Many mosaics are viewed as one-time art projects, destined to forever sit on a shelf. But the artists at Club Bling believe that their creations should be ever-present in daily life. To this end, the staffers' classes teach students how to decorate everything from flower pots (for beginners) to bowling balls with staggered blocks of color. The studio's owners even take to the streets with their art to frame local flowerbeds, statues, and pigeons.
Certified by the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and drawing upon more than three decades of in-sky experience, master pilot and instructor Dan Guido teaches the basics of foot-launch hang-gliding to a new generation of enthusiasts. He puts SSusquehanna Flight Park’s five training hills and one mountain launch to good use by introducing fundamentals during beginning practice runs or demonstrating how to stop at eagle crossings during advanced soaring sessions. Lessons schemes range from single introductory sessions to the six-session Hang One program, which helps new fliers earn their USHPA Novice rating.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The year was 1889. Harlow E. Bundy, an entrepreneur by trade and nature teamed up with his brother, Willard Bundy, to market the time recorder. Willard worked as a jeweler and inventor, and combining his expertise with his brother's business savvy, the two founded Bundy Manufacturing Company. After working in Binghamton, the brothers' company moved to Endicott and changed names. Today, people know it as IBM.
The brother's legacy still stands in Binghamton, though, in the form of Harlow Bundy's one-time house, now the center of the Bundy Museum of History and Art. The museum preserves not only the story of the brothers, but also the history and artwork of the region that inspired them. The collection includes a wide array of early manufacturing implements, broadcasting tools, and even a life-sized recreation of the Bundy's booth from the 1893 World's Fair. The curators run an open art gallery that showcases different artists every month, as well as an African Gallery focusing on ancestral and ceremonial African artifacts. There's even a vintage barbershop on the campus, a recreation of the one that stood next to IBM's original Endicott headquarters.
Respect for the road and proper training go hand in hand when it comes to riding motorcycles, even if it's just to the grocery store and back. This is where New York Safety Track comes in. The roughly two-mile track simulates real-life road conditions without distractions such as pedestrians and chickens debating the nature of free will so drivers can focus on honing their skills behind the wheel. Classes taught by professional instructors familiarize riders with their motorcycle as they learn to turn corners, pass other riders, and how to position their bodies during classroom lessons and on-track drills. Guests can also hone their skills over several days by bunking down in the on-site villa. The track also houses full-sized bathrooms with showers for rinsing away the road debris, rental motorcycles, and on-site meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Hidden in Oneonta lies a 3,000-square-foot slice of tropical paradise. Part conservatory, part herbarium, the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory brings together plant and animal species from the world's warmer climates in beautiful displays for visitors to enjoy. While walking the carefully manicured pathways of the facility, guests encounter more than 32 different animal species, including reptiles, fish, and tropical birds. Numerous jellyfish and even a two-toed sloth call the conservatory home, which welcomes in every season.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.