Farm to Feet Introduces Blue Ridge Run Series Sock Line

first_imgFarm To Feet makes 100-percent U.S. sourced and built socks at its plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina. And to celebrate this heritage, the company is introducing the Blue Ridge Run Series for Spring 2015. The line will include light-weight running socks in multiple heights, with and without cushioning, and a graduation compression sock.Farm to Feet has paired Rocky Mountain merino wool (sourced from the American Sheep Industries) with a new “Friction-Free” technology to create a collection of socks with wool’s natural feel, odor-resistance and wicking properties, but featuring improved abrasion control and heat management.Farm to Feet’s “Friction-Free technology” features a U.S.-sourced PTFE nylon, with the PTFE permanently incorporated into the nylon yarn during its postproduction. PTFE has a low friction coefficient, which reduces abrasion and the chance for blisters. Additionally, PTFE is hydrophobic which enhances the movement of perspiration away from feet and results in socks that dry quickly.The Asheville is an ultra light running sock with half density cushioning under the foot. The Roanoke is a similar sock, but with a flat-knitted frictionless bottom. The socks are designed with airflow channels over the instep and venting panels on the sides and rear for improved breathability. Both socks are offered in low and quarter-crew heights and available in men’s and women’s styles. MSRP- Low $16.00/ 1/4 Crew $17.00.Farm_To_Feet_Socks_GroupRounding out the collection is the Blue Ridge with graduated compression. Its has a targeted compression of 17.5 mmHg starting at the ankle and decreases up through the calf, to assist with blood flow and reduce muscle vibration for enhanced performance or recovery. The 16″ tall Blue Ridge with Friction-Free technology has half density cushioning underfoot for additional comfort. MSRP- $30.00.The socks in the Farm to Feet Blue Ridge Run Series feature all US sourced materials, a 100% seamless toe closure, reciprocated heal and toe pockets for a great fit, and double welt tops.In support of the launch Farm to Feet has teamed up with the Roanoke Outside and the Blue Ridge Marathon. The Roanoke has been named the official sock of the marathon and at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Farm to Feet and Roanoke Outside will be awarding one attendee a trip for two to run “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.Farm to Feet is committed to the goal of creating “the world’s best wool socks” by exclusively using an all-American recipe: U.S. merino, U.S. manufacturing, and U.S. workers. With a supply chain completely within the U.S., Farm to Feet is able to ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Once the wool is grown and sheared in the Rocky Mountains, the remaining processes take place within 300 miles of its sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mt. Airy, N.C.All Farm to Feet socks feature seamless toe closures, a comfort compression fit from the top through the arch, and superior cushioning for ultimate performance and comfort. Learn more at read more

Trail Mix – February 2016

first_img 3:58 Audio PlayerThe WestiesIf I Had A GunUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 5:15 You Have Grown Simon Linsteadt Carnival Of Hopes Jane Kramer To Get By Malcolm Holcombe Greatest Hits Gladiola 3:12 3:16 Loser David Gans 5:15 If I Had A Gun The Westies 4:04 4:08 4:10 Cold Burger, Cold Fries Henry Wagons 3:34 5:27 Hideous Monster Jon Patrick Walker Receiver The Waco Brothers Memories Larry Keel 4:01 6:54 The Asp And The Albatross Freakwater Solitude Alpenglow 2:30 Meridian Paul Burch Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:02 She’s Going To Mexico I’m Going To Jail 8 Ball Aitken There are few people on the planet who know the Grateful Dead like David Gans knows the Grateful Dead.Gans, who has ushered fans from around the world through the soundscape of the Grateful Dead via the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour on public radio and his SiriusXM call in show for nearly three decades, recently published This Is All A Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, his fourth book focused on the band.Gans also released It’s A Hand-Me-Down, a collection of Grateful Dead tunes easily recognized by dedicated Deadheads and even casual fans, late last year. Trail Mix is excited to feature “Loser” on this month’s mix.Also included this month is a brand new track from jazz sax master Stan Getz. Perhaps describing the tune, “O Grande Amor,” as “brand new” is a bit of a stretch, as the recording was laid down in 1976. it is only now being released, four decades later, in the deluxe CD Moments In Time.Some fantastic musicians with Asheville ties pop up on this month’s mix. Check out brand new tunes from Larry Keel, Malcolm Holcombe, and Jane Kramer.Be sure to check out the new music from Carrie Rodriguez, 8 Ball Aitken, Old Man Canyon, Jon Patrick Walker, Gladiola, Alpenglow, The Westies, Freakwater, Simon Linsteadt, Colours, The Waco Brothers, and Henry Wagons.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month for chats with Eric Brace, Dori Freeman, Paul Burch, and a ticket giveaway for Jane Kramer’s CD release party at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.And, of course, get out and buy some of this incredible music. Support these artists who so willingly support Trail Mix. Grab a disc. Buy some concert tickets. Spread the word and tell a friend. These great musicians appreciate it. Been Awhile Eric Brace & Peter Cooper O Grande Amor Stan Getz 3:52 6:50 Ain’t Nobody Dori Freeman Back to the Start Old Man Canyon Monster Colours 3:18 3:43 4:28 Z Carrie Rodriguez + The Sacred Hearts Embed 3:11 2:48last_img read more

