Lux Center for the Arts’ Date Night art-making classes unite couples for creative collaboration in a laid-back atmosphere. After signing up for a two-hour workshop, held at least one Friday each month, each participating couple will combine brainpower with up to four additional twosomes and an experienced artisan to channel their collective subconscious into nifty collaborative pieces. Monthly meetings highlight different mediums; guests may spin a custom-made swear jar on pottery night to collect FCC donations, paint themselves into historical events, or forge a backup ring to rule them all in the glass fusing class. Feel free to pair up with a blind date, a new friend, or a well-behaved barista in the Date Night art-making classes, which are open to right-brained couples of all skill levels.
Superior Estates Winery grows a myriad of delectable Midwestern varietals in its two Republican River Valley vineyards. Sample five of the estates' meticulously crafted wines, such as the Dry St. Vincent, which has soft, buttery flavors, or the Dry Vignoles, which delights taste buddies with honey and tropical-fruit aromas. With grapes including chardonel, chancellor, traminette, marechal foch, cayuga white, and catawba in its fermented arsenal, Superior Estates has a taste superb for both dinner with a loved one or breakfast deep in a coal mine. While you taste, a grape-savvy guide will explain each wine and recommend recipes to pair with the drink. Then, fully wine-wooed, you'll receive one bottle of your choice, plus two etched glasses.
Ten different types of grapes sprawl across 12 acres that sit along banks of Spring Creek, soaking up the ample Nebraskan sunlight. Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards—a joint venture of the McFarland family, whose roots run deep in central Nebraska—handpick these grapes to produce a collection of red and white artisanal wines, including their award-winning 2009 Mac's Lantern.
Guests can savor the cherry flavor of the Frontenac grapes found in the above-mentioned Mac's Lantern or sip on other varieties—such as the light-bodied 2010 Spring Mist—in the spacious tasting room or on the sun-drenched lawn. On weekends, they can enjoy a prairie bistro lunch from 12-4p.m., and on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., they can toast to live entertainment or dramatic readings of the wine list.
Angie Lewis never considered herself an artist. When she first began dabbling with paint, she found herself overwhelmed by choices. After fretting over what paintbrush to use and what brand of paint to buy, she eventually gave up and stuffed her art supplies—and her creativity—in the back of her closet.
They remained there until one day, while visiting friends in Denver, Angie attended an "entertainment-style" art class. It had music, wine, and a casual "it's OK to mess up" vibe, and Angie knew she just had to bring the concept home with her to Nebraska. And thus The Corky Canvas was born, a place where friends and artists of all skill levels gather with paintbrushes in one hand, and wine glasses in the other. At two Corky Canvas locations, Angie and her team of instructors lead groups through nightly featured painting, private parties, team buildings, and more. Painters are always welcome to change the colors of their class's suggested design, or to even paint something new entirely, following the whims of their creative spirits.
Since 1972, Abendmusik: Lincoln has paired world-class music and performing arts in a series of live events. Inside the picturesque First-Plymouth Congregational Church sanctuary, the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling classic The Mark of Zorro will unspool as organist Tom Trenney improvises a melodic accompaniment on the lied organ, a massive, 6,000-pipe instrument sometimes used to summon children in neighboring states for dinner. Eyes feast on the unraveling drama as the effete Don Diego transforms into the dashing hero Zorro to champion laborers mistreated by wealthy landowners, all the while courting the enchanting Lolita Pulido using only a series of romantically written title cards. As the film builds to a climax, Trenney will unleash plot-enhancing chords to express characters’ emotions, emphasize tension, and distract from incongruous sci-fi battles.
Morrill Hall's exhibits showcase biodiversity, Nebraska's wildlife, paleontology, and scientific studies. With your membership, you'll receive unlimited admission to the hallowed history hall, as well as access to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Royal and the Trailside Museum of Natural History in Crawford. You'll also receive discounted admission to the Mueller Planetarium, 10% off gift shop purchases and themed birthday parties, and invitations to exhibit openings. Click here to see a full list of membership benefits.