Summer has approached with many new things!!! I talk about some plans for the podcast and how I want to improve it and get more content out to you!!! If you have any comments or suggestions you need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your start to the summer and remember to tell your friends all about the podcast!!! We have great things in place for the future. Stay tuned and make sure you are subscribed!
A few years ago my eyes were opened to how my beard may be effecting my allergies, in a bad way-and it was information that many of us beard growers never want to hear. The information you are about to hear can help all of you as we go into Springtime and deal with pollen and allergies. Most people suffer from seasonal allergies and have a hard time getting them under control. Each year is “the worst year” and we deal with it as best as we can.
There are many over the counter and prescription drugs that are available to help alleviate the common symptoms of seasonal allergies. What kind of remedies are there for the “not so common” symptoms, or causes of runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion? Common remedies are antihistamines, nasal steroids, amputation (i kid), and other “synthetic” relief for natures attackers, pollen. There are other remedies available, things more natural and less destructive to the human bodies ecosystem. Ideally we want to use more natural products to help us with any kind of ailment we may have before we introduce some prescription toxins into our system, It is much healthier for our bodies. A proper diet can also have a huge effect on your white blood cell count which in turn can alleviate the adverse effects of histamines entering your system and causing inflammation in your respiratory system.
Allergies are not fun and are tough to control. I asked my friend Emily to join me as I discussed my current allergy situation and with her knowledge of natural products, we tried to come up with some ways to tame the allergy monster. We talked about cleaning your beard and the removal of pollen from it and the best product to help clean it. We also talked about how over cleaning your beard can be very damaging and how some natural oils, mixed with a few essential oils that can combat some allergy symptoms, can be a good remedy for both your sinuses and your beard. We also touched on possible preventive measures one can take to cut down on excessive pollen build up in your beard, this hasn’t been tested but was more of a budding idea brought on by our conversation, so make sure you listen in!!!
I hope that you can find some good information that may help you if you also suffer from seasonal allergies, and also have a massive mustache or lengthy beard. We have always been told that our facial hair is a good filter for things going into our bodies. I am here to say that if you have more than just an inch of beard or mustache you could be at risk for pollen build up in your man mane on your face. Proper care and techniques will help you get maximum relief this time of year. I do not profess to be a doctor or allergy specialist and these are just our opinions of what has worked for me, or Emily. If you do find relief from one of our tips please let us know, drop us an email at email@example.com and let us know what worked, or your thoughts or ideas on something we missed! Be sure to share this with all your bearded and mustached friends out there that suffer from allergies… you might just save their life!!!-or make them be able to breath easier!!!
How does one get into competitive beard and mustache competitions??? As the great Geauga County Maple Festival is about to kick of in Chardon OH, I reflect upon where I got my start in the beard and mustache culture. It was my first competition many years ago and lead me to many great places and to meet some great people from all over the country. I thought I would ask a couple of other Maple Fest Beard alumni to join me to talk about where they got their start and how it lead to competing in the larger, club style events. Ryan Smith and Stephen Hart join me to talk about how you get into competing and tips for those who maybe afraid to get up on the stage for the first time. Emily Gambrel also joined us to discuss the Maple Festival Beard and Mustache contest and how her and I got together, with Kim Lloyd, to be the organizers of this long running contest. We all got our start at the same place and experienced the same hurdles and went on to excel in larger scale events. Check out episode 31 to hear how we did it and the advice we share to gain confidence!!!
This past week I was on the Gnarly Beards United show with Jon-Alex Bailey. He interviewed me about The Beardcaster and the Geauga County Maple Festival Beard and Mustache contest that I help organize. Listen to episode 4 below and be sure to check out Gnarly Beards United and subscribe to his podcast by clicking here
This past weekend I attended the 10th annual Mustachio Bashio and there was an ocean ofmustaches of all types to be seen! I have attended the past three years and look forward to this event as I have made some great new friends. There were many mustaches of all shapes and sizes on participants as well as some interesting beards thrown into the mix of this celebration of facial hair. Voted on by an esteemed panel of judges, the winners take home a special handmade award and the bragging rights for the year. Last year I interview one of the founders of the event, Mike Laur, and learned about the history of the event and how it has grown and managed great success in raising money for their charity, the JDRF. I wanted to talk to some of the key players that were involved in this years Mustachio and get their take on the event and hear how they were involved in this years gathering. Take a listen to hear what each person had to say about Mustachio Bashio and I hope you enjoy!
The first person I spoke with was Mustachio’s long time photographer, Eric Leiser. Everyone in attendance knows who Eric is-he is the guy carrying around the big camera taking thousands of pictures documenting the celebration of the mustache. We talked about his photography and the latest project he had worked on. Eric also gave us a call back to a very famous mustache that inspired the whole thing and the charity involvement. For more information on Eric and his photography, and to also see photos from this years event, visit www.leiserphoto.com
I am joined by Mr. Mike Laur again to talk about what a success Mustachio Bashio has become. I am truly thankful for meeting this man and being able to help spread the message of the event and the charity involved. Mike has a big heart and continues to grow this event as well as grow a fantastic mustache. Thank you Mike for putting on such a great and charitable contest!
