Balloon pilots take up to eight passengers on hushed flights above the broccoli floret treetops and azure waterways of the Edmonton countryside. Twice a day, bulbous polyester sheets fill with heated propane and thousands of flapping doves as passengers ascend to the skies in their basket. Balloon trips float past the same landscape traversed by Windship Aviation since 1982 before touching down for toasts and the presentation of keepsakes.
For nearly three decades of summers, the aquatic siren song of Wild Waters has drawn aquatic merrymakers. Four full-sized water slides criss-cross atop grassy knolls, zipping visitors through copses of trees and into waiting pools. A pair of intermediate slides twists into the sun-splashed grid, as does a lazy river, a sitting pool, and a rafting ride that lets people experience the excitement of escaping a sinking cruise ship. Back on dry land, a full concession stand and ice-cream parlour vend edible reprieves from the heat, fuelling patrons for water-free fun on the sand volleyball court or nine-hole mini-golf course.
Hadestown filters the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the anachronistic imagination and emotionally immediate voice of singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and her seven-piece orchestra. In this version, the titular pair descend into the underworld not because of supernatural meddling or because Eurydice dropped her cell phone down a hole, but because Mr. Hades' gold-mining town seems to offer a darkly shining road out of their poverty. The work first reached a broad audience as a critically acclaimed 2010 album that built what Paste Magazine called "wondrous ensemble singing" from famous voices including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Ani DiFranco.
At Movimento, owner Juan Medrano and his team of trainers guide clients through training and nutrition programs designed to instill long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits. Instead of focusing on shedding an extra 10 pounds or looking toned, trainees are encouraged to commit to improving their health in ways that affect every aspect of their lives. Trainers work to make fitness routines exciting and fun, and strive to create a motivational and supportive environment for every client.
Lime-green and bright-blue walls flank the brightly lit facility, where clients choose from three types of training sessions: 1-on-1, semiprivate in a group of up to four, and larger group classes. Supplementing the calorie-incinerating routines are seasonally available nutrition programs.
Brooms in hand, the sweepers take their positions on the ice. They lean down, touch their bristles to frost, and await the signal to begin their work. They’re not there for some strange cleaning ritual; rather, they’re there as escorts, ready to guide their gigantic stone passenger safely—and accurately—to its intended target. Scenes like this happen every day at Jasper Place Curling Club. There, curlers of all experience levels engage the sport through doubles matches and competitive league play. Experienced sweepers delight in the consistent, fast ice surface. After honing a few tosses on the practice ice, they often take to the curling sheet for games played in accordance with the Canadian Curling Association rulebook, which outlaws the use of vacuums. After rousing matches, players frequently retire to the club’s amply stocked bar to watch their fellow curlers or take in some highlights on the two big-screen televisions.
Before becoming the head coach at Sparta Fencing Club in 2010, Miro Lusic was nimbly pouncing on one accomplishment after another. Miro joined the Croatian Junior National Team in 1999, and after six short years, he managed to achieve National Champion status. He also racked up numerous medals and even spent time as a Croatian national epee coach. Today, his experience serves him well at Sparta Fencing Club, where he works with students of all ability levels—some as young as 4 years old—in classes that aim to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and poise, all of which are necessary in becoming a champion fencer or an ace at carnival ring toss.