Boxing is renowned for its full-body fitness benefits and its high-intensity workouts. It's also considered by many to be a male-dominated sport. Dena Paolino is changing that. In 2009 she established Striking Beauties, the only female-centric boxing gym in New England, as a way to introduce women to the sport. At the gym, instructors lead beginners and experienced boxers through sessions full of jabs, strikes, and uppercuts, all of which help build muscle tone, boost endurance and agility, and develop hand-eye coordination.
Harbor Queen Cruises' namesake cruise boat Harbor Queen slices through the sparkling waters of Narragansett Bay during daytime jaunts or evening soirees. Passengers can take to the high seas for dining and drinks during dinner or brunch cruises, or wander the two climate-controlled decks during cocktail parties. Harbor Queen Cruises makes parties memorable with the help of an onboard chef, who crafts buffet-style meals and New England–style clambakes, and a complimentary parrot for every guest’s shoulder.
The art lessons hosted by uPaint Events are more like parties than classes. The mobile studio sets up shop in local cafes and bars, supplying easels, paints, aprons, brushes, and blank canvases for attendees. Friendly teachers provide step-by-step instructions to help participants paint their own colorful works of art. Of-age artists are welcome to purchase and sip adult beverages, provided they avoid dipping their brushes into their wine glasses.
Armed with safe BB guns, airsoft combatants storm Ultimate Battle Ground's two simulated combat zones, each fully stocked with war-ready bunkers, hideouts, and spacious battlegrounds. Similar to paintball, airsoft is a recreational sport that consists of overpowering opponents with team strategy, shooting, and secret signals using birdsong. At Ultimate Battle Ground's 90-acre outdoor facility, pellet punishers perch atop watchtowers or traverse rolling woodlands and war-ravaged sites including a firebase, medical center, fuel depot, and a downed airplane. The 12,000-square-foot indoor facility, on the other hand, allows adversaries to lay siege to a mock city named Urbanville. POW camp setups and a trench complex add realistic touches to plundered boroughs.
Five computer systems. Five cryptic messages. Five seconds before another beam of infrared light threatens to take you down. That is, unless you can hack into the mainframe in time. Mission Combat's 15,000 square feet of indoor competition space hosts a spread of different laser-tag missions, including capture the flag, death match, and the aforementioned "decode"?in which teams must deliver "hacked" computer messages to referees in order to win the game and the respect of every actor who's ever starred in a heist movie.
Black lights and a glowing, futuristic atmosphere surround players as they weave through four separate arenas. In their hands are multiple types of laser guns, including pistols and rifles. This selection of infrared firearms reinforces the facility's tactical style of play, which mimics both paintball and first-person video games.
Over the years, Nicole LeBlanc's Catholic roots grew into a deep sense of spirituality, so much so that she left her corporate medical-sales job on a mission of self-discovery, pursuing a career in healing. Today, she's dedicated to helping others find their true self in mind, body, and spirit. In the comfort of the Spiral Healings studio, guests can request a one-on-one Angel-Card intuitive psychic reading, a Reiki crystal session, or chakra clearing and balancing to unblock energy channels, or Law of Attraction coaching to help unlock their potential.