The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
For 10 years, Mona Personius worked as a personal chef for Los Angeles's elite, including Annie Potts and Tim Curry, as well as denizens of San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. Wanting both a bigger kitchen for her catering business and a homey space in which to actually witness patrons' enjoyment of her cooking, she opened Mona's Table. A cross between an old-fashioned diner and a chic French bistro, the restaurant serves thick sandwiches, soups, and a different flavor of quiche every morning. Among Mona's signature dishes, the vanilla-brined pork-loin sandwich won a Fearless Fork award from the Alameda Sun in 2007, and locals have gossiped about the corned-beef hash ever since the mayor was seen sharing a cup of coffee with it. Every dish is made from scratch; even the coffee is brewed on a by-order basis. Daily specials are a mystery until guests take a seat in the warm space, but a critic at the East Bay Express shares an insider hint: the "best dishes have a subtle glow … a combination of simple ingredients layered simply together by an innately talented chef."
Doctor of Chiropractic David Basco's nonsurgical methods for healing spinal injuries earned the confidence of CityVoters, who voted him Best Chiropractor in 2010 and nominated him for the title in 2011. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Basco relies on his education, which is augmented by a certification in neuromuscular reeducation, and an FDA-cleared device to gently decompress vertebrae and restore range of motion to those with degenerative diseases and misalignment. He also once helped golfers finesse their games in Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs, cherished experiences that led him to specialize in improving golf swings via chiropractic work and put the Arnold Palmer Private Course's gophers on speed dial. Caring for his wife during her pregnancy and seeing the birth of his two children gave him personal insight into women's reproductive issues, another of his specialties. Through functional tests and x-rays, Dr. Basco aims to identify the causes of numbness, headaches, and arthritis that may have resulted from prior auto accidents or workplace injuries.
The sun reflects off the chassis of a crimson Cobra as its engine lets out a declarative roar. Suddenly, gears shift and the driver makes their way onto the track. At Racing Adventures, thrilling moments are a normal occurrence as instructors show visitors how to handle vintage racecars and exotic sports vehicles from the inside of the cockpit. In two models of American muscle cars, a Porsche 911, or a Carrera, guests taste the adrenaline rush of high-performance driving during full-day racing adventures, laps around racetracks, or excursions on skill-testing roads in Arizona and Colorado.
Racing Adventures’ team also educates thrill-seekers in more aggressive styles of driving in its school. After outfitting students with suits and helmets, instructors demonstrate the basic principles and advanced techniques of racing before letting students practice on a real racetrack. Students can take the wheel of a Cobra, Corvette, or Porsche during three levels of driving experiences, and graduates of the program earn a certificate of achievement.
Standing sentinel after clocking significant time in World War II and assisting with the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 space-shuttle crews, the USS Hornet now serves as an anchored museum where naval enthusiasts and curious citizens can wander her decks to gain insight into her past military duties on the high seas. The aircraft carrier is comprised of four levels of historical eye-candy, mixing curated exhibits with actual ship quarters such as the captain's bridge and in-port cabins. Visitors roam the ship during self-guided tours, which are often injected with wisdom from available docents or chatty seagulls. Sites include the island and navigation bridge, where the helmsman directed the ship and where the admiral conducted operations with his task force, as well as the hangar deck, with access to the ship's panoramic fantail view of San Francisco.
A Class-A PGA member since 1995, Josh Willard brings six years of international professional playing experience and more than 10 years of coaching to the aid of clients who range from beginners to touring professionals. No matter the current state of a lesson taker’s game, Josh begins by demonstrating sound grip, posture, and short-game technique. These, he believes, lead to more enjoyment and long-term success than quick fixes such as buying expensive clubs or laser-guided ball cannons.
Once fundamentals are in place, Willard begins refining the student’s full swing by eliminating extraneous movements for a simpler, more economical motion. To achieve this, digital cameras capture each chop from both the front and side angles, then feed the information into swing software to root out problem areas and form the basis for development drills and instruction. Afterwards, players can access their videos on a stored file at any time to keep track of progress or reminisce about the season-to-season changes in golf fashions.