Avid golfer Chris Verhoff spent many a winter counting down the days until the temperatures would rise and clear away the snow so he could hit the links. Impatient with the grueling winter months, Verhoff had an idea that grew into the Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center, a place that allows golfers to swing their clubs year-round, rain or shine. The 10,000-square-foot space features indoor driving ranges installed by Verhoff himself with his own two hands and one of his feet. Golf simulators transport people through 23 popular courses—including Doral and Pebble Beach—with high-tech software that factors in club speed, ball speed, ball spin, and wind speed to mimic a real game of golf.
Certified CrossFit instructor and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Josh Maney aims to help clients take on new challenges in their workout regiment. As a former player on University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's national champion football team, he motivates exercisers through the CrossFit Consumed’s Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics-infused workouts included with gym memberships to help them reach their fitness peaks. The major lifts—dead lift, squat, clean, presses, C&J, and snatch—work a variety of muscle groups. Clients keep muscles guessing with a mishmash of gymnastics basics, including dips, rope climbs, splits, handstands, and sit-ups. All CrossFit coaches work closely with clients in order to perfect their form and push them toward reaching their highest potential.
In "From France to Spain," the Wisconsin Philharmonic ends a season that paid tribute to the great French composers with a border-breaching grand finale that links the Gallic tradition to Spain and the U.S. Joined by award-winning young Spanish soloist Jose Franch-Ballester, the orchestra leads with Debussy's Clarinet Rhapsody, followed by Copland's Clarinet Concerto, whose quintessentially American character shows up in the score's jazzy passages, which Copland composed in a star-spangled tuxedo. A suite of Spanish-flavored pieces from Basque composer Maurice Ravel concludes the evening, beginning with the notoriously difficult Alborada del Gracioso and culminating in the satisfying rhythmic thrum of Bolero.
At Healing Forest Studio, founder and former university art professor Lori Slocomb blends multiple artistic styles into one unique, accessible curriculum. Having lived in both New York and L.A., Lori has experienced first-hand the artistic differences that separate the coasts. She aspires to bridge that gap by sharing both conceptual and technical schools of thought with her students, as she and her team of instructors join forces to offer professional, college-grade drawing and painting classes. Lori also takes pride in the open atmosphere and positive energy of her studio, which makes beginner-level and veteran artists alike feel welcome.
The supportive instructors at Otto's Fine Art Academy work closely with blossoming artists to build upon foundational drawing and painting skills and encourage creativity. In small classes for children, teens, and adults, the studio teaches students to work with materials ranging from basic pencils to more advanced watercolors, pastels, and oil paints. The instructors pride themselves on giving one-on-one attention, and allow students to work at their own pace as they strive toward their own goals, such as finishing a landscape painting or winning a game of tic-tac-toe. Week-long summer camps follow specific themes that can included outdoor art, impressionism, and Picasso-inspired monsters.
Since 2000, historic downtown Waukesha's House of Guinness has maintained the convivial atmosphere of a pub located in the Irish countryside. Inside, bartenders serve microbrews and handcrafted beers alongside classic European imports such as Franziskaner, Guinness, and Strongbow. They also stock many Irish spirits, including a 12-year Tullamore Dew Black Bush and an 18-year Jameson that goes down smoother than a bowling ball in a bobsleigh track. Traditional bar food, including pizzas and pasties, accompany the pours, which guests can savor while watching the game or tapping their toes along to live Irish music.