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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Mar 8 2016

Beginning in the late 1800s, the coastal enclave of Gearhart, OR, was a favorite home-away-from-home for many Portlanders, as well as those from Salem, Olympia, Seattle and beyond. Rustic cabins next to elegant Victorians and fancy resorts (precursors to our own Gearhart Hotel), a pleasant summer climate and a wide stretch of sand dune-fronted beach made it an ideal spot for those who had the means to support multiple households and months-long getaways.

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Mar 1 2016

Hooray, the stout is out! Today marks the annual release of our McMenamins Irish Stout, on tap now through the end of the month.

From the McMenamins brewers themselves: "McMenamins Irish Stout is made as traditionally as possible with our own little twist. It is a very dark, ebony-colored stout with a thick, creamy and long-lasting head. The flavor is a fantastic fusion of coffee-like roasted barley bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness balances pleasingly with this hearty backbone, while tiny nitrogen bubbles enhance the sensation on your taste buds with a smooth, silky creaminess."

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Feb 23 2016

At the corner of Main and what is today's 102nd Ave. NE in downtown Bothell, there stands a towering fir tree. This fixture has stood since the 1800s, a witness to a population booms, a survivor of Bothell's series of devastating fires in the early 1900s and a calm observer of the community's rapid growth and development.

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Feb 16 2016

On May 12-15, we'll hold the 17th Annual UFO Festival at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. The city's parade, live music and tin-foil-covered-people-watching are undeniably exceptional. But it's the presentations by leading scientists, investigators and experiencers from around the world that have garnered great respect and praise, resulting in a growing reputation for the overall event as one of the most well-balanced, open-minded UFO conferences in the nation.

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Feb 2 2016

On Thursday, January 28, not one but two members of Jefferson Airplane passed away - Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson, both 74 years old. Anderson was raised in Portland and sang lead vocals on the band's debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966). Shortly thereafter, she decided that life on the road was not for her and her newborn baby (with husband Jerry Anderson, one of the Merry Pranksters). She also had concerns about the record contracts the band was being offered by RCA Records.

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Jan 26 2016

"I wanted to share with you all the lovely experience I had with Mary Sligh, the widow of Willie Sligh whose portrait I did for the project. She saw that I had done a painting of her husband and sent me an email to thank me and tell me how much it meant to her and her family to remember Willie in this way. We exchanged emails and I gave her a print of the painting, then she sent me this picture of Willie's son standing in front of his Dad's painting at McMenamins! What a great validation of how the Bothell project (as well as all McMenamins) has and will continue to touch so many people!"

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Jan 19 2016

History Pub. Classical Pub. Paranormal Pub. And now Art Pub. The Pacific Northwest is rich with artistic culture and legacy - to name just a few, glass artist Dale Chihuly, figurative abstractionist Mark Rothko, cartoonist Matt Groening, modern dancer Bonnie Bird (from Bothell, WA, and a classmate of another famous dancer, Merce Cunningham, who was from Centralia, WA).

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Jan 13 2016

Today a remarkable life is given a deserving spotlight, Benjamin F. McAdoo, Jr. He was an innovative, award-winning architect who helped design the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, a leading Seattle Civil Rights leader, and friend of the first ambassadors from the first independent Black African nation. During his most active professional years, Ben McAdoo and his wife lived in Bothell and their kids attended Anderson School! A guest room at McMenamins Anderson School is named in his honor and below is the write-up that celebrates his far-reaching achievements.

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Jan 5 2016

It was Thursday, May 29, 2008. Former Mission manager Mike Wyant recalled recently:

"We sold around 150 tickets. Capacity was 400. She was a very sweet woman and blew us all away with her voice. I remember the cleaning crew was there and her bass player asked if they could have a closed sound check. I said no because we didn't have a place to send the cleaners."

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Dec 29 2015

In the fall of 1988, Jenny Gomez transferred from McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City to become the first manager of the High Street Brewery & Cafe in Eugene. When the new brewpub opened for business in November, one of Jenny's first customers was Wally X. It was a homecoming of sorts. The tall, friendly man had been a regular at the Lighthouse until a new job brought him to Eugene. Coming back to 1243 High Street was also a homecoming in another sense for Wally. In the ‘60s, when the place was still a residence, he had lived upstairs. That's the thing about High Street, its ties to familiar characters and events are remarkable. When you're there, the phrase, ‘Man, it is a small world!' is never far from your lips.

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Dec 23 2015

The year 2005 had been pretty awesome for the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire.

They'd been featured on the April 4 cover of Time's Canadian edition. On May 1, they performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and later that month signed a contract with EMI for their album Funeral. The BBC used the track "Wake Up" on an advertisement for upcoming season. On September 9, the band appeared on the British/U.S. TV special "Fashion Rocks," in which David Bowie joined them for "Wake Up." They appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and held a concert in Central Park, featuring a surprise appearance by Bowie. On September 11, the band appeared on the long-running BBC series Top of the Pops. Life was pretty damn good.

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Dec 8 2015

"You've got to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls," Bothell's Bud Ericksen was quoted as saying. He played center for Bothell High all four years he attended, under legendary coach Pop Keeney, for whom the football stadium behind the Anderson School property is named.

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Dec 1 2015

Last week, on Tues., November 24, the snow was coming down hard in Bend, OR. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory: "Holiday travelers should be prepared for wintry conditions... warning that snow-covered roads are likely to be slippery... the Oregon Department of Transportation has six snowplows clearing highways in and around Bend."

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