Merroir to Terroir: The Best Fest for Oysters is in Harrisonburg, VA

first_imgPhoto courtesy Ashley Robinson Tickets are on sale now: $30 later bird, $35 in advance, $45 at door. Tickets include wine tasting from each winery. VIP tickets are $75 and include the tasting plus a wine tote bag with a festival shirt, a collectable patch, or pin and a hat. Tickets for children and non-drinking adults are also available. VIP or not, all attendees will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of On Sunny Slope Farms. The oysters for the festival come from Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture from Hayes, Virginia. Big Island Aquaculture is a small, family run business serving our customers with great tasting oysters, while helping sustain the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting its rich culture.  Their briny oysters are often referred to as the best in the bay–and during the festival–the best in the Shenandoah Valley. Do not miss this culinary expert showcase- Specialty Oyster Dishes paired with these Exquisite Virginia Wines.While you are in the Shenandoah Valley, why not stay the night?  Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, the newest hotel in Harrisonburg, blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. Featuring well-appointed rooms and suites with mountain and downtown views, as well as fine dining, fitness facilities, Hotel Madison is an elegant and inspiring choice. This upscale hotel provides superior accommodations, event spaces, and staff services.Wineries/VineyardsNorth Mountain Vineyard & Winery, CrossKeys Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Brix and Columns Vineyards, White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Tasting Room, Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Castle Glen Estates Winery, Third Hill at DeMello Vineyards, Narmada Winery, and Hunt’s Vineyard.Culinary PairingsDayton Tavern, Paella Perfecta, Hops Kitchen, Mashita, Taj of India, Smiley’s Ice Cream, and Kraken CakesProceeds from this event go to the Artisans Center of Virginia, the parent organization of Virginia’s Artisan Trail Network and the Virginia Oyster Trail.Sponsored by: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc., Visit Harrisonburg Virginia, 93-7 NOW, Ruffles & Rust Florals, Another Chance Vintage Rentals, Visit Rockingham County, VA, Virginia is for Lovers Get your Oyster fix while supporting the Artisans Center of Virginia at On Sunny Slope Farm. Their 2nd annual Wine and Oyster Festival, on August 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM, will have fun for the whole family. Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, and an array of craft foods as you explore local artisan booths and are entertained with live music and fun activities. Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day! Photo courtesy Ashley Robinsonlast_img read more

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first_imgWe’d love to know how your business or organization is adapting and innovating in these trying times! Feel free to send us any information, news or updates that you think our readers should know about to or feel free to leave a comment below. Updates will be posted at and shared periodically through our social media channels. These are unprecedented times and we understand that they are having a huge impact on all of our businesses. Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine would not be possible without your support, and so we thank you for sticking with us through this trying time.   #outsidewethrive Blue Ridge Outdoors Partners – as you can imagine, this is not how we expected to launch into our 25th anniversary year, but no one could have expected this.  last_img read more

