Dusk has settled its gold and purple cloak upon the Flint River, gilding the tranquil waters in a fiery blaze of colors. The sounds of laughter breaks through the still evening as one of North Alabama Canoe and Kayak signature Twilight Tours makes its way leisurely down the fluvial highway under the steadfast helm of a seasoned guide. Founded with the intent of granting guests the chance to experience memorable moments such as this, North Alabama Canoe and Kayak equips explorers with their fleet of canoes and kayaks for relaxing sojourns along the Flint River. Nature enthusiasts can also opt to paddle themselves around during 1.5- to 4.5-hour unguided day trips, charting their own aquatic path past scenic sites that include wooded flat lands, high bluffs, and remote pasturelands populated by cows that have never seen a television or been to the big city.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
The idyllic landscape of the Tennessee River Valley gradually unfurls beneath passengers as their hot air balloon slowly drifts higher and higher, cresting the treetops and soaring up into the sky's blue expanse. Fly High Balloons provides this majestic experience for visitors seeking anything from a romantic trip through the clouds to a sightseeing excursion with a bird's-eye view of the surrounding area. Flights depart at sunrise as well as two hours before sunset assuming that the weather conditions are tolerable, and each outing usually consists of 60–90 minutes of time in the air.
For one week in June, myriad designers, performances, and burgeoning styles descend on Huntsville in a flurry of fashion sponsored by Alabama Fashion Alliance. Local businesses such as Le Jeune House of Fashion & Design and designers from New York team up with cherry-picked models that don sought-after frocks to strut their stuff for transfixed audience members and clothes-obsessed cocktail napkins. Hair shows, awards, and clothing competitions cascade across the packed schedule, and the finale runway fashion show completes the festivities like the perfect clutch completes an ensemble.
H&H Home and Truck Accessory Centers decks out trucks with attractive parts for both maintenance and flair, while luxuriating homes in leisure-inducing add-ons. Brand-name truck products include sun subduing window visors (from $49.99) as well as bed mats for pick-ups (from $79.99). Make a modest auto out of an underdressed Chevy or Ford with a protective tonneau cover (from $299.99). A selection of truck toolboxes from brands like Weather Guard and United Welding Supply grants tool slingers extra space to stuff favorite construction components. Inside the home, games of billiards improve after guests replace fire pokers and bent-wire hangers with name-brand cue sticks and racks (from $19.99).
Showcasing North Alabama’s finest crop of comic madness and unhinged creativity, Face2Face Improv’s professional players rely on audience participation and their own wits to concoct hilariously improvised situations at knee-jerk speeds. The cast turns to the all-ages crowd for assistance in constructing the most outrageous scenarios imaginable, gathering shouted suggestions and throwing back crumpled scripts for audience members to wipe their tears of laughter on. Comics then proceed to step into and out of roles with remarkable fluidity over the course of two acts, inhabiting the mind of a vegan butcher in one scene and a claustrophobic cave-diver in the next. As audience suggestions guide the show through all of its unexpected turns, each performance is entirely different from the last, and shows are remembered only by the lingering cramps of laughter and the shirt stains from soda that’s been squirted out of noses.