As the sun rises over the forested wetlands of Dallas County, a group of camouflaged hunters leads dogs to a blind. From their perch, the shooters wait to spot passels of ducks or pheasants. The gunmen raise their rifles. They aim. Then they fire. Their feathered bounty falls from the sky.
Scenes such as this are business as usual during the autumn months at Central Alabama Fowl Preserve. There, staffers help outfit hunters with the amenities needed for a successful day, including a lodge equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, and a social area where groups can unwind. On the offseason, the preserve opens a skeet-shooting range to help clients keep their aim sharp.
At the Southern Bridal Faire, planners and couples-to-be gather in the Alabama Ballroom at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center to meet with vendors and gather ideas for decorations, fashions, photos, and venues for their upcoming nuptials. Experienced DJs, photographers, and designers meet face-to-face with future brides and grooms, which makes the wedding-planning process less stressful and brings couples a few steps closer to making their dream events a reality.
Skaters glide over the ice year-round at Ice Palace, a temperature-controlled stating rink located inside Eastdale Mall. The rink hosts regular open-skate sessions as well as parties with snacks catered by the mall's eateries. For a taste of competition, visitors can join a scheduled game of broomball?a team sport played on the ice in tennis shoes.
Express Fitness 24/7 helps lads and ladies of all fitness levels reach new heights of health with a smorgasbord of machines and free weights that members can access 24 hours a day. Clients can engage every muscle group on Cybex weight and cardio equipment or enlist the help of a personal trainer, who can devise a custom-tailored fitness and nutrition program for each individual. In addition to exercise, Express invites guests to get their exteriors glowing with onsite tanning equipment or replenish their stores of protein and vitamins at the smoothie bar.