After teaching art in public schools for three years, Jen Holloway wanted to put her Master's in Art Education to use in a different way. Channeling a desire to bring people in touch with their creative sides while pursuing her own artistic endeavors, she founded Heart to Art. Her workshops unleash the murmur of creation, letting the flick of brush against canvas sound in the light-flooded, industrial interiors of In The Raw Sushi, one of the several local eateries that have served as hosts. At each event, she progressively guides students through a chosen topic or artistic style, supplying all materials, including paints, aprons, and back braces for refrigerators laden with masterpieces. To help students relax, she encourages them to snack on appetizers and sip drinks during painting time. Jen also leads private events such as bachelorette parties, reunions, and company picnics, which participants can look back to fondly by gazing into the colorful swirls of their completed painting.:m]]
Pubs west of the Atlantic often pay homage to the UK, but Dan McGuinness Pub goes one step farther: it was actually made in Ireland. Shipped to Memphis, Tennessee in pieces, the first Dan McGuinness was entirely assembled by a team of five Irishmen, who still manually hold it together today. The franchise's other locations weren't built this way, but they all carry on the original pub's tradition of friendly service and classic Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. American and English influences also permeate the menu in dishes such as blackened chicken fingers and fish ‘n’ chips made with Atlantic cod dipped in Harp lager batter.
The pub's beer list similarly mixes up European and American offerings with brews from Guinness, Smithwick's, and Sam Adams. Feasts at Dan McGuinness unfold amid a convivial atmosphere, with entertainment such as billiards and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
As racers scramble through the mud, bikes spray dirt and leap over obstacles. This outdoor mayhem lasts for nearly a full day during each of Beastathlon's obstacle-race events, with heats taking off every 30 minutes. Each course spans two–three sections—or disciplines—designed to test the body in different but equally challenging ways. Participants may surmount up to 10 obstacles on a 1- to 1.5-mile run, complete a 50- to 100-yard "hell dash" through a muddy, obstruction-filled pit, and pedal along challenge-filled trails on a 1- to 1.5-mile mountain-bike race. Competitors are divided into multiple divisions by gender and age group, and each can earn a winning race time as well as awards for best costume or bike decorations.
From its location within a former armory of the Oklahoma National Guard, the Edmond Historical Society & Museum showcases stories and artifacts from the time of prehistoric prairies to the modern day. Its exhibits focus on subjects ranging from the Civil War and the railroads to reconstruction treaties and the Grapes of Wrath.
Coffee Creek Golf Course's 18-hole course integrates groves of trees, rolling terrain, and numerous streams and ponds into a 6,623-yard layout that winds through the rustic scenery of a former horse ranch. The course's front and back nines form two distinct acts of on-course challenges, as the front side roams across relatively open, rolling terrain, setting up a climactic back nine teeming with tight tree lines and water hazards filled with frog civilizations that use golf balls as currency. Slick, bent-grass greens await at the end of every fairway, certain to make even simple putts tricky. Coffee Creek's driving range dutifully prepares pin-hunters' swings to hit the high-fade drive and pinpoint approach necessary to best the par 5 third hole—rated the course's most difficult. An onsite pro shop showcases apparel and accessories from Titleist, Callaway, and Ping, and the Out of Bounds Grill's menu lets players curb post-round cravings without having to eat their stash of broken golf tees.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole par 70 course * Length of 6,623 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
Ryan Dobbs began resculpting bodies 11 years ago, when he first acquired his personal-trainer certification. As his career progressed, he logged more than 13,000 hours of training experience, helping hundreds of students punch through the walls barring them from their fitness goals. Eventually, with the aid of his wife Amanda, he opened Evolution Personal Training, a 10,000-square-foot private gym that he now uses to house his Edmond Bootcamp classes.
The dynamic training duo outfit their gym with constantly updated machines, kettlebells, and stability balls, replacing worn-out equipment and upgrading to equipment they've judged more effective. Every new exerciser begins with waist measurements and receives a dietary plan that limits calories and maximizes nutrition. Attendees also get Ryan and Amanda's personal numbers for 24/7 access to coaching, motivation, and counseling on how to maintain a healthy relationship with their dumbbells.