Jennifer Swartvagher is an author, freelance writer, social media specialist, and blogger. She is best known for her blog, Beyond The Crib, and its corresponding Facebook and Twitter pages. She has also been published in Mamalode and Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. Jennifer lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with her husband and eight kids.

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Beacon Centennial Celebration

A little more than an hour north of Manhattan, the city of Beacon is rich in history and small town charm. Main Street offers many shops filled with collectibles and antiques. Framed by art galleries and fine dining, the DIA:Beacon houses many important permanent art collections. Beacon is right on the Metro North commuter line offering visitors an easy trip in and out of NYC.

From January 2013 until December 2013, in honor of Beacon’s Centennial, residents and local businesses will come together to highlight the past, present, and future of the city of Beacon.


Harriette and Henry Visit Beacon, New York!

On our adventures throughout Beacon, we discovered this delightful little coloring book filled with the fun adventures of Harriette and Henry while on their visit to Beacon, New York.

Written by Amy Rudolph and illustrated by Amy C. Wilson, Harriette and Henry Visit Beacon, NewYork is filled with coloring pages, fun activities, games, and much more.

The following sights and events are included in the book: Beacon Farmer’s Market, DIA, Hudson Beach Glass, Dream in Plastics, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Castle, Strawberry Festival, Beacon Riverfest, Corn Festival, Pumpkin Festival, Memorial Park, Mount Guilian, Beacon Falls, Beacon Barks Parade, Zora Dora, Community Helpers, Beacon Theatre,  and the Beacon Boo Halloween Parade.

Bring the kids to explore Beacon and don’t forget to pick up a copy of this educational and fun introduction to Beacon’s history.


Harriette and Henry Visit Beacon, New York will be available for sale at the annual Spirit of Beacon Day Parade, which will be held on September 29, 2013 (Rain Date: October 6, 2013).   You can also order the book on the Kokma Toys 




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