The staff of Total Fitness, led by husband-and-wife team Emery and Wendy Williams, offers no shortage of ways to get fit. Aside from the more than 50 pieces of aerobic equipment and more than 40 fitness classes a week, including Zumba classes, Total Fitness also offers plenty of free weights, a pool, and an indoor track. After a workout is complete, exercisers can relax in a cedar sauna or a steam room, or grab a snack at the onsite café and juice bar.
For as long as she can remember, Laura K. Aiken has had an insatiable need to create, both for herself and for others. Most recently, her love for color and crafting has drawn her to the ancient art of mosaic—which, along with painting, glass fusion, and the invention of attachable shoe-mops, has enraptured her imagination for the last decade. Within her studio in the Heritage Historic District, Laura shares her passion with students and other artists, leading classes and workshops as well as kid-friendly summer art camps.
At Vintage Now Modern, guests learn to breathe new life into furniture, walls, and flooring with Chalk Paint, decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Hands-on workshops teach participants to transform old decor and furniture using a variety of painting and finishing techniques. Water-based Chalk Paint works with wood, metal, leather, fabric, and matte plastic and boast wide versatility—when mixed with wax they sparkle with a polished sheen, and when diluted with water, they allow wood grain to show through.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.