In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
At Off Limits Paintball, combatants pelt one another with vivid hues as trained officials preside over a 12-field, 50-acre expanse. Before taking the field, competitors outfit themselves with an included mask, gun, CO2, 100 paintballs, and a brief lesson in abstract expressionist tech-niques. Game sessions rotate across fields, with areas including a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility, the tubular barricades of Pipe Dreams, and the privately designed, 007-approved Thunderball. Fresh water on every field keeps trigger ticklers hydrated, while complimentary dressing rooms and showers help wash away remnants of paint and shame from playing dead all day. Fuel up at the course’s concession stand with pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, and beverages, then defeat opponents by exe-cuting a surprise midmeal combat roll. Off Limits is a field-paint-only facility, and customers can purchase extra paint ($5 for 100; $20 for 500) on-site.
In West Monroe's countryside, 20 acres of grapevines sway among gently rolling hills and tall, old trees. This is Landry Vineyards, tended by Jeff and Libby Landry and their four sons. They began growing hybrid blanc du bois grapes—specially bred to withstand the South's climate—at their first vineyard in Folsom back in 1999. However, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina leveled their crops, inspiring them to move to higher ground.
Today, the Landrys ferment a full roster of wines from blanc du bois and other hardy Southern grapes. The crisp fruit flavors of semisweet blanc du bois white pair well with spicy Cajun and French-inspired fare, whereas the Envie Rouge—made with red Cynthiana-Norton and black spanish grapes—acquires its spice from oak-barrel aging. The Landrys also import and ferment many grapes that they can't grow, including hand-picked bunches of cabernet from Washington state and California. Though locals have been enjoying the fruits of the Landry family's labors for several years, the vineyard's appearance in a 2012 episode of Duck Dynasty introduced the Louisiana-made wines to a national audience, drawing in droves of customers from all over the country.
Besides sipping wines, customers can visit the picturesque vineyard for tastings and cellar and winery tours. And during regular concerts, they can sip wine among the sounds of blues, jazz, and grapes quietly gossiping about which grape pickers have the softest hands.