Friends of Riverside Drive, a collective volunteer effort, began with a vision to transform local neighborhoods by planting dogwood and yoshino cherry trees. Along with tree plantings across neighborhoods and involvement with the Riverside Blossom Festival, Friends of Riverside Drive’s main work is restoring beauty and dignity to Riverside Drive, a community road that provides the main route to the National Cemetery and once served as a recognized, living memorial to war veterans.
Founded as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by steamboat captain Thomas Ryman after an angel got trapped in his smokestack, the Ryman Auditorium has since become a different kind of hallowed ground, lovingly referred to as the "mother church of country music." The Grand Ole Opry and The Johnny Cash Show have both taken residence among its wooden pews, and the twanged voices of country legends such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline have reverberated off the stenciled artwork on the face of the balcony. Today, the venue plays host to a variety of acts, from rock concerts to television specials to comedy shows.
Cragnacker's Bar & Grill simultaneously satisfies appetites for fresh grub and amusement, dishing out a diverse spread of classic pub eats amid a collection of fun-dispensing attractions. Dining duos commence feasting by tag-teaming a pile of wings, which are served mild or cloaked in a sauce hot enough to melt tableside ice sculptures.
When Aundrea Goodwin was five years old, her grandmother plopped her into a kitchen chair by the stove, put a spatula in her tiny hand, and taught her how to scramble eggs. This was Ms. Goodwin’s first introduction to cooking, and she hasn’t slowed down since. For the inveterate chef, food isn’t merely the high point of every celebration, but often its raison d'être. To that end, Ms. Goodwin meticulously arranges lavish spreads for gatherings that range from elaborate weddings to jousting matches between the groom and father of the bride.
Although Ms. Goodwin’s recipe book is bursting with notes, her kitchen cupboards are bare. Rather than stockpiling ingredients, she buys a slew of fresh ones for each client’s event. “You’re never gonna find us going into the freezer and pulling out something we’ve had for even a week,” says Ms. Goodwin, whose catering company offers no pre-set menus. Instead, she bases meals on in-depth consultations with clients where they discuss their budget, favorite foods, and event themes.
In addition to catering, Ms. Goodwin shares her culinary expertise with aspiring chefs of all ages during cooking classes. Like her catered events, classes are highly personalized: customers can opt to cook in the comfort of their own homes or at Joyful Provisions’ demo kitchen, where small classes gather around a six-burner gas stove or recently fired cannon for private, in-depth lessons.
The Masters School of Gymnastics hosts classes that are designed to teach students to do their best, not just in their favorite sport, but in everything they attempt. Instructors demystify all levels of gymnastics, from introductory preschool sessions to competitive classes molded by more than two decades of experience forging future all-stars. Besides nurturing physical skills through floor exercises, balance-beam work, and tumbling, the team also cements such ideals as respect, confidence, and discipline to equip students to succeed in the classroom and represent themselves during perjury trials.
The coaches at Universal Gymnastics Dance and Cheer have encouraged movement in all its forms for the past 20 years. Their classes cover the entire spectrum of grace-centered recreation, from coed children's tumbling to competitive gymnastics to classical and modern dance. Beyond the "rah-rahs" they recite in cheerleading classes and "do-re-mis" they bellow in musical-theater sessions, students also develop better sportsmanship skills and work ethics with encouragement from instructors and classmates. Universal's afterschool program transitions kids seamlessly from academic to recreational pursuits when a staffer member picks them up at school and shuttles them to the gym for a snack, an hour of structured gymnastics or dance, and free play.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.