Located in central New York, just off New York State Thruway exit 40, midway between Rochester and Syracuse, sonorous moos and sloshing tins of milk once echoed across this idyllic nine-hole course, which James and Dee Ball converted from their family dairy farm in 1968. Since then, Meadowbrook Golf Club has seen a slew of proprietors, each of whom have added their own distinct touch by installing automatic watering, improving the drainage system, or building a 40’x80’ pole barn to house equipment and botched Dorf clones.
In May 2008, PGA golf professional Trey Walewski and his wife, Tina, took over the Meadowbrook. The golf club remains a family owned and operated business with Trey and Tina, and their daughters, Taylor and Sydney, taking on the operations of the course, practice facilities, pro shop, and bar and grill.
Friday and Saturday evenings from sundown to 11:00 p.m., visitors can traverse the cursed trails of Swamp Road to encounter the spectral remains of its permanent residents. Paranormal sightings begin in the parking area and extend through a spirited outdoor romp down a wooded trail, guided by staffers that spook visitors by wearing skeleton costumes and spook each other by talking about their first day of middle school. Daring participants visit the twisted home of a doll maker constructing figurines from unidentified parts, and lumbering shadows of werewolves and swamp creatures lurk in one's peripheral vision. The disturbed ground of a cemetery houses the restless spirits of lost lumberjacks, and a homicidal clown endlessly searches for souls and size 31 shoes.
The Syracuse Chiefs, a AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, win the hearts of spectators with heroic baseball antics. This season, first baseman Christopher Marrero boosts the Chiefs with 13 homers, 62 RBIs, and 287 guitar solos over 111 games. On the mound, southpaw Tom Milone has fanned 120 batters over 117 innings, maintaining a 3.62 ERA while keeping visiting teams cool on hot summer days. A $10 concessions credit lets fans grab the likes of nachos ($4) and cool soft drinks ($3 for a small) as they investigate Alliance Bank Stadium, trying out more than 11,000 seats and re-dyeing Girl Scout uniforms by rolling on the field’s fresh green grass.
The Wall's bouldering-only climbing facility beckons visitors to scale simulated peaks with angles of up to 90 degrees. Technicolor foot- and handholds pepper the walls, creating 62 different routes that challenge everyone from beginners to Harvard-educated mountain goats. To help to scale these manmade peaks, staff leads both introductory and intermediate bouldering classes. Additionally, the staff frequently changes routes to keep each climb fresh.
Grab a film buff BFF who deserves a popcorn-enhanced night out and head to the recently renovated 1922 Palace Theater for a double-feature Brew-and-View session. At the Brew and View, celluloid lovers can enjoy Syracuse’s largest single-screen theater while indulging in a frosty beer or sipping on a glass of wine. You’ll take in two recent classics or underrated gems that were quickly forgotten after the onslaught of 3-D films and perm machine-equipped theater seats. The series starts December 5th with the 2010 historical thriller_Centurion_ and the Japenese cult classic Shogun Assassin_.
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