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Alexandria Buzzell knows how tiring it can be to throw one punch or kick after another. She is a fourth-degree black belt and certified group-fitness instructor with 15 years of experience and Level 2 certification from the Krav Maga Alliance. At America's Best Defense, she and co-owner Corey Buzzell employ functional movements during Krav Maga, kickboxing, and kids’ martial-arts classes, each of which wraps fitness and self-defense exercises into an engaging, effective workout.

107 N Spencer Rd.
Spencer,
MA
US

As instructors, choreographers, and award-winning competitors, Premier Dance Academy directors Ashley Velosky and Rachel Newton have approached performance from every side of the spotlight. Today, they share their expertise on the floating floors of two studios, crafting new rhythms with students who range from 2 year olds to seniors. Though they haven't lost their flair for competition—their company team participates in contests at the regional and national level—they host a broad curriculum of classes for curious and casual guests.

These lessons span centuries' worth of dance styles, encompassing the graceful leaps of ballet, the gravity-flouting tricks of break dancing, and the bold keyboard strokes of blog-hop. They also embrace creative fusions of technique: acro sessions weave acrobatics into classical steps, and lyrical classes blend ballet, modern, and jazz movements that respond to expressive soundtracks.

510 Stafford Street, Unit #3
Cherry Valley,
Massachusetts
US

Each year, Breezy Gardens owners Kim and John Miczek plant and harvest more than 100 tons of pumpkins, many of them lifted from the earth by visitors to the farm's pick-your-own pumpkin patch. But pumpkins are just one of many crops: In the spring, chrysanthemums, lilies, and tulips emit subtle fragrances, and the summer months bring an abundance of edible color in the form of yellow squash, blueberries, and ruby-hued tomatoes. The Miczeks practice conscientious growing methods to support the quality of their bounty. Craftily planted determent crops distract insects from disturbing fruits and sleeping vegetables, and soil undergoes frequent analyses by the University of Massachusetts to reveal precise measurements of nutrients. In addition to supplying jack-o'-lanterns, Breezy Gardens gives a nod to colder months with Christmas trees, wreaths, statues, and dried floral arrangements.

1872 Main St
Leicester,
MA
US

Since taking its current name in 1975, Bayberry Bowling Center has blossomed from a 16-lane candlepin bowling alley to a modern entertainment center. Today, automatic scoring tracks every strike as video cameras record each frame, allowing bowlers to review their technique and rank their post-throw victory dances. Guests itching to improve their game can work with the alley's certified instructor, and those itching to improve their glass-handling skills can choose from 25 varieties of beer and wine as they watch the latest game on two 12-foot televisions. Competition continues in the billiards room, where players sink eight balls on two 8-foot and six 9-foot tables, and in the arcade, where visitors vie for tickets and prizes on a constantly updated array of video games. Bayberry Bowling Center stays open until 11 p.m. seven days a week.

326 Main St
Spencer,
MA
US

When slender tree trunks don't offer enough protection, paintballers dive behind barrels, inch along behind rough-hewn wooden barricades, or crouch behind a dense pile of sticks. These are the barriers that ALLSTARR Paintball's playing field offers paintball warriors as they battle for supremacy. As soon as they don the necessary protective gear and grab a paintball marker, competitors can get out on the field and start splatting the field—and their opponents—with color.

1759 Main Street
Leicester,
MA
US

Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill serves up juicy Mexican-style steaks, chimichangas, and tacos piled with al pastor pork or Baja-style fish. Diners can also sample house specialties such as the beef-stuffed poblano peppers topped with pecan-cream sauce. Vegetarian dishes are also available.

117 Main Street
Spencer,
MA
US