Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is a spiritual center in the Passionist tradition, open to all who seek to deepen their relationship with God and one another. We welcome men, women, and youth to weekend, day and evening retreats, and programs where they can journey with God in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.
During the month of October, Fairview Tree Farm breaks out into Halloween-inspired atmosphere for hayrides. The nursery and farm welcomes guests for a series of spooky nights spent riding across a 1.5-mile route as spooky decorations and creatures attempt to rattle riders. Concessions are available before and after the ride, allowing customers to forget about their fear or their spilt candy corn with hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.
Ghosts of New York's yarn-spinning guides marry the city's storied history with spine-tingling tidbits on 14 different indoor and outdoor tours. Between 20 and 25 intrepid spook seekers embark on a 90-minute walking tale, which casts the city in a ghostly pallor and Frank Sinatra as the Ghost of Christmas Awesome. One-mile treks retread the familiar ground of neighborhoods such as the East Village, the West Village, or Times Square.
Schooner Inc began in 1975 as a means to highlight the plight of the Long Island Sound and to help amplify the positive difference that the Clean Water Act was starting to make in US waters. Today, the company connects more than 8,000 people each year to the beauty and history of New Haven Harbor via public sails, summer camps, and educational programs.
For the last 23 years, the Quinnipiack—central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship—has hosted hands-on marine experiences for kids and adults. The New Haven mayor has officially decreed the schooner to be the city's flagship, as well as the ship Most Likely to Wear Couture Sails. The spacious boat was named to honor the Native Americans who inhabited the region and is helmed by an experienced and friendly crew.
Family-owned Fruits & Flowers' third-generation proprietors and award-winning design team employ more than 60 years of combined experience to create unique floral arrangements and inventive gift baskets. Customers can disrupt black-and-white-film shoots with the How Sweet it Is spray, a vivacious melody of vibrant orange roses and hot-pink carnations ($44.95–$64.95), or send well wishes with Teleflora’s Sweet Thoughts, an aromatic quartet of red roses that bloom from a cubed crimson vase embraced by sculptural blades of bear grass ($39.99). Gift baskets, which are assembled onsite, include The Wisdom of Tea collection, a zen-inspired medley of chai tea, green-tea chocolates, and ginger candies ($49.99). Optional truffles ($5.95+) sweeten any gift basket or floral arrangement, and guests can add up to three mylar balloons ($4.99 each) to floral arrangements to lessen the weight of bouquets destined to sit on delicate dollhouse coffee tables.
Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.