Those that know me know that I have one big fear, flying. I haven’t always been afraid to fly, but just thinking about being in a large metal tube 30,000 feet in the air is enough to make my pulse quicken and panic to ensue. The recent tropical activity got me thinking that there are people whose job it is to fly into the most severe weather conditions that Mother Nature creates. They’re called hurricane hunters and these brave men and women fly into the heart of the largest storms to gather intel and help those in the storms path make important decisions like whether or not to evacuate. This is my worst fear magnified.
On Trails is subtitled 'An Exploration', but it might be more accurately labeled as author and hiker Robert Moor's meditations on trails: why they exist, how they come to be, and, most importantly, why they are followed. After a youth spent feeling like a self-described drifter, Moor set out in 2009 to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (“AT”), from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine. As one would imagine when walking more than 2000 miles over a period of multiple months with limited stimulation other than the passing woods around him, he spent plenty of time with his own thoughts. As Moor hiked the trail, he began to consider the history of trails like the AT and how they come to be. Given the title, it is surprising how far and wide, and with what can occasionally feel like aimless intent, he wonders in search of answers, but the patient reader will be rewarded with some thoughtful and beautifully conveyed writing.
Bamboo. It’s not only the star of the Villon logo, but it is also a pretty amazing plant. Bamboo’s resume is impressive. It’s touted as being one of the fastest growing plants in the world, one of the strongest materials in the world, and is considered by some to be a superfood because of its high nutritional density. Bamboo grows everywhere with the exception of cold climates, including the United States, but it is thought to have originated in China.
What: 13 Year Anniversary
Where: Intracoastal Brewery
652 W Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935
When: Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Doors open @ 5:00 pm; Video premiere @7:00 pm
How Can I Attend? RSVP @ www.villonclothing.com
Most companies like to celebrate the stereotypical 5, 10, 15, or 20 year anniversaries, but we thought 13 years was a good time to highlight how long we have been in business and a good excuse to celebrate with the community. This anniversary, however, will bring more than just a reason to celebrate. During the event we will be debuting new products beyond clothing, a video premiere, exciting new community collaborations, new ambassadors, and a look at how we plan to continue and grow our presence. The event is open to the public and will take place Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at Intracoastal Brewery. Anyone can RSVP at www.villonclothing.com. Everyone who RSVPs will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win some of the many new items we will be raffling off at the event. Additional raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.
As we work on making this event happen, we thought we would look back on how we got here and give you a glimpse of things to come, read on...
Why Villon? How did it start? Where is it going?
Villon is actually part of the founder’s last name, Mark Quavillon. It originally started when Mark was creating bamboo wine holders while studying at UCF and it randomly transitioned to clothing. To be honest, we didn’t know what we were doing when it came to clothes, but we figured it out through trial and error throughout the years. It started out as something on the side that was fun to do and transitioned to what it is today. We are still learning and growing and we are taking a steps to not necessarily expand the brand, but improve it by offering new products and listening to what the community wants to see.
Why Satellite Beach?
We were looking to grow in the heart of the surf industry. Some of the world’s best surfers and shapers are from here. We also grew up in the town and have always enjoyed the beach culture. After traveling to 48 states and seeing some amazing places, we realized how unique Satellite Beach and Brevard County are. Not only do we have the beaches and the river, but the local community culture, even as it continues to grow, is unmatched and something we always want to be a part of.