Mailed on: 11/06/21.
Just back from Pendleton OR with a few postcards. Simply comment with "National Parks!" and I will contact winners for addresses. Once again, your entry comment should look like this: National Parks!
Closes at some point tomorrow.
I bought a coat as a gift from this business based on the list on China Never and it was made in China. Does anyone know who moderates that site? I emailed and commented but haven't heard anything back from anyone. Thanks
First of all, I want to acknowledge that I’m not looking for permission here, as I know that opinions will vary, and I hope it’s okay for me to post this here. As a white person who wants to be sensitive about cultural appropriation, I wanted to start a discussion about the brand Pendleton Woolen Mills.
My understanding is that Pendleton began in the 1800s by making blankets FOR Native Americans, and according to them, as much as half of their business today is still for various native groups. In some cases their sales help to set up college funds and other charitable initiatives. Its my understanding that in many cases the patterns are designed and/or commissioned by tribes, but in other cases are designed by Pendleton themselves. [These are their statements, I am not promoting the company]
So should white people be buying Pendleton? For such a popular brand, I have not heard their name come up in discussion about appropriation very often. To me it seems like intent and means-of-display might be important. For example using their blankets for warmth vs. walking around campus with a native print shirt or going to a festival in a poncho. But what other context might I be missing?
Secondly, it seems to me that if it’s possible to buy textiles directly from native groups themselves, that this is always preferable. I’m not sure if anyone else is making blankets that match Pendleton quality, but any suggestions would be welcomed. This may be a bigger discussion in and of itself - knowing who to buy from. I was recently in Santa Fe, and I found it challenging to know if or how much a purchase would actually be supporting local craftspeople.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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Works on sale items as well:http://www.pendleton-usa.com/thumbnail/Sale/Mens-Sale/View-All-Mens-Sale/2038/c/1830/pc/1817.uts
This could be described as a technical week, with not a lot of actual decisions by elected bodied. This could also be described as a talky kind of week. Either way, there's a lot happening of note as documented in the Week Ahead newsletter. But here's a reduced version for r/charlottesville which will hopefully inform you of something you didn't know you needed to know!
* Albemarle County has six magisterial districts, and thus elected six Supervisors. Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties have five. Louisa has seven. That means tie votes are statistically much more possible in Albemarle, resulting in stalemate votes. The time to decide whether Albemarle should switch to an odd-numbered board is now, and an information session will be held tonight on this process. Supervisors have already set guidelines that the Board remain at six, but the actual process is just getting underway now per state law. Albemarle already has seven school board members and seven planning commissioners. Why remain at six? I look forward to the arguments.
* Do you know where your drinking water comes from, and where that consumed drinking goes? The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is an agency that has two clients - Albemarle County and Charlottesville. Your utility payment to the city or the Albemarle County Service Authority contains a portion that covers capital costs expended by the RWSA to improve the system. Right now the agency is planning for a five-mile major waterline to connect the Observatory Water Treatment Plant to the Pantops area. Currently Pantops is served by the South Rivanna Water Treatment Plant and the new waterline is intended to improve the flexibility of the system. The summary details are on page 63 of the RWSA agenda. Staff is recommending an option that would travel through Charlottesville (page 83) including portions of Cherry Avenue and this one be further evaluated.
* If you'd like a flavor of what Greene County is like, consider watching their Supervisors meeting tonight. They'll also discuss redistricting, and will have a lot of little items. The one I'm interested in is related to a request from the Rapidan Service Authority that Greene County reinsitute facility fees ratepayers pay. That's a condition of the nasty divorce between Greene and the RSA, which also consists of Madison and Orange County. The dispute relates to Greene's desire to... keep reading on reddit ➡
Yesterday around midday, I got a knock on my door in Woolen Mills. I thought it was a neighbor, but it was this sorta stocky redheaded guy with a beard and baseball cap whom I'd never seen before, driving a little Ford Transit Connect van with some decal/graphics on the side.
He launched into a series of questions about the people who live "up the street" and if I knew them or not and ever got invited to their cookouts. Then he went into a spiel about how they ordered too many steaks and chicken breasts and that he was selling the excess ones at a steep discount. Did I want any? They take credit card, cash, EBT, etc. He was very scattered and talking extremely fast. It sounded very much like the whole, "Hey man, my car ran out of gas two miles up the road and my wife has a medical condition and I just wanna buy some gas and some snacks for my kids," approach to panhandling.
Obviously, I'm not gonna buy meat from a door-to-door salesman's van. Does anyone know anything about this? We've been here for years and I've never heard of this/seen it before. I assume it's some sort of scam or sketchy thing, but maybe there's a legit van meat business?
I have been unable to confirm my family story about an antique woolen blanket with a Faribault Woolen Mills “Faribo” tag on it. Can anyone corroborate?
Grandma (92) says that back in the 1930s her mother packaged up all of the family’s unwearable wool clothing and shipped it to “Minnesota Woolen Works” (no idea of this is/was a real company or just her best attempt to remember).
Supposedly for a small fee they would wash, dye, and repurpose the wool, then send you back a woven blanket from your family’s goods.
We have the blanket and it’s wonderful! It’s clearly very old, but it looks a lot like typical Faribault blankets which are available to buy today. Grandma’s memory isn’t always 100%, so I was curious to see if anyone has heard of such a service- I had no luck confirming it in the online searching I did.