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.
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.
At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, a resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.
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
From its outpost on on Lake Quinsigamond, Regatta Point Community Sailing has trained recreational sailors to hit the water for more than 50 years. Since it opened in 1960, the member-based club dedicates itself to accessible, safe, and responsible boating programs that maintain a respect for the environment—another reason why the club will never try to cut corners by trading canvas sails for a bunch of gas-powered hair dryers. The staff of instructors imparts sailing fundamentals to experienced seafarers and newcomers as well as children. Three youth tracks are offered for future captains, including a ten-week summer camp, a junior membership program, and the Deckhands after-school program in the fall and spring.