Second Saturday! Beacon Gallery Openings for October 2018

Happy Second Saturday, October edition!

Happy Second Saturday, October edition!

Happy Second Saturday, folks! This mid-October weekend is jam-packed with gallery openings (and one closing 😥) as well as so many non-art events. The common theme? Community. Head out to the galleries. (Our Guide gives an overview of each exhibition or screening we track down.) Talk with your neighbors, visitors, or the artists. Buy their work if you're in a position to - get a jump on holiday gifting, maybe? Then head out again on Sunday, with the Car Show on Main Street and the Pumpkin Festival at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. Get the artsy-tartsy scoop here in our Art Gallery Guide, and read about all of the amazing non-artsy things in our Event Guide.

Some familiar Beacon faces highlight this #2Sat. At Scenic Hudson's River Center (the big red barn at Long Dock Park), Eleni Smolen of TheoGanz Studio has curated a selection of works by Hiro Ichikawa, a Hudson Valley painter, printmaker, and nature lover who passed away early last year.

At No. 3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works, revisit Melissa McGill's starry Bannerman Castle installation and read writer Sam Anderson's reflections, in Reverse Punctuation Constellations.

Matteawan Gallery will be closing after the current show, Eleanor White's Bittersweet, wraps up next weekend. (Read more here about Matteawan and what’s next.)

Brief descriptions in our Gallery Guide can't possibly do justice to all of the artists exhibiting around town, so you really should check them out yourself. If you're inclined, report back and let us know what you loved seeing. Comment here, on Facebook, on Instagram, or Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.

Gallery Closing: Matteawan Gallery's Final Opening is September 2018 - Where to Find Karlyn Next

It's bittersweet that this month's opening at Matteawan Gallery reflects on the passage of time: Eleanor White's It's About Time will be Matteawan Gallery's final show. Karlyn Benson opened Matteawan Gallery in March 2013 in a small space further east on Main Street near the mountain.

It was a pretty common sight to see familiar faces packed into the gallery and congregating on the sidewalk outside, discussing everything from new puppies (hi, Jack!) to the featured artist who used math and dots to make really neat art that I couldn't wait to share with my math teacher-Renaissance man dad. I (I = Second Saturday writer Catherine, not bloggista extraordinaire Katie) am a total art newbie, and don't always "get" the fancy/important work, but Karlyn's gallery always had pieces by new (to me), interesting artists. Who remembers the baseball card guy

Matteawan will be missed, but keep your eyes peeled for Karlyn's name: "I plan to curate exhibitions under the name Matteawan Projects and to write about art in the Hudson Valley," she says. (Her first article is already up at Chronogram!) 

September's Opening: Eleanor White's It's About Time

Eleanor White returns to Matteawan Gallery with It's About Time. In her second solo show at the gallery, Eleanor explores the passing of time in sculpture and drawings. Natural materials, including hair, dandelion fluff, wood ash, and eggshells break out of their place in the daily background to figure prominently as materials, reminding viewers of fragility and the cyclic nature of ... nature. According to gallery owner Karlyn Benson, "White takes ordinary objects and makes them into something wonderful, captivating, and strange, thereby showing the potential of everything around us to change over time."

This exhibit runs through Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Second Saturday! Beacon Gallery Openings for August 2018

Second Saturday, August 11! Art Happenings In Beacon Include, Clockwise From Top Right, Colus At Clutter Gallery; Chantelle Norton At Matteawan Gallery; Chris Sanders at Hudson Beach Glass; Diane Christi At The Howland Cultural Center; Eileen Sackman At Bau.

Second Saturday, August 11! Art Happenings In Beacon Include, Clockwise From Top Right, Colus At Clutter Gallery; Chantelle Norton At Matteawan Gallery; Chris Sanders at Hudson Beach Glass; Diane Christi At The Howland Cultural Center; Eileen Sackman At Bau.

Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon! Dodge raindrops and thunder, and get to the galleries to see fantastic art - in new openings and continuing shows. We've got it all covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide

It may be stormy, but it's still the dog days of summer. Consider this a friendly reminder that leisure time is fleeting, and we should make the most of the long days while we still have them. Several shows around town are spotlighting animals in art. At Hudson Beach Glass, you'll find Chris Sanders' four- and eight-legged friends, and at bau, Eileen Sackman's endangered critters. This is the second-to-last weekend to see Zoology at Matteawan Gallery - don't miss the incredible diversity of art that rivals the diversity of the animal kingdom itself! Check the Guide for details on all of these and every other show. 

