Pin Trading at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals


“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of the desire to go on learning. ” -John Dewey

The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for the students who participate. Through solving challenging and fun open-ended problems, students develop creative-thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations. Students throughout the U.S. and 20 other countries participate in the program and range from kindergarten age through high school.  Students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems – great and small – for a lifetime.

The competition works like this: each year, five new competitive problems are presented for the teams to solve. They are generally long-term problems and can be solved over weeks or months if need be. Some of the problems are more technical in nature while others are artistic or performance based. Each long-term problem rewards “Style” in the solution. Students learn how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests and how to identify cOpinhallenges and  think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. At the competition, the teams are given an on-the-spot “spontaneous” problem to solve. The team that produces the best  long-term problem-solving, Style, and spontaneous problem-solving skills defines the winner.

In addition to the competition itself, Pin trading and collecting is another fun and lively activity that takes place on the sidelines at the Odyssey events. The lapel pins are issued each year from each state. The participants try to collect pins from as many states as they can each year. The designs featured on the lapel pins for the event  are as creative and imaginative as the event itself.  The lapel pins we provide to the organization (see example right) are a fun illustration of the creativity that goes into the design. The students trade and collect these pins during the competition; it’s a fun interactive side event that happens each.

 The Odyssey of the Mind is a wonderful creative prodyssey-of-the-mind-pin-trading-2oblem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” encouraging students to think creatively and productively. This out of box thinking is not only evident by the event but the fun creative design seen year to year in the pins made. 



Tips from Fort Orange Wine Society on Starting Your Own Wine Tasting Group

wine-tastingYou don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine, and getting together with a group of friends can be a fun way to explore different flavors of your favorite wine region.Wine tasting groups are certainly growing in popularity and what better way to enjoy the summer than  getting together with a group of friends to share a common interest.  The group can start at the ground level and grow together, learning and loving the taste of wines.

Here are some tips from the Fort Orange Wine Society on starting a simple group for a hands-on approach to learning about wine and gaining confidence in making wine selections.

1. Select people with the same degree of interest and commitment.

2. Prior to starting, have some discussion about goals — to explore new areas, learn about the grapes, study countries or other interests. You might do geographic areas, like Italy, France, or New Zealand.

3. Decide how often you will meet and how many people will be the maximum in the group.

4. Have some idea of whether this is strictly tasting wine for wine’s sake or social in nature. Along with that, talk about whether food is an inWineSocietytegral part of the club.

5. Decide how the wine will be selected and purchased choose a theme and purchases the wines and split the total.

6. Last but not least, come up with a little design or logo you can put on a pin or perhaps even a wine glass!

Most importantly remember: No one way is the “right” way; this is, ultimately, about friendship, learning, and having fun. Therefore, be sure to have fun and enjoy drinking good wine with good company.

In addition, long-time groups looking for ideas should think about new concepts: tasting the same wine in different glasses or the same type of wine, but from different countries. Truly, when it comes to wine, there is always something new to try.

Have a wine club or group you’d like to design a lapel pin for? Let us know! If you don’t yet have a logo we can talk you through a design that best suits your needs. If you need something quickly or last minute, have a look at our 5-day Quick Pin option for fast turnaround!

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Maine Lobster, Nothin Bettah’!

It’s no secret that the great gourmet food of New England is usually served on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables by grownups wearing plastic bibs. I’m talking about the Maine lobster roll and, in a superheated summer, a search for the best lobster rolls is as good an excuse as any to take a road trip to the beautiful sea-cooled coast of Maine. The quiet harbors & sandy beaches are as inviting as ever. And lobster rolls are ubiquitous.lobby Ask any New Englander and they will tell you their favorite beach lobster roll stand and why. No matter what your preference there is one thing for sure – because of its delicious flavor – Maine lobster is the world’s most prized catch!

Lobstering in Maine is a close-knit community of harvesters, and often a multigenerational family tradition. The stories of their work on the water are as unique as Maine itself, from the origin of lobster boats’ names to the way they each fell in love with the lobstering life.

Maine harvesters have been environmentally conscious and “eco-friendly” long before it became a buzz word. They harvest their lobsters the same careful way they have for over 125 years — by hand, one trap at a time — thus protecting the quality of their product and the marine environment. Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, founded in 2013, is funded by Maine Lobster harvesters, dealers and processors to grow demand, both for whole live lobster and a variety of value-added products -see logo lapel pin above. The MLMC supports that objective by promoting the core values of the Maine Lobster industry, which are sustainability and traceability that’s deeply rooted in tradition. The lapel pin pictured above is worn to represent the commitment to the sustainable practices adopted by the MLMC.

2172604212_24012d00acMaine lobster is found in the waters between Eastern Canada and North Carolina, with Maine contributing to more than half of all lobsters caught in the United States. 

