At Silver Tee Golf Centre, golf balls frolic on the greens of a recently renovated 18-hole miniature golf course and whiz through the air at a practice range. A driving range’s heated, covered, and lighted stalls let players swing their 9 irons without hiring a cloud of lightning bugs to hover overhead, and a practice sand trap lets them practice their escape skills. Before hitting the practice green, golfers can take a turn at the Perfect Putting Machine, which lets players experience what the ideal stroke looks and feels like, and those working on their long game can step into the Explanar training system and discover their optimum swing plane as a hoop guides their stroke.
The centre’s PGA Professionals are close at hand to take over where the training equipment leaves off. They guide students toward reliable swings during private and group lessons and wrestle egg-shaped balls from nesting alligators.
The Windsor athletic scene took an industrial-sized shot of adrenaline straight to the face in the summer of 2010 as Border City Brawlers’ crew of derby girls blocked and jammed their way into Windsor Arena for the first time. In founding the volunteer-run, nonprofit roller-derby league, they pioneered a fresh form of competition for women of all ages, sizes, skills, and credit scores. Joined by house teams the Hiram Stalkers and 159ers, the Brawlers, a travel team of top competitors, face off against opponents atop flat tracks across the province, but they call Windsor Arena home. There, they skate, punch, and deliver physics lectures year-round to the roar of 1,000 spectators.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
The Detroit Institute of Arts takes the “s” at the end of its name seriously. The immense Beaux Arts building on Woodward Avenue isn’t only a setting for a top-tier collection of visual works that include Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes, a van Gogh self-portrait, and ancient sculptures from Africa and Asia. It also opens the doors of its lecture halls, event spaces, and auditoriums for craft workshops, wide-ranging talks from historians and people who know how to draw really good cubes, film, and music. The latter two art forms find a home in the Detroit Film Theatre, a gilded, neoclassical auditorium that preserves a sense of coziness amid the grandeur.
Since 1963, more than two million guests that have passed through the Hilberry Theatre and been inspired by the passion and portrayal of the human condition they have seen on stage. Every year, audiences at the Hilberry laugh, cry, engage, question, applaud and cheer.
Since 1936, the historic Gem Theatre has moved movie lovers to laughter and tears with films in an elegant, comfortable single-screen vintage theater. Peruse current showtimes and choose a first-run film, which may include a romantic romp, a superhero adventure, an independent feature, or Casablanca II: Electric Boogaloo. Guests pick up their sodas and popcorn at the concessions stand in the carpeted lobby, whose ornate table lamps cast soft light on potted plants and flowers. In the red and gold 916-seat amphitheater, upholstered floor seats beckon audience members and balcony perches provide a sky-high view behind marbled wood rails. Before the film, guests watch wrought-iron vines curl around colorful birds in sculptures flanking the screen. Sumptuous gold curtains hide the big screen until showtime, allowing staff members to finish reenacting each film’s climactic scene in private.