While living the life of a peripatetic juggling duo in 1970s Europe, Paul Binder and Michael Christensen had a dream: a non-profit circus that would combine community outreach with shows by the world?s best performers. Today a rotating cast of acrobats, clowns, and daredevils tour with a menagerie of exotic animals. Led by animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. The circus's ponies, Arabian horses, and dogs perform sprightly routines, learned under humane training regimens based on positive reinforcement. Shows take place under the big top, custom designed so that every seat is within 50 feet of the ring. The tent is also engineered to keep showgoers comfortable with a raisable cupola that allows warm air to escape as guests relax on comfy cushions that keep incubating eggs from cracking in back pockets.
To learn how to bartend, one most likely requires access to a bar. At Southern New England Bartending Institute, the classroom revolves around a functional bar and several training stations where students put the techniques they learn to the test. Their curriculum is more than just drinks, however; instructors—some of whom have worked at multimillion-dollar resorts—also guide students through TIPS certification training, which ensures that they understand how to sell alcohol responsibly.
A veteran equestrian of more than 25 years, Wendy Brayman keeps her calendar chock-full of lessons, shows, and camps as the chief instructor at Hunter Ridge. Wendy welcomes adults and children of all abilities to her stables for private and group lessons, during which students learn good horsemanship by making sure the horse is a descendant of Pegasus. Under the tutelage of Wendy's programs, students have accomplished feats including winning ribbons at the Harrisburg Pony Finals and USEF Horse of the Year. In the summer, Wendy invites youngsters out to the barn to learn about grooming and bathing horses, horse anatomy, and riding during a hands-on horsemanship camp.