The white wings of the FPNA A22 Valor slice through clouds as they soar high above the Georgia wilderness. With a cruising speed of 100 miles per hour, the small, agile plane is ideally suited for new pilots. Having already been trained on the ground, these pilots feel pretty comfortable behind the controls, but there's something to be said for the rush of steering an actual plane for the first time. Adding to that rush is the fact that both of the plane's doors can remain open during the flight, allowing in crisp air and skydiving hitchhikers. Atmosphere Aviation's team of professional instructors trains students at any level of experience, so you can come back after your first flight to hone your piloting chops or rent a plane for a joyride through the sky.
Anyone active in Savannah’s theatre community in the 70s and 80s would likely have encountered Tom Coleman III, a director who began his career at the Savannah Young People’s Theatre. He produced and directed more than 200 shows in the ensuing 35 years, culminating in the founding of the Savannah Community Theatre. The company often produces shows by local playwrights, along with a weekly, pirate-themed murder mystery dinner show.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
The scent of hot, sugary confections lets passersby know they’re approaching The Donut Shop of Rincon. The shop’s chefs rise early to start baking fresh treats each day, such as raspberry-filled cake donuts, glazed yeast donuts, and cinnamon-crusted twists. They also concoct breakfast sandwiches from sausage, bacon, ham, and cheese, and salads filled with chicken. As they create, they’re surrounded by wall murals depicting donuts dripping with frosting, steaming lattes beneath mountains of whipped cream, and piles of donut holes slowly becoming self-aware.
The weapons experts of Aim Center Mass use their knowledge to serve the public, law enforcement, military, and first responders. The partner business of Mission Essential Inc., Aim Center Mass houses a climate-controlled, eight-lane shooting range with lighted stalls to enhance marksmen’s vision. The facility also encompasses three archery ranges outfitted with the TechnoHunt bow-hunting system, which lets guests test their aim on virtual trophies such as bear, elk, and herds of Oscar statues. An online zombie-shooting game further entertains clientele outside the range.
Daily live entertainment bolsters Bayou Cafe's menu of classic Cajun cuisine, such as jambalaya and po boy sandwiches, adorned with fresh, locally sourced seafood or spicy sausage and chicken. Diners can perch at the fully stocked bar and tap toes or phone lines to the beat of live blues and Southern rock music, which takes the stage nightly. Billiards, darts, and video games entertain guests between drinks. Exposed brick walls surround tables in the dining room, and an outdoor patio overlooks Savannah's historic, bustling River Street and its namesake waterway. The kitchen dishes up Southern-style morsels until the wee hours, allowing for late-night revelry and successfully executed surprise parties for pet owls.
Congress Street Social Club’s eclectic kitchen serves up familiar café staples with unexpected international touches. Meal recipients can take a world tour of sliders, such as the Danang, which teams tender pork shoulder with asian slaw and sriracha, or the brisket-loaded Tango, a petite patty of beef brisket mounded with hard-cooked egg and piquant south american chimichurri ($2.25 each). Sliders can also be ordered in ballpark-ready platters as a double ($6), triple ($8), or home run order of four ($10), all served with fries. The menu’s heavyweight entree-salads reach skyward with generous toppings, including the chopped cobb's bounty of grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and hard-boiled egg ($12), which proves the old adage that eggs fix everything, from boring salads to failing penguin marriages.