Treat ears to the rollicking melodies pervading the 2011 International Rockabilly Music Festival, which congregates riff-slinging luminaries from two continents and four countries. Swedish tune makers The Cadillac Band arrive from the Norse country to perform hits from the '50s, '60s, and 1570s. Tap toes to the rockabilly stylings of Jackson's own Red, Hot and Blue Band, or nod in rhythm to the country beats of Canada's Judy Kanyo. Check the website for more information.
The Jackson Generals snag flies, slam homers, and take on Southern League rivals in pursuit of a 2011 championship. Clutching four general-admission tickets, fans attending Pringles Park can catch nine innings and swiftly approaching foul balls at any Generals home game until August 31. Attendees can refuel with two concessions packages featuring a choice of three items, such as slices of pizza, bags of peanuts, and bags of Cracker Jacks. Reap additional benefits on one of the Generals' special promotions nights, delighting in $1 concessions on Thrifty Thursdays, and postgame firework displays after weekend contests.
As the summer sun dips lazily into the horizon, the air fills with an orchestra of buzzing go-karts and humming ziplines punctuated by floods of laughter. The revelry lasts into the night only to start anew the next morning, a cycle that will continue until Labor Day’s arrival sends Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center’s attractions into hibernation. Guests of all ages romp around the park’s verdant grounds, orchestrating aquatic collisions in the bumper boats or hopping aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a trip back in time without the hassle of having to arm-wrestle your past self. The 36-hole mini golf course adds a touch of the majestic to putting outings thanks to its two waterfalls and stainless steel sculptures forged by renowned artist George Bandarra. Indoors, an arcade beckons guests to video games and rounds of skeeball, and a snack bar staves off hunger pangs with frozen treats and gooey pizzas.
At age 7, Jung Oh Hwang began practicing martial arts in a small village in South Korea. As a young man he represented his home country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he earned a silver medal in judo. At Hwang's Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hwang and his staff pass on decades of martial-arts wisdom to the next generation, instilling technical combat knowledge and imparting valuable life lessons on self-discipline, perseverance, and teamwork.
Since opening the doors in 1986, Grandmaster Hwang has dedicated both time and money to bettering the lives of others. Hwang's has raised more than $750,000 for the local community and has a named playroom in the new St. Matthews Kosair Children's hospital.
Dedicated to the legendary train engineer, Casey Jones Village features shops, attractions, and a museum rife with artifacts and anecdotes about Jackson's railroad history. Three authentic railcars are displayed prominently as mainstays from a different era, and children are encouraged to climb up on the engine and ring the train bell. A short film detailing the life of Casey Jones plays in the museum's theater, and a children's area entreats kids with wooden train sets so they can imagine they're piloting the first locomotive to shoot missiles at Saturn. After viewing the museum's offerings, guests can engage in other village attractions, such as mini golf, woodcarving demonstrations, and traditional treats at the antique-laden Brooke Shaw's Old Country Store. Before leaving, visitors can nosh on old-fashioned milk shakes and ice-cream sodas at the 1890s-inspired Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Shoppe, voted one of the best 50 ice-cream parlors in the country by USA Today.
Yoga Center of Jackson channels the energy of its peaceful, brightly lit studio into classes tailored to all fitness and ability levels. Groupon users can choose from Beginner Basics, Gentle Yoga, Intermediate, Advanced, Pilates, and Prenatal yoga sessions taught throughout the week. Each class is designed to improve flexibility, joint mobility, strength, and SAT vocabulary throughout the skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Practitioners searching for the core stability of a mutual-fund-invested cedar tree can join a Pilates class, and those looking to oil rusty joints can try a Gentle Yoga class. Prenatal yoga classes offer alignment relief to mothers with swelling Buddha bellies, and Beginner Basics teaches new yogis the benefits of improved posture, breath work, and handy semaphore contortions.