Ranking 6th in total and average home attendance in the NCAA, the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team draws in hordes of high-fivers and bleacher jockeys to cheer the marooned heroes to victory. Lead by coach John Cohen, the 2006 National Coach of the Year, the Bulldogs look to make noise in the SEC behind the steady bat of senior Nick Vickerson. All games included in today's deal will be held at the Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium, one of the largest campus facilities for college baseball in the nation, and will be valid for bleacher seats along the right and left field foul line, indicated by the arrows in the accompanying stadium seating chart. With four tickets included, fans are free to enjoy an outing with friends or family and discover why baseball beat out mustache grooming and stone-faced portrait sitting as America's favorite pastime.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
At Gattitown, a vast buffet quells the hungers caused by romping through up to 10,000 square feet of violence-free arcade games, bumper cars, and mini bowling. Before meals, kids scurry between more than 150 exciting games, including virtual-reality racing and tax-filing simulations. In the bumper-car arena, wee ones determine driving dominance by crashing and cruising around a spacious floor. Players then hone their underhand tosses with mini bowling and skee-ball, shooting for tickets to spend on doodads, gadgets, and teddy-bear ransoms inside the Gatti goods store.
True to its name, Dixie Rents and its subsidiary, Party Concepts, rent out all manner of equipment for construction and landscaping projects along with furnishings and play equipment for big fetes. Dixie's arsenal of machinery, including generators, log splitters, and backhoes, teams up with propane-tank refills and airless paint sprayers to tackle home-improvement and construction goals. For party rentals, Party Concepts' expansive inventory suits most any occasion, from wedding décor such as candelabra, skirted tables, and wine fountains to business-conference gear such as podiums and dunk tanks.
After selling a successful mosaic shop in her native Texas, artist Wanda Hendrix followed her daughter's family to Mississippi, where she and her husband opened The Mosaic Shop in 2006. One relocation and six years later, the large and colorful studio's walls burst with more than 150 wooden shapes—from simple trays to elaborate figurines—ready to be converted into colorful mosaics. Each of the work tables share a common midsection, where glittering piles of glass stretch from end to end in a variety of shapes and colors. Visitors glue these prismatic shards to their forms before filling in crevices with grout, the same way park rangers finally made the Grand Canyon passable for golf carts. The Mosaic Shop also hosts parties for groups of anywhere from 5 to 50 guests.
A fully operational farm with far-spanning views and stable-lined fields, Our Family Farm treats local and visiting autumnthusiasts to a variety of seasonal activities. In the snaking, spacious corn maze with more than a mile of trails, youngsters and the young at heart can immerse themselves amid the many merry rows of pre-popped kernel stalks. Explorers keep their eyes peeled for hidden scarecrows and take on countless fork-filled dilemmas, finally emerging in the outside world with newfound confidence and admiration for the impenetrability of well-watered crops. Pre- and post-maze meandering, visitors can enjoy other on-site fun (not included in the value of today's Groupon), including the pluckable pumpkin patch, the farmer's market and gift shop (open Friday through Sunday during general public hours), and full-on farm tours for the agriculturally curious individual that travels with a gleaming entourage of at least nine would-be farm hands (reservation required).