This woodsy, 350-foot-vertical slope sports beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails for seasoned pole-positioners and upstart ski bums. Wake up sleepy snow with near-parallel lines after one of Laurentian’s handy lessons, available for first-time skiers or snowboarders, preschoolers, and private parties. Rent necessary equipment onsite ($29 for a full-day complete rental package, with helmet for either skis or snowboards) to avoid hitting the slopes on slats stolen from your now-hazardous deck.
"A European Tour of Resonant Classics" introduces audiences to a musical spectrum of well-travelled European classical works. The evening spotlights compositions by Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn's lesser-known compositions for electric mandolin. Under the steady hand of lauded double bassist and music director Thomas Jones, the program's pieces sport renewed passports from Scotland, Norway, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, and France for a tuneful trip to what are known as classical music's capitals and The Muppets' next all-inclusive vacation.
Many daughters inherit looks or personality from their mothers; Jennifer inherited 25 siberian huskies. Since receiving a government small-business loan on her 20th birthday, the young entrepreneur has channelled her passion for her pups and sledding into MUSHERS Dog-Sled Tours. Made up primarily of siberian huskies, Jennifer’s teams whisk visitors away on handcrafted freight sleds during treks across more than 80 acres of woodland trails.
After a brief tutorial, visitors can hop onto preharnessed teams for short jaunts or learn how to harness and hook up their own teams. Excursions cross a variety of terrain, from nighttime trails lit by tiki torches to challenging trips that cross barren ponds, frozen rivers, and shark-infested puddles. Those seeking more of a physical challenge can take an overnight camping trip with the dogs, and school groups can enroll in three-day programs that combine hands-on activities such as dog sledding and snowshoe hikes. Once their trips come to an end, visitors can reward the dogs with a tasty treat and bowl of water, or meet one of the pups MUSHERS’ currently has up for adoption.
Don't worry?it's not the end of the world. Though the field is littered with crumbling structures and stacks of littered tires, this is only a simulation. At Dodge This Paintball, masked players traverse the grassy fields, ducking behind eroded buildings and other obstacles in an effort to best their opponents. The fields operate by reservation only during the week, and on the weekends welcome walk-on players. Special game events pit players against one another in apocalypse-themed games or capture-the-flag style matches. All the while, the staff keeps close watch to ensure safety and that no one is settling standoffs with quickdraw contests by seeing who can blast Van Gogh's Sunflowers against the side of a barn fastest.
At The Practice Tee Driving Range, players sidle up to one of 32 separate hitting stations, unsheathe their golfing sticks, and proceed bash their unsuspecting golf balls skyward. After straightening out a slice, perfecting a 1-iron stinger, or adding a front handspring into a preshot routine, they often proceed to the short game practice area to brush up on putting touch and calibrate lobs in the 30-yard chipping zone. And because practice should prepare one for all manner of unexpected occurrences, from plugged golf balls to miniaturized Dutch windmills, intrepid players and their kids can also play a round of putt-putt on the miniature golf course that resides on-site.
Housed in The Bell Mansion, former home to lumber baron William J. Bell, the gallery exhibits contemporary works of art embodying local history. Two exhibits—Hadyn Butler Enlightened Portraits, and Seduced by Clay—run through February 27 and put a modern spin on the traditional mediums of stained glass and pottery. Hadyn Butler brings the oft-lofty subject matter of stained glass down to earth with his portraits of common people, and Seduced by Clay showcases a variety of pottery, such as a man-eating stiletto teapot.