A Purdey Awesome Morning at Rio Piedra Plantation

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The 2009 Sporting Classics Magazine named Rio Piedra Plantation “Hunting Lodge of the Year”

Northwest of Thomasville, on the banks of the Flint River, lies Rio Piedra Plantation, one of the expansive private shooting preserves that stretch across South Georgia and into North Florida. It was an ideal morning to go shooting. The air was crisp with no breeze, we were surrounded by tall pines highlighted by the lighting that’s unique to Fall, and outfitted with Purdey shooting vests and two beautiful shotguns, one of England’s finest, and another, designed in our neck of the woods.

To celebrate Purdey’s bicentennial anniversary, Kevin’s longtime friends from London Al and Chris brought two of their fabulous firearms to shoot beside two shotguns Kevin has designed here and makes in Italy.

I’ve held plenty of guns, but holding that well-balanced piece of functional art changed my perspective on the difference a well-designed gun makes. When you lift it, it effortlessly fits into your shoulder as if it was made for you. Holding these guns I felt their tradition of excellence, a part of something special. If you haven’t had the pleasure, call Kevin and ask to see his Gun Room.

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Chris, the Kelly’s longtime family friend will always bring a smile to your face!

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Kevin and Kathleen sporting their Purdey shooting vests |Click the picture to be directed to Kathleen's vest
Kevin and Kathleen sporting their Purdey shooting vests | Click the picture to be directed to Kathleen’s vest
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Jack, our SMU intern in one of our Kevin’s Finest Egyptian Cotton 8 Button Shirts | Click the picture to view Jack’s tattersall shirt
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Rebecca preparing to shoot a Purdey shotgun

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View of the Flint River from Rio Piedra Plantation | The Flint River stretches from the Piedmont to the Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia.
View of the Flint River from Rio Piedra Plantation | The Flint River stretches from the Piedmont to the Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia.

The Night Before: Kevin’s Fine Gun Room Hosts Purdey Shotgun Viewing

Al and men in Gunroom

Marty in Gunroom

 

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It’s Not Even Spring, But We Are Already Thinking Fall/Winter 2014!

Remember the cold, cold winter storms of January 2014?  So do Kathleen Kelly and Rebecca Hopkins who braved the coldest days in NYC   and Atlanta  in search of the best finds for Fall 2014!

Before heading into the Polar Vortex, they spent the Christmas holidays wrapped up in  new spring colors,shorts and tees,  preparing Kevin’s Spring 2014 Catalog,  which should be hitting your mailbox any day!  Then…off they went, into the cold…loving the hunt – the hunt for the best items for you!

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Stacy Davies of Holland & Holland join Kathleen and Rebecca for a brisk walk while working during NYC Market /Fall 2014

After visits to NYC and several trips to Atlanta, Kathleen and Rebecca then meet with many of their vendors in Thomasville, Georgia, at the Catalog to review their selections or take extra thought and time while creating fabulous new designs for Kevin’s discriminating men and women!  It’s not even Valentine’s Day, but we already know what our customers will be wearing Fall 2014! We are excited about it and hope you will be too!

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What will our customer’s love Fall 2014? That is the question on everyone’s mind! We want you to love everything!!
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We love finding the newest and best for our customers!
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Wonderful Lambswool and Cashmere – so many choices! Made at the best Italian Mill in the world for Kevin’s!
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We took a poll and without question the winner from our men was “We Love Side Vents” You will love our new Fall 2014 Jackets!
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We are excited about Fall 2014!

Fall 2014 looks like a winner!  So many exciting items to bring to our customers – but we don’t want you to forget that we had the same enthusiasm last August when we did our buying for Kevin’s  Spring 2014 Catalog – which will be in your mailbox  any day!  We hope you love our Spring selection just as much as we enjoyed buying for you!!

Kevin’s “Night Before Christmas”

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T’was the night before Christmas

And all through the store,

Kevin’s staff was busy stocking the shelves once more.

The Barbour’s, Beretta’s and Purdey’s were hung,

close to Holland and Holland, the clothing and guns.

 

Kevin’s Finest was hanging and folded just right,

when everyone headed home Christmas Eve night.

