Copperhead Mountain Distillery's owner can trace his bloodlines back to Germany, Italy, and Ireland, which he describes as three of the greatest drinking cultures in the world. He, too, celebrates the joys of alcohol with a purely American beverage: moonshine. Using small, all-copper stills, he produces whiskey, spiced rum, and moonshine a mere quart at a time. Pretty much every bottle he sticks a cork in has a unique character that can't quite be duplicated. When guests show up at his distillery, he pairs tastings of his unique beverages with a side of history, telling tales of the Moonshine era and South Carolina's infamously conflicted relationship with the beverage.
Certified trainer Heather Coley has been immersed in fitness for her entire life. From a childhood spent kicking soccer balls, she has muscled her way into becoming a qualified, multi-level fitness instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, and Mad Dogg Athletics just to name a few. With the help of Kelli Calabrese—a certified trainer, wellness writer, and degreed physiologist—Coley combined the years of research, instruction, and nutritional wisdom behind Dr. John Spencer Ellis's original Adventure Boot Camp with her own extensive experience. It's through these motivating boot camps that she hopes to help her clients reshape their lifestyles and waistlines. Pulling from a wealth of exercises and plyometrics, Coley helps her students reach their fitness goals as they sprint, jump, and pump iron through obstacle courses, weight training, and cardio drills. She changes up her workouts daily to keep muscles on their toes and minimize body boredom so that muscles don’t start mindlessly doodling all over the bones. She aims to boost attendees' self-confidence with motivating words that summon images of a slimmer physique, well-toned muscles, and a straighter posture.
The Pavilion cultivates every species of physical activity within its 66,000-square-foot indoor complex and adjacent outdoor fields. The eclectic indoor space hosts soccer, volleyball, and curling face-offs, as well as a year-round ice-skating facility, bounce house, and inline-skating space. Fledgling ice skaters slip and slide during public skating sessions or take part in the U.S. Figure Skating Association's basic skills program to grease their triple axels. As the temperature rises, members make a mad dash outdoors to one of six tennis courts and three soccer fields, or hail a ride on George, The Pavilion's historic miniature passenger train. The complex's Boundless Playground offers a space where children with disabilities can be included in play thanks to accessible slides, swings, and climbing structures.
What began as fewer than 30 paintings hanging in two rooms has since grown into the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, a collection of more than 400 baroque paintings displayed in 30 galleries. The paintings—works by Rubens, van Dyck, and Murillo that date from the 14th through 19th centuries—are thoughtfully displayed in context, surrounded by furniture, sculptures, tapestries, and popular emoticons from their respective time periods. Architectural elements also add texture to the various galleries, flooding them in colorful light from stained-glass windows or framing their walls with the carved corners of fireplace mantels.
At Heritage Green, a satellite location boasts special exhibits of works pulled from the main galleries or on loan from private and public collections. Up on the second floor, interactive exhibits educate visitors of all ages on works by the old masters.
Falls Park Golf & Games beckons to putt-putt protégés with an 18-hole mini golf course that runs through the center of its cozy, family-friendly space. With topsy-turvy slopes that make for perplexing breaking putts, the course promotes lively competition between siblings, friends, or rival dentists. A stationary golf cart sits in the middle of the course, surrounded by walls decorated with golf-themed festoons—including a caddyshack facade—that help set the scene. Along with more subtle undulations, the course requires players to putt through a tricky loopty-loop and explain the principles of centripetal force to any toddlers within a five-mile radius. After their round, guests can decompress in one of the space's various booths or tables, enjoy a refreshment, and tune in to the flickering images on a flat-panel TV.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.