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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”

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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!

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!

Atlantic Drift: What Do We Have Here?

Over the wire last night, a photograph showed up on my screen.  It has me very intrigued and is apparently part of a giveaway at Atlantic Drift.  To hear them talk about it, this just might be the biggest giveaway they’ve had yet.

The message that I received from Nathan Propst was that the big secret might (just maybe) be revealed today.  Needless to say, you should be checking their Facebook page periodically throughout the day. 

So what is it?  If you were to pan out on this photo, what would you see?  Not even this guy knows…I’ll be checking in all day just like the rest of you!

 

The Friday Faction: 04/20/12

Here’s to a great weekend.  Get out and make some memories!

The Friday Faction: 04-13-12

We hope that all of you have a great weekend!  Please make sure to take a look at our Kentucky Derby Party Event on our facebook page, and let us know if you’ll be close enough to make a trip on over!

 

A Conversation With Hudson Sutler: Part II

A couple of weeks ago, we visited with Grant Hewit of Hudson Sutler and learned about what drives the man.  Today, we are going to visit the product.  Right now, Hudson Sutler makes one thing and makes it well…duffel bags.  With their classic looks, these bags are somewhat of a throwback to better times gone by.  They remind us of a time when things were made here, and made to last.

After receiving one of the HS Cummuter Duffels a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another Panhandle Prep stress test.  To accomplish this, there was only one place that I could think of that would offer me the tools to perform such a test, so naturally I headed to a place where you and your equipment had better be built to last…CrossFit806.

When I showed up at CF806 with the bag in tow , it passed the first test with flying colors.  Jason Rel at CrossFit806, is something of a bag geek.  When I walked in the front door, he didn’t even look at my face…I could tell he was staring at the Commutter Duffel.  There you go.  It’s eye-catching, and has apparently upstaged my usual Saturday morning arrival.  One down, one to go…It’s nice to see you too Jason!

The next test was to see just what the bag could withstand.  After initially receiving the bag and giving a thorough inspection I was already impressed.  YKK zippers.  As a son of a Dry Cleaner owner, I’ve come to know zippers, and YKK is without a doubt the best there is.  I was very happy to see that, but how about the construction?  The exterior of the duffel is heavy (and I mean heavy) canvas, but could it take two 53 lb kettle bells?  We were about to find out.  The contrasting white straps on the bag are made of a heavy cotton braid, and the snap-hooks that attach the shoulder strap are not of the wimpy wire variety.  They seem to be built to last as well, because the bag held 106 lbs of hell and never even groaned.

At the end of the WOD, Clayton Young seemed like a good rack to hang the HS Duffel on...thanks Clayton!

Stress test passed? Check.

If I were more sadistic, I’m sure that I could have come up with some more brutal trials to put the duffel through, but this thing just looks so good, and I’m not willing to maim this one.  No, I’ll be keeping it looking proper.  With its amazing interior of plaid, this is sure to turn heads for years to come.

The long and short of it is this.  You need to own one of these great pieces of American construction.  Check out the Hudson Sutler website, or visit with Grant yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.

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