Things To Do In North Potomac

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CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.

During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.

Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.

12171 Darnestown Rd
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.

12181 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals 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.

16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Established: 2010
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing. Sunglasses may be a good idea on sunny days.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Birds eye view of the DMV at 5,000 feet.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with the Chief Pilot

What special training do you or your staff have?
Our instructors are all federally licensed and certified by the FAA. The range of credentials amongst our FAA instructors extend from individuals with over 35 years of flight experience to a former Professional Airline Pilot in Transport Category Aircraft.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Safety is our number one priority. And you can rest assured that you and your loved ones are in excellent hands when you choose Fleming Aviation. Sit-back, relax, and take great confidence in knowing that your instructor holds the highest level of training and professionalism that this industry can produce. Furthermore, our modern fleet of aircraft are considered to be some of the most innovative, technically advanced airplanes available for general aviation. Employing many new safety features, such as the BRS (Ballistic Rocket parachute deployment System), our customers have that extra peace of mind that the majority of other flight schools simply cannot offer you.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

  • Leonardo da Vinci

7940 Airpark Rd Ste 102
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Competing in organized cheerleading and dance competitions takes not only skill, but also confidence—both in yourself and in your teammates. Fearless All Stars’ staff equips athletes of all ages with the tools they need to tackle competitions and enjoy themselves while doing so. Owner Nicholas Sweeney, a 12-year coaching veteran who worked on the college level and also developed a cheerleading squad for the Washington Wizards, leads seven coaches who have performed on big stages, including the 2004 Pro Bowl and WSF Nationals. They introduce beginners to the art of acrobatic cheer by teaching tumbling and movement basics, while encouraging more experienced students to focus on complex techniques, such as gymnastics-influenced flips that showcase their agility and make avoiding rival team mascots a breeze.

16814 Oakmont Ave
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

It's easy to think of artists as solitary people locked away in their studios—Mark Rothko withdrawing to obsess over the interplay between his blockish swaths of color or Jackson Pollock dangling a dripping brush over a canvas on the floor of an empty room. This is the exact opposite experience Michele Foshee wants people to have at artventureUs! An accomplished designer with clients including National Geographic and the White House, Michele sees painting as an engaging social experience where friends and complete strangers can share an adventure as they paint both original pieces and re-creations of famous works, such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss.

Some classes include wine, and students don’t need experience, since Michele and her instructors take a step-by-step approach to teaching the basics of working with acrylic paints. They also furnish participants with every supply they'll need from a closet full of aprons, canvases, Greek muses, and paintbrushes. In addition to leading public classes, the team at artventureUs! organizes private painting parties.

316 Main St, Ste 50
Gaithersburg,
MD
US