Anna Lee of Brutal Beard, from Cleveland Ohio, joins me as my next guess. I can't give enough praise on the Brutal Beard line of products. Anna makes some of the best products that my beard has ever had the luxury of using, simply magnificent!!! Not only does Anna make some world class products but she knows her science behind it all. Listen in to hear her explain a little about the Brutal Beard line of products. Keep your ears peeled for a future episode of The Beardcaster where Anna and I sit and dive into beard care and what is behind oils and their benefits to you and your beard.
Another founder of Mustachio Bashio ions me for a brief talk on his family history of being a cobbler. Davis Shumaker joins me and this about meeting Mike and the others and how this all came to be. He discussed how they chose the JDRF as the charity and the personal reasons why it was a perfect fit. It took 10 years for Davis to finally achieve his best mustache to date for this event so let us celebrate by listening in to hear his story.
Bald faced Matt Fish sits down with me and talks beards and mustaches. Matt has been one of the judges, and supporters, of Mustachio Bashio for many years. Matt is best known for his restaurant, Melt Bar and Grilled, which has many locations all across Ohio. We discuss how he judged the event and his reasonings for being a bald faced mortal. Matt is one of the greatest people who I ever met and ironically it was at Mustachio Bashio a few years ago where were first connected and...well the rest is history!!! Listen in to hear our conversation. GO TRIBE!!!
My last guest of the night was a man who has lurked in the darkness and been behind one of my favorite toy stores of all-time, Big Fun. Steve Presser was an absolute delight to talk with at this mustache celebration. We discussed his thoughts on being a judge at the event and how he got involved and a quick overview of Big Fun on Coventry. I have grown up with this store and it has given me such great reminders of my childhood. If you haven't yet-be sure to check out the store and take a look around. We encourage you to not steal anything, but to purchase something fun that reminds you of your childhood and helps take you back to that magical time.
Big Fun TOY STORE
Episode 29-Wizard World Comic Con
What a fun day meandering among some interesting characters and bearded folk! I meet some of the most interesting people at these types of events, I guess that is why I try to go to as many as I can and meet the people! Wizard World Comic Con came to Cleveland March 17th-19th for it’s third appearance at the Cleveland Convention Center. There were a ton of comic, sci-fi, role-playing, pop-culture, and bearded fans in attendance-it truly was a sight to see. I went down Saturday afternoon with no expectations of what type of time I was going to have, I just wanted to slowly walk around and take it all in. There was a lot to take in from artists, content creators, costumed role players, comics, celebrities, games, books, toys, and just great people!
Like I said, I wanted to take my time and just slowly take it all in. There is so much to investigate and absorb at an event this large. I wasn’t able to take a lot in a few years ago when I went with my friend Bald Faced Josh and his daughter, and The Child. The kids were ready to go after 30 minutes and Josh and I couldn’t really check out all the greatness that Wizard World Comic Con had to offer. This time I was going to take advantage of going solo and take my sweet time and check out what I wanted to see!!! I wasn’t there to find anything specific, other than interesting bearded or mustached folk to chat with, but I found myself really drawn to the artists and illustrators this year. There were so many great ones on site, so much eye candy and talent. Though I was there to check out everything my main goal was to search out interesting people to converse with. One may ask how I may find someone interesting to talk to just by looking around. I say to them, “I am The Beardcaster, I search for the great beards, and behind those great beards are the interesting people I seek!!!”
The first beard I stumbled upon was my good friend Joshua Jenniges. You may remember him from episode 2 of The Beardcaster. One of the most amazing artists I have ever met, Josh is just one of those kind souls whose red beard pulls you in for friendship. He was there with his fiancé, Lydia, to help find some inspiration for work and for his personal growth. As the two of them walked around Josh ran across an artist by the name Mark Kistler, who had a PBS show called, "The Secret City", when he was a child. Josh told me that he was a real inspiration to him growing up and that he was part of why he became an artist. Make sure you listen to the podcast to hear that whole conversation!
The next bearded gentleman I ran across was a Alex Demko and his fiancé Bridget. It was good to see this bearded man who I have known for a coons age, as they say. Alex has recently embraced the bearded lifestyle and is currently sporting his longest beard I have ever known him to have. They were there to enjoy the sights and see what was going on in the world of Sci-Fi. Bridget was dressed in a classic Federation dress, which she wore very well! We talked about the different Star Treks that have been around and the re-boot series and which were our favorites. The discussion took a turn when I asked about her favorite bearded Trek character. This lead us into Lando and Chewbacca and their facial hair. She was an interesting one to talk to but it took her bearded man to help me find her fascinating story...
