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In with the Old, In with the New

Beacon and Fishkill

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Last Updated: 12/20/2019 4:06 am
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Angela Hastings at Vintage Beacon - ROB PENNER
  • Rob Penner
  • Angela Hastings at Vintage Beacon

The multifaceted cultural appeal of Beacon is hardly limited to just visual art, and for musician and promoter Stephen Clair, a Brooklyn transplant who hit the Beacon music scene running six years ago, every year is opportunity to celebrate. His Local 845 company offers its fourth Beacon Riverfest in Riverfront Park on June 30, and May 25 marks the third year of Clair's In The Pines concert series, bringing rock and roll to an old Beacon campground with a family-friendly, laid-back feel (yes, with a beer and wine license as well!) Clair has also taken guitar back in hand to open his new Beacon Music Factory school, proffering a one-of-a-kind curriculum that ranges from classical strings to Rock Band Boot Camp. Of course, for a complete change of pace, there is Fishkill's Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, as well as a music and event site that has hosted legends like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. The fun and frolic of the Hudson Valley Fair comes to "The Dutch" May 3 through May 19.

Jon Miles at Peoples Bicycle in Beacon - ROB PENNER
  • Rob Penner
  • Jon Miles at Peoples Bicycle in Beacon

Michelle Caves at Blackbird Attic in Beacon - ROB PENNER
  • Rob Penner
  • Michelle Caves at Blackbird Attic in Beacon

New-School Vibrance, Old-School Charm
With the spark of Dia leading the way, the eastern end of Beacon's Main Street began to emerge—leaving an economically challenged west end of town desperately in need of its own lifeline. Into that breach stepped the visionary efforts of Roundhouse developer Bob McAlpine, taking a page from Dia's inspiration playbook and transforming 12 acres of downtrodden industrial wasteland into a picture of sophisticated simplicity. Last year, McAlpine opened captivating restaurant triumvirate Swift, The Patio, and 2EM, where breathtaking views of the Fishkill Creek—and craft decor featuring work from local artisans—creates an environment that must be experienced to be appreciated. "I just always saw it that way," explains McAlpine, "and we brought it to life. What it's done after that is kind of remarkable." Indeed, what had once been the hub of Matteawan now bustles with new development. Instant-landmark spots like craft-beer haven The Hop and the community warmth of George Mansfield and Tom Schmitz's Dogwood set the tone of a new Brooklyn-meets-Main-Street happening scene, and boutique shops like Vintage Beacon and Reservoir & Wood make sure that neighborhood locals stay on the fashion pulse. And, with East and West ends of the city blossoming, they are now beginning to meet in the middle—case and point is Dutchess County favorite folk/rock music venue The Towne Crier, reopening this summer in its new central Main Street location.

Fishkill, too, has assimilated some New York City-style appeal in with its old-town charm. In the shadow of the Trinity Church, Fishkill's own Main Street offers a litany of accommodating options. Recently joining the relaxing fray with a decidedly Manhattanite edge, Piano Piano Wine Bar expands upon the town's selection, which already featured local dining favorites like Il Barilotto's eclectic Italian cuisine and the Eleven 11 Grille's inviting upscale-pub atmosphere. After years of intent planning, owners Rich and Anne Corbo finally realized their own version of the classic bar alternative. Fueled by a tastefully relaxing atmosphere and an ever-evolving wine menu, the Corbos have found their love for the community reciprocated, enjoying a loyal following that spans from twenty-somethings to octogenarians. "We're thrilled to be a part of what's happening," says Anne Corbo. "Beacon is doing a fantastic job, and it partners very well with Fishkill—maintaining that quaint, Main Street atmosphere. It's great for both areas."

Resources
A&E Cabinets
Back Room Gallery (845) 838-1838
Beacon Flea
Beacon Institute
Beacon Natural Market
Beacon Rocks 100
Bishop Dunn Memorial School
Botsford Briar
Brother’s Trattoria
Dia:Beacon
Dogwood
Eleven 11
Ella Bella’s
Ethan Allen
The Hop
La Bella Rosa Florist
Leo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzaria
The Lofts at Beacon
Mountain Tops
Pleasant Ridge II (845) 831-3444
Reservoir & Wood
Riverwinds Gallery
Seoul Kitchen
Tastes like Chicken Skateboard Shop
Terra Tile & Marble
Tomato Cafe
Utensil

Images of the people and places of the Beacon and Fishkill area photographed for the Community Pages section of Chronogram

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