Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.
A fragrant array of bouquets that burst with purple tulips and sun-yellow daisies tugs at olfactory heartstrings, and a selection of gourmet gift baskets presents a bounty of tastefully arranged treats to distinguished taste buds. Flowers are arranged in bestselling combinations such as the Beautiful in Blue ($62.95), a mix of hydrangea, roses, white lilies and more in a cobalt blue vase. Love on the rocks is best served with a creative and contemporary design such as the Pretty Please arrangement ($44.95), a mélange of blooms in soft rose and lavender shades whose elegant pink bow provides a romantic antidote to a recently penned Dear John letter.
During the month of October, Fairview Tree Farm breaks out into Halloween-inspired atmosphere for hayrides. The nursery and farm welcomes guests for a series of spooky nights spent riding across a 1.5-mile route as spooky decorations and creatures attempt to rattle riders. Concessions are available before and after the ride, allowing customers to forget about their fear or their spilt candy corn with hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.
For nearly 20 years, Easter Seals' merrymakers have ornamented New Haven's Lighthouse Point Park with luminous holiday displays. As dusk settles, caravans wind their way through the spacious park's festive arrangements, which, in holidays past, have greeted revelers with flocks of deer peeking through the pines, igloos that broach the seashore, and blazing tunnels of twinkling lights. Many displays feature LED bulbs, which not only create more vibrant displays but also save electricity that can be used to recharge the noses of VIP reindeer. Every car that passes through the light-flecked park supports Easter Seals Disability Services, a nonprofit that provides enrichment opportunities for those with disabilities.
The Island Belle—a historic, three-story Mississippi River–style paddle wheeler—has carried passengers along the Virginia coastline, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi river, and other scenic waterways. Food is served aboard the vessel during breakfast, luncheon, and dinner cruises, which feature entrees such as stuffed pork loin with prosciutto, dried apricot, and sage. For those who are more thirsty than hungry, bartenders mix stiff drinks during cocktail cruises.