Founded by Spring Mill Country Club assistant golf professional Matthew Davis, OzGolf provides lessons to equip golfers of all skill levels with the tools and advice they need to play their best. Mr. Davis draws on his 12 years of experience teaching and playing competitively to help players shorten backswings, make solid contact with the ball, and learn how to hide an extra 9-iron up their sleeves. Each lesson includes an in-depth analysis of areas where players could use improvement, and customers walk away with a step-by-step guide to help them reach their goals. Any golfer who signs up for multiple individual lessons receives a 15-minute session with the V1 Pro video-analysis system, which breaks down biomechanic swing techniques.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
For Maria de Sousa, tango dancing was part of her Argentinian heritage. She embraced the style as a way to reconnect with her native country, and traveled back and forth between her American home and Buenos Aires to master her steps. Conversely, for Pierre Baston, his passion for tango began as a foreign fascination. He watched a dinner show while visiting Buenos Aires that enraptured him, inspiring him to immerse himself not only in dance lessons, but historical and cultural research—he still collects authentic tango sheet music from the early 20th century. Both dancers became certified through a master's program at the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires, and now elucidate the art of dipping and spinning at eight Philadelphia locales.
Maria and Pierre walk students of all experience levels through tango's passionate choreography. They host group classes for social learning experiences, and lead private seminars at their studios or a venue of the client's choice. Because they coordinate all the necessary partner match-ups and music, their protégés needn't bring a companion or play Keep Away with a violin's bow to make it whine.
Oil stains, acrid gasoline smells, billowing clouds of exhaust—visitors won't find any of these at Speed Raceway. An indoor go-kart facility that employs as much eco-friendly technology as possible, the center's Italian-made OTL Storm Karts run entirely on electricity. But that doesn't mean they're lacking in horsepower. Each reaches speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour, according to Philadelphia Magazine, which included Speed Raceway in its 2013 Best of Philly feature. With two European-style tracks, drivers can hit top speeds on straightaways before sliding around hairpin turns over 12 laps for kids or 14 laps for adults.
Despite the velocities reached, safety remains of paramount importance. Race officials use colored flags to communicate with the drivers: green means "race away," yellow means "ease up while a situation is being resolved," and teal means "hey, look at this teal flag I found in the closet." At the end of each race, every participant receives a printed results sheet complete with lap times and statistics.
As the first weeks of spring revive the towering trees of Tyler State Park, runners savor the scenery of the season as they embark on the Bucks County Half Marathon. In the fifth annual event—with proceeds benefiting the Autism Cares Foundation—advanced runners, casual joggers, and even more causal walkers showcase their gaits as they take a double loop through Tyler Park. Rolling hills give runners a slight challenge, but aren't steep enough to roll a Slinky alongside during the race. Racers equipped with Jaguar chip timing aim for their personal best and a die-cast medal (awarded by age division and for the top three male and female finishers), while families and spectators root on runners from the finish line.
Tucked away in the quaint and historical Peddler's Village, Chaddsford Winery's tasting room is a cozy destination for sampling locally-crafted varietals and attending special events, such as craft shows and festivals. During the weekends, you can stop in for exclusive tastings held in the Reserve tasting room, with flights that vary by the season. Chaddsford's wines range in style from the dry, barrel-select Chardonnay to the light, fruity Spring Wine.