A renowned speaker and family entertainer, Robin Ray Hocker––known by his professional clowning name, Chester––opened Chester's Party Barn & Farm in 2001 as a means of engaging kids in fun-filled outdoor activities. Snuggled amidst 25 verdant acres, his farm keeps visitors entertained throughout the year via a host of seasonal activities, hosting private picnics and cookouts in summer. As autumn unfurls, the farm's annual pumpkin patch returns to welcome families for fall-themed activities including a giant slide, pumpkin bowling, and a petting zoo. Groups can also put their navigational skills to the test in the farm’s three-acre Mystery Maze, meandering through spooky twists and turns made all the more tricky by a chance encounter with a ghostly pioneer or lost census taker. Afterward, guests can quiet chattering teeth with a cup of hot chocolate from the concession stand, and outside picnic areas facilitate al fresco feeding frenzies throughout the day.
LuSh Berries specializes in a smorgasbord of creamy frozen yogurt treats and fresh, delicious crêpes to delight dessert-friendly palates. A wide variety of constantly changing flavors can be Slip N' Slided across the taste buds, including chocolate, watermelon, pineapple, lemon raspberry, and lychee. The rich, tart flavors of LuSh Berries’ probiotic fro-yos ($0.39/oz.) can be self-served in 16 oz. or 24 oz. sizes, then garnished with a selection of more than 40 different toppings, ranging from nature's candy (strawberry, blueberry, and banana) to mad scientist's candy (caramel, Cap'n Crunch cereal, Butterfingers, and sprinkles). If cold and sweet things remind you of the beautiful snow woman who left you last spring, stick to warm and equally decadent dessert crêpes such as the LuSh Berry Heaven crêpe ($5.50) and the cheesecake crêpe ($5.75). Lunchtime office escapees can also order savory entree crêpes (served with chips) such as the club crêpe ($7.85), which comes with bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and American cheese, or transform it into the smokin’ strip crêpe ($6.75), which subtracts the ham and exchanges the American cheese for a slice of something that doesn’t conjure up images of Uncle Sam diving into a butter churn.
A cheerful blue awning greets guests as they make their way to the sprawling Dry Clean Super Center, their arms laden with baskets and bags of laundry waiting to be unsullied. Once inside, specialists will take their suits, casual apparel, and comforters, then professionally rid them of stubborn stains and dirt ghosts through professional laundry and dry-cleaning techniques.
Lifelong yogi Katie Windom views the age-old physical art form as a remedy to life’s many ills, from stress and pelvic pain to depression. Katie’s multipronged perspective presents itself in her diverse list of classes, which includes hatha yoga, hot yoga, and sessions catered to kids and teenagers. As a master reiki instructor, Katie injects energy-based spirituality into several of her classes, which she prepares for with a complimentary meditation session every Monday morning.