Big thanks to BeaconArts, the masterminds and promotional powerhouses behind Second Saturday and so many Beacon events! And thanks to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, whose support allows us to produce the content we bring to you. Stop in to support them while you're out and about doing Second Saturday!

Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide For September 2017

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Happy Second Saturday, Beacon and fans of Beacon! Fall is in the air - schools are back in session, leaves are crunching, and there's just something invigorating about all of it. Make like the kids this weekend and work on expanding your horizons: Seeing a variety of art is a most excellent way to learn new things. Check in with nature at Theo Ganz, Catalyst and Matteawan, or find your softer side at Clutter. Practice civic engagement with two interactive art projects at the Howland Library. It's the final weekend for two exhibitions (Cathouse FUNeral and Beacon Institute)that blend history and art in very different ways. Don't miss out!

Get the scoop on all the Second Saturday happenings around town in our Guide to Second Saturday Art Gallery Showings

As always, a huge, big thanks to BeaconArts (BACA) for the tireless efforts promoting Saturday. And another huge, big thanks to A Little Beacon Blog's advertising partners, without whom this production would be exceptionally difficult. Please support the businesses who support us!

Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide For August 2017

Happy Second Saturday, Beacon and fans of Beacon! Don't let the threat of some showers keep you inside. There's art galore happening around town: An artist/gallery owner Russ Cusick will be performing classic TV theme songs *inside a TV* at another gallery, Marion Royael, Beacon seniors exhibit paintings at the library, and colorful critters take over a West End space!

Get the scoop on all the Second Saturday happenings around town. ➡️

As always, a huge, big thanks to BeaconArts (BACA) for the tireless efforts promoting Saturday. And another huge, big thanks to A Little Beacon Blog's advertising partners, without whom this production would be exceptionally difficult. Please support the businesses who support us!

New Beginning For Shambhala Wellness Center - Grand Re-Opening this Saturday

The Shambhala Yoga Center has been a staple in Beacon for almost 10 years under the ownership and guidance of Shannon Brandt. Shannon decided earlier this year that it was time for a change. She passed the reins of owning and managing the studio over to fellow local yogini Karla McGuire, owner of Live Your Life Gear. Shannon will still be teaching at Shambhala, but wants to focus on her healing work and working with private clients at the center. 

Karla comes to Shambhala with a new energy, lots of ideas, and new services for the community. The first thing you'll notice is the name change: from Shambhala Yoga Center to Shambhala Wellness Center. In addition to yoga classes with the regular teaching staff, there will be additional healing services like Reiki, Ajna Light Therapy, and other holistic therapies. Shambhala is now more than just a yoga studio.


This Second Saturday offers a chance for you to check out the new and improved Shambhala Wellness Center, featuring brand new floors, a fresh coat of paint, and beautiful tapestries on the wall to enjoy. You will also find beautiful yoga gear, accessories, props, and healing products for sale. If “Live Your Life Gear” sounds familiar, you may have seen its colorful Namaste Bus in the area and at various festivals. 

Starting at noon this Second Saturday, when you stop by Shambhala, you can sample free kombucha (Mon Cheri is my personal fave), have mini psychic and tarot readings, crystal healings, and Thai head massage, and enjoy live dance performances, shopping and grand opening specials. You can sign up for new student packages until the end of August: $25 for one week of unlimited classes, or $89 for one month unlimited. 

You can visit their website or RSVP to their event on Facebook.

Happening This Weekend In And Around Beacon, NY - 7/7/2017

It's our monthly Second Saturday special newsletter! See which gallery is celebrating its One-Year Anniversary!
Happy Second Saturday!
This here newsletter is a list of things to do drawing from every category of our Things To Do In Beacon Guides, but our official Second Saturday Art Goings-On Guide is right here. You don't want to miss it! Keep it open on your phone all weekend. It features the gallery openings and artistic things you can do on Beacon's Second Saturday.

Weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, but more dates throughout the week are at the Guides themselves, so be sure to check them during the week.
Click here for A Little Beacon Blog's full Second Saturday Guide.
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Terreson:Beacon 1st Year Anniversary
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Location: 475 Main St., Beacon, NY
Highly sought-after artist Jeffrey Terreson celebrates his first year in Beacon this weekend, during Beacon's Second Saturday! He has 15 new pieces in the gallery for you to see, plus you can visit his studio in the back. Prepare to come away amazed and inspired by his work-setting, his art and his method. Prints and original pieces will be for sale.
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Balloon Festival at Barton Orchards
Day: Friday to Sunday, July 7 to 9, 2017
Time: Friday, 1 to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
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Postcard Show and Sale from Beacon Historical Society
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Memorial Hall Building, 413 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Location: Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY
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OAH Living Legends Presents Annual Vendors Extravaganza
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Come On Beacon, Let's Dance! Presents Louie Tunes Band
Day: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Innovative Bead Expo
Days: Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, 2017
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Ramada Inn, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY
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New Series: Chalk Paint 101® - The Annie Sloan Method
: Sundays, July 9 and 23, 2017
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Location: Knot Too Shabby, 155 Main St., Beacon, NY
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DIY Rain Barrel Workshop
Day: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 5 to 8 pm (BBQ to follow)
Location: Green Beacon Coalition, 127 Catherine St., Beacon, NY
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New Series: Quilting 101 (four sessions)
Day: Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Location: Beetle & Fred, 171 Main St., Beacon, NY

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Adult Classes Guide.

A Little Beacon Blog's Annual Summer Camp Guide has over 20 camps for all age-ranges and passion areas. Cross-reference ages, days, times and prices in our easy-to-use guide that is many parents' go-to source for summer planning.

5-Day Dance Exploration with Katie Bissinger
During this special five-day camp, dancers will explore a different style of dance - Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater - each day.
Ages: 6 to 11
Dates: July 10-14
Time: 9 am to noon
Price: $180
To register: Call (845) 831-1870 or email
See all camp sessions from Ballet Arts Studio >

Where is Ballet Arts Studio? On the corner of Henry Street and Teller, opposite the back of the Yankee Clipper Diner.

Thank you Ballet Arts Studio for sponsoring our Summer Camp Guide!

INSIDER TIP! Did you know that Pilates and core strengthening classes are available to parents of kids taking dance classes at Ballet Arts Studio? They know you're already there, waiting, so figured that you might as well get a workout in! Find out this and more in A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.

133 Main Street

Wwwwwhat? This table has just arrived at reMADE from rStudio, led by Ryan Samuelson, who hails from Beacon. Ryan used vintage Baroque-style legs and an inlay of reclaimed wood for the top. It measures 40" x 41" and would fit perfectly in your kitchen, dining room or even front hall.

Where is reMADE? Across from Tito Santana's, next to Bank Square Coffee.

Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Rustic, industrial and simple, The Gio Brass Wire and Rattan Caddy with Glasses is a great decorative accent, and awesome for serving guests hanging out on your front porch or in the backyard. The handle and top edges are wrapped with natural rattan to give the caddy contrasting textures and a warm glow. Six gently tapered glasses, made from recycled glass, come with the caddy, so start inviting over your friends.

Where is Bellus? Next door to Luxe Optique, up the road from Notions-n-Potions.

Luxe Optique
183 Main Street
Oliver Peoples Trunk Show!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 3 to 7 pm
It's time! You get to check out all of the Oliver Peoples collection during this weekend's trunk show.

Where is Luxe Optique? Across the Cliff Street from Beacon Bread Company, and across Main Street from Beacon Barkery.

Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

It's time to get your new Bon Jovi T-shirt and other rock band T-shirts you can wear all summer. Super-soft graphic "band tees" by Chaser have the perfect relaxed fit and vintage features like deconstructed shoulders.

Where is Style Storehouse? Near Waddle-n-Swaddle, and across the street from the old Matteawan Train Station.

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

Visit the Shopping Guide for a full list of shopping destinations up and down Main Street, including stores specializing in Vintage, Kitchen, Kids, and more.

River Therapeutic Massage

612 Rte. 52
Beacon, NY
(845) 379-1956

You want this bed in your life: It's the massage table at River Therapeutic Massage on Route 52 inside of Karen's Place (formerly Hair Haven). As for what you want to book? Can't go wrong with the 90-Minute Massage with the Sugar Foot Scrub, one of Karen's most popular Spa Mini Treatments.
Book yours now!

Thank you to River Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring the Beauty Guide!

Visit our Beauty Guide for a complete list of beauty sources in Beacon, featuring pros to handle hair, nails, barbers, and even lashes.

The Vault
446 Main Street

It's time once again fr the Second Saturday Dance Party at The Vault! Visit the galleries, and then come by The Vault for a late dinner and drink. Stay for the Dance Party!

Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble, across the street from the Howland Cultural Center.

Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.

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


Storm King Art Center

Can you imagine doing yoga outside at Storm King Art Center? At its core (pun not intended), it's a world-renowned sculpture park on 500 acres of rolling hills. But there's so much more: From 10:15 to 11:15 am on Saturdays this summer, you can come for yoga outside on Museum Hill. Bring your own mat, and enjoy the scenic saunter back to your car.
PS: Membership to Storm King Art Center gets you this class and more for free, and there's a great deal going on for Beaconites right now.

Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency

Camping! Did you buy that new/used RV or Airstream? Time to insure it and hit the road! Antalek & Moore can help with that, and your motorcycle too. Give them a call at (845) 245-6292. Antalek & Moore is located at 340 Main St., near Beacon Natural Market.


Enjoy live music this Second Saturday from BeaconArts and Beacon Music Factory! Down at Beacon's Visitors Center, which is located at the end of Main Street on the train station end, across from Bank Square, at the intersection of Main Street and Wolcott (aka Route 9D).

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn Brewery and the blog Brooklyn Based
When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Brooklyn is coming to Beacon, and they are ready to shop! For the past seven summers, Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have lured New Yorkers away from their well-worn paths to explore new neighborhoods through the Immersion series, and this year is their first trip to Beacon. Guests are given Discount Booklets with coupons for local shops, galleries and eateries, with Immersion Dollars to spend in Beacon. Businesses and artists can still submit an offering to go inside the booklet. Beaconites can attend the event as well to get in on the deals and beer!
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Tin Shingle

Tin Shingle is a buzz-building center. If you want to get the word out about your business - and get beyond your store shingle - Tin Shingle will fill you with the motivation, courage, and education to do just that. Stream any of their Training TuneUp webinars to get fresh ideas on using Instagram, your newsletter, or PR techniques.

InHouse Design Media

This little person jumped into Squarespace one evening and wanted to learn all about it. Who knows what kind of website she'll make one day? For now, what she discovered was that all she needed to work her own website was a little patience, like in the Guns N' Roses song. (Guess she needs one of those band T-shirts from Style Storehouse when she's next building on the computer.) InHouse Design Media is ready to help put together a website with you, so send an email.

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Looking for an inspiring location for your company retreat? A Little Beacon Blog's Space rates five stars by this Hudson Valley business who came to Beacon for a retreat that put work first, followed by playing in Beacon.

Click here for details about booking The Space for your event.

Click here for the schedule of upcoming happenings at The Space.
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The Story Behind Beacon's Bicycle Tree, Lit Every December Second Saturday (Sponsor Spotlight)

This year will mark the fifth year for the Bicycle Tree, which has grown in size and complexity. During its first year, the tree was smaller and stationary. Last year, visitors of all ages were delighted when they found they could interact with the tree by spinning wheels, using pedals, and climbing around its larger structure. Originally an initiative conceived by the artist Ed Benavente and sponsored by BeaconArts, the City of Beacon now also supports the event. Activities including a children's craft begin at 3:30 pm, Santa arrives at dusk, and the tree is lit at 5 pm. Bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Photo Credit: BeaconArts, by Ethan Harrison (@Wolfingtons)

The Bicycle Reindeer that brings Santa to the tree lighting each year.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The Second Saturday Tree Lighting happens at Polhill Park next to the Beacon Welcome Center. Last year, in 2015, a record 750 people attended and 200 children sang, according to Kelly Ellenwood, Vice President of BeaconArts. During the day of the tree lighting, the program includes singers and dancers from various local schools, traditional Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and of course, Santa Claus himself, who is delivered by a Bicycle Reindeer to the tree. The menagerie of bicycle constructions has also grown to include a Bicycle Menorah for Hanukkah, and now a New Year’s Ball made of bicycle wheel rims. The latter will be dropped in the last seconds of 2016 for the second time at Dogwood (on the East End of town just over the Fishkill Creek).

Ed's sculptures are all around town. Most notable may be the tall fork and spoon that went up outside Café Amarcord during a Beacon 3D summer outdoor show. You also may have seen Ed peddling around town on his Santa Cab/Bike, aka the Bicycle Reindeer. Ed's work can also be seen in Marion Royael Gallery (speaking of which, have you been in to see the Doors exhibit, "Mr. Yard Presents Knock Knock Underground Emoji" yet? Today is a good day to go). To learn more about the tree, we asked the artist to tell us about it in his own words. Here's what he had to say:

Why the Bicycle Tree? How did this become an annual symbol in Beacon?

