The bolts of fabric that line the walls and end tables that display books, patterns, and finished pieces all contribute to the inspiring atmosphere at Sanford Sewing Machines. Behind the counter, craft gurus sell professional sewing machines and sergers from brands such as Bernina and Baby Lock, ensuring customers can quilt, embroider, and sew anatomical charts into pillowcases or tote bags at will. Sanford’s factory-certified technicians also brandish 25 years of tinkering expertise to repair all makes and models of commercial and home machines. Additionally, classes crop up regularly in specific craft concentrations such as the making of fleece socks, pillows, or purses.
Seasoned clay handler Elaine Fuller uses her 30 years of experience to guide students of all skill and age levels through private pottery lessons, as well as to craft elegant pieces of stoneware for purchase. Fuller cultivates an encouraging and customized experience for guests and their crafty companions, providing all the necessary supplies to sculpt bowls, pitchers, and ancient terra cotta dinner guests. Beginners will become versed in the malleable language of clay, learn rudimentary wheel techniques, and train on specialized equipment—including slab rollers, extruders, and nuclear particle accelerators—before decorating and glazing their finished products. More advanced pupils can tackle a project of their choice, developing a keener artistic eye under Elaine’s tutelage.
Prelude's multihued sanctum dazzles the senses with the wafting bouquet of fine soaps and lotions and the vibrant visuals of jewelry culled from the world over. Doctor Hauschka's lavender bath ($32.95) and Crabtree & Evelyn's lily body lotion ($22.25) imbue people with the inspirational power of flowers usually hoarded by sonnet-writing hummingbirds. The redolent array of beauty products and soaps includes a variety of imported goods and is flanked by a massive selection of gifts and accessories, such as gorgeous scarves made from rayon, silk, or wool ($3.50–$100). A tawny profusion of amber jewelry from Poland and Russia ($35–$500) accents outfits and encases moments of beauty, allowing them to be reanimated in ill-fated amusement parks of the distant future.
Like a zoo for alcoholic beverages, Tully's Beer & Wine gathers thousands of exotic specimens from around the world in one convenient spot. Specialty beers crowd shelves, and a 40-foot 16-door cooler chills imports and craft beers alike. The rainbow of suds ranges from the chaff-brown of Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Porter with smoked malt and applewood bacon to the sunny hue of Ommegang’s witte, a Belgian-style ale in which citric notes and coriander gleam.
In addition to the selection of more than 700 beers, 1,000 wines from around the world are arranged by region or varietal for quick perusal. The ranks of colorful labels hint at grapes from Italy, California, and France. The Argyle Nuthouse pinot noir, for example, seems to spill fistfuls of fruit that have consistently earned it rankings in the 90s from _Wine Spectator. The shop also stocks beer glasses, bottle openers, and T-shirts, and inside five cigar humidors, guests experience what it was like to sniff Winston Churchill's hair.
Each combo ticket grants its holder access to the Skeleton Saloon & Hotel, the 3-D Nuclear Accident House, the 1/4 Mile Nightmare Walk through the woods, and the 2,000-square-foot Maze from Hell. In the mid-1980s, Haunted Acres started as a haunted house that was set up by seasonal campers for just one night a season. Since then, it has grown and changed locations to a remote field and densely wooded area at the back of New England Dragway, a prime location for haunted attractions. All four attractions are fearlessly scary, though Haunted Acres says those as young as 8 years old can enjoy the spooky spectacle without needing a diaper change.