When Louisville Lens Photography’s photographers arrive at clients’ homes or at such outdoor locales as Cherokee Park and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, they start each session with all of their camera equipment tucked inside their carrying cases. They do this so that they can get to know their clients and make them feel as comfortable as possible. After engaging in friendly conversation or playing a handful of children’s games, the photography pros begin snapping photos designed to capture the subject’s true personality. Their most popular sessions feature kids, parents-to-be, seniors, couples in love, and couples idly perusing a takeout menu. The staff also leads photography workshops for novice photographers that take place outdoors, showing students how to light and compose artistic shots.
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours. Each of the club’s locations—one home base at Conway Airport and two satellite locations at other airports—boasts training rooms and runways amply sized for takeoffs, landings, and timed cheetah sprints.
The Cyclones spun into the American Basketball Association during the 2011–12 season and wasted no time claiming the league's South Central Division title. As one of the fastest-growing cities in Arkansas, Conway presented an ideal stage for the upstart team to plant its roots and even offered enough space to build the world's biggest trophy case someday. Settling in to their new home, the Cyclones have successfully lured talented players from a variety of regions to join the organization's mission, which goes beyond entertaining fans with high-flying hoops action. Cyclones players consistently give back to the community through back-to-school drives, youth programs, and other charitable efforts.
“Days in the Orient, Nights in Arabia” utilizes the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s skilled instrument wranglers to narrate the saga of "One Thousand and One Nights" through a growing flourish of vividly orchestrated music. The melodious tale of the cultured Persian queen Scheherazade is known throughout the world, still captivating audiences who fear for the queen’s life as she crafts riveting yarns to win over the heavily preserved heart of her murderous king. The symphony's ability to weave multi-hued pictures through music brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, making this establishment a sought-after community center of entertainment. The performance features the tones and scales of Middle Eastern music, and also introduces contemporary Chinese compositions inspired by the Fujian Province for a symphonic experience that’s as globally influenced as the lunchboxes in the U.N. break room.
Arkansas Golf Center is one of the largest public driving ranges in the state with more than 100 tee stations, a golf learning academy, a 7,000-square-foot pro shop, and more. Groupon golfers can enjoy a Tour Quality fitting ($50 value) to find out what club length, swing weight, and style of paisley knickers best suit their particular panache on the course. Novice swingers and golf gurus alike can improve their skills with the V1 Pro digital video lesson ($70 value) led by one of the Golf Center’s qualified instructors, who employ the help of high-speed digital video cameras and the advanced swing analysis technology of the V1 Pro Digital Coaching System software to break down swing mechanics. Arkansas Golf Center offers classes in various locations, including the indoor air-conditioned video-lesson bay and the 27-acre driving range.
At Lava Lounge, parties settle into cushioned black chairs to share drags from single-, double-, or triple-hose hookahs. Thirty flavors of Starbuzz tobacco enchant palates with pomegranate and lemon-mint taste waves, while 15 hydro flavors replicate the relaxing experience sans tobacco. Patrons can sip turkish coffee or hot minty tea in between inhales or snack on simple Mediterranean fare such as kebabs, gyros, and rich hummus plates surrounded by petals of pita bread. Deep-crimson walls and petite red and white lights set an intimate mood as wispy threads of smoke waft through the air and puffing patrons practice blowing smoke inner tubes around one another.