As they locked the front door there arose a great clatter,

the staff called Kevin and Kathleen to see what was the matter.

Away to the store, The Kelly’s drove in a flash,

unlocked the front door and ran in with a dash;

the street lights on Broad gave a warm luminous glow

as they shone like midday on objects below.

And what to their wondering eyes should appear

but a whited bearded old gent, without his reindeer.

 

A jolly old man all dressed in Red,

they realized it was Santa which made them quite glad.

More focused than lasers, his eyes how the flew,

around the shop twinkling, he knew what to do.

“Shirts, belts, boots and bowties “he cried, “shotguns and more,

My whole list is filled from this wonderful store!”

 

With frenzy much like the warehouse sale crowd,

Santa moved with great speed as he moved through each aisle.

Around each corner, and up to the top of each wall,

he filled his great bag and it grew very tall.

And then with a twinkle Santa began laughing with joy;

he had found all of the presents for his good girls and boys.

As we wondered and pondered on what he would do next,

he came down the steps and slowed down for short little rest.

 

He was dressed all in fur, but started trying on clothes,

the red coat was for Christmas, only for show.

First he tried on our shirts, then some pants, now a coat,

he knew what he liked but he never did gloat,

A happy glance in the mirror confirmed he looked fine,

He kept trying on clothes until it was time.

He admired our shotguns and tried out a few,

then looked at our muck boots and knew they would do.

St. Nick looked through the ties, admiring all,

 and then checked out the camo and several duck calls.

He loved the Clic Readers, in our sunglasses he rocked,

and he turned around laughing then spied our wool socks,

It was cold in the North Pole, he loved how they felt

warm feet were a priority especially for elves. 

 

He had a broad face and little round belly

That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly

He noticed us watching and with a wink of his eye

Let us know the time had come for him to fly,

He spoke not a word and went back to his work

He closed up his bag, and then turned with a jerk.

Opening the front door he gave a great whistle,

And a sleigh with eight reindeer arrived for his dismissal.

He sprang to the sleigh and away they all flew

With a quiet, quick cadence, they knew what to do.

But we heard him exclaim as they flew out of sight

“Thank you to the Kelly’s; I had lots of fun,

everyone wanted Kevin’s this year , so my work is now done.

On to deliver these great gifts of yours,

Merry Christmas to all, especially those who love the outdoors!”

 

 

Kevin’s of Thomasville, GA decked out for Christmas!

Kevin's of Thomasville, GA Decked out for Christmas!

We love decorating for the holidays! If you are in the Thomasville, GA area, please stop by and say hello!!

Celebrating the Outdoor Lifestyle – Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

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Kevin’s is proud to be a part of Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

By Didi Hoffman

Eighteen years ago, two patrons of the arts and outdoor enthusiasts transformed Thomasville, Georgia into a national center for the arts, in celebration of the outdoor lifestyle.  Now a nationally renowned wildlife arts festival, the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival  www.pwaf.org  appropriately coincides with the opening of quail hunting season.   The quail defines much of the southwest region of Georgia and the love of the outdoors, dogs, hunting, conservation, family and tradition.

Inspiration came to founder Bob Crozer, while attending game fairs in Scotland and England.  He felt Thomasville had the same love of the outdoors, family, wildlife and dogs that were celebrated in these festivals.  Bob was fascinated and especially loved the majestic birds of prey demonstrations at the different festivals along with the different artist interpretations of outdoor life.  His hope was that the people of Thomasville would feel that same joy he felt after attending these fairs.  He knew in his heart that the community would embrace a similar festival.  Inspired,  he felt the perfect person  to champion this wildlife festival would be his friend Margo Bindhardt – a woman who was passionate about the outdoors, a patron of the arts and a woman who knew how to create magic!

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Bob Crozer Co-Founder of PWAF had a great love of the outdoors.
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This Painting captures the happy nature and love of dogs of Co-Founder Margo Bindhardt

Margo’s talents brought immediate success to the festival.  Once she put her mind to something, she thoroughly enjoyed engaging people to achieve a mutual goal. Louise Dunlap her daughter and Vice – Chair of this year’s PWAF remembers her mother’s love of the festival.  Margo “thought of PWAF as her family. She was dedicated to bringing first class artists and patrons of the arts together.”

