Like a frozen stage, the rink at Novi Ice Arena hosts performances ranging from fancy figure-skating to deft displays of puck-handling prowess. The house zamboni is kept busy with a schedule chock-full of programs such as skating practice for young figure skaters, adult hockey league games, and open skate times for the general public. Novices can even follow in the early footsteps of ice-dancing hometown heroes Madison Chock and Evan Bates?competitors in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi?through Learn-to-Skate classes, which equip them with basic skills such as turning, stopping, and Olympic-grade moonwalking.
Each boot camp spans four weeks of exercise, with classes held up to five days a week. Classes might meet indoors or out, depending on which of the nine locations a client chooses to attend, but the regimen of exercise remains the same. Trainers cook up new routines daily, which might include fitness kickboxing, jump-roping, obstacle courses, or sport yoga, in which the class plays a scrimmage using the first student who manages to contort themselves into the shape of a football.
The Haunted Kingdom sprawls across 65,000 square feet, with DJs, fortunetellers, and local celebrities shambling about an eye-defying dance floor flush with thousands of revelers dressed in their best getups. Lights pulse to body-shaking bass as silk dancers twist like spiders from the ceiling above dramatically lit skeletons.
Gypsy portrays the travails of Mama Rose, a stage mother determined to see her daughters shine in vaudeville. When her first and favorite, June, runs away, she turns to Louise, whose hidden talents explode like a stuffed animal filled with lit fireworks on the stage. Actors imbue the lyrics of "Everything’s Coming Up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You" with emotion as audience members croon and caterwaul from the back row and individual tables arranged in front of the stage. The show’s content is suitable for children older than 12.
The American Sewing Expo brings together vendor booths, workshops, and exhibits at Suburban Collection Showplace, allowing fabric handlers to hone needle skills and see the trade’s latest fashions and gadgets. Feet meander through 125 booths, as eyes take in the latest eye popping textiles and supplies from sewing emporiums such as Power Sewing and Creative Feet. Hall B transforms into a runway that features free daily fashion shows filled with handmade garments, with one final style-savvy event rounding out the day for an additional cost. A live-action challenge announced Friday morning sees 12 preselected contestants feverishly piece together outfits to be judged on Saturday. Interactive exhibits busy hands, with stations such as the Sew Experience Cafe daring expo-goers to perform detailed sewing and embellishing projects with the added element of hand-shaking coffee.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.