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.
The chuckle connoisseurs at Treehouse Comedy Productions have brought laugh-worthy comics to their stages for more than 25 years, giving an audience to future standup-comedy legends such as Rosie O'Donnell, John Stewart, and Jay Leno. Treehouse continues its commitment to busting guts with a calendar of upcoming shows that includes Comedy Central veteran Bill Santiago (April 6–7), who brings a neurotic edge while reflecting on growing up as a Puerto Rican in New York. Kevin Downey, Jr. (April 13–14), on the other hand, cracks macabre one-liners delivered with a distinctively belligerent yell that has been featured on HBO and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Mike P. Burton (April 27), erstwhile warm-up guy for Rachel Ray, uses a sensibility molded by a childhood in the South and an adulthood in New York to launch hilarious jeremiads about children, relationships, and society's foibles.
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.