Chesapeake Bay is home to legendary beautiful waters, diverse flora and fauna, and Paddlefest, an annual paddle-sports event organized by the team at Ultimate Watersports. Held on the Gunpowder River, which flows into the bay, the festival shows off the industry's latest toys, allowing attendees to try out brand-new kayaks and paddleboards on the sparkling fresh water. For the rest of the season, Ultimate Watersports brings its know-how to the shores with kayak tours, paddleboard lessons, and sailing trips that have remained a bay fixture for more than 26 years. Waterfront enthusiasts seek out the company's reliably well-maintained and up-to-date watercraft to do everything from gain a windsurfing certification to practice heckling standup paddleboard comics. Additionally, seasonal kids' camps help youngsters to stay active while gaining an appreciation for watersports and the splendor of the outdoors.
At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
Rompy the dog doesn’t just wag his tail at children in Romp n’ Roll, he also leads them in group singing and dancing. Whether in life-sized or puppet form, the indoor playground’s floppy-eared mascot serves as an invaluable teaching aid for instructors in developmental, parent-assisted classes. Nurturing minds and muscles in small groups, teachers lead babies, toddlers, and children up to 5 years old through educational activities based in movement and gymnastics, art, and music, emphasizing the skills necessary to grow up big and strong like their favorite school crossing guard. Each week, classes focus on a chosen theme—such as pirates, zoo animals, or superheroes—which children explore through stories, open playtime, and group activities. Staffers also open the gym’s padded arena, filled with jungle gyms and trampolines, for open play, as well as themed summer and winter camps.
The founders of Tango Mercurio chose their non-profit's name carefully. Mercury symbolizes connection, which is what they hope to foster both between paired dancers and within their local community. The arts education organization believes that tango dancing transcends boundaries of class, ethnicity, and generation, and therefore can facilitate greater cultural understanding and social cohesion. So in addition to group and private lessons, the studio offers outreach programs and supports the all-volunteer Community Tango Orchestra.
No matter what type of class a student enrolls in, what level they are studying at, or what outreach program they're lucky enough to access, the Tango Mercurio curriculum covers core principles: body awareness, technical proficiency, expressiveness, and, of course, connection. This connection between partners is important because it is both conducive to improvisation and creative expression, and also allows for larger, collaborative expression as a community, something the founders believe is essential to the overall health and stability of societies.
At Annapolis Sailing School, the instructors prefer hands-on teaching to traditional textbook methods. They’ve developed this approach ever since their first lesson in 1959, when the school opened. Many lessons later, the staff continues to introduce novice sailors to the sea aboard their fleet of vessels, which includes a rainbow sailboat and a cruiser. From the get-go, students are encouraged to man the jib and barter with Poseidon over the choicest sailing routes. In addition to these private and group sailing lessons, the staff also rents out sailboats and offers a certification program that adheres to the American Sailing Association’s program.
Whether they?re running camps, clinics, or private sessions, the coaches at Better Basketball Academy always have one goal in mind: improving their pupils? on-court talents. Experienced coaches and players themselves, the academy?s First Aid- and CPR-certified staffers help maintain a failure-free environment for kids to hone the game?s fundamentals. Through technical instruction, drills, and scrimmages, children age 5?15 improve their dribbling, shooting, and teamwork, including forming human pyramids to help their shortest teammate dunk. To further inspire youngsters, the academy hosts monthly three-on-three tournaments where older players can showcase their alley-ooping and shot-blocking skills.