At Canvas Mixers, an artist unearths the hidden talent of amateurs in three-hour painting classes. After handing out aprons and 16”x20” canvases or directing patrons to the nearest blank wall, the teacher carefully guides the brushstrokes of students with step-by-step instructions, helping them craft one of dozens of acrylic paintings. They encourage adults to bring their own beverages, such as beer or wine, to help banish nervousness and inhibitions and let creativity flow. The staff also leads drink-free classes for kids and parent-child pairs.
Offsite events have taken place in Love Park and at local wineries. Canvas Mixers also engages with community service, having raised funds for Ronald McDonald House in the past.
The enthusiastic instructors at Live in Joy strive to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of their clients through a bevy of yoga classes. Yogis spanning the flexibility spectrum can enjoy a variety of 60- to 90-minute stretch sessions designed for all ability levels. Teach an old recliner new tricks in a gentle chair yoga class, where seated asanas encourage increased mobility, flexibility, and relaxation, perfect for students who are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from awkward water cooler workouts at the office. Rigorous Vinyasa practices take students from one flowing pose to the next, pausing briefly in certain poses to help stretchers settle into deeper alignment. Instructors of yin yoga command downward facing dogs to "stay" in certain floor postures for up to five minutes to balance organ function, restore resiliency in the body's muscles and joints, and break the compulsion to mark yogis standing in tree pose.
The menu at Knight's Bistro is decidedly unselfish—its large plates of Italian food encourage the sharing of covetous bites. Diners break off pieces from large specialty pizzas decorated in eggplant cutlets or pass the bruschetta and one of four stuffed shells brimming with ricotta cheese to their neighbor. Plates overflow with pastas dressed in one of eight sauces sopped up by housemade rolls.
Families pass these bites back and forth beneath golden cone-shaped lamps that hang above the restaurant's diner-style booths. The staff permits diners to bring their own libations from home, an easier way to facilitate social dining than forcing people to drink from an eight-pronged crazy straw. Weekly dinner specials also play into the convivial theme: Tuesday nights feature classic clambakes with crab legs, lobster claws, and other seafood, whereas Mondays consolidate a large pizza and four soft drinks under a single price.
Vitality Fitness is a personal training facility in Collingswood, dedicated to helping its clients burn calories and tone muscle with regimented exercise program. At this functional studio, certified instructors lead small classes of 16 people or less through intense cardio stationary bike workouts, paired with constantly changing lights and music. Clients burn up to 1,000 calories per spinning class, and everyone works at their own pace on the customizable bikes. Guests can also try a CardioFit or Fat Blaster Boot Camp class to turn up the intensity of regular workout routines.
A farcical plot to woo a beautiful lady descends upon ancient Rome throughout the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. With his freedom at stake, a crafty slave invests all his time and energy in securing his shy master's romantic ambitions. However, along the way, this hapless wingman tumbles into a cluster of zany characters and situations that spiral into a vortex of mistaken identities, wild chases, and side-splitting humor. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, one of composer Stephen Sondheim’s earliest works, pays tribute to the most absurd of vaudevillian shows and netted a mantle's worth of Tony Awards during its original Broadway run.