Elton John. Dolly Parton. Dave Matthews Band. Harlem Globetrotters. These are just a handful of celebrated acts that have descended upon Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex over the years. The sprawling event center remains a go-to destination for visitors who want to catch a first-rate concert, root for their favorite sports team, or get an autography from their favorite gym towel.
Captain Glen Brownlee was a born fisherman. Some say he was delivered at sea with only the crash of waves and the caw of gulls as his lullaby; others say he was raised by a wild pack of tackle bobbers until his 14th birthday. Regardless of the tall tales surrounding this Fort Myers native, one thing is certain: he took up the fishing pole at a young age, scouring local salt and fresh waters for the area's abundance of game fish.
Twenty-five years later, Glen spearheads his own fishing company?Scales and Tails Charters?where he shares his lifetime of fishing expertise with others during trips across Southwest Florida waters. The seasoned sailor guides his Glen's 2005 Sea Chaser Flats boat to areas where fish are plentiful, so guests have a better chance of reeling in tarpon, redfish, and the rare but beautiful Chanel high-heeled boot. Not only does Glen provide his customers with professional rods and reels, he filets and packages their catches at the end of the trip himself.
From catching a 5-pound largemouth bass at age 5 to spending his summers competing in offshore fishing tournaments in the Bahamas, Captain Sean Adler's proudest moments have played out aboard a boat. Now the licensed captain strives to share the thrill of a taut line with passengers of all fishing-experience levels. To that end, he and his crew monitor the tides, barometric pressure, and moon phases to inform departure times for their fishing trips. They stock their boats with ample bait, ice, and fishing equipment for all guests. Once passengers reel in their catches, the crew snaps photos which anglers can proudly display at the office or threaten ungrateful pet goldfish at home.
True to its name, All Water Excursions sets sail for adventures above or below sea level with boat rentals, guided tours, and underwater activities. Narrated cruises tour the backwaters of Florida while guides share stories about local history and wildlife and schools of dolphins choreograph underwater ballets beneath the boat. Windsurfing raises patrons to a bird's-eye view, and scuba-diving sessions explore coral reefs and shipwrecks located near the ocean floor. All Water Excursions will also rent pontoons, deck boats, and center consoles to patrons who want to sail for themselves and conduct ocean and backwater fishing trips to catch sea trout, catfish, or mangrove snapper.
Inside the 1,300-square-foot training area of Estero Martial Arts & Fitness, experienced and certified instructors teach classes for children and adults. Their curriculums include mixed martial arts, martial-arts drills for children aged 3–6, kickboxing, and aikido. The facility also hosts a pro shop for equipment, as well as an observation area with seating for onlookers.