Competing in organized cheerleading and dance competitions takes not only skill, but also confidence—both in yourself and in your teammates. Fearless All Stars’ staff equips athletes of all ages with the tools they need to tackle competitions and enjoy themselves while doing so. Owner Nicholas Sweeney, a 12-year coaching veteran who worked on the college level and also developed a cheerleading squad for the Washington Wizards, leads seven coaches who have performed on big stages, including the 2004 Pro Bowl and WSF Nationals. They introduce beginners to the art of acrobatic cheer by teaching tumbling and movement basics, while encouraging more experienced students to focus on complex techniques, such as gymnastics-influenced flips that showcase their agility and make avoiding rival team mascots a breeze.
Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.
Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing. Sunglasses may be a good idea on sunny days.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Birds eye view of the DMV at 5,000 feet.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our instructors are all federally licensed and certified by the FAA. The range of credentials amongst our FAA instructors extend from individuals with over 35 years of flight experience to a former Professional Airline Pilot in Transport Category Aircraft.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Safety is our number one priority. And you can rest assured that you and your loved ones are in excellent hands when you choose Fleming Aviation. Sit-back, relax, and take great confidence in knowing that your instructor holds the highest level of training and professionalism that this industry can produce. Furthermore, our modern fleet of aircraft are considered to be some of the most innovative, technically advanced airplanes available for general aviation. Employing many new safety features, such as the BRS (Ballistic Rocket parachute deployment System), our customers have that extra peace of mind that the majority of other flight schools simply cannot offer you.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
Since its founding in a small Gaithersburg, MD warehouse, Amazing Art Studio has taught others the basics of visual art and empowered them to explore various art forms on their own. The studio hosts open sessions that allow burgeoning artists to freely explore different creative and hands-on mediums. During pottery painting sessions, participant can explore techniques for decorating bisque with glaze, while painting classes transform blank canvases into still-lifes and landscapes. Glass-fusing and mosaic sessions, meanwhile, let students freely combine pieces of colored glass into wild geometric and organic designs. The studio also organizes camps and programs for children, and after-hours adult workshops that encourage pairing art with beverages. Throughout the day, books and pictures are always on-hand to jump-start creative thinking.