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This is news? NY Times on visiting Dia

Yesterday's Travel section in the Times featured an article about visiting Beacon titled Art and Calm Just Up the Hudson. Hardly news, not to mention that there's so much more to see than just Dia that the article doesn't even acknowledge.

What was nice is that the times did discover the very-recently opened Marlena's Kitchen and has this to say: "a tiny yolk-colored shop serving handmade pirogis… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 13, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Beacon Cycles

Just Picked up my Bike from our brand new local shop, and it is riding quite smoothly after a much needed tune up. Tom seems like a nice guy, and it felt good spending the money in town.

I've also been to "wheels n heels" in Wappinger's Falls. They were also friendly, but I haven't had any work done there.

Added by Paul O'Hanlon on October 8, 2008 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Public meetings to be held on improving bus service

via the Poughkeepsie Journal:

The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council will hold two public meetings on Oct. 16 to talk about the Dutchess County Transit Development Plan.

The council will present the plan to residents.

The plan calls for streamlining LOOP bus routes, establishing bus services through reservations, and other issues, a release said.

For the City of Poughkeepsie bus system, the number of routes would stay the same, but…

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 8, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Local-ish Oktoberfest beers get top marks from the Times

Eric Asimov wrote last week "... appearing right about now in bars and shops near you are the seasonal brews reminiscent of those that long ago toasted both the Bavarian harvest and, incidentally, the return of the brewing season, which in the times before refrigeration coincided with cooler weather."

Regardless of the color,…

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Roasted Butternut Squash with Shallots and Thyme

A classic from Cook's Illustrated... check out the Common Ground farm stand at the market this Sunday.

Serves 4

2 pounds butternut squash , peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

6 medium shallots , peeled

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves

Table salt and ground black pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Put squash and shallots in roasting pan large enough to hold them without crowding. Toss with oil, and season with… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 6, 2008 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Still Time to Volunteer on the Sloop Clearwater

There’s still time to come and volunteer on the sloop for a week before the end of this year’s sailing season!

We are in great need of volunteer educators for the last two weeks of October. Now is your chance to come aboard and join the Clearwater crew as we sail the Hudson during the beautiful fall season.

If you’re interested call Brian Mohan at 845-454-7673, or send him an email at, or simply print… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 6, 2008 at 2:06pm — No Comments

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

Casting for Music Video - Sept.

Fellow BCN's,

We are filming a music video in Beacon - September 7th to 9th. We are asking if you know of someone or could pass along this information.

1) First, we are looking for Veterans looking to photograph/film recent veterans (5 to 10) in a portrait style. This is not an anti-war song. It's about the people who have gone to war (Iraq & Afghanistan) from small hometowns' and who have taken on the responsibility, hardship and reality of war. The song evokes a… Continue

Added by Tom Moore on August 29, 2008 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

Mayor Gold: Interactive Edition

I was noticing on the City's contact page that Mayor Gold wants to hear from us.

The links on the page don't seem to work, but you can still get in touch via his email:

Here's what Mr. Mayor would like to know today (the page does mention that the questions will change occasionally), #2 is particularl interesting:

Question # 1
 - Tell us what you like about… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on August 25, 2008 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Winter Sun Farms Winter Share comes to Beacon!

Winter Sun Farms will be offering its Winter CSA to Beacon area residents this winter. Working with the Beacon Farm Market, WSF will distribute its Winter Share on Sundays at the Beacon Farm Market.

Winter Sun Farms is a New Paltz company that partners with local farms to freeze and preserve their harvest during the growing season. WSF uses a CSA model to sell and distributes the produce throughout the colder months, when it isn't available locally. Winter Sun Farms started in the… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on August 19, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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