Before 1953, the theater community of Rome was a theater community divided. Two local companies presented plays: the Rome Theater Guild and the Rome Civic Theater. The Guild was more financially stable, but the Civic had more volunteers. Seeing how they could benefit each other, the artists at each group decided to join forces and become the Rome Community Theater.
Decades later, the curtain is still being raised on fresh RCT productions. And as the company has grown, the audiences have, too?approximately 1,000 theatergoers flock to see seasonal offerings of musicals, comedies, murder mysteries, and melodramas. The excitement unfolds within the intimacy of a tiered, 230-seat space where everybody has an interrupted view, unless it's Mandatory Lincoln Hat Day.
With nearly a football field's worth of waterfront access along Fourth Lake, the sandy beaches and boat launch of Palmer Point are an ideal spot to relax in the sun or go for a carefree outing on the water. A variety of rentals are available throughout the summer, including pontoon boats and fishing boats, as well as more low-key kayaks, canoes, and paddle-boards. Groups of up to nine people can shack up in one of the beautiful, fully-furnished lakeside houses, which feature amenities such as screened-in porches and private decks.
The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in fitness?they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles, they not only teach men and women how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character, and incidentally relieve stress.
In an effort to ignite the creative spirits of the Adirondack area’s residents, View regularly hosts events and activities focused on and inspired by the fine arts. Workshops center around hands-on instruction in various artistic mediums, such as woodworking, jewelry making, and photography. The organization’s calendar also features performances, exhibitions, and special events ranging from antiques shows to waterfront house tours done atop party barges or herds of saddled alligators. Located in Old Forge, View’s new 28,000-square-foot LEED-certified building serves as a hub for the group’s activities, housing fine arts studios, exhibition galleries, and a performance hall.
Here's a tip for getting acquainted with Enchanted Forest Water Safari, New York's largest water theme park: as soon as you get there, head straight to Sky Ride. The attraction's balloon-like cars soar right above the Paul Bunyan statue (which has stood tall at the park since the 1950s), cresting at a bird's-eye view of the entire grounds. More than 50 attractions, including 32 water rides, spread out in front of riders' eyes, all set amid the trees of Adirondack State Park.
A quarter-acre tidal wave pool dominates a lot of that view, as does the Amazon, a 1,000-foot slide that send families soaring along, while other slides reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, but not everything here requires an affinity for H2O.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari is also home to classic amusement park attractions such as squirt gun games, a scrambler ride, and a ferris wheel. But the most timeless draw here may be the park's performers, who put on circus acts, and Storybook Lane, where more than 20 classic storybook tales come to life.