Ocean Aviation buoys bystanders above the air currents of coastal Maryland, laying out a giant's-eye view of Ocean City and the surrounding area. A 30-minute tour takes wing from the Ocean City Airport, leading passengers on a northward sojourn over West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, the Isle of Wright, and numerous cloud topiaries. A quick bank to the east crosses the Route 90 bridges before a southern turn unveils the Ocean City skyline and boardwalk before powered sky kites glide above the shallows of the Atlantic Ocean and impressive estates on the South Point. The tour concludes with a pass over the town of Berlin, followed by a landing back at the airport. A maximum of three passengers on each tour ensures that the experience remains intimate, whether aeronauts choose to gaze out the window or focus eyes on the in-flight cartoon.
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IndieFlix delivers festival-selected independent films to movie mavens via interactive DVD film-festival kits and an extensive online streaming library. Using the Deluxe Film Festival in a Box Movie Club Starter Kit, which was profiled in the New York Times, silver-screen buffs host their own private film festivals, where viewers can watch a series of short films and vote online in various categories, such as Best Movie, Best Performance, and the Jar Jar Binks Award for Best Supporting Actor. Every Deluxe package includes four individual genre-based games, each with four films. Viewers can choose between the Grown-up Edition, which features four games—Pottymouth Comedy, Zombie, Chillers, and Dark Comedy—and the Family Edition, also featuring four games—Fantastic, Comedy, Powered By Girls, and Love (both editions valued at $49.99).
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
If the main objective of the glamour photographer is to make the model look attractive, there are probably more challenging subjects than Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera—but that doesn't mean David Blecman is complaining. The Positive Negatives founder and longtime shutterbug—he was named the photo editor of his county newspaper before his 20th birthday more than 30 years ago—has a history of plucking these plum gigs, having snapped pictures of celebrities such as Jimmy Buffett and Gene Simmons and worked for commercial clients including Sears, JCPenney, and Bath & Body Works.
At his studio, Blecman applies his skills toward shooting everything from headshots for models and actors to portraits of kids and teens. He also shares his expertise during workshops that cover both photography and modeling, so students can know what it feels like to be on both sides of a lens without giving their neighbors a turn with the binoculars.
The J/Boats sailing vessels at J World Annapolis serve as floating classrooms for students of all skill levels as they improve their sailing techniques under the tutelage of expert coaches. Budding buccaneers can make smooth forays into the sport via one of the school’s many Learn to Sail courses, which range from three-hour group lessons to five-day comprehensives. Up to four students of similar experience levels control the ship from the time they unmoor until they return, rotating through the different onboard positions while the instructor keeps a close eye on safety, expounds upon sailing theory, and warns the team of upcoming whale mouths. From there, intrepid sailors can choose from a variety of courses geared toward continuous improvement, culminating in the advanced racing course for expert speedsters.