When crafters step into Pottery Bears 'n Beads' vast studio, shelves brimming with more than 1,000 paintable ceramic pieces and finished works by other artists dash away inhibition and flood minds with inspiration. Picassos and fledgling artists create side-by-side, forming a social community buttressed by friendly staff members who lend guidance and break down creative barriers with templates and design suggestions. Whether painting pottery with a floral pattern or painting canvas with a portrait of a family pet, crafters draw from a rainbow of paints and a full arsenal of supplies. Artisans of all ages can also hand-stuff a bear, leopard, frog, dog, or other animal, outfitting finished friends with birth certificates, sounds, or outfits to ready them for a tea party or NATO convention.
While letting their creative sides flourish, patrons can munch on BYO snacks, order in from several nearby restaurants, or enjoy complimentary adult beverages on Friday ladies' nights. To document the good times and give clients a solid alibi, Pottery Bears 'n Beads gifts a free photo of the festivities. Also, to encourage good grades in its younger crafters, it waives the studio fee for students who present a report card with an A.
Fitness RX Studios' fitness coaches do more than lead exercise classes; they dispense what they like to think of as full-on health "prescriptions". These are not notes for medications, though, but custom fitness plans designed specifically for each member. The plans address each member's goals through a combination of nutritional and physical methods. Food and supplement guidance keeps members energized for self-led workouts and unlimited group fitness classes. The cardio camp class strengthens their endurance, and fight camp sessions build their muscles and give them the chance to beat up a blue punching bag that reminds them of a lake they always hated. Personal training sessions give members one-on-one time with coaches, and bi-weekly evaluations chart their progress so coaches can modify their fitness prescriptions as needed.
Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Armed Forces History Museum's collection boasts rare military vehicles, re-creations of historic battlefields, and artifacts with a militaristic purview that spans from WWI through current conflicts. Smoke machines and battlefield sound effects simulate the fog of war in a replica WWI trench and a Japanese battleship flight deck. A motion-simulation theater hydraulically emulates pitch and yaw as passengers' eyes alight with scenes from the Battle of Iwo Jima or Operation Desert Storm.
In the open terrain behind the museum, a fully functional WWII-era M8 armored vehicle seats four passengers in its turret and open-air compartments as it rumbles off-road for a quick thrill ride.
Mugs 'N Jugs takes pub fare to new heights with pulled pork sandwiches stacked high between two slices of toasted ciabatta bread, and juicy burgers on brioche buns. Their crispy, battered wings are a local favorite and can be ordered with your choice of fiery sauces. Lighter options include turkey-club spinach wraps and a gourmet chicken salad tossed with fresh pineapples, grapes, and walnuts. In between bites, diners can play pool, watch sporting events on big screen TVs, or perfect their karaoke.
Use of firearms and ammo is provided for free with a class.
NRA-certified firearms instructor Jeff Morelock has years of firearm and safety experience, having trained everyone from college students to SWAT officers and Special Forces teams. While working as a major crimes detective, Jeff investigated numerous self-defense shootings, learning nuances of the law that will help his students make the most informed decisions in using?or not using?a firearm. His comfortable, supportive teaching style encourages students to ask questions about topics ranging from firearm safety and concealed-weapons laws to defense shooting techniques.
To visit Cove Cay without going out on the water is to miss out on the best of what the area has to offer: manatee and dolphin sitings, fishing, kayaking amid mangrove trees, and simply admiring the local wildlife. Cove Cay Marina is the gateway to these activities, even if you don't count yourself among the members who store their boats there. That's because the marina also rents kayaks, canoes, and pontoon boats by the hour or half-day. Aboard these vessels, people can float out in search of manatees or test their theory that India lies on the other side of the cove.
Also swimming beneath the local waters are snook, red fish, and mullets, which anglers can pursue in one of the marina's three-seat fishing boats. They don't have to search for a place to cook their catch either, since the marina houses a fish cleaning area as well as several propane grills.