Treat ears to the rollicking melodies pervading the 2011 International Rockabilly Music Festival, which congregates riff-slinging luminaries from two continents and four countries. Swedish tune makers The Cadillac Band arrive from the Norse country to perform hits from the '50s, '60s, and 1570s. Tap toes to the rockabilly stylings of Jackson's own Red, Hot and Blue Band, or nod in rhythm to the country beats of Canada's Judy Kanyo. Check the website for more information.
The Jackson Generals snag flies, slam homers, and take on Southern League rivals in pursuit of a 2011 championship. Clutching four general-admission tickets, fans attending Pringles Park can catch nine innings and swiftly approaching foul balls at any Generals home game until August 31. Attendees can refuel with two concessions packages featuring a choice of three items, such as slices of pizza, bags of peanuts, and bags of Cracker Jacks. Reap additional benefits on one of the Generals' special promotions nights, delighting in $1 concessions on Thrifty Thursdays, and postgame firework displays after weekend contests.
West Tennessee Skydiving's tandem jumps infuse thrill seekers with adrenaline as they plunge an exhilarating 14,500 feet through the air while safely fastened to a trained instructor. Guests start their aerial experiences at the company's private airfield, where a 20-minute instructional video and 20 minutes of hands-on training impart the finer points of jump protocol, safety precautions, and fairy-dust application. Skydiving duos then board a climate-controlled airplane, where students latch onto instructors at four separate points on their gear before the pair hop out the door in tandem. For one minute, aeronauts accelerate through the clouds, reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour before releasing the parachute. Then, for five leisurely minutes, guests and their instructors gently cruise back to terra firma, witnessing scenic aerial views and birds' secret handshakes along the way. Upon landing, instructors conclude the four-hour adventure by debriefing jumpers and granting them a skydiving certificate.
Yoga Center of Jackson channels the energy of its peaceful, brightly lit studio into classes tailored to all fitness and ability levels. Groupon users can choose from Beginner Basics, Gentle Yoga, Intermediate, Advanced, Pilates, and Prenatal yoga sessions taught throughout the week. Each class is designed to improve flexibility, joint mobility, strength, and SAT vocabulary throughout the skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Practitioners searching for the core stability of a mutual-fund-invested cedar tree can join a Pilates class, and those looking to oil rusty joints can try a Gentle Yoga class. Prenatal yoga classes offer alignment relief to mothers with swelling Buddha bellies, and Beginner Basics teaches new yogis the benefits of improved posture, breath work, and handy semaphore contortions.
Dedicated to the legendary train engineer, Casey Jones Village features shops, attractions, and a museum rife with artifacts and anecdotes about Jackson's railroad history. Three authentic railcars are displayed prominently as mainstays from a different era, and children are encouraged to climb up on the engine and ring the train bell. A short film detailing the life of Casey Jones plays in the museum's theater, and a children's area entreats kids with wooden train sets so they can imagine they're piloting the first locomotive to shoot missiles at Saturn. After viewing the museum's offerings, guests can engage in other village attractions, such as mini golf, woodcarving demonstrations, and traditional treats at the antique-laden Brooke Shaw's Old Country Store. Before leaving, visitors can nosh on old-fashioned milk shakes and ice-cream sodas at the 1890s-inspired Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Shoppe, voted one of the best 50 ice-cream parlors in the country by USA Today.
The CI-certified trainers and counselors at Curves help women lose weight and tone muscles. Unlimited circuit classes increase heart rates with cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training, and Zumba classes blend Latin-style dancing with a traditional workout to prove that fusion is more than just sushi tacos and Labradoodles. A circle of hydraulic resistance machines engineered specifically for women's bodies are interspersed with cardiovascular recovery boards, where sweat savants focus on keeping up an optimal heart rate. An experienced instructor monitors the room to help students with equipment and to guard the door against cootie-carrying boys.