After training with several ceramic artists, Wendy Morris found her artistic voice in the medium of clay, which she believes echoes the beautiful unpredictability of life. Over years of study and practice as a professional artist, Wendy has created pieces big and small, from large-form sculptures to vases. She imbues each creation with her own personality—a skill she passes on to pupils in various classes that include clay sculpture as well as painting and drawing. Wendy has plenty of experience working with both children and adults, ensuring that every participant comes away from class with a unique piece capable of storing their one-of-a-kind marble collection.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Located inside the Poughkeepsie Galleria, Vendetta Paintball and Laser Combat challenges players to technologically advanced games of laser tag and paintball on a 22,000-square-foot indoor field. Designed to mimic live-action games of Call of Duty or Halo, Battlefield Live laser tag manufactures adrenaline with real-time hit feedback, realistic special effects, and equipment that can simulate 69 different weapons, ranging from AK-47s to banana-cream pies. The facility’s professional-grade indoor PSP paintball field lets gamers improve their hand-eye coordination while simultaneously turning rivals into walking tie-dyed targets.
Any day of the week, hop over to The Sports Place for rollicking barrels of unrefined fun in batting cages, game rooms, full basketball courts, laser-tag zones, and more. The inflatable playground provides kids of any age with space to jump, roll, climb, and dive on anything from an oversized dragon to an appropriately sized mega-slide ($9 all-day admission per person). For additional all-ages fun, swing through The Sports Place's signature GloPutt mini-golf course, a Neotastic, glow-in-the-dark wonderland packed with motorized obstacles that, if dodged correctly, light up the faces and giggleplexes of any child ($7 per round per person). If you're feeling weak-kneed from physical exertion, refuel at The Sports Place's snack bar.
New York Mountain Tours guides the wild at heart and spleens through natural landscapes and local alpine skylines. Aspiring mountaineers will meet at one of two pick-up locations—the Cross Roads Shopping Plaza in White Plains at 6:20 a.m. or the I-87 exit 14 park and ride on Rt. 59 at 6:50 a.m.—leaving the driving, tolls, and high-speed trolley chases to the New York Mountain Tours experts. Explore the wondrous white vistas of Hunter Mountain while marching through the snow with a tour guide, gliding up the lift with your lift ticket, or soaring through the air on a hot-wired magic carpet. Hungry site seekers end the day with a snack before heading home at 4:20 p.m. Groupon customers who wish to rent any snowy accoutrements can upgrade to a ski or snowboard rental ($38), and those seeking snow-based instruction can spring for a group lesson ($30).
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Century, UFC, Swain Mats
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Wear a comfortable t-shirt, and prepare to have a fun workout.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Martial arts classes
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We also offer private lessons for those interested in receiving individualized instruction.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
While I was growing up, I dealt with bullying issues. Martial arts gave me the confidence to defend myself?without ever having to fight. I no longer looked like a victim, and was no longer too shy to talk to anyone. I made more friends and quickly let bullies know I was not going to be a willing victim. As I entered college, I knew that I wanted to help people feel more confident, deal with bullies, and just be able to enjoy life more.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Our instructors constantly receive training at the dojo. As the head instructor, I am always going to seminars to learn new teaching and martial arts techniques. This helps me provide the safest and most effective learning environment possible.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Mixed martial arts is not just about learning how to punch and kick and beat up the bad guy. It's about learning to believe in yourself, feeling better about who you are, and treating yourself the right way by eating and sleeping well. It's also about increasing your discipline, focus, and confidence. You will have fun in our classes and be in the best shape of your life while learning how to defend yourself.