Emerald Dragon Karate's certified instructors, led by eighth-degree black belt Brian Kates, train students in Sa-Gi-Do, a powerful, well-rounded style of karate developed by Kates himself. The style incorporates the kicking, punching, grasping, and grappling of five traditional arts, including Tang Soo Do and Judo. With these techniques at their core, programs for students as young as 3 instill a balanced mix of defensive skills, discipline, and street awareness. Once they've mastered some foundational techniques, students can move onto one of EDK's more advanced classes, such as the weapons program. There, participants learn how to wield a bo staff or sword—skills that come in handy while fending off an opponent or trying to open a birthday gift in memorable fashion.
According to local legend, Oliver Sommersby built the Waldorf Hotel not to welcome travelers, but to usher them towards an untimely demise—at his own hands. Today, at The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel, his victims' souls wander through the hotel's peeling paint and overturned furniture, lurking in the wine cellar, perching at the head of the dining table, or crouching over a dollhouse, waiting for more guests to terrorize. Outside in the cornfields, hayrides tow guests through the haunted grounds, where the undead thumb-wrestle each other as they lie in wait for fresh victims in more than a dozen horror-filled scenes.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Country Junction spreads the spirit of the season by transforming into a winter wonderland packed with family fun. At Santa's Winterfest, adult kids and real kids can hop from one Christmassy activity to the next, including ornament decorating, games, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Families can also explore the glimmering paths of Twinkle Town, pick out gifts at a secret Santa workshop, and fill up on treats and baked goods.
With intimate knowledge of Pennsylvania's waterways and custom 20-foot fishing boats, the local guides at Pocono Fishing Adventures teach groups and individuals the art of tracking down prized bass, sunfish, perch, bluegill, and other fish. Along with years of experience on the state's oversize puddles, the guides utilize GPS tracking systems and depth finders to hone in on hungry line tuggers and avoid dangerous icebergs. Guests may use the team's supply of equipment while scanning the depths of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's lakes, or they may also bring their own rods and tackle to borrow only the guides' keen sense of fish tracking. In addition to friendly charters, Pocono Fishing Adventures hosts corporate outings, allowing colleagues to test the alluring qualities of new marketing strategies with underwater PowerPoint presentations.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Ozone Paragliders, Flytec Varios
Pro Tip: Bring sunblock, comfortable clothing, hiking shoes or sneakers, and plenty of stuff to drink.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tandems
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My husband and I started flying in 2001. We love to be in the air and fly from cloud to cloud. We decided to teach to bring this awesome experience to many more people.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our awesome big field, which allows us to operate with any wind direction, making us the North East school that operates the [most] days during the year.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Flying people and seeing their huge smile once we land.