Message in a Bottle

Beacon residents invited to write a letter to the future

HELLO BEACON 2163 announces a time capsule project for Beacon. A hand-blown glass time capsule will be filled with messages written by Beacon residents to relatives and neighbors 150 years in the future. The project will debut at the HELLO BEACON 2163 booth set up on Main Street as part of Spirit of Beacon Day, Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain date Oct. 5.

Participants will be provided with slips of acid-free paper on which to write messages. Each message will be heat-sealed in a small glass tube and deposited in the time capsule, a large glass container engraved with opening instructions and the title HELLO BEACON 2163. Once it’s full the container will be sealed and held on public display for 150 years. In 2163 it will be opened on the 250th Anniversary of the City of Beacon.

HELLO BEACON 2163 was proposed by Beacon resident and artist Jill Reynolds, best known for her work in glass. The project was selected to receive support from Arts Mid-Hudson, with funds made available through the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. “A 150-year time capsule offers another perspective on the passing of time: if a common lifespan is 75 to 80 years,” Reynolds said, “then you can know somebody who knew somebody who was alive 150 years ago, someone who might have put a message in the time capsule bottle.”

It’s estimated that the time capsule will hold 1,200 messages. The collection of messages will continue until Dec. 31, 2014, or until the glass container is full.

Contact Reynolds at [email protected] or call 845-838-1032.

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