Whatever the season, Berkley Ice Arena has plenty of activities for skaters, hockey players, and families all under the same roof. The ice is home to a number of youth and club hockey teams and helps newcomers climb into the competitive ranks with skating lessons, Learn to Play Hockey classes, and clinics on how to sit quietly in a penalty box. Ice athletes without Stanley Cup-level ambitions can check out ice-skating sessions and open skate times that make the rink available to the general public.
Modern Skate & Surf?s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes?including superstar Tony Hawk?as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park?one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US?skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A?s and B?s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.
The instructors at Paint Party Royal Oak invite guests to "uncork" their inner artist at their bright and cheerful studio. Guests are encouraged bring their own wine and refreshments to snack on during a fun three-hour BYOB adult painting class. With a local artist at the helm, students of all experience levels learn how to create the day's featured painting using artist-quality medium body acrylic paint. In addition to the paint, Paint Party Royal Oak also provides guests with their own 16"x"20" canvas, an easel, brushes, an apron, corkscrew, and ample room for socializing between brush strokes.
The fourth-annual Laugh Detroit Comedy Festival plays host to more than 60 comedians, showcasing verbal tomfoolery, hijinks, and shenanigans of all sorts. Each day, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle packs the schedule with a guest host and 11 comedians, each of whom will attempt to finally settle the question of what, precisely, the deal is with airplane food.
Shannon and Cortney Casey have journeyed all over the state of Michigan in pursuit of their passion: wine. Michigan By The Bottle started as a blog, but their readers' demand for locally produced wine spurred them to open their own tasting room. Now, though the pair still creates wine-focused videos and interviews Michigan winemakers, they spend much of their time inside the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. Between walls hung with works by Michigan artists, they pour wines from eight Michigan wineries.
These eight partner wineries represent the state's four major wine trails ? Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula, and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer trail ? and are chosen in part because they use only their own estate-grown or locally sourced fruit.
Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery makes wines and ciders from fruit grown on the family farm. Peninsula Cellars expresses its region through cherry, apple, and grape wines, and Domaine Berrien Cellars? proprietors handcraft wines from 21 varietals. Chateau Aeronautique Winery, with an airplane-themed decor, places emphasis on the setting of a tasting, and Gill's Pier Vineyard and Winery is modelled after boutique vineyards of France and California. The family-run Sandhill Crane Vineyards works with local ingredients and contributes to local charities. 2 Lads Winery specializes in cool-climate red and sparkling wines, along with small runs of white wines, all made while practicing sustainable farming. Verterra Winery plants varietals that have proven to produce great fruit in the Leelanau Peninsula area and meticulously cares for them with hand pruning, tying and harvesting and minimal chemical application.
In the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, servers pair these libations with snacks ranging from sustainable cheeses to organic single-origin chocolates, each made by in-state producers. In addition to special wine tastings, the tasting room also hosts events such as food-and-wine pairings, ?Meet the Winemaker? events and more. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday for drop-in tastings, the tasting room holds private and special events on Monday and Tuesday.
The instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot?s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft?models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit.
When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.