Well 2015 has proven to be a very interesting year for Bold Archery Design. Our year Started off slow as usual, then like an avalanche quickly developed into a stead flow of festivals & friends.
We started teaching our first Woodland Skills class in May with just 2 students. One who went on to getting her hunting license this year & hopefully plans to take her first deer before the season is over. This class evolved for us getting much local press & giving us a new outlet with The Arnold House in Livingston Manor where we offer small sessions to their guests in our Outdoor Skills & between Spring & Fall we have weekly archery shoots.
This year saw a return of Krebashia Kingdom Fantasy Fair held at Malone Memorial Rec. Park which brought us a whole new group of friends & yet another event for us to teach at next year. We hope to join them again in 2016 to help continue to grow their event into something bigger & brighter.
Locally we where invited to the Callicoon County Fair where we set up an archery shoot by the Delaware River & met Dirty Girl Farm which introduced Joseph to some delicious goat cheese & goat milk making it a new staple in our home.
We also set up a booth for the first time at the 136th Little Worlds Fair in Grahamsville and met more of our neighbors, like Butch from the Sullivan County Longbeards, next year we plan on attending his Jake Event in September again after missing the last 2 years. And Bill from Dust Bunny's Farm in Liberty, while he may be a master of bees he is also a kindred spirit of the great mother & Joseph looks forward to teaching him how to be a master bowyer.
And we also set up a booth for 3 weekends at the Bethel Woods Harvest Fest and met so many more of our neighbors who feed us & entertained us everyday. Thank you Kimberly & Heather you girls make some amazing treats we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors with K & H Confections. And Thanks to your dad Craig, he was a bundle of laughs. We also meet Irena (I hope I spelled that right) from Iris Alpaca Products who makes the softest & loveliest baby & children's clothing right next door.
Unfortunately we did not get to attend our Villages first Oktoberfest but we will be there next year.
Instead we took a well deserved vacation just the boss & his office wench to Four Quarters where we enjoyed the mead & the scenery and never wanted to come home again. It was breath taking.
Upon our immediate return we where greeted by Mr. Daniel Cassady a student Photographer & Writer (currently doubling as a bar tender) attending the Eddy Adams Workshop who was directed to us by his producer Nancy who was looking for subjects on the topic of Liberty. Our weekend with him was very exciting. I think this quote he found for us sums it up well; "The human mind will some day get back to the freedom it enjoyed 2,000 years ago. This country, which has given the world an example of physical liberty, owes to it that of moral emancipation also." -Thomas Jefferson 1821
We learned a lot about each other & ourselves that weekend.
This years adventures also brought another photographer to our door step, Mr. Roderick Angle, who we met at the Callicoon Country Fair when he brought his eldest daughter to shoot some arrows. Mr. Angle had us over to his homestead some months later for a family & friends gathering where we set up an archery shoot for his guests, and later got to enjoy their company around a warm fire with some very delicious fresh pressed apple cider. We hit it off so well he asked if he could go hunting with Joseph & create a piece on him & what we do. The full piece will be posted once ready, we look forward to seeing it since what we have seen so far is outstanding. Hopefully I will be able to post some of his photo's soon.
This year also was inaugural for us in that we officially got our DBA license.
While we have been blessed this year we were grateful it is coming to an end and a new year is upon us. We wish you all a blessed Solstice, Yule & Christmas.
And Happy New Year!
The B.A.D. D.O.W.