Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Celtic Heritage Society's CelticFest brings together traditional music, dance, art, and culture to Mississippians with live performances and special booths from local vendors. On Friday night, 15 acts will perform on five indoor and three outdoor stages from 7:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m., reliving the Gaelic tradition of settling conflicts with a Battle of the Bands. Catch international acts including Scottish songwriter Brian McNeill or Irish pluckers The Fuchsia Band performing Celtic-style tunes from their native lands. Eclectic locals, Wild Irish Roots, will fuse traditional Celtic music with American staples such as bluegrass, rock, and star-spangled banners. Revelers can redeem their tickets for premium beers such as Guinness (5 tickets), domestic brews (4 tickets), or cool bottles of water (2 tickets).
Quest Fitness prides itself on being a one-stop shop for exercise. Each of the three locations features strength-training and cardio equipment, personal trainers, and group fitness classes such as Zumba, spinning, and yogalates, which combines yoga and Pilates. Complementing the workouts is an array of handy amenities, including a sauna, childcare services, and a smoothie bar for freezing healthy thoughts in your brain.
Stretching 6,500 yards from the back tees, Brookwood Byram Country Club's recently renovated 18-hole, par 72 course has enticed wedge wielders for more than 50 years. Test handicaps of all levels on Brookwood's links, which are ripe with obstacles including lightly pitched terrain, water hazards, and endless blades of grass. With today's deal, you and up to four friends can cruise the tree-lined fairways in an included cart, recovering balls after explosive bunker shots and overzealous drives.
At The Refuge, what was once a hardwood swamp is now a sprawling golf facility incorporating the natural landscape into its 18 holes. It wasn't easy to get from point A to point B, though. In the process, renowned golf architect Roy Case moved more than 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to shape pristine lakes, beautiful rolling fairways, and generous green complexes. What stands today is a modern course that hearkens back to time-tested golf traditions.
But the course also features their fair share of innovations. For the youngest golfers, there's a three-hole "Wee Links" attraction that acts as a pint-sized version of the full game more effectively than zapping the full course with a shrink ray. The grounds are also home to the Randy Tupper Junior Golf Academy, which teaches kids the fundamentals of golf and the value of fitness. With a spacious clubhouse, fully-stocked pro shop, recent course improvements made in late 2014, and the Refuge Grill, it's no wonder golfers speak so highly of The Refuge.
For the well-trained bicycle blacksmiths at The Bike Rack, nearly all bike makes and models fall into their realm of tuning expertise. During the premium tune-up, dual-wheeled people movers are treated to brake, bearing, and gear adjustments along with minor wheel truing, external lubrication, component tightening, and a thrilling test ride. Tires are also inspected to ensure they are properly filled with air and not unpopped kettle-corn kernels.
Designed by Randy Watkins in 1999, the course at the semi-private Patrick Farms Golf Club covers 200 landscaped acres replete with thick clusters of trees. To reach their hole goals, golfers must slap spheroids down the middle of meticulously-kempt Tifway 419 bermuda grass fairways before smuggling them past fringe and onto Tifdwarf grass greens. The course is over-seeded in the winter to extend the golf season to 12 months a year, leaving no time for grass to make extra money mowing lawns. The par 72 course opens and closes with a long par 5, forcing players to call upon their long games from the get-go.