The New Effort and an Apology

Apparently, if you have visited panhandleprep.wordpress.com lately, which used to link directly to my domain, you were smacked in the face with a trashy little website that seemingly bought my domain once I let it expire. I apologize for that.

I have had some inquiries about PHP lately and have decided to try to get back in the groove. I can’t say that I’ll be able to post much, but will be around. Stay tuned…we’ll see where this goes!

REA

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New Home

Our domain change is still taking place, but your corner of the internet may already be showing our new look.  Please visit www.panhandleprep.com for the new site.  Thank you.

RE Atwood

Changes Coming

I just want to give everyone a heads-up.  We are undergoing some big changes at Panhandle Prep…big BIG changes.  To accomplish this, there will be a lot of radio silence for the next few days.  We should be back in business just in time for The Friday Faction.  Check back with us then.  You won’t regret it!

We’ll see all of you on the flip-side!

RE Atwood

From the Bottom of My Heart: Thank You

Well, Kentucky Derby Party 2012 is in the books.  All in all it was a great time.  The turnout was good, we raised some great money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the food & drink was exceptional!

I want to take this time to thank some folks.  Without you, this event just wouldn’t have been possible.

Atlantic Drift: You guys are great.  The bidding was incredibly tense over the tour visor.  Grant Hewit at Hudson Sutler:  That was a close one wasn’t it?  Thanks a million for being there for us.  William and Margaret at Wm Lamb & Son: I lost out on the bidding for the painting, but that’s what it’s all about.  I tip my hat to you two!  Pheasants Forever:  Thank you for everything.  You are a world-class organization that I’m proud to know.  Eric Corbyn at Corbyn’s: I thank you for everything.  Hope to see you soon!  Andrew at Luxley & Bernard: What an awesome package you put together for us!  I can’t thank you enough!  April at True Texas Designs:  Thank you so much for everything…the planter was a huge hit!  Casey Renner at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course:  Thank you for everything bud.  You’re one of a kind sir.  Tim at Canyon Country Club:  I want to apologize in advance for who won the bidding on the rounds of golf…in fact, I should probably give Casey a heads up as well! 

If you are reading this, please check out these companies.  They are truly wonderful people.

A special thanks to those who helped us bring all of this together:  Keith Brown.  Mr. Brown, you’ll never know how much I appreciate everything you do.  Dirk Swope.  We did it bud!  Now we just have to start planning for it all over again!  Jason Avent.  You sir are a true gentleman.  I am proud to call you my good friend and part-time financier.  The men of Sigma Nu, Eta Delta Chapter.  You boys are fine young gentlemen.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

To everyone that attended, I appreciate you spending your time and hard-earned money to help us raise money for a good cause.  I look forward to seeing all of you next year.  I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the event.

Keith Brown on the left (my right).

Ms. Kaitlin Tucker

My sister and my sweet baby girl Scout

Jake enjoying the day

Bonnie with the spoils of “Best Derby Attire”

The Friday Faction: 05/04/12

Congratulations to Jonathan for winning the Hudson Sutler Giveaway.  We hope that everyone has a great weekend.  If you can, stop by the Kentucky Derby Party.  We’ll have a Mint Julep waiting for you.

Silent Auction Items Filing In

Items for the silent auction at our Kentucky Derby Party have been arriving at a feverish pace.  With only two big-ticket items yet to arrive (slated to arrive today), things are starting to shape up here.  On tomorrow’s Friday Faction we will give you a taste of the cornucopia of items waiting to go home with the highest bidder, but today, we’ll show you what we received yesterday.

Andrew from Luxley & Bernard visited with us the other day and graciously agreed to send us some spectacular items to help us raise money.  We can’t thank you enough for helping us out for such a great cause!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for The Friday Faction and see what we’re talking about as well as the winner of the Hudson Sutler Canvas Cask.

Hudson Sutler Giveaway

Today we’re going to stay with the Hudson Sutler theme.  Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I just received something in the mail from Grant Hewit that’s going to blow your socks off.

