Second Saturday! Beacon Art Gallery Openings for May 2019

Happy Second Saturday for May 2019! New shows are opening all around Beacon. Some of them include, clockwise from top right: Martin D. Fowler at Big Mouth Coffee Roasters; the Rain Taxi Review of Books at Photo Book Works; Alessandro Keegan at Mother Gallery; and Meghan Spiro at Hudson Beach Glass.

Happy Second Saturday for May 2019! New shows are opening all around Beacon. Some of them include, clockwise from top right: Martin D. Fowler at Big Mouth Coffee Roasters; the Rain Taxi Review of Books at Photo Book Works; Alessandro Keegan at Mother Gallery; and Meghan Spiro at Hudson Beach Glass.

Happy Second Saturday, people of Beacon! It’s time once again to head out into that fresh late-spring air, and see some art. Consider it a warm-up for your tour of Beacon Open Studios, opening (studios) next weekend! Get all the details in our Art Gallery Guide.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom figures around town! Accordingly, stop by Mother Gallery’s new location on Route 9D, and check out their new show and new space. There are more shows opening at Catalyst Gallery, Hudson Beach Glass, Clutter Magazine, RiverWinds Gallery, Big Mouth Coffee Roasters, Photo Book Works, and the Howland Cultural Center. Plus, a few from last month have been extended. We've got it all covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide.

Happening This Weekend - 5/10/2019


Mother's Day is this Sunday, and there are some special events going on all weekend to pamper Mom and show her some love, such as the Self-Love Saturday event at Firefly Yoga (taking place from 9 am to 5 pm), or visit the annual Common Ground Spring Plant Sale.

It is also Second Saturday in Beacon! That means plenty of new art openings for you to see and discover new artwork and artists. We have the Second Saturday Guide for you now!

Guide Sponsored By: 
No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works
Guide Written By: Catherine Sweet

 

Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide Sneak Peek

Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.
 


Self Love Saturday
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St., Fishkill, NY
This year, Firefly Yoga is celebrating Mother's Day in a very special way! Firefly Yoga, along with Hebe Med spa, is hosting a full day of beauty, wellness and self-care practices. Stop in the juice bar for a juice sampling, and vitamin shot!
Information >

The Beacon Record & CD Fest
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: VFW, 413 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

GRAMMAR Trunk Show at KAIGHT
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Location: KAIGHT, 512 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

OPEN HOUSE: 19 Russell Avenue
Day: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: 19 Russell Ave., Beacon, NY
This is a new construction home - it's actually being built right now. Visit it in its current phase, and imagine what life could be like if it became your home.
Information >
Sponsored Post. Thank You, Nicki Meehan!


 

Common Ground Farm Spring Plant Sale
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Location: Corner of Cross Street and Main Street, Beacon, NY
Every year, Common Ground Farm offers a one-day plant sale, where Hudson Valley residents can purchase vegetables, herbs and flower plants. Hudson Valley residents can stock up on goodies to fill their gardens or windowsills with organically grown vegetables, flowers and herbs, grown with love at your local community farm.
Information >

Free Community Pop-Up Concert
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm
Location: 107 Teller Ave., Beacon, NY
Information >

Roger's Folly | Dancing Under The Stars with Eight To The Bar
Day:
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Rooftop of The Inn And Spa At Beacon, 151 Main St., Beacon NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full & Half Marathon
Day:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8 am (Full); 8:30 am (Half)
Location: 99 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck, NY
Information >

Find out about more upcoming races in our 5K Races Guide.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END


Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street
www.darrylsny.com

Hey sassy ladies! Darryl's Clothing Boutique has got your Mother's Day brunch outfit, or any outfit for when you want to look great. The colorful purses are mix-and-matchable to go with any ensemble. Darryl's is located near many art galleries, including Marion Royael and Hudson Beach Glass. There might be a mysterious pop-up art gallery in the former Theo Ganz Studio (which became Lauren and Riley for a year) right now, so head over and check it all out...

