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The Great Escape

Take an art class. The cost is about $150 and they run through April 24, once a week. Get an hour-and-a-half to yourself.

This is a serious, over the top, Great Escape. I bumped into it because I was supposed to sign my 15-year-old daughter up for a class at Escape to the Arts on Main Street, and it was full when I remembered.

In my defense, I hit on the idea Saturday at the Chili Cook Off by talking to Bill McNamara of Escape. I grabbed a brochure and my daughter jumped at the idea of an oil painting class. By Tuesday, it was full.

I ran down the list with her. Ceramics?

No, did that.

Botanical Drawing?

No, not interested in drawing.

Intro to Drawing?

She looked at me. Her look said remember my last answer.

Watercolor painting?

Not interested.

This led to my current idea, which is I’d rather be taking a class than sitting at home with my daughter right now.

A Great Escape is Escape to the Arts, an art school run by the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut at the corner of Main and White streets. Take a class. You can call and ask if a class is available at 203-794-1413. For more information, click

I suggest you sign up early. Escape is a part of the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, and a person has to sign up early for most of its programs.

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