The highlight of my afternoon took place shortly after my discussion with Alex. I was slowly strolling down an isle when my eyes were drawn to something incredable, as if being called synchronistically by a strange force. I couldn't believe what my eyes brought forth, something so magical, so mysterious, so perfect. I almost didn't believe my eyes as they rest upon a table with a comic book laying on it titled Beardo. The magic didn't end there. As I scanned the table and let out an exclamation of shock, our eyes met. I hear the author, Dan Dougherty, say something along the lines of “WOW!” and the next thing you know…we are instantly friends!!!! There were two beards guys standing at a booth with a comic all about a bearded guy and the struggles of his life and how he copes and gets through each day, smiling ear to ear; we found each other. This was honestly a very surreal moment for me as I felt that this was some weird cosmic moment laid in my lap telling me I was on the right path. Dan had such charisma and his nice tight beard had me “Hello”. We spoke for awhile as the booth next to his just laughed that we were going nuts over the fact that we “found each other!” and we couldn't believe the coincidence and the fact I have never ran across his comic on-line. We had a great conversation and I purchased a copy of his Beardo comics which he so graciously signed and made a character of The Beardcaster!
Touching Evil- http://www.beardocomics.com/touching-evil
The next person I ran into was a fella by the name of Steve Goetz. He was an easy grab, his large beard drew my eyes from afar, but as he got closer I knew this was the guys I needed to be talking to! He was wearing a Stranger Things t-shirt and a Machine Head beanie, a favorite show, and a favorite band of mine. I knew we would hit it off and have good conversation just because of his beard, hat , and shirt. We talked about him meeting Millie Bobbie Brown, "Eleven" from the ground breaking Netflix series "Stranger Things" and he showed me the picture he got with her. We speculated if she may have a beard in season two which is slated to premiere this October. Our conversation turned from Wizard World to Machine Head and our thoughts on the band and both our personal interactions. I tried to convince Steve that he needed to find the world of competitive bearding but he seemed a little reluctant. I assured him that he would be a welcome part of our family and he would defiantly bring good nature and possible winnings if he competed! I asked what his inspiration was for growing this great beard. I was caught off guard by his answer, it was an inspiration I had yet to hear from talking to someone when asking about why they grew. I guess you are going to have to listen to the podcast to hear what his answer was!!! ...I'm such a dick!!!
I walked by Andrew Heaths booth a few times before I mustered the confidence to talk to him about his artwork. Intimidating it was for both of us to meet I could tell, his artistic vision and his prints blew me away, something I just don't have! Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Andrew has used his skills to make a career as a designer and illustrator and had some great examples of his screen printed art on display. Pulling many ideas from pop-culture there were recognizable images that we all could relate to from Dr. Who to Bob's Burgers and Star Wars to Star Trek. Check out Andrews designs by going to his website-I can almost bet you will find something you would like!
My last guest this episode is a man named Jerry Milani who works for the Wizard World Comic Con organization. I asked him some questions about how they got this massive monster of a traveling pop-culture convention going. We talked about some of the great celebrity guests they have booked and how they are trying to book more of a variety to expand the draw for these various Wizard World events. He told me about the involvement of Gene Simmons this year and how excited they are to expand this pop-culture fest by incorporating a music element into the mix. Though Jerry is a proud "bald faced" mortal, I had fun talking with him and he was a great source of information about Wizard World Comic Con! To hear more about what he said check out the podcast. Keep your eyes peeled for me at next years Wizard Con, come and find me and we will chat!!!
This year was by far more magical for me at the Wizard World Comic Con. I was able to see more and experience it like it should be. Take your time to take in the sights and absorb everything that is there. There is something for everyone and it is a place to be something special. It is a place you can be a superhero for the day, a real princess, or a galactic bounty hunter in search of a bearded guy to collect a handsome reward for. Wizard World is more than a traditional comic and pop-culture convention, it is an expression for many and a place to find a "family" and be a part of a community.
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I recently did a blog post/music review. The band, French Donkey, the album-Make Gold, check out link to the blog here and make sure to stick around till the end of the show to check a song out from this release. Loved the album so check it out!!!- Blog post review can be found HERE
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The New Album Make Gold by French Donkey offers up some of the best tunes I have heard in a long time. As a avid music listener I have had a difficult time finding something that moves me, or makes me want to listen multiple times. We live in a society where the music industry force feeds us what it wants the "sheep" to like and buy. Mostly filled with dumbed down lyrics and recycled beats, the popular music of today doesn't interest me nor does it challenge me as a listener. Make Gold gives me that quality I have been searching for in music for a long time.
This album boasts 21 tracks that are ALL inspiring and well thought out. With so many songs on one album a listener might get scared that songs will blend together and and start to sound the same. Scott Paris and Chris Donley took great care to give each track its own personality and life. I can’t stress how much this attention to detail makes this album so fascinating to listen to. They weave many different musical styles and sounds together to form each soundscape and give individuality to each of the songs.
Musically the whole Make Gold album is recorded and mixed beautifully putting great emphasis on using vocal melody as the primary focus of each song. Both Scott and Chris have voices that move well together blending into captivating harmonies from song to song. Every song focuses on getting the listener right into the meat of the contentand will plant a distinctive melody into your head. The layering of vocals adds a unique feel to a few of the songs but the key to this whole album lays upon each of the singers vocal fortitude. These two singers were born to sing together.
