As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball International offers many distinct destinations for chromatic outdoor combat. Some fields, such as Splat Zone Paintball in Louisiana, challenge players to find adequate cover in an arena littered with creative obstacles. In Massachusetts, PnL Paintball thrusts players into a realistic Ghost Town, comprised of churches, multilevel buildings, and stone walls. Meanwhile, trees, leaves, stacked wood, and foliage inside K.C. Crusaders offer players all-natural hiding places from which they can spring forth to surprise their rivals or remain undetected while they determine the color palette they will use to paint Water Lilies on the surrounding bunkers.
On a sprung bamboo floor, the dance instructors at Ancient Art Studios lead groups and individual students through routines in the various forms of belly dance. Inside the spacious and warmly hued studio, where large mirrors let visitors watch their body postures, staff members also hosts troupe rehearsals, special workshops, and recitals.
A three-day celebration of country, bluegrass, roots, and folk tunes, The Javelina Festival showcases up-and-coming musical talent from across the country. More than 16 bands have climbed aboard this year's docket to rescue fans from summer's monotonous soundtrack of chirping crickets and shrill, cackling robins. Among Saturday's melodeers, Boston Globe–praised country-rock outfit Girls Guns and Glory will adorn the fest with rustic melodies and rocking guitar solos, and Girl Howdy will tickle eardrums with the strings of its guitars, fiddles, and upright basses. Sunday’s lineup includes The Hot Club of Cowtown, a Western swing trio with a classic country sound accented by amplified instruments and a tumbleweed percussion section. Visitors can rollick to the tunes and enjoy Francis Farm's acres of history-drenched beauty while standing or seated astride a docile blanket or lawn chair. Visit the fest's Facebook page for travel tips, concert announcements, and other up-to-the-minute information.
The New England Revolution's squad of savvy footballers rears its patriotic horns in anticipation of going head to head with reigning English Premier League champions Manchester United. Led by high-scoring captain Shalrie Joseph and U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber, the Revolution looks to ignore United's attempts to swap recipes and focus on squelching attacks by international superstar Wayne Rooney and captain Nemanja Vidić. The Revolution has qualified for 10 MLS Cup Playoffs since the league's inaugural season in 1996 and will relish in bringing its modern brand of The Beautiful Game upon Manchester United, England's most historically successful football club, in an exciting exhibition match on American soil. The full-field view of the stadium's upper level allows fans to catch all the fast-paced, high-flying action as the Revolution players kick, head, and use an electoral college to vote the ball into the back of the net.
In his first design for 5 Wits, Mathew DuPlessie channeled the fedora-wearing, whip-cracking swagger of Indiana Jones. Called Tomb, this interactive entertainment experience threw its participants into ancient Egypt to solve riddles and clues from a supernatural pharaoh. Since then, DuPlessie, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, has opened up two new adventures that combine the immersive special effects of a Hollywood movie with the interactive role-play of a video game. "It's hands-on entertainment," the former designer for Disney World and Universal Studios told the Patriot Ledger, "that forces people to get off their rear end."
Thus far, all of his adventures have worked to immerse the mind and the senses—the Shakespearean origins of the company's name. Taken from Much Ado About Nothing, "five wits" refers to the Bard's nod to memory, imagination, fantasy, common sense, and estimation. Though the scenarios are meant to thrill and challenge players, none are meant to frighten, nor are they designed to be beyond the reach of those with average physical ability and psychic powers.