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  • Ten Chimneys
    In 1928 the famous stage-acting couple Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt declared that from then on they would only appear onstage together. They also refused to act during the summer so they could spend the season at Ten Chimneys—their 60-acre estate retreat in the rolling hills of Kettle Moraine. Alfred had begun the construction himself in 1914, designing the first part of the three-story main house. In 1922 he and Lynn, newly married, began making additions: they converted the house's chicken coop into a private five-room country cottage and built a Swedish-style log cabin for use as a performance studio. Here, they lived and entertained a revolving cast of actors, writers, and artists until their retirement in 1960. Today, trained docents lead small groups on tours through the cottage, the studio, and the main house's 18 rooms. Some of these confines bear unique titles such as the Flirtation Room, whereas others are named for past guests Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and Noël Coward. Guides divulge the history behind many of the eclectic artifacts found there, such as Staffordshire figurines, pre-Civil War oil lamps, and Delft china, and reveal details about more personal pieces such as handmade gifts from Helen Hayes and Noël Coward, photographs with Charlie Chaplin, and murals painted by set designer Claggett Wilson. Outside, they lead visitors past a creamery and greenhouse, and point out a copper mermaid—designed and crafted by Cecil Beaton—that sits atop the estate's pool house to scare away sailors. Throughout the year, Ten Chimneys hosts special theater-centric events. Play readings held in partnership with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater showcase the theater's interns as they read works connected to the Lunts or guests at their estate. During Music in the Drawing Room, cabaret artists from around the country gather around Noël Coward's historic piano to perform for small crowds and confuse unprepared time travelers. The estate also invites well-known local or national theater practitioners for a guest-speaker series inspired by the theater-minded talks that took place at the Lunts’ dining table.
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    S43 W31575 Depot Rd.
    Genesee Depot, WI US
  • iCOMBAT Waukesha
    iCOMBAT Madison takes laser tag to the next level with high-tech tactical equipment and sets that rival those of a Hollywood action movie. Beginning and advanced players can compete in high-octane solo outings or exciting team missions, such as Blackhawk Down, and earn ranks for completed missions. Navigating through the laser combat zone, players run, roll, and leap frog through the streets while completing multiple missions during a 90-minute period. The fully-immersive course is also equipped with a range of environmental lighting, realistic sounds, intense special effects, and props that create the feel of a live-action battle.
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    1023 Spring City Dr
    Waukesha, WI US
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio Wisconsin
    In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio?cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself?opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques. Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
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    300 E Summit Ave
    Wales, WI US
  • Snap Fitness
    Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
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    200 W Summit Ave
    Wales, WI US
  • Swimtastic Swim School
    At Swimtastic, our goal is to teach children to swim in a positive, safe and loving environment. We recognize that each child is an individual with different emotional and developmental abilities and we cater each lesson to those needs. We strive to develop each child?s self-esteem, confidence and love for the water.
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    900 Tesch Court
    Waukesha, WI US
  • The Ultimate Man Zone
    The Ultimate Man Zone thrills visitors' musky adventure glands with a nonstop smorgasbord of man-focused yet woman-friendly activities, competitions, concerts, and giveaways. For two nights, Waukesha's Center Court Sports Complex transforms into a garden of manly delights where samples of microbrews from Wisconsin microbreweries such as Lakefront Brewery, Horny Goat Brewing Co., and Capital Brewery sing sudsy siren songs for those 21 and older. After exiting the beer garden, attendees can face off with saucy mugs in the wing-eating contest, one of the weekend's many competitions and tournaments. Other showdowns come in styles such as Texas Hold 'Em, 2-on-2 laser-tag and paintball matches, bench-press competitions, a cornhole tournament, and an NBA-style 3-point contest.
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    815 Northview Road
    Waukesha, WI US

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