Archive for May 2018

Remembering the Finns’ Cloverdale

For a period during the first half of the 20th century, the tiny community of Cloverdale, WA, boasted the largest strawberry production in Western Washington. Situated along the southern outskirts of Kalama, Cloverdale was home to tight-knit Finnish families, the first of whom settled here around the start of the 1900s. During its heyday, there…

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Head Down Into the Cellar…

We just finished up the 19th Annual UFO Festival and will shortly begin planning the 20th. Mark your calendars now, it’s gonna be big: May 16–18, 2019. Over the past weekend, at the epicenter of the festival galaxy (a.k.a. Hotel Oregon), we spent some time in the Cellar Bar, that cool joint beneath the street…

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2018 UFO Festival Speakers

Thursday, May 17 “UFO Secrecy: A Techtonic Shift” Presented by Jeremy Corbell So what’s the U.S. government really know about UFOs? Investigative filmmaker Corbell built up a network of sources — pilots, radar control officers and governmental administrators – to confirm that our government has an active UFO identification program and that the UFO phenomenon…

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Discovery and Local Comedy

Wandering the halls of a McMenamins property is always an adventure, and a fresh discovery is usually just around the corner.  Hidden artwork, secret bars, ghosts of the past, and… live comedy?  That’s right, Al’s Den, in the basement of the Crystal Hotel, hosts live comedy every Friday & Saturday! After our nightly music wraps…

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Pie Tin or Actual UFO?

Yes, it’s that time of year again! The 19th Annual UFO Festival is next week — we’ve been throwing this intergalactic party for nearly two decades. Our UFO Festival dates back to 2000 when McMenamins held an event at our newly reopened Hotel Oregon that marked the 50th anniversary of the famous McMinnville Trent UFO sighting and photographs…

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Where’s It All Come From?

People often ask how our hotel rooms are named, where the ideas for the artwork come from and who finds all the light fixtures, street signs, wooden doors and so on.… About the Rooms Contrary to what is occasionally assumed by guests, the names on our hotel rooms and event spaces aren’t “paid sponsorships.” (If…

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