A former brickyard may not be the first place one would think to build a golf course, but Old Brickyard Golf Course has succeeded in turning the one-time site of Ferris Brick Company into a fun-and-surprising 6,486-yard layout. By working around three former quarries, the course architect added stark elevation changes and wide-open vistas to the par 71 course. TifEagle greens roll atop land that was once nothing but rugged, natural clay, creating smooth, fast surfaces that make any two-putt a tricky proposition. Before taking to the course, golfers energize with hot dogs and drinks at the clubhouse, warm up swings at the all-grass driving range, or bury time capsules in the practice bunker so they can remember what life was like before their 18-hole rounds.
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On Aquaponics and Earth’s sustainable farm, tilapia pools teeming with fish come up against rows of organic plants, which they hydrate via the farm’s energy-efficient growing and waste-recycling system. Founders and aqua-farmers John and Teresa Musser began experimenting with high-yield aquaponics in response to the crushing poverty they saw abroad and invented much of the equipment and methods they use in the search for a sustainable, affordable system they could share with the world. The Mussers have worked around the globe in orphanages and small villages since 1979 but began shifting their focus to infrastructure and education work to bring easy-to-learn agricultural techniques to impoverished areas.
The Mussers maintain their DeSoto farm not only to grow food, but to act as an educational resource for people who want to observe their methods and build their own aquaponics systems. Their organic microfarm, populated by rabbits, goats, microcows, and vermicomposting bins, harvests hundreds of pounds of produce each year on minimal substrate. Inspired by their frantic efforts one year to absorb a surplus of produce, the Mussers lead regular canning classes where students learn the proper ways to can seasonal veggies, meats, and blown kisses.
After honing a house improvisation style, Dallas Comedy House began teaching burgeoning comics to deliver fast-paced, spontaneous humor that slays audiences with on-the-fly performances. The packed schedule features Roadside Couch shows, during which performers springboard from an audience-generated topic to craft a barrage of scenes as spontaneously funny as a Vegas drive-through wedding of two clowns. Late Night Improv (Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.) brings two teams together to showcase their comedic chemistry by playing off associations, images, and goofy premises. Established comedy teams Roadside Couch and Victory Point unite at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, respectively, to deliver off-the cuff comedy while fans brandish giant foam fingers in support. Though not included with this Groupon, Dallas Comedy House stocks a full bar that starts serving 30 minutes before shows and offers table service during performances.
During the latest stop on its 2012 tour, The Spin Music Festival hypnotizes Honolulu Harbor with the percussive beats and entrancing rhythms poured out by a lineup of electronic-dance gurus. Co-headliner and British DJ Matt Darey rose in the EDM ranks with his pioneering podcast Nocturnal, which proved to be more infectious than a kindergartener with a cold, reaching some 3 million listeners. As an actress and a model as well as the other headlining DJ, LA-bred Caroline D'Amore feeds off the crowd. Her turntables have spun on the same stages as will.i.am and DJ Tiesto, and for 12 dates this summer, she'll remix hits as the resident DJ at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Also taking the stage, Dirty Secret returns home from a stint in San Diego to heat things up with the head DJ at Zanzabar Nightclub in Waikiki, DJ Mike D, and Miko Franconi of Soundsex.
Like the pumpjack from whence it gets its name, The Nodding Donkey Texas Sports Saloon exudes an air of industry and the feel of Texas. Corrugated metal siding lines awnings that shield garage-style glass doors and a red-brick patio as aromas of barbecue brisket and tex-mex tacos vie for dominance with the sound of the game. The game will win out—sixteen flat-screen TVs, including three that measure 83 inches across, display as many games as they can muster, creating a roaring backdrop for tailgate parties and feasts of classic Texas comfort food. Weekend brunch continues the Lone Star theme with reinventions of classic morning dishes such as brisket breakfast tacos and salsa-infused scrambled eggs.
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.