The Edge’s movie masters light up wall-to-wall screens with anticipated blockbusters and obscure indie flicks as guests kick back in high-backed, adjustable chairs. 18-inch risers position each row at just the right height for an unobstructed stadium-style view, and Dolby Digital surround sound systems tickle eardrums with multidimensional soundscapes. While cinephiles tuck in to tasty tidbits and delicious plotlines, moveable cup-holder armrests make it easy to stow beverages, snuggle with loved ones, or catapult beverages onto not-so-loved ones. The concessions stand sells beer and wine throughout screenings.
Each fall, when the pumpkins are plump and the corn grows high, Dream Field Farms and Pumpkin Patch welcomes the public to its acres of family-friendly fun. Wander through the pumpkin patch to find the perfect canvas for carving a jack-o-lantern or place bets on the fastest looking piglet during high-stakes pig races. Elsewhere, a cow train chugs along toting passengers as little ones converse with farm animals inside the barn.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds are spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The skilled staff at Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club presides over a safe thoroughfare for both seasoned shooters and green trigger fingers to hone precision aim. The club houses 12 shooting stations where guests can target earthen wildlife doppelgängers as they fly over two expansive landscapes. The 50 included sporting clays contribute ample ceramic prey, and two boxes of ammunition outfit shooters with appropriate launchibles. Prospective clay-shooting converts can rest assured that target presentations frequently vary, preventing frustrating shooting plateaus.
Thirty glossy lanes await pin pounders of all stripes at Bama Lanes, a locally owned bowling center that has been racking up spares and strikes for more than 35 years. Players are first outfitted with a rented pair of slide-friendly soles (a $3 value) allowing them to take to the lanes with the same smooth, slick grace of butter melting on a Motown record. Duckpin-hunting season commences as bowlers test their backspin techniques in two 10-frame games (up to a $7.50 value) that can be shared with a friend or played-out in a double-dose of skill-boosting solitude. Between frames, Bama Lanes keeps somnolent strike-throwers energized with a complete snack bar and pro shop, and a postgame party lounge hosts pocket billiards and joyous karaoke sing-alongs that may inspire pins to knock themselves over in silent protest.
As an award-winning studio, the Alabama Dance Theatre preps professional ballerinas for the stage and delivers classically driven performances to area audiences. The company’s production of The Little Mermaid foregrounds the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of mermaid love with dazzling, bipedal choreography and vibrant music. ADT's resident choreographer, Sara Sanford, invokes the longing of the titular mermaid’s desire to walk on land, find her one true love, and plausibly eat a bowl of soup. The show includes an additional live choir performance arranged by Foye DuBose, a comedic ballet, and a new abstract piece. Premium ticketholders receive a front-center orchestra-level seat, and regular ticketholders are granted a prime spot in the mezzanine. Check the seating chart for additional information. Guests can pick up their tickets at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre from February 28 to March 4, and it is recommended that will-call tickets be snapped up at least 30 minutes before show time.