 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
Sexy mama! Ladies, dry eyes are no joke, especially when you're tired. If you're wearing your glasses more and more (and skipping the contacts), maybe it's time for prescription sunglasses, available at Luxe Optique. These frames are from the French eyewear designer Anne & Valentin. Luxe is really good at using colored lenses, like the faded purple you see here, or traditional black, or even mirror. For Mother's Day, enjoy a glass of champagne with them!
 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main Street, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the dummy light)
Big Girl Time is so important on the big day. The flower girl has a big job, she wants to do it right, and she's looking up to the bride for her signals. Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique has many flower girl dresses and accessories to make her feel like a princess.

Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill.




 

Barb's Butchery
69 Spring Street

www.barbsbutchery.com
(up the hill from the dummy light)
Give Mom a break, and get some pre-packed, hand-packed 1/3-pound patties from Barb's!
Pro tip: Call ahead, and walk in quick to pick up your order.
 
Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning dining needs!

 
 
 
Firefly Yoga & Juicebar
992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
Due to the all-day Self-Love Saturday event taking place, there will only be an 8:30 am class Saturday morning (May 10), and no afternoon class Sunday (May 11).
Information >
 
Thank you to Firefly Yoga for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 

Sponsor A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide. Details here.
 

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.
Submission Guidelines for classes you'd like us to consider adding to these guides can be found here.

Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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61 Dennings Ave., Beacon, NY 12508
BEDS & BATHS: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
From Gate House Realty: New construction with all the modern conveniences, including central air and radiant heat. Open layout, modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops and large island, gas fireplace. There is an attached two-car garage (rare in Beacon!), high ceilings upstairs, a great master suite, and a huge attic.”
Price: $539,000
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty, (845) 831-9550
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Beacon Open Studios :: The Maps Have Dropped!

We're getting very close to the big weekend of Beacon Open Studios, when artists open their studios and you get to come in to get a glimpse of their workbench, paint brushes, metalsmith tools, and other treasures you may have never seen. Look for these brochures in stores, and pick one up. A map inside tells you where to find the art.
Beacon Open Studios >

Katie James :: New Project!

We're digging into a new project here at Katie James, Inc. This time, for a new knee brace that is going to hit the market. We are studying the market research and developing the architecture of how this website should fall into place.
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Tin Shingle Sponsors Rock Out 4 Mental Health
Supporting businesses owners, artists and makers in their outreach and business development is the backbone of Tin Shingle's programming. Pitching the media and getting the word out can be a lonely place. Heck, running your business can be a lonely place. Tin Shingle knows this, and offers a community as a touchstone to get feedback, help you feel not crazy, isolated, or rejected. While all of those things may be happening, Tin Shingle's community is here to push you back on your feet and into the direction of thinking big, and going for big. Tin Shingle is a proud sponsor of Rock Out 4 Mental Health for this reason.
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Luxe Optique Seeks A Licensed Optician And An Optometrist
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Veterans To Get Field Trips and Socialization From Beacon Elks Lodge

The Beacon Elks Lodge #1493 has received the Elks’ Freedom Grant, which will assist local veterans’ mental and physical health by giving veterans the opportunity for a change of scenery, getting out of their living environment and participating in events that require socialization, moving and structure. “This includes taking veterans bowling, fishing, and taking them to movies at no cost to the veteran,” said Robert K. Lanier, Exalted Ruler of Beacon’s Elks Lodge, in a press release about the grant. Additionally, the Elks provide patriotic-themed picnics and lunches.

“The goal is to assist with their physical and mental health, and nutrition; show our appreciation for their service; and assure them that they are not forgotten,” said Robert. The Veterans who the Beacon Elk Lodge participates with of are the Veterans at Castle Point, according to Robert. “We maintain a relationship with the Castle Point Veterans to get them out to these events, such as bowling, BINGO, lunches, movies, etc.

This Beacon Elks Freedom grant was part of a two-part grant of $4,500 that is slated to help veterans, as well as children and adults, by way of servicing food banks, and purchasing educational supplies for local children. You can read more about that here.

