• For $13, you get a single kayak rental and return shuttle (a $25 value). • For $18, you get a Lazy River Tubing Adventure for two (up to a $36 value). • For $79, you get a whitewater rafting adventure for two on the Hudson River (up to a $160 value). Beaver Brook Outfitters opens the window to the great outdoors by leading expeditions and adventures in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks. Explore the scenic Upper Hudson River with a single kayak rental, which plants paddlers on a private launching point before they float from Thurman Station to 1000 Acres Ranch on a five-mile trip. Take in the views of surrounding flora and fauna before a complimentary shuttle whisks you back to civilization. The tubing trip allows two people to relax in harmony during a leisurely 2.5 mile float down the Hudson. Lasting approximately two hours, or the time the average American spends watching cat videos per week, this tranquil trip provides serene surroundings and calming conditions for bonding or splash fights.
Steve and Don Scoville started Adirondack Video Services 15 years ago, drawing on their experience as a former news reporter and DJ, respectively, to provide clients with quality media-transfer services. Using knowledge garnered over decades of professional experience, they expertly convert clients’ film, photos, and slides into finished presentations. They specialize in a variety of media formats, including photos, slides, and 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film. They can also enhance presentations with professional editing services such as brightening dark scenes and adding titles and production music.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's BBQ in Dallas in 1941, he kept his menu small and simple, only cooking up beef brisket, pit hams, and barbecue beans, which he sold alongside potato chips, beer, bottled milk, and sodas. Dickey smoked all of his meat in-house, a practice that put his eatery on the map and one that his sons, Roland and T.D., still rely on today.
The menu has expanded since Travis’s time behind the grill, offering plates and sandwiches that brim with nine kinds of barbecued meats, including spicy cheddar sausages, pork ribs, polish sausage, and Texas-style beef brisket that’s chopped to order. Several types of baked potatoes are piled high with meats and cheeses, which diners can wash down with a gallon of tea or Dickey's signature 32-ounce Big Yellow Cup of soda. Staying true to the same spirit of hospitality, cooks always include a buttery roll, a homestyle side such as jalapeño beans, fried okra, and dill pickles, and free ice cream with every meat plate.
The handy folk at KC Framing and Fabrics equip DIY hobbyists with all the proper tools and products to create personalized home décor. Peruse bolt upon bolt of varicolored textiles such as the Amy Butler cypress paisley mint ($9.75 per yd.) or Andover Fabrics' snorkel pattern, a whimsical aquatic motif of whales, octopi, and starfish ($9.50 per yd.). Self teachers can stock up on an arsenal of instructional sewing books ($10.50–$27.95) and patterns ($5.25–$16).