With extensive experience diving in New England waters as well as the Caribbean, Seaview Scuba's PADI-certified instructors lead year-round diving classes designed to transmogrify landlubbers into amphibious creatures ready to explore the watery depths. In the intro to scuba class, instructors acquaint curious seafarers with basic scuba equipment, after which students don flippers and wetsuits for a dip in the pool.
Nestled on a 93-acre parcel of land that claims its own plot in American history, the extensive Treasure Hill Farm forms the centerpiece of a vast network of cross-country trails and riding pastures. Visitors to the grounds enjoy a comprehensive equine education through English riding lessons held in the 72′x140′ indoor arena. Head instructor Natalie Edwards and her team customize their coaching in accordance with the experience level of the rider, starting novices out with such horsemanship fundamentals as tacking and grooming, beginning to walk, and never tossing horseshoes while the horse is still attached. Lesson agendas move on to more difficult skills as the rider's experience level increases, with riders upping the pace to trot and cantering and trainers incorporating jumping and dressage instruction where they see fit. In addition to lessons, Treasure Hill Farm hosts various events including family-fun outings, horsemanship clinics, and road races to benefit charitable causes.
More than a dozen times—that's how often Treehouse Comedy Productions has been voted the "Best Comedy Showcase" by the readers of Fairfield County Weekly. As the first full-time comedy showcase in Connecticut, Treehouse Comedy Productions has curated stunning selections of world-class standups for more than three decades. The heavy hitters in the Treehouse family tree include Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Stewart, Bill Mahar, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jerry Seinfeld, who once bid farewell to standup at Treehouse gig just before his TV show, That's So Jerry!, became a hit. With roving locations at area restaurants, casinos, and bars, the arbiters of spit-takes continue to cull the sharpest cut-ups in the country for weekly showcases.
Soft breezes skip off the shores of Amos Lake, rustling through trees and across the grassy acreage that surrounds Dalice Elizabeth Winery, where second-, third-, and fourth-generation Italian Americans share the secrets of their polished craft. Having dispersed its all-natural specialty foods and wines internationally, the winery's founding family continually impresses the palates of casual indulgers and contest judges alike, churning out grape-to-bottle chardonnays, merlots, and sauvignons that cannot be found on the shelves of local stores. In addition to tastings, the winery hosts winemaking and cooking classes, during which glasses clink between aspiring chefs and vintners as they learn to entertain houseguests or polite burglars with style and ease.
Harp & Dragon's casual atmosphere sets the stage for classic pub eats alongside a full bar with 36 beers on tap. Hosts of sandwiches and burgers dive into friendly mouths and laps, such as the Harp & Dragon burger ($8.95), which piles a half-pound beef patty, sauteed mushrooms, melted Swiss, and leek sauce. Dive into rich, hearty bowls of irish stew ($11.95), or revel in the steadfast meat and dairy delights of a cheesesteak ($12.95). Savor traditional flavors in forms such as bangers and mash ($14.95), succulent irish sausage draped over a throne of garlic mashed potatoes swimming in shiraz onion gravy, or fish and chips ($14.95), named after misprinted instructions for ice fishermen.