How To Hook Up With The Beacon Elks Lodge For Services

Agencies that would like to partner with the Beacon Elks Lodge can send an e-mail to Elks1493@yahoo.com or they can send a letter to the Elks at:

Beacon Elks Lodge #1493
900 Wolcott Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508-4085
ATTN: Community Relations

Postponed: Baking For Books Fundraiser For Pleasant Valley Library

The Baking For Books Fundraiser event has been postponed, as it is during a busy weekend in town (Open Studios), which can conflict with baking - apparently, Beacon’s artists really like to bake! This fundraiser was to get a set of books to the Pleasant Valley Library’s Battle of the Books team, which is a summer reading program.

If you would like to bake for this event in the future, please reach out to Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org.

Meanwhile, you can always donate directly to Pleasant Valley Library. They’ve been operating out of a free location donated to them, after a devastating fire last November. Thank you!

Happy Soggy Saturday and Sunday In Beacon

Happy Saturday (and Sunday), Beacon. Both days were very soggy, and wet. But that didn’t deter people from coming out. Soggy is great for greenery. Not so great for straight hair. Go curly today! 😊☔️

Need hair ideas? Visit A Little Beacon Blog’s Beauty Guide. We’re updating it with the move of Abscission Barber Lounge and checking to make sure we have the latest salons in it.

Are you a beauty-related business with a storefront on Main Street? You get a free listing in this Guide. Hit us up and let us know where you are: Editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com

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“When Does That Special Meetup Happen Again?” ALBB’s Repeating Event’s Guide Captures Every 2nd Whatever Day Type Events

Ever wonder when that special event happens during the month, that always happens on the 3rd Wednesday, or the 2nd Sunday, or the last Tuesday? We know. It's hard to remember! So we capture them in the Repeating Event Guide. Today is Sunday, and we thought: "When is the Get Lit Beacon meeting night, again? Which Sunday is it?" The answer is at their website, but is also at A Little Beacon Blog's Repeating Events Guide: https://www.alittlebeaconblog.com/weekly-events

PS: If you see your event group listed here, and the information needs updating or correcting, please submit to editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com. Or, if you have a repeating event that is not listed here, please also submit it. If you host Kids or Adult Classes,  these fit in ALBB's Kids or Adult Classes Guides. So please do submit there!

PPS: This Guide is open for sponsorship! If you love this type of Guide, and want to align your business with it, or want to back it as an individual, you can! Reach out to us.

Sunday Real Estate Feature: Charmer at 39 Willow Street

This charmer just came on the market. Perched up on a slight hill, this would be a cozy home. From Gate House Realty: “One of a kind! Charming light-filled traditional Cape-style home, steps to Main Street's restaurants and shops and Metro-North. Welcoming front porch with views of Mount Beacon. Tranquil private yard surrounded by flowering trees, perennial garden and lovely brick patio. Entryway with handsome staircase opens to a spacious living room with mahogany floors, wood-burning fireplace and gorgeous oversized windows. Kitchen showcases plenty of cabinets and work space, granite countertops, window seat and large mudroom. Sweet master bedroom with sitting area.”

39 Willow Street, Beacon, NY 12508
PRICE: $415,000    BEDS & BATHS: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

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This listing is from Gate House Realty, a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us!

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Music Events In Beacon Celebrating Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday This Weekend

Beacon Sloop Club, near the Beacon train station.  Photo Credit:  Jeremy Baum

Beacon Sloop Club, near the Beacon train station.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Baum

You won't want to miss the Pete Seeger-inspired song circle happening down on the Hudson River at the Beacon Sloop Club from 2 to 4 pm. The friendly musicians from Jake's Main Street Music, who played with Pete many times, encourage everyone to come down and bring their instrument and/or voice to join in and sing by the river.

If you are new to Pete Seeger and his involvement with the Hudson River, and why there is a celebration of him, know this: He is one of the biggest reasons the Hudson River is being cleaned up. Carrying on his legacy helps ensure that the river stays protected and that cleaning continues even when corporations who caused damage want to pull out. Read this journalist's feature about Seeger that ran in Hudson Valley Magazine after he died.

The Beacon Sloop Club is down by the train station. It's on the west side of it, literally right next to the Hudson River. It's quite relaxing, so even if you don't sing, do go down and enjoy.

Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration at Towne Crier Cafe (Free)
Day: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Location: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon, NY
The Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration will feature many local, regional and national performers paying tribute to Pete's music and life. The roster so far includes The Costellos, Carla Springer, Jerry Kitzrow, co-hosts Thom Joyce and David Bernz, singer-songwriters extraordinaire David Massengill, Christine Lavin and Don White.
Information >

Celebrating Pete Seeger’s Centennial at the Howland Cultural Center
Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Featuring David & Jacob Bernz, Betty & The Baby Boomers, The B2s, Carolyn Doctorow, Lydia Adams Davis with Annalyse & Ryan, Pat Lamanna and much more! $20 at the door, $15 in advance at peteseeger.bpt.me.
Information >

Pete Seeger-Inspired Song Circle at Beacon Sloop Club (Free)
Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Information >

Happening This Weekend - 5/3/2019

This weekend includes some popular annual events, such as Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, the Cupcake Festival at Stormville Airport, and celebrating the centennial of Pete Seeger at various Beacon venues. And whoa! There are a lot of runs this weekend! Get your running shoes on.

What you won't want to miss is the Pete Seeger-inspired song circle happening down on the Hudson River at the Beacon Sloop Club from 2 to 4 pm. The friendly musicians from Jake's Main Street Music, who played with Pete many times, encourage everyone to come down and bring their instrument and/or voice to join in and sing by the river.

If you're new to Pete Seeger and his involvement with the Hudson River, and why there is a celebration of him, know this: He is one of the biggest reasons the Hudson River is being cleaned up. Carrying on his legacy helps ensure that the river stays protected, and that cleaning continues even when corporations who caused damage want to pull out. Read this journalist's feature about Seeger in Hudson Valley Magazine after he died.

The Beacon Sloop Club is down by the Metro-North train station. It's on the west side of it, literally right next to the Hudson River. It's quite relaxing, so even if you don't sing, do go down and enjoy.
Photo Credits: Top right, Jake's Main Street Music; bottom left, Jeremy Baum
Sponsored by Antalek & Moore for car insurance.
 
Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration at Towne Crier Cafe (Free)
Day:
Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Location: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Crafts at Lyndhurst
Day:
Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, 2019
Time: Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Lyndhurst Estate, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Information >

Willy Wonka Kids
Day:
Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, 2019
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 12:30 and 3:30 pm
Location: Beacon High School Theater, 101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
Information >

K104.7 Cupcake Festival
Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Location: Stormville Airport, 428 NY-216, Stormville, NY
Information >

5Rhythms Family Dance Event in Cold Spring
Day:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Location: Ascend Center, 75 Main St., Cold Spring, NY
Information >

Pete Seeger-Inspired Song Circle at Beacon Sloop Club (Free)
Day:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Information >

Celebrating Pete Seeger’s Centennial at the Howland Cultural Center
Day:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Elysium Furnace Works presents Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Ned Rothenberg/Alex Waterman
Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Location: Beacon Yoga, 464 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

David Rothenberg & Rinde Eckert Book and CD Release
Day:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Roger's Folly | Dancing Under The Stars with The Bernstein Bard Trio
Day:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Rooftop of The Inn And Spa At Beacon, 151 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Live Theater - “Rivers and Bridges”
Day:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Denizen Theatre, 10 Main St., Suite 501, New Paltz, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 
The North Face Endurance Challenge
Day:
Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2019
Time: Check website for start times
Location: Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Bear Mountain, NY
Information >

The Hard Cider Run: New York
Days: Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2019
Time: 10 am (both days)
Location: Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY
Information >

Miles of Hope 15th Annual Family Fun 5K & Kids Run
Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 9 am (registration), 9:30 am (kids race), 10 am (5K)
Location: Tymor Park, LaGrangeville, NY
Information >

Find out about more upcoming races in our 5K Races Guide.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END

Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street

www.darrylsny.com
Everyone, please meet Darryl himself. Usually Ed is in the Beacon shop, but they also have to keep tabs on their stores in NYC and Rhinebeck. They live in Wappingers, but Beacon charmed them. Inside Darryl's Clothing Boutique, the racks are filled with frilly little numbers like this one, and other comfortable but sexy sweaters, rain coats, and dresses. And pantsuits. And jewelry. See what you can find, and let them accessorize you.
PS: Darryl's Beacon is now on Instagram!


