Red steel plates that seem to be taking flight, a warped obelisk, and a dome made of metal dragonflies?these are just a few of the 64 statues nestled among the gardens and meadows at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. In addition to delighting visitors with massive objets d?art, the 335-acre outdoor museum exhibits the naturally occurring beauty of wooded thickets, and seven lakes. After wandering along the hiking trails, driving along paved roads, and peering into the remains of a stone house built by pioneers, guests can visit the 10,000-square-foot Ancient Sculpture Museum. The museum showcases Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Etruscan statuary, which was chiseled before mankind invented the frames that forced all art to become flat.
In addition to curating sculptures, the park hosts a slew of activities relating to art and the environment. Its Summer Series for Kids organizes programming such as puppet shows for little ones.
Gallop Again was always intended to be a site for new beginnings. Gallop Again was originally founded in 2009 as a refuge for rescued horses and other farm animals. This blossomed into sharing these horses with others and teaching students to respect and appreciate the animals. Today, with an indoor arena, an outdoor arena, and 5 miles of trails on its land, Gallop Again teaches aspiring riders in a variety of different settings.
The instructors offer lessons for all ages, although they specialize in teaching children aged 3?12. Because fostering respect is a major goal, half of every private and semi-private riding lessons cover proper horse care, helping attendees develop a deeper connection with their animal. The rest of the lessons explore a number of riding styles, and the instructors begin to introduce more advanced skills, such as jumping, dressage, and western styles, depending on the student's progress and skill level.
Dayton Lane Historic Area creates a portal in time to the early 1900s. On the tours, visitors can ride horse-drawn carriages and see inside the grand homes of Dayton Lane and Campbell Avenue, built by industrial barons in the mid 1800s through 1920. The neighborhood contains a total of 210 historic structures in a variety of architectural styles including Georgian Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. Amid the picturesque homes, high wheelers ride their old-fashioned bicycles, the Ft. Hamilton Jazz Band plays, demonstrators in period dress walk the street, and craftspeople showcase their wares.
Terri Shaffner, a dancer with more than 30 years of experience, opened her own studio—Encore Performing Arts—in 2005. There, she and her team of talented instructors help children develop strength, confidence, and positive self-image through weekly dance lessons. Students stretch, leap, and spin during ballet, tap, and hip-hop classes. There's also a special program for dedicated homeschooled students, expanding their abilities in the fields of singing or dance.