• Day 5 from the Road: The Carhartt Woodsman Tour

      *This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and – while at it – teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* *** Dear Diary, Day 5 was a day of journeys. We traveled physically, emotionally, progressively...it's safe to say we didn't end where we started, and I'm not just referring to the change in time zones.
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    Sep 22, 2015
  • Day 4 from the Road: The Carhartt Woodsman Tour

    *This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and – while at it – teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* ***   Dear Diary, Day 4 found me waking up after 4 hours of sleep. At any other point I would have been exhausted beyond all reason, but there is a special energy on the road trip that supersedes all senses. We made the 10 hour trek from Detroit to Columbia, Missouri. When 7 grown men get in a single van together, you would think everything would be quick, streamlined and painless. You would be wrong. There are just as many pit stops for snacks and potty breaks as if I were hauling a day care. However, the day was enriched with tales of our families, our childhoods, past jobs, past loves, and too many stories to count. We laughed, we reminisced, and we ignored the phones and headphones and reveled in each other's company. When we finally reached Columbia, we shared our stories and songs with dear friends from Missouri, singing out to the night on the rooftop of Quinton's. With the distant views of the illuminated campus, the mesmerizing melodies of our musicians, and the good food and drink, it was like living in a dream. Maybe it was the lack of sleep, but who knows? Afterwards, we found a piano on a street corner and Fred tickled the ivories while Nicholas sang. Strangers heading home after last call gathered around and soaked in the beautiful surprise of music that put the icing on the metaphorical cake they was a beautiful night. However, I am now in a real bed and I can't wait to get a handle on some actual sleep. However, Day 4 leaves me with this lesson: Learn that new secret from an old friend. Be it a hidden musical talent, a passion for a particular author, or a disgust for all things mushroom, dig a little deeper and find something new in the familiar. We so often get caught up in discovering the new and exciting that we forget to explore the people and things that we love. Love, Taylor [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="14554,14555,14556,14557,14558,14559,14560,14561,14562,14563,14564"]

    Sep 21, 2015
  • Day 3 from the Road: The Carhartt Woodsman Tour

    *This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and - while at it - teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* ***   Dear Diary, Day 3 started off like Day 2: packing up in the rain. The Stop And Taste trailer got stuck in the mud trying to get out, but our new festival friends proved that all you need is a group of people looking after each other to accomplish any task. I guess the tractor didn't hurt. After a breakfast of artisan bread and squash soup, we hit the road to Detroit, but not before a local Peacock fell in love with his reflection in our van bumper. His cries of "I'll never love again" as we drove away were humorously heartbreaking, and proved to be an interesting start to the day. The team made its first stop of the evening at the Carhartt store in Detroit, but that's where I parted ways. I made the drive back to Holland just in time to officiate the wedding of my close friends, Jenney and Elizabeth. After two days of sweat, rain, mud and flannel, it was nice to be with people I love, dressed up, and celebrating everlasting companionship. Being able to be a part of their day is one of the happiest moments of my life. After a brief ceremony, a champagne toast, some tamales and cake, I made the drive back to the team in Detroit just as they were wrapping up their set at HopCat Detroit. After 9 hours of driving, Day 3's lesson is this: no journey is too far to share a moment with the ones you care about. Grab a coffee with that old college roommate. Take a day trip to see that relative you've been meaning to visit. Call Mom. Take the time to Stop and Taste with those you love, because more often than not the company you keep is more important than the flavors on your plate and in your glass. Love, Taylor [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="14546,14547,14548"]

    Sep 21, 2015
  • Day 2 from the Road: The Carhartt Woodsman Tour

    *This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and - while at it - teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* ***     Dear Diary, Day 2: I can't remember the last time I was up until 4:30 am. I'm cold, I'm wet, I'm tired beyond all reason...but I'm happy and energized. We left this morning from Empire after surviving the storm and grabbing some breakfast from Friendly Joe's. We made a quick pitstop to pick up supplies that we desperately needed for camp before making our way to the Earthworks Harvest Gathering. We made it just in time for our set, but the guys put on a great show! Musicians from all over Michigan and the U.S. enjoyed some Carhartt Woodsman and some New Holland Brewing specialty cocktails in the hospitality area tucked behind an old barn that serves as one of the festival stages. After breaking down the bar at 2:00 a.m. musicians gathered under tents filled with worn, vintage living room furniture and lit up by old Christmas lights. Fiddles, guitars, banjos and shakers wove together classic melodies from across the decades as singers from every genre of band lent their voices to beautiful harmonies. As I fall asleep to the sound of rain, I remember today's lesson: take the time to Stop & Taste, brush off the uncontrollable things like rain, and harmonize with those around you. Love, Taylor [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="14537,14538,14539,14540,14541,14542,14543"]

    Sep 21, 2015
  • Day 1 from the Road: The Carhartt Woodman Tour

    *This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and - while at it - teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.*   ***   Dear Diary, Day 1 of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour was a huge success. While we didn't leave on time, the last 24 hours have been filled with plenty of conversations with new and old friends. We first stopped at Empire Hop Farms where we saw harvest in full swing, with fresh hops being dried and baled. I met Allison, a young woman who left the mundane life of corporate life to grow barley and pursue agriculture. When she didn't have her own roaster to dry her grain, she welded one herself. If that doesn't embody the Carhartt Spirit, I don't know what does.

    We then headed to Joe's Friendly Tavern where the Carhartt Storytellers sang to the hardworking people of Empire, MI. We are now falling asleep to the sound of rain and thunder in the van, as our tent flooded while we were in town. Day one...a blooming success. I'll keep you updated on our progress. Love, Taylor [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="14522,14523,14524,14525,14526,14527,14528,14529,14530,14531,14532"]

    Sep 21, 2015