Uh-Oh, I stumped you! Contest still open for Orange Light

The latest Where Is This contest is still open - we do not have a winner yet. I did a drive-by just to be sure the picture taken was still there, and it is. However, it wasn't lit up. Maybe they only light it up on the weekend (but it's so cool...I vote for it being lit up all the time!) Sooo...I'll give you a few more hints.

  • Karen of echo boutique and Charlotte and Claire of Gatehouse Realty should know where this is. Especially Karen, since echo is open until 6pm most nights, so the chances of her walking by are good.
  • Look closely at the picture. Notice the details. This will help you form what the light could be mounted on, which would be a great help.
  • Or, just drive down Main Street at night, and maybe on a weekend night, since on a Thursday night it was not lit up.
  • Click here to return to the contest photo and enter your guess in those comments.
Good luck! The prize for this contest is 12 bagels and 1lb of cream cheese from The Beacon Bagel. Don't make me take those home to my freezer!

Where Is This? Hint: It's orange

Ok Beaconites, where is this picture taken? I've given you the most unhelpful hint because you are too good! This week's winner will pick up one dozen yummy bagels and 1lb of cream cheese to spread on them from The Beacon Bagel. Visit our Prize Bag for sponsor details, and for contest rules, and start guessing! First correct answer wins!

UPDATE 10-7-11:
I've stumped you, so here are more hints:
  • Karen of echo boutique and Charlotte and Claire of Gatehouse Realty should know where this is. Especially Karen, since echo is open until 6pm most nights, so the chances of her walking by are good.
  • Look closely at the picture. Notice the details. This will help you form what the light could be mounted on, which would be a great help.
  • Or, just drive down Main Street at night, and maybe on a weekend night, since on a Thursday night it was not lit up.

Just Donated to Electric Projected the Reboot

Support and Donate to Electric Projected The Reboot

I got the email from Kelly of The Beacon Citizen, telling me (well, telling her entire BCN people of which, I am just one) about the donation efforts of the Electric Projected project. The project was supposed to light up on August 6th, but after a massive downpour that would not stop, the event was sadly canceled. Some die-hard viewers actually congregated elsewhere to view something viewable from a small-screen, but otherwise, it was a bust.

About The Electric Projected: 
Electric Projected is a FREE outdoor art and music festival that will be held in Beacon NY on the evening of October 1st 201. The focus of the festival are 24 original animations that will be projected onto the side of a vacant 19th century factory building in Beacon NY. Each animation is inspired by and designed to "interact" with artwork that is currently installed in the large windows of the factory as part of the Electric Windows project. It is because of the Electric Windows project that you see murals painted by street artists in each window of the building on the corner of Main Street and East Main, across from what is now known as The Roundhouse. Just the other night, I was walking past that building, looking at the juxtaposition of the hard art, created live in 2010 by dedicated street artists who do paint murals as a profession all over the world. And some of their expression is here in Beacon. The event brought together people, kids, food, vendors, a great community spirit. This continuation of that project will bring more goodness to all involved, from the artists to the viewers (be they locals or visitors) to the shops located around the event.

Enter "The Reboot"! For Version 1 of this project, the producers lost their investment to camera rental, etc. So to have it again, they need to raise $20,000. That's a lot of cash, but guess what? They are doing it on Kickstarter, and already have $10,946! A Little Beacon Blog was their 130th backer.

Click here to get to their donation page at Kickstarter. It's nearing the end of the year, so make sure you've got a nice handful of donations to hand in with your taxes!

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Support and Donate to Electric Projected The Reboot

Where Is This? Hint: It's stuck

Where is this, Beaconites? Bonus points if you can also guess *what* this is, but namely, to win the prize, we need to know *where* this picture was taken.

This week's prize from the official A Little Beacon Blog's Prize Bag is from Seed to Fruit. Nicole, the owner and head gardener, tells me that she has fresh roses in, and you win one of them! You'll need to pick it up during her open hours, which are Thursday-Saturday. See the Prize Bag page for more details.

Cupcake Competition and Classes at First Presbyterian Church

Yes, you read that right - a Cupcake Competition is coming to Beacon, and they are offering classes the day before! All profits will be donated to the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon NY, who has a new minister in town, Ben Larson-Wolbrink, who is looking to step up the involvement of his church in the community. You may have seen him give the dog blessing at this year's Beacon Barks Parade (2011).

The Cupcake Competition is on September 17th, 2011 from 9am-5pm at 60 Liberty Street, Beacon NY. Tickets are on sale now at www.shavkin.com and are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 4-13. You can also buy tickets at the door the day of the event, at which point they are $7 for adults, and $4 for ages 4-13. To view special demonstrations, you may buy a ticket for $10. Details are here.

You will see amazing displays of cupcakes, and designs you never thought possible. This is a professional cupcake competition with real "sugar artists". Over at 'PRENEUR, I suppose we'd call them sugar-preneurs.

Classes are available. The coordinator of this event is Diane Shavkin. For questions about the classes, email her at dshavkin@optionline.net, and see her website here.

Have fun!

What is This? The Beacon App Bar Code

Ok tech savvy people, what are these bar codes and what do they do? I have a confession: I've never participated in one of these bar code things namely because I don't know where to send them or what happens once I do send one. Does it wrangle my phone and text to it forever? Does it find out my email and send it countless newsletters? I don't know!

I was in Moxie getting a bang trim and a prescription of hair therapy from Josh's special collection of Moroccan hair stuff, and he asked me what the bar codes do, and I'm embarrassed to say: I don't know.

So I bring it to you, savvy Beaconites - what is this?

Love the idea of an app. I'm guessing it's to help find local businesses. I'm going to try it!

