Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
Arts Are For All Ages' aim is to bring classical music to people with restricted mobility and to help young musicians find outlets for their art. More than 28 young musicians performed for six senior communities during the inaugural season in 2009. Now, young musicians bring a variety of musical instruments and give live classical concerts on a regular basis for elderly neighbors who otherwise could not attend arts events.
At Metropolitan Med Spa, beams from FDA-approved Candela laser systems GentleLASE and the GentleYAG lasers roam over physiques, leaving smooth, youthful skin in their wake. Specialized in non-invasive laser hair removal, the center's technicians can also wield their non-invasive beams during skin resurfacing, which erases minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and tiny extra ears. During all their laser treatments, light penetrates the skin before transforming into highly targeted heat, which causes minimal discomfort thanks to Candela's Dynamic Cooling Device. Visitors can also opt for the non-laser beautifying of the spa's facials, which can firm skin, lighten dark spots, and create a youthful glow.
An old-fashioned ambiance reigns in The Carlyle Club, expressed in an art-deco design scheme, frequent visits from respected jazz musicians, and guests’ predilections for saying “horse feathers.” Tall palm fronds back cushy leather booths and elegant marble tables loiter near the bar, all within sight of the intimate, blue-curtained stage. A bow-tied wait staff completes the back-in-time vibe, as do vintage posters and the intricately patterned wallpaper.
Edsall Park, a housing subdivision built in 1956, comprises roughly 400 homes. To unite those addresses, a handful of residents created the Edsall Park Swim Club in 1961. The private facility offers two pools: one with lap lanes and diving boards and another with shallow water for youngsters and vacationing Swamp Things.
Hilltop Golf Club’s 9-hole, par 31 course lets clubbers hack their way through 2,268 yards of elevated Virginia countryside. Architect Lindsay Bruce Ervin modeled aspects of the executive course after traditional Scottish links, populating the course with berms, pot bunkers, and thick fescue grass that whisper Gaelic folk songs into the wind. The course climbs from an elevation of 80 feet to 240 feet, with crests giving way to sweeping vistas of the Potomac River and the Maryland shoreline. Five par 3s make each round a worthy investment for clubbers still seeking their first hole-in-one, while four par 4s allow players to unsheathe their drivers. The Club’s practice facilities include two practice greens—one for chipping and one for putting—and a multi-tiered driving range with 68 hitting bays, many of which are covered and heated to protect swingers from inclement weather or pelicans eating sunflowers overhead.
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