During The Burner— a 7-mile obstacle course, created by Winger Productions, LLC, and located on some of the toughest terrain in Ohio —participants test their personal endurance through a series of challenges. While each challenge is designed to test personal strength, it's also designed to create synergy among the group. Whether participants run, walk, or crawl their ways to the finish line, The Burner is all about perseverance and personal bests. Furthering their mantra that they're not just about physical personal betterment, Winger Productions, LLC is also a proud supporter of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Surrounded by roaring crowds of hoops fanatics, the Erie BayHawks shoot for glory during thrilling basketball matches as the official minor-league team of the New York Knicks in the NBA Development League. Head coach Gene Cross manages a roster of young and veteran talent that recently included overnight sensation Jeremy Lin. Buzzers announce the beginning of four quarters' worth of dazzling slam dunks, three-point shots, and Final Jeopardy lightning rounds as players hone their talents in preparation for upcoming games and potential rise to the NBA ranks.
Cheer on the first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate and mahjong partners, as they seek to trounce their in-state rivals, the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. The Yankees get their run support from catcher Jesus Montero, currently batting .327, and incisive pitching from right-hander David Phelps—whose fastball has been known to punch small holes into the space-time continuum—helping him maintain a miniscule 3.19 ERA through 42 innings pitched. Ballgame attendees wash down their hot dog with a 22-ounce Pepsi product (a $6 value) while sporting a new, limited-edition SWBY Yankees T-shirt (an $11 value) and cap (an $18 value) with which to catch foul balls or small meteors from 300-level seats (a $10 value). Stick around after the last out has been recorded for a dazzling postgame display of fireworks.
Since 1913, the Erie Philharmonic has been on a melody-driven mission to enrich its surrounding communities with live concerts and stirring performances. Tchaikovsky's symphony begins by spotlighting one of America's most successful composers, Christopher Theofanidis, as he conducts "Rainbow Body," an evocative movement inspired by medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen and her propensity to lead chants at high-school football games. Next, guitarist Ana Vidovic continues her drag race to the top of the classical genre by cramming the swaying, syncopated rhythms of a Spanish concerto into open ears. Pathétique closes the evening with a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky's final symphonic piece. Fueled by the juxtaposition of varying emotions, Pathétique tows listeners to the top of triumphant crests, only to yank them back into the darkened valleys of personal upheaval and frustration over uncertain weather forecasts.
The Grammy-winning trio Train freights a cargo of breezy melodies and poignant jams, satiating legions of fans on its 2011 tour. With intrinsically catchy beats and the crossover appeal of a bipartisan milkshake, Train's euphonic anthems bridge the gap between the hearts and brains of millions. Best known for Grammy-magnet singles such as “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Calling All Angels,” Train’s grooves, combined with Patrick Monahan’s lilting vocals, stick in ears like relentless peanut butter, taking up brain space normally reserved for algebraic formulas and state capitols. During the gripping live show, devotees can expect sing-alongs from Train’s catalog of smashes, possibly sprinkled with cochleae candy from the band's upcoming album. Train even tickles diehard fans' other senses with its own brand of wine, Drops of Jupiter, fermented from astronauts' tears.
At Little Diva Day Spa, little ladies ages 2–13 get their first taste of primping and pampering fit for royalty. During meticulous manicures, delicate digits are gently scrubbed before nails get lacquered ($5) or decorated with artful designs ($10). Pedicures treat tiny feet to a foot scrub and soak, before polishing toes ($10). Sweethearts embrace their true nature with cupcake facials of pink or chocolate frosting, with a gluten-free option for sensitive skin ($10). The red-carpet readying process is completed with glitter eye makeup ($5) and hand-painted glitter tattoos ($5), so lasses can coordinate with their tiaras or Dora the Explorer backpacks.