Apr 17 2014

Dr. MarthaOne way we celebrate notable people tied in with the history of our properties is to name hotel rooms in their honor. Lately, we've been working with a wonderful, and wonderfully eclectic, assemblage of folks who collectively are the namesakes of Kennedy School's original guest rooms.

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Apr 9 2014

RicklesIt's not every day you can draw a line from one of our joints to legendary comedian Don Rickles, "The Insultin' Sultan," so when opportunity arises - even if it's a bit of a curvy line - you gotta go with it.

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Apr 1 2014

MontroseMontrose Ringler, Portland's  Jazz-Age dance hall king, launched his dance boat Blue Bird on July 28, 1920, in hopes of skirting around the scrutiny of  Lola Baldwin, head of the city's Women's Protective Division, who for years had been severely restricting Ringler's public dances at the Crystal Ballroom and his other dance halls around the city.

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Mar 21 2014

Original RubyIt's Ruby's birthday this Friday, March 21. The original Ruby artwork (right) is based on an old Germanic tradition of a kitchen witch that inspires productivity and safety, but that also dispels any ill-will directed to the home. Our Ruby has come a long way - she's gotten out of the kitchen and into our breweries, artwork, spas and more.

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Mar 18 2014

CromwellMarch 17 is St. Patrick's Day. So here's a story in honor of the Irish holiday, a tale of a seemingly innocuous pub sign which inflamed the blistering Celtic ire of a band at the Crystal Ballroom.

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Mar 10 2014

Grand Lodge, built in 1922 as the Alice MeekSaturday, March 8, we celebrate the 92nd birthday of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home for the State of Oregon "for the aged and infirm, and the poor and distressed worthy Master Masons, their widows and orphans . . ."

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Mar 4 2014

Recently, we celebrated the 21st Annual Hillsdale Brewfest. But did you know the first Hillsdale brewfest actually happened nearly 30 years ago? Nobody ever said we were good at math.

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Feb 22 2014

Dad Son LeonardOn Monday, February 24, at 7 p.m., Kennedy School hosts a special History Pub about a remarkable Portland gathering spot that for two decades attracted the likes of Empire Builders, Supreme Court Justices, federal judges, vice kings, mob bosses and Hollywood royalty, and seemingly everyone in between.More importantly, it served as a professional and social club for Jewish men who at the time were banned from joining the city's existing private clubs.

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Feb 17 2014

ECOTLHey, people of the Pacific NW, remember what sunshine is like? Remember how great the summers are here? Remember when we weren't all encased in ice, covered in snow and slopping through piles of corpse-colored slush?

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Feb 10 2014

Marian LummHere's a story of a sweet little girl painted on a fermentation tank (a.k.a., a "Grundy tank"), which has moved across town from its original location at the Concordia Brewery at Kennedy School to the distillery at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. According to distiller Bart Hance, "We sometimes call her Tank 5. Before we knew her real name we called her Brandy because she was full of brandy for several weeks."

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Jan 28 2014

"If America has a classical gutter song, it is the one that tells of Frankie and her man." - Carl Sandberg, American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and editor 

FrankieHere's the original story of Frankie Baker, former Edgefield resident, most commonly associated with the ballad "Frankie and Johnny" as well as several Hollywood movies starring the likes of Mae West and Cary Grant, Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino. While some say the song originated in the 1850s prior to the Civil War, it was attributed to Frankie Baker after her fatal dispute with a suitor in 1899.

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Jan 22 2014

Just what is a chautauqua? What's our connection? And how the heck do you pronounce it?

ChautauquaAt McMenamins Gearhart Hotel & Sand Trap Pub in Gearhart, Ore., one of our event spaces is called the Chautauqua Room. It takes its name from an Iroquois Indian word meaning either "two moccasins tied together" or "where the fish are taken out." The pronunciation is: shuh-TOCK-wuh.

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Jan 14 2014

Don Deeks The NFL playoffs are in full swing. And you know what goes well with football? Beer. This post has both football and beer.

Mike and Brian McMenamins' uncle, Don Deeks (1923-1995), was quite the athlete – during high school, his specialties were throwing the javelin and discus and playing football.

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