To put a finger on the over-all sound of Make Gold is somewhat difficult. It is a acoustic heavy album with many layers of complexity. The percussion is very nicely tucked into each tune which gives it ultimate focus on the vocals and the overall ambience of each song. They explore mixing many different instruments and sounds into each song making it difficult to explain who they may sound like. They sound like French Donkey to me, tremendously uncommon and highly talented. Scott and Chris are architects of something special, thoughtful, and needed in music today.
I can’t stress to you how much I recommend Make Gold to everyone. I have closely followed the careers of both Scott and Chris and and am very familiar with all of their back catalogue of material. I can honestly say this is the BEST set of songs they both have ever released. This particular album is a culmination of years of hard work and honing of their individual skills as singer/songwriters, now showing intense growth and personality. Make Gold is the best material both Scott and Chris have ever released and I can’t express how much you all should go out and pick this album up. Support independent musicians and artists; they pour their heart and soul into their projects because they love it. They have a message they want to share with the world and need the support of people who enjoy what they share. Please consider clicking below to check out the album and download it today!
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Holy Cow-what a fun interview with two great people!!! I am joined by my two picks for the Whiskerina "Mount Rushmore", Jodi Mitnick and Amy Roberts. One thing I have learned being involved in the bearding community is that there are some very creative people doing some impressive things. Two of these people just so happen to be extremely influential in the beard and mustache scene, and they are women! I met up with Jodi and Amy and talked to them about the newly formed Whiskerina council. I wanted to find out from them how they became involved in the Whiskerina scene, where it started, and what the role of the Council was going to be. I have known both girls for many years and have seen some of their spectacular pieces that they have presented at events all across the country. Take a listen to the podcast to hear their stories and see what their plans are for helping The Whiskerina movement grow. There is a lot of laughs and great info in this episode so be sure to share with your friends and subscribe today! Enjoy!!!
As I was preparing this blog post about my talk with the girls I thought I would look on-line and see what information I could find on the history of The Whiskerinas. I came across a great little article written by Nate "Chops" Johnson about The Whiskerinas and where it began and some of the lovely ladies that helped propel the movement to where it is now. I highly recommend you check this article in SHEA MAGAZINE out by clicking BELOW. I also highly suggest you read some of his other great articles which are also found here.
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Over the years I have attended many events and taken a few pictures. I have always been fascinated by the Whiskerina categories at the competitions and have payed special attention to those that participate in the creative categories. Here is a gallery of photos I have taken over the years of various Whiskerina that I hope you enjoy. All of these women have put a lot of thought and creativity into their projects. I think it is more difficult to be in a Whiskerina category sometimes than it is to be in a regular category for the men!!! It may take years for us men to grow amazing beards but it takes a lifetime of support from our women to achieve our dreams. Love the women that support the bearding community because without them-we are just guys with hair on our face! EMBRACE THE BEARD!!!!
List of Beard Clubs that include Women as full members
Below is a list of clubs that include Women as full members. Sadly some clubs do not include women as full members (meaning they are not allowed to vote on club business). Please find a club in your area & get involved! To add your club to this list please message us & let us know where you are located.
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I have been having a real tough go at it lately. To be honest, I am frustrated with life and have been having second thoughts about continuing on with the podcast. I enjoy making the podcast for everyone to listen to but sometimes I wonder what cost it has to my personal life. It is my only outlet, my only creative endeavor that I have in my life. Being a father and husband take a lot of time up these days, much more than I anticipated. At times I feel lost in life trying to juggle all the different things going on from family to work…-to podcast. I struggle every day to get ahead in everything.
I started off this year with tons of plans, optimism was flowing through my veins. Today I want shave and say fuck it and just remove myself from the bearding world. I am beyond frustrated with life right now and have lost focus. I was reminded why I do a podcast kinda out of the blue and when I needed it the most. I was messaged by a listener of the show this past weekend when I was probably at my lowest. It was great to hear from him and to hear his words of encouragement to me. We hadn’t communicated in almost a year so it was good to know he was still around and listening and supported the show. I remembered how Brandon was the first person to ever message me and tell me how much he enjoyed the show. At the start I was very nervous about if people would enjoy my content. It gave me real anxiety wondering if what I was doing was really worth it and if people wanted more. I put such amazing amounts of stress on myself trying to make sure I was doing something important and worthwhile.
It was a synchronistic moment to have Brandon reach out to me at that moment. It was as if he knew I needed to be reminded that what I provided was something that he needed in his life as well. We needed each other in a way. I felt invigorated and ready to tackle the world, just as I felt when I first started this adventure over a year ago. The more I thought about how important the moment Brandon reached out to me I thought about how this person who I didn’t know anything about completely changed my mood, my outlook, my drive. I realized that without the people who listen to me babble every couple of weeks about beards and dumb stuff, I wouldn’t have this outlet for my voice. I wouldn’t have a place to dick around and goof off with my friends and share lame stories and fun adventures. I didn’t think these things were important to people, I guess I was really wrong.
