The curators of the Marietta Museum of History honor the heritage of Marietta and Cobb Counties with educational events, rotating exhibits, and four specialized galleries that focus on different facets of Marietta tradition: home life, general history, the military, and the Civil War Union Raiders. Since 2000, museum staffers have hosted more than 90,000 visitors, guiding groups past Native American artifacts and antiquated industrial machinery in the General History gallery and navigating a 15.5-acre aviation park filled with civilian and military aircraft manufactured in Marietta. Guns, shells, and uniforms line the cases in the Military gallery, which elucidates the stories of the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam, among others. The museum?s special exhibits rotate several times a year, with themes such as Y?All Come Eat: Exploration of Southern Food Ways, which features the nation?s largest display of antebellum macaroni costumes. Visitors can drop by Monday?Saturday, or pick up a membership to receive a newsletter and special invitations.
Players never know what to expect when they step into SAS Black Ops Indoor Airsoft Arena's 13,000-square-foot indoor airsoft arena, That's because SAS Black Ops' staff didn't build it with permanent structures or referees super glued into position. Instead, they use interlocking black panels to construct rooms and obstacles that change often, keeping things fresh with brand-new layouts. Players can plan for these scenarios using the briefing area's scale model before entering the colorfully lit arena blaring realistic battle sound effects to duck, fire plastic BBs, and complete missions.
However, the airsoft field occupies just one section of SAS Black Ops' 27,000 square foot facility alongside an indoor airsoft shooting range. Birthday parties can be held in rooms decorated as army tents with canvas walls and camo netting ceilings, as teams gather in the arena for corporate team building sessions. Spectators can watch the action from the live video feed in the air-conditioned lounge that's equipped with wi-fi or choose to spend time playing arcade or air hockey games on the facility.
A Roswell native, River Through Atlanta owner Chris Scalley grew up on the Chattahoochee River, which he proudly still calls home. It's not unusual for Chris to spend 200 days or more on the Hooch, as he and his affiliate guides constantly lead fly fishing instruction, boat trips, and wading trips on the river. Because of his lifetime of experience, Chris has accumulated a unique knowledge of the local ecology, behavior of the trout, and how frequently they vote on American Idol. Though he has fished at destination rivers all over the world, Chris still feels that the Hooch holds its own with regard to angling and aesthetics. To preserve these aesthetics, Chris led efforts to protect the Chattahoochee and its sport fishery, earning him recognition in 2007 as a Hero of Conservation in Field & Stream.
LifeQuest Fitness fosters an inclusive atmosphere with specialized workout programs designed for families, seniors, and athletes. Though their club services run the gamut from sports-specific conditioning to onsite childcare, LifeQuest's first priority is to build a support network that welcomes new members, lifting them toward wellness goals with a combination of encouragement and helium-filled balance balls. At each of its locations, members pile on complete routines on the cardio and resistance machines, working up a calorie-torching burn before retiring to soothing saunas. Group classes open up nonintimidating arenas for yoga poses, Zumba twirls, and barbell weight lifts. For focused motivation, personal trainers shepherd exercisers through the fitness labyrinth and help them decode healthy eating with nutrition advice printed out on easy-to-carry Rosetta stones.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.