At Kite Sports of Connecticut, instructors teach others how to harness the wind and water through the extreme sport of kite surfing. It's an intense activity with inherent risks, so they take the time to ensure all students garner the necessary skills to master it safely. Classes cover all the basics, such as setting up and launching the kiteboard and maneuvering and wielding the kite in various types of wind, as well as wind windows and the three types of power strokes used. Lessons start on land so students can get a handle on the fundamentals before private lessons take watersports enthusiasts onto the waves to ride the wind.
The Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the producing appendage of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts, casts visiting professional actors and talented university students in its plays, musicals, and contemporary performances. This summer’s marquee boasts three musicals: Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical, a musical journey through the works of Dr. Seuss, and My Fair Lady. A cast of veteran performers, including Broadway entertainers Terrence Mann, Eileen Fulton, and Charlotte d’Amboise and comedian Steve Hayes, breathe life into the shows in the same way a stack of old books can breathe life into a fire. Performed 12 times over the course of independent 10-day runs, each musical offers up a surfeit of opportunities for reveling in drama and singing along inside your head as loudly as possible.
Inside a neo-Romanesque building on the Norwich Free Academy campus, Slater Memorial Museum traces local and world history with an extensive art collection. More than 150 plaster casts of classical and Renaissance sculpture tower above basketry, ceremonial masks, and leatherwork from African artisans, as well as artifacts from Mesopotamia and Persia. Saving space for those from North American shores, the museum also displays work from 19th-century Norwich artists, such as Denison Crocker and John Trumbull, plus pieces from 20th-century Connecticut artists, such as Ozias Dodge and Charlotte Fuller Eastman. The galleries host annual rotating exhibitions and events. Visitors courting their own muse can craft metal art and jewelry at adult art classes, and kid artistes sample a range of disciplines from printmaking and watercolors.
Nestled on a 93-acre parcel of land that claims its own plot in American history, the extensive Treasure Hill Farm forms the centerpiece of a vast network of cross-country trails and riding pastures. Visitors to the grounds enjoy a comprehensive equine education through English riding lessons held in the 72′x140′ indoor arena. Head instructor Natalie Edwards and her team customize their coaching in accordance with the experience level of the rider, starting novices out with such horsemanship fundamentals as tacking and grooming, beginning to walk, and never tossing horseshoes while the horse is still attached. Lesson agendas move on to more difficult skills as the rider's experience level increases, with riders upping the pace to trot and cantering and trainers incorporating jumping and dressage instruction where they see fit. In addition to lessons, Treasure Hill Farm hosts various events including family-fun outings, horsemanship clinics, and road races to benefit charitable causes.