 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
Look at this cutie! She is a Beaconite, and this photo was taken the day she picked up her new glasses at Luxe Optique. These frames are part of the kids' line from the designer sabine be.. (yes, with two periods). You never know what you'll find in Luxe Optique. Walk in. Appointments are not needed. Just walk in like you would any other store. Then let us know what you find!

 
 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the dummy light)
For those who like a classic look with a solid trim, yet your path doesn't follow a straight line. Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique has the dress for you from Haley Paige.

Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill.






Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning dining needs!

 
 
 

Firefly Yoga & Juicebar
Location: 992 Main St., Fishkill, NY
If you're looking to slow things down, Firefly Yoga offers a Deep Stretch class every Wednesday night at 7:50 pm. Deep Stretch is a restorative and gentle yin fusion class unique to Firefly Yoga. In a warm room, the class creates space for physical stillness and release. Deep Stretch will allow your body the space to reset and rejuvenate through asana and meditation.
Information >

Genealogical Research Using Local Collections
Day
: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to noon
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Tai Chi In The Galleries
Day:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Location: Hudson Valley MOCA, 1701 Main St., Peekskill, NY
Information >

Naturally Dyed Waxed Cotton Workshop
Day: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Location: Colorant, 146 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

Thank you to Firefly Yoga for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Sponsor A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide. Details here.

                               

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.
Submission Guidelines for classes you'd like us to consider adding to these guides can be found here.

Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
39 Willow Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Charmer Alert! This 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home is this week's feature. It's new to the market, and well-priced - it probably is not going to stay on the market much longer...
From Gate House Realty: “One of a kind! Charming light-filled traditional Cape-style home, steps to Main Street's restaurants and shops and Metro-North. Welcoming front porch with views of Mount Beacon. Tranquil private yard surrounded by flowering trees, perennial garden and lovely brick patio.”
Price: $415,000
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty, (845) 831-9550
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Antalek & Moore :: Interview With Vince Lemma
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Tin Shingle Sponsors Rock Out 4 Mental Health
Supporting business owners, artists and makers in their outreach and business development is the backbone of Tin Shingle's programming. Pitching the media and getting the word out can be a lonely place. Heck, running your business can be a lonely place. Tin Shingle knows this, and offers a community as a touchstone to get feedback, help you feel not crazy, isolated, or rejected. While all of those things may be happening, Tin Shingle's community is here to push you back on your feet and into the direction of thinking big, and going for big. Tin Shingle is a proud sponsor of Rock Out 4 Mental Health for this reason.
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A Little Beacon Space :: Event Venue
Host your pop-up shop, business meeting, client presentation, workshop, and more. Now offering a special rate for teachers and music recitals, so that creative flow can happen easily.
Details >
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Branding Made Easy :: Social Media Card Templates

Our philosophy at Katie James, Inc. is to make our clients' lives easy, branded and beautiful. We are designing blank Social Media Cards for clients to use as they share announcements, like "Open Hours" or if they posted a new workshop. These templates were designed for Knot Too Shabby. Now, she can use whatever photo she wants for a new Make and Take class, and put the official title on top of it, then upload it to her Shopify website, and voila! She is on-brand.
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NEW JOB LISTINGS ON ALBB
The City of Beacon Seeks A Climate Smart Communities Coordinator
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Luxe Optique Seeks A Licensed Optician And An Optometrist
Details >

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Katie Hellmuth Martin, Publisher, Writer, Designer, Photographer
Marilyn Perez, Managing Editor
Catherine Sweet, Editor of the Second Saturday Guide

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Several Sponsors Sign On To Support Rock Out 4 Mental Health Concert In Beacon In June

The Roundhouse of Beacon has signed on as the Title Sponsor for the Rock Out 4 Mental Health summer concert, happening on Saturday, June 1, 2019. This show of support for the first year of this event is a big help to getting T-shirts made and helping to make this event possible. One of the first events of its kind, Rock Out 4 Mental Health aims to remove stigma around mental health needs by bringing people physically closer to the resources and services that are available to them in Dutchess County.

