PGA professional instructor Al Vallante diagnoses swing maladies and breaks down proper technique for players of all abilities at his golf school at Harbor Lights Country Club. Rather than asking golfers to completely replace their old swings, he takes into account their body type, skills, and goals in order to fine-tune their whacks. Al’s instruction makes use of pitching and putting greens, a par three course when necessary, and private teaching bays that allow lessons to take place even when it’s raining or the moon is crashing into the Earth.
Artist and instructor Debra Banna makes learning art as accessible as possible for her students. The veteran teacher and former children’s librarian studied art at the Attleboro Art Museum and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Conducting lessons at local libraries, churches, and students’ homes, Banna teaches kids how to create their own cartoon characters and helps adults paint realistic depictions of their feelings.
Licensed trainer Judy Mastalerz splits time between Sundae Stables in Attleboro and Hobby Horse Farm in Rehoboth overseeing students as they transform from nervous beginners to confident, established riders. In addition to youth horse camps held three times a year, she leads lessons in huntseat and Western disciplines that span the entire spectrum of horsemanship, from grooming to tacking the horse.
Chris Congdon always wanted to own his own driving range. But before he could do that, he had to take care of a few things on the course, first. After turning pro in 1993, Congdon went on to win numerous tournaments, including the 2002 Boston Open. A short while later, after a detour into the world of sales, Chris returned to his passion by purchasing the former Airport Golf in North Attleboro in 2012. Almost immediately, Chris began to make the facility all his own, beginning first by renaming it Stix Fun Center. Soon after, he completely renovated the driving range, upgraded the facility’s batting cages, and even recarpeted the mini-golf course so that families could play and trash-talk one another on an even playing field. Stix Fun Center also serves Del's frozen lemonade.
North Bowl Lanes welcomes gamers of all ages daily to enjoy 40 lanes of ten-pin bowling and 35 arcade games with a prize center. Like the timeless Cinderella story, the alley keeps its doors open until midnight Monday through Thursday, whereupon the bowling balls turn back into pumpkins and players must return their rental shoes. At The All Star Pub Grill, chefs serve up hand-tossed pizzas and burgers, and bartenders tap a rotating selection of eight beers and mix a full spectrum of specialty cocktails.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.