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5/20/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Hefestus Iron Pour Brings artist and community together

By Jared Bernacchia

(Continued from Cover) “We wanted to create an event that wouldn’t just bring us together as artists, but as a larger community,” stated Schwartz. “The nature of the process is that you have to have a group of people dedicated to casting and ironing the way that we’re doing it. So we said, ‘why not open it up to a larger community?’, and show people what the process is all about.”

Scratch block molds will be served up for individuals looking to get in on the action, with prices ranging from $25-$35, varying depending on the size of the scratch block mold. All scratch block molds will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

“We’ll be using outdoor furnaces to melt iron into a molten state,” stated Marisa Lomonaco, another one of Hefestus’s founders. “The molten iron is then poured into sand mold to create sculpture.”

A big stage will be set up and will see five local bands playing throughout the course of the day. Local food and drink vendors will be present to serve up hungry spectators, including Mill House Brewing Co., Barb’s Butchery, Beacon Pantry, Ella’s Bellas, and Drink More Good Sodas.
“Experience is not necessary to get in on the action,” stated Lomonaco. “People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. There’s no parking on the site, so people who live locally are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the event.”

Pets and outside beverages are not permitted on the premises of the festival. Hefestus Iron Pour is a free event with no required admission, however donations are strongly encouraged. More information about Hefestus Iron Pour can be found at

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2015 Beacon Peace Awards set for Sunday

Beacon Peace Awards president Andrew Ferraro, left, and founder Howard "Lev" Levin recently announced the Beacon Free Press as one of the recipients of the 2015 Beacon Peace Awards.

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

The 2015 Beacon Peace Awards celebration will take place on Sunday, May 24th, at 2 p.m. The third annual event will be held at the Howland Cultural Center and is free of charge to the public. Its mission is "honoring organizations who bring about peace through work in their fields."

"It's all about acknowledging local organizations who each in their own way help bring our community together," said founder Howard "Lev" Levin, who lives in Beacon.

"How the idea of the awards came to be about groups, not individuals, came to me during a conversation I had with Pete Seeger about four years ago. We were riding the MetroNorth to New York. I said that the Nobel Peace Prize had ignored him. But you know that Pete was very humble and didn't want that prize. So I told him we were going to do the Beacon Peace Awards, and even then Pete said to me that he didn't want to win that one either. So I said, ‘Hey, why don't we give it to the Beacon Sloop Club's monthly Circle of Song’ and he went for that because we would be honoring the BSC and all the musicians who come to play there each first Friday of the month.”

Levinson continued, “So our first year in 2012 had the Circle of Song as one of the recipients and he was happy with that. And I'm sure Pete's spirit will be with us at the third annual ceremony and will smile upon us."

President Andrew Ferraro, also of Beacon clarified the BPA's mission further. "People generally misunderstand what the Beacon Peace Awards are about about. They think we are an anti-war group and we are not. We honor organizations, not individuals, who bring about inner peace and harmony to the community at large, each in their own way." One of these is the Beacon Free Press, who brings about peace "through its wonderful work in keeping the community apprised of news, events and the opportunity to comment to the editor every week."
Other honorees comprise COSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Clearwater, Fareground Community Cafe, Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Menla Mountain Retreat for Health & Happiness, Omega Institute, Spirit of Beacon Day, Vigil for International Peace & Ecology, The World Peace Prayer Society and Zero to Go.
Live music will be offered by Lydia Adams Davis, Chris Ruhe, Raphael Figueroa, Judith Tulloch, Smile Revolution and others. Refreshments are contributed by Sukothai, Beacon Bagel, Ella's Bella's and the Chocolate Studio.
"We also express our gratitude to ditigal/art designer Craig Chin, spiritual advisor Dan Doniger, Mindy Fradkin and media advisor Tom Conroy. Also, La Bella Rosa for flowers and Jessica Wickham for the awards in wood.

The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main Street. For more info call 845-831-4988 or go to

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the May 20-26, 2015 issue:

  • Accident enactment drives home lessons.

Tenth-grade studenTs portrayed different scenes during a program at Beacon High School. The Grim Reaper was among the characters. - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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