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September 2008 News (11)

Bannerman Island Reopened to the Public

The Bannerman Castle Trust and the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation are pleased to announce that Bannerman Island has reopened for walking tours. After a 16 week closure for maintenance and safety issues Bannerman Island has resumed its regular tours.

A two and a half hour Bannerman Island excursion and hard hat Walking Tour of Bannerman… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 30, 2008 at 10:19am — No Comments

At 89: Seeger's first studio album in 12 years

Beacon's own, Pete Seeger spoke to Anderson Independent Mail's Russel Hall about his new release:

Russell Hall: Did you have a particular audience in mind for the new album?

Pete Seeger: No. I leave those types of considerations to other people. I listen to my own albums just once, to make sure they turn out like…

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 29, 2008 at 7:48pm — No Comments

A Very Potted History: Part One

I grew up very happily. My dad was a master recording engineer at Decca Records. Every night I'd run up the street to meet him when he got home from work, knowing he'd delve into his bag and bring out acetates of The Beatles, The Monkees or The Rolling Stones. I took my A levels at Pinner Grammar School, the anachronistic institution that also spawned the gorgeous Sir Elton John and Simon Le Bon. We had the same ageing music teacher. Oh how we laughed, sprinkling tiny pieces of paper over his… Continue

Added by The Little Brit on September 29, 2008 at 5:43am — 2 Comments

New wine bar hosts fundraiser for Obama - Pete Seeger to perform

This is your chance to check out Chill, the new wine bar opened by Muddy Cup owner Jim Svetz at 173 Main Street.

Once a laundromat, it's now Beacon's newest hangout and also offers a small selection of cheese plates and paninis. Open Wednesday through Sunday, on weekends until 2AM.

Show up this Monday (9/29) at 7pm for an informal Pete Seeger performance. $20 at the door will go to the Obama-Biden campaign.


Added by Kelly Kingman on September 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Hey artists, let's Beacon-ify the Artlog

I just stumbled upon a cool new art event/networking site called Artlog. Basically you can, not unlike this site, post your own venue, events and photos, etc. From the founders:

"Artlog is about connecting people through art & design.

Launched in 2008, Artlog is social web application that aims to link folks in the art world through professional tools, original content and…


Added by Kelly Kingman on September 24, 2008 at 10:27am — No Comments

Eating Locally

I got to chat with Anne Dailey, former staff writer at the Valley Table and sustainable food activist, over coffee this morning. Many of you know Anne through her work organizing the fruit share pick ups at Common Ground farm, or her column in the Valley Table, advocating for seasonal, sustainable eating and local purveyors.

Before moving to Beacon three years ago, the Maine-native managed various Manhattan eateries before pursuing her talents for writing. She's found a… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 21, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Spirit of Beacon Online Photo Gallery

Beacon Mill Shack by Cali Gorevic

From organizer John Fasulo: "They are amateurs, professionals, businessmen and women, students, teachers, young and old. The one thing they all share is a love of photography. Their images show Beacon during one week in May, 2005. I hope that those viewing these photographs get a sense of Beacon, its people, the community and its history."

Check out the local photographers' works… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 16, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Simon Draper and the Habitat for Artists project

Simon Draper, local artist originally from Wales, has garnered some attention for his Habitats project on the New York Times Dot Earth blog.

Here is a video of Draper at work:

For more on his work, check out Chronogram's recent portfolio spread on… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 16, 2008 at 10:21am — No Comments

Artpope visits Second Saturday!

Doesn't it get tiring when a select few keep thinking they're the arbiters of all things artistic? Who made them Artpope, huh?

Now, YOU can be the Artpope! Come by the Film Flam on Saturday, September 13 and pick up some Artpope masscards! Slip a card with a personal note into the guest book of the next gallery or open studio you visit and shower blessings on art YOU enjoy! A fun way to let your favorite artist or gallery owner know you… Continue

Added by Cabot Parsons on September 12, 2008 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Home Cooking NY Cooking Classes

Here's some info on upcoming local cooking classes by a super talented chef, Jennifer Clair, who lives in Beacon!

Fall 2008 Cooking Class Schedule

All cooking classes are held in Chef-Instructor Jennifer Clair’s kitchen in Beacon, NY. Each hands-on 2 ½ hour class is $50, with a maximum of 6 students attending. Also included are a sit-down dinner at the end of class and a complete recipe packet for you to keep. For more information on Jennifer’s background, please visit… Continue

Added by Anne Dailey on September 10, 2008 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Mt. Beacon Firetower Update

All steps have been installed! This major work item is now complete!

Next steps: Installing step nameplates, ordering crossbeams.

We are tentativley scheduling a work date for Saturday, Sept 13th to bring up the landings and begin installing them. Anyone who can volunteer should contact Dave Rocco at

Added by Kelly Kingman on September 4, 2008 at 9:58am — No Comments

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