At Lake Aviation, FAA-certified flight instructors oversee a wide spectrum of programs that help patrons develop aeronautical skills, whether they're aspiring aviators or casual joyriders. Pilots-in-training can take a Private Pilot's License and then branch out into specialty programs such as Instrument Certification and Ground Instruction. Everyone else, meanwhile, can skip right to soaring through a scenic discovery flight, wherein two or three passengers fly high above upstate New York and even the Niagara Falls while a professional pilot steers the aircraft around any cloud-based traffic jams.
Truly a community organization, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's volunteer musicians take breaks from their lives and careers to treat fellow citizens to masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Music Director David Harman leads the group, showcasing the skills that have placed him in front of such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The teachers at Quantum Prep recognize that each of their students possesses a unique learning style, and they craft a curriculum personal to each pupil. Whether teachers are tutoring grade-school students, helping with homework, or prepping a high schooler for the SAT, the process remains the same. They devise the best way to teach each individual student—based on a profile of his or her learning style—and then work to build a sturdy knowledge base. Once that’s in place, they not only add new knowledge and skills, but also foster better study habits. During the nine hour videos of SAT prep, students learn 100 subtopics and practice with the official SAT prep problems disclosed by the test writers.
In the cozy confines of Created By Us's art studio, clients daub bisque figurines, dishware and vases with personalized designs as they sip espresso drinks from the on-site coffee bar. A staffer oversees all proceedings, armed with technical tips and advice on color palette. After fully decorating their masterpieces, patrons leave them behind for studio staffers to glaze and finish, rather than holding them over the next campfire along with the camp counselor's retainer. For special occasions, children and adult revelers alike can take their painting projects into private-party rooms decorated with balloons and fuel their efforts with provided popcorn.
Since opening in 1981, Rochester Fencing Club has produced two world-champion fencers and a slew of prodigious Olympian qualifiers, including five members on the 1996 team, four on the 2000 team, and one on the 2008 team. Two of those Olympians, sisters Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, have returned to the facilities as co-owners and instructors. Iris?s fencing aptitude has earned her a position as the president of the Stanford Fencing Association, while Felicia?s fencing prowess?she was the first and only woman to win the NCAA championship in both foil and ?p?e?remains unrivaled despite rumors that rhinoceroses will now be allowed to compete. Continuing the club?s tradition of excellence, the staff cultivates talent among young fencers in summer camps and classes of all levels. Two-hour birthday parties teach kids fencing basics, followed by an hour of frenzied birthday-cake consumption and duels with pi?atas.
At RockVentures, climbers of all ages and experience levels scale challenge-filled walls lining the 18,000-square-foot facility. Classes impart students with surefooted spirit and fundamental climbing skills such as anchoring the rope for comrades. In addition to individual challenges, the center hosts several group events, ranging from team-building weekends to kids' birthday parties and summer camps. Rock Ventures grants discounted admission to veterans and their families with advance reservation on Saturday mornings, and helps disabled climbers conquer the rocks by using block-and-tackle systems to hoist themselves up.
Owner Kent Winchester informs his work at RockVentures with a multifaceted history of leadership and team-building experience, including a stint in the Peace Corps.