Thursday, April 10th, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The newest crop of spring apparel awaits.
A great evening was had by all: finger food, drinks and special discounts. We’ll do it again this summer–so be sure to check back again soon!
The highlights included delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries featuring outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. It was a great opportunity to gather with friends and family for a night of education and inspiration.
THIS EVENT SOLD OUT BOTH NIGHTS
Many thanks to all our sponsors!
Launched in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), The Wild & Scenic Film Festival began as a small, local event and over the past 10 years pioneered into the largest environmental film festival in the nation. Held each January in Nevada City, CA, SYRCL’s annual event kicks-off a nationwide tour to over 100 cities.
Lucky for us, SYRCL believed years ago that the films were too good, and the messages too powerful, to keep to themselves.
Now in our seventh year hosting Wild & Scenic, Trail Creek was among one of the first groups to organize the fest offering a diverse menu of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Through film, great local food and drinks, we are all connected by the common goal of inspiring people and uniting communities to take action.
Staff member Sarah McDonald sat down with Ed and Brian, Trail Creek co-owners and event organizers, to get the back story on how the environmental film fest evolved, and to discuss some of the evening’s highlights over the years:
Q. How/when did you first hear about Wild and Scenic Film Festival?
Ed: Back in 2007, a friend who used to work for Patagonia approached us and asked if we would be interested in hosting this new environmental film festival. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity to entertain and do something good for the community.
Q. What were the key factors that made you decide to get involved in hosting a local fest?
Ed: We have always wanted to be more than just a store that sold really cool, outdoor clothing. This film fest allows us to inspire, enlighten and entertain while raising awareness and money for land preservation and clean water. Plus, in February it is a timely cure for cabin fever.
Q. Have Stroud Water Research and TLC always been the two organizations benefitting from the proceeds of the evening?
Ed: No, the first few years Stroud was our sole beneficiary. When we added a second night, we included The Land Conservancy. Land preservation and clean water are two causes that are very near and dear to us. The film fest allows us to give back to these two local organizations that do so much to further these causes.
Q. When you decided that you wanted to hold a film fest event, how many films were made available to you the first year?
Brian: The founding organization, SYRCL, has generally provided an extensive menu of films from which to choose. We try and choose films appropriate to each of the organizations we support and because of our love of the outdoors, we pick the outdoor adventure films.
Q. How does the film selection process work? Who chooses which films will be shown?
Ed: We want to represent all 3 organizations – Trail Creek, Stroud and The Land Conservancy (TLC), so we look for water films for Stroud, environmental or land preservation for TLC and at Trail Creek we’re all about fun so we look for films that remind about why we love being outside.
This is a very collaborative process with Kay Dixon and Dave Arscot from Stroud, and Jess Provinksi from TLC. We all watched the trailers and rated them from 1 to 10. Then we tallied up the votes and the highest rated films were selected provided they fit into the time constraints. This gives us a balanced selection of water, land preservation and adventure films.
Q. Where was the first fest held?
Brian: The first event was held at Stroud Water Research Center. They were our only beneficiaries at the time. It was a full house; I believe we had fifty people attend. It was very well received and deemed worthy of continuing. It has grown every year since.
Q. What year did you make the film fest a two-night event?
Brian: From the very beginning, we experienced an increase in demand for space and tickets. We moved several times and found a home at the Chester County Historical Society. Our first event held at there sold out quickly, so we decided to make it a two night affair in 2012, and it also sold out!
Q. I know you’ve seen a lot of films, but do each of you have a favorite film that stands out among the rest?
Ed: Last year, there was a film about British kids and their outdoor classroom. It was funny, innocent and sweet. It reminded me about the importance of getting kids outside and the joy of discovery. There was film a few years ago about mountain top mining in West Virginia. It was hard to watch the destruction but left an impact.
Q. Are there any stories of positive action taken by a festival goer that has been shared with you by anyone who attended the festival? In other words, did anyone say…I was so inspired after seeing the films I….or any quotes by attendees you could share?
