Archive for July 2018

He Made Gym Class Fun!

“