For many galleries, art is something that resides behind a velvet rope, separated and unaccessible to its viewers. For the curators of Abington Art Center, it is something to be experienced, enjoyed, and, above all, created oneself. Located on the 27-acre expanse of Alverthorpe Manor, the center hosts classes and workshops for students of all ages and exhibitions of community artists. The outdoor Sculpture Park captures the center's sense of playful creation, inviting sculptors to craft their own temporary installations each year—this also helps erase the temptation to carve a mustache into a nearby town's statue of its mayor. The guest artists are encouraged to have their creations respond to the nature around them, such as massive faces carved from tree trunks. Inside the mansion, one can find galleries of young creators and solo exhibitions by professional artists.
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At The Becoming Center, active adults get their blood pumping through an eclectic mix of fitness options. Instructors help tone abs and increase range of motion through group fitness classes, or cultivate internal energy through tai chi sessions. The warm, 90-degree waters of their therapeutic pool host rehabilitation exercises and aqua-robics classes, and therapists bid adieu to aches and pains through therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and Reiki energy healing.
Participants in the vendor program serve as their own bosses and work as frequently as they choose. Vendors distribute the paper in exchange for $1 donations, and earn $0.75 for each paper sold (the other $0.25 covers the printing costs). All of the vendors are residents of various Philadelphia shelters and distribute the newspaper throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Bright vests provided by the organization help the public clearly identify vendors on the street, which in turn helps the vendors to distribute more papers.
As clients enter the Special Equestrians barn or engage in unmounted therapy work, they are greeted by Suzie, a 24-year-old shetland mare. Suzie is the organization's smallest pony, and while she is no longer able to do mounted work, she still engages in unmounted therapy and has become an ambassador for the organization. While Special Equestrians endeavors to keep lesson and events costs down for its clients, the organization struggles to cover the costs of hay, grain, and general horse care. As Suzie ages, her health problems and increasing medical expenses make caring for her financially difficult. Special Equestrians is in need of additional funding to continue to keep Suzie healthy with food, dental care, and health supplements.
Though the LuLu Shriners are an organization based on brotherhood and friendship, they take on a much grimmer role during the season of the witch. A visit to their House of Horrors begins with a wagon ride, which spirits away riders through cemeteries and dark woods. Upon arrival at the house proper, guests are tormented by its nightmarish residents, from moldering zombies to bloody butchers and skeletons wearing fezzes. Afterwards, the wagon ferries shaken survivors away from the property, though their ordeal is far from over. For included in the return trip is admission to a corn maze, a rural labyrinth that challenges all to navigate its shadowed walkways and monolithic stalks.