murphy, began leaving messages on stones for people to find on the beach. Her thought, “Sometimes the right message at the right time can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life.” Since then, The Kindness Rocks Project has spread throughout the country and the world.

Stop by the library on Saturday from 11 am to noon to paint your own Kindness Rocks to share with the community. No experience needed. All supplies will be provided.

RSVPs are requested to ensure there are enough supplies and rocks. RSVP by contacting Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org or (845) 831-1134, x101. The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St., Beacon, NY. To find out more about programs for tweens and teens at the library, go to www.beaconlibrary.org.

Kids Fun Day and Fundraiser at Glenham Elementary for Touch-A-Truck

 The Glenham Elementary School playground

The Glenham Elementary School playground

The Touch-A-Truck fundraiser is happening on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 3 pm at Glenham Elementary School, put on by the Glenham School PTO. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Kids will be able to do the following fun things:

  • Climb all over trucks of all shapes and sizes
  • Have their faces painted
  • Jump around in a bouncy house
  • Work on crafts

It's a dream day for your kids. Drop by after you test drive a Ford at Beacon High School for the Drive4U fundraiser, to benefit the high school and Rombout Middle School. It's a win-win for families and Beacon City Schools.

Third Annual Theater Day at Beacon High School 2017

 Photo Credit: Beacon Players

Photo Credit: Beacon Players

Third Annual Theater Day
Where:
Beacon High School Theater
101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY 12508
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: Check-in at 8 am
Register: Email beacononstage@gmail.com

Coming to a high school theater near you... The Third Annual Theater Day opens its doors at the Beacon High School Theater on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to students from high schools in and around New York State. Tickets are free for a day of performance and technical workshops, including free breakfast and lunch, sponsored by Beacon High School, Spackenkill High School, Arts Mid-Hudson, BeaconArts and the Beacon Performing Arts Center.

Take a look behind the curtain of the agenda of workshops we've included below, and you will see why the region's high school musicals are so impressive. There have been other productions since, but A Little Beacon Blog explored Peter Pan in 2016 and the amount of student-produced work that went into it. The experience that students of Beacon High School theater come away with is irreplaceable. Hands-on work in set design, costume design, music, PR, and more are in addition to what the actors experience. Only 250 participants can sign up by emailing beacononstage@gmail.com and providing your name, school, and grade.

The day is designed to provide educational theatrical guidance in various fields while kids can interact with students from different schools, while talking about one of the things they love most: THEATER!

What's Going On For An Entire Theater Day?
The 2017 Schedule

Theater Day offers high-quality workshops for students, led by talented, working professionals in many different theater disciplines ranging from acting, dance, auditioning, scenic painting, special effects makeup and much more. 

Examples of some of the workshops include:

Modern and Theatrical Dance

  • Learn Modern/Creative Movement (Martha Graham/Horton technique)
  • Jazz (Luigi warmup)
  • Dance Combinations and Movements

Fosse Dance Workshop

  • Combinations
  • Signature and Stylized Choreography

Audition Technique Intensive

  • High School Audition Do’s & Don’ts
  • Vocal Audition Help
  • Line Delivery
  • Simple Rules

Musician Intensive

  • Pit Orchestra
  • Interactive (bring your instrument or use ours)

Acting - Drama vs. Musical

  • Interpret Your Role Appropriately

Your Personal Acting Coach - One-on-One Evaluation

Lighting Design and Application

  • Lighting Plots
  • Instruments
  • How To’s
  • Resources

Set Design

  • How to Start
  • Different Ways to Present Your Ideas
  • How They Do it on Broadway
  • Create a Design and Present It

Set Construction

  • Design is Completed, Now What?

Acting Shakespeare for the High School Student

  • Overcome the Fear
  • Language/Intonation
  • Why “The Bard”

Costume Design and Execution

  • Work Together to Create a Design
  • How to Read a Plot
  • Costume Changes

Art Color and Design for the Stage

Improvisation and Theater Games

Publicity

  • Social Media
  • How to Get The Word Out
  • Create a Poster
  • Press Release
  • Collaborations

Vocal Techniques

  • “I Can’t Sing”
  • How Do I Make My Voice Work For Me?

The Student Stage Manager

  • What Are My Responsibilities?

Makeup and Hair

  • Creating the Look - Period Hair
  • Fantasy Hair for the Stage

What Shows Work and What Shows Do Not Work For High School
Musical Theater Today?

  • Sondheim/Schwartz/Webber
  • Classics - Are They Gone?

8:00 am: Students are invited to begin the day for breakfast and check-in. During breakfast, the students will sign up for two morning workshops. There will be large charts set up in one of the hallways for students to sign up to attend morning workshops of their choice.