Liaisons Among The Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2009 In 1997, a forward-thinking combatant commander conceptualized a plan to invite ‎partner-nation senior military officers — primarily colonels — to serve on his staff as ‎advisors, providing cultural expertise and coordination on military matters between their ‎countries and U.S. Southern Command.‎ One year later, Gen. Charles Wilhelm, then commander of the Southern Command, made ‎this vision a reality. Argentina and Uruguay were the first countries to send a senior ‎officer to work in the command, thus creating the Partner Nation Liaison Officer ‎program, or PNLO. The following year, Colombia and Ecuador also sent officers. Chile ‎began participating in the program in 2000, and Canada sent a liaison officer in 2007. ‎More than a decade later, the program still thrives.‎ ‎“The truth is that we have a small community within Southern Command and we share ‎our experiences,” said Chilean navy Capt. David Hardy, who along with his counterparts ‎from Uruguay, Peru, Colombia and Canada, form today’s PNLO program.‎ Their experience is invaluable as the command strengthens relationships with partner ‎nations. “The biggest benefit they bring is the experience of working in our region,” said ‎U.S. Air Force Col. Jose Sanchez, deputy director of country insight for the command. ‎ ‎“They were raised there, they know their militaries, they know how they think … and ‎they can give us feedback immediately.”‎ Peruvian army Col. César Alva is working on collaborative solutions to end terrorist ‎activities. “My main job is trying to collaborate in resolving narcoterrorism by means of ‎cooperation between Southern Command and the Peruvian armed forces,” he said. “I’m interested in maintaining a good cooperation program for 2009, and if possible, a five-‎year midterm plan where our objectives are clear … which are to end terrorism and ‎narcotrafficking.”‎ The liaison officer is a coveted position appointed by each country’s minister of defense. ‎The tour of duty ranges from one to two years, depending on the country’s agreement ‎with the command. Each officer usually receives a housing and transportation allowance ‎from their military. The officers usually have a good grasp of the English language and, ‎in many cases, speak more than two languages.‎ While the Southern Command benefits from the knowledge and experience of the liaison ‎officers, the program also gives officers and their families an opportunity to experience ‎U.S. culture.‎ ‎“My experience until now has been excellent. It’s the first time my family and I have ‎been in the United States,” Uruguayan army Col. Luis Lavista said. “There are some very ‎interesting and enjoyable things for people coming from South America to the United States, above all order, transportation, respect for the laws, and there’s a lot of security.”‎ The Miami-based command has been working to integrate liaison officers into more of its ‎activities, including conferences and regional exercises such as PANAMAX. Liaison ‎officers have also been visiting component commands, including U.S. Army South in San ‎Antonio; U.S. Navy South in Jacksonville, Fla.; and U.S. Marine Corp Forces South in ‎Miami, to learn more about U.S. military operations.‎ ‎“By taking them to the component commands, they see their roles and missions. And we ‎try to teach them how we interact with each other and how our components interact with ‎the headquarters,” Col. Sanchez said. “Once they get that view, they are able to better ‎understand the projects that would help us — and them. We have to remember that ‎interoperability is a big thing between our armed forces and our partner nations.”‎ With the command expected to move into a new facility in late 2010, current commander ‎Adm. Jim Stavridis has invited more countries to participate in the mutually beneficial ‎program.‎ The officers who have served in the program support increased participation. “We don’t ‎have to be [only] four [countries]. We should have liaison officers here from all ‎countries,” Col. Lavista said. If all countries were represented, he said, they would have ‎the ability to work better collectively.‎last_img read more

Latin American Sailors Attend Coast Guard Course in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2009 BOGOTA, April 17, 2009 (AFP) – Navy alumni from 12 Latin American countries and the Caribbean kicked off on the first international coast guard course in the Colombian port of Cartagena, which will last two months, according to a military report on Friday. The objective of this course is to train staff in maritime law enforcement procedures at sea and in the protection of human life, to successfully carry out the operations assigned during their terms of service, according to the report. The course was attended by pupils from the navies of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Colombia.last_img read more

Peru And Ecuador Agree To Establish Binational Embassies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2010 Peru and Ecuador have agreed to establish binational embassies to represent their respective interests, Peruvian president Alan García announced during a visit by his Ecuadorean counterpart Rafael Correa. “We have just finished coordinating with President Correa the establishment of binational embassies to represent our interests,” the Peruvian president said, after affirming that this agreement is the first of its kind in the world. He explained that once the documents setting out the agreement have been signed, “the Ecuadorean embassy in Sweden will assume the representation of Peruvian interests, and the Peruvian embassy in Algeria will represent Ecuadorean interests.” “This seals our friendship and our commitments to integration,” the Peruvian president said.last_img read more