Thank you to the rest of the sponsors who have come on thus far, including Gold Level sponsor Key Foods, and Bronze Level Sponsors Aryeh Siegel, Architect; Bob's Auto Repair in Wingdale, N.Y.; HealthQuest; Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Premier Medical Group; People USA; and Tin Shingle.

Only five more Gold Level spots are available, and a handful of Silver Level sponsor spots if you want to get your business behind this event! Click here for details.

Wellness Providers As Vendors At Concert

Vendor spots for wellness providers are still available, and the concert attendees need to know about you! If you are a wellness provider, you can book your spot online here. Food vendors are also welcome! This is a great way to meet new people. There are limited spaces, so do it now.

So far, you’ll be able to interact with the following groups: Astor Services for Children & Families, CAPE, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, CoveCare Center, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health, Empire Concessions, I Am Beacon, Innate Chiropractic (Wappingers Falls), NAMI Mid-Hudson, and People USA.

Getting closer to the big day! It has been a pleasure being on the Planning Committee for this event, and we’re looking forward experiencing the day.

New Bathrooms On Bannerman Island - Civilized Circumstances At The Enchanting Castle

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Part of the fun of visiting Bannerman Castle, the abandoned structure perched on an island in the middle of the Hudson River, has always been the feeling that you’ve left civilization behind. Sure, it’s only a 20-minute boat ride from the Beacon dock, and the mysterious edifice is visible every day to thousands of Metro-North commuters on the Hudson Line. Still, once you step foot on the craggy Pollepel Island (now commonly referred to as Bannerman Island), it is easy to get swept away in both the history and the mystery. But things are getting a lot more civilized this summer.

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

State-Of-The-Art Restrooms Added & More Improvements

While activity on the island—lively historic tours, special events and performances—has been increasing each year, 2019 marks a major milestone. Not only is there a blockbuster lineup of music, theatre, and movie nights, but—wait for it —an actual state-of-the art, two-room permanent restroom has just been installed. No longer will visitors have to follow up Shakespeare or another show with a long trek down a steep staircase to access two portable toilets. In fact, we think the new handicapped-accessible restroom, designed and built by a team of 10 senior West Point engineering cadets, may now be one of the best public bathrooms in all of Beacon! 

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

The last couple of years have seen a host of major improvements to the island. In 2017 a new visitors center/museum opened in the round Bannerman residence building, perfectly situated on top of a hill with panoramic views. (Most eye-catching is a rusty bathtub used in the original house.) A cute “gift shop” area displays Bannerman Island paraphernalia: mugs, magnets, calendars, and more.

A proper gift shop at Bannerman Castle on Bannerman Island. Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

A proper gift shop at Bannerman Castle on Bannerman Island.
Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Learn The History of Bannerman Island

Here, the history of the island is laid out with old photographs and memorabilia. We learn about Frank Bannerman IV, who built the main castle between 1901 to 1918 to store his collection of antique military equipment, and how his family continued to use the residence through the 1930s. We see how the property fell into ruin after 1957, when the last superintendent retired, and how the interior of the castle was destroyed by a devastating three-day fire in the summer of 1969. Luckily, Neil Caplan, a local real estate broker and theatre enthusiast fell in love with the island, organized a nonprofit aimed at restoring it to its former glory, and first started leading tours in 2004.

Last year, a new stage was installed outside the visitors center. Frank Marquette, who with his wife runs the traveling theatre company Theatre on the Road, had such success with his nighttime production of Dracula there last year —The New York Times cooed: “An exceptionally skillful version of the classic thriller, fascinating”—that he is bringing it back for two more days in September. The company is also producing the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace for four days in July. As an added bonus, the daughter of Boris Karloff, who starred in the 1962 movie, will be on the island for two of those days to talk about why this show meant so much to her father.

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Photo Credit: Olivia Abel

Movie Lineup & Events This Summer

Six movies will be shown this year. The season kicks off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on May 31, and also includes The Wizard of Oz (July 5), Jurassic Park (August 2), House of Wax (September 6) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (September 27). It’s no surprise that—given the sometimes eerie crumbling castle surroundings— the two showings of the cult classic Psycho are almost sold out (June 7 and 8). 

