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Nancy Kroes’ Woolrich-themed Teardrop stop

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On the final leg of her U.S. tour, Michigan native Nancy Kroes rolled up to the Woolrich flagship store on October 15 towing her fully restored 1958 Serro Scotty Trailer. The vintage camper is a mobile tribute to Woolrich’s signature red buffalo check plaid. Lined in knotty pine paneling, the exterior of Nancy’s teardrop is covered in buffalo check, as is the tiny teardrop she fashioned for her dog, Mabel.

Nancy has kept in touch with us via Facebook throughout the painstaking remodel, giving frequent updates on the progress and summer road trip schedule.

“Another step closer on the Woolrich-themed vintage travel trailer. The Woolrich buffalo plaid wrap has been applied to the 4-side skins. Still hoping to debut this 1958 Serro Scotty Sportsman, Junior at the National Scotty Rally in Pennsylvania in July. Not all imagery has yet been applied. There are still the green neck labels to go on the sides.”

“My 1958 Woolrich themed trailer is in the straight away with an anticipated completion time of August 31 – just in time to head out to the National Scotty Rally in Canon City, CO. We will be hitting MI, IN, IL, MO, AR, OK, TX, NM, CO, NE & IA on this trip…”

“And not to be outdone, Mabel insisted her 1961 Serro Scotty also get “Woolriched”. We aren’t finished with it, will probably obtain the wrap for it in a smaller scale AND add some Woolrich wrap to the Zappy scooter as well. So glad you posted the Woolrich bicycle picture–giving me some ideas for the Scooter.”

The final result, a fully Woolrich-themed Teardrop made its debut a the Flagship store on October 15…

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Hudson’s Bay blankets–the genuine article

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As the oldest continually operating woolen mill in the United States, Woolrich’s manufacturing legacy is deeply rooted in the production of wool blankets. To this day, Woolrich’s blanket collection, including its line of Civil War blankets that sustained union troops since the first conflict, remain in production and popular amongst consumers. In addition, Woolrich’s 180 year-old history includes its unique historical relationship with another historic blanket manufacturer–The Pearce Company.

In the late 1700s, wool blankets were so vital to human survival and comfort that they actually served as currency. Blankets were often traded between the Native Americans and trappers through the Hudson’s Bay Company of England, and distributed in America by the Pearce Manufacturing Company–another Pennsylvania-based mill operation.

Pearce was established in 1805 in Harmony, Pennsylvania by the Harmonite Society. In 1928, Woolrich bought the Pearce Manufacturing Company, and by 1959, the Pearce blankets were fully incorporated into the Woolrich mill operations.

Upon acquisition of the Pearce Company, Woolrich recieved the official license to distribute the blankets in the U.S. The flagship staple of the Pearce Company, the Hudson’s Bay Collection, is proudly distributed by Woolrich to this day, alongside the Fawn Grove collection.

The signature four-stripe, high-quality bed blankets are available in sizes that fit today’s modern bed sizes. A four-point blanket fits a full-size bed, a six-point blanket first a queen and an eight-point blanket fits a king size bed. The legendary 100 percent wool blankets are still made in England with wool collected from sources in England, Wales, New Zealand, and India. To shop Woolrich’s entire collection of woolen blankets, click here.

 

Letter from Salt Lake: Woolrich is for ‘gear junkies’

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Woolrich has been a proud sponsor of Backpacker’s Get Out More Tour for the last five years. Following an official stop at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT, Sherri and Randy took a few moments to reflect on the weekend and the state of their inner gear junkie.

…When you have a genuine passion for playing hard in the outdoors it’s pretty tough to avoid becoming a gear junkie. We are definitely gear junkies, and we know some of you out there in the Woolrich nation are gear junkies too. You know who you are. You read the Backpacker Gear Guide from cover to cover. You turn a quick trip to the retailer for a “need” into an afternoon of perusing the shelves, comparing makes and models, counting ounces, and justifying a few “wants,” and more than a few gadgets fall out of your gear closet every time you open it. It’s a good problem to have, and we totally understand. Being a gear junkie comes standard with an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure.

Our inner gear junkie is alive and well. As a matter of fact, our inner gear junkie is currently recovering from gear overload. We’re fresh out of Salt Lake City and the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show. And wow, what a show! Our heads are still spinning. Talk about a gear junkie heaven!

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Good Ol’ Cold Splinters and Jeff Thrope’s great outdoors

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Jeff Thrope is the founder of Cold Splinters, a website and creative marketing firm dedicated to Edward Abbey books and Appalachian Trail Lean-Tos . He lives in Brooklyn, NY and writes about camping and the outdoors for various publications including Outside, Men’s Journal, GQ, Garden and Gun and The New York Times, where his column, “The Campster,” seeks out weekend destinations in the woods for those living in the big city.

He works with various outdoor-focused brands on marketing, public relations, brand development and design, all while searching endlessly through old Wilderness Experience catalogs. For the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market booth, Woolrich collaborated with Thrope on a series of visually striking posters that aptly reflect the spring 2013 collection.

The visuals you created for the Woolrich booth depict some pretty idyllic  campsite scenes; in your mind, what makes for a perfect campsite? Location? Amenities? Anything you can’t live without?

JT: If you have enough space to pitch a tent and an opening through some trees to see the sky when it gets dark, you should be good to go. A river always helps. So does a good view, of course. I guess the key is to know where you’re going, right? 

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

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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…

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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…”

Debutante Hunters: True Mothers of Nature

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As seemingly unlikely as pedicures and pistols, a group of southern belles … who grew up hunting, shooting and enjoying the wonders of nature … are telling their colorful story.   In a film by non-hunting director and friend, Maria White, The Debutante Hunters premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, documenting the rugged side of growing up female in the Deep South.

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Pennsylvania neighbors go green

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A tip of the hat to another Pennsylvania brand …  Crayola Crayons of Easton, PA, has ramped up their environmental credibility with the debut of the Crayola Solar Farm.  The farm provides enough power to manufacture up to a billion crayons and 500 million markers; many of which will probably end up jammed between the cushions of my living room couch.

Crayola’s green initiatives also include the creation of markers out of recycled plastics, and using reforested wood for their colored pencils.    Good stuff.

LINK:  Crayola Green