A two-day spree of exhibits and performances, this year's Secret City Festival hosts outdoor concerts featuring Village People and Ricky Skaggs. Disco-era icons Village People perform spirited hits such as "Macho Man" and "YMCA," which have instigated more dance-offs than gang violence and British Parliamentary debates combined. Village People follow funky rock n' rollers Dishwater Blonde, a regional act that lays down agreeable grooves.
The Dark Alley Haunted House reveals Oak Ridge's most gruesome side, all for the sake of raising funds for 13 different charitable causes. Behind the Oak Ridge Bowling Center lies a portal to another realm, where those brave enough to venture inside will come face-to-face with their greatest fears. To make it back home, they'll have to grope their way through two stories of scares totaling 22,000 square feet, navigating terrifying twists and turns, and stifling screams at the sight of a sinister farmer doomed to wear overalls for all eternity. Groups that make it out alive can replenish sapped strength by wrapping shaky hands around snacks such as sodas and popcorn, which will be available for sale.
Mobile Tactics Laser Tag transforms its customers' yards into competitive fields. Their staff travels onsite and sets up outdoor bunkers and inflatable cover. Then, they hand out laser-tag equipment to birthday-party guests. Competition starts, and lasers soar invisibly through the air during games such as capture the flag and team elimination.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Wheat Union Station, volunteers restore and maintain the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum's four diesel engines. Authentically outfitted conductors and staff keep one shiny shoe firmly in the past as air-conditioned coach cars and an open-air baggage car rumble past Poplar Creek, Watts Bar Lake, and Highway 327. The museum conducts seasonal rides and theme rides, including dinner trains and murder mysteries. Secret City Scenic Excursion train rides chug along rail lines that stretch out from K-25, a site of World War II's Manhattan Project.
Thirty-two lanes with electronic scoring conduct a thunderous symphony of crashing pins and cheers of victory at Oak Ridge Bowling Center. After completing frames, bowlers mingle in Spare Time Lounge to toss darts or watch sports on one of three LCD TVs. Hungry guests can grab a table and a burger at Ten Pin Grille, while gamers test hand-eye-coordination at billiards, skee ball, and air hockey tables in the arcade. Organized league play and private parties are offered as well.