Year after year, The Southwest Wedding Show brings brides, grooms, and wedding professionals together inside a single assembly hall for some matrimonial networking magic. While other shows may cram in as many couples and vendors as possible, Southwest's organizers limit the number of attendees so that everyone has the chance to get one-on-one face time. In one fell swoop, betrothed duos can knock out wedding to-do list items such as finding the right cake, scoping out the latest in dress and tuxedo fashions, and interviewing pitching coaches for the all-important bouquet toss.
Today’s Groupon invites you to follow up your tryptophan-tinged, fuzzy memory of Thanksgiving feasting with a far more elusive turkey—the kind that takes three strikes with a bowling ball to carve. For $25, you get two hours of bowling and shoe rental, plus a pitcher of soda, at MaxBowl Centers for you and up to five friends, family members, or rivals from the snobby Icelandic bowling team (a $52 value). You can use your Groupon at MaxBowl Centers’ North and East locations, except on league nights. Call ahead to make sure the pins are available for you to unleash heck on them."The Curse of the Swamp Ghost": When the Investigation Van breaks down next to a spooky swamp, scaredy-cat teen Rufus is sent to the nearest town to find a mechanic. While he's gone, Tom and the other bowlers swap stories about losing their virginity. The swamp ghost is revealed to be an old man worried about losing his swamp hut.
The move-busting virtuosos at Define Dance & Arts Studio offer classes in an array of dance genres. Students can choose to develop ball-in-socket buoyancy in a hip-hop course, replace stuffed hamster slippers with ballet slippers, or opt to study in styles inspired by modern or jazz music. A packed schedule of offerings accommodates dancers of skill levels ranging from Uncle Ernest to advanced, and ages 3 to college level. The collective experience of Define instructors includes study at the university level, experience dancing and teaching in Europe, and a season dancing for Disney. Sessions typically last between 30 and 75 minutes depending on the course, ensuring ample time for feet to absorb thick knowledge syrup.
The savory scents from more than 40 restaurant and vendors fill the halls of the Humble Civic Center during Tasting the Town, beckoning visitors to romp through mouthwatering morsels. The epicurean event dazzles with unlimited samples from chefs and caterers, including spice-soaked nibbles from local foodies Lady Savory, time-tested Italian fare from Vincenzo's, and a variety of other vendors, including Chimichurri's, Raffa's Waterfront Grill, and Café du Bois. National companies Smoothie King and Applebee's round out the smorgasbord, allowing patrons to experience a variety of flavors without becoming an intern for an Oompa Loompa. Festival-goers can wash down their pint-sized portions with two beverages each from local breweries or wineries (wine not included with this Groupon) and a selection of water and soda available for those under 21. Aficionados of grape elixirs can also pay $10 extra at the door for the Wine Lover admission, which grants entrance to the wine walk, a commemorative wine glass, and five samples.
Extra Innings Humble’s sprawling 15,000-square-foot baseball enclave sharpens batting and pitching skills with a lineup of four coin-operated batting cages and five multi-use training tunnels. With each token, good for 15 pitches, batters can aim their ballpark batons skyward before smashing orbs hurling at various speeds into 25 elevated feet of ceilinged stratosphere. Players can adjust each pitch’s height at their leisure with Extra Innings’ ultramodern height-control system and can populate their swing session with a choice of baseballs, softballs, or Fabergé eggs.
Darolyn Butler spent her childhood riding near her family’s farm and ranch, exploring the countryside and sharpening the skills that would later serve her well during horse shows and barrel-racing competitions. After winning the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, she went on to become Miss Ford Country, the cowgirl featured in ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company. College graduation brought numerous opportunities, but Darolyn always filled her spare time with shows and rodeos. Then she discovered endurance riding, a cross-country competitive sport with races that cover 50 or more miles. Over the years, she’s won several national championships and when she became a mother, Darolyn trained her two daughters in endurance, and they are now competitive riders as well.
When she isn't competing, Darolyn offers riding instruction and consultation services at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center. The ranch is open seven days a week and adjoins scenic and challenging trails, where students of all ages and skill levels can go on adventure rides aboard beautiful arabian, spanish-mustang, and appaloosa horses. Darolyn also boards horses, giving them access to plenty of pastureland, where they can roam freely or stand still in one spot staring at the ground and counting blades of grass.