As the owners of Love Letters, sisters Molly, Abbey, Carlie, Jessica, and their mom Gayle combine colorful, monogrammed gifts and accessories with a touch of southern style. Nifty needlework is included in each price, dancing across fetching baskets and blankets to add a personal touch and an easy way to identify humor. Donning many colors and prints, the Market Tote ($35) ably carts cargo such as groceries, beach supplies, and smaller totes filled with still smaller totes. Food-fight instigators confidently clutch Scout bags and bins ($28–$32), whose recycled materials wipe clean with ease. Quilted Stephen Joseph backpacks ($28–$35), carefully crafted for young scholars and toy-toters, safely support kid-sized copies of War and Peace. An array of fort-building fodder is also available, such as Aden + Anais blankets ($18–$50), whose organic muslin base keeps tots warm while monograms help parents remember which fruit they chose to name their children after. Grown-ups delight in the Occasionally Made portable bar ($38–$40), adding a touch of charm to mall parking-lot tailgates.
The first Funny Bone location opened in 1982 and has spread infectious laughter ever since. Established stars such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld have graced the stage, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. The venue also plays host to a full-service bar, where patrons may steep their sorrows in calming brews then ingest them triumphantly.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
The family is the basic unit of society—yet, statistically, family members are the very people most likely to steal the last soda from the fridge. Solidify family alliances and suss out enemies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an all-day video-game play pass at GameWorks, located in Newport, KY. Each pass purchased can only be used by one person; buy up to five and bring the entire family or a school of bipedal fish.
GameWorks, a gigantic entertainment destination constructed with flashy Vegas panache, ensures both children and adults have a delightful time fighting pixelated zombies. Choose from a windmill-factory’s worth (more than 200) of video games, including crowd favorites such as Guitar Hero, Razing Storm, and Midnight Max Tune 3. Race a raucous motion car game while imagining your head is bald with The Fast and the Furious, or pay a nostalgic visit to the old school with games such as Pac-Man, Mario Kart, and Space Wonder. Your card is also valid for virtual dance stations and shooting games. Although today’s Groupon does not cover the cost of food or drinks, you won’t have far to wander for sustenance thanks to an on-site restaurant and two bars with potent potables for the adults.
Five Yelpers give GameWorks an average of three stars, and four Insider Pagers give it an average rating of four stars:
- Arcades with amazing games and an amusement park, too. – Anna D., Insider Pages
- It's got all sorts of DDR, which is one of the more popular games as well as arcarde [sic] types, and classics. Great fun. – Tian J., Insider Pages
- awesome arcade. great selection from skeeball to driving simulators, they've got it all. – Rich H., Yelp
Once the crowning holiday jewel of Shillito's Department store, the Santa's Workshop displays featured dozens of scenes with hundreds of animatronic elves going ceaselessly about their Christmas tasks. The exhibit drew as many as 100,000 visitors at its peak of popularity, only to be packed away in 1982 when the store went through a merger. They saw the light of day – and Christmas lights – once again in 2005, when Bill Spinnenweber acquired the collection at auction, with an eye toward fully restoring the machines to the pristine glory they enjoyed when created 50 years earlier. He got the community behind him, and they raised more than $22,000 to dust off cobwebs and restore motors. Now, the classic Christmas scenes of Shillito's Elves come to Newport on the Levee for new generations to enjoy.