Paint Your Life’s crafty paintbrush pushers translate photographs into personalized paintings using a variety of artistic mediums such as oil, charcoal, and pastel. Customers begin the process by uploading a photo with one figure they wish to have interpreted, such as a family scene, a landscape, or a particularly appetizing burrito. To customize their portraits, subjects can mix and match elements from different photographs or assign a specific artist to the project if one of the examples in the gallery particularly catches your eye. Once you’ve approved an editor-designed mockup, the painters—who are assigned based on your preferred medium—set to work composing a work of art suitable for hanging in the home or in the office next to other prized tokens indicating success, such as your Congressional Medal of +5 Dexterity and the former boss you had stuffed and mounted. Once the painting is complete, a photograph of the work is uploaded to Paint Your Life’s website, where you’ll give it a final review and request any final modifications before it is shipped to your doorstep in a specially-suited art tube.
The passionate instructors at Centerspace Wellness Studio cultivate creative energy through art and wellness classes, including several styles of yoga. Students concentrate on bodily alignment and breath control as they flow through a flurry of asanas during energizing Hatha yoga classes, while Spaaah yoga classes help overworked students release their choke hold on stress and frightened office interns by moving through a series of restorative postures set to a relaxing pace. Svaroopa techniques gradually release deep layers of tension with primary spinal openers—fundamental poses designed to limber up the tiers of muscles encircling the spine. Greenhorns shuffle through modified and prop-based poses during 60-minute sessions of beginner yoga, which strive to enhance body awareness and reveal thoughtful gift ideas for the toes. The welcoming studio supplies all necessary mats, blocks, props, and blankets, and recommends that all students arrive for class 5 minutes early free of perfumes or scented oils.
Although its name does hint at the long, sharp-scented ranks of Christmas trees, Mark's Tree Farm acts as a gateway to many more of nature's marvels. In tribute to the powers of Mother Earth, Mark grows the trees without the use of any chemicals. The expert stargazer also invites groups to follow his laser pointer and the aim of his telescope during astronomy tours on the farm's enclosed viewing space.
Among the whispering leaves, the sharp tang of evergreen boughs mixes with the aromas of hickory and apple wood in the cooling air. Mark lubricates all of his cutting tools, which slice chips and chunks for smoking meats with canola oil, rather than petroleum-based lubricants that can carry carcinogens. He also packages firewood in custom lengths to fit in different stoves and underwhelming time capsules.
Kaleidoscopic ribbons of fabric, including cotton, canvas, silk, and satin, unspool across Colchester Mill Fabrics’ expansive aisles, enveloping crafters in vivid designs from the industry’s most revered manufacturers. Hundreds of quilting books and patterns incite celebratory bellkicks beneath more than 5,000 bolts of cotton fabrics that dazzle retinas with soul-warming batik, oriental, and novelty prints from the wonder weavers at Hoffman, Timeless Treasures, and Moda ($8.98 - $11.98/yd.). Decorative fabrics (starting at $4.98/yd.), including tapestries and canvas coveralls from Barrow and Robert Allen, reanimate one-note living spaces, and cushion foam and upholstery fabrics soothe threadbare seats ravaged by sandpaper skirts and pantsless porcupines. Cozy crafters find knitting tackle lines and crochet hooks lining aisles alongside felt, stencils, and beads and complementing oblong tubes of yarn, and brilliant bundles of faux flowers wait to be gathered into a festive holiday centerpiece or a chic everyday bouquet.
Voted Connecticut's Scariest Haunted House by the Norwich Bulletin, The Dark Manor fills visitors with terror and keeps hearts pounding throughout two floors of haunted rooms, a spooky cemetery, and a haunted village. Thrill seekers stalk through chambers teeming with haunting sights, shrieking at decrepit skeletons in electric chairs and hordes of giant, wall-clinging cockroaches. After surviving the manor's mind-bending set pieces and horrifyingly neglectful housekeeping, adventurers must wander through the cemetery and village. Amid the graveyard's tombstones roams a chainsaw-wielding freak offering free haircuts, and the denizens of the haunted village lurk amid shadows as masked horrors seek to startle the souls out of passersby.
Norwich Ice Rink maintains its ice year-round for athletes and casual skaters alike. In order to keep the community from slathering the streets in butter, the rink opens up every week for several public skating sessions, including most Friday evenings. When it's not entertaining public sessions, the facility plays host to adult and youth hockey leagues and organizes several different learn-to-skate programs.