Before venturing into Deere Farms’ labyrinthine corn maze, visitors are equipped with a map, a short orientation, and—as a last resort—the farm’s cell-phone number. Groups work together to seek out all the checkpoints scattered across 8 miles of twists and turns. Even with an acute sense of direction, adventurers usually take about 45 minutes to navigate their way to freedom.
The checkpoints are one of many ways that Deere Farms infuses traditional fall activities with creative twists. Shortly after Halloween, the farm hosts an annual pumpkin-smashing festival, inviting visitors to drop overripe pumpkins from a 50-foot platform. And at the concession stand, chefs serve gourmet treats such as apple-cider slushes and pumpkin-caramel cheesecake.
The farm also hosts classic fall adventures on its 170 acres. Visitors can take an idyllic hayride through the woods or hop aboard an antique tractor and ride into the 20-acre pumpkin patch in search of the perfect gourd for carving or stomping into a pie. Before departing, they stop to see the menagerie of farm animals, including ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese, pigs and goats.
At Paint Spot, a gallery of more than 500 pieces of ceramic pottery and figurines await the tickle and color of visitors' paintbrushes. Owner Marsha Ensor-Johnson and her creative staff advise artists as they splash vibrantly colored pigments across clay canvases such as salad plates, coffee mugs, piggy banks, and figurines. Painters can lower their brushes and consider their next stroke while nibbling on snacks and sipping beverages brought from home, whether they're working alone or taking part in lively painting parties, adult classes, or children's camps. The trusted staff members carefully glaze and fire every hand-painted creations, which are ready for pickup seven days later. All of Paint Spot's paints are nontoxic and water soluble, rendering finished works safe to use as snack dishes for pet rocks.
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Drawing on more than two decades of pet protection, Invisible Fence of Greater Louisville keeps beloved beasties safely inside yards and other outdoor spaces using modern technology and individualized training. Homeowners will receive in-home consultations to help determine the scope of their pet-protection needs, including installation specifics. Invisible Fence Brand systems boast surge protection and can be installed around property to section off forbidden areas, including pools and gardens, and cut through a variety of terrains such as wooded and underwater areas.
Once the pet-centric force fields are installed, Invisible Fence of Greater Louisville will provide individual, play-based training via its certified methods to teach curious pooches how to frolic about yards while avoiding the fences. The hands-on training sessions teach dogs to respond to the warning signals issued by their fancy new computer collars, which emit foreboding tones when curious pooches scamper too close to the fences. After the in-home consultations, professional installation, and pet training, carefree canines can take charge of their outdoor surroundings and remain safe without diminishing yards’ aesthetic beauty.
The medical team at Ageless Medical Weight Loss Center & Medspa enhances beauty with custom weight-loss programs and cutting-edge technology. They draw from 60 years of combined experience to help clients shed pounds with six different medically supervised weight-loss programs, including NutriMed full- and modified-liquid dietary plans. The clinicians provide one-on-one counseling and advanced body-composition analyses that determine the percentages of a person's lean muscle mass, fat, water, and brain space devoted to memorized food-commercial jingles.
The center has tracked down the latest laser systems to provide skincare treatments with less downtime and discomfort. Palomar-certified registered nurses remove hair with the Icon's diode lasers, vacuum-assisted technology, and a large handpiece that cuts treatment time by more than half, all without the need for topical anesthetics. The crew uses the Lux1540 laser to reduce wrinkles without affecting skin's surface, and employs intense pulsed light to diminish sun damage, spider veins, and acne. To complement the benefits of a weight-loss program, medical staffers can reshape areas of stubborn fat with the radio-frequency energy of the noninvasive Exilis system.
Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
Since his boyhood days in the darkroom, Video Kitchen's president, Carlile Crutcher, has had a passion for photography. This passion evolved into home movies during his tenure in high school, college, and the United States Navy, and eventually culminated in the creation of Video Kitchen in 1992. In two locations, including the brand new store in East Louisville, an artistically and technically skilled staff oversees the preservation of memories with data transfers for all sorts of media and formats. The staff specializes in tape-to-DVD transfers, including familiar formats such as VHS tapes, Hi8 and Digital8 8mm tapes, and MiniDV, as well as specialty formats such as 8mm and 16mm movie film.
Imbued with the gift of cinematic artistry, Video Kitchen's staff also produces video for occasions such as business meetings, recitals, and sporting events. Skillful sound engineers capture all the audio, and editors can splice different scenes together or superimpose a slam-dunking dog into every frame.