The aisles of Mark's Hallmark come lined with classic Hallmark giftware for a variety of occasions. Instead of leaving voicemails of heavy breathing punctuated by screams, ready friends and family members for Halloween by gifting them with 9-inch themed plates accented with a personal photo and text ($12 for a package of 10). Or, help guests plan their costumes in advance by sending early party invitations, such as the Spooky Silhouette ($1.59 for one, $0.99 for up to 1,000). Meanwhile, a wide selection of greeting cards (including an array of $0.99 cards) come with envelopes to protect heartfelt poems from being edited by persnickety mailmen. In addition, gift gurus can fill empty spaces in the home with coffee mugs, candles, snow globes, and tote bags.
Sarah Bennett’s 22 years of horse experience—including a competition career that began when she was just 6—have led her to her current post as the head instructor at Ainsley Riding Academy. A lifetime around horses has imbued her teachings with a kind and understanding touch that eases the nerves of even the most young and novice rider. Atop friendly lesson horses—either inside the climate controlled indoor facility or under the sun in the outdoor riding ring—students follow a plan for improvement that’s geared toward their needs and goals while always keeping them safe and away from the peer pressure of circus daredevils.
River Mountain Farm’s experienced equestrians saddle up to train students on a 100-acre facility that boasts five barns, eight large fields, three outdoor arenas, and a heated indoor arena with secure Polytrack footing. Obedient schoolmaster horses trot into daily lessons and fill the air with reassuring whinnies as students use provided equipment to prep and tack their chosen steeds. Once riders are secure in their saddles, instructors adjust lessons according to their skill level and foster clearer lines of communication with a brief tutorial in horse whispering.
Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse scatters family festivities across 20 acres of autumnal farmland during AutumnFest 2011. The friendly staff welcomes up to four campers or one retired barbershop quartet trying to reignite their spark and moseys them to the campfire site, where groups can huddle around a fire pit, gorge on a full-catered hot dog dinner and crash flaming-marshmallow meteors into each other. A slew of attractions including a hayride, 5-acre corn maze, kid-friendly spooky farmhouse, and barnyard zoo with pet bunnies, chicks, and baby ducks swooping down a slide entertains into the evening. Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse supplies firewood, benches, and a staff member to start the fire and permits campers to bring their own lawn chairs and ghost-story manuscripts.
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