For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.
Priddy Farms welcomes families to stroll through its 23 acres of farmland to enjoy picnic lunches, pick pumpkins, cut Christmas trees, bask in autumn breezes, or stroll through winter wonderlands. From mid-September through October, leisurely hayrides escort visitors to the farm's pumpkin patch. At the play area, children can ride on a barrel train, climb aboard Noah's Ark, swing on tire swings, or run around the open area. Families can bring flashlights to explore the "Flashlight Pumpkin Patch" at night, possibly spotting deer, foxes, or farm owls.
From mid-November through December, the farm's selection of pre-cut North Carolina fraser firs take front-and-center, ready to fill a home with Christmas cheer. Families can also walk through a forest of trees and cut their own Virginia pine, white pine, or leyland cypress growing right on site. Additionally, rings of fresh-scented wreaths and Christmas garland are available for purchase, while parents capture memories of holiday traditions with plenty of picture taking.
At dawn, just as the sun breaks the horizon, dew slowly disappears from freshly mowed bentgrass greens at Cordova Country Club, summoning golfers of all stripes to test their skills on the tranquil links. Alongside the well-manicured fairways lie groves of mature pine, oak, and maple trees, whose majesty often inspires players to interpret their shape using all of their clubs as bionic branches.
At 6,300 yards, the course forgoes the extreme length of some courses and instead challenges golfers with an onslaught of strategically placed bunkers, creeks, and Bill Murrays.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Total length of 6,300 yards from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
At The Paint Event, guests sip on wine as they follow along with an expert artist, recreating beautiful landscapes of autumn trees, quirky portraits of rain boots, and other predetermined themes. The upcoming calendar displays what the class will be painting, and students only need show up with a creative curiosity and any chosen beverages and snacks. Alternatively, students would rather paint an image of their own design, they can show up to one of the two-hour open studio sessions held twice a month.