Bo Poole's family farm is a working farm—complete with harvests of sweet corn, eggplant, and purple-hull peas—but it is also a family destination for autumnal fun. The farm's country store also allows visitors to stock up on honey harvested onsite, pumpkin-cake mixes, and corncobs that may be taken home and popped or planted in hopes of sprouting a popcorn bush. Along with developing P-6 Farms' yearly harvest, Bo develops the public's agricultural know-how with an annual fall festival filled with family-friendly activities. Tractor-drawn hayrides give passengers a first-hand look at farm life, and the 8-acre corn maze allows them to get up close and personal with America's most celebrated crop as they navigate twists and turns in search of the exit. Other autumnal amusements include a life-size human spider, target-shooting with a kid-friendly water canon, and a pumpkin patch.
Award-winning ice sculptor T. Jay Maclaskey and his wife, Carol, open their doors to the public yearly, inviting carloads of families to attend their ranch and the festival known as The Ice Cutter's Christmas. They take kids on jingle bell hayrides across the 40 rolling acres to see sights such as a 109-year-old barn, known as the Fire and Ice Hall, bedecked in lights and light sculptures of holiday scenes in the woods. Inside, their extensive freezers house a glittering collection of ice sculptures created by the owner, and visitors can watch as he carves a brand new one before their eyes. Storytellers spin holiday tales and visitors sing Christmas carols as mini horses, goats, and Ziggy the llama jostle to be petted and fed. Finally, staffers put a button on each evening with a big chilly showdown known as the Great Texas Snowball Battle.
At the dine-in movie theater Star Cinema Grill, concession stands are obsolete. By pressing a button, customers signal a server and are able to order restaurant-style without disrupting their viewing experience or screaming at an usher for a lobster bib. From angus sliders to ice-cream floats, Star Cinema Grill's menu appeases all ages with its gourmet-pub cuisine served amidst the glow of screenings and first-run film releases.
Pins quiver at the threat of a well-rolled ball as bowling rages across 300 Bowl’s family friendly lanes, which are available for open-bowl sessions during all business hours. The recently remodeled alley greets bowlers with $500,000 worth of upgraded equipment and facilities as pin busters slip into a stylish pair of bowling shoes to cool off heated rivalries over the course of three games. An automated scoring system tallies each felled pin, leaving patrons free to munch popcorn and soda, hurl heavy objects at neatly arranged knick-knacks, and quietly reflect on complicated arithmetic’s forced obsolescence. Themed events spice up the stone hurling, turning up the tunes during Friday and Saturday Rock & Bowl nights and celebrating togetherness during Sunday Family Fun Time.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, clean facilities, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a cardio machine, possibly including a built-in TV, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Facilities and classes vary by location; weekly classes include Zumba, BodyCombat, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and lion punching.
Twisted Paintball lets slip the dogs of nonlethal war across five distinct fields, each outfitted with different obstacles and forms of cover. Customers outfit themselves with a mask for protection before equipping an electronic rental marker with 3,000-psi compressed air tanks that hurl paintballs with the accuracy of a professional pitcher aiming at a dunk tank. The five fields span the drained banks of nearby Crystal Creek as well as its surrounding wooded terrain, although four of them are within a 30-second jaunt of the rest area.
Whether she's framing a sultry boudoir pose, an actor's headshot, a couple's wedding vows, or a proud high-school senior, Victoria Schklair keeps her eyes peeled for fleeting candid moments to capture on film. During her on-location and in-studio sessions, she harnesses natural light to frame her clients using a photojournalistic style. After reviewing each color or black-and-white shot, Victoria preserves her best images as edited and retouched proofs, in panoramic press books, and on DVD slideshows set to music or a favorite political sound bite.
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