Aug 16 2016

Anyone out there familiar with the Ramona Quimby books? Yeah, we thought so.

Since school is starting back up in just a couple weeks, this month's History Pub at the Old Church in Wilsonville is geared toward kids, including kids-turned-adults, about beloved author and McMinnville native Beverly Cleary's Oregon.

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Aug 9 2016

Here is another piece written for the Anderson School in Bothell, WA, about an intriguing character named Nicholas Oeconomacos. (First things first - it's pronounced: uh-con-uh-MOCK-us)

Oeconomacos was an elite musician who played for kings and queens and lords and ladies in celebrated venues around the world. So how did he end up in Bothell, WA? Read on...

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Jul 26 2016

Here's the story of another Irishman (along with his predecessors Father Luke Sheehan and Father Dominic O'Connor) who made his way around the globe to St. Francis School in central Oregon -- and then nearly burned the place down, minutes after his arrival. Today, Father Bill Coughlan has a room named after him in the new Ed House in Bend.

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Jul 19 2016

Imagine moving to a new place and literally having to hack and chop your way through the woods with axes in order to get your car (or, in the case here, a team of oxen) to the road (in this case, river) so you can go grocery shopping, visit friends or make it to the doctor. David and Mary Ann Bothell, namesakes of Bothell, WA, did just that and more as pioneers of the Sammamish River settlement.

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Jul 12 2016

In just a few weeks, we open the Art House at Old St. Francis School, where each room is named for the title of a painting done by one of the artists who have lent their talents to McMenamins properties. Each artist was asked to paint a mural that represents his or her experiences or inspirations from working with McMenamins. Below, read about Olivia Behm's contribution as well as her journey as an artist with the company.

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Jun 28 2016

Have you heard of the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? Invented by three college kids in 1994, the premise of this parlor/drinking game is to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific character actor Kevin Bacon. (For examples, see The Oracle of Bacon.) While we don't have a Bacon connection (that we know of at the moment, still working on that), we did discover a connection between McMenamins and . . . THE BEATLES.

Boom. [mic drop] * Yes, we are well aware that Ringo Starr has played at Edgefield. That counts; but keep reading...

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Jun 21 2016

Next month, we open the Ed House at Old St. Francis School, in which each room commemorates a teacher or educator from the former St. Francis School. And the month after that, we fling open the doors of the Art House, where each room is named for the title of a painting done by one of the artists who have lent their talents to McMenamins properties.

Each artist was asked to paint a mural that represents his or her experiences or inspirations from working with McMenamins. Below is just one example of the lovely pieces that will adorn the Art House - Brenna White's personal interpretation of longtime McMenamins artist Lyle Hehn's signature style and work, along with her description of the panel and biography.

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Jun 14 2016

Outdoor concert season has begun -- to quote Max, king of all wild things, "And now, let the wild rumpus start!" We are heading into our 11th season of Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn, with this summer's shows kicking off this weekend. But did you know that the original series started way back in 1994?

Recently, a Facebook fan of McMenamins History commented on a photo of a '94 Edgefield Concerts poster: "I went to Indigo Girls! I've been looking to purchase this poster!!!!" So we sent her a vintage poster, in exchange for her memories of that show for the history archives.

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Jun 7 2016

Our new Ed House at Old St. Francis School is scheduled to open July 1. The 17 lodging rooms are named in honor of inspiring teachers from the school's past, including one for Fr. Luke Sheehan, already the namesake of our Father Luke's Foundation Room.

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May 31 2016

Our new Ed House at Old St. Francis School is scheduled to open July 1. The 17 rooms will be named after past teachers at the school, including Kathleen Heppner, "the last nun standing."

Written by our newest History Department co-worker, Emlyn Bruns.

 

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May 27 2016

Think you're pretty good at identifying McMenamins properties? Can you guess which ones these photos and images represent? Answers given below - no cheating, now...

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May 18 2016

We are just back from orbiting the galaxy at the 17th Annual UFO Festival - we hope some of you were able to attend. If not, mark the dates for the 18th Annual Festival: May 18-21, 2017 at Hotel Oregon.

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May 10 2016

This is an emotionally difficult story to read, but ultimately a positive and rewarding one. McMenamins artist Jonathan Case, whose work is shown below, lost his child several months ago. Otis was just 20 months old when he had an unexpected seizure and passed away in the hospital on January 21, 2016. As a tribute to their son, Otis's mom Sarah Zollner Case launched a powerful movement of generosity in their son's name, a wave of kindness that has since traveled far and wide over social media.

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May 3 2016

You may have heard that next week, we launch into orbit the 17th Annual UFO Festival in downtown McMinnville. If you haven't yet made it to this colorful, mind-expanding festival, you should make it happen. It has become a Pacific Northwest "bucket list" item for many, attracting guests from around the nation.

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Apr 26 2016

One of our rooms at the Anderson School in Bothell, WA, is named for a colorful character named Elmer Carlberg. Born into what were still frontier conditions in the years just after Washington gained statehood, Elmer would live long enough to bear witness to the futuristic Space Age of the 1960s and beyond - always keeping an eye on the past.

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Apr 20 2016

This week, we are hosting the next installation of the Art Pub series at the Mission Theater: "SPILL: Excerpts from the Original Theatrical Production."

This event, featuring the work of McMenamins artist and theater/visual artist Reeva Wortel, poignantly marks the 6th anniversary of the most destructive environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. Read more below...

 

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Apr 12 2016

Last year, we organized the monthly Paranormal Pub series at the Mission Theater, co-sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, as a way to help promote our annual UFO Festival (coming up on May 12-15 at Hotel Oregon). Along with UFOs, aliens, abduction experiences and more, the Paranormal Pub series focuses on "other topics and phenomena not currently part of consensus scientific knowledge and belief" - like ghosts!

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Apr 5 2016

Born to a pioneer Washington lumber family, Harold "Pop" Keeney would in turn, become a pioneer in his own right. With a coaching career spanning nearly thirty years, Keeney (and the Keeney name) became synonymous with Bothell and Northshore regional sports. Once heralded "as the finest and smartest high school coach in the state," Pop had more trick plays up his sleeve than a big top circus magician. His mastery of game tactics won him a devoted following from fans and team members alike, and it was his boundless energy and love for the game that helped him take his teams to numerous titles. His namesake, Pop Keeney Stadium, rising just behind Anderson School, is a lasting tribute to this most special and resourceful man.

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Apr 1 2016

Think you're pretty good at identifying McMenamins properties? Can you guess which ones these photos and images represent? Answers given below - no cheating, now...

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Mar 15 2016

Ruby's 30th birthday is this coming Monday, March 21. This light, fruity, raspberry beer is one of our best-selling recipes. Who among us hasn't heard from a guest or customer at least once, "I love Ruby!" Thanks for that, and CHEERS! In 1986, McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House became the first brewery in the Pacific Northwest to legally use fruit in the brewing of ales.

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