General

Wednesday, January 22, through Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beacon writer Donna Minkowitz will teach an 8-week memoir workshop this winter on Wednesday nights starting January 22. The course meets from 7 to 9 PM and focuses on craft – particularly on using the five senses, lyricism, emotion, storytelling, and critical thinking to create profound and relatable works of memoir. Students will get frequent feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Class size is limited to eight. The fee is $275.

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Minkowitz has taught memoir writing for 20 years, at venues including the 92nd Street Y, the New York Writers Workshop, The Kitchen, and the Mt. Chocorua Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and she won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury. Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and the Village Voice.

Please email Minkowitz46@Gmail.com for specific location (Beacon, New York 12508)

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Saturday, January 25, through Saturday, February 1, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm


Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

Everyone is invited this Saturday to the reception of Art is Elementary, the fourth annual exhibition of student artwork from the Beacon City School District elementary schools. A reception for the students and teachers will be held on Saturday, January 18th from 2-4pm. All are welcome. There is snow predicted for Saturday so please check our website and facebook page to see if the reception needs to be postponed. The snow date is January 25th. The exhibit will be on view in the Community Room through February 1st.Read more...

One of the library’s most colorful exhibits, Art is Elementary features work from J.V. Forrestal, Glenham, Sargent, and South Avenue elementary schools. The annual exhibit is organized in collaboration with art teachers, Sallie Farkas, Cathy Pezzo and Susan Wurtz. Eight pieces of art were selected to represent each of the four elementary schools. The exhibit is just a small sample of the wonderful art being done by students of all ages throughout the Beacon City School District. Stop by the reception to show your support for the young artists and see their creative works.

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Sunday, January 26, through Monday, January 27, 2020
All Day


Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Dia:Beacon offers complimentary admission with identification to Hudson Valley residents the last Sunday of every month. (Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington and Westchester). Please present identification and proof of residence at the admissions desk. Gallery displays rotate regularly. For more information, visit www.diaart.org.

Last Sundays at Dia:Beacon are made possible by Kiki McMillan, Charlie Pohlad, and the Pohlad family

January–March: Friday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
April–October: Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
November–December: Thursday–Monday 11 am–4 pm

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Tuesday, January 28,
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

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Wednesday, January 29,
6:30pm - 8:00pm


Industrial Arts Brewing Company
511 Fishkill Ave, Beacon

Members will also vote on revised By-Laws. Please review the By-Laws here.

6 board members for 2020 will be elected; of the 6, there are 3 seeking re-election.

Additional candidate nominations are being accepted up via email through January 28, 2020. Please email meghan@beaconarts.org with your nomination.Read more...

You must be a member to vote!  Click on this link to renew your membership now, or to become a new member.  Questions about your membership, email us at membership@beaconarts.org

Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2020 and their profiles:

BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2020

  • Michelle Alumkal (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Jonathan S. Berck (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Donna Mikkelsen (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Terry Nelson (2nd term, 2nd year)
  • Chris Neyen (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Aaron Verdile (Currently Treasurer – 2nd term, 2nd year)

Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board of Directors

  • All terms are for two years.
  • Board members are limited to three consecutive two-year terms.
  • There are a minimum of 5 positions open; 3 of the candidates are up for re-election and a second 2-year term.
  • Slate as of 01/15/2019

 



1. Matthew Agoglia (1st term, 1st year)

Matthew Agoglia has over 20 years of experience working in the music industry. After receiving degrees in music and ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Matthew moved to Boston, MA. There he worked first for the MIT music department, and later as technical shop manager for Professional Audio Design, installing studio systems for clients such as NYU, Jay-Z, Neil Finn, The Hit Factory, and Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. Matthew always maintained a passion for recording music and in 2006 he moved to New York City, where he worked at famed Avatar Studios and Masterdisk, working with artists such as Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, The Gorillaz, and Spoon. Shortly after moving to Beacon in 2011, Matthew opened his own studio, The Ranch Mastering Studio, which provides world-class mastering services to independent and label artists alike.



2. Karlyn Benson (Currently Co-President – 2nd term, 1st year)

Karlyn Benson has over twenty years’ experience in arts administration. She was the owner/director of Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY from 2013 to 2018. In 2019 she started Karlyn Benson Creative Consulting to help artists with writing and marketing. Previously Karlyn was Executive Assistant at AEA Consulting in Beacon and she worked in the Registrar Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for six years. She received an MA in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Art History from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY. She has lived in Beacon since 2003.



3. Meghan Goria (Currently Co-President – 2nd term, 1st year)

Meghan Goria has spent her career raising awareness for performing arts organizations and non-profits, first at the New-York Historical Society and Manhattan Theatre Club, then over the course of nearly 10 years at the Metropolitan Opera. She is currently the Director of Digital Strategy and Fundraising at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills where she oversees the online marketing and fundraising efforts of the organization. She holds a BA in History from Brown University. Meghan is a Beacon homeowner and proud member of the community. Her spare time is usually spent cooking, reading or hiking around the Hudson Valley with her husband and dog. She has been Co-President of BeaconArts since 2019.


