At Amesbury Sports Park, windswept passengers sail tubes down the snow-less summer lanes or, during winter, the powdery pathways of packed snow that dot hillsides of varying steepness. A conveyor belt swiftly returns them to the top of the hill in, where they can repeat the ride. During the summer, visitors can hop inside of one of Amesbury Sports Park's plastic spheres, to take what they call a zorb ride. Their outdoor event venue can accommodate up to 30,000 people, and has previously hosted events such as the Warrior Dash, the Spartan Race, and their annual Brewfest. An onsite restaurant refuels recreationers with tasty American fare, and also hosts regular wine dinners that often sell out in advance. The park also has a function hall available for private parties, and a full-service catering business with cuisine prepared by executive chef Kevin Jacques.
Whether they prefer to work with glass, canvas, or ceramic, budding artists can tap into their creativity inside Pottery Isle. The studio's ceramic-painting sessions enable patrons to select a piece—such as a dish or a statue—and customize it with their own color and design scheme. BYOB painting classes inside Canvas Cafe lead students step-by-step through the painting creation process, and summer programs for kids show young ones how to draw and paint on mediums other than kitchen walls or Dad's face while he sleeps.
Pottery Isle also hosts glass-fusing classes that turn molten glass into artwork, as well as field trips and teen events. Plus, it provides pottery-to-go packages, which supply artists with take-home pottery pieces, paint, and brushes, allowing them to create something when they have downtime on vacation or during a board meeting.
Situated on 25 wooded acres located next to the Taylor River, Taylor River Farm uses its beautifully bucolic space as a school for teaching students correct horsemanship and riding form. The Lesson Academy offers individualized instruction to students of all ability levels under the guidance of head instructor Kristin Farley, who has trained numerous world champions over a riding career that has spanned more than 25 years. The barn's heated indoor arena features a viewing room from which spectators can view a pupil's lessons in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, or Western. In addition to riding properly, students learn how to groom and tack up their lesson horse, as well as how to communicate with the horse telepathically.
Fuel Training Studio turns routine workouts into challenging tests of mettle, keeping muscles and minds engaged and healthy with one-on-one training or community-focused group classes. Cofounders Jeanne Carter and Julie Bokat, and their staff of eminently skilled trainers, educate pupils in their unique Fuel training method, which has been formulated through years of training and extensive certifications.
Fuel's philosophy focuses on helping clients through their everyday family life and activities by building functional strength—keeping muscles guessing with intense bursts of cardio and strength training that boost metabolism and efficiency. Clients enhance their muscle tone and agility with indoor barbell and heavy-bag boxing techniques, or practice mind-body awareness and flexibility with yoga or Versus cable-suspension training. Outdoor boot-camp classes combine strength, core-building, and cardio workouts into fun packages, allowing students to build rippling abdominal muscles while they admire waterfront scenery and challenge songbirds to wrestling matches.
Hunter’s Haven Farm sprawls across multiple acres of verdant farmland in Groveland, fostering a bucolic atmosphere dedicated to teaching equestrian riding techniques in lessons for riders 8 and older. The center’s two horse whisperers call upon three decades of training and riding experience to coach students in the center’s dual riding modalities, hunt seat and dressage. Hunt seat displays the horse’s prowess while running flat or jumping over small hurdles, and dressage showcases the horse’s natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote “neigh” on a potential future of donkey riding. The farm’s facilities encompass an indoor arena, cross-country fences, and a galloping track. Students can also guide their steeds around a lit outdoor ring or practice circuits around the onsite dressage ring during private or group sessions. Children can experience guided pony rides and natural interactions with ponies, goats, pigs, and a philosophical saddle at Hunter’s Haven Farm’s petting zoo.
A Sanitone-certified dry cleaning service, John Anton's Cleaners carefully cleanses each soiled garment with environmentally friendly chemicals while distilling and recycling its dry-cleaning fluid on location. Whether faced with a rumpled blouse, a wine-stained tie, or a pair of khakis that got sneezed on by an elephant, these adroit cleaners tackle each challenge with vigor and return your finery spotless and pressed. John Anton's also reshevels disheveled formal wear: both gowns ($25.35) and two-piece tuxes ($16.25) emerge free of such common stains as blood, blood, and so much blood, and the gowns are all hand-finished. Services for leather and suede jackets start at $50. John Anton's also picks up and delivers laundry to your home or office for free, even if you're not around. See a full list of pricing here.