Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO VISIT OHIO UNIVERSITY OR THE ATHENSOHIO AREA THE PLACE TO STAY IS THE OHIO UNIVERSITY INN ANDCONFERENCE CENTER THE ONLY HOTEL LOCATED DIRECTLY ONCAMPUS. NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE APPALACHIANMOUNTAINS THIS FULL SERVICE HOTEL IS ALSO NEAR THE HOCKINGHILLS AND OTHER SOUTHEAST OHIO ATTRACTIONS. THE HOTELFEATURES FAST FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS 24 HOUR BUSINESSAND FITNESS CENTERS 4100 SQUARE FEET OF FLEXIBLE MEETINGSPACE AND THE AWARD WINNING CUTLERS RESTAURANT AND BUNCH OFGRAPES TAVERN. THE OHIO UNIVERSITY INN IS A UNIVERSITYAFFILIATE AND PROCEEDS ARE USED TO FUND PROGRAMS ANDPROJECTS FOR THE SCHOOL.
The staff at Equestrian Ridge Farm has been tending to steeds and riders on its 200-acre estate for more than 10 years. During riding lessons in a medley of styles—including dressage, single driving, and trail riding—trainers educate equestrians of all levels at the facility’s two large, indoor arenas. The barn houses between 15–20 horses at any given time, a handful of which are reserved for lessons or reenactments of chase scenes from The Lone Ranger. Equestrian Ridge also offers under-saddle training for horses by an experienced instructor who tailors each session to the steed’s temperament and riding style.
Purely American specializes in organically blended mixes for soups, salt-free slow-cooker kits, all-natural sauces and marinades, and gourmet handcrafted Virginia peanuts. Customers looking to stock their pantries for the winter can peruse the hearty organic selections from the Farmstand Soup Co., with a variety of chilis, stews, and bean soups ($6.25 each), or find chowders and pork-chop blends among Slow Cooker Gourmet ($5.50 each). For artisanal-recipe leanings, douse taste buds with Peter's Sauces ($7–$7.50) or grab a trunk full of Gourmet Virginia Peanuts ($7–$8), with flavors such as lightly salted, spicy crabbin', texas mesquite, and moon landing.
Smoke Rise Ranch turns rustic dreams of camping, hiking, and communing with horses into reality on the rural confines of its 2,000-acre working cattle ranch. Assemble your tent or portable geodesic dome for a two-night stay ($22 value/night) at Smoke Rise Ranch's campgrounds, nestled in the rugged hills of Athens County, with unlimited electricity and water from campsite hookups. Patrons can then partake in a group roping lesson ($45 value), where experienced cowpokes transfer lariat skills to each participant with one-on-one instruction, providing them with the tools to rein in runaway cattle or rampaging office xeroxes. Campers of all ages are welcome to learn the rope-wielding tricks of the trade, though babies are notoriously poor at aiming lassos.