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
We've all heard the story of how a group of neighbors, alumni, community members and others got together to save Kennedy School from the wrecking ball in the late 1980s and into the early ‘90s. But here's the story straight from one of the leaders of that quest, historic preservationist and neighborhood resident Melissa Darby, for whom one of our guestrooms at Kennedy is named.Read More
With the Anderson School grand opening less than two months away, the artists - McMenamins' signature team along with contracted local artists from the greater Seattle area - are working steadily and with great creativity! Here are just a few examples of their work, based on historical photos, interviews and articles that Tim provided that came from the school, the alumni, Bothell Historical Society, local families and others.Read More
The Broadway Pub in NE Portland has a meeting space called the Gladstone Room. Who was Gladstone and what is his connection to the pub? Is there any connection at all? Wellll, yes and no...Read More
Fred Eckhardt, legendary craft beer writer, brewing enthusiast and good friend to McMenamins, passed away on August 10th at the age of 89. He was one of the (if not the) most influential person in Oregon craft brewing. He self-published A Treatise on Lager Beers: A Handbook for Americans and Canadians on Lager Beer in 1969-70, long before anyone else was writing about home brewing and before it was even legal. The book went through several reprints and still remains a bible to those who home brew. One online review said: "When my friends want to know how to understand the beer they are drinking, this is the book I recommend. Note that I do NOT lend them my copy; I would not want to be without it." Fred wrote several other books on brewing into the mid-‘90s, including one on the art of sake brewing.
Below are some quotes from Fred during his tenure as the Dean of Beer Writing, rounding out with a few lines from one of his favorite songs. And this lovely new painting by artist Olivia Behm will grace the Fred Eckhardt room at the Anderson School in Bothell. It is just one of many murals and panels and orbs that have or will have Fred's jovial, waxed-moustached face on them for years to come.
Three sisters have discovered an old trunk in the attic of their family home. The trunk is locked and the sisters can see the key to the trunk hanging just inside the fireplace. Before they can reach it, the ghost of their ancestor, Squire Boone, appears in the form of a hovering flame that settles just below the key, making it too hot to touch.Read More
As we all know, the Anderson School grand opening is less than two months away. The artists have been working since last fall on new artwork for the property, based on Tim's historical research. Below is one of the new pieces that will hang at Anderson School, by local artist Carol Meckling, along with a short biography of a colorful life.Read More
This weather can make one think longingly of gin and tonics. As you may know, our Penney’s Gin is a 90 proof American dry gin produced at Edgefield Distillery. Per our own description: “It is handcrafted using the traditional English method in which pure grain spirit is distilled alone, with its vapors passing through carefully selected botanicals. Ingredients include whole juniper berry, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, freshly zested lime and cardamom. The aroma is rich in juniper and fresh citrus, making it ideal for spring- and summertime cocktails.”Read More
As has been mentioned here in the past, several of the Kennedy School guestrooms have been renamed to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school. With another school year soon coming to a close, we look back at one woman who dedicated four decades of her life to children’s education.Read More
This week, we take a look at one of our properties' direct connections to the Civil War - no, not the yearly Ducks/Beavers mêlée, but the actual War Between the States (April 1861-May 1865). The beautiful Salem home that is known today as the Thompson Brewery & Public House was built by hand by a Civil War vet and his son in 1905 - Franklin Thompson's story is below.Read More