Beaconites! is a podcast about Beacon, New York and the people who live here. Interviews with artists, business owners, educators, students and other local figures provide a window on Beacon and a point of entry for listeners to get involved.
Luthier And Musician John Vergara
John Vergara is the owner of Lord of the Strings, a musical instrument building and repair shop that he founded in 2013. John works with a wide range of stringed instruments, including the Arabic oud, the Puerto rican cuatro, classical style guitar and violin. As part of this interview he performs tunes on the Oud and guitar.
Beacon’s Housing Market, With Real Estate Agent Claire Browne
Claire talks about the waves of home buyers moving to Beacon in recent years, the current rental shortage and what's changing in 2020.
Acting Local, With Guy Felixbrodt
Guy has dedicated himself to making the world a better place. He volunteers on local issues ranging from environmental cleanup to animal rescue to education. He talks about the method to his madness.
Marika Blossfeldt, Nutritionist And Natural Foods Chef
Marika Blossfeldt has written two books on nutrition that are also books about living well. Her latest, “Cooking with Marika: Clean Cuisine from an Estonian Farm” provides a framework for eating wisely and maintaining gut health.
The Beacon Players, With Anthony Scarrone
Beacon's high school theater productions are amazingly good. Program director Anthony Scarrone talks about the close community of cast, crew and families that have put on shows ranging from Peter Pan to A Chorus Line. And he describes staging Godspell against all odds in the middle of a pandemic. “It’s just a beautiful show that embraces love. And it also made a statement that even in the worst of times, if you seek a way to do something, nothing is impossible.”
Art And Covid, With Former Whitney Museum Director David Ross
David Ross was the director of SF MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art and other museums. In this episode he talks about Covid’s impact on the art world, Beacon's evolving character and other topics. “I am less concerned about the art market than I am about art schools. Art schools are in real trouble right now."
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Really enjoyed the interview with Jeff Simms. The words of a reporter clearly focused on the story and not another agenda were extremely refreshing to hear.
Great job Zach. A real public service and wonderful way to bridge gaps. Just came upon this podcast and listening to Randy really gave me a clear way of seeing the future of Beacon. Looking forward to more podcast and seeing where this one goes. Good luck and thank you.
Living in Beacon for years now I can't count the number of times I've heard someone say Beacon should have its own podcast - well, the time has come! Thanks Zach!!