The Sing With Me curriculum stretches back to the late 19th century, when a duo of sisters and early-education researchers composed the tune that would eventually become "Happy Birthday to You." Donating the popular song's royalties to a foundation, the song eventually financed the research of Ken Guilmartin, who was pursuing the role of music in early cognitive development. Teaming up with fellow researcher Lili Levinowitz, Guilmartin founded Music Together LLC, a system of musical learning that allowed kids from birth to age 7 and their parents to access the joys of music together in a fun, supportive environment. Although not every child is destined for a career as a concert pianist, Sing With Me’s teachers start from the philosophy that all children have some innate musical sense and can be taught to sing in tune, move rhythmically, and distinguish a recorder from a Charleston Chew.
The Irish Cottage Inn is just that--an interior filled with hardwood floors and old-fashioned stonework walls, only a little at odds with the flat screen televisions that dot the space. The highest tabletops sit on altered whiskey barrels, and the dining room features eyefuls of photography from Irish artist Annette Maleney Pelaez. The owners report that it took six months of solid renovations to make the place look exactly right.
The menu, on the other hand, boasts dishes from all over the world. Alongside bangers and mash or shepherd's pie, chefs whip up wasabi-seared tuna, Mexican-style burgers, and shrimp alfredo. Whenever possible, they craft these dishes from fresh, locally farmed ingredients, getting their produce from nearby farmers and sourcing their Irish soda bread rolls from every single Irish citizen.
During her more than 15 years in the fitness industry, studio owner Andrea Powers has obtained certifications in yoga, spinning, personal training, and lifestyle coaching. Now with her own studio, Andrea, alongside husband and fellow instructor John, leads an experienced group of staff members who specialize in varied practices such as yoga therapy and Pilates. Steeped in the studio?s welcoming, judgment-free atmosphere, the staff strives to help patrons of all shapes and sizes to achieve their fitness goals.
Andrea?s yoga classes range from beginner-friendly sessions to vigorous Vinyasa flows that build strength and flexibility while banishing calories to sweat towels. With the aid of props and a ballet barre, Pilates classes tone firm tummies and lithe limbs.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won?t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they?ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants? kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn?t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs?the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system?s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
A HPA?charged Tippmann 98 marker in hand, paintballers in pursuit of their opponents' flag race among the wooden spools, barrels, and bunkers gracing the fields of Paintball Depot's wooded outdoor arena. As colors fly through the air, Helix goggles with antifogging helix lenses and face masks shield players' faces against the rainbow barrage. In addition to offering open play, Paintball Depot accommodates corporate team-building events, group outings, and airsoft games that often run on one field as paintball sessions commence on other courses.
The 35-mile-per-hour speeds of Zoom Ziplines? four lines may feel dangerous, but that?s just an illusion. Daily inspections by staff members ensure safe, smooth trips for all customers who meet height and weight requirements. During two-hour trips, customers cross a suspension bridge on foot and fly down four ziplines that stretch up to 1,500 feet, breathing in mountain air and taking in stunning vistas. The course?s tandem ziplines allow friends to race or merely enjoy side-by-side views of the lake, local wildlife, and clouds playfully contorting themselves into the shapes of former presidents.