Other special events include farm-fresh dinners and musical performances on the third Sunday of each month, from May through October. 

No matter what brought you to the island—a show or one of the 1.5-hour guided walking tours— an ever-present added bonus is the natural beauty that surrounds you at every turn. A dedicated team of volunteers tend to the carefully-cultivated gardens, which are sponsored by Adams Fairacre Farms; that’s a good thing, as the island has been designated a monarch butterfly waystation. And of course there are the ever-present views. From Frank Marquette, “The Bannerman experience is completely unique. There is just nothing else like this,” says Marquette. “Of course, there are some challenges—there are mosquitos, there are trains going by—but people are willing to overlook these things because of the gorgeous, exotic setting. And, of course, those views.”

Hydrant Flushing Starts May 6 in Beacon - Here's The Schedule of That Brown Water

With the start of spring comes… hydrant flushing. This is an annual practice by the City of Beacon for helping the water run optimally. Flushing usually stirs up iron and mineral deposits in the city’s waterworks, which can turn the water brown for a brief period. Wait to wash laundry until the water runs clear. It’s a good time to not run any laundry, as stains can happen. Perhaps fold the laundry instead?

If you have any questions, call the city’s Water Department at (845) 831-3136.

Beacon’s Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The City of Beacon Water Department will be flushing water mains throughout the City starting May 6 for a four-week period. The flushing will be conducted from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents may experience periods of discolored water during this time and should refrain from doing laundry until the water runs clear.

Week 1 – May 6

Alice Street
Anderson Street
Annan Street
Birch Lane
DePuyster Avenue
East Main Street
Exeter Circle
Helen Court
Green Street
Jackson Street
Linden Drive
Louisa Street
Mountain Lane
Overlook Avenue
Petticoat Lane
Phillips Street
Roundtree Court
Robin Lane
Spring Valley Street
Spruce Street
Summit Street
Westley Avenue
William Street
Wilson Street
Vail Avenue

Week 2 – May 13

Barrett Place
Deerfield Place
Delevan Avenue
Dutchess Terrace
Fishkill Avenue
Franklin Avenue
Kent Street
Lincoln Avenue
Mackin Avenue
Memorial Park
Rt. 9D near VanNess
Townsend Street
Verplanck Avenue

Week 3 – May 20

Beskin Place
Coffey Avenue
Ellen Drive
Grandview Avenue
High Goal Lane
John Street
Miller Street
Newlin Mills Road
Paye Street
Rombout Avenue
Simmons Lane
Slocum Road
Sycamore Drive
Wodenethe Drive
Van Dyke Avenue
Victor Road

Week 4 – May 27

Bayview Avenue
Belleford Lane
Branch Street
Dennings Avenue
Fishkill Landing
Long Dock Road
Monell Place
Riverfront Park
Tompkins Avenue
West Main Street

Beacon Players’ Beauty and the Beast Was Over The Top Good - Here Are Some Pictures

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It is hard not to cover every performance from the Beacon Players, the Beacon High School Drama and Theater Arts organization that brings together students who share a passion for theater and performing arts. A Little Beacon Blog is a sponsor every year in their playbill, and every year we’re amazed with the quality of the production. Remember Peter Pan, when Peter and Wendy really did fly across the stage? Surely you saw the Chorus Line.

In case you didn’t get to see the most recent show over the weekend, we are bringing to a wider audience these photos from the Beacon Players’ Instagram, that give you a glimpse of what the show was like, and the range of what students get to experience while putting on the show.

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Music!

Usually people think of the actors when they think of aligning with a theater group, but there are other creative parts of the crew that they can be a part of. Like the Costume Department, and the Pit Orchestra. Pictured here are five members of the orchestra, who make the music happen.

Beacon Players Are All Ages

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One might assume that all of the participants are in high school, but really, all ages are involved. Pictured here is the “younger company,” who rehearse alongside the big kids for their parts in the show.

