By Paul Kavanaugh
I know, I know, it sounds like a chant at a basketball game, but this time of year it is darn real for many folks in our beautiful region. Earlier this week, I got an email from my friend Dave Wade who runs our golf group. He exclaimed that he has cabin fever really bad and was picking out days where it might hit 50 so he could get himself and our group out of the house to play a round.
He hit that nail right on the head. Get up and get out! Go do something! It seems like it takes an enormous amount of effort to get decided and get going, but I guarantee that you’ll feel much better after you do. Maybe try something different, experiment a little. There are, of course, many music venues around the Tri Cities, and that is always fun, but new and different might be just what the doctor ordered. There is a great spot in downtown Bristol, Kiln Time, where you can create your own ceramic masterpiece at a very reasonable cost. Take a few friends and let your inner artist come out. Same holds true for Brixey Artist Studios in Kingsport; they do pottery and stained glass there for individuals and groups. Another idea in this vein is Cindy Saadeh Fine Art, also in Kingsport. They have oil painting classes on Monday evenings. And no, I prefer NOT to be your model!
When is the last time you went bowling? I like to bowl but never seem to find the time; I just need to make the time. Warpath Bowling Alley is a great spot to go spend a couple hours, as are any of the fine establishments around the Tri Cities.
If something challenging is more your cup of tea, a good suggestion would be Perplexodus Escapes; this is one of those spots where your group gets an hour to interpret clues and solve the dilemma and make your escape. I have not been yet but am planning on it; sounds like a lot of fun.
How about a whole different direction? Check out Bays Mountain Park; there is always a lot to do there. I especially love a planetarium – it is easier to find the stuff Mark Marquette is talking about in every issue of The Loafer from a warm, comfortable chair than outdoors, at least in the winter.
There are many nice pool halls around the area as well, and that is always fun to do. The two I am most familiar with are Corner Pocket Billiards and Borderline Billiards. These are both in Bristol but there are certainly others you can find.
You CAN do outdoors stuff too, just dress appropriately. Paintball at The Alternative Sport is always a hoot as is an airsoft event at GSF Airsoft in Piney Flats. Or maybe go for a moderate length hike on the Tweetsie Trail – the exercise will do you good!
If it is a Friday night, head over to Tri Liquor in Piney Flats for the free tastings from 4:00 – 7:00. I hit this friendly spot almost every week (whodathought!). Bottom line is, whatever you do, DO something. Beat Cabin Fever! Beat Cabin Fever!