Friday, March 10, 2017

Billy Scott's Birthday

4 p.m. 'til close
All ages welcome

About Billy Scott's Birthday

Gather at our newest small bar, up on the second floor overlooking the gardens, and have a signature cocktail as you relax and read up on Billy Scott, a published poet who lived at the lodge in the 1940s when it was a home for aging Masons. See if his poetry speaks truth today.

We'll be mixing up fresh 1940s drinks in honor of what would have been Billy's 161st Birthday: French 75, Sidecar, Ramos fizz, Gin Rickey, Between the Sheets, and the Grasshopper.

Test yourself with our Trivia about the University of Oregon. Here's a bit of background: Billy was the first-ever student enrolled at University of Oregon when it opened in the fall of 1876. Total enrollment that first term was 30 students.

He excelled in writing poetry and prose, and went on to write "The Oregon Pioneer" and "The Pagaent." Billy came to reside in the Masonic Home in the late 1940s. He continued to create verses, and as his eyesight diminished, he recruited people to transcribe his words as he spoke, including the Home superintendent's wife. He lived out his last days here in May 1950, surrounded by friends.

We'll have a guestbook where you're welcome to inscribe a poem of your own.