If you are a company like the MLMC and are looking for a lapel pin, keychain, or other logo products to be worn with pride by your participants, contact us. We can help you design a lapel pin or any other product to meet your needs. We can also help you design a lapel pin that may be specific to your group or company or event.


If you’re a New Englander, a pilgrimage to Maine to indulge in lobster is usually on your summer to-do list. If it’s not what are you waiting for? Tie on your bibs  and get cracking!

The Museum at Bethel Woods

Woodstock music festival 1969 defined an entire generation, and its effects on music and American culture can still be felt today. It was the pop culture music event of the decade and arguably the single most profound event in the history of music. What began as a paid event drew so many viewers from across the world that the fences were torn down and it became a free concert open to the public. Acts from all around the world met at Max Yasgur‘s Farm in Bethel, NY on August 15-18, 1969 for a celebration of peace and music.

Soaked by rain and wallowing in the muddy mess of Yasgur’s fields, young fans took in the performances of acts like Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to name a few. At Woodstock 1969, 500,000 individuals gathered peacefully making it the largest gathering of human beings in one place in history.

The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Woodstock by allowing visitors to learn more about the history of the concert and perhaps things most people may not even know. However, The Museum at Bethel Woods is much more than an exhibit on the festival itself, it takes an in-depth look at the ways the social climate of the decade led to the Woodstock festival and how this watershed cultural moment helped to define a generation. The Main Exhibit is an award-winning multimedia experience that immerses guests in the popular culture, politics, and social history of the 1960s and one that can be enj249_large_1oyed by people of all ages and interests.

We are fortunate to provide the promotional materials used by Bethel Woods Museum and are proud to call them a client. We caught up with Liz McKay, Communications Coordinator at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, to answer a few questions with us about what makes The Museum at Bethel Woods such a unique and important place.

PS: In your opinion what did Woodstock teach our country about music etc.?

BW: The Woodstock festival is important for what it symbolizes. It was the first festival of its kind and it showed the country that in the face of terrible conditions (rain, lack of facilities, lack of food, overcrowding), over 500,000 young people were able to gather together peacefully united by a common love of music and desire to change the world for the better. We are proud to have the opportunity to be stewards of this important place in American history while ensuring it remains relevant to future generations by continuing to unite people through music and a desire to contribute positively to their communities.

PS: Can you brieflyBethelWoods-022 tell me about the Woodstock exhibit at Bethel Woods and what makes it special & unique in comparison to other exhibits about Woodstock?

BW: Through changing special exhibits and moving film and speaker series, The Museum at Bethel Woods uses the ideals of the 1960s – including freedom of expression, creativity, and acceptance – to inspire a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them.

PS: What are some things about Woodstock that perhaps most people don’y know that you’d like to share?

BW: Woodstock was actually held in the town of Bethel, NY about 50 miles from the town of Woodstock. It is in Bethel that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located – a cultural center on 800 acres that includes the original Woodstock monument, The Museum at Bethel Woods, a conservatory for arts education programming, and multiple performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater with seating for over 15,000.

PS: Whats your favorite story/image from the festival?

BW: Many stories of acts of kindness and humanity exist from the Woodstock festival. These tales of individuals helping others and remaining calm and peaceful are definitely our favorite as they represent our mission. It is amazing to see people become inspired, empowered and educated through the arts and humanities. The power of the arts as a means for uniting people of diverse backgrounds was truly visible at the Woodstock festival, and it was a beautiful thing.

PS: Can you tell upeacecollages a little bit about how your organization uses the promotional materials you order through PinSource?

BW: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is supported by an integral network of donors, members, and volunteers. We used material from PinSource to honor the years of service provided by our team of over 150 active volunteers. Some volunteers have been with our organization since we opened in 2006, and many donate hundreds of ours of their time each year. We use the materials to thank them for their hard  work.

PS: What else would you like people to know about Bethel Woods Center for the Arts or the Museum itself?

BW: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not for profit cultural center that is located at the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. In addition to preserving these historic grounds and interpreting the events of the decade of the 1960s, the organization is dedicated to providing rich cultural opportunities for a variety of audiences.

Bethel Woods welcomes approximately 300,000 guests a year offering nearly 300 programs and events, including an award-winning Museum, performances, community festivals, and arts and humanities-based educational programming. We strive to offer something for everyone, and encourage visitors to join us for programming that is offered 9 months of the year.

The Museum embodies the key ideals of the era we interpret—peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement, and a connection to the planet we live on and all the people who inhabit it. In addition to preserving and interpreting an era, the Museum is actively involved in their community—through education, economic development, and historic preservation—to encourage social responsibility among visitors and supporters and to advocate for issues in their local community and the world to make it a better place. To borrow from 1960s ideology, everyone has the power to change the world.

To visit the Bethel Woods center or to find out more visit their website: Watch the video below for a virtual tour of the Center.

And to learn about how you can design promotional materials for your organization call us or visit our site! We would be happy to help you!