At Jazzfest Wellington, celebrated tunesmiths pollinate the air with the gentle sounds of jazz as polo mallets graze the grass. As a lineup of jazz greats casts its becalming spell, lovers of mellow tunes and parlayed horse golf sprawl out on blankets, chairs, or edible hammocks made of fruit rollups. Friday festivities start at 5 p.m. with trumpeter and flugelhorn virtuoso Cindy Bradley, whose durable lungs and cheeks earned her the title of Best New Artist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards. Friday also features beguiling pop and jazz standards from chanteuse Nicole Henry and a headlining performance from chart-topping smooth-jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair.
At the head of Stage Hill Polo, owner and instructor Peter Poor?who has been featured in The Boston Globe?draws on more than 50 years of polo experience to teach the game to students of all skill levels. After guiding students to their provided horses and mallets, Poor teaches his students all about polo strategies and the game's terms and phrases, such as "chukkers," "bumps," and "that's a football." He holds lessons in a small paddock so that riders can learn the sport in a low-intensity atmosphere. Poor welcomes all skill levels and oversees friendly scrimmages during which students can put their newly acquired skills to the test.
Hot Shots Paintball?s 20 acres of sprawling terrain play host to paint slingers dashing around ten outdoor fields during adrenaline-pumping speedball, woodsball, and scenario games. Strewn with tires, a maze of plywood walls, and even an old bus, the fields conceal players from advancing enemies and stealth bombers migrating south for the winter. After epic battles, the onsite pro shop plies players with extra field-paint ammunition. Paintballing friends can also plan fun paintball-team events, birthday parties, and corporate outings for effective team-building exercises that don?t involve gluing the sales staff to people in marketing.
Power lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and jumping rope. These are several tools CrossFit uses to facilitate fitness, but not all of them. At CrossFit Wellington, coaches employ the system's medley of exercises to create a comprehensive workout. That workout features constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. In short order, it builds total-body fitness—enhancing strength, stamina, and agility. Instructors change workouts daily, too, to keep boredom from sneaking in and ruining motivation. Motivation, actually, is another tool of CrossFit, and CrossFit Wellington's staff of trainers knows just how use it to keep everyone on track and inspired to achieve goals. And, since workouts can be adapted to anyone's abilities, CrossFit is ideal for all fitness levels and ages. An inclusive system by nature, trainers further its accessibility by offering beginner's classes and even kids' programs.
Certain schools of symbology recognize iron as a sign of inner strength and the lion as an animal of sound judgment. These two ideas merge to form the philosophy and name of Iron Lion Fitness Studio, a place that celebrates strong minds, strong bodies, and robotic wildcats. Inside the gym, painted inscriptions of encouragement and portraits of the namesake feline float above the mirrors, as exercisers tackle one-hour yoga classes or hug turns on steerable RealRyder indoor cycles. Trainers incinerate calories with one-on-one sessions, enhanced by the gym's signature nutritional coaching program, called AWOL, which simplifies weight loss with clear meal plans.
Stretching across 2,200 acres of pristine grounds, Polo West is a multisport facility designed to host high-energy entertainment that brings together such athletic endeavors as golf, rodeos, and polo matches. Though the entire complex is not yet fully open, the Pete Dye–designed golf course has opened the emerald corridors of its nine-hole, water-laden layout, challenging golfers to resist the urge to steer their cart out onto the polo field in hopes to create a new hybrid sport. After putting out on the final green, golfers can retire to the stately clubhouse or refuel at one of the onsite dining options, such as a Latin American restaurant and a cantina bar.