Ella's Bellas Coming to Main Street!

So excited!! Ella's Bellas is opening on Main Street this month! I can once again get her chocolate chip cookies!! I miss them from her Bank Square days. This gives cookie anchors at both ends: Crumb on West, and Ella's on East. Several options exist though: Bank Square (c/o Natures Pantry), Homespun, The Coffee House, and I haven't tried All You Knead yet...

Juliana's Music Together - Great Mommy & Me Class

NOTICE: If you are looking for Mommy and Me Classes in Beacon for your baby or toddler, see our Kids Classes Guide here at A Little Beacon Blog! It has over 50 classes from Beacon to Poughkeepsie. The music teacher featured below is included in that lineup!

UPDATE: Juliana continues to offer Music Together, as well as her own program at Juliana's Music Box.

I was introduced to the Music Together program by my babysitter who had gone through the classes with another family she sat for in Boston, MA, and she loved it. I'd heard of moms taking music classes early on with their babies when I lived in Manhattan, so I was ready to sign up.

Music Together is a franchised music program for babies, toddlers and kids, that is a "research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement," according to their description on their website. The teachers who teach it have invested in it as their business, and the one local to Beacon is Juliana's Music Together. Each class semester is based around one of the nine music collections Music Together has produced, and the only way that you can buy the CD is by taking a class. Each collection is based around a special instrument. With your registration, you get a CD of the collection, and a song book with notes in case you wanted to play on the piano or guitar. Juliana brings loads of instruments and other props to interact with each song, and there is never a dull moment.

After listening to the first CD we got (over and over and over), I can tell you that these songs are special. Ruby listens to them for breakfast, on road trips, and during emergency stroller meltdowns. She knows that they live in my iPhone, and now at 15months, will let me know she wants to listen to the songs by doing a version of singing "bababa" and pointing to the music-making phone. If we only sing the first "Hello..." from the first greeting song that is on every album, Ruby starts swaying her hips.

Juliana has classes all during the year, and they include all ages. Ruby started at 7 months, and was enthralled with the older kids, and with Julianna herself, as she is animated and expressionate during her teachings of rhythm to the parents, and while singing and dancing. It's really neat bringing Ruby as she grows, as she couldn't crawl at the beginning of her first semester, and by the end, was crawling. During the next set of classes, Ruby was going through the walking stage. When we sign up for this fall semester, Ruby is running, and I wonder how she will interact with the other kids, how she will get her own instruments, and how the scarf games will be different.

Elisa's on Rt 52 - Get this summertime smell

My favorite smell of the summer: fried food and milkshakes. Ok, so you can't smell a milkshake, but you can the fries, and where there are fries and bright colors, there are milkshakes.

Elisa's truly has one of the best milkshakes around. The chocolate milkshake is good and chalky, and the vanilla is as it should be. Strawberry is good too.

The menu offers a lot of chicken or eggplant parmesan, linguini dishes, grilled cheese, and more. No deli sandwiches, these folks prefer to cook.

So pull over while it's still summer! But they are open all winter, so you've got options.

Free Concert Tonight at Long Doc - Ska + Reggae

Commuters - catch the early train back from the City and have your significant others order food or make a picnic for the concert tonight at the Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park. There are four concerts in this series, dubbed Rhythm on the Riverfront, and last week for the first concert, 200 people came out for a beautiful night of music, food and neighbors.  Last week featured The Wiyos,  this week will be reggae/ska sounds of GRASS—the Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society—on Thursday, Aug. 18, and a spoken word performance by ReadNex Poetry Squad on Thursday, Aug. 25.

There are vendors with popup tents that you can buy from along the way, like Crumb (my favorite chocolate chip cookie on Main Street), but come prepared with your own water and drinks. Not sure on if there is a beer policy. ;) If you walk down, go on the ramp that is how you would get to Dia. Don't go via the train station, or you will be doing an extra lot of walking. Walk past the red barn, and you'll see it! Just follow the music.

Picnic options for you could be this:

  • Vintage Cafe: this little known but very delicious cafe is on the East End of Main Street, and they not only have regular menu items, but want to prepare you an entire dinner, from salad to dessert (pie, peanut butter cookies, etc). Especially popular is their lobster macaroni and cheese. Order early and pack it up!
  • BJs: Our soul food favorite for fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.
  • Chicken salad of your own making, with maybe a side of corn bread? Not sure. This is what I might make if I don't do BJs
See you there!

Sewing Camp for Kids - with Runway Show at Homespun

Holy Guacamole! How did I miss this? Must read the Events section more often at Beaconcitizen. Sewing camp for kids from Needle Arts Guild of Historical Hudson Valley, organized by Mary Ann Kronk (here is her direct blog). It's already started, but she's offering additional end of summer sessions. From the event posting:

"This summer camp is like no other camp being offered this summer!  You will learn to take proper measurements to determine your size/alter a pattern to fit you/read and understand a pattern/lay out a dress, jacket or shirt and put it all together. "

And, they are taking breaks for swimming. Perfect!

Shopping Party in Brooklyn for Business Owners

A little short notice, but I'm notorious for promoting other things rather than my own. ;) We at 'PRENEUR, the showcase and resource for independent brands, small business and entrepreneurs, are hosting our first shopping/networking party in Brooklyn's Goldy & Mac boutique. And you are invited! Even if you're in Beacon, if you have friends in Brooklyn, pass the word! It's tonight from 6-8pm, and you'll enjoy wine, a raffle for a $100 gift certificate, and if you're a member of 'PRENEUR, 20% off the entire store all night.

Please come if you're a business owner who wants to mingle with others, exchange ideas and talk shop. See you there!