I wanted to interview Brandon for this weeks podcast. I thought it was really important to learn who he was and to share it with all of you. This was the first of what will hopefully be many episodes where I talk with fans of The Beardcaster podcast. You are all important to me and to this show. You all have something amazing to share and are all great people and I would like to share that! I hope you enjoy this episode with Brandon King. I know that he is someone you have never heard of but please check this out-he is important to me. It was a really fun time getting to know someone and becoming friends, all because of our beards!!! He is an outstanding family man who has some great insight into beard oils and beard care. I actually learned some new things from him! Please check out this fun episode and tell your friends about the podcast-you may be the next guest on my fan appreation episode! Any questions, comments, or whatever email me at email@example.com. Thanks!!!
p.s.-I know I am not the greatest writer, or speaker, but bear with my ramblings. I sometimes just get off on writing tangents and don’t get a chance to really go back and review what I wrote! Thanks for understanding!
Over the past few weeks I have been noticing something a bit more around me, attitude. Attitude seems to be a major influence in life and can effect our moods, and our way of life. Attitude also influences others and tends to pull those that are like-minded in their direction, a "magnetic" kind of attraction. Sometimes a toxic attitude can pull you down a dark road, one of negativity and pain. The one end of the spectrum you may find those that emit a great deal of positive attitude. These people are a special breed, ones who absorb life and live it to its fullest. I recently had an experience that opened my eyes to the true influence of "attitude" on ones life.
Today, as I write this, my grandmother of 101 just passed away. It has been a difficult week for my family as we have been dealing with the possible moving on of the mother of our family. The threat of death brings out an urgency of life; to experience more of it and to take in as much as you can as fast as possible. I wanted to try and enjoy the time I may have left to enjoy this kind, loving, and energetic woman. What I learned the most from her in her past week of life was about her attitude. Her attitude was always so invigorating, very positive, and made her shine above the rest. It gave her a reason to get up everyday, the willingness to absorb as much around her as possible. This is what truly made her the amazing woman that she was. No matter what, she always had a smile on her face and seemed to be enjoying life. It irradiated from her like sunshine and everyone around her wanted to feel her warmth and be close by. She was one of a kind and she was my grandmother.
There has been a major influx of attitude all around me lately from all types of places. This episode touches on many different aspects of attitude that I have been currently experiencing. I would like to thank Charles Abadam for the wonderful gift that he sent me. The bearding world has also shown me the power of positive attitude and the kindness of great people. I was joined this episode by Bald Faced Josh and The Child and we talked about many types of attitude and how we experience it. We had some good laughs under the circumstances but I think it was very healing for us talking about our losses and the situations that surrounded them. Please sit back and enjoy this lengthy episode, it is really a treat to be able to discuss my grandmother in this episode. I hope everyone can take away some good insight into the power of a good attitude and apply it to their own life!
2016 went out with a BANG!!! What a great first year for the podcast and all the great new people I have met because of it! With the few weeks I have taken off from producing episodes I had some time to reflect upon the year I had and try and find new ways to make better shows for the listeners. I hope 2017 finds many new beards and mustaches enjoying all these new episodes that I am excited to get out to the hairy faced people!!!
I recently got together with some members of my beard club, Beards of The Old Northwest, and talked about some things we are were looking at for the year 2017. I was joined by newly mustached Jessie Chapple, freestyle wizard Eric Zatchock, and new mustache to the scene Jason Yarina. We discussed our styles and talked about their records for competing last year. Jessie told us about his switch from a full beard to just a styled mustache and the pains that he has had with dealing with it. Eric briefly talked about the Beards Behind Bars competition that we have planned this summer and also about his favorite boobs in movies. Jason shared how he became involved in the competition scene and how great he did his first year competing with his excellent handlebar mustache. There was much excitement and anticipation for this upcoming year in competitive bearding! I did fail on one thing this episode-I forgot to take a picture of the four of us for the episode art. Worst of all, I never got a shot of Jessie and myself together. Since Jason hasn't done an episode I chose this time to use the picture I took of him, myself, and Rocky. Rocky only appears yelling in the background on this episode! Look for him on future episodes!
While I was talking to the boys we were briefly joined by Doug White, president of the BOTONW Rock Creek Chapter. He wanted to share with everyone about an event they were hosting on January 28th to help raise awareness of the Beatitude House of Ashtabula County and raise some funds and collect some much needed items on the list below. The event will be at the Jefferson Lanes Bowling Alley in Jefferson Ohio and more info about the event can be found HERE. We hope you can make it out that night but if not please check into the Beatitude House website for more information on their organization and possibly help out in some way!
2016 is rolling to an end. What a year it has been for the podcast and my involvement within the bearding community. When I first got involved in the bearding community about 5 years ago, I didn’t realize how involved communities and charities everyone participates in. As I wrap up the first year of The Beardcaster podcast I will end on a few events that I have attended over the past few weeks prior tothe holidays. Over the past few years, Beards of The Old Northwest, Steel City Beards and Mustache Club, The Rust Belt Whisker Society, have gotten together to help Marines with the Toys for Tots program in Northeast Ohio. Over the past few years we have collected an AMAZING amount of new and unwrapped toys for the children of the greater Youngstown area.
