Part II: 17 Things to Look Forward to in ’17…and the Needlepoint Belts to Match

As we look ahead to the new year, this is part two of a two-part post about 2017 happenings with needlepoint belt and accessory pairings….because Brewster Belt Company wants you to look great while you enjoy 2017 (…and show off our endless custom needlepoint design possibilities).

Here are some things to look forward to in 2017….

Shark Week
Who doesn’t love Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming? Stay tuned for the exact dates, but during the summer of 2017, you can turn off Netflix and return to live TV to binge watch these fascinating fish. Show your love with a shark needlepoint belt.

Shark Needlepoint Belt

Total Solar Eclipse
The first U.S. total solar eclipse of the 21st century will occur on August 21, 2017. The last visible total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. was February 26, 1979. Totality will occur along a path curving from Oregon to South Carolina, and will last less than 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The location and time of “greatest eclipse” will be on the western edge of Christian County, Kentucky, at 36.9715 degrees north and 87.6559 degrees west, occurring at 18:25 UTC. Fancy a Kentucky state flag belt?

National Dog Day
Annual National Dog Day will be celebrate on August 26, 2017. It is a philanthropic holiday founded to celebrate all dogs, mixed breed and pure and to encourage adoption of dogs in local shelters. Honor your favorite furry friend with a custom, needlepoint dog belt featuring your favorite dog breed or treat your dog to a custom needlepoint dog collar.

Preppy Pug Needlepoint Belt

Hunting Season
Whether you like to hunt duck, wild boar or deer, as you keep your eye on the 2017 hunting calendars, you can show your love for your sport with a custom, needlepoint hunting belt, wallet, flask or dog collar.

Back to School
As summer draws to a close, the beginning of fall brings us back to our regular schedules. For many people, it’s back-to-school season. Whether you have kids heading back to school or are going back to school yourself for classes or alumni events, show your support for your alma mater with a custom needlepoint campus belt – available for any high school or college.

Williams College Custom Campus Needlepoint Belt

Head of the Charles
The historic Head of the Charles Regatta takes places on October 21-22, 2017. Tens of thousands of spectators will line the Charles River from Boston University to Harvard University to watch more than 11,000 rowers compete in 55 different race events. Founded in 1965, the Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. Be a rowing super fan with a custom crew needlepoint belt or a Harvard University needlepoint belt.

Complete JFK Assassination Records to Be Released
On October 26, 2017, thirty years after JFK’s assassination, all records previously withheld are supposed to be made public (unless the President authorizes further withholding). The JFK Assassination Records Collection consists of approximately 5 million pages of records and currently about 88% of them are public. JFK was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Show your support for the great state of Massachusetts with a state flag belt.

America’s Cup in Bermuda
The 35th America’s Cup will be hosted in Bermuda with qualifying races starting May 26, 2017. The battle for the oldest trophy in international sport will begin on June 17, 2017. Show your support for the exciting and historical sport of sailing with an early America’s Cup yacht needlepoint belt.

Early America’s Cup Yachts Needlepoint Belt

Happy New Year from Brewster Belt Company! We hope you have a fantastic 2017!

Part I: 17 Things to Look Forward to in ’17…and the Needlepoint Belts to Match

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy time with friends and family during the holidays and we wish you a wonderful 2017. Looking ahead to the new year, this is part one of a two-part post about 2017 happenings with needlepoint belt and accessory pairings….because Brewster Belt Company wants you to look great while you enjoy 2017 (…and show off our endless custom design possibilities).

And now, 17 things to look forward to in 2017 (drum roll, please)….

1. The Second Avenue Subway
New Yorkers are looking forward to the opening of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway on January 1, 2017. Considering that the project has been planned for almost a century, we’re guessing no one is betting on it. But if you’re a betting man, we’ve got a belt for you.

2. The Presidential Inauguration
Ok, maybe you’re not looking forward to it, but after an eventful campaign season and election, on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  Our designers have created a lot of amazing American and State Flag Needlepoint Belts.

3. The Super Bowl
Superbowl LI (that’s 51 for those of you who have forgotten your Roman numerals) will take place on February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. With a few weeks still remaining in the regular season, we have an idea who the contenders will likely be, but anything can happen…. Get a custom needlepoint football belt to support your favorite team or show your non-partisan love for the sport with our featured needlepoint football belt.

4. NFL Draft
On a related note, we raise our glasses to the Cleveland Brown fans who stood by their team this challenging year. May we suggest a needlepoint football flask to help get you through the next few games? At least you’ll probably get the first draft pick….

5. State of Nebraska Sesquicentennial
The great state of Nebraska will celebrate 150 years of statehood on March 1, 2017. Planning for its sesquicentennial celebration has been in the works since 2012, so the state should be well-prepared to celebrate like it’s 1867. Get into the spirit with a Nebraska state flag needlepoint belt.

6. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On April 7, 2017, six new artists in the “Performer” category will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees are: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. And rock on with a rock and roll needlepoint belt!

7. Vacation (or Staycation)
Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation in 2017, we hope you fit in some R&R. Either way, you can dress the part with a vacation-themed, custom needlepoint belt. Love SCUBA? There’s a belt for that. Heading to Florida? May we suggest a flamingo needlepoint belt? Or, turn up the heat in your living room and host a beach party with tropical cocktails and a cocktail needlepoint belt to match. Mele kalikimaka.

8. Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. But it’s a long road to the Kentucky Derby and qualifying races are already taking place from now through April. If you’re planning to host or attend a Derby Party, it’s never too early to order yourself a festive horse racing belt, so you can sip your mint julep in style.

9. Summer
Much of the U.S. has been experiencing record low temps, but the days are about to start getting longer and we’re about half way to summer. Hang in there and check out our fun summer-themed needlepoint belts. Whether you summer on Nantucket or in your backyard, love fly fishing or paddling, there’s a belt for you.

Happy holidays from the folks at Brewster Belt Company and stay tuned for the next post, which will include the remaining things to look forward to in ’17…and the belts to match.

LSU Sports Fans: Wake Up with a Citrus Bowl Punch!

All you LSU football fans out there can start your New Year’s Eve off right watching your beloved Tigers battle the Cardinals. If you haven’t heard yet, LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on December 31st. It will be Ed Orgeron’s first bowl game as a head coach and should be an exciting game.

And, if you’re an LSU sports fan and have not seen Brewster Belt Company’s LSU Sports needlepoint belt, you’re in for a treat (details below).

Since the game kicks off at 10am CT and it is the Citrus Bowl, after all, may we propose a morning cocktail with citrus…in a bowl…? Mimosas are always a simple and delicious option, but if you’re looking for a drink that’s a little more Louisiana and serves a group, Citrus Bowl Punch fits the bill!

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Photo Courtesy of Food52

Citrus Bowl Punch
Makes 15 servings
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Whiskey Sour recipe.

  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 2 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • Sliced citrus fruits and mint or basil leaves (optional)
  • Ice

In a large bowl, stir together first four ingredients until sugar is dissolved. If desired, add slices of citrus fruit and mint or basil leaves to the bowl as a garnish. Add ice to the glasses (not the bowl) to prevent watering down the punch and ladle the punch into glasses.

Cheers and go LSU Tigers! Also…

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LSU Campus Needlepoint Belt by Brewster Belt Company

As mentioned above, here is Brewster Belt’s LSU Needlepoint Belt, which features the Tiger mascot enclosure, Alex Box Baseball Stadium, Pete Maravich Basketball Center, Tiger Football Stadium, Student Union and Memorial Tower.

 Brewster Belt wishes Louisiana the best of luck and if you need any classy LSU Tigers gear to show your support for your team, Brewster Belt has got you covered with custom, hand-stitched collegiate designs featuring LSU and other colleges with college campus needlepoint belts, wallets, key fobs, pillows and dog collars.

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LSU College Campus Needlepoint Belt