Summer camps include exposure to the four major art forms—dance, music, visual art, and theater—in the mornings and exploration of drawing, painting, and sculpture in the afternoons. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (including before- and afterschool care) Monday–Thursday from June 18 to June 28.Teens and adults can drop in for dance classes that include intro to hip-hop (Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), intro to ballet (Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), and intro to tap (Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
Tanis, Egypt. 1937. Indiana Jones descends into the fabled Well of the Souls, and lands in a slithering knot of black asps. The swashbuckler is struck dumb with terror, managing only to mutter the now iconic phrase: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Indiana Jones is not alone in his phobia. Tim Criswell hopes to change that.
Though the House of Reptiles founder doesn’t deny snakes’ potential to inflict harm, he hopes to foster in the public a more nuanced understanding of reptiles. He has amassed dozens of snakes over the years, including exotic specimens such as the indochinese spitting cobra, reticulated gila monster, and black mamba. He houses these serpents in his reptile museum, which was spotlighted in the Times not only for its exotic-species collection, but also for its mission to educate the public about the oft-feared-but-seldom-understood reptiles.
In addition to the museum, House of Reptiles features a retail store staffed by expert snake handlers, who draw upon years of experience to advise fledgling snake owners on proper care. Dozens of snakes are also available for purchase, giving animal lovers new friends who don't insist on cuddling every night.
Beard's staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
Though its once purely utilitarian features have been repurposed as a modern industrial-chic wine bar, Sunshine Mill Winery is still a monument to turn-of-the-century agriculture. The gravity mill’s belt-drive system, for instance, is still wholly intact, and its massive gears hang above the heads of sommeliers pouring Quenett and Copa Di Vino wines in the lounge area. And atop the structure that still houses the mill’s Thomas Edison–designed electric generator, musicians regularly perform to the crowds on the alfresco dining area below.
At Walnut City WineWorks, staffers guide taste buds through the varied pours of two wine flights from fruit-begetting fields. Duos relax in the tasting room’s barrel-bedecked confines, sipping pours while watching the hustle and bustle of daily wine production through the observation windows. More than 10 wines, spanning seven in-house brands, grace the tasting room’s shelves, offering palates the chance to peruse new vintages and varietals, such as the complex, citrusy splashes of the 2007 viognier or the round, spicy tannins and hint of Mexican chocolate in the 2009 pinot noir. This Groupon also gifts purchasers 10% off of bottle purchases from Walnut City's selection of more than 30 different bottles and 15% off cases, letting day-trippers take a bit of the winery home without the hassle of carrying an entire door or the worries of being chased by the police.
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