Cedarwood Farms spans 150 acres where visitors will find three all-weather arenas: one covered, one specifically designed for dressage, and one suited to the needs of hunter/jumper equestrians. There, instructors Jamie Kroh-Jones and Sandi Edscorn-White teach lessons to students aged 5 and older. While Sandi handles beginners, Jamie, a former collegiate equestrian, coaches riders as they transition from beginners to competitors to reclusive geniuses.
Tell us about your business.
Happy Hoops uses your basic, run of the mill hula hoop to burn fat, tone muscles, and improve cardiovascular function. It is a great, all-body, low-impact workout that allows you to set your own intensity. We believe that everyone can hoop and are proud to boast a 100% success rate in teaching adults to hula hoop
We are absolutely dedicated to the happy part of Happy Hoops. We have only two rules in our classes.
Rule #1: No negative self-talk. Students and instructors are absolutely forbidden to say things like "I can't do this," "I'm terrible at this," or "I’ll never learn this."
Rule #2: We don't say sorry. At some point, your hoop will fly across the room and hit the instructor—just smile, make an animal sound and move on. We even practice our animal sounds at the beginning of the class for good measure. No sorries.
What inspired you to open the fitness studio?
I hate gyms. I hate treadmills. I hate exercise. I hate sweating alone. And I really, really hate being fat. I used hula hooping to lose 40 pounds after our first child and hula hooping is how I lost 30 pounds after our second child. I found I could watch all the TV I wanted as long as I hula hooped the commercial. I got addicted to that and started hula hooping through entire shows. I am utterly convinced that exercise can be fun, and with a hula-hoop it is. The possibilities are limitless, really. No more workouts, just hoopouts!
What’s your favorite spot in the gym, and why?
Have I mentioned that I hate gyms? So, yeah—I like the smoothie bar when I am at a gym.
How did you personally get involved in fitness?
I've done sports competitively my entire life and my dad was an athletic trainer. As an adult, competitive sports just aren't as fun so I needed something different to get and keep myself fit. So, in 2008, when my tattoo artist was inking my arm and told me his wife was teaching hula hoop classes, I immediately signed up for one.
Tell us one interesting fact most people don't know about your business.
10% of all our class and hoop sales support the academic and residential care of an orphan in Port au Prince, Haiti.
What's your favorite workout?
I like off the body hooping combinations that involve shoulders and elbows.
What’s the best food to eat before a workout, and after?
I'm supposed to say lettuce, but I'm gonna be honest. I go for the ice cream.
Steady beats, syncopated rhythms, rim shots, and other quintessential percussion fills the air at Dean's Drum Den. Drawing on his 30 years of playing and teaching experience, Dean shows students basic techniques and demonstrates entry-level beats in private sessions until they're are ready to tackle more complicated beats.
The Junior League of Chattanooga, a coalition of local women improving their community through charity work and education, won the 2011 Nonprofit of the Year award from its city’s chamber of commerce. Recognized as the second oldest Junior League chapter in the South, the organization has poured approximately $2 million and 425,000 volunteer hours into the city since its founding in 1917. With more than 600 current members, the Junior League of Chattanooga fundraises by holding annual events, such as the Tour du Jour, a walking tour of stylish local kitchens, and by selling the League cookbook, Seasoned to Taste, which features recipes for delectable meals and after-dinner treats sweeter than the heartwarming bird song of a marshmallow Peep. League wealth flows throughout the city, funding the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile as well as advocacy against online predators and workshops on baby-care basics.
Jonesborough, Tennessee is a small town with a population of around 5,100 people. The team at East TN Ghost Tours / Paranormal Technology, however, would say that the number of residents is actually much, much higher. Many of the townsfolk just happen to be ghosts?and therefore, they can't find the appropriate box to check on their census forms.
During tours, guides take groups out into the streets to narrate Jonesborough's history and resultant hauntings, which stretch back as far as the 1800s. On certain trips, the guides also teach people how to use paranormal investigation equipment, such as IR meters and digital thermometers. Investigators are certainly in good hands: members of the paranormal technology team have appeared on the Destination America show A Haunting, as well as area radio programs.
When Franklin on Foot founder and guide Margie Thessin discusses the Civil War?s impact on Franklin, she shuns dry textbook summaries. Instead, she gathers groups before historic homes and battle sites, and she explains, ?The war happened here. The people who lived here, this war was their 9/11. This was their Pearl Harbor.? Suddenly, she sees sets of eyes light up, as minds make the leap from musty tomes and texts to the people who lived?and fought and died?where they now stand 150 years ago.
To make history relevant, Ms. Thessin humanizes it, honing in on the famous and lesser-known people who shaped Franklin and the struggles they faced to do so. In that spirit, she seeks out guides who are not only passionate about history, but also possess a natural knack for storytelling.
In keeping with her commitment to orchestrate vivid tours, Ms. Thessin conducts them by bike or on foot. ?You get so much from a place by walking it instead of looking out a window of a bus?you may as well fly at 32,000 feet,? she says. Small groups of sightseers stroll or if preferred, Charleston across the downtown area or expand their tour?s scope by cruising on one of Franklin on Foot?s 24-speed Fuji bikes.