Jojoba oil, shea butter, clay, and champagne are just some of the luxurious ingredients SoapTastic Lush Soap Company turns to when crafting its small batches of organic soap. Soapmistress Gabbiee also fashions bath bombs, bath-salt sundaes in stemmed glasses, and other natural sudsy products. Up to three times each week, she teaches others the art of handcrafting soap in small group classes.
At any of Great Place to Learn's five locations, students can attend private or group sessions that focus on test preparation, adult literacy, or special education, among other topics. Students study with teachers who boast extensive educational backgrounds and glowing reviews.
Horses trot merrily at Silverbrook Farm, towing carts and bushels of fresh, crisp vegetables behind them. Here, agriculturalists eschew tractors and machinery whenever possible, forcing the steeds to whinny their best impressions of diesel engines instead. While refraining from fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides on their crops, the farmers also use all-natural processes when tending to their livestock, resulting in a bounty of free-range eggs and beef from cows fed with grass rather than the typical Funyuns.
Along with fresh food, philanthropy also thrives at the farm. After baking up pillowy loaves onsite, The Pereira Bread Co. sets aside a portion of its proceeds to donate to Citizen Schools of Massachusetts, and Silverbrook hosts regular events such as the Great Pumpkin Festival in October, appearances from Santa in December, and family movie nights under the stars' outdated, black-and-white constellations.
Horizon Aviation is one of the largest flight school in Southern New England, offering 16 aircraft and 10 full-time instructors to help clients’ dreams of flying become lucid. Customers let wings of determination float them to either the TF Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island or Norwood Memorial Airport in Boston, whether they are interested in flying for fun, for a career, for transportation, or for decorating acre-wide greeting cards with glitter. Instructors take it from there, and all have hundreds of hours of flight experience as well as the ability to provide peer mediation between frenemy aircrafts. Today’s Groupon provides a lesson with both ground and air instruction, giving customers the chance to fly the airplane with help from their instructor. Additionally, depending on wind conditions, customers’ desire, and the written consent of sun god Apollo, clients may have the opportunity to perform an aircraft take off during their first lesson.
Artist Deenie Pacik, armed with nearly two decades of crafting fused-glass artwork and teaching at schools such as Franklin Pierce University, imparts her expertise during a variety of classes. Working out of Deenie's fully equipped home studio, small groups of students learn to fuse dichroic glass and powder into everything from shiny pendants to new work boots for Cinderella's cousin. Projects transform into translucent objets d’art in the glass kiln, which, as Deenie tells the Warwick Beacon, heats glass at three times the temperature used to bake a pizza, or eight billion times the heat used to glaze an ice sculpture.
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.