A graduate of the accolade-draped halls of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, instructor Jessica Dooley whip-stitches basting beginners into fully-fledged seam wranglers during her private sewing lessons. Calibrated to serve fabric fanatics of all ages and abilities, Jessica’s lessons come with basic sewing supplies such as needles, thread, and embroidery chain saws, as well as project-specific gear, and the use of her own sewing machine and/or serger. Each two-hour in-home lesson unloads reams of knowledge within the private confines of area homesteads, where intrepid tailors can tackle cloth creations ranging from simple dresses and vests to complex miniature costumes for literal pet-shop revivals of Cats.
Were it not for the discerning ears of Harvey Kalmenson, the childhood classic All Dogs Go to Heaven and the popular video game Call of Duty might sound much different. Alternatively, under the skillful direction of Cathy Kalmenson, 329 voices lent their vocal talents for the 1992 Emmy nominated television mini-series The Wild West. Those are just a few examples of the Kalmensons' casting prowess in a long list of high-profile clients. The veteran husband and wife duo of voice-casting directors are the team behind Kalmenson & Kalmenson, a casting company that scouts actors for voice-over work (clients include celebrities such as Meryl Streep and Jim Belushi) and teaches the art of inflection at voice-acting classes. The companies also cast for commercials with a résumé that includes casting for the original Budweiser Beer frogs, Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger, and the voice of BMW.
Warehouse Discount Center is primarily a purveyor of home appliances and plumbing wares, although it also hosts in-store cooking classes led by experienced chefs. Amidst an outside grilling theatre, using the finet equipment, Chef masters Craiger Van Zee and Chef JoAnn Hecht teach students the finer points of roasting, grilling, and preparing international dishes. Students are able to sample delicacies created and also take home a new set of culinary skills along with information packets.
Chef Craiger has been in the culinary business for more than four decades and heads up his own educational venture, To Grill or Not to Grill. He has taught more than 3,000 students how to sear and season on the barbeque and enjoys sharing his knowledge with groups of all sizes. Chef JoAnn comes from a teaching and catering background and tailors her classes to complement the seasons.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Sheri Pedigo's students are prepared for a competitive musical market filled with auditions, challenging business decisions, and bigtime talent competitions such as The Voice, American Idol, and America's Got Talent. Their star factor all comes down to the quality of their voice, which they refine at Voice Works, Pedigo's vocal coaching center. Her vocal lessons and workshops focus on topics ranging from technique and stage presence to more industry-specific skills, including working with managers and agents and understanding royalties.
Billy Sullivan, the musical engineer behind Cloverland Studio, has written and produced original scores for numerous television shows and films. He also conducts professional recording sessions in his studio, a comfortable, well-designed space filled with instruments and advanced digital equipment. There, he's worked with dozens of known musicians and Hollywood productions, as well as amateur musicians, who he can help to find their own sound.