Not just a pretty face... Founded in 1924, the Oshkosh Public Museum is a local history museum housed in the beautiful Sawyer home, with luxurious interiors designed by Tiffany Studios. In addition to the historic Sawyer home, the museum has 10,000 square feet of immersive exhibits that bring the region's history to life.
Though Deb Sommerhalder built her career around exercise, it wasn't until taking a yoga class with her daughter that she truly felt healthy. This experience led her to found Inner Sun Yoga Studio, LLC, a sanctuary dedicated to physical fitness and spiritual wellness. Using focused movements, relaxation techniques, and meditation, seasoned teachers guide yogis of all levels toward inner peace and emotional fortitude. Bodies grow strong and flexible as they balance and bend, encouraging their owners to stand tall and move with increased dexterity. Hatha classes help students to hone basic poses such as arm balances and seated twists, and Vinyasa Flow sessions link these poses with deep breaths rather than chains of wilting daisies. To loosen tight muscles, the practice space warms to 78–82 degrees for group yoga classes and for private Thai yoga sessions, during which a skilled practitioner bends the client's body into salutary stretches and poses. After class, complimentary tea melts lingering stress and inspires students to commune with one another.
Exposed brick and sustainable cork flooring showcase the studio's history and its commitment to preserving the earth for future generations. To equip local youth with compassion and tension-fighting tactics, the studio also hosts children's yoga classes, whose poses brim with more fun than a kitten-filled bounce castle.
There aren't a lot of theater stages that can claim to have hosted presidential speeches—and fewer yet for which that president was William Howard Taft. Opened in 1883, the Grand Opera House has seen performances by the likes of Mark Twain, Harry Houdini, and John Philip Sousa, among other culture-makers of distant generations. Across a century and a quarter, the magnificent auditorium has played the parts of a vaudeville venue and a movie theater, and it wasn't until the mid-'80s that the stage resumed its duties as an opera house. After a sweeping referendum, the city acquired and restored the building, and in 1986 it reopened with a new staging of The Bohemian Girl—the same work that had first lifted its curtains more than a 100 years earlier. Today, 660 can enjoy the opera house's historic magnificence: an enormous, staggered chandelier, cherubic murals across the ceiling and flanking the balcony, and an unmatched ambiance of crimson and gold grandeur.
First-timers and veteran bowlers compete side by side at Shoreview Lanes, where 24 modern, synthetic lanes and automatic scoring help keep players of all ages on an even keel. The synthetic surface helps distribute oil more evenly and ensures more consistent movement for flung bowling balls or celebratory break dances over the course of a match. Between frames, famished guests can stay hydrated with pitchers of soda or refuel with warm finger foods that include buffalo wings, steak fries, and white-cheddar nuggets.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, fitness frontierswomen move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis.