In 1989, Jim Kirkpatrick received a winemaking kit from his wife, Carole. At the time, neither Jim nor Carole knew it, but that kit churned out more than just wine—it also produced a dream. When Jim's homemade concoctions were a hit, the couple decided to try their hand at growing their own grapes, and soon moved to a home in Wrightsville surrounded by 3 acres of land.
Just 100 yards from Kreutz Creek, the Kirkpatrick's new location presented the ideal location to expand on Jim's newfound dream. Today, Kreutz Creek Vineyards generates an assortment of red, white, and seasonal varietals. Jim and Carole also use their tranquil grounds to host community events throughout the year, including bonfires and movie nights.
The News Journal Readers' Choice Award winner in 2013 for Best Dance Studio, Take The Lead Dance Studio creates a fun and friendly environment for individuals looking to move. Students learn from a dynamic staff of instructors, many of whom have competed at the professional, international, and collegiate level. Teachers traffic in a variety of soft and silky moves, as students sample styles such as bachata, the hustle, salsa, and foxtrot. Couples can also collaborate with an instructor to learn a unique first dance for their wedding or other special occasion.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Make sure you remember your socks. If you have a big group, call ahead to see how busy it is. Enjoy.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun Zone for kids,
Laser Tag for teens
Boomers Family Fun Center offers entertainment to visitors of any age. It's a line that a lot of family-friendly entertainment places use, but Boomers' staff truly tailors activities to entertain different sensibilities. For kids, they provide more than 8,000 square feet of slides, tubes, tunnels, and climbable play sets, comprised of soft, inflated bits. They pair this Fun Zone with an arcade full of ticket-yielding games and prizes to be had if you earn enough tickets or impersonate an official prize inspector. Meanwhile, the 3,200 square foot, multi-level laser tag arena provides competitive play tailored to teens. Adults, of course, can enjoy either form of activity with their kids or friends, or make use of the mini golf course and riving range, weather permitting.
As owner and head trainer at Classic Touch Farm, Julia Hewitt brings more than a quarter-century of equine experience to each lesson, which can be offered in the disciplines of hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage. Spread across 40 acres, the farm hosts students of all riding levels as they learn how to correctly and confidently command their mount across paddocks and over trails. Though beginners are encouraged to take private lessons in order to learn the basics and avoid snout-on collisions, more advanced lessons may be taken in a private or group setting.
Iron Orchid Photography specializes in on-location portraits of kids, weddings, and families. Elegant moments come to life in snapshots set against backgrounds filled with nature and sunlight, capturing the essences and relationships of individuals or families. Every photography package—be it for a wedding, event, or portrait shoot—includes retouching and an online gallery. Ongoing updates and examples of the studio's work can be found on their blog.