Ed: Two things come to mind – we showed a film about plastic bags and how many end up in a vortex in the ocean and the harm they cause to the sea life. Many people mentioned how that changed their awareness on this issue. The other was a short film about how many Starbucks cups end up in landfills. Several customers were proud to tell us they started bringing in their own mugs. I think that epitomizes the Film Fest. Most of us aren’t going to save a river or effect climate change but we can all choose to do 1 small thing everyday that can make a huge impact.
Q. Any memorable moments you could share?
Brian: To me, every night of every event we have held is a memorable moment. The films are inspirational, the support from our sponsors is incredible, and most importantly, the gathering of community to spend a few evenings together in support of our effort is truly humbling.
Q. What makes the 2014 fest stand out from previous film fests?
Ed: The films this year are collectively as good as they have ever been. And the food and drink is better than ever. So we hope you will come away with a full mind and a full belly.
Only the very brave experienced the Brandywine Creek in a whole new way. BVA’s Annual Brandywine Polar Plunge was another huge success whether you dipped a toe in or took the full plunge everyone made a a splash!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014
Check out the vidoes and pictures of the event here.
Last year Trail Creek Outfitters launched a fundraiser and awareness program for Mission of Hope Haiti and raised $2,400. This year we partnered with Mission of Hope Haiti so that we could fulfill our goal of raising $6,000, which is enough funds to build a home in Haiti for a family displaced by the great earthquake in 2010. That means we needed to raise an additional $3,600. Our goal was to finish raising the needed money in time to give a family in Haiti the gift of a new home for Christmas. AND WE DID IT!
We knew we could do it with your help.
On Saturday, November 23rd, a percentage of sales were donated to Mission of Hope Haiti.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED MISSION OF HOPE HAITI!
Thank you to all our loyal customers! Once again, Small Business Saturday was a great success.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. November 30th is the day when people all across the country came out and shopped to support their favorite local businesses. For more details click here.
Here is why shopping at your local store is important.
See You Outside is a collaboration between the Delaware Greenways and the Nature Conservancy to challenge Delawareans to experience the outdoors in the First State. The challenge includes 40 activities, spanning from festivals to trails and scenic byways. Participants will have a chance to win prizes, including a $500 gift card to Trail Creek Outfitters. The first 300 people to complete 10 activities will win a See You Outside car magnet. The program will ran through November 5, 2013. See you outside!
For One Day Only EVERYTHING is on SALE
Amazing deals! Free stuff! All for you!
It’s our way to say THANK YOU because you deserve it for being so loyal. And because we like you.
In addition to amazing deals, there are giveaways that include hiking shoes, socks, jackets, hats, shirts and socks…all kinds of gear just right for the new season. And when you’re good and ready to make your purchase, pick your discount out of a bucket at the counter to go home with up to 100% off! (100% = FREE.)
If you missed it, don’t worry…CRAZE will be back Spring, 2014!
October 24, 2013
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
At Trail Creek Outfitters
Beer provided by Victory Brewing Company
Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:15 p.m. followed by Q &A.
A big thanks to Timmy and Sean O’Neill for their hilarious and inspirational talk last night. Also, thanks to everyone who supported Paradox Sports and anyone who is considering helping their great cause. Finally, thanks to Victory Brewing for the suds and the BVA for the chairs.
Here’s Timmy and Sean’s story:
At 19, Patagonia Ambassador Timmy O’Neill left Philadelphia to pursue a life of climbing, kayaking and music. Soon he was setting world speed climbing records in Yosemite, establishing new routes in Patagonia, Venezuela and Greenland, and co-founding Paradox Sports, an adaptive climbing non-profit dedicated to providing inspiration, opportunities and equipment so that the physically disabled can be active participants in human-powered outdoor sports.
In 1991, Timmy’s older brother Sean became a T-12 paraplegic after jumping from a Memphis Bridge into the Mississippi River. Fifteen years later, the O’Neill brothers successfully climbed El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical rock wall in Yosemite National Park. These days, brothers Timmy and Sean are not only a tight climbing team, but they have broken new ground for paraplegic climbers. In addition, Timmy has kayaked, skied, climbed and hiked with numerous paraplegics, amputees and blind athletes. Timmy currently serves as the Executive Director of Paradox Sports.
