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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