This year, at the last second I decided to have my own local toy drive and see what extra toys I could collect from my community that I could add to the annual toy drive. I posted on social media that I was searching for a location for collection for a few hours the evening before our club event. I was eagerly contacted by Dan Sammon of Everybody’s Gym who offered to put collection boxes out and to host my pick up for 3 hours on a Friday night. He reached out offering his business location to help in collectingtoys for the drive. He placed donation boxes in his lobby and collected many great toys from very generous members of his gym. Dan and I plan on working together in the near future to continue our charitable donations to our community…
Camelot Lanes, in Boardman Ohio has been the location of our annual toy drive and gathering of “beards” for the past few years. They have welcomed us with open arms and treat our group like family! A few years back we felt it would be a fun time to invite other outlying clubs to a central location to meet for some fun, comradery, competition, and to do something good for our community. In years past we have gathered at Lake Tavern in Cortland Ohio for their annual beard and mustache competition which would always benefit Toys for Tots. They no longer hold this event but we felt, as a group we needed to continue this charitable event and gather toys for the local Toys for Tots. Camelot Lanes became our new home for where we convene each year for the gathering. They have been nothing but wonderful to us and we hope to continue our friendship with them and make our yearly bowling event/toy drive, bigger each year!
This year we decided to reach out to Suzie's Dogs and Drafts of Boardman Ohio, to see if they wanted to assist and become part of the Toys for Tots event. They kindly offered us their establishment after our blowing event. They gave members a great discount on food and beverages and also donated a portion of sales for that evening to donate. You can refer back to my previous blog post with Anthony and Drew of Steel City to get the full vibe of our visit to Suzies's and some of the cool things they offer. It is great to build relationships with local businesses and have them see our vision of helping our communities. Though 2 out of 3 of the clubs are from a fair distance from where we met, and where we donate, there are still people/children that need assistance everywhere and we are proud to help in any way we can! We hope to also grow our relationship with Suzie's and help themembers of the Rust Belt Whisker Society grow their club, and influence, and help do great things!
As I wrap up my holiday adventure, I wanted to share one last thing. Each year I take the child to Breakfast with Santa. I know each town has their own event like this but we in Chardon are lucky enough to have the REAL Santa join us for this magical treat! My Christmas spirit was all but gone a few years back. It wasn'tthat Christmas was not there, but as life changes we loose that magic, and we loose those that helped make that magic what it was. Christmas became a lonely place that felt void of spirit and enjoyment for me once I lost my grandmother. Meeting my now wife, and her son really changed that for me about 5/6 years ago. Adding a child and his innocence into the mix really brought back that Christmas cheer. He was able to get me back to having that childlike feeling and that excitement I used to have. To add to my "Christmas re-birth" we discovered Breakfast with Santa at our local eating joint Morgan's. This took the magic to a whole new level, Santa was perfect in every way!!! He knew so many things about everything and dazzled the child which drove that nail in of Santa being real. I was even amazed at how good Santa looked, how he presented himself and just the overall goodness that he emitted. He gave the child a special Christmas marble made by the elves. It was a hand made beautiful white, red, and green swirled marble; quite breathtaking!
As the years have gone on Santa and Lukas have grown a special bond together. He knows so much about the child he gives him that Christmas cheer and love all year long. The magic of Santa is alive in our family. Being at the age where children are loosing their belief in this magical man, our home is still full of Christmas magic. Each Breakfast with Santa makes the spirt grow and helps us remember the reasons we feel fell in love with Christmas as a child. It also helps us realize part of the magic is to give to others that are struggling or who can't experience what we can due to hardship or some other downfall. I think this aspect, and being part of a group-all because of my beard, has really opened my eyes to focusing on helping others and trying to do good for the community. This is what MY Christmas spirt has evolved into and I hope that sharing these moments with my son inspire him to do the same as he gets older. Merry Christmas to everyone and enjoy my interview with Santa from a few months ago! Thank you all for a great first year as The Beardcaster. I hope 2017 I can provide more entertaining and captivating content for everyone to enjoy!!! Fillis Nav-did.
There is one night a year when the mythical creature known as the Krampus comes out. It is called Krampusnacht and happens on December 5th. Though the event I attended happened a few days earlier, I found myself at Annabell's in Akron Ohio for their annual KRAMPUSNACHT which found a gaggle of Krampuses, or also maybe refered to as a pride of Krampi, parading down the mean streets of Akron looking for naught girls and boys. Not only was it visually captivating, but the incredible sounds of the bells and chains was almost deafening at times. The regular group that usually assembles for the annual KRAMPUSNACHT was joined this year by Krampus of Cleveland which was lead by Brian Karn from Beards Of The Old Northwest. There were some really intricate masks and costumes that were constructed by each individual who participated as their own personal "Krampus" . It was a interesting experience to say the least and was full of a lot of education on the history of the Krampus.
I would like to thank my fellow beard club member Brian Karn for having me down to witness my first KRAMPUSNACHT. I was able to talk with him and hear how he got interested in the world of Krampus tradition and how it has evolved into a family passion. Joined by his brother Jerry Karn and nephews, the family has really got behind this Austrian tradition which is now sweeping the nation. I was also able to talk to other participants that were at the event in their portrayal of this horned goat beast. I got various stories on how each got involved and learned a little back story on where the tradition came from.