Learn more about how Paradox Sports helps a T-12 paraplegic climb a sheer granite monolith using only his upper body; a person afflicted with childhood polio ascend a massive alpine wall at 14,000 feet above sea level; and a kayaker missing almost an entire arm descend 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Check out where Timmy has been lately. Listen to Timmy featured on NPR.
October 16, 2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Chester County Historical Society
A great night with Emily Harrington, competitive rock climber extraordinaire! Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Emily has been climbing for most of her life and boasts an impressive list of achievements to show for it. We loved hearing all about her expeditions that inspired us to get out there
After the show, ticket holders were invited to Iron Hill Brew Pub to meet Emily Harrington. This was a free gathering benefitting The Land Trust for Southern Chester County.
October 10, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia has been creating apparel and gear for avid and casual seekers of adventure for forty years and they have done it with the utmost care and concern for the environment that we all appreciate when we venture outdoors. So we decided to throw a party celebrating Patagonia’s 40 Years of Awesome and invite you, our loyal customers, and add in some good food, drink and live music.
Then we asked our customers to Get your Patagonia on! Wear whatever you have that is made by Patagonia. Anything. Old, new, pieces of what once was. Winners got one of three TCO gift cards: $250, $150 and $100. Prizes for best overall get up, oldest piece of Patagonia clothing and most articles of Patagonia worn at once.
Thanks to everyone who made this a great night!
September 28, 2013
TLC’s festivities began at 9:00 AM with a 5K Trail Race for Conservation over optional obstacles. A Children’s Run Over Obstacles for children ages 10 and under took place at 10:00 AM. The evening ended the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon with a BBQ, table games, a silent auction, and a 50/50 Chicken Bingo. It was a great night! Make sure you join in on the fun next year! Click here to read more information about the event.
Sunday September 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Did you survive “The Bend?”
Check out the trail map here
Yoga classes, fresh juice, FREE stuff.
It was 10% Off Everything Yoga: Ladies Only!
We had a great evening of yoga, clothing discounts, food, and FREE stuff including delicious juice and healthy snacks and a FREE yoga class. In addition, we had two lucky winners who received one prAna and one Lucy outfit in our give-away.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped in our annual Brandywine River cleanup. You collected 1480 pounds of trash. While it was discouraging to see so much trash, it was encouraging to see the community come together to help our local environment. Check out the great images UBB captured of the day. And the video of all the action is here.
August 10th, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
August 10th was TCO’s third clean up with United by Blue (UBB), the Philly-based apparel and accessories brand designed for the urban and outdoor adventure seeker. Products include eco-centric organic cotton t-shirts, knits, and sweaters along with rugged waxed canvas bags with classic details and artisan jewelry.
We focused our clean up efforts on America’s newest National Park where government funding has been a challenge. Trail Creek wanted to show that committed businesses and volunteers can accomplish great things for our community at no cost to the taxpayer. Last summer TCO teamed up with UBB to collect over 562 pounds of trash. Watch the video of the 2012 clean up here.
Volunteers met in the parking lot off Creek Road, just below Smith Bridge. A light breakfast and coffee was provided to all volunteers who also had plenty of time for weird trash competitions and UBB T-Shirt giveaways. Wilderness Canoes provided canoes during the day for volunteers to enjoy a trip down the Brandywine.
The cleanup is a part of United By Blue’s social mission: that for every product sold, they’ll remove a pound of trash from waterways and oceans through company organized and hosted cleanups.
July 29- August 1, 2013
TCO sponsored a four day nature extravaganza with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
Check out the images of the fun times the kids, parents, and TLC staff had mucking about in the river, exploring Gnome Countryside, letterboxing, orienteering, building forts and much more. For more details on the event click here.
Trail Creek and Annie Prue teamed up for wine and cheese and a sneak preview of the latest spring fashions from prAna, Horny Toad, Patagonia, Lole and more. It was a great night of fun and fashion, just what we all needed to get psyched up for the new season. If you missed this Sip & Shop, don’t worry, we’re planning more ladies night out in the future. Be sure to check back for more details.
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
The theme for the films this year was “A Climate of Change” and highlighted the change makers who are helping rethink how we inhabit our planet.
