A heated indoor riding arena and lighted outdoor arena form twin centerpieces for the 10 acres of sprawling farmland named Nova Quarter Horses. The contemporary digs host a spectrum of beginning to advanced riders for one-on-one instruction with the stable’s experienced on-staff riders. Each instructor welcomes riders into an encouraging, supportive environment for English or Western riding lessons, with the goal of instilling the confidence to continue on with training and the self-esteem to not casually accept a horse’s silent treatment. As such, each rider is encouraged to participate in the grooming, feeding, and saddling aspects of the sport—necessary skills for any serious rider. The outfit also leads recreational trail rides each Sunday across its expansive terrain, as well as a moonlight ride once every month.
Creepy Hallow Halloween Park, like a friendly man that transforms into a ravenous werewolf, boasts two very different sides when entertaining customers. During the day, revelers of all ages frolic through pumpkin patches and enjoy hayrides after bouncing inside a moonwalk and visiting friendly animals at the petting zoo. But as the sun goes down, the ghosts and ghouls come out in full force. Blood Shed haunted house entices those brave enough to enter its halls and escape with their lives, while haunted hayrides put riders on a crash course with all manner of horrors. The only defense customers can muster is on the zombie-hunt paintball ride, where, with weapon in hand, they can wreak a terrible vengeance upon undead hordes.
In 2009, Linda and Greg Racino were reaping the benefits of more than two fast-paced decades in the tech industry. Something was missing, though—creativity. So in February of that year the couple left behind the cold digital world for a brightly colored studio warmed by a blazing kiln. Lining their shelves with finished and unfinished clay and glass pieces, the Racinos today deal solely in creation. They guide customers through pottery painting and glass fusing—from picking out a blank bisque piece to arranging a unique design of glass pieces. Guests can also check out the calendar of events to learn about upcoming discounts and special projects, or to find out what day it is.
Held in mid-January, the 3rd Annual Indoor Custom Car Show & Expo Presented by Manteno Ford heats up the heart of winter with a stylish collection of classic muscle cars and hot rods. Car enthusiasts flock to view the entry field of supped up Corvettes, Mustangs, and Camaros, as well as imports, motorcycles, and low riders. Judges will select winners from more than 30 categories, including best modified vehicles, best street rod, and best-tasting hood ornament.
Golf professional Ben Mutz pioneered his signature method of golf instruction in 1987 and continues to shower pupils with nuggets of knowledge honed from years of teaching the game. The incisive ace has penned multiple instructional tomes, including one titled The Five Objectives of a Successful Golf Swing. Ben tailors the curriculum to the golfletic needs of his charges, from smoothing out putting strokes to teaching newcomers the relative advantages that distinguish a 9 iron from a car antenna. Lessons are typically held one-on-one or in small groups to ensure individualized attention.
Thunder Bowl's 24 slick Brunswick Pro Anvilane lanes echo with the cacophony of wooden pins knocked askew. Behind automatic ball returns dispensing massive marbles, bar tables host groups as they taunt each other over the totals displayed across television scoreboards. Optional bumpers level the playing field for young kids and wiffle-ball pitchers who have trouble hurling things in a straight line, and cosmic bowling eschews traditional lights for a blacklit atmosphere. As families, friends, and league teams sling smooth boulders across polished wooden surfaces, Morgan's, the bar next door, hosts billiards, darts, and a menu of pizza, wings, and burgers.