Lilting voices from two violins and a harpsichord etch out the notes of Purcell’s Pavan in B-flat Major, filling a small room with layered textures and slowly unfolding emotions. The three performers lean into their instruments, their private concert as intimate as it would have been if performed in the 17th century. This is what the Salish Sea Players create at each of their concerts: unexpected music in unexpected venues. Linda Melsted and Olga Hauptman on baroque violins and Fred Hauptman on the harpsichord perform in retirement, memory-care, and long-term-care facilities for people who are unable to attend traditional venues due to a lack of mobility or resources.
Before each concert, the trio greets audience members individually and answers questions about the historical instruments they use and the style of music they play. Their instruments reflect what would have been used historically: antique bows, strings made of unwound gut, and copies of original scores. Then they fill the air with the sounds of Handel, Mazas, Sousa, or Bartok, the sweet music combining with the historical approach to create an intriguing atmosphere and educational moment for the audience to share together.
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Jet City Improv's team of chuckle chasers has been busting guts since 1992, passing over scripted comedy routines in favor of off-the-cuff acts that lead audiences into uncharted comedic territory. Over the course of each 90-minute show, the ever-rotating cast MacGyvers together functional comedy sketches from random ideas collected from the audience. Jet City guarantees that each bit will be appropriate for viewers of all ages, thanks to each actor's supreme discretion and internal three-second delay. A concession stand with popcorn, candy, and other snacks runs at every show, often accompanied by a full bar serving laugh-loosening beverages.
Dify Fitness’s founder and head trainer Mark Haner likes to joke around, talk, sing praises of his hometown, and above all, assist kids and adults on the journey toward long-term wellness. For more than 11 years, Mark coached local teens on high-school basketball and track teams, eventually extending his fitness expertise to adults via private-training sessions, boot camps, and instructional online fitness videos. Defying the stereotypical behaviors associated with hardhearted drill-sergeant trainers, Mark’s good-natured teaching methods include constant encouragement and nutritional support, and never yelling or laughing at a toupee knocked askew during jump-rope warm-ups.
The Hawaiian sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is both fun, and great form of exercise. Lakes, rivers, oceans, ponds...SUP can be experienced wherever there is a body of water. Stoke Harvester offers SUP rentals, and guided tours of the Puget Sound, and Lake Washington. Experience the water like never before.
CKO Kickboxing's Joseph Andreula opened up his first gym in Hoboken, New Jersey, back in 1997. In that humble location, the fitness guru helped his clients shed their spare pounds and ratchet up their self-esteem with intense kickboxing workouts. Once word got out that Joseph's program of punching and kicking heavy bags got you more ripped than stay-at-home programs of punching and kicking ghosts, the gym caught on. CKO Kickboxing locations began to pop up throughout the country, where the newly expanded company's commitment to delivering heart-pumping workouts even earned a mention on NBC's Today.
A hearty menu encourages sports fans to nibble between impassioned shouts at Mick Finster's 17 glowing screens. Paler patrons may sunbathe on Mick's beachside patio and interchange sudsy sips from the 13-beer tap (not included in today's deal) with bites of baked Idaho potato skins sprinkled generously with crispy bacon and green onions, and coated in a thick melted layer of Tillamook cheddar ($7.45 for regular). Mick's favorite burger bulges with one pound of grilled sirloin, crunchy lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and secret sauce, which is carefully crafted by whispering cooks ($11.50). While awaiting a Slam Dunk ground-beef sandwich ($8.75) or a wedge salad ($4.95), guests may shoot stripes and solids on Mick's billiards tables, whose clean green tops seem to celebrate the pub's Celtic roots and mock unwelcome dandelions.