"First of all, this project was conceived in 2011 to help give a focal point for all of the various holiday activities being supported by the city, local businesses and volunteer groups. As is often the case, money was the biggest obstacle to having a large, central holiday display. When it comes to making something out of nothing, ask an artist. I am an artist, and a local resident and sculptor, and I volunteered to create a town Christmas Tree as an art project.

"As an art piece, the tree is not perfect. It is ever-evolving just like the community we live in. That’s one reason I chose the bicycle as a symbolic component. Bicycles are powered by people. I feel very fortunate to live in a place that knows how to keep things rolling.

"Taking a half-dozen or so junk bicycles, I fashioned a tree-shaped display and installed it on the empty lot at the corner of Main and Cross Streets (between River Winds Gallery and Hudson Beach Glass) under the sponsorship of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA). The location has since moved to Polhill Park."

How did it go? This bicycle tree? How was it received?

"It’s one of those things you just don’t know what people will do or how they will react. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses from people walking by as I was setting this thing up. It made them happy."

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The Bicycle Menorah
Photo Credit: Ed Benavente

This tree lighting is an annual tradition, and Ed's work and BeaconArts' organization and promotion of the event are integral to the holiday season in Beacon. See you this afternoon/tonight at 3:30 pm! Santa arrives at dusk (about 4:30 pm) and the tree is lit at 5 pm. Bring a mug for hot chocolate. Then return to this spot on December 24, 2016 for the lighting of the Bicycle Menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, and let's gather at Dogwood on New Year's Eve for the dropping of the Bicycle Ball.

The Bicycle Ball for New Year's Eve at Dogwood.
Photo Credit: Ed Benavente

This article is a Sponsor Spotlight post with our partnership with BeaconArts, but what makes the partnership so great is that we would have written about it anyway! Thank you for supporting businesses and organizations who support us.

Exhibition of Beacon Thursday Painters, a Seniors Group, Displays at the Howland Public Library for October 2016

One is never bored in Beacon, thanks to all of the groups that get created by citizens, meeting in easily accessible places like the Library, Quinn's, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Learning about these groups and keeping up with when they meet is a job in and of itself. We're always learning about new ones here at A Little Beacon Blog, and adding them to the Adult Classes Guide when we do.

Jan Dolan, the teacher of the Beacon Thursday Painters Group.
Photo Credit: Jean Noack

One such group is having an exhibition at the Howland Public Library during October, opening on Saturday, October 8 - Beacon's Second Saturday. The Thursday Painters group is a weekly three-hour class for seniors offered by the Beacon Recreation Department and taught by local artist Jan Dolan. Many of the Thursday Painters have been painting for decades, while others, like Jean Noack, are enjoying the process of awakening their hidden talent. "I enjoy the class because it is made up of a nice group of students who are friendly, creative and are willing to help each other," Jean says. "Also, our teacher Jan Dolan of Beacon is a talented artist, and in addition, she is a wonderful teacher." The class has been meeting for over two years and, according to Jean, "The Recreation Director, Mark Price, has been highly supportive." The show at the library this Second Saturday will be the group’s second exhibit, and runs through November 5.

While in the Beacon Thursday Painters class, Jean tapped into her fondness of the Dummy Light, located on Beacon's east end, and created a series. "When I started in this class [Beacon Thursday Painters], I did portraits of each of my three cats. Then, I moved on to do an oil painting of Beacon's Dummy Light. I am a native of Beacon and used to pass it each day as I walked to school from my home on Fishkill Avenue to Forrestal School. I took a photo of my Dummy Light painting and shrunk the image and I hand-made Dummy Light Christmas ornaments and magnets at my kitchen table. For a while there, it was a regular production line as I made them for friends and sold others. Never could I have seen myself in retirement making pin money from my art!"

Painting of the Dummy Light by Jean Noack.
Photo Credit: Jean Noack

Jean's most recent painting of the Dummy Light will be on display at the Beacon Historical Society's "Hats Off to the Beacon Historical Society!" this Second Saturday at Beacon Bath & Bubble, located at 458 Main Street in Beacon, near the Lauren & Riley boutique (who was just featured in the Highlands Current!).

Painting on wood by Jean Noack for the exhibit and upcoming auction for "Hats Off To The Beacon Historical Society" fundraiser for the society's new office to store and display their archives.

