The Southern Professional Hockey League’s champions for the 2006–2007 season, the Cottonmouths face their frozen nemeses with an attack that blends skill, power, and dauntingly good sportsmanship. Witness the graceful warriors’ February 20 cage match against the league’s 2008–2009 champs, the Knoxville Ice Bears, a tilt with the potential for brutal body-checks, high-velocity slap shots, and less-popular penalty-box sulk sessions. Purchasers of today's deal get a lower-level view of the action, just behind the ice-level seats, safe from out-of-control pucks and wild zamboni stampedes.
After strapping into classic quad-roller skates, families and friends glide onto the maple hardwood rink to trundle and attempt new moves. While one of the main attractions, skating isn't the only healthy way to burn energy at Starlite Family Fun Center. There's also the multi-level padded playground where kids run, jump, slide, and swing. In the laser tag arena, teams fire photons at each other while slinking through fog and neon lights. In between heart-pumping action, visitors can head to the arcade replete with more than 30 games.
A full-service snack shack with pizza and burgers makes the space an ideal party spot. Their Star Wars Adventure Party includes 3D laser tag battles against Darth Vader. It also features pizza, soda, and light sabers for each guest. The center also accommodates youth sports teams as well as businesses for festive celebrations.
Though it has been open since 1941 and is still managed by a member of the original family, Looneys Super Skate Center has managed to avoid becoming a relic. Perhaps moving three different times has forced it to keep up with the times, or perhaps it's just that the staff keeps its finger on the pulse of what their customers want. Where an organist once accompanied skaters on a Hammond, today high-tech speakers pump out top 40 hits as guests glide around the rink. And while kids still enjoy playing Simon Says, doing the Hokey Pokey, or doing figure eights and quadratic equations on the rink, they can also take a break at the redemption arcade or inside the bounce houses around the perimeter.
Skaters glide over the ice year-round at Ice Palace, a temperature-controlled stating rink located inside Eastdale Mall. The rink hosts regular open-skate sessions as well as parties with snacks catered by the mall's eateries. For a taste of competition, visitors can join a scheduled game of broomball?a team sport played on the ice in tennis shoes.
Top 40 hits blast from speakers on the walls at Starlite Skating Center, sending skaters bouncing to the beat as they glide across the rink. Though the music is modern, the roller rink itself is a throwback: it's made of genuine hardwood maple, like the ones that were so popular in the 1960s. Zooming on top of it is as easy as picking up a pair of rental skates?but for those who?ve never traveled on eight wheels, the centers offer skating lessons, teaching students skills from basic balancing to skating while you're in a handstand.
The centers entertain families off the rink, as well. Players can test their skills on 50 arcade games, while littler children jump and swing in the padded playgrounds. The Sharpsburg location also has a laser tag arena, where siblings and friends square off in space-age shooting matches.
Blu Tavern's chefs conduct a diverse chorus of Asian, Italian, and Latin American flavors to entertain taste buds with an eclectic dinner menu. Alongside sips of the night’s featured wine, evening feasts commence with savory appetizers such as coconut-curry mussels steeped in a fragrant bath of coconut milk and green curry or smoked sea-salt tuna ceviche served with chickpea relish, sweet potato, and peruvian corn. Hearty menu headliner herb-crusted salmon mignon satisfies stomachs' aching need both for seafood and self-fulfillment. Forks can also dig into main dishes such as pan-roasted bone-in pork chops topped in a balsamic-and-herb glaze and chicken adraki simmered in a spicy yogurt sauce. For dessert, diners can dive into slices of key-lime pie or croissant bread pudding to get the sugar rush required for participation in marathon readings of ancient Etruscan love poetry.