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.
Today, she owns an art studio profiled by Fox 43 and magazines, but in 2011, Stacey McConnell just wanted to make friends. She had just moved to New Freedom from New Orleans and didn't know anyone yet. Stacey's brainstorming—and her outgoing nature—led her to consider BYOB paint parties; eventually, this train of thought carried her all the way through the creation of her very own studio. There, art lovers from all walks of life hold a glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other as an instructor guides them through the creation of an easy-to-follow image. But BYOB paint parties aren't the only events filling A Splash of Art's agenda. In addition to being available for private events, the studio is mobile: staff members pack up paints to pay house calls, and wineries host painting events that supply their varietals to visiting canvas smearers.
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.
When the overhead lights go down at Colony Park Lanes, it doesn’t always mean it's time to go home. On Friday and Saturday evenings, it signals the start of Glow Bowling, preparing pin pummelers for a night of heart-pumping beats, black lights, fog, and glow-in-the-dark lanes that lasts until 1 a.m. It's just one of many things that draws families to the 32-lane alley, which also boasts a game room and full lounge with five big-screen TVs. Daytime games invite bowlers to roll strikes under traditional lighting as 180-inch above-lane projection screens play music videos and sports coverage, saving visitors the trouble of interviewing their own bowling balls. The center also welcomes kids for birthday parties that include unlimited frames, pizza or hot dogs, and balloon party favors, and can equip lanes with optional bumpers to ensure youngsters have an even playing field at all times.
A totem pole shaped like a four-scoop ice-cream cone stands as a beacon in front of Jim Mack's Ice Cream, beckoning passers-by to experience the nostalgic establishment's homemade ice cream, 24-hole miniature-golf course, and resident black bear, Ricky. The ice-cream stand and snack shop, which opened in 1958, crafts a menu of ice cream, malts, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and other specialties. The outdoor picnic area allows guests to enjoy their treats to the sounds of chirping birds and whistling winds, which also serve as the mini-golf course's full-time commentators. The expansive, family-friendly facility also features a pinball arcade and a miniature zoo. Llamas and goats roam the petting-zoo area, grazing from the delicious pellets that grow in children's hands. The facility's mascot, Ricky the bear, also greets guests from inside of her large enclosure where she climbs on logs and tells jokes for nickels.