The staff members at Rocksport Indoor Climbing & Outdoor Guiding Center regularly explore the Adirondacks and mountain ranges throughout the world, mentally cataloging the frost-kissed crags and adrenaline-soaked sheer expanses. When they are not leading adventurers on ice-climbing expeditions or scrambling through narrow caves, the climbers can be found on the 4,400 square feet of climbing space at their facility. There, they teach students to how to deal with complex stone surfaces in order to navigate actual cliffs or volunteer at the local gargoyle shelter. Rocksport owner Tom Rosecrans leads the crew, lending knowledge from three Himalayan expeditions and his self-published book Adirondack Rock and Ice Climbs.
At Global Fitness, members can burn calories on the treadmill-stocked cardio deck or build muscle with kettlebells and free weights. Group classes, such as spinning, boxing, and boot camps, provide a dose of camaraderie. Patrons can opt into the program that best fits their needs thanks to Global Fitness's various levels of membership.
Steve Conklin has more interesting friends than most. They've flown with the Blue Angels, trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro, driven in stock-car races, and stared sharks straight in the eye. Naturally, people with a taste for adrenaline rarely stay satisfied with one kind of adventure for long, and so Conklin found himself becoming a sort of one-man referral service?a role he decided to make official several years ago. With Extreme Bucket List, he connects limit-pushers of all kinds with more than 400 different biography-enhancing experiences around the country?from sky and scuba diving to renting, racing, or becoming roommates with a Ferrari.
Morgan Boswell knew that candle making was fun?and easy if you had the right tools?but did anyone else? At her shop The Candle Collective, she's able to share her tricks and tips with candle makers of all stripes, even little kids. During two-hour classes, she shows students how to create their own candles, beginning with picking a scent and a mold, then filling, shaping, and cooling three candles. She also sells handcrafted candles and accessories at the studio, with unique products such as tea lights and Moroccan lamps to beautifully display them.
Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.
When it comes to the creative process, there's enough room for everyone. That's the philosophy at Odyssey School of Fine Arts, a non-profit art school for both kids ages 5 and up and adults. Their faculty instructs in drawing, painting, sculpture, and many other mediums worthy of a place in the "art" section of the encyclopedia. In addition to classes, Odyssey School of Fine Arts brings people together to make community art projects such as mosaics.