When I arrived home after the event I still had a lot of questions that needed to be answered. I went to search the web for information pertaining to the Krampus and where it came from. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos on the subject but wasn't impressed on the information provided. I finally came across a very informative, well spoken history of the Krampus. It was presented by a guy named Phil Albertelli who does a great podcast called The Week in Doubt Podcast. The video had some really great images and pretty in depth historical information that I was looking for. I reached out to Phil to see if I could share his material with The Beardcaster audience and he graciously, and gladly, said yes. I used the audio in my podcast to help share the history, tradition, and current trend of the Krampus. I thank Phil for letting me share his hard work with you all and hope you also learned something exciting as well! Please consider checking his podcast out by clicking here and subscribing.
An additional cool thing that happened was that one of the people I interviewed of the street happened to be someone who I had ties to from many years ago. You will hear me talk to a guy named Joe, who was with a girl named Jenn. We caught up later in the evening after and talked about the music scene around the area and he told me about his current band, Something Involving a Monkey, and gave me a CD. I asked if I could play it if I thought it was good and he said sure. Well, I listened to the disc 2-3 times on the way home, I thought it was great!!! I end the show with a track from their newest album, Dive Into The Great Blue Waffle, called EYE. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, I know it is a little different but enjoy!
Mr. Matt Cox is one amazing guy. This mustached man is going to be a major player in the mustache, and beard scene with his impeccable style and thoughtful content. "Mr. Stachetastic" is the alter ego of Matt where he does all types of beard oil and mustache wax reviews. He also gives tutorials on how to style and care for your mustache giving tips on how to have an epic stache! His YouTube channel is starting to get filled with new and thoughtful content on a weekly basis so your eyes peeled to his page to keep up on his resourceful content.
Matt and I got together on Thanksgiving evening to hang out and chat a little about who he is and why I thought he would be an interesting person to share. We talked about the typical things two guys who are in the facial hair world would talk about but Matt had an incredible entry into the world of growing. Touching on the paranormal and his multiple encounters during ghost hunting at the Mansfield Reformatory, Scott talks about the event his club is hosting at the prison in July of 2017, and a possible planned ghost hunt of our own! We also made plans to head to Mt. Pleasant next year to hit up the annual Mothman festival and use our facial hair to get to the bottom of the mystery. Together Matt and I can change the world!!!
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Bald faced mortal, Josh, and I sit down with the child to talk the Cleveland Indians in the World Series and Donald Trump amongst other things. The conversation begain with us going over the Cavaliers Championship and which would have been more important, the World Series win by the Indians, or the Championship from the CAVS. Finding out what it is to be American and our preference in pie or cake, we learn that Rey, from Star Wars, is inspiring a whole movement of little girls to be great, not Hillary!
The final game of The World Series was slept through by Scott and Lukas so Bald Faced Josh walks us through how the game ended. The Indians fought hard and had an amazing season and we were all ok with the Cubs winning. Our conversation took a turn towards what had just happened with the election and our thoughts, and opinions, on the win of Donny Trump. The child voices his opinion on Ted Strickland and he regurgitated what he had heard on the television commercial attack ads. Josh tries to explain how politics work and Scott tries to derail the conversation by claiming Trump is just like Anakin Skywalker, and is here to bring balance back to the political world. Josh tries to tie Hillary Clinton to the Pink Power Ranger taking over the world and it turned into watching Power Rangers and MST3K.
Josh started giving us a history of great presidents and how the political landscape needed to be shook up and how career politicians needed to be taken down. We started talking about how the country may needed to be run more like a corporation and some similarities between Perot and Trump and how the country needs to be run differently. This election has really polorized the public, either the citizens are embracing the win or our extremely upset and voicing their opinions via social media.
The conversation gets pulled in the direction of who has worse hair, Trump or George Washington. One wore a wig, the other we are not so sure. The Child starts to talk about an 11 year old perspective of what happened in the election and how all his friends were all about Hillary Clinton. The Trump playground equipment was voted on and we got the child to laugh so hard he about pee’d his pants. The fake outrage that exists for people to look, and feel, important to everyone around them has become more evident with this election.
Election results were broken down as things were being released on Tuesday night via the news outlets. Josh explains how the popular vote works vs. the electoral college. We also talk about how if you don’t like either candidate you can write in any name you like, such as Vermin Supreme, as your nomination for president. Harambe was reported to have received over 11k write in votes but in researching I discovered this was not true according to CNN.
The stock exchange was greatly effected with the election of Trump, in a great way! With a lesser amount of money spent by Trump in his campaign, Trump proved that America wants something different. The market has been looking good since he was elected president. The treat of nuclear war and tensions with Russia were a concern of the child but he realizes that a president who runs out of control will be taken down by their government.
