When Dru Silver isn't touring America with his band Locusta—a trek the group has made five times—he draws on his more than 10-year career to teach budding guitarists at Guitar Lessons Columbus. He starts slow with kids, not only helping each pupil have fun mastering a favorite song they like, but also preventing them from falling through their acoustic guitar's hole. With older students, whether they're beginners or advanced shredders, he personalizes lessons around each pupil's goals and interests, whether it's notating favorite songs by ear or learning to improvise solos. Those skills come in handy during the other activities Dru curates for his students, including jam sessions, recording sessions, and live concerts.
Central Ohio School of Diving's staff of divemasters and instructors hold more certificates than a university president on graduation day. They draw on their immense knowledge and experience to teach new divers the ins and outs of scuba. With classes that combine classroom, dive-pool, and open-water learning experiences, the school's curriculum of Scuba School International courses prepares students for real-life dives. After imparting these skills, the school’s top divers lead trips to the world's best dive spots—the bars where the world’s best villains hide out.
All year long, R Adventure Park World hands over the keys to a stable of well-maintained Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Polaris all-terrain vehicles that purr beneath riders as they wind down through 16 miles of trails in Hocking Hills Nature Trails. In rain, sleet, snow, or sun, attentive staff members provide helmets before indoctrinating off-road skills into beginners and experts, who can zip through trail barrels and ramps atop their four-wheelers. Off the beaten path, R Adventure Park arranges group outings and birthday-party activities, such as scavenger hunts set amid the park’s scenic foliage and natural wildlife.
Not everyone is born an artist, but the folks at Spilling Color believe that anybody can be an artist. Their painting and pottery classes encourage each participant to sit back, grab a glass of wine, and unleash their inner artiste. Held at their studio, local artists lead students through the steps to create a finished masterpiece. Spilling Color also strives to give back to the community with the "We Give" program, with partial proceeds for each purchase going towards bringing art to under underprivileged kids and adults with disabilities.
Top Shelf Mixologist dispatches licensed and certified bartenders to serve guests at private parties, weddings, and other events. These bartenders draw upon decades of experience as they mix together a variety of cocktails and beverages from customer-provided liquor, creating classic drinks or working around a theme.
At Aprons-n-Easels, painting is meant to be fun. After slipping on aprons, guests of all ability levels put brush to canvas while instructors provide step-by-step guidance. Guests can bring along snacks and drinks to enjoy throughout the evening. Private parties are also available.