I got to go to the Fire & Ice fundraiser event two weeks ago at Banana Factory in SouthSide Bethlehem. It benefits their GlassWorks studio, which I am crazy about. If you haven't yet been to BF, you really need to check it out. You can tour the artists' studios and visit their two galleries and see the exhibits and it won't cost you a dime!

They also have classes on everything from digital photography, in case you want to make the most of that expensive camera your husband talked you into buying, to dancing, in case you have two left feet and your wife demands that you do something about it.

I suggest going on First Friday, a community event that gets folks into shops, restaurants and galleries of SouthSide. The next one is on 11/7. Most places spring for live music and put out free food and drinks to help folks socialize. It's a lot of fun, especially in the fall when the weather is cool.

Anyway, I can sit and watch the artisans at GlassWorks for hours. I find it mesmerizing to watch them work with molten masses of liquid glass and form it into something totally original, not just the usual vase and glass variety. If it were me, I'd probably burn my arm off! What they can do amazes me and I wish I could do it too! Jim, John, and Beth Ann rock!

I shot a few videos of their glass blowing demonstration the night of the fundraiser. You can check them out on my Flickr account. I'd love to take one of their hands-on classes but just haven't found the time to yet. If you have, give me your feedback on what class you took and whether or not you liked it and would do it again. Did you take a clay class and end up with a holey vase? Or did you take painting class and find out you were the next Monet?