While working as a secondary-school educator, Jarvis Daughrity saw that her students faced immense challenges on their paths to adulthood. She founded Pink Defying Gravity, Inc. to help young women in difficult situations to actuate their abilities and strengths through conferences and mentoring programs. Pink Defying Gravity’s programs include the Gen One! high-school mentoring program, young women’s leadership conferences, and Pink Girls Rock! pods, which help girls develop new philanthropic ideas.
Though their photography and videography has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, husband-and-wife duo Preston and Holly didn’t develop their skills overnight. Before the advent of digital photography, Preston labored in an old-fashioned darkroom, mastering the ins and outs of his craft, while Holly filmed sporting events at Cypress Ridge High School. As time clicked by one frame at a time, the duo built their skills and their vision, eventually laying the foundation of Injoy Media Productions.
Today, Preston and Holly lead four trained shutterbugs who capture the personalities of families, children, and seniors in their natural habitats—whether that be in a backyard or an aluminum-foil castle. The photographers' specialty, however, remains weddings, and to capture couples' vows and ceremonies they travel across the state and oceans. Snapping their shutters for upward of four hours, camera-wielders preserve memories with prints as large as 16”x20” and commemorative items such as press-printed albums. Meanwhile, two videographers film the proceedings for up to 10 hours before splicing footage into a highlight reel and an edited movie set to music or a choir of sobbing in-laws. To further enliven receptions or other events, Injoy Media Productions rents out photo booths accompanied by trunks of props, unlimited 4”x6” prints, and scrapbooks made onsite.
Budding scientists don white lab coats and safety glasses before entering Little Beakers, a science lab for kids, where four stations are stocked with all the equipment and ingredients needed to conduct up to 30 different hands-on, kid-friendly experiments—including explosions, reactions, bouncy balls, slime, and tornados. Built to pique children's interest in science, Little Beakers lets kids do hands-on experiments during which they perform every step of the process. Within an actual lab, parents join in alongside children, using real lab equipment and the Little Beakers Procedures Book as their guide.
With a staff of experienced instructors and a full suite of practice areas and playing fields, High Performance Baseball has all the tools a baseball or softball player needs to swing for the fences. A total of 10 indoor and outdoor batting cages facilitate practice sessions with turf flooring and L-screens, including Iron Mike pitching machines in the indoor cages. Two lighted fields stand ready for scrimmages at any time, with customizable configurations to host teams of all ages. Other practice areas include dirt and turf pitching mounds, infield practice grounds, and a dugout to hone skills of sunflower-seed spitting. The facility’s team of instructors includes experienced coaches and minor-league players.
The seasoned paranormal investigators at the Spirit Quest Center instruct burgeoning ghostbusters in the art of spectral detection on its spine-tingling Spring Ghost Tour. Before embarking into the ectoplasmic world, Spirit Quest preps spirit walkers ages 10 and older with a Ghost Hunting 101 lesson. Students learn investigation techniques such as detecting magnetic-field disturbances, using dowsing rods to communicate directly with specters, and uncovering electric voice phenomena (EVP) in digital recordings that capture the kelpie vibrato of karaoke phantasms. A professional paranormal investigator then leads the tour past some of Old Town Spring's oldest buildings, regaling the fascinating history of the vexed settlement with frequent stops for ghostly apparitions and interaction. During the 2.5- to three-hour tour, phantom pursuers may get the chance to chat with the poltergeists through the medium’s translation, asking questions about ghostly life and what it’s like to hang out with Elvis.