Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats are as varied as the workouts themselves. At the Wallen Road location, there are Jazzercises geared toward sculpting your bod, as well as dance-circuit training to help you get those arms you asked for last Christmas. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
SkyWalker Flying helps students learn to fly during in–the-air flight lessons as well as ground school classes. Their trio of experienced flight instructors focus on providing students with an individualized experience to help them achieve their goals such as training for a commercial pilot certification. In addition to lessons, SkyWalker Flying also rents out private planes, sells Allegro Light Sport aircrafts, and has a staff of FAA certified mechanics capable of repairing practically any model of aircraft.
Although it’s the oldest continuously running theater in Michigan (and the third oldest in all of the United States), Croswell Opera House has more vibrancy than most venues half its age. Renovated over the last two decades with a new stage floor, an enlarged orchestra pit, and burgundy and gold medallions atop a fresh coat of paint, the historic venue has lost none of its old-fashioned charm as it continues through its second century.
Originally constructed in 1866, the downtown epicenter of Lenawee County arts and culture has played host to a rich timeline of American entertainment. The 1800s featured vaudeville acts, musicians, and orators such as Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the early 1900s saw silent movies swallowed by the next wave of cinema: loudies. Although it was nearly demolished in 1967, the opera house persevered with the loving care of its staff and patrons, and today continues to host a wealth of musical acts, Broadway shows, and children’s theater.
The youthful romanticism of Juliet. The raging jealousies of Othello. Richard III's outsized villainy. All are found in the pages of Shakespeare's works, and all are brought to vibrant new life at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare festival of the state. With characters so rich, it's not surprising that the company exclusively staged the Bard's works for 19 years. But, recognizing that Shakespeare's reach extended far beyond the end of his own quill, the Festival now showcases one piece from an additional playwright each season. But whether the curtain opens on a comedy or a tragedy, a dramatic history or a tender romance, the organization aims to move audiences with timeless stories.
After respective careers as a research scientist and an educator, Larry and Pam Satek were ready to settle into retirement. They anticipated relaxing on the plot of land purchased by Pam's great-grandfather in 1915—a verdant space that had matured from an apple orchard into an overgrown tangle, and which the Sateks turned into a commercial vineyard where other Indiana wineries bought their grapes. Now that they had escaped the daily grind, the Sateks' plan was to begin crafting their own wine. They did so with well-recognized aplomb, and soon, their "retirement business" was winning awards at the INDY International Wine Competition. In the past three years, almost 80% of their wines have medaled—the 2012 contest alone landed them 23 awards, including two Concordance Golds, which signify a unanimous decision by the judges. Their success is hardly surprising, though, if one looks at the descriptions of their wines. They deem their Old Vine red zinfandel "a searing of lightning and poetry," and liken the sweet Mango Mania to "sunshine in your glass."
The Sateks remain continually tapped into the community in an effort to share these wines, many of which are made from exclusively locally grown fruit. Their Twitter feed and Facebook page keep fans posted regarding new releases and suddenly sold-out varieties, and those hoping for a closer look can take a tour of the vineyard and bottling facilities. Additionally, special events such as dinners and pairing classes teach visitors how to expertly marry sips to bites without disappointing both of their families.
The neighborly nourishers at Beamer's Sports Grill whip up an extensive menu of homemade tasties amid the comforting glow of 12 high-definition sports-showing screens. A charming cast of muscle-bound meats populates each All-Star Platter ($8.49), including the chicken strips and cheddar nuggets. As you take in a little college football, NFL action, or mixed martial croquet, test the flame-proof fortitude of your flytrap by snagging your choice of Beamer's fiery hot-wing sauce ($5.49 six-piece, $8.99 12-piece, $10.99 18-piece). Otherwise, challenge a friend to a game of digestive pinball by shoving a savory Beamer burger ($6.49 quarter-pound, $8.49 half-pound) into your coin slot. Indiana State Representative Phil GiaQuinta casts his vote for his namesake rib-eye sandwich, the Phil-E Steak ($7.99), and protein proposals such as the all-meat pizza ($13.49 12-inch, $17.99 16-inch) await ratification from the state senate's cheese majority.