After working for 24 years at what he calls a "real" job, Bob DiTommaso left the office environment to pursue his passion: photography. It wasn't an easy switch—his career move required long hours and lots of hard work—but Bob says he wouldn't change a thing. The effort paid off in the end, when he opened his own studio, Robert DiTommaso Photography.
Bob works mainly in family and children's photography, but his interests run the gamut from portraits to landscape and sports photography. Regardless of subject, the seasoned shutterbug brings a keen eye for capturing the ineffable in each and every shoot. And he prints his images in-house on a wide-format professional ink-jet printer.
When he's not taking great photos, Bob is teaching others to do so during photography workshops that take place in-studio or on-location. He even leads photography safaris, multi-day trips that trek through national parks and other breathtaking locales in search of the perfect shot of Bigfoot buying deodorant.
At the seven Motorcycle Safety School locations throughout the state, founder Diane Howells leads DMV-certified instructors to teach motorcyclists how to become safe, defensive sharers of the road. Since its establishment in 1999, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has offered programs suited to every level of rider, from complete beginners, who might start out in an Intro to Motorcycle class, to seasoned road warriors, who might take a refresher course on Defensive Driving. The school's commitment to safety has earned it coverage from such media outlets as the New York Times and the New York Daily News.
Touted as a top music festival by Rolling Stone magazine, Mountain Jam packs more than 50 bands on four stages and 15,000 music spectators in a lush, natural amphitheater nestled in the Catskill Mountains. The ear-pleasing lineup for the 7th-annual festival boasts headliners My Morning Jacket, Southern-rock jam band Gov't Mule, and the eclectic sounds of Michael Franti & Spearhead. While this Groupon is not valid for camping or lodging costs, out-of-towners can camp or sleep in the great indoors in a dizzying array of nearby hotels, lodges, and ski chalets. The health-conscious festival, partially produced by guitar legend Warren Haynes, distracts unruly mouths from asking fellow concert-goers uncomfortable personal questions with a jellybean jar of organic and vegan eats.
B&B Lounge presents a variety of pub fare and entrees in a relaxed and rustic atmosphere. Avoid setting DVRs to record award-winning food commercials by gazing firsthand at a diverse spread of appetizers such as fried ravioli in marinara sauce ($5.50), pickled eggs ($2 for three pieces), and onion rings ($4). Classic hamburgers ($6.50), french dips ($7), and philly cheesesteak sandwiches ($7) celebrate meat and bread's symbiotic relationship. Meanwhile, jumbo wings nest in celery and blue cheese ($6 for 8-piece; $8 for 12-piece; $10 for 15-piece) and Russian-style vareniki potato pierogis, served with salad and garlic bread ($9), can be shaped into your favorite letter of the Cyrillic alphabet.
Rhinebeck Tennis Club's team of certified USPTA professionals shepherds aspiring racket wielders through a three-hour beginner clinic, lobbing expert guidance and instruction. During elucidative sessions, one of these seasoned tennis gurus will lay the groundwork with the fundamentals and rules, teaching the basic techniques of serving, scoring, and constructing a doctoral-level thesis when presenting your argument against a line judge's call. Rhinebeck hopes to help you make the transition from whishing the racket through air molecules to effectively using it to deflect solid objects, such as tennis balls and fondue-dipped bressane thrown by the sport's notoriously rowdy spectators, so that you'll be ready to host your own matches.
Norwegian Wood Farm is a 148 acre playground for horse enthusiasts. Owner and Trainer Cori Nichols offers an array of services including: Balanced Seat riding lessons (ages 4 and up); Carriage Driving Tours & Instruction; Boarding & Training packages; Summer and School Holi-Day Camp; Birthday Parties, XC Jumping & more.