Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
Skydive trips allows both beginner and seasoned divers a comprehensive and safe way to engage in free falls. Tandem dives allow first-timers to experience the thrill of a jump without special training or prior knowledge of species of stomach butterflies, and training programs ready aficionados for solo falls. A staff with decades of combined experience ensures a safe diving experience with bona fide instruction and equipment. The facilities include both indoor and outdoor observation areas for friends and family, as well as a picnic area jumpers often put to use after they've completed their adventure.
What does it take to bring a 78,000-square-foot, climate-controlled, multi-sport recreational facility to fruition? The BucksMont Indoor Sports Center began with three sports-loving clans fueled by a desire to provide local athletes of all ages and skill levels a place to get their game on no matter the season. They devoted years of their time to researching, planning, and constructing a safe and comfortable facility that's open year-round.
Beyond being easily accessible, the center features the industry’s newest and safest playing surfaces, including turf that emulates real grass. Here, youth and adult leagues meet to play everything from flag football to street-style hockey. After rousing games of soccer or basketball, players can replenish energy stores with a health-conscious meal at Overtime Grill, which boasts 20 LCD TVs.
A tennis lesson is only as helpful as its instructor. Thankfully, Doylestown Tennis Club has a veteran staff of certified USPTA pros on hand to coach players of all experience levels. The club features eight indoor courts and four outdoor courts that are put to use during friendly games and competitive league matches, as well as a host of other amenities including a lounge, clubhouse, kitchen, nursery, and locker rooms.
Having blossomed into a professional theater company, Theatre Horizon provides opportunities to aspiring directors, actors, producers, and designers during a schedule of year-round productions, including seasonal shows that celebrate the spirit of the holidays. This December, the company provides an escape from blustery winds and pickpocketing snowmen with Voices of Christmas, which spotlights the works of song-crafting legends such as John Lennon, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson, and others. During each performance, some of Philadelphia's top talents assemble inside the intimate theater to tickle ears with musical nostalgia more comforting than a hug from a giant squid. As an added bonus, the December 11 show includes a post-performance Q & A session, affording guests the chance to stay and chat with the cast and creative team.
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