4. Christina Jensen (Currently Secretary – 2nd term, 1st year)

Christina Jensen has worked in the classical music industry for over fifteen years, gaining experience in a variety of areas of the field before founding her management and PR firm Jesen Artists in  2007. Previously, Christina worked in corporate sponsorship at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as orchestra manager and public relations assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Upon moving to New York after finishing graduate school at Boston University, Christina began helping classical musicians who were friends and family with their PR needs. What began as “moonlighting” to make rent in the Big Apple turned into a full time job in 2007 when Christina found herself with too many clients, and not nearly enough sleep. Her earliest major success came later that year, when Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became a surprise bestseller. Highlights since then have included co-producing a new collaboration among cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs; publicizing André Previn’s 80th birthday season; several Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning album campaigns; as well as countless world premieres and performances of compelling classical music, new and old, throughout the country.

Christina has been part of panel discussions hosted by organizations including American Composers Orchestra, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio, Astral Artists, Chamber Music America, and the New York New Music Roundtable. A native of Independence, Missouri, she holds undergraduate degrees in violin performance and communication with a minor in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received her master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University.

Christina moved to Beacon in 2011, and is honored to have been the BeaconArts board secretary for the past two years. She hopes to continue serving on the board in this role.



5. Christine Olivier (1st term, 1st year)

Christine has 10+ years of non-profit multidisciplinary arts management experience. Prior to her current role as the Programs and Events Manager for Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Christine served as the Executive Director of the GARNER Arts Center and before that as the Director of the Institute for Arts & Culture at Mercyhurst University. While at Mercyhurst, Christine founded the Arts Education Programming Initiative for the NWPA Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, served as a founding board member of the Music for Veterans Community Wellness Program, and created an after school program where 4th grade students could turn their own poetry into full length musical albums. While at GARNER Arts Center, Christine brought an organization that had been dark for five years back into the public eye through programming and increased grant funding. Grants included a state tourism grant for $136,000, one capital funding grant from $130,000 and over $100,000 in program grants.  In her free time, she can be found cross stitching, going to absurd musical performances, and bagging Catskill high peaks with her cross-eyed black lab Etta.


6. Scott Ramsey (1st term, 1st year)

Scott is the Owner, Executive Producer of the newly launched Fort Beacon Studios and is motivated by his passion for effective, efficient and creative video storytelling. He is driven by meeting new people worldwide, developing trusted relationships at all levels and discovering new stories to tell while finding innovative ways to tell them. With over 30 years of professional creative communications experience including work with Fortune 500 premium brands such as MetLife, MasterCard, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Phillips Van Heusen, Samsung and S&P Global, he is “constantly curious” about how to bring out and foster an individual’s best and most confident self by producing meaningful and inventive content. In addition to corporate communications, Scott’s musical theatre background includes work as an actor, director and producer both regionally, Off-off Broadway and Off-Broadway. Scott’s interests in positive collaboration across cultures as well as authentic and unending self-discovery keep him continually engaged in how to elevate meaningful content. He has won numerous Telly, AVA Digital and Hermes awards as well as Best Director in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival. He has also been nominated as “Producer of the Year” and “Rising Star” by Special Events Magazine.


Please Note: Additional candidate nominations are being accepted up via email through January 28, 2020. Please email meghan@beaconarts.org with your nomination.  You must be a current member of BeaconArts to vote.


The BeaconArts Board of Directors is charged with the general management of the affairs of BeaconArts. The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and additional members at large. The Board of Directors controls the property and affairs of BeaconArts and fixes the organization’s policy. The BeaconArts Board of Directors currently meets once a month in addition to BeaconArts general meetings. Terms are for 2 years, maximum 3 consecutive terms per board member. The General Membership votes in a slate; Officer designations are voted on by the Board. beaconarts.org/about

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Wednesday, January 29,
6:30pm - 8:30pm


Industrial Arts Brewing Company
511 Fishkill Ave, Beacon

Join us for our first Member meeting of 2020: meet your neighbors, get excited about a new year of art in Beacon, and sample the latest brews from Industrial Arts! This meeting will also be the opportunity to vote for the 2020 BeaconArts Board. You can read the bios of all Board candidates here. If you would like to put your name forward for the election, please email meghan@beaconarts.org prior to January 28. Doors open at 6:30, the meeting will begin at 7pm. We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, January 29,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, January 31,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Saturday, February 1,
12:00pm - 7:00pm


Women’s Studio Workshop
722 Binnewater Lane, Kingston

We welcome community members of all ages to join us on Saturday, February 1 2020 for our annual free Community Clay Day!