In this election year of 2016, our country faces one of the worst political showdowns in the history of America. Each candidate seems to only be fueling a fire of rage from their opponent and doing nothing but throwing punches and accusations at each other. The media seems like it only wants to be the ringleader of this 2 person circus and only focus on what these two clowns are wanting to do to our country. Our great country seems to almost be at it's darkest hour, hope is bleak, faith in government wavers, and trust is all but gone. Empty promises fill the air leaving many of us scared to make a choice in our future and the future of our children. Within a few weeks the landscape of nation will be completely different and a new president will be crowned. Within a few months the changes will go into effect, lives to be changed forever. There may only be one hope that glimmers far off in the distance with a boot on his head...
This is probably the most politically charged discussion I have ever had even though the discussion was mostly about beards. I sat down with Vermin Supreme, presidential candidate, and talked beards, beard competitions, and his ideas for utilizing beards to stop hunger in America. Vermin also flipped the interview on me and started interviewing me back for his project that he has in development, Vermin Supremes BeardWorld…more info to come soon. We tried to keep the politics to a minimum and this interview was all over the place, a definite hoot!!! We touched on a few of his campaign platforms and I tried to help him come up with a few more! Sit back and enjoy this episode, there will be MANY laughs had!
a little a-boot Vermin…
Vermin Supreme is a bearded , boot hat wearing presidential candidate. The self proclaimed Friendly Fascist, promises a free pony for every American, a fully funded time travel research program, zombie preparedness initiatives for a new American Republic and the Mandatory Toothbrush Act.
-He has been running for the office of presidency since 1992 and ran for mayor of Baltimore in 1987 and has run for pretty much every political party that is out there
-December 19, 2011: He participated in the "Lesser-Known Democratic Candidates Presidential Forum", at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and "glitterbombed" fellow candidate Randall Terry*
-August 25, 2012: Supreme announced his new political party, the Free Pony Party, and that he has chosen fellow fringe opponent Jimmy McMillan as his running mate. Conversely, McMillan stated he was still running for president on his own Rent Is Too Damn High platform, and that Supreme would be McMillan's running mate.*
-Supreme is attempting another presidential run in 2016*
*taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermin_Supreme
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Beards for Beasts is only a few weeks away so The Beardcaster, and special guest co-host Anthony "The Stache" Fontes, sat down with the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club president Andrew Miscowiec to get the lowdown on the 4th year of this fantastic event. Held at the beautiful Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA the event is once again benefiting the Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Shelter and Hello Bully charities.
The boys met up at Suzie's Dogs in Boardman Ohio to discuss the upcoming event and enjoy some fine weiners. Beards and Suzie's have a history as Anthony and Suzie's in Youngstown have collaborated in the past to host a couple of The Rust Belt Whisker Society's beard competitions, so we wanted to give back to those who have given to us. Entering what appeared to be a newly built establishment I fought my way though the hordes of Browns and Steelers fans watching both games on the multiple big screen tv's in the venue. I was greeted by Drew, who as any Steelers fan, was 16 beers into his Sunday football afternoon and being all crazy. I soon realized the Drew I sat with was a bald faced mortal and quickly scooted across the bar to the Drew I knew, the man with the red chops. Shortly after we are joined by Anthony and we all began to catch up on what was going on in the world of bearding. Giving us barely any time to breath, Ariana, our server, attacked us with all the great things Suzie's had to offer. A luxurious menu of over 50 possible toppings were presented to us with different "dog" and bun configurations that were possible. The choices were tough, there was some confusion, fear and tears, but our AMAZING server Ariana was there to save the day. It is typical that any time I go out to eat I need to get in the head of the person serving me. I need to achieve confidence that I know that they are legit and that they know their craft and their home. I needed the confidence of an employee to make me lust after the weiners served in an establishment such as this. I needed to know I was going to be taken care of...and taken care of WE were. She made skilled suggestions to all of us like she knew what each of us needed in our lives at that specific moment. I became terrified with all the options that were before me, would I choose right or wrong, I didn't know. Ariana walked me from the ledge, she gave me hope, it was as if she looked deep into my soul and knew the hot dog I needed in my life and that hotdog was delivered. It was pure ecstasy as I bit into that dog. The Sloppy Joes made love to my teeth as the pickle jalapeno's caressed my tastebuds. The Fritos that were on top were like sexy lingerie showing the curves and valleys of this hotdog that was about to be devoured by my waiting mouth. This custom made dog hit the spot- beautifully delicious and fulfilling in every way imaginable, I was in heaven. My friends were also in a blissful paradise much like my own but I needed to get back to reality and remember why I was here. I needed to get the clouds from my head all cleared and get back on the path of talking about Beards For Beasts 4 with Drew and Anthony. It was as if this hot dog wanted to de-rail the interview and the event rendering me powerless to broadcast to the masses about helping the poor animals of Pittsburgh...
Beards do not know weakness. Our beards came together to overcome the deliciousness that was trying to destroy our message. We were able to pull ahead and begin this wonderful conversation you are about to hear. This might have been my favorite hang to date. I love these dudes. They both have great hearts and want to help their communities and clubs and the social awareness about beards. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed the hotdogs!!! Please support the local businesses in your neighborhood and we hope to see you in Pittsburgh on October 29th!!!