8:30 am: Group meeting in the theater for a brief kick-off and housekeeping.

9:00 am - noon: Two morning workshops!

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch! At this time, students can revisit their sign-ups for the afternoon sessions. 

1:00 - 4:00 pm: Afternoon sessions

4:00 pm: Re-group in the theater for wrap-up, presentations and some fun theater activities. Some of the activities from the day might be presented so everyone gets a feel for all the workshops that took place.

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Kids Halloween Hocus Pocus Parade Changes Date for 2017

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Beacon Weekend Halloween Events

Saturday, Oct. 28: Psychic Fair from noon to 5 pm at Notions-n-Potions
Saturday, Oct. 28: Murder Mystery at 6 pm, show begins at 8 pm at Clove Creek Dinner Theater, Fishkill
Sunday, Oct. 29: Kids Hocus Pocus Halloween Parade - At noon, line up at Visitors Center near Bank Square Coffee; at 1 pm parade begins down Main Street
There will be no Dark Parade this year.

UPDATE: This year, heavy rain is predicted, and the parade has been postponed. See this article for details.

For the first time in forever - well, for the second time in its 20-year history - Beacon's Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade will be the weekend of Halloween. That's right, on Sunday, October 29, the kids will line up at noon at the Visitors Center on the corner of South Avenue and Main Street (across from Bank Square Coffee) and begin parading and trick-or-treating in costume at 1 pm. For a long time, the parade had been held over a week before Halloween.

Traditionally, the kids paraded and then trick-or-treated the Main Street stores, but this year they'll be parading and trick-or-treating at the same time, according to parade organizer Ron Iarossi, a board member for the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and owner of Beacon Creamery. The number of participants has increased each year, with hundreds of kids and parents making their way down Beacon's milelong Main Street collecting candy. We participated at A Little Beacon Blog last year, and to hit up Key Food four times to refill our candy supply as the kids kept coming!

For some parents, this dates comes as a relief as costume-required events tend to pile on top of each other during the week of Halloween. With the actual date of Halloween on a Tuesday this year, the weekend of Halloween may prove to be a fun and busy time. There will be no Dark Parade this year.

Spirit of Beacon Day Organizers Changing Hands After 2017

Current organizers of the Spirit of Beacon Day, one of the city's longest running volunteer-based daylong celebrations, are disbanding after this fall's event. Just who will replace them is undecided. Rose Story, chairperson of the event for almost 20 years, says: "We are a very small committee. We’ve been doing this for a very long time, and it’s time to give someone else a chance." Just who that someone else (or someone elses) will be seems to be a decision owned by no one, since the Spirit of Beacon Day is owned by the people of Beacon. "It’s not our decision to say who can do it," Story says, adding, "I will gladly help out with the transition."

Mayor Randy Casale announced this development at the July 17, 2017 City Council Meeting, and made it clear that responsibility for finding the replacement does not reside with the City, encouraging volunteers to come forward. “It’s not the city’s job to run these events," Mayor Casale stated at the meeting. "If people want events, they need to volunteer; they need to organize. They've got to figure out how they are run, and then come to the City to ask what we’ll allow and not allow, and move forward from there.”

Origins of the Spirit of Beacon Day

The Spirit of Beacon Day began in 1977 as a solution to racially driven problems between students of the Beacon City Schools and the community, according to "Celebrating Our Centennial," published by the Beacon Historical Society (buy the book at Beacon Bath & Bubble, across from the Howland Cultural Center). According to the historians, in the winter and early spring of 1977, "racial problems became severe" for several days and nights. Meeting several times to discuss the issues were city leaders and concerned agencies, including a representative from the FBI's Community Relations, Dutchess County Youth Bureau, then-Mayor Robert Cahill, local legislators, City Council, clergy people, and representatives from youth-focused organizations like Beacon City School District, the Howland Public Library, the Beacon Community Center, and others.

It was decided that there would be a Community Day aimed at bringing the people of the City together in order to "get to know one another better, learn what each other liked, [via] conversation, feelings, entertainment, education and food." These meetings began in May, and the people scrambled together to hold a Community Day on the last Sunday of September that year. This came to be known as the Spirit of Beacon Day. A committee was formed, and booths featuring food, crafts and exhibits from local organizations and agencies were planned and set up. The Mayor and City Council led the march, but it was declared by the committee at that time that "politicking" not be allowed, and politicians seeking election were not allowed to participate. Additionally, at some point during the parade's history, it was decided that only nonprofit groups could set up booths along Main Street.

