At Encore Farms, a wide assortment of jumping obstacles—including cross rails and verticals ornamented with colorful flowers—populate the different rings, ready for clearing by teams of horse and rider. Shira Horowitz looks on, overseeing each student’s advancement by passing on skills she learned from riding horses since she was a little girl and earning an Equine Science degree from Wilson College. Shira gently but persistently coaxes the best performance out of her pupils, regardless of whether they aspire to enter serious competition or just need an icebreaker for chance encounters with knights in shining armor.
Though he had originally studied architecture and interior design, Michael Peluso found his career path to be artistically lacking. Once he took his first glass-blowing class, though, he knew he’d found his true medium. It was a logical fit, as his ancestors had practiced the art in Germany and Italy. Michael has since gained knowledge from numerous glass-blowing masters. He passes on this knowledge to his students in various classes, during which he teaches them how to safely manipulate molten glass and blow it into intensely colored marbles.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
As more theaters converted to high-quality digital projection, FunTime Cinemas knew it had to keep up with the times. There was one small problem: the cost. Independent from the industry behemoths, the community-focused FunTime Cinemas needed some help to fund the conversion and maintain its affordable ticket prices. So it reached out to its patrons through the Dollars for Digital campaign, which helped raise enough money for all three theaters to become 100% digital. The updated projection allows FunTime to continue showcasing the newest major releases, as well as special one-time screenings of smaller features, with crisp picture and sound at deeply discounted prices.
Originally constructed in 1958, Suburban Bowlerama now boasts a renovated bowling emporium of 30 automatically scored lanes, a pro shop, a full snack bar, and a lounge. Bowl for two hours with a posse of up to six people total, outfitted with rental shoes and an arsenal of strike-hungry spheroids. Celebrate pin decimation and gutter-snubbing throws with toasts from a pitcher of soda provided by the snack bar, or drink to novices' meritorious scores, courtesy of optional bumper bowling. Groups can also take part in cosmic glow bowl, where rolling orbs transform into cosmic neon meteorites and blown kisses metamorphose into UFOs.
Armed with 20 years of experience, the brewmasters at Mr. Steve's Homebrew and Wine Supplies help amateur boozesmiths notch the proper equipment and wisdom to craft homemade beer and wine. Bring beer dreams to foamy fruition with the Brewer Best kit (a $75 value), which includes the containers, tubes, and other necessary gewgaws, but excludes bottles and patience. A variety of ingredient kits (a $40 value) can facilitate the production of about 50 bottles of beer in a wide range of flavors and species, including standbys such as irish stout and brown ale or seasonals such as Summer Delight. Alternately, find a way to fill up empty water balloons with a winemaking equipment kit (a $115 value) and ingredient kit (a $100 value). The kit enables budding vintners to produce about 30 bottles of riesling, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, or myriad other varieties.