In central New York, the artisans at Brennan Stained Glass Studio work with extreme heat and traditional techniques to craft elaborate stained-glass windows and art pieces. In addition to producing the stained-glass dome atop Alexandria Bay's Boldt Castle, the team has designed and installed windows for thousands of churches, temples, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and office buildings. The team also instructs students in the art of stained glass with its own unique approach. Lessons include basic instruction in the copper-foil method to create window panels and sun catchers. Students may also learn how to design their own custom fused-glass plates so they can stop arguing over dish ownership with their dogs.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
A multifaceted three-floor retail emporium, Williamson Hardware boasts an array of tools, fuels, décor, and accessories to help customers achieve maximum home and yard enjoyment. The selection of hardware includes light bulbs ($1.99–$24.99), hammers ($4.99–$36.99), tape rulers ($4.99–$24.99), and other gadgetry useful for everyday projects from building Rube Goldberg devices to constructing life-sized statues of Rube Goldberg. Williamson Hardware also features an extensive heating and stove department stocked with stove parts and fireplace accessories, as well as a country cellar trimmed with all the tents, grills, hammocks, and outdoor gear necessary for cooking out, camping, or napping under the watchful gaze of kindly elm trees.