Browsing Archive

June, 2012

Seeing stars and stripes

Independence Day celebrations may be winding down, but the Wooly Pulpit is still pumping up the patriotism with “Red, White and Woolrich,” a summer clothing and gift guide inspired by the efforts of our founding fathers.

Take the Freedom Throw for instance, heritage and history are woven into this American-made blanket, which honors the Stars and Stripes and our brave men and women in the armed services.  Patriotism warms the heart and now it can warm your home. Throw freedom on the grass while watching the fire works. Click here for more details.

 

 

 

Pennsylvania’s Piper Cubs “Fly-in” to celebrate Lock Haven history

Once a year, the William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania comes alive for the annual “Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Fly-In;” an event celebrating the 75th birthday of Piper and the Piper J-3 Cub airplane.

Located just down the road in nearby Lock Haven, the William T. Piper  Airport is the closest commercial airport to the original Flagship Store in the village of Woolrich. The Piper engines were named Lycoming, after the neighboring county.

Last weekend, visitors flocked to the now closed airport in Clinton County to watch hundreds of Piper Cubs land on the runway. Featured aircraft included the J-3, L-4, and PA-16 Clipper. 

First manufactured in Lock Haven in 1937 by the Piper Aircraft Corporation, the Piper Cub is a tiny, lightweight aircraft with a huge following.

Piper Cubs haven’t been made since 1947, but pilots and aviation enthusiasts return to Lock Haven each June to celebrate their local history with a trip to the William T. Piper Aviator Museum.

For the 27th consecutive year, onlookers were treated to the skillful maneuvers of Cub Airplanes, recognizable by their chrome yellow color known as “Lock Haven Yellow” the teddy bear insignia on the planes’ tails.

The Cub’s small, simple composition made it extremely popular amongst aviators and amateur pilots in the 1930s and 1940s.  Originally intended for flight training, the aircraft became popular in part because they were affordable, easy to fly and light.

The Piper Aircraft Corporation grew to become the world’s leading producer of general aviation aircraft.

After it closed in 1984; the Piper Aviation Museum, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of the Piper planes, bought the adjacent Piper Engineering building in 1997.

For more information about the annual Fly-In, visit, www.sentimentaljourneyfly-in.com.

For our fathers…

In celebration of Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17, we dug deep into the Wooly Pulpit archives to present a special Father’s Day Weekend encore performance of “Woolrich Coat” by Van Wagner. What better way to salute all the hardworking dads out there than with a song?  Be sure to check  out the Father’s Day gift ideas for even more ways to “Thank Dad for the memories and Woolrich for the coat…”

"Get Out More Tour" celebrates National Trails Day with Woolrich

On June 2, Woolrich celebrated National Trails Day as an official stop on the Backpacker Get Out More Tour. Tour ambassador Sherri Propster took some time out to reflect on her visit to Woolrich and the indelible contributions of trail volunteers everywhere.

This time of the year the wild seems wilder.  If you take a long walk on a remote footpath you may feel as though you are actually watching as the trail battles the landscape in an attempt to avoid being suffocated by the rapid growth. We have always imagined the trail to be a living and breathing thing, an ever evolving piece of the wild places that they meander though, but the past few weeks on the Get Out More Tour have reinforced to us more so than ever just how alive our nation’s trails are, and just how special the people are who bring them to life.

Many trail users go from start to finish without even a thought of just how the trail came to be.  Trails don’t just happen.  The trails we all get to walk are in reality the physical representation of a long and often challenging path of planning, politics, time, sweat and even tears.

Over the past few weeks the Get Out More Tour has had the pleasure (and the honor) of spending time with a few genuine trail enthusiasts. The trail builders, maintainers, and key players in the politics of trails that represent the lifeblood that flows throughout our nation’s trail systems.

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The Alaskan Shirt survives its gold coast legacy

In August 1896, American prospector George Carmack filed claims to four strips of gold-laden ground just south of Alaska’s Klondike River.  

By the end of the month, the majority of the region had been claimed and the last great American Gold Rush was on.   An estimated 100,000 would-be miners left their homes on the American Frontier to attempt the treacherous Chilkoot Pass Trail en route to the Klondike River.

Extreme winter weather conditions hindered travel: only a third of the miners successfully arrived in the Klondike.  And although the gold was not easily mined, an estimated $1,139,000 worth of revenue still poured into American ports that year.

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