A PWAF artist whom Margo and PWAF helped launch, Chris Chantland, spoke highly of her, her kindness and support towards all the artists. “I knew immediately and instinctively that she was a super-nice lady, and if you saw her without a smile or a gleam in her eye, it would be extremely rare.”  Louise added that “my mom always had so much fun at the show, mingling with artists, some of whom became dear friends.”

“Through the years PWAF has stayed true to the foundation laid by these two wonderful people,” says this year’s Chair, Gates Kirkham.  “Their principles and vision continue to guide our efforts to bring premier art to our region.”

Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel shares the same goals of the original and current PWAF efforts. “My mother always believed that volunteers, committees, and underwriters were the backbone of the festival” reflected Lousie and Kathleen Kelly, co-owner of Kevin’s follows this same belief.   Like most working mothers, Kathleen juggles work and family but  is  committed to the success of PWAF and helps whenever possible.  In the beginning years, Kathleen was an integral part of the Preview Party, even working as Chair.  This special event allows people from all over the country who love fine wildlife art to preview the artist’s work in a less crowded environment than the actual daytime festival.   It  is the “kickoff” to a fun weekend and many of Kevin’s customers love going to the party.  Kathleen’s  favorite part of the evening  is  that  old friends and customers of Kevin’s have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed evening of art and friendship, talking about art, hunting, their families and favorite dogs.

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Featured PWAF painting “A Good Morning” by featured Artist Peter Corbin for the 2013 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.

Kevin’s,  in support of PWAF is again excited to participate in the festivities.   Friday, November 15th during the Underwriter and Patron Parties, Kevin’s will present the prestigious gun manufacturer Holland and Holland and display some of their finest guns.  As a kickoff to the quail hunting season, the artistry and craftsmanship of these guns truly has a place in the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. They are a work of art.

To Kevin and Kathleen Kelly, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival really reflects who  they are.  It speaks about their love of the outdoors , their support of the arts, their support of the PWAF beneficiary Thomasville Center for the Arts www.thomasvillearts.org and their commitment to Thomasville.

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Featured during the PWAF Underwriter and Patron’s Party, Holland and Holland will showcase some of their finest guns – works of art.

The core success of this special festival really harkens back to the vision and passion Bob Crozer and Margo Brindhart brought to it from its beginning. They planted the seed and gave the festival deep roots to sustain and grow over the years, and it now has a renowned status in the wildlife art world. Very sadly, both Bob and Margo have passed on, but their joy and spirit combined with their love of the arts, outdoors and Thomasville continues to shine on.

“My Mom was involved in a lot of ventures in the arts world, but she was most proud of PWAF,” says Louise, “she was always willing to help the show in any way that she could. She was even known to pick up garbage after the show.  Her love of PWAF showed not only in her dedication, but also in her heart.”

For tickets and information please visit www.pwaf.org.

Nelli Quickly Becomes Kevin’s Mascot for Cute!

We had so much fun last Friday, our manager’s son came by to visit with his lab puppy Nelli.  Immediately, we decided a photo shoot was in order and with iphones (and finally a good camera), we spent a few hours with Nelli as center and focus of our new game day  merchandise and potentially our holiday dog! Nelli is only 12 weeks old but she was sweet and cooperative – she’s a star already and will eventually be retrieving birds in the field.

Our fall State Traditions tee and belts got everyone excited too – being in the south, we love our SEC and ACC football so there was no shortage of absolute loyalty to each school’s shirts . We decided to let everyone pick their colors and display to the world (along with Nelli)!

Nelli in Photo Shoot for Kevin' Catalog
We couldn’t resist this face! Nelli modeling like a professional for our impromptu photo shoot at Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel.
State Traditions and Southern Proper Tee's perfect for Game Day
Will you look as cute in State Traditions and Southern Proper Game Day Tee’s as Nelli? We say Yes! http://www.kevinscatalog.com
Which SEC or ACC School is your favorite?
Nelli is too tired to take sides, she loves all the State Traditions Tees and belts!