Today's Spirit of Beacon Day

Today, and many committee members later, the parade still goes on, and does feature Beacon City Schools and other participants. The Mayor stressed that producing a parade is no small feat, and is a lot of work for anyone involved. "[The organizers] don’t have many volunteers helping them," Mayor Casale said. "It takes a lot of work for people that haven’t done it, to organize a parade the size of that parade, and to organize the whole day’s event which is on Main Street. A lot goes into it."

The Mayor continued, mentioning more recent concerns: "[The organizers] get some grief from business owners, ‘Why do these booths have to be in front of my business during my business day?’ " Originally, the Spirit of Beacon Day originated from the minds of many leaders, with a few on a committee to carry it out. Said the Mayor at the City Council meeting: "I had reached out when they came to me - because I didn’t know if [the organizers] had put it public yet - to the Chamber, to BeaconArts, and to the Parks and Recreation director, and I told them: 'We’re going to have to think about what we’re going to do about the Spirit of Beacon Day next year. It gives us a whole year find out what we plan on doing, how we’re going to do it, and start deciding.' ”

Who Will Carry On The Spirit Of Beacon Day?

According to Kelly Ellenwood, president of BeaconArts, the organizing of it will not fall into their court: "BeaconArts will not be 'running it,' although I'm sure that we would continue to participate as a nonprofit organization as we have before." Michele Williams, board member of Beacon's Chamber of Commerce, confirms that the Chamber is considering taking it on as a project: "We know it’s important to the kids and to the community," said Michele. "We will figure out a way to make everybody happy. We know that students look forward to the parade, and that it's an important event to the people of the City of Beacon. We are discussing it at our next board meeting, including ideas to make everyone in Beacon happy, including business owners. Regarding the tables being nonprofits, that is simply how the organizers had set it up, and does not have to be this way moving forward."

Spirit of Beacon Day 2017 Will March On

The parade will happen on the last Sunday in September as it always has, and according to the Mayor at the July 17, 2017, City Council meeting, it will continue next year. For this year, parade participants can continue to contact Roy Ciancanelli at (845) 831-3027 after 6 pm or email royal_ciancanelli@hotmail.com.

See A Little Beacon Blog's past coverage of Spirit of Beacon Days.

To be continued...

Storm King Art Center Best-Kept Secret Membership for Beaconites (Sponsored)

Take a deep breath of relaxation, because we're about to discuss the inspiring, relaxing Storm King Art Center. More than just one of the best outdoor sculpture parks in the nation, Storm King Art Center is a community cultivator. The center offers a myriad of events for people of varied interests, in addition to dozens of artists displayed outside in their collection. Only 7 miles away from Beacon, this destination offers you unique things to do every week, from Moonlit Walking Tours to Summer Fridays with Music and Happy Hour, to outdoor yoga in the morning, to private viewing hours. All of which can happen with free admission through a membership to Storm King Art Center.

Free admission? Yes: Pay once, then don't worry about it again for 365 days. Storm King Art Center has made it very easy for you to come visit: Parking is free for all, and a very reasonable Family Membership for a total of six people (up to two adults and up to four children) costs only $125 for everyone. This year, the center has created a Beacon Discount, bringing the total to $110 for the whole family for a year! This is a deal you will not find at Splash Down or other attractions' member programs. Do check their membership page for more details, discounts, and how to sign up.

Member Perks

Summer Fridays
If you wanted to go to a Summer Friday Music Night with Happy Hour, you could just flash your membership card to get in while the general public paid an individual admissions price. There is one happening this Friday featuring Beacon favorite Decora, and you can dine from Storm King Art Center's Food Truck. The next Summer Friday is in July, and the theme is Sunset Music and Sketching. Sounds dreamy.

Moonlit Walking Tour
If you wanted to take a moonlit stroll of the expansive grounds, with ginormous skies and acres of trees, you could, included with your membership, while the general public pays an admission price.

Yoga Outside and Other Member Morning Themes
Come the weekend, Storm King Art Center is thinking of you. The center has early morning activities planned for Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 to 10 am, followed by free coffee from 10 to 11 am. Plan for a mini concert by a string quartet, yoga, meditation, or a tour of a new exhibit.

If you go for the day and pay regular admission, and then decide "Hot dawg, this place is awesome, I simply must stay more attached with a membership," then walk yourself to the Visitors Center right away and sign up for the membership (mention you are a Beaconite for the extra savings!) and Storm King Art Center will deduct your admission paid from your new membership.

So go. It's not far off the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. When you go, tag us in your Instagram photos and contribute to the conversation of people experiencing amazing things at Storm King Art Center.

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 www.stormking.org as well as their Dedicated Sponsor Page here at A Little Beacon Blog that highlights their event dates and must-do programs.