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Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience. You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.
Rt. 1 A
Charlestown,
RI
US
With a rich backstory and 15 years in the brew business, Cottrell Brewing Co. opens its brewery doors for free tours and tastings of its award-winning libations. Tours are available every half-hour on Friday’s from 3–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1–5 p.m. Show respect for the flagship Old Yankee Ale, awarded an A+ by the founders of Beer Advocate for its citrus hop aroma and social skills around burgers and french fries. The brewery's merchandise includes the logoed pint glass ($5), a T-shirt ($15), and a sweatshirt ($25) perfect for soaking up any beer missed by the mouth. Cottrell Brewing Co. inhabits 9,000 square feet of a factory once owned by the brewmaster's great-great-grandfather, who ran a highly successful printing press and sub–4-minute mile.
100 Mechanic Street
Stonington,
CT
US
When Brian Kodzis, a local surf enthusiast, met Lisa, a dharma-yoga instructor, it ignited a romance that led to regular winter vacations in Hawaii, a place where they could both enjoy their athletic passions unimpeded by the New England cold. These tropical sojourns inspired Brian and Lisa to make surfing and paddleboarding a part of their lives year-round, so they launched Paddle Surf RI. Today, the husband-and-wife team oversees water-sports enthusiasts, who sell, rent, and repair surfboards and standup paddleboards as well as lead lessons for beginner- and intermediate-level boarders. Additionally, Brian and Lisa coordinate events?such as youth surf camps?and even invite clients to join them on their annual surfing and yoga vacations in Hawaii.
1 Bluff Avenue
Westerly,
RI
US
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.
40 Collins Road
Ashaway,
RI
US
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.
105 Franklin St. Unit 5
Westerly,
RI
US
The experienced instructors at Nicholas Villa Stables guide burgeoning riders on equine experiences within the rustic charms of their pastoral farmstead. During each one-hour lesson, the well-honed horse hobbyist team of Nicholas Villa and Sharon Ellingwood immerses saddle straddlers in general care, riding preparation, and ring-bound English riding. Spend the initial 30 minutes learning how to lovingly groom a steed while bracing it for relaxed roaming, trotting, and horse-led rounds of croquet. Follow each mammalian meet-and-greet with a 30-minute trek that allows riders to unplug from modern technologies while engaging in agrarian contemplation.
75D Reutemann Rd
North Stonington,
CT
US
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