My knowledge of this product came in quite a humorous way.  A while back I received a text from Mr. Hewit, asking, “What kind of whiskey do you drink?”  Naturally my interest peaked, and I began to think to myself, “Oh yeah, Grant’s going to send me a bottle of the finest for that kick ass piece I did on his duffel bags!”  Well, the question was related to something much better.  Something that is sure to become an icon in the home-bar scene.

   

This bad boy is an item the team at Hudson Sutler has been working on for a little while.  What is it you may ask?  My friends, this is the Hudson Sutler Whiskey Bag…personally I’m calling it the Hudson Sutler Canvas Cask.  Right now they are made specifically to fit Jack Daniels, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek bottles, but with the variety of shapes and sizes, I’m sure several more brands will fit well. 

Okay, you might be wondering…”what does that have to do with me?”  It’s simple…just like the title says, we’re giving one away.

Time to enter up:  To be eligible to win, all you have to do, is head over to our Facebook page and click “share” on the link to this article.  If you want to double up, you can also go to Twitter @RE_ATWOOD and retweet the link to the story.

We are going to announce the winner on The Friday Faction, so time is short.  You have until roughly 6:00 am CST to enter up.  Good luck!

Recent News and Releases

Okay, before we get started…I’m still not shutting up about our Kentucky Derby Party coming this Saturday.  If you haven’t signed up for it, please consider doing so.  This is for a great cause (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) and will be one hell of a time!  Go to our Facebook page, and check out all the info.  While you’re at it…click on over to Great Lakes Prep, where Nick has been running some great articles on the Kentucky Derby and will be all week long.  Great stuff!

Now…on to the news.  I want to combine a few things here that are going on right now that I’m pretty excited about.  Both Atlantic Drift Clothing Co. and Hudson Sutler have some really cool stuff that has just popped up.

The boys at AD just keep knocking me over with new ideas, and this one is tops.  Right now on their Facebook page, they are having a contest to give away a few of their new turkey calls.  If you’ll remember a post earlier where I showed a close-up picture, wondering what it was…well this is it!  These things are lethal as well as good-looking.  I know that Nathan and Thomas have killed several turkeys with this particular model, and now you can have one with the Atlantic Drift logo on it.

Up next, Hudson Sutler has just released their new duffel bags for spring/summer.  These things look even better than the last round of bags…if that’s possible.  I know first-hand how great these bags are, and now Grant Hewit has some new colors up to choose from.  Be sure you head over to the Hudson Sutler website, and check it out!

Well I think that’s it.  KD Party 2012? check.  Atlantic Drift? check.  Hudson Sutler?  check.  This is shaping up to be a great spring!

Back Into The Art World

There probably aren’t many of you that know, I used to spend a huge amount of my time doing all kinds of artwork.  I’ve covered a wide variety of mediums: pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and even metal.  In fact metal art, is really the only thing that I’ve kept up with through the years.  Every year around Christmas, I get a few orders for some metal silhouette cut-outs from people looking for gifts.  Even though I’ve kept up with the metal artwork, It’s been quite awhile since I’ve worked with any other forms of art.  After meeting someone recently, that’s going to change soon.

When I got to know the folks at William Lamb and Son a while back, I started looking at the artwork that William puts out.  His work has such a great feel to it, and takes you to the exact place in time that any of his art depicts.  Needless to say, I caught the bug again.  I’ve always been inspired by artists like Kenneth Wyatt, and Tim Cox, but William’s work has finally pushed me over the edge, and I’ve set up shop again on our antique drafting table.

With a birthday coming up tomorrow, I’ve already received some gifts from family, and as requested, my art supplies have been somewhat restocked.  Even though, I’ve already been putting out some drawings with what I already have, there will be some paintings coming shortly.  Today, I just want to give you a peek at some of the stuff that I’ve been working on to get the rust out, so bear with me…it’s been awhile!

"Brooklyn"

"Follow Through"

It feels really good to be doing this again, and all of the thanks goes to William Lamb and his wife Margaret.  They both have shown me that I need to kick back once in a while and do something that feeds the soul.  Here’s to you, and hopefully many more to come.

The beginning of a drawing on a Circle Y reining saddle...long ways left to go.

The Friday Faction: 04/27/12

There’s still time to sign up to attend our Kentucky Derby Party…just check out our Facebook page.  Everyone have a safe weekend!

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