On Thursday, January 28, not one but two members of Jefferson Airplane passed away - Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson, both 74 years old. Anderson was raised in Portland and sang lead vocals on the band's debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966). Shortly thereafter, she decided that life on the road was not for her and her newborn baby (with husband Jerry Anderson, one of the Merry Pranksters). She also had concerns about the record contracts the band was being offered by RCA Records.Read More
"I wanted to share with you all the lovely experience I had with Mary Sligh, the widow of Willie Sligh whose portrait I did for the project. She saw that I had done a painting of her husband and sent me an email to thank me and tell me how much it meant to her and her family to remember Willie in this way. We exchanged emails and I gave her a print of the painting, then she sent me this picture of Willie's son standing in front of his Dad's painting at McMenamins! What a great validation of how the Bothell project (as well as all McMenamins) has and will continue to touch so many people!"Read More
History Pub. Classical Pub. Paranormal Pub. And now Art Pub. The Pacific Northwest is rich with artistic culture and legacy - to name just a few, glass artist Dale Chihuly, figurative abstractionist Mark Rothko, cartoonist Matt Groening, modern dancer Bonnie Bird (from Bothell, WA, and a classmate of another famous dancer, Merce Cunningham, who was from Centralia, WA).Read More
Today a remarkable life is given a deserving spotlight, Benjamin F. McAdoo, Jr. He was an innovative, award-winning architect who helped design the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, a leading Seattle Civil Rights leader, and friend of the first ambassadors from the first independent Black African nation. During his most active professional years, Ben McAdoo and his wife lived in Bothell and their kids attended Anderson School! A guest room at McMenamins Anderson School is named in his honor and below is the write-up that celebrates his far-reaching achievements.Read More
It was Thursday, May 29, 2008. Former Mission manager Mike Wyant recalled recently:
"We sold around 150 tickets. Capacity was 400. She was a very sweet woman and blew us all away with her voice. I remember the cleaning crew was there and her bass player asked if they could have a closed sound check. I said no because we didn't have a place to send the cleaners."
In the fall of 1988, Jenny Gomez transferred from McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City to become the first manager of the High Street Brewery & Cafe in Eugene. When the new brewpub opened for business in November, one of Jenny's first customers was Wally X. It was a homecoming of sorts. The tall, friendly man had been a regular at the Lighthouse until a new job brought him to Eugene. Coming back to 1243 High Street was also a homecoming in another sense for Wally. In the ‘60s, when the place was still a residence, he had lived upstairs. That's the thing about High Street, its ties to familiar characters and events are remarkable. When you're there, the phrase, ‘Man, it is a small world!' is never far from your lips.Read More
The year 2005 had been pretty awesome for the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire.
They'd been featured on the April 4 cover of Time's Canadian edition. On May 1, they performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and later that month signed a contract with EMI for their album Funeral. The BBC used the track "Wake Up" on an advertisement for upcoming season. On September 9, the band appeared on the British/U.S. TV special "Fashion Rocks," in which David Bowie joined them for "Wake Up." They appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and held a concert in Central Park, featuring a surprise appearance by Bowie. On September 11, the band appeared on the long-running BBC series Top of the Pops. Life was pretty damn good.Read More
"You've got to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls," Bothell's Bud Ericksen was quoted as saying. He played center for Bothell High all four years he attended, under legendary coach Pop Keeney, for whom the football stadium behind the Anderson School property is named.Read More
Last week, on Tues., November 24, the snow was coming down hard in Bend, OR. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory: "Holiday travelers should be prepared for wintry conditions... warning that snow-covered roads are likely to be slippery... the Oregon Department of Transportation has six snowplows clearing highways in and around Bend."Read More
Step into the Kennedy School's Courtyard Restaurant and your eyes are drawn upwards to the luminous mosaic globes hanging throughout. Artist Mary Tapogna figures she has installed nearly twenty different globes at Kennedy School.Read More
The 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop is located across the parking lot from Tavern and Pool, in an grocery store that was a comfortable old fixture of the NW Portland community (a.k.a. Slabtown).Read More
The painting below, called Inside Lyle's Head by McMenamins artist Jenny Joyce, hung for years at Dad Watson's in Seattle, prior to the pub's 2011 closing. Luckily, Lyle's head has found a new home at the Anderson School in Bothell.Read More
Halloween is this Saturday night, so here's a little something spooky and mysterious... The painting below by Jenny Joyce hangs at the Gearhart Hotel on the coast. It depicts an old town tradition, in which a headless horseman rode through town scaring kids every Halloween. But who was it, exactly? Well, the headless horseman may actually have been a headless horsewoman. But no one seems to know for sure.Read More
When you mention the iconic rock band Heart, most people automatically think of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. But it was the two guys in the band, Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen, who actually founded the group. And where did they grow up? Right around Bothell, WA, in nearby Kenmore.Read More
Anyone watching the MLB playoffs? Keep an eye out for Michael Conforto, outfielder for the Mets and a former OSU student - his mom is Bothell's own Tracie Ruiz, who along with Candy Costie won the gold medal in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics.Read More
You've heard of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker... But have you heard of Moritz Thomsen? Probably not. But maybe someday his name will be as well-known as these others.
Read a little more about this former resident of the Bothell, WA, area and namesake of one of Anderson School's guest rooms.
"Thomsen could well be the finest American writer you've never heard of," according to one reviewer. Eminent authors like Paul Theroux, Larry McMurtry and Wallace Stegner all celebrated his work. Yet Thomsen's four published works still remain largely undiscovered by the public. So who was Moritz Thomsen? Well, he was once a local Bothell resident, for one.Read More
You may know Chris Walla as the former multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated indie-rock band Death Cab For Cutie. He is also a music producer, having worked with such bands as The Decemberists and Tegan & Sara.Read More
Who here has heard of Woodstock? ... OK, good. But just in case, a quick review: Woodstock was a music festival held at a dairy farm in upstate New York from August 15-18, 1969. The gathering attracted an audience of more than 400,000 people and is "widely considered to be the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation."Read More
Recently, Tim and brewery operations manager John Richen did some photo-beer sleuthing using some old (new to us) photos that beer legend/writer/muse Fred Eckhardt (who passed away just last month) took back in 1985, very soon after the historic Brewpub Law was passed in Oregon. They were for use in one of his "Listen to Your Beer" newsletters.Read More
With just about six weeks to go, the excitement, anticipation and energy swirling around our newest project continues to build. Anderson School is the property on everyone's mind, with its grand opening scheduled for Thursday, October 15.Read More