Professional bartenders teach in classrooms set up as fully functioning bars. The facilities present lifelike conditions for students to learn skills such as the proper shake and pour for a variety of cocktails, muddling raw ingredients, and getting the right amount of head on a draft beer. Courses also cover the technical elements of bartending, which may include setting up drink stations, understanding liquor laws and board-of-health requirements, and operating payment systems that accept both credit cards and gold ingots.
As a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a 12-year veteran performer and teacher, Nate Wilson is equipped to impart his mastery of the keys to students of all ages and skill levels. Though his master’s degree is in jazz performance, Nate is well versed in the classical and Suzuki methods, as well as rock piano. Other possible topics include improvisation, songwriting, music theory, and the proper technique for deadlifting and smashing a piano after a scorching solo.
Peace Art Paint and Sip hosts nightly creative classes, providing a fun bonding experience for couples or a ladies' night out. Inside the studio, visitors can post up at 16"x20" canvases with provided brushes and paints?and brought-along adult beverages, if they so desire. During each session, instructors lead students through easy-to-follow steps to complete a finished work of art ready to be displayed on a wall or used as a backdrop for a model train set.
There's only one runway at Marlboro Airport, which facilitates approximately 37 flights each day. That single airstrip's legacy, however, surpasses that of many international airports. The airport dates all the way back to 1922, making it the oldest continuously operating commercial field in the state. The excitement didn't really start until 1946, though, when some of the airport's pilots became instructors and began training a new generation of pilots.
That flight school would become Don's Flying Service, commemorating former airport manager Don LaCouture Sr. Today, its FAA-certified instructors still help new pilots earn their wings. The airport's small size lets the instructors give students ample personal attention, as well as allows them to take on the roles of mentors during private ground and flight training sessions.
In 1938, "The Long Island Expressway"?a vicious hurricane?plowed through John Hoenig's property in Thompson, Connecticut. His farm was destroyed, but when he decided to rebuild, he didn't rebuild the farm. Instead, he began clearing his land for the area's first 5/8-mile, high-banked racetrack. As soon as it opened, it was heralded as "the Indianapolis of the East." It was a destination for racecar drivers across the country.
In the more than 70 years since then, the track has blossomed into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Today, it's one of the country's oldest tracks, besides that one high-banked crop circle from 1910. It plays host to three iconic racing events, including the World Series of Speedway Racing, and its modernized 5/8-mile oval now shares its space with a 1.7-mile road course. Even more exciting, neither track is just for pros. Civilians can try out the speedster lifestyle during driving school, or as part of the Driver's Club, which offers 30 days of members-only access to the track each year.
A destination for all things sewn, knitted, or handcrafted, Maria Sews A Lot's custom sewing studio welcomes students and clients alike. With a variety of classes suited for all ages and experience levels, the studio is home to kids learning to thread sewing machines for the first time and adults learning to sew. In addition to classes, Maria Sews A Lot takes orders for custom-made projects, ranging from mother-daughter aprons to curtains, table runners, and monogrammed pillows, and the shop also hosts open-sew times for those who don't own their own sewing machine or just need a quiet place to work.