The Howland Public Library is presenting an exhibition of work by the Beacon Thursday Painters from October 8th through November 5th. An artists’ reception will be held on Beacon's Second Saturday, October 8th, from 5 to 7pm.

The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St., Beacon NY 12508. The Community Room Exhibit Space is open during regular library hours. Please note: The gallery may not be accessible during some library programs. Please consult the library calendar at Artists interested in exhibiting at the library should contact


Lorraine Tyne ReBlings to Become Beacon's Bridal Boutique

Nestled into a storefront on the early curve of Main Street on the West End is Lorraine Tyne, the new bridal boutique that quietly sparkles from its storefront windows. You once knew it as a boutique of bling jewelry, while taffeta gowns in the window were decorated with custom-designed jewelry sourced from New York City and the Far East. Statement necklaces used to line the windows, and if you owned one, you were sure to get compliments every time you wore it. We blogged about the shop before, when in search of a tiara for the final season of "Downton Abbey."

Lorraine Tyne from the past: jewelry. Lorraine Tyne today: bustles and bling. Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Lorraine Tyne from the past: jewelry. Lorraine Tyne today: bustles and bling.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

That was the original Lorraine Tyne, from 2011 to 2016. A growing collection of bridal pieces brought in more customers, who sought more bridal goods from Lorraine Tyne, including gowns. True to the entrepreneurial spirit of Beacon, the three sisters who own Lorraine Tyne - Keisha, Jenny, and Koreen, from whom the name is derived - rebranded (or reblinged) their store to feature consignment and original wedding gowns at a variety of price points. Down came the floor-to-ceiling shelves from which sapphire, crystal and rhinestone necklaces, earrings and bracelets once sparkled, and up went a wall-to-wall rack of wedding gowns.

If your heart just skipped a beat when you saw the slender, lace covered ivory gown or the organdy flutters from the gown against the pink wall, you could take it one step further and go into the shop and touch the dresses. Open many days of the week, in the afternoon or by appointment, Lorraine Tyne Bridal is having a White Party this Second Saturday for September. Here is the extra draw: Lorraine Tyne loves doing deep discount sales on jewelry. So if nothing else, go in to peek at the gowns, come out with some bling - and a headpiece! (Maybe get a gown later, or tell a friend who is in the throes of wedding planning.)

We have dedicated a "Come In!" series article to Lorraine Tyne because chances are, you have not yet set foot in there. And why would you? It's not like you get married every day. Which maybe we should change. Vow renewal ceremonies anyone? Yes, ceremonies. As in more than one in our lifetime. Maybe one a year?!

Gosh, I think I'm onto something here! How can one woman choose one hat, one veil, one headpiece, to celebrate a love that is to last a lifetime? How, with all of these choices?

Speaking of choices, Lorraine Tyne carries other local designers as well. Local Beacon designer Sarah, from "Sparkle My Head Scarves" makes a collection of head bands and garters. Poughkeepsie-based bridal designer Mia Von Mink makes sashes and hair accessories. Lorraine Tyne also carries a collection of handmade hair flowers and birdcage veils from Breault Designs.

One of the sisters designs some of the jewelry herself, and has it manufactured in New York City. They also offer custom designs. The Sinrilus Bridal Jewelry Collection is a high-end curated collection for bridal and other special occasions. It ranges from $30 to $400 and up. So go in, frost yourself, as they say, and find something pretty. Or at least admire the collections and designs, of which there are many.

Collect Your Thoughts & Reset Your Mind At Terreson: Beacon (Sponsored)

September is the time to begin again, and so it has with this particular Second Saturday weekend. Every Second Saturday has been vibrant, but this month's ushers in the shift to fall.

While you are out and about, hitting all of the gallery openings and business celebration parties, do put TERRESON:BEACON on your list. You will find peace and the ability to collect your thoughts and to dream, in Jeffrey Terreson's gallery, that envelops you with aromas of oil paint and original wood beams and floors, penetrating your mind with creative inclinations.

Artist Jeffrey Terreson welcomes you into his peaceful yet inspiring space at 475 Main Street, next door to the Howland Cultural Center. The piece featured here in this photo is CLEAR, 96x92, Oil Wax Enamel Impasto on Wood Panel.

Find your favorites in the gallery, and ask about commissioned pieces, prints, and the ability for Jeffrey to paint onto a print for you. 

TERRESON:BEACON is a Spotlight Sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog. It is with his support that our publication is possible. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us!