We hope to see all of you again next year for an evening of delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries on outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. It’s a great opportunity to gather with friends and family for an evening of education and inspiration.
Many thanks to our local sponsors: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, FarmTable Gathering, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Triple Fresh Catering, Exelon, Whole Foods Market, Terrain, One Village Coffee, Fig West Chester, The Market at Liberty Place and WH2P Marketing.
And to National Sponsors: Patagonia, Mother Jones, Cliff Bar and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
If you like adventure and love inspirational stories, you didn’t want to miss this great event. Ingrid Backstrom, one of professional freeskiing’s most consistent competitors, filled the evening with stories about her travels with The North Face that allowed her to make first descents in Baffin Island, Greenland, and 20,000ft Reddomaine Peak in China, as well as a recent ski descent of Denali.
Did you survive The Bend?!
August 18th, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Brandywine Creek provides Southeastern, PA and Delaware residents with a beautiful place to swim, float down, run or hike along, or just take in the views all year long. On August 18th more than 40 volunteers joined TCO and United By Blue--the ocean-friendly brand of apparel– in cleaning up the litter left along the Brandywine Creek.
After a stormy night that dumped much-needed rainfall, volunteers were provided a free breakfast, bags, gloves, bug spray, water, sunscreen and unique prizes and, even with the high, murky waters, managed to collect over 562 pounds of trash from the river and its banks. THANKS TO ALL THAT MADE THIS EFFORT ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS.
In the summer of 2012, TCO teamed up with UBB to collect over 1,600 pounds of trash!
Image left: May 12th, Stateline Loop 9K/5k Trail Run
For more images and race results check out The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County’s Web site.
The North Face invited this internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes (above), to tell us how he has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT! Dean spoke to a full house inspired all who attended!
RUN WITH DEAN!
MAY 8, 2012: Hit the trail with ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes!
Thanks to all who joined us for a run with Dean Karnazes at Stateline Preserve! The off-road experience was followed by a bite to eat and drink and time to talk with Dean.
Many thanks to everyone who came to the most successful CRAZE event yet!!!
In addition to amazing deals, there were door prizes including a Patagonia Jacket! The North Face gear! A Marmot backpack! An Isis women’s outfit! Whole Foods Gift Cards! OH YEAH!!
Reps from Patagonia, The North Face, prAna, Marmot, Salomon, Carve Designs, Jambu, Merrell and more were available to answer all your questions. And Salomon had an entire van stocked with trail running gear including shoes to try on and experts ready to help choose the right fit and styles for you! If you missed it, CRAZE will be back this fall!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival such a success!
Both evenings were filled with films and festival-goers taking in award-winning films that transported the audience deep into our natural world. We were treated to great local craft beer and wine, delicious nibbles, and awesome crowd. If you missed it, do not worry! We’ll see you next year! If you attended this great festival, we thank you for your support and hope that you were as entertained and inspired as we were! See you next year!
All Proceeds benefited Stroud Water Research Center and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
Roots, rocks, mud, hills and cash. What could be better?
Cash prizes will be awarded to the runners who collect the most points in the series! Click links below for more info + to register for the race. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
October 13, 2011 at the Chester County Historical Society
A TCO SPECIAL EVENT: Kit DesLauriers, ski mountaineer, shared her experiences journeying through wilderness, for the sake of wilderness, in a celebration of a landscape that could be lost if the region is opened to oil drilling.
Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at TCO
TCO celebrated Exum Mountain Guide’s 80th anniversary with an evening of awe-inspiring photography, speakers and a raffle to win Marmot gear.
Congratulations to door prize winners Rich Sherry, Peter Jaffe, Norris Wright and Tommy O’Neill!
The evening was filled with breath-taking images of the Grand Tetons and climbers taking on rocks, snow and ice.
TCO was proud to sponsor the First Annual Big Ben Run on Sept. 18th, 2011 at the Big Bend in Chadds Ford. The event was a age/gender handicapped race and was a very challenging, but gorgeous course. The first over the finish line was Cecily Tynan and her husband, Greg Watson had the fastest time. Next year’s race will be capped at 300 people and will be held sometime in the summer.