Community sessions are free of charge but do require an RSVP. Participants can make pots or simply decorate pre-made bowls. There are three sessions available; 12 – 1 pm, 3 – 4 pm, or 6 – 7 pm.

All work created during these sessions will be for sale at our 23rd Annual Chili Bowl Fest Fundraiser on Saturday, February 29th at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge!

If you are interested in participating, please email info@wsworkshop.org or call (845) 658-9133 to reserve a spot.

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Wednesday, February 5,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, February 7,
6:30pm - 9:30pm


Beacon Sloop Club
2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon

First Friday of every month
6:30pm Potluck Supper
7:30pm Club Meeting

POTLUCK SUPPER and MEETING, followed by a Song Circle, everyone welcomed. The BSC is an all volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the Hudson River. Free BeaconSloopClub.org
Photo permission obtained from Alan Thomas for Beacon Arts to use for Monthly BSC meetings.

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Friday, February 7,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Saturday, February 8, through Monday, February 10, 2020
12:00am


Pete and Toshi Seeger Theatre (Beacon High School)
101 Mattewan Road, Beacon

The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Friday, February 7 at 7:00 – Honey Cast
Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 – Honey Cast
Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 – Telly Cast
Sunday, February 9 at 1:00 – Telly Cast

Tickets available online or at the door one hour before each show. Seating is general, no seats are reserved. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the show.

Adults: $12
Students 18 and younger: $5
Children 2 and under are free

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Saturday, February 8,
10:30am - 12:00pm


Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Join practicing artists for a free monthly workshop of art making and play in the Learning Lab at Dia:Beacon. Designed for all ages, Saturday Studio is a family friendly program that is most suitable for children ages 5 and up. All families participating in the Saturday Studio program receive free admission to Dia:Beacon for the day.

Saturday Studio begins promptly at 10:30 am on the second Saturday of every month. The sign-up process begins in the admissions area at 10 am. Reservations are not required.

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Tuesday, February 11,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

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Wednesday, February 12, through Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:00pm - 8:00pm


Loopy Mango
500 Main St, Beacon

We are so excited to announce a Loopy Knit Night that will take place the second Wednesday of each month! Bring any knitting or crocheting project to work on and hang out with us and other local crafters! Don’t have a project? Let us help you find one. We will also be offering a beginner class during this time, so come join us and learn how to knit! (more info)

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Wednesday, February 12,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, February 14,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Wednesday, February 19,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, February 21,
8:00pm - 11:30pm


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Sign up 7:30pm | Mic Opens at 8pm

 

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Friday, February 21,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Saturday, February 22,
6:00pm - 9:00pm


St. Rocco Society
26 North Chestnut, Beacon

Save the date! Join us as we travel back in time to the infamous roaring twenties to help raise money for Beacon Open Studios 2020! Wear your favorite 1920s outfit, enjoy delicious food, great drinks, swanky raffle prizes, swinging music, and good company. Read more...

Tickets are $35 and will go on sale on January 1. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets. Artist Registration and Sponsorship will also be available January 1

We are looking for volunteers: Check in/Door greeters, Raffle ticket sales, Raffle game dealers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Amanda at director@beaconopenstudios.org.

We look forward to another amazing year of Beacon Open Studios!
Happy Holidays!
Sincerely,
Amanda Heckle | Project Director

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Sunday, February 23, through Monday, February 24, 2020
All Day


Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Dia:Beacon offers complimentary admission with identification to Hudson Valley residents the last Sunday of every month. (Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington and Westchester). Please present identification and proof of residence at the admissions desk. Gallery displays rotate regularly. For more information, visit www.diaart.org.

Last Sundays at Dia:Beacon are made possible by Kiki McMillan, Charlie Pohlad, and the Pohlad family

January–March: Friday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
April–October: Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
November–December: Thursday–Monday 11 am–4 pm

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Wednesday, February 26,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, February 28,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Wednesday, March 4,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

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Friday, March 6,
6:30pm - 9:30pm


Beacon Sloop Club
2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon

First Friday of every month
6:30pm Potluck Supper
7:30pm Club Meeting

POTLUCK SUPPER and MEETING, followed by a Song Circle, everyone welcomed. The BSC is an all volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the Hudson River. Free BeaconSloopClub.org
Photo permission obtained from Alan Thomas for Beacon Arts to use for Monthly BSC meetings.

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Friday, March 6,
9:30pm - 11:59pm


Max’s on Main
246 Main Street, Beacon

Friday and Saturday Nights

Max’s Facebook for more info and their site

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Tuesday, March 10,
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

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Wednesday, March 11, through Thursday, March 12, 2020
5:00pm - 8:00pm


Loopy Mango
500 Main St, Beacon

We are so excited to announce a Loopy Knit Night that will take place the second Wednesday of each month! Bring any knitting or crocheting project to work on and hang out with us and other local crafters! Don’t have a project? Let us help you find one. We will also be offering a beginner class during this time, so come join us and learn how to knit! (more info)

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