As cool breezes cut summer heat and the leaves fade into sunset hues, Pin Oak Farms celebrates autumn with pumpkin picking, bonfires, and other activities. Tractors full of hay bales and visitors rumble out toward vegetable fields, happy shouts spiraling back toward areas for face painting and petting farm animals. A 5-acre corn maze or smaller straw-bale maze test one’s sense of direction or ability to crack open a compass and eat the good parts. Kids plop themselves down in a giant tub of corn, clamber around in bounce houses, or putt games of pumpkin-themed mini golf. At dusk, bonfires warm hands and bring to life dancing shadows behind groups and scout troops.
The music pulses in the air, almost drowning out the crack as bowling balls hit their targets. Colorful lights skitter across the lanes, while guests sit at tables that glow with space-age decals. It?s another weekend at Oasis Lanes, and Cosmic Bowling is on the agenda. During the other five nights of the week, leagues, birthday parties, and groups of friends take turns tossing balls down lanes, all with the aim of knocking down as many pins as possible. Between games, the Palm Court Caf? helps guests refuel with pizzas, sandwiches, and cheeseburgers. For other modes of entertainment, the alley?s Mirage lounge pairs tequila and beer with rounds of karaoke and competitive origami folding.
Since graduating from William Woods University’s equestrian science program, Jennifer Murphy-Buck of Gallop Equestrian Center has stacked her resumé with accomplishments in the field. From developing and teaching a vaulting class at WWU to running a nonprofit horsemanship program, Murphy-Buck laid solid groundwork for opening Gallop Equestrian Center in 2010. For the past two years, Murphy-Buck has worked alongside professional trainers Stephanie Marquart and Kylin Coulter-Meyer, leading classes in dressage, vaulting, and therapeutic riding. The trio also offers boarding, lavishing each stable occupant with hot washes, summer fans, and 24-hour room service.