In its nine years as a professional theater company, the Maples Repertory Theatre has expanded its production schedule from three to six full-scale shows, as well as staging occasional cabaret concerts. "No one really expects a town the size of Macon to support professional theatre," says Artistic Director Todd Davison. "We are proving that great theatre is valued by people even if they don't live in a metropolitan area." The company produces its shows at the historic Royal Theatre, named because of the moat that once encircled the VIP seats. Built in 1889, the intimate, 400-seat venue was originally an opera house and underwent an extensive renovation in the 1990s.
Horsin' Around Natural Horsemanship’s horse whisperer equips horse-riding adventure seekers of all types for equestrian success via in-depth riding lessons. Over the course of three one-hour classes, roan riders learn a host of horseback-riding skills, including tips on grooming and mounting, how to use riding equipment, and methods to care for horses and coax them into speaking. After teaching caballeros about mare care, Horsin’ Around imbues participants with techniques for controlled riding and bridling their steeds. Upon winning over prized ponies through strong eye contact and equine mind control, students can saddle up and explore the grounds' 13 acres of verdant pastures, ride around the 1.5-acre pond, or practice horse high jumps in the sand and grass riding arenas.
Throughout the week, Empire Roller Rink owners Willie and Lisa Trent connect with members of their community by hosting skating lessons, hockey games, and public skating sessions. Willie's father opened the rink in 1938, now Lisa teaches artistic and basic skating lessons, and Willie often disc jockeys skating sessions, pulling tracks from a digital library, which includes a selection of worship songs he breaks out for Friday Christian skate nights. Empire Roller Rink is also home to the Artistic Skate Club, a team that practices creative and competitive skating and travels to competitions across the country in a giant 15-passenger motorized rollerskate.