Deborah Reavis, the resident artist at Wine, Paint & Canvas, has nearly two decades of teaching art under her belt, making her an excellent tutor for classrooms full of fledgling painters of all ages. Seated in front of rows of provided easels and surrounded by the works of past classes, students follow their instructors’ directions to produce the evening’s piece. Though everyone works from the same template, each student has the chance to stylistically personalize their work by mixing colors or painting only the coolest facial hair on self-portraits. Before brush touches canvas, guests can mingle over glasses of BYO wine and bottles of beer, with soda available for purchase.
Curt "Rigger" Mordus, a state-certified firearm instructor, and his wife Cori Knight, a deputy sheriff, organized their training team by selecting instructors with backgrounds in special forces and law enforcement. Together, they share their expertise and which eye they prefer to squint with in Riggers Arms' classes, which range from the NRA basic-pistol-shooting course to the advanced tactical multigun course. They also tailor classes exclusively for women and youth. Though Curt and Cori occasionally host open shooting at Rigger Arms' academy, they operate a training-first facility that welcomes civilians, military professionals and the police.
Prolific golf-course-design company Love Enterprises and Associates—which counts 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III as a principal—orchestrated Anderson Creek Golf Club's classic layout. The course maintains a strict adherence to upkeep, and in 2008, Golf Digest rewarded its efforts with a prestigious 4.5-star rating and an oversize lollipop.
Today, the course showcases a verdant path of rolling fairways, groves of longleaf pine trees, and water features that come into play on at least six holes. A traditional course by design, only twice do fairways run directly parallel to each other, instead leading golfers on two roundabout loops. On the par 3 fourth hole, golfers must blast a 205-yard tee shot over water while hoping that the green accepts a visit without demanding that golfers remove their shoes before entering.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Total length of 7,215 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 75.1 from the back tees
* Course slope of 144 from the back tees
* Five sets of tees per hole
As a part of the developmental side of Aptitude Habilitation Services, Aptitude Explore and Sea Children's Gym & Therapy maintains a fun play space where instructors lead interactive classes for children of all ages. The practice specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum, and its curriculum of interactive classes helps kids develop interpersonal and motor skills that prepare them for school. Director Carolyne Largo holds a specialized master's degree in special education as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology. She works with kids in a space filled with colorful mats for tumbling classes and a kid-size climbing area for little ones to scale during open-play sessions.
The Survival Sprint takes runners through forests, sand dunes, open fields, and waterways—but it’s not merely a test of speed and endurance. Throughout the course, sprinters encounter 20 obstacles that test old-school survival skills, such as feeding animals, chopping wood, and raising a barn. The course also includes a zip line and areas where racers may have to crawl and swim. After crossing the finish line, runners can unwind with complimentary beer and fresh fruit.
The instructors at Noah’s Art can see the artist within every child. During classes, summer camps, and birthday parties, they teach children aged 3–14 fine-art techniques with hands-on, playful art experiences. Instructors focus on instilling in children the confidence that comes from creating an original piece and igniting their imagination to allow them to explore their creativity outside of the classroom.