If you'd asked Patricia Hawse about holistic medicine in early 2005, she'd say that it wasn't really her thing, and probably want to know where you found that time machine. But her perspective—and life—changed after Hurricane Katrina. While serving with the Red Cross in Louisiana, she saw firsthand how the practice of yoga and meditation helped relief workers. Patti dedicated herself to sharing the benefits of holistic medicine, and founded KarmaFest soon after. Today, the annual event continues to welcome attendees for days filled with spiritual healing workshops, metaphysical therapy, and meditation.
When new owners gained control of Putt Putt Fun Center in 2011, they brought with them a fresh vision that culminated in modern updates. The recently revised center encompasses a spectrum of family fun; the indoor area houses an arcade—fully loaded with air hockey and a Wheel of Fortune game—beside an inflatable labyrinth of moon bounces, slides, and obstacle courses used to train armies of balloon animals. Once visitors have exhausted themselves inside the glowing laser-tag arena or other sheltered activities, they can venture outside to the mini-golf course, where faux caverns and a wooden footbridge arc over abbreviated greens. Nearby, athletes smack baseballs into orbit from the batting cages.
Where do you host a yearly gathering of mediums, ghost hunters, and other paranormal enthusiasts? Somewhere haunted. That's why, for the past several years, Phenomacon Central sets up shop at the Eisenhower Hotel. Located 5 miles away from Gettysburg National Military Park, the hotel is known for its paranormal activity, notably in and around its on-site farmhouse.
Throughout the four-day Phenomacon Central event, attendees can explore the haunted grounds during expert-led ghost hunts on Friday and Saturday at midnight. Moreover, they can pick the experts' brains during lectures such as the Violent Hauntings discussion hosted by Jason Gowin and featuring panelists Andrea and Roger Perron, Tony and Debra Pickman, Carmen Reed, and Chris Dedman. The event organizers supplement the paranormal activities with entertainment such as a concert from Evermore Paranormal, a costume party dubbed the Ghoul's Gala, and silver bullet Russian roulette with real-life werewolves.
FunDamentals co-owner and operator Jennifer Goble doesn’t teach kids to count with flash cards. On the contrary, she believes that keeping kids active and engaged in their lessons not only helps them retain their newfound knowledge better, but helps them enjoy the experience of learning. This belief is the cornerstone of each program at her learning center. Lessons vary in topic based on age, from 1 to 5 years old, and may get kids involved in a number of physical and intellectual activities such as bouncing to delightful beats to bolster balance or learning shapes through colorful images. Interactive games, social time, and hands-on projects round out the center’s mix of fun and learning. Jennifer also actively involves parents in each lesson, giving adults a way to bond with their offspring and kids a strong spotter for learning to eventually bench-press their friends.
Hunting Ground Farm's 68 acres of rolling hills resound with pounding hooves and instructors' directions during group lessons. Skilled in coaching various levels of budding and experienced equestrians, instructors pair their protégés with horses or ponies based on their appetite for oats and hay. In lessons lasting for up to an hour, coaches aquatint students with horse-riding basics and teach them how to mount and maneuver on their four-legged steeds. The staff limits each lesson to four riders, enabling teachers to keep an eye on their posse and discourage interruptions from recruiting Robin Hoods. Hunting Ground Farm doesn't offer lessons on weekends due to an extensive schedule of horse shows with local and state associations.
Hugh the Maze Master and the team at Maize Quest Fun Park believes that mazes are a great metaphor for life: we’re all on a journey, sometimes we feel lost, but, through it all, we persist in the face of defeat. For the last 15 years, Maize Quest Fun Park has followed this dogma, evolving from a single-attraction corn maze to a full-scale seasonal fun park with more than 25 attractions. The maze’s theme changes each year, with past labyrinths honoring Wild West gunslingers, Egyptian pharaohs, and prehistoric dinosaurs. Before or after navigating the corn-walled corridors, visitors can entertain themselves at other stations such as the bamboo forest, the Roller Racers indoor roller cars, or the cow train—a line of cow-themed cars pulled by a tractor or a team of steam-powered steers. Maize Quest holds birthday parties year-round, with groups blowing out candles in both the indoor party room and outdoor event space. The maze is also open for events for large groups such as scout troops, youth groups, and vacationing scarecrows.