For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.
Opened in 1998, Floyd Hall Arena welcomes skaters of all sizes to practice their axels and slap shots on two NHL-sized ice rinks. In addition to youth hockey and Learn to Skate programs with professional instructors, the rink hosts public skating sessions each week so that casual skaters can loop the rink as their leisure and more advanced skaters can test out prototypes of hand skates. Patrons can take a look at upcoming public skating times by checking the monthly event schedule, found here.
The New Jersey Jackals, who play at Yogi Berra Stadium, are a professional baseball team in the independent Canadian American League. These bright diamond dogs could be tomorrow's pros; former members who have found success in the majors include Oakland A's pitcher Craig Breslow and New York Mets southpaw Raul Valdes. From the box-seat section, you’ll be close enough to smell the freshly cut grass and hear the catcher tell anecdotes about iron lungs.
Whether you're locking eyes with one of his tiger portraits or attending his pencil-drawing class, one can't help but ask: how does Jerry Winick find the time? His own artwork alone is an exercise in patience, as his pencil drawings can take up to three months to finish. They capture animal faces and Brooklyn streets with striking detail and clarity, so much so that people often believe they're looking at photographs. But, in addition to sketching out these award-winning snapshots, Jerry also runs Pencilworks Studio, a venue for burgeoning artists to mingle and learn.
Here, he leads classes in his chosen medium—pencil—for both children and adults. His personalized instructions help students reproduce a photo on paper, all without tracing or resorting to the Xerox machine they've hidden under their shirt. The studio hosts other workshops as well, helmed by Jerry's daughter Michelle and other professional artists. Depending on their area of expertise, instructors can teach guests how to work with watercolors or experiment with different cartooning techniques. Michelle also arranges birthday painting parties for kids, which supply enough materials for everyone to make an original piece. The staff can even travel to offices and oversee team-building art exercises that yield a collaborative painting.
Yogi Berra's legacy is celebrated at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Photographs, sports memorabilia, and personal items provide unique insight into the baseball Hall of Famer's early childhood, WWII military service, professional career, and ongoing dedication to community service. By exploring Berra's status as a self-made American icon, the museum extols the virtues of sportsmanship and responsibility on the field and in everyday life.
Pick your weapon?saber, foil, or epee?and take your stance. National Fencing-NFA can teach you how to wield all three like a master with sport-fencing lessons and camps designed to build muscle memory, sharpen defensive instincts, and impart advanced techniques. Fencers from National Fencing-NFA who wield these skills in their sparring matches have gone on to compete in national championships and Fencing World Cups. For those who prefer to keep their fighting recreational, fencing can help hone reflexes, speed, and flexibility?all important qualities for the next time you meet a dragon in a dark alley.