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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.

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!

Longines: The Admiral

I’ve been waiting to post this article for some time now, and really can’t believe that I was able to keep myself from slipping up and leaking this information.  Well, now is the perfect time.  Why you might ask?  It’s simple.  For the second year in a row, Longines is the official timekeeper and watch of the Kentucky Derby, and with our Derby Party coming up, I thought it was about time to highlight the brand of watch that they will be wearing in the Winner’s Circle this year.


After visiting with Longines several weeks ago, I recently received a package in the mail.  When I opened it, I was blown away.  Inside was a Longines Admiral…one of the biggest and baddest watches that I have ever seen in person.  At 42 mm, this watch is definitely there, and after the initial shock of not wanting to touch it wore off, I finally decided to try it on.

To feel a watch of this quality on your wrist is quite surreal.  The heft is definitely noticeable, and you can’t help but look down at it and marvel at its beauty.  This particular model features hours, minutes, the date at 3 o’clock, a 24 hour hand as well as a second time-zone mechanism.  The stainless steel bracelet with black ceramic links has one of the best ideas for a clasp that I’ve seen.  With its triple safety folding clasp, the bracelet has to be buttoned twice, ensuring that you don’t lose your timepiece in rough seas!

Having never owned a watch with a self-winding mechanical movement, it was definitely odd to hear the mechanism working to power up the watch after it had set for several hours throughout the night, but somehow assured me that I was wearing a watch that was crafted by perfectionists who produce a watch for the person who wants the very best.

If you’re going to wear a watch this good-looking, you want a nice backdrop for it.  After some thought, I  decided that Tom James was up to the task.  Paired with my green and lavender plaid sportshirt, I believe that this is the perfect combination.

The Admiral is amazing, and something to behold.  If you own a Longines, we’d love to see it!  Send us some pictures and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.  Until then, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Longines.

Kentucky Derby Parties: A Survival Guide

With our upcoming Kentucky Derby Party, I thought that it might be a good idea to dive into just what to expect at an event such as this.  As Derby parties are not the norm in the Texas Panhandle, we hope to change that and show everyone a great time while we raise money for a good cause.  By learning what might make your party experience more enjoyable, everyone can then relax and have a leisurely day at the races.  To make the learning curve easier, we have compiled a survival guide of sorts to help you prep for the first Saturday in May.  So sit back, and take a look at some of the tips that we think can make you an old pro at Derby Day in no time flat.

1.  Derby Hats – Ladies, they can be crazy, they can be flashy…they can also be reserved.  Here’s great place to start the hunt for yours.

2. Daily Racing Forms – People, this is of utmost importance.  Get to know how to read a Racing Form. 

3. Derby Fare – The cucumber sandwiches are not the main fare at a Derby Party.  They’re almost exclusively for looks…almost.  Wait it out until the good stuff arrives. 

4. Racing Knowledge – Want to get a leg up on the other guy?  You need to be checking out the other races leading up to the first leg of the Triple Crown.

5. The Attire – Guys, it should be light and classy.  Ladies, it should be way better than that girl next to you.  After all there is a lot at stake here (see #6).

6. The Crown – To win the coveted trophy and prove that you have the best Derby Hat, you better bring your A-game.

7. The Beverage –  Mint Juleps are the drink of the day.  They may sound dainty, but you’d better try it before you knock it.

Be sure to check out all of the information on our Derby Party here.  We hope to see you there!

Ils Sont Partis!

As always, with the Kentucky Derby slated for the first Saturday in May, Horse Racing is firing up.  This is the time of year that newly turned three-year-old thoroughbreds begin the chase for the ever-elusive Triple Crown.

Though not many people who aren’t directly linked with horse racing truly follow it, the Triple Crown Trail is well under way.  Beginning on January 1st, the Gulfstream Derby kicks off a series of races that span the US over a period of six months and ends with the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.

Mr. Bowling To the Inside

This weekend, if you happen to be in the mood to brush up on your racing or get a feel for who this year’s Kentucky Derby contender might be, you will want to tune in to the Risen Star Stakes held at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.  Here’s a heads up:  Mr. Bowling just might be my pick.  Trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Robby Albarado, this horse has some impressive stats so far.  With earnings of over $200,000 and three wins in five starts, he’s looking to me like the horse to beat.

After this weekend, there are several races that will pit some of the Triple Crown hopefuls against each other before they head to Louisville for the showdown.  The Louisiana Derby will take place on April 1st, followed by the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct where a top contender named Alpha might just race against Mr. Bowling.

Without a doubt, this time of year is special to us.  Around our house, the Triple Crown Trail means that it’s time to start ushering in spring, and ushering in spring means that it’s time to start polishing that silver to gear up for that special Kentucky Derby Party.  Mint Julep anyone?

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