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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!


"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.

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!


Corbyn’s: Amarillo’s Go-To For Prep

The other day, I visited with a gentleman named Eric Corbyn.  We sat down and got to know each other on a particular Saturday, and visited about a wide variety of topics while we watched that weekend’s PGA tour event on television.  Through our conversation, I learned that Mr. Corbyn is a straight shooter and definitely doesn’t pull any punches.  He tells it exactly like it is…which is how I found out several things…like how much he dislikes Tiger, loved the Beatles (mostly Lennon), and used to mix it up with administrators while he was attending college.

Without a doubt, Eric Corbyn is one of the most unique gentleman that I have ever met, and that only adds credibility to the reason that he has been so successful.  Corbyn has been a clothier for a good part of his life, but only until fairly recently has it been in his best interests.


After spending most of his professional career working for other local clothiers, about seven years ago, Mr. Corbyn grew tired of being the employee and decided to become the employer.  He started a retail clothing store that has become synonymous with good style and quite popular with the college kids who wish to dress properly.

Corbyn’s Classic Traditional Clothing is a men’s and women’s clothing store.  For the Prep out there, this is the final word in where to shop.  With brands like Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Bills Khakis, Southern Proper, and Allen Edmonds, just to name a few, it’s no wonder that Corbyn’s has set itself apart from the rest of the pack in Amarillo, TX.

At first it becomes overwhelming just how much product Corbyn’s carries.  There are so many things to look at, that a person really needs at least three visits to properly take in the offerings at this establishment.  One of my favorite spots in Corbyn’s, and one I plan on visiting this weekend is the nook where Mr. Corbyn has the Smathers and Branson needlepoint key fobs.  When you take a look at it for yourself, make sure to ask Eric about the picture that hangs just above…see below.


For sure, there is a lot more that I could add to this article, but I think that we’ll leave it at that for the time being.  We will be sure to visit with Mr. Corbyn much more and talk about it here periodically, but right now, I think that you yourself need to go see what Corbyn’s is all about.  Trust me…the clothing is unforgettable and the conversation is killer!  Tell Eric that Panhandle Prep says hey.

Corbyn’s Classic Traditional Clothing – 2817 Civic Circle / Amarillo, TX


The Friday Faction: 04/20/12

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

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