Nestled behind the LJVM Coliseum—an arena that has hosted events ranging from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to Billy Joel concerts—stands The Annex Ice Rink. The ice rink hosts public ice-skating, hockey leagues, and events seven months out of the year. Visitors can strap on their own cleaver-healed boots or a pair of rentals and take to the ice for free-skate sessions, youth and adult hockey, or figure-skating lessons. A live DJ serenades skaters during Friday Night Ice Jam, providing a fun soundtrack as skaters loop the official-size rink. The skating center also opens for groups and special events such as birthdays and office-ditch days.
A serene gem located in Winston-Salem, Heather Hills Golf Course has challenged and delighted players since 1973. The 18-hole executive course sports a short layout, appealing to both beginners and seasoned golfers wanting to improve their game. Open every day of the week, weather permitting, Heather Hills also refuels its visitors before and after rounds with an on-site café and tavern.
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First focusing on equitation—or how the rider sits in the saddle and controls its steed— Linnea Cauble, a Certified Horsemanship Association Master Instructor, works to build and maintain the proper foundations for all riders, no matter their age or skill level. Linnea leads students in private or group lessons.
Under the tutelage of Merlot & Van Gogh’s talented local artists, students of all skill levels daub canvases and clink glasses in two-hour BYOB painting classes. Between sips of wine, beer, or fizzy lifting drink, painters utilize a provided inventory of brushes and vibrant acrylic hues to re-create an image or fabricate a new one based on the night’s given theme. Step-by-step instructions guide the class through creative discovery, and provided aprons safeguard participants from paint smears incurred while hugging especially well-rendered self-portraits.
Angell Hair Salon treats tired tresses and crafts expert coifs with a full range of services. After a complimentary consultation to assess the best hue strategy for your locks, color connoisseurs can effortlessly transform dishwater blonde into sparkling platinum or sandbox brown into bombshell red with all-over color ($65), partial highlights ($65), or full highlights ($95).
For 65 years, the nonprofit Sawtooth School for Visual Art has aided artists of all skill levels and disciplines in the development and enjoyment of their respective talents. In keeping with this celebratory tradition, the school’s "Taste of Art" series combines palettes with palates, encouraging students to bring along a snack, appetizer, or bottle of wine. Scheduled on Friday nights from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., classes cover topics such as ceramics, silk scarves, graphics, and jewelry making. The small group format allows students to maximize their face time with one another and their enthusiastic instructor. At the end of each class, well-nourished artisans depart with a tangible piece of work and an intangible lust for more creativity with a side of cheesy crackers.