Only a handful of years after graduating from art school, Michael Petringa was living an advertiser’s dream, acting as the head of the art department for a major corporation. However, Michael knew his true passion was painting. So, he gave up his job, sold his belongings, and set off for Italy. This courageous leap turned into a 15-year pilgrimage across Europe, where Michael learned and taught in art-rich locales in Florence, Munich, and England. As he traveled, he branched out from realism into styles such as abstraction, expressionism, and fingerpainting.
With his journey complete, Michael returned to the US and set up his own studio. In the ensuing 14 years, he’s shared his worldly knowledge with visiting students, all the while honing his craft in various mediums.
• For $35, you get one ticket for seatingin the far side of section 4 or 8 (a $50 value before fees, or up to a $70.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $54, you get one ticket for seating in the back part of section 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 (an $85 value before fees, or up to a $109.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).
With five distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the five, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy quartet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti in the form of pepperoni, ham, spicy italian sausage, bacon, sausage, beef, or grilled chicken. Golden-voiced fresh vegetables make palates swoon with a jukebox's selection of green peppers, portobello mushrooms, roma tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions, black olives, pineapple, banana peppers, and newly harvested 45s. Eaters can prod cooks with the click of a mouse, alerting them to special requests such as an extra layer of parmesan romano or the three-cheese blend of the asiago, fontina, and provolone. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Reshape and reform for less than a buck per class with today's side deal. For $19, you get 20 passes to use for any combination of cardio tennis sessions, open pool passes, or group exercise classes at Weymouth Club, a $76 value (a one-time monthly membership fee is normally $115, and a one-time daily pass is $20). You'll have until the end of January to use your passes, giving you eight weeks or 20 workouts (whichever comes first) to exhaust your supplies. As an added bonus, purchasing this Groupon automatically enters you into a drawing to win Tom Brady's signed and lovingly worn shoe. The drawing will be on December 21, and the resulting prize is perfect for diehard Patriot fans, head-over-heels Tom Brady fans, and for the person who has Tom Brady's other shoe.