The team at Clubex Fitness & Nutrition believes that when it comes to diet and exercise, success is a team effort. Thankfully, the trainers host about 30 different group exercise classes every week, ranging from spinning, kickboxing, and Zumba to a Kick Your Butt boot camp. Those looking for a more specialized approach can work one-on-one with personal trainers that help clients design custom exercise plans.
Of course, the facility also allows for clients to exercise on their own. Clubex makes solo workouts easy with its more than 75 pieces of cardio equipment, more than 100 pieces of strength equipment, and about 10 tons of free weights, which keep the gym from blowing away during storms. And if that lengthy list of equipment isn't enough, Clubex also offers boxing and karate rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, and even an outdoor obstacle course that doubles as an auto shop in case you need new tires. Onsite babysitting makes it even easier to enjoy a productive workout, and afterward clients can refuel at the facility's full-service juice bar.
With its lofty ceilings, slate floors, natural wood beams, and floor-to-ceiling windows that give sunlight some rare exposure to high culture, the building that houses the Fuller Craft Museum is itself a work of art. The 21,000-square-foot structure is surrounded by a 22-acre campus, which is itself surrounded by some 700 acres of woodland. It's a place to easily lose an afternoon in exploration and contemplation.
Across this wide-open space, creativity flows naturally. Exhibitions, galleries, and workshops showcase the mesmerizing craftsmanship of woodworking, sculpture, bookmaking, and many other forms, exploring the materials, techniques, and expression poured into each piece. Interactive attractions draw visitors deeper into the creative process. Letterboxing, for instance, challenges them to search the property for hidden treasures by following clues instead of just lazily asking a neighborhood pirate.
Plimoth Plantation is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated museum dedicated to interactive historic explorations of New England's early European settlers and native inhabitants. The museum boasts a recreation of a 1627 English village, with actors posing as all sorts of Abners and Abigails to convey the experience of the Pilgrims. Feel free to question these in-character characters about the realities of 17th-century life, such as business dealings, hearth cooking, and the difficulties of cell-phone reception in the wilderness. Visitors may also visit the Wampanoag Homesite where traditionally garbed staff members, most of whom are from the Wampanoag native nation, are happy to share knowledge of their history, their culture, and the land they have inhabited for hundreds of generations. An exhibit at the Visitor Center, entitled Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth & Meaning, can help shed light and gravy on the realities of interactions between colonists and Native Americans.
Though Westgate Lanes has been open for more than half a century, you'd never know it from just looking at the Brockton institution, which benefited from a pre-Millennium face-lift in 1999. Today, all 62 lanes feature automatic scoring, new furniture, and modern lighting, which casts a celestial aura during prize-packed cosmic bowling on Saturday nights. Open 365 days a year, the facility swings open its doors to challenge sphere-flinging friends, leagues, and parties with frames of tenpin or candlepin, a variation of bowling that uses smaller balls and requires more concentration than teaching a mechanical bull long division. High-definition TVs orbit the center's 13 billiards tables, and, between competitive rounds, players can refuel fatigued fingers at Harry's Pub and Grill.
Metro South Athletic Club boasts 33,000 square feet of weight rooms, cardio studios, group classes, and other athletic amenities to transform tired bone cages into lean, muscle-magnifying machines. Fitness fans can join fellow fat blasters on the five racquetball courts, meet up with a certified personal trainer in the 15,000-square-foot weight room⎯equipped with more than 100 pieces of strength equipment––or fondly recall days of popping wheelies in the living room while saddled atop one of the spinning studio's 20 Schwinn IC Elite workout bikes. Recently reformed couch potatoes will appreciate cardio theater equipment that allows them to boost their endurance as they live out dreams of running toward Pat Sajak in slow motion, while a lineup of more than 20 weekly group classes tightens tummies and invigorates aortic valves with help from motivating peers.
Tomato plants are imperfect, yielding just as many inedible fruits as the healthy, tasty ones. The organizers of The Tomato Bash devised an alternative employment for the unworthy bounty, transforming the leftover tomatoes into ammunition for a massive ketchup making party. Participants are encouraged to sport silly costumes for the big event, as they are inevitably going to get utterly filthy.
To kick off the festivities, revelers are entertained with a cadre of food trucks, beverage vendors, and DJ playing tunes, including rebellious anthems encouraging the tomatoes to throw themselves. At 3 p.m., the tomato foam machine outside of the tomato arena powers up, pumping the stage area full of bubbly, pink fruit foam. Then the hordes of goggle-clad contestants descend upon a large arena and lose themselves in a sea of red goo.