The Erie Canal Museum preserves the rich history of the Erie Canal and enlightens visitors about its impact with exhibits and programs. From 1825 until 1917, the Erie Canal ran through downtown Syracuse where Erie Boulevard now sits, and, as a nautical passageway, helped several cities grow and flourish throughout the state. The museum preserves the canal's legacy and hosts several attractions for children and adults, including the newly renovated children's nook, which features books, a puppet theater, puzzles, and interactive areas. A full-size replica canal boat allows visitors to experience life as a canaller without having to take obligatory night shifts on the sea-monster watch.
Friday and Saturday evenings from sundown to 11:00 p.m., visitors can traverse the cursed trails of Swamp Road to encounter the spectral remains of its permanent residents. Paranormal sightings begin in the parking area and extend through a spirited outdoor romp down a wooded trail, guided by staffers that spook visitors by wearing skeleton costumes and spook each other by talking about their first day of middle school. Daring participants visit the twisted home of a doll maker constructing figurines from unidentified parts, and lumbering shadows of werewolves and swamp creatures lurk in one's peripheral vision. The disturbed ground of a cemetery houses the restless spirits of lost lumberjacks, and a homicidal clown endlessly searches for souls and size 31 shoes.
Master framer Kate Backus Alibrandi leads Gallery One Fourteen Art and Framing with skills honed through experience and a seasoned artistic eye. Each painting, portrait, or prized curling jersey begins its journey to hangability with an in-store consultation. Preservationists advise art holders on the most aesthetically pleasing matting and border to complement pieces while keeping in mind each individual's budget and project timeline. Although prices range from $80 to $600 depending on each frame's required materials and size, the picture warden will always quote a project's cost before locking images away. Sports-jersey framing with linen matting ranges from $250 to $350 for a 30"x36" project, and 24"x30" art prints cost around $160 to frame. Post-framing, Gallery One Fourteen's team offers professional installation for an additional charge to create a pristine mantel inside your home or bomb-shelter recreations of your home.
Not many establishments offer the chance to see a Steven Sondheim musical, catch a concert, take a theater workshop, and eat an organic salad in one place. But at Red House Arts Center, all of these things flourish. Founded and renovated by a group of local artists, the center beckons visitors to fully immerse themselves in the arts, whether they’re watching an experimental-theater performance, strolling the halls of the second-floor art gallery, or pouring a bucket of house paint on themselves in the lobby.
Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.
At Adams Eden, summer camp isn't just for youngsters. The family-owned establishment welcomes adventurers of all ages to its 328 acres of undulating greenery where activities on land and air abound. Anyone with day passes can partake in hiking, boating, and volleyball, or explore the mountain meadow maze. Overnight guests have their pick of lodgings that include a sprawling lodge, a cozy cabin, a rustic platform tent, or camp sites equipped with fire pits and picnic tables.
The Art Blast! summer camp program at the Everson Museum of Art engages impressionable young minds in the pursuit of creativity and self-expression. Students will break into age-specific groups, and, under the guidance of New York state–certified art teachers, they’ll use ennui-eliminating materials to transform thought beams into solid-state projects inspired by the museum's collections, current exhibitions, and roving herds of stick horses. Rather than reaping boredom in a stale classroom, budding artists can draw inspiration from the works of former aesthetics authorities by sketching in the actual art galleries or stretch creative leg muscles by exploring Everson's outdoor sculpture collection, which features an array of notable 20th-century pieces. Unlike some art camps that force attendees to supply their own crayons or Jackson Pollock basting syringes, Art Blast! furnishes all necessary art supplies as well as a daily snack and captivates kids with new and exciting activities each session.