Jul 15 2014

This Saturday, July 19, is the 13th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest, one of the summer’s best outdoor events, especially if you’re into live music and drinking good beer. Along with our own brewers, this year’s guests include Vertigo Brewing (Hillsboro, Ore.), Two Kilts Brewing Company (Sherwood, Ore.), Heater Allen (McMinnville, Ore.) and several others. Try original beers like Blue Me Away, with fresh blueberries; Morning Blend Espresso Stout, made with McMenamins coffee; Two Falcons Double IPA, coming in at a whopping 8.75% ABV; and many more.

Imbrie Hall circa 1890

Here are a few then-and-now shots of the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall property. This weekend, while you’re enjoying your summer brewfest beer, take a stroll around and imagine how it may have looked, from the 1850s onward.

Imbrie Hall 2010s

P.S. The word on the street is that this beautiful spot is in line for some fun updates in the coming years – stay tuned….

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Jul 10 2014

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the start of WWI, which lasted from July 28, 1914 through Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

From the seeds of difficult wartime circumstances, the idea of victory gardens took root and bloomed. These vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens were planted at private residences and in public parks throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany. Not only did the victory gardens reduce pressure on the public food supply, but gardeners - including children - felt empowered by their contributions and rewarded by the food they grew.

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Jul 1 2014

You may know that our original Kennedy guest rooms are in the process of being renamed, now with direct connections to people and characters from the school's history and neighborhood. Once every month or so, we'll share one of these histories with you -- like this one, about an Oregon golf legend, Bill Eggers.

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Jun 19 2014

If you make it out to Edgefield for a concert, take time to stroll around the grounds, pint in hand. Take a quiet moment on a bench in the herb garden, walk through the magic red door to the vegetable garden, check out the fruit in the orchard, stop to enjoy the flowers in the Wedding Meadow...

But, whatever you do, do not ask the gardeners the following question:

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Jun 13 2014

NellieThis week, we take a look into the inspiration behind a colorful Lyle Hehn painting that hangs at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. The image has been used for many different types of promotions over the years – for winery events, for music programming, Mother's Day and beyond. But what's the real story here?

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Jun 4 2014

A show of hands, who's been to Edgefield...? OK, great. Now, who's been to Ruby's Spa at Edgefield? Whether you've been to get a massage, lounge in the soaking pool or have your nails done, here's a little background on that building, among the "newer" on the Edgefield property, and one that has ties to the recently purchased Pig Farm acreage across the street to the north.

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May 29 2014

Last week, we read about prized Povey stained glass, two originals of which hang at O'Kanes in Bend. Povey Brothers glass was all the rage in the early 1900s, and is still highly sought-after today.

This week, we have a look at a contemporary stained glass artist, David Schlicker. He has been in business as the founder, owner and lead designer of his studio on Division St. in SE Portland for more than 35 years.

His work is found in churches, private homes and businesses (including McMenamins) throughout the Pacific NW, on the East Coast and in such far-flung places as Egypt.

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May 21 2014

okanesIf you've ever stopped into O'Kanes Pub at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, were you aware you were basking in the glow of Pacific Northwest artistic greatness? Well, you were – as long as you sat beside one of two huge Povey Brothers stained glass windows, that is.

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May 15 2014

This weekend is - all together, now! - the 15th Annual UFO Festival and we hope to see you there. We'll be in McMinnville from Thursday through Sunday, hosting our UFO speakers and welcoming guests from all over the nation.

BudBut on Monday, May 19, it's back to Portland for our next History Pub at the Kennedy School for a presentation on one of Portland's most colorful politicians to date:  "Bud Was Serious!": A 30th-Anniversary Retrospective of Bud Clark's Successful Race for Mayor of Portland."

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May 12 2014

Our UFO Festival, held at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, is now in its 15th year. It's an Hammer Leapincredible event, said to be among the largest of its kind in the nation - in recent years, the city has hosted more than 5,000 people to watch the alien costume parade careen and cartwheel down 3rd Street. (DJ, we're looking at you. See left.)

But while all of that is fun, let's take a look at the other side of the festival - the more mysterious, mind-expanding side. It's this information every year that is the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

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Apr 29 2014

The Irish holidays we celebrate (St. Patrick's Day and Halfway to St. Patrick's Day) make sense, because, you know... McMenamin. (And beer.) The Syrah Festival at Edgefield, sure, because of the grapes and the winery and such. The UFO Festival seems at first glance to be a stretch, but once you know the story, it falls into place.

So... why do we throw a Crown the Eagle Festival, again?

Here's why.

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Apr 29 2014

Every month, our department hosts and helps coordinate History Nights at various McMenamins venues. These events are always free and open to guests of all ages, featuring regional historians and experts talking about incidents, characters, events, architecture and more that influenced Pacific Northwest history.

On April 29 and May 5, two of our events have an interesting connection – Oregon's involvement in slavery prior to the Civil War and resulting Emancipation Proclamation. Holmes v. Ford (1853) was the only Oregon legal case dealing with slavery. One event will be led by a historian/author, while the other will feature a best-selling novelist.

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Apr 24 2014

Oly ProhibitionWhat the––? What the heck is happening here? Wasting perfectly good beer and spirits like that?

Well, that, obviously, is an example of Prohibition in action.

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Apr 17 2014

Dr. MarthaOne way we celebrate notable people tied in with the history of our properties is to name hotel rooms in their honor. Lately, we've been working with a wonderful, and wonderfully eclectic, assemblage of folks who collectively are the namesakes of Kennedy School's original guest rooms.

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Apr 9 2014

RicklesIt's not every day you can draw a line from one of our joints to legendary comedian Don Rickles, "The Insultin' Sultan," so when opportunity arises - even if it's a bit of a curvy line - you gotta go with it.

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Apr 1 2014

MontroseMontrose Ringler, Portland's  Jazz-Age dance hall king, launched his dance boat Blue Bird on July 28, 1920, in hopes of skirting around the scrutiny of  Lola Baldwin, head of the city's Women's Protective Division, who for years had been severely restricting Ringler's public dances at the Crystal Ballroom and his other dance halls around the city.

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Mar 21 2014

Original RubyIt's Ruby's birthday this Friday, March 21. The original Ruby artwork (right) is based on an old Germanic tradition of a kitchen witch that inspires productivity and safety, but that also dispels any ill-will directed to the home. Our Ruby has come a long way - she's gotten out of the kitchen and into our breweries, artwork, spas and more.

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Mar 18 2014

CromwellMarch 17 is St. Patrick's Day. So here's a story in honor of the Irish holiday, a tale of a seemingly innocuous pub sign which inflamed the blistering Celtic ire of a band at the Crystal Ballroom.

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Mar 10 2014

Grand Lodge, built in 1922 as the Alice MeekSaturday, March 8, we celebrate the 92nd birthday of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home for the State of Oregon "for the aged and infirm, and the poor and distressed worthy Master Masons, their widows and orphans . . ."

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Mar 4 2014

Recently, we celebrated the 21st Annual Hillsdale Brewfest. But did you know the first Hillsdale brewfest actually happened nearly 30 years ago? Nobody ever said we were good at math.

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