How To Get Involved

If you’re a business or an individual, you can sponsor a show. Email beaconplayersad@gmail.com to be put on their list when they are reaching out for playbill ads. You can also sponsor a seat.

Watch this space for any summer camp or meetup opportunity the Beacon Players put on. Meanwhile, many summer opportunities are here in A Little Beacon Blog’s Summer Camp Guide.

Branding Made Easy :: Small Businesses Can Post Couture Branded Templates (Sponsored)

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A special message from our sponsor, Katie James, Inc.

Branding Made Easy :: Social Media Card Templates

The philosophy at Katie James, Inc. is to make clients’ lives easy, branded and beautiful. Katie James, Inc. is designing blank Social Media Cards for clients to use as they share announcements, like "Open Hours" or if they post a new workshop. This is especially important after a new website design, where the business wants social media posts to match their new website look. This way, followers in Instagram will quickly and easily see and get a feel for the brand as they thumb through Instagram.

These templates were designed for Knot Too Shabby, at 155 Main Street in Beacon, NY, where they sell Annie Sloan Home furniture paint, stencils, picture frames, soap, country-style signs, and other household decor. Now, the business owner Caryn can use whatever photo she wants for a new Make and Take Class, and put the official title on top of it, then upload it to her Shopify website, and voila! She is on-brand.

For example, if Caryn decided to host a new class where the signage is a personalized baseball, she can do this, and put the Make and Take title atop it without asking Katie James, Inc., her website design team, to do it for her. (Empowerment is everything!)


Katie James, Inc. is a Spotlight Sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog, and a sister design agency who has designed this website and sponsors’ ads. It is with the support of businesses that A Little Beacon Blog can bring you coverage of news, local happenings and events. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us! If you would like to become a Sponsor or Community Partner, please click here for more information.


2019 Career Fair at Beacon High School - Seeking Businesses To Participate

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The Beacon High School Career Fair is Thursday, May 23, from 10 am to 1:30 pm, and once again, the school is seeking businesses to participate so that students can see the huge range of careers that exist in the Hudson Valley, or that exist at all.

Types of Participating Businesses

Past participants have included illustrators, writers, bloggers, podcasters, engineers, drone operators, insurance agents, document storage companies, first responders, public servants, T-shirt making companies, peace organizations, law firms, and many more.

Don’t be shy or think your business is too big or too small or too unusual to participate. This is your time to show kids what they can do, what they can become. This is your time to let them look up to you and your business, and figure out what they can dream about becoming.

I have participated three years in a row, representing A Little Beacon Blog (online newspaper) and Tin Shingle (teaches businesses how to get the word out). This year I’ll also probably have my couture branding agency, Katie James, Inc. represent. Businesses are grouped with like businesses, so I’m usually in the Media or Communications section.

Pictured above are the writer Sarah Crow, who at the time was a regular contributor to publications like GQ, Bridal Guide, and MTV. Currently she is a Senior Editor at Galvanized, where she does all sorts of things like manage freelance writers and run the social media account for the brand, as well as research for the Eat This, Not That! podcast. Also pictured here is Tom Cerchiara, founder of TEC Land Surveying.

Interacting With The Kids During The High School Career Fair

Each time, kids approach my table shyly (you have to gently encourage them to come up to your table - unless you’re Twins Barber Shop, who give haircuts at their table, or Antalek & Moore, who brought the giant Jenga game last year), and quietly tell me about their secret blogs. Correction. Their friends usually tell me about a kid’s secret fashion blogs while elbowing their blogger friend to go on and tell me about it.

One young man had a secret passion for sketching, and didn’t want to be that open about it at home. I told him about the Sketch Book Open Studio meeting at the Beacon Public Library every Wednesday (on my radar from its spot in A Little Beacon Blog’s Kids Classes Guide), and encouraged him to go check it out.

How To Participate

To participate, email the School Counselor, Michele R. Polhamus, at polhamus.m@beaconk12.org. She would love to hear from you. Participating is really easy. Tables and chairs are set up for you, with access to power if you need it, though you need to coordinate with Michele in advance.

Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019! But if you’re seeing this slightly after that deadline, go ahead and give it a try just in case.