The regulars at Doral Arrowwood Golf Course refer to their 9-hole, par 35 course as the Little Blue Monster, a reference to the famous Miami course that has hosted PGA Tour events since the early 1960s. The lofty comparison has plenty of credibility—both courses were designed by Robert von Hagge, and the original Blue Monster's pint-sized spinoff offers a taste of the same bunkering and waterways that set apart its namesake. The acclaimed course features three fearsome par-threes, each defined by forced-carry water hazards that will put golfers' courage to the test more than a golf cart stuck in reverse. Waterways look to consume errant shots on all but two holes, making precise play a critical component to success.
Though the Doral Arrowwood course is formidable, the facility offers the resources golfers need to prepare for its manifold challenges. Led by a golfing guru whose advice has been sought by the likes of Greg Norman and Nick Faldo, the Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy grooms games with individual and group instruction, computer swing analysis, on-course lessons, and junior golf programs. Golfers can also work on their form independently at a practice facility that includes a driving range, practice bunker, and putting green.
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Inspired by European, vintage, and modern design trends, Milieu's design services guide room-dwellers toward updated and personalized interior styles. The re-accessorize and e-design packages use phone and online consultation. The former package crafts a fully accessorized room plan based on project budget and scope, potentially offering product suggestions for soft goods such as pillows and rugs along with plans for lighting, small tables, and careful placement of neon octopi. A completely personalized design scheme characterizes the e-design package, as Milieu uses user-provided room measurements to arrive at a floor plan and recommend furniture, wall décor, and paint colors as well as soft goods and lighting.
Led by globetrotting maestro Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony satiates aural appetites with beautiful interpretations of classic and modern pieces. The program will kick off with Leroy Anderson's chart-topping 1951 melody "Blue Tango," which beguiles eardrums with midcentury charm and quarter notes bearing roses in their teeth. Next, the symphony treats audiences to "Last Round," written by contemporary Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov to commemorate the death of celebrated tango composer Astor Piazzolla. The soprano saxophone concerto of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon allows the bluesy sax to moodily soar under the supporting harmonies of a full orchestra. Preu tops off the evening with Beethoven's celebrated Symphony no. 6, Pastoral, a five-act tone poem that conjures up images of a day in the country without the hassle of traveling or milking a cow in your living room.
While living the life of a peripatetic juggling duo in 1970s Europe, Paul Binder and Michael Christensen had a dream: a non-profit circus that would combine community outreach with shows by the world’s best performers. Today a rotating cast of acrobats, clowns, and daredevils tour with a menagerie of exotic animals. Led by animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. The circus's ponies, Arabian horses, and dogs perform sprightly routines, learned under humane training regimens based on positive reinforcement. Shows take place under the big top, custom designed so that every seat is within 50 feet of the ring. The tent is also engineered to keep showgoers comfortable with a raisable cupola that allows warm air to escape as guests relax on comfy cushions that keep incubating eggs from cracking in back pockets.
The brewheads at The Craftsman Ale House serve up tasty fare alongside specialty microbrews, keeping with their philosophy to "drink local, drink craft." Open for lunch, dinner, and private parties, Craftsmen Ale House also treats eaters to happy hour specials, brewery events, tastings, and Beer 101 classes. Taps flow with eight rotating craft brews, and the beer list comes replete with more than 50 bottles and cans of specialty imports and domestic beers.
John González, founder of New Amsterdam Fencing Academy, brings his skills as a nationally ranked athlete to the piste, where he works with enthusiastic instructors to demonstrate European fencing techniques. He and the coaching corps teach foil, épée, and saber disciplines during classes that take advantage of the group's collective energy. They lead students through progressive learning approaches—group footwork and conditioning, individual lessons, and bouting sessions— in hopes of preparing students for traditional competitions and unconventional kebab parties.