Continuing Promise Veterinarians to Provide Training for Jamaican Counterparts

first_img Military veterinarians embarked on board USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), in conjunction with other civilian veterinarians, began facilitating diagnostic parasitology classes for Jamaican veterinary practitioners during a port visit to Kingston, Jamaica, as part of Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11), on 10 April. U.S. Army Capt. Rachel Lee and veterinary health care technicians, Army Sgts. Heather Robinson and Bethzabe Delgado, will perform the first study of food animals the island country has had in the last two decades. “In Jamaica, we are going to be teaching at the national diagnostic lab, so we will probably have a very big influence there since they haven’t had a parasitology study in food animals since 1980,” said Lee. “These studies are very important for condemnation reasons, because there are a lot of things that animals can get that would prevent people from eating their meat safely.” Lee said that she and her team will teach at least three classes and work one-on-one with the host country animal health practitioners. “I’m excited to be on this mission, because I’ve only had one other similar mission to the Philippines, which was very small scale, as far as larger animals goes, so working as part of CP11 will be very exciting for me,” said Robinson. “I’m very interested in helping the locals learn more about how to better their livelihood and their food because their animals are their lifeline.” The CP11 mission consists of veterinarian care in addition to medical, dental, engineering and subject matter expert exchanges. The mission is focused on helping people and building lasting partnerships with nations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. Comfort will also visit Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Peru. By Dialogo April 14, 2011last_img read more

Chilean Navy Seizes Cocaine Coming from Bolivia

first_img Latin Governments are routinely supporting and protecting drugs dealers.Ismael Maldonado of Tarija, for example, is widely known in Bolivia and Argentina for his Cocaine trafficking activity. Through Cocaine trafficking, Maldonado has become so strong financially that he has bought significant high level patronage and support/protection. He has a team of lawyers constantly fighting investigations and warding off convictions with technical objections. For example, the Bolivian public prosecutor and the police anti drugs unit conducted investigations against Maldonado for illicit earnings. The investigation was suspended only when Maldonado´s lawyers heard and fought to identify technicalities to suspend the investigation. Prior to the Bolivian government expelling the DEA in 2009, Maldonado was the subject of a Cocaine trafficking and money laundering investigation and he was also the subject of cross border trafficking investigations with Argentina and other known traffickers Kim Yong Soon and Miguel Busanich. There are many others. BUt each and every time, he escapes conviction. Maldonado launders the proceeds of this activity through his 26 stores called Fair Play where he sells athletic equiment and clothing. In Santa Cruz alone there are 4 identical stores within a 200m square box. Two of the stores are next door to each other. The Chilean Navy has seized more than 500 kilos of cocaine, hidden in a truck coming from Bolivia and headed for Europe, in the port of the city of Arica, an official source announced on May 16. “The drugs, more than 500 kilos of cocaine, were in a shipment of scrap metal transported by a truck coming from Bolivia and that was going to be loaded onto a ship that had Europe as its final destination,” Cristina Vidal, an operations officer for the Arica port captaincy said. The cocaine seizure took place on the docks in Arica, following an investigation that began the week before and involved the Navy, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and Customs, which had been monitoring the truck since it crossed the border between Bolivia and Chile at the Chungará border crossing, Vidal added. The officer said that arrests had been made, but she did not provide more details, because the information is part of an ongoing investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The Chilean border with Bolivia and Peru extends over a distance of 1,300 km and has become a nexus between the producers of drugs and their final destination, according to the Chilean government. Chilean authorities have detected around 30 unauthorized crossing points along the border with Peru and 106 along the border with Bolivia. By Dialogo May 21, 2012last_img read more

Guatemalan drug lord Waldemar Lorenzana pleads guilty in U.S. court

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Waldemar Lorenzana, aka “El Patriarca,” a Guatemalan narco-trafficker connected to México’s Sinaloa drug cartel, pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 to conspiring to ship cocaine to the United States. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly entered his plea in Federal Court, the U.S. Justice Department said in a prepared statement. Guatemalan authorities arrested Lorenzana in 2011. They extradited him to the United States this past March. Lorenzana is the patriarch of a Guatemalan family authorities have linked to Mexican drug baron Joaquín ”Chapo” Guzmán Loera of the Sinaloa Cartel. Two children of Lorenzana are in Guatemala awaiting extradition and a third is still at large. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said in a prepared statement. Lorenzana and three of his children worked with drug cartels to move cocaine into the U.S. between March 1996 and April 2009, prosecutors said. The shipments, which were sent in boats and on planes, departed from El Salvador and Guatemala and were delivered to several U.S. cities. Authorities charged him with trying to move over 450 kilograms of cocaine. No sentencing date has been scheduled. Guatemala has seen a worrisome presence of cartels from neighboring México, particularly Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, as authorities said close to half of the Central American nation’s nearly 6,000 murders annually are linked to drug trafficking and gang violence. [AFP (United States), 18/08/2014; Reuters (United States), 18/08/2014] By Dialogo August 21, 2014last_img read more