The quadruplet of photographers behind the lens at Considering Lilies Photography includes the well-traveled Kim Koluch, her daughter-in-law, Jamie, and her son-in-law, Aaron. The strong family bonds that bind these shutterbugs are evident in their choice of photographic subjects: couples in love. The quadruplet travels to weddings—some held across the world—to capture everything from the groom awaiting the ceremony to the first dance to the bride throwing her cake. The photographers' clientele include families and children whose life moment's they have been capturing since their parent's engagement. As the senior photographer, Kim uses her romantic, creative, and unobtrusive style to ensure she captures every memorable detail and emotion that tell the personal story of each couple's big day.
At Dégagé Express, Head Chef Joseph Jacobsen uses techniques learned beside Jacques Pépin and Bobby Flay to transform locally sourced meats and produce—most cultivated within 30 miles of the restaurant—into elegant sandwiches and desserts. These ingredients fill the menu, composing seasonal dishes such as the Missy's Fix sandwich, made with housemade corned beef, apple slaw, thousand-island dressing, and local sauerkraut. Sous Chef Skyler Stanton, meanwhile, cooks soups such as the Train Wreck Chili. A testament to the culinary staff's creativity, croutons flavored with bacon fat and cheese top the restaurant's caesar salad, and housemade hot chocolate and locally baked pies from Schmucker's lend a sweet note, like a banker who underwrites loans with chocolate coins.
Dégagé Express calls the historic Commercial Building home. It is rumored that none other than Abraham Lincoln stayed at the building when it doubled as an inn way back in the early 19th century. Today, Dégagé uses the winsome building to host another cornerstone of the American experience: live jazz music.
The culinary staff at Super Suppers strives to breathe life back into the American tradition of sitting down to a home-cooked meal. The handcrafted take ‘n’ bake items, which include entrees, sides, appetizers, and desserts, conveniently last in freezers for up to three months or until evicted to make room for hibernating snowmen. Ready-to-heat basil pork chops with caesar penne or bacon-wrapped chicken breasts with cream cheese save time on prep, and a variety of gluten-free, dairy-free, and heart-healthy items offer tasty meals that meet all sorts of dietary restrictions. Instructors also supply ingredients, gear, and know-how during Kids in the Kitchen and Taste of Super Suppers classes that teach participants how to create simple and tasty meals at home.
Through December 18 (during the time this Groupon is redeemable), guided tours are available Thursday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (and by appointment for groups). The museum is closed on November 24 and 25.
Instructor Denise Ellis combines her background in education with her training in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ayurveda practices to offer students a variety of yogic opportunities. Awaken muscles and joints in gentle beginner’s sessions designed to teach basic breathing techniques, fundamental poses, and advanced methods for protesting gravity. The postures that encompass the intermediate Hatha classes raise the bar for students’ disciplines as the instructor adds more poses while emphasizing proper body alignment and introducing yoga philosophies into the mix. The schedule boasts both morning and evening classes to provide students with varying lifestyles a chance to downward-dog in a socially acceptable manner.
The spotlight can be a lonely place. But the accomplished instructors have been there before, acting in venues across the country. Now, they use this professional industry experience to inspire fledgling performers to step fearlessly into the light. With workshops, group classes, and private lessons, students from age 7 to 18 can bolster their stage confidence, audition techniques, and Elizabethan fluency. They can also increase their musicality with the studio's private instrument lessons. Next Stage Studios also organizes the Broadway Bound summer day camp, where workshops with coaches and local celebrities culminate in a revue-style showcase.
The tool- and party-supply professionals at American Rent-All draw upon more than 30 years in business to keep grills, stoves, and other gear burning brightly by refueling empty tanks with propane. No exchange of equipment is necessary, so barbecuers may maintain custody of their own precious Bobby Flay–autographed cylinders. The rapid refueling of a 20-pound tank allows patrons to replenish the lifeblood of appliances and cheerful robot companions. When their gas grill is properly topped off, party hosts only need to worry about decorations, seating arrangements, and where to hang the piñata full of t-bone steaks.