The holidays are over and many of us are facing the long winter ahead of us and a lot of snow. Needs some ideas to boost your spirit as you wait for spring? Here are a few we thought of.
Have you ever thought about taking a specific craft class? Is there something crafty you have always wanted to learn? The winter months can be the perfect time to give it a go. Learning a new craft is an ideal creative outlet and great for all ages and skill levels – besides, you’ll have almost a whole year to perfect a new skill and start cranking out all those homemade gifts in time for next year’s gift-giving season. Places to try: JOANN Fabrics and Crafts at the New Hartford Shopping Center, (stores.joann.com/ny/new-hartford/1604), and Michael’s at Consumer Square, 4745 Commercial Drive, New Hartford (www.michaels.com/classes).
Nothing spells fun like a road trip to a weekend destination. Place to try: Lake Placid. There is so much to experience at this Adirondack village. Home of the famous Miracle on Ice hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics, channel your inner champion by visiting the Olympic Museum, and then try some of the outdoor activities such as skating, skiing, hockey, snowshoeing and a lot more. Prefer to stay indoors? There’s also beer sampling at Lake Placid Brewery, spa therapy at Mirror Lake Inn, art galleries, live music, shopping, dining, the list goes on. For information, visit http://www.lakeplacid.com/.
Breakfast with friends
Nothing is a better mood-changer than spending a leisurely Sunday enjoying breakfast with friends or family, sharing laughs while enjoying food choices you just can’t make at home (or don’t want to). Some local restaurants with plenty of breakfast selections to choose from include the buffet breakfast at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica, 200 Genesee St., call 315-797-8010; Raspberries Cafe, with locations at 2634 Genesee St., Utica, call 315-724-6795, 4784 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, call 315-736-1363, and 1700 N. James St., Rome, call 315-336-1111; and Sheri's Eastside Diner, 2199 Bleecker St., Utica, across from the Masonic Care Community, call 315-790-5250.
Take an art class
Instead of staring at that winter wonderland outside your front door, learn to paint it by taking an art class at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310 Genesee St., Utica. In addition to painting, MWPAI also offers a selection of classes and workshops for adults including art appreciation, digital photography, jewelry making, ceramics, figure drawing, sculpture, ceramics, pottery and so much more to help make the winter fly by. For information, visit www.mwpai.org.
A great escape
Escape the snow, wind and cold and head to your local movie theater where your only obligation is to sit in a dark, warm movie theatre, and enjoy what awaits you on the silver screen with your favorite concession snack (even if it’s just for a couple of hours). Try Marquee Cinemas in New Hartford (www.marqueecinemas.com/location/26188/Orchard-14); Rome Cinema 8 in Rome (rome.zurichcinemas.com); Movieplex Cinemas in Oneida (movieplex.zurichcinemas.com); Valley Cinema 1 & 2 in Little Falls (www.valleycinemastwin.com); or venture out to Syracuse to Regal Cinemas at Destiny USA (www.regmovies.com/theaters/regal-destiny-usa-stadium-19-imax-rpx/C00281335242) and immerse yourself (and all your senses) in the IMAX experience.