Archive for December 2014

Mush On and Smile

Each month except December, we host five different history programs at various McMenamins locations, led by historians, experiencers or experts in their fields. They are always free and open to guests of all ages.

Coming up in January, one of our history nights is a program on Klondike Kate, celebrated dancehall girl of the Yukon gold rush, who retired in Bend, OR.

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Our Employees are Our History

We’ve told UFO stories, identical triplets stories, before-and-after building renovation stories and beyond – so many great tales and characters and legends have come to light throughout the life of this company. And some of the best insight comes from within.

One of the most fun projects on our plate has been interviewing longtime McMenamins employees about their stories – nothing is off limits. (Well, that’s not entirely true; some stuff is better left off the record.) Below are excerpts from our interview with John Richen (Breweries).

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Engaged? Time to throw a party!

With the holidays upon us, ‘tis the season of engagements, and with that – engagement parties. Traditionally, the bride’s parents would be the ones to throw the first party, followed by the groom’s parents. However in this modern era, anyone can be the host or hostess. (A word to the wise, give the couple’s parents the opportunity to throw the first party, after that feel free to plan any additional.) Even in the day of social media, texts and instant messaging, the party should be held as close to the date of engagement as possible to get the celebratory spirit rolling.

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Ron the Painter

As we’ve mentioned here before, many of the guestrooms at the Kennedy School are in the process of being renamed for people who attended the school, taught there, or otherwise had an influence in the school’s history – such as Ron the Painter.

Many of you may remember Ron. He spent more than two decades with Pacific Crest Construction and worked on countless McMenamins projects. Ron passed away due to illness in 2010. Below is the text from the framed panel that will hang in the Ron the Painter room at Kennedy.

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