Upon clicking the shutter on her first camera as a teen, June Czerwinski was immediately smitten with the art form. She continued studying and practicing her skills in the U.S. and abroad while working as a Club Med costume designer in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For the last five years, with the help of her all-female staff, June has combined her passions for costuming, art, and photography with her desire to empower women through boudoir sessions at her boutique studio.
Frequently working with professional hair and makeup artists, June helps accessorize her clients' own garments with flirty fishnet hose and suspenders so her models pop before her minimalist backdrops. June lets the personality of clients guide her shoots, capturing classic pinup poses along with cropped shots of legs or torsos clad in alluring lingerie. From proofs assembled in an online gallery, clients can determine which pictures best befit their print options, which can include a custom tabletop book, 12-month wall calendar, and Mayan calendar with their likeness etched in stone.
It’s a common sight, even among the pros: a golf ball soars cleanly off the face of a mid-iron, seemingly on track to hit the green and trickle up close to the hole for an easy birdie putt. However, instead of bouncing forward when it lands, the pitch of the green’s front lip causes it to roll backwards onto the fairway. This feature of the green is called a false front, named for the way it tricks golfers into thinking it’s a safe landing zone, when in fact it returns golf balls back toward the player like an industrial-grade pop-a-shot.
Players at Rondout Golf Club, situated deep in the Catskill Mountains, should be wary of this course feature when they line up their approaches at the each of the 18 undulating greens. A strategic play is to aim several yards ahead of the nearest fringe, and then feign surprise while opponents’ shots are sucked back into the fairway or nearest black hole. Off the greens, the course showcases a stunning layout of frequent elevation changes, mature tree-lines, and intersecting waterways.
After challenging rounds on the picturesque course, players can retreat to Ivan’s Restaurant to enjoy drinks, burgers, sandwiches, and salads while gazing out at the Shawangunk Ridge and the Mohonk Mountain House tower.
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Dreamtown Foods fills each of its pre-packaged meals with all-natural meat and local, sustainably grown organic produce. Meatloaf infused with mozzarella and topped with basil and tomato glaze shrinks or expands to fill individual portions or group party platters. Dreamtown also customizes certain meals to suit the needs of senior citizens and others to supply athletes with adequate caloric intake for jumping jacks on the treadmill.
Decorated with pictures of baseball greats, Dugout Grill's dining room fills with the aroma of scratch-made takes on classic ballpark food. Handcrafted with Black Angus beef, the grill's burgers range from traditional bacon cheeseburgers to a specialty asian fusion burger flavored with a secret marinade. Similar toppings, from homemade chili to bacon and cheese, crown hot dogs split down the middle, grilled, and then sealed back together with magnetized relish. For dessert, Dugout Grill has nine varieties of milk shakes and malts, as well as cups, cones, and sundaes made with your choice of 12 ice-cream flavors.
Zak and Rich are the gastronomy experts at Wunderbar & Bistro—the former prepares upscale American eats in the kitchen and the latter mans the bar. Under their direction, local brews pair with specialty burgers at lunch and substantial entrees, such as Holstein schnitzel and free-range roasted chicken, at dinner. Leather-backed seats and wooden tables pepper the dining room, which comes alive from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Wings and onion rings arrive by way of a late night menu, and a recently renovated lounge hosts billiards, darts, and four big-screen TVs.