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Christmas and Holiday Mailing Deadlines

The elves are busy at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop getting all your Christmas gifts out. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-835-4520 or 607-659-3854 if you have any questions. Emailing us is also a great way to contact the shop- email us at contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com

We ship the majority of our orders via the post office using priority mail. It looks like any orders received by December 15 are guaranteed delivery by the post office through priority mail. After the 15th, we can use the post office’s express mail option through December 21 and packages should arrive by Dec. 24. We also have gift certificates which can be emailed.

Join Thunderbird Atlatl at the Candor Fall Festival

It has been a whirlwind weeks of travel for the Thunderbird Atlatl crew since July but this Saturday we end our 2015 travels with the Candor Fall Festival. Thunderbird Atlatl will be at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with atlatl demonstrations and competitions. Please stop by and visit!

There will be lots of events throughout the Candor area including a woodcarvers show, a quilt show, bake sales, book sales, yard and garage sales, dinners, family friendly events and much more. Our location at Side Hill Acres also has a lot of activity including goat farm tours, wine tasting, goat cheese, many other vendors and food. Enjoy!

Doug Bassett, Sue Mercer and Marlin Bassett at a Candor Fall Festival event in 2013.

Doug Bassett, Sue Mercer and Marlin Bassett at a Candor Fall Festival event in 2013.

Join Thunderbird Atlatl at the Falling Leaves Festival

Where is Thunderbird Atlatl this weekend? We are close to home near Corning, NY at the Falling Leaves Festival September 25 and September 26 (Friday and Saturday)- stop by if you are in the area (exit 42 off of I-86/17).

The Falling Leaves Festival, an interactive Pow Wow, is being held at Watson Homestead neat Painted Post, NY, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bill Crouse, Faith Keeper of the Cold Springs Longhouse of the Seneca Nation as MC. Allegheny River Dancers will lead exhibition and intertribal powwow dancing. Old Bridge Singers are the featured drum group. Grand Entry at 11am Friday and noon on Saturday. And, of course, Thunderbird Atlatl will be there! Stop by.

Atlatl Fun – Beware, Atlatls Will Captivate

Is the atlatl fun?! We have to give a resounding yes to that after seeing hundreds of people use an atlatl for the first time. Some people are so captivated they keep coming back to try it again and again.

Who says atlatls are fun? We do.

Who says atlatls are fun? We do.

It is fun for us at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop to see stories in magazines, newspapers, and on local radio and television productions about people having fun with our atlatls and darts. Thunderbird Atlatl is proud of being one of the creators of the modern atlatl resurgence. Our atlatl and darts are used by groups throughout the United States. Internationally, we have sent atlatls and darts to countries all over the world.

In Elkhart County, Indiana, families enjoyed using our Hiawatha Atlatl and darts: video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

This week in Michigan, the Cranbrook Institute of Science had a night camp and Thunderbird’s atlatls and darts were part of the program. It looks like they are using our Nanticoke Atlatl in the picture associated with the article.

A few weeks ago, Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl shared atlatl fun with groups at the Primitive Pursuits program in Ithaca, NY. The first photo in this article and photos below are people having fun with atlatls and darts. The group made expedient atlatls from natural resources nearby and also put together a few of Thunderbird Atlatl’s popular atlatl and dart kits. They also used the atlatl to vanquish neaby predators. They learned how to make an atlatl and dart during the workshop.

Atlatl Fun with an expedient atlatl made from surrounding natural materials.

Atlatl Fun with an expedient atlatl made from surrounding natural materials.

Participants at Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca having atlatl fun with a finished Catatonk Hunter Atlatl and an expedient atlatl.  Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl (center) leads the fun.

Participants at Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca having atlatl fun with a finished Catatonk Hunter Atlatl and an expedient atlatl. Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl (center) leads the fun.

Thunderbird Atlatl Bob Berg shows how an atlatl and dart can handle predators. The Primitive Pursuit class helped capture this predator.

Thunderbird Atlatl Bob Berg shows how an atlatl and dart can handle predators. The Primitive Pursuit class helped capture this predator.

World Atlatl Day- Look for an event near you.

Saturday, June 6, is World Atlatl Day. There are several events planned throughout the country. Check to see if there is one somewhere near you.

World Atlatl Day (WAD) was initiated by Linda Brundage and the New York Atlatl Association in 2011. Due to its popularity, the WAA membership attending the 2012 Annual Meeting voted to officially recognize the first Saturday in June of each year as World Atlatl Day.

Here are a list of events planned for World Atlatl Day 2015:

June 6 ISAC and World Atlatl Day to be held at George Millers Farm, 3168 Horizon Drive, Brockway PA 15824 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The location is 15 miles north off rout 80 on route 28 and 219. Equipment for beginners will be provided. Contact George Miller at gmmiller@brockwaytv.com or phone 814-590-6462.
June 6
World Atlatl Day Competition and ISAC
Glen Oechsner’s Residence, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
Contact Glen (920) 533-5039
Can also call (920) 528-7454 or e-mail at lenmaryr@excel.net or wisatlatl@gmail.com
June 6
Athens Public Library OAA will host atlatl accuracy contests – Ohio locals, ISAC, IASAC, World Atlatl Day team contests. 10:00 am – 5:00pm.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information,
Home Street (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351
Athens, OH 45701
June 6

World Atlatl Day. The event will be held at Gary Nolf’s Residence in Westbrook, CT. There will be an ISAC and completions. For more information contact: Gary Nolf (860) 575-4263 or gnolf@comcast.net.
June 6-7
World Atlatl Day and Fat Blanket atlatl throw & ISAC. Cheyenne, Wyoming
Open to all, equipment and instruction cheerfully provided.
Sponsored by the Wyoming Atlatl and Social Club.
Contact: Russell Richard coyoteclown@aol.com (307) 772-0550 for location and time.