GIFT #3 : Pendleton Blankets
Want a gift you can actually wrap?
And that you can wrap up in, too?
So, if you’ve been to my apartment for a coaching (or a dinner party) you know I’ve got a mix of functional, slightly mid-century modern and farmhouse/cabin-in-the-woods decor.
That pretty much sums me up.
And nothing says cabin-in-the-woods like snuggling up in a Pendleton blanket.
I have… several.
And at this time of year they are all in use. On the bed, on the sofa, on my reading chair, rolled up as a prop for yoga… I love them.
I bought my first Pendleton blanket at the factory store in Pendleton, Oregon while driving through the country on the first national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot. During that tour my first really serious relationship (and shared household) dissolved. The second half of that tour was a literal wandering in the wilderness for me. I discovered a latent love for hiking and camping, and spent countless hours alone in the woods, driving through mountains, soaking in remote hot springs.
It was a thing.
Buying this Pendleton blanket marked the beginning of even thinking about reconstructing a new home for when I would eventually come off the road.
That’s it. They’re homey.
Giving one to someone else is like giving them a endless supply of hugs.
Giving one to yourself is just the right thing to do.
TREAT A LOVED ONE.
THESE LAST FOREVER.
PASS IT DOWN FOR GENERATIONS.
SUPPORT NATIONAL PARKS
Through licensed National Park Collection products Pendleton is proud to support two park restoration projects through a donation to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. So far, through Pendleton’s initiatives with park series blankets and collaboration partners, we are closing in on 3/4 of a million dollars for two projects!
In the 1950’s, the stunning double-helix staircase circling the lobby in the historic Many Glacier Hotel was torn out to make room for a gift shop. In 2017, with support from the Pendleton contributions, the historic staircase was rebuilt and now stands as a landmark feature in the newly restored lobby.
Constructed in 1910, the Grand Canyon Depot is a National Historic Landmark and one of three remaining stations constructed from logs in the US. Today it remains an active rail depot, seeing thousands of visitors annually from its location near the canyon’s rim inside Grand Canyon National Park. Funds will support restoration and preservation efforts.
Our original plan was to partner with the National Park Foundation for two years, in honor of their 100 year anniversary. We have extended that partnership, as the parks need our support now more than ever. Buying a blanket is only one way to support your favorite park, and you can also make donations directly. More information on ways to give can be found here: National Park Foundation Support
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Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.
Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.