Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.
“I like the fact that I get to know my clients on a more personal level and not just as a name on an invoice," says Richard Miller, founder and patriarch of family-owned Abraham Heating and Cooling, Inc. His daughter, Amanda Miller-Sweener, helps him achieve his ideals of personalized service by handling the office work, conducting an orchestra of telephone rings, and scheduling appointments for humidification, generator, and heating and cooling services. Amanda’s husband and head HVAC technician Justin Sweener visits residences and commercial sites to install units from Thermo Pride, Energy Kinetics, Goodman, and Boyertown Foundry. Dedicated to energy-efficient appliances, the team offers geothermal heat pumps that yield 4–5 kilowatts of heat for every kilowatt of electricity, and employ ground temperature to cool homes and monitor the moods of earthworms.
A father and his sons caked head to toe in mud. A mother and daughter, hands clasped, strolling through the park. A man riding his motorcycle into the sunset. When Todd Bailey steps behind the lens, he strives to capture subjects in the midst of activities they love with the people they love. Combining posed and candid images, Todd photographs everyone from families and couples to fashion models and rock musicians. To preserve each client’s favorite pictures, he offers prints with glossy or metallic finishes, as well as canvas prints up to 32”x48” in size. Besides portrait sessions, Todd lends his artistic eye to commercial and landscape photography.
Lynn Gorman Bakos harnesses more than 30 years of riding experience—including time studying under an Olympic rider—as she presides over Renegade Farm. Certified by the American Riding Instructors Association, Lynn trains many of her own horses to help to ensure that the animals are gentle in demeanor. During lessons, Lynn teaches students in either the outdoor riding ring or indoor lighted arena, beyond which lies more than 40 acres of lush, tree-lined pasture where riders have the chance to take a long enough running start to create the first Pegasus.
There’s a fire in the field and only one way out. Unfortunately, that way is twisted and riddled with dead-ends. But at the end, past 5 acres of carved paths and corn-themed puzzles, past thousands of stalks of corn swaying in the wind, past delirious visions of poker-playing scarecrows, is a fire hose. Such is the theme of Ellms Family Farm’s interactive Hero Rush Amazing Maize maze, an obstacle that carries on pastoral autumn traditions with roughly 90 minutes of music and fun. Yet this maze is just one way that the Ellms family celebrates the changing season—it also serves up crispy apple-cider donuts, lobs wee ones into the air on the farm-favorite Jumping Pillow, and treats guests to a number of other themed activities it has developed over the years.
The farm’s history stretches back to 1984, when Chip and Sally Ellms planted their first batch of Christmas trees and began inviting visitors to stop by and admire the easy wind and downy flakes of winter. As the family grew, the farm kept pace, expanding to cover more than 200 acres and incorporate activities that help guests celebrate autumn as well. Throughout the harvest season, guests flock to the fields to play conductor or coal shoveler on the MooMooChooChoo train or pick out fresh pumpkins in the patch.