The gleam of painted flames, roar of engines, and glow of underbody neon lights are among the sights and sounds that greet attendees at the Import Evolution Car Show. A fleet of more than 200 autos includes domestic and foreign makes, classics, and cars customized with rims and modified sound systems rather than cross-stitched license plates. Between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators wander among the candy-colored machines representing more than 75 of the industry’s top brands and through vendor exhibits displaying apparel and collectibles. Live entertainment adds to the festive atmosphere as guests learn about automotive culture. At the climax of the show, awards honor the most impressive make-specific and VIP class vehicles, motorcycles, and autos grouped into specialty categories such as Class Clown and Best Muscle Car.
Students of muay thai, sometimes referred to as Thai kickboxing, learn to protect themselves with swift movements of the fists, feet, elbows, and knees. At Team Link Muay Thai, coach Ibere Reis teaches individuals and small groups muay thai technique with the help of 10 grappling mats, weights and punching bags, and a full-size fighting ring. In addition to increased self-defense skills, participants can develop higher levels of fitness and self-esteem.
Perhaps as a tribute to the timeless nature of the sword, the Worcester Fencing Club began as a small class held at the Higgins Armory Museum, a collection of arms and armor from medieval Europe and beyond. There, Doug Jacobs—a United States Fencing Association–certified instructor—began imparting his knowledge to a handful of students, giving them a small taste of the age-old sport that, over the years, had become unfairly associated with bullies popping balloons in the streets. Still, many of his students wished to extend their training, and—upon a suggestion of the mother of some of his students—Doug expanded his academy in 1998, forming the Worcester Fencing Club. Today, the school continues to draw fresh blood, introducing students of all ages and experience levels to modern- and Olympic-style fencing in classes still often taught by Doug himself.
Skylite Roller Skating Center has been sending families spinning round its 10,000-square-foot rink for 30 years. Skaters can don sturdy four-wheeled foot trolleys to cruise the circumference of Skylite’s sleek surface, which is kept smooth daily by the diligent tongues of 100 neighborhood cats, during any of the rink’s 2.5- to 3-hour public skating sessions (up to a $5 to $8 value/person; times and admission price vary each day), including their annual Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties. Glide in time to current and classic dance and pop tunes in a whirl of neon, black lights, and the sequin-like shimmers of an overhead disco ball. A snack bar serves pizza, french fries, and candy—not included in today’s Groupon—to failing gliders to prevent head-on blood-sugar crashes.
Worcester Fitness's two locations give exercisers everything they need to vary their workouts and cultivate a wholly healthy lifestyle. Group sessions offer support and expert guidance—cycling, Hi-Def Sculpt, boot camp, and yoga all counted among the available classes. Clients looking to supplement their group fitness, or simply to tone on their own, can take advantage of the certified personal trainers on staff or create a self-guided exercise session in the weight room. The indoor pool allows gym-goers to strengthen their flippers without straining their joints and on massage tables, therapists pamper hard-working muscles to encourage healing. To help parents concentrate on their form and the forms they need to mail in before getting their six pack, children enjoy supervised play in the Kids Korner.
Since 1929, Green Hills Golf Course has beckoned golfers to traverse 6,485 yards of emerald carpet, dotted with 18 classically constructed holes clustered about the northern half of Green Hill Pond. Players take on the Ted Robinson–designed course from one of five sets of tees, making the course playable for golfers of all stripes. The pond comes into play most directly on the par 5 ninth hole, which tacks close to the water’s edge for the entire length of the fairway and threatens to make golf balls pruny before they reach the back nine. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,485 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 130 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole