Geologically speaking, islands seldom crop up in the middle of the prairie—unless, of course, you're at Collicutt Siding Golf Club. There, in the midst of a front nine that boasts all the characteristics of true prairieland—flat, open terrain dotted only with low trees—golfers encounter a true island green at the sixth hole, a 530-yard par five. More topographical variety awaits on the back nine, which features streams, undulations, and a links style—a change of pace from the wide-open front side. Instead of attempting to drive a ball through their neighbor's doggy door, golfers can hone their swing at the course's driving range before rounds.
Founded in 1994 by former commercial airline pilot Paul Sass, The Home Vintner supplies connoisseurs and novices with an abundance of award-winning pours and do-it-yourself kits for individual winemaking and beer brewing. With Winexpert kits, at-home vino makers blend varietal juices from around the world that will be ready to drink or cellar in 4–8 weeks, depending on the kit. Alternatively, brewers dive into barley bubbles with Barons beer kits that contain measured ingredients to make a hoppy Canadian blond ale, an English-style redwood ale, and a crisp Dutch-style lager, among others.
During classes, the staff of certified wine- and beer-makers walks pupils through each step of the brewing and vintning process, such as carbon-dioxide removal, corking, storage, and determining each libation's year by monitoring its reaction to different Bon Jovi songs. Courses dispense both basics of production and new methodologies, so apprentices can discover new approaches and skills to try with their next batches.
It's a typical night at Evolution Entertainment Centre. Billiards players congregate around pool tables, letting out cheers and whistles as balls are sent careening across the green felt. Bartenders bustle about behind the bar, uncapping bottles of frosty beers. Servers parade out from the kitchen, balancing trays of juicy burgers, sauce-drenched wings, and plump hot dogs topped with bacon, cheese, and banana peppers. Throughout the month, this lively pool hall features special events, including karaoke nights and Name that Tune contests with live DJs.