Suspended from the ceiling outside a room on the 2nd floor at Edgefield is a medieval-looking piece, with spike-like electric candles and pounded-brass straps rolled into a sphere. It's a McMenamin family heirloom and one that is long-suspected of bringing about a remarkable string of holes-in-one over three generations (so far).Read More
I'm just going to say it:
Florence & The Machine was one of the best shows I've ever photographed...
Ben Harper took the stage solo and started with some acoustic songs, setting a mellow mood for the rest of the show. The crowd was quiet, just taking in the music that was perfect for a warm summer night. Here are some of my favorite shots:
Foster the People -- wow, what a show these guys put on. I would like to note that it is tricky to dance and photograph at the same time, but it can be done.
Music legend Etta James died today at the age of 73. The legacy she left behind in music is timeless and beautiful. But the memory she left with me is one of the highlights of my career.
Our 20-page seasonal newsletter was discontinued a couple years back - so we'll be periodically pulling old stories from this, as well as from the way-way back newsletter called Resonance of the Festival. First up, here's a story published in our Winter 2006 newsletter about our staff's favorite McMenamins artwork...
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...
We asked McMenamins staff and employees to name their favorite pieces of artwork within the Kingdom. Suggestions came pouring in from our pubs, breweries and hotels, so we could only include a very few of those picks here. Keep an eye out for these masterpieces and others the next time you visit your local McMenamins. Let us know what your favorite artwork is!Read More
One hundred years ago, a special train traveled east from Portland, filled with passengers of remarkably diverse backgrounds, all bound for the same destination: the poor farm. They had been "rescued" from conditions deemed deplorable at Multnomah County's original poor farm, located where the Oregon Zoo is today. Now they were being placed in the just-completed, comparably plush accommodations of the county's new facility in Troutdale, accommodations that were in fact a far cry better than what could be found in most homes elsewhere in Troutdale at that time.
That's how the first residents of McMenamins Edgefield arrived in 1911. As mothers have warned us over the years, though, there were many ways one could end up at the poor farm.
Our beloved red table wine is celebrating its 16th birthday this Wednesday, May 18 – and we're throwing a company-wide party, to which you're cordially invited!
But first, a little background.Read More
Once a year, in honor of ye auld St. Pat, our distillers handcraft a special whiskey, available exclusively at Edgefield and Old St. Francis School and on just one day a year - that's right, on St. Patrick's Day.
A Little History...
So why "the Devils Bit"? It was named after a mountain in North Tipperary, Ireland. Legend has it that a small gap in the mountain is where the devil took a bite and spit out the rock. That spit-out piece became the Rock of Cashel, which was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster in Ireland for several hundred years; most of the buildings that remain on the site date from the 1100s and 1200s. According to legend, Cashel is also the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.
Tucked away in a corner of SW Portland, the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House is the birthplace of a VIP - er, make that a VIB. A Very Important Beer that goes by the name... HAMMERHEAD. Join us on Tuesday, January 25, at the Hillsdale and McMenamins' pubs across the land to celebrate this stalwart ale and the folks who love it. We'll have birthday pricing, food specials, Facebook giveaways and more.Read More
OK...as a professional, I know am supposed to maintain a cool, detached demeanor. I mean, yeah we have fun here at McMenamins Music and all, but still, there's a certain comportment one is supposed to bear while at work. You know, no tank tops at your desk. No throwing flip-flops at the brewers as they pass by. No excited "Woo hoo"'s should be emanating from behind my cubicle wall.Read More
OK, who wants a big ol' beer? Like, big. A show of hands?...
Yep, just as we thought. Big beer = happy people.Read More
It hasn't taken long for one of McMenamins' newest acts to start making a splash in the Northwest blues scene...Read More
It's no big secret that some of our joints are thought to be haunted. The White Eagle Saloon & Rock ‘n' Roll Hotel, for example, has long been included on lists of Portland's most haunted spots, while Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore., even made it onto a national list of "Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels"!Read More
Any Port In A Storm
A Port-Style Wine Tasting at Edgefield
Thursday, November 11, 2010
What does "any port in a storm" mean, exactly?
It was a phrase used by the Portuguese men and women who brought us the fortified style of wine called port. Traditionally, the Portuguese made their living from fishing the tumultuous Atlantic seas. When the weather made it difficult to continue, they would search for the nearest port in which to take refuge, where they would be welcomed with a glass of warming port and a hearty bite to eat.Read More
One of Edgefield's most popular annual events is the Cracked Pots Garden Art Show, and this year's event is coming up soon! Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21st, Cracked Pots is free and open to all ages, featuring more than 75 artists selling their wares created from at least 75% reused and recycled materials. Event is 10 a.m. 'til 8 p.m.Read More
Last week, I worked with two other artists in Room 219 at Edgefield. I painted a border in the bathroom of that room, because it had been painted over due to water damage.Read More
Join the Edgefield Gardeners this, Sunday, May 9, for our annual Mother's Day Plant Sale.Read More
It seems like over the past few years, when spring rolls in, I find myself back out atEdgefield. It is a good time of year to work on odds and ends of art projects to help get the property spruced up for the summer, the busiest time of year.Read More