The Gateway mounted its first production in 1950, making it the region?s oldest professional theater. But the venue's rich history isn't without skeletons?and many of them aren't props. During Halloween season, Gateway's talented directors, actors, and designers come together to create their own brand of terror: Gateway's Haunted Playhouse.
Each year brings new haunted themes, which often play on the theater's own history. Down dimly-let hallways and across moving floors might wait demented prop masters, deranged caretakers, or ushers who have no clue where the bathrooms are located. Audio and lighting effects add to the scares, as visitors get up close with actors decked out in high-quality makeup and costumes. The overall effect is that of an immersive play, and that unique professionalism has earned the Haunted Playhouse rave reviews and local awards.
A destination for serves and volleys year-round, Sportime Quogue offers both indoor and outdoor courts to keep tennis players swinging even through the coldest months. Beyond just the 22 outdoor and four indoor Har-True clay courts, the fully-equipped center also features a heated outdoor pool, a health and fitness club, and child-care services on-site. After a workout, drop in to the spa and wellness center for a massage, or stop by the cafe to see how fast you can chug a stranger's smoothie.
Ballroom Factory Dance Studio's brigade of experienced instructors takes students with two left feet and whips them into dancing dynamos. Light trippers of all ages and skill levels learn the ins and outs of dance styles that range from ballroom basics and American waltz to international tango and advanced hokey pokey. Private or group classes twirl gracefully through an airy studio space, characterized by sleek wood floors and walls lined with mirrors. The studio's expertise also extends to voice and piano lessons for both children and adults in which pupils master scales, harmonies, and the ability to read music.
Since 1957, this friendly, family-oriented fun center has played host to wholly wholesome fun. Today, the newly renovated alley boasts top-notch lanes with mounted flat-screen LCD monitors, a spruced-up snack and slurp bar, fresh coats of colorful paint, a full-service pro shop, and more. Before you saunter up to throw your first ball, but after you secure your lucky ostrich neatly between your toes, guide your footsies into a pair of stylish bowling shoes ($4 rental value). In between frames, refuel your energy tank with a frothy brew from the bar or let one of the alley's sumptuous seats sing a lullaby from Rocky to your resting limbs.
For 25 years, instructors at Julie's Gym have been guiding kids and teens through noncompetitive curricula. Gymnastics classes and teams abound, but the school also features baby and toddler play groups, tumbling, and karate. There are even fitness classes for grownups. Private and group lessons, camps, and birthday parties at Julie's Gym blend fun, fitness, and education in a supportive environment.