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Interview With Melissa McGill Reveals the Artist Within


We are honored to publish an interview with Melissa McGill on her type of artistry, to learn more about it and how it can inspire young aspiring artists. Really love that Constellation is once again bringing to light the history of Bannerman Castle.

Here is the article:

Added by Katie HM on June 24, 2015 at 10:32pm — No Comments

The "Where Is This?" Contest is back!

When I first started this contest several years ago, you folks loved it. It went on hiatus but is back now. Because everyone is so spot-on with Beacon these days, I tried to make it a really hard one. BUT, you still might get it in a second! The prize is really good...a jar of hot fudge sauce from Utensil. Entries must be left on the blog, and not on here or at Facebook. Good luck!…


Added by Katie HM on February 19, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Swimming Lessons Guide for Kids and Adults

If you were thinking about swimming lessons for the summer but haven't done the research yet, here is a guide that may help give you a head start! Seems we have several good options for kids and adults.

Added by Katie HM on June 21, 2014 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

Checking in on your gardens!

We had a thread earlier about how your gardens were growing, and Ben maybe was going to plant bamboo. I was going to use hay mulch at the start of the season. Here's an update with pictures at A Little Beacon Blog, and would love to get your comments there as to how your gardening is going!

Added by Katie HM on June 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — 17 Comments

Have Fun at the Beacon Barks Parade This Year!

The parade gets bigger and bigger with each year. From watching their Facebook page, I can tell that there are many businesses who are participating with special treats. Hope the weather holds!

Added by Katie HM on April 24, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

If You're Looking for Wine Tonight...

Oak Vino was really enjoyable and delicious! Looking forward to trying my next glass...

Added by Katie HM on April 19, 2014 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Please vote for A Little Beacon Blog for "Best Of" in Hudson Valley Magazine!


Some of you know A Little Beacon Blog from its early days of the "Where Is This?" contest - which is coming back btw!! Just had to have two kids first and then get back on the saddle.

I've put it in the running for a "Best Of" award in the Hudson Valley Magazine for Best Local Blog. Trouble is, the category doesn't exist yet. But that's ok!! We can write in our own category and put local bloggers on the map. Because blogging is a business too!

Would really…

Added by Katie HM on April 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

What are you doing different in your garden this year?

Would love to hear what changes you are making to your garden, or if something worked great and you're continuing it. Let me know on the blog!

Added by Katie HM on April 3, 2014 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Interview with All You Knead Bakery - Did you know this?

While buying my bread I learned the behind the scenes story of a small business challenge the owner had to go through. If you like inspirational #smallbiz reads, this is a good one:

Added by Katie HM on April 2, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

"Fellowship of the Bling" Second Saturday Sale at CherryBomb PopUp Shop! Save 5%

This Second Saturday, 12/14/13, save 5% on all jewelry marked $30 and higher at CherryBomb PopUp Shop! I'm a seller in the shop, though I make a jewelry bag that can hold this fabulous jewelry! Top artists are included in the sale, so if you're looking for metal or wearable sculpture art, hit this sale:

Added by Katie HM on December 13, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Winner Declared for the Mystery Orange Light Photo!

This was the hardest Where Is This Contest yet. You all normally guess the obscure photo in a matter of hours, but this one was a matter of days! We have a winner now. Find out where the picture was taken in the comments on the blog:

Added by Katie HM on October 26, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The Where Is This Contest still looking for a winner - new hints posted

Three more hints have been posted to the latest Where Is This Contest for the orange light. Who will win these bagels?

Added by Katie HM on October 7, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Where Is This? Hint: It's orange

Ok you experienced people - the latest contest is up, and I'm not giving a good hint this time! Winner gets one dozen bagels from The Beacon Bagel with 1lb of cream cheese to spread on them. Your answer must be posted at the blog itself, not on this thread.

Added by Katie HM on October 5, 2011 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Contest: Where Is This? Hint: It's stuck

Hey! The latest contest is up on A Little Beacon Blog, and this week's prize is a single, hand-grown rose from Seed to Fruit. Submit your entry! First one to guess correctly wins.

Added by Katie HM on September 20, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

You Going to the Cupcake Competition?

What a treat - eek! no pun intended ;)

Sugar-designers are coming to Beacon Sept 16 and 17 (as you know....the Event is posted here at BeaconCitizen). Take your pick of browsing the cupcake designs, vendors, demonstrations, or taking a class. Should be fun! It's at the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon NY on Liberty, and all profits go to benefit that church. The minister man Ben is a friend, so I'm going to show my support! He's a cool dude.



Added by Katie HM on September 13, 2011 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Great Mommy + Me Music Class - Juliana's Music Together

Hello all!

I've been meaning to do a write-up on our experience with this music class we take down in Fishkill - Juliana's Music Together. There are some great music class choices around Beacon, and I wanted to share this one with you. We're signing up for the Fall, and registration is going on now:



Added by Katie HM on August 26, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

KIds Consignment Shopping Finds

Hey! If you haven't been in Trendy Tots Take Two recently, she's got good stuff in (as she usually does....just keep your eyes peeled), and more in the back. There is a Crayola paint spray pack for something like $7.99 that is the next step after sidewalk chalk.


Here is my most recent find:



Added by Katie HM on August 16, 2011 at 11:39pm — 2 Comments

New "Where Is This?" Hint: It's vintage


The latest "Where Is This" contest photo is up, and this week's prize is 20% off at Blackbird Attic! Leave your guesses on the blog! 

Added by Katie HM on August 12, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

Where Is This? Pink and Yellow

For your evening pleasure, where is this? The prize is a 20% discount from echo boutique!

Added by Katie HM on August 3, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

The "Where Is This?" Contest is Back!

Mark your RSS feeds, the "Where Is This?" Contest is back, and with more prizes. The next picture contest will be posted this Wednesday afternoon, and you have to submit your answer on the blog's Comment section.



Added by Katie HM on August 3, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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