Twice each year for more than a decade, Bridalrama has brought brides and grooms together with more than 100 of Cincinnati's best wedding-planning professionals for a one-stop networking event. Couples peruse a showroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center full of booths, each dedicated to a different facet of creating a dream wedding. They might hobnob with gown designers, sample cake selections offered by local bakeries, and test the skills of salons by purposefully getting gum stuck in their hair. Amid all the matrimonial hubbub, two fashion shows take place at each event to showcase the latest in gown design.
The bowling alleys at Crossgate Lanes, Stone Lanes, and Eastgate Lanes invite gamers to send balls down gleaming runways in expansive, family-friendly facilities. Those weary of drawing straws to count the pins after each ball can take comfort in automatic scoring at all three locations. Each alley also hosts regular glow bowling, with lighting more luminescent than the water-wheel-powered disco balls of the 1970s. Patrons of Stone Lanes can also relax after their games in an onsite lounge, which is outfitted with three televisions.
The Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show brings together a dream team of contractors, interior designers, and other home-renovation experts to help homeowners give their places pizazz. Whether looking to brighten up the kitchen with an accent wall, remodel a bathroom, or install a moat in their backyard, attendees are sure to find the answers to their questions. In addition, the industry experts can advise guests on energy-efficient upgrades and how to best embrace green home practices.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center narrates the story of slavery through the past and into the present with vivid photo- and artifact-filled exhibits. Learn about the houses, tunnels, and basements traversed by the more than an estimated 100,000 enslaved people who sought freedom on the Underground Railroad, before settling in for a 25-minute, experiential film detailing the courageous path of one woman’s flight to freedom. Recently opened in 2010, the 4,000 square foot Invisible: Slavery Today exhibit examines contemporary forms of enslavement, guiding guests through an informative and elucidating sensory experience. Concluding the tour, visitors can make a personal commitment to the 21st Century Abolitionists. Museum guests can also delve into their own family history in the genealogical archives where personalized assistance from a history buff volunteer will help steer your search through your family tree’s foliage.
The painting pedagogues at the laid-back Cheers to Art! studio guide novices through group painting sessions while letting guests kick back with a retailed beer or wine purchased on site. Customers begin their picture-creating journey by perusing the Cheers to Art! schedule of themed paint eves—such as the Roebling Bridge, SkylineatNight, or Funky Tree—before attending an evening affair of artistic expression fit for a date night, a night out for a gaggle of girls, or a therapy session for Salvador Dali impersonators unable to draw on their own mustaches. Cheers to Art! furnishes all the accouterments necessary to complete the 2-D opus (including an apron, though painters should wear clothing that can use a little color), and hands-on instruction obviates the fear of not knowing what to do next. Feel free to further augment the night's levity with a glass of wine or bottled beer purchased from the studio’s collection.
Clifton Meadows Tennis and Swim Club maintains a 10-acre facility of three recirculating swimming pools and six tennis courts (two with artificial grass) to support its dedicated teams of racket-handlers and swan-divers. Tennis instructor Ben Britton, head of the tennis team, also conducts private and group lessons to help students master spin better than a yo-yo champion politician. The private lesson affords the opportunity for thwackers to take in some personal practice with Ben; guests can also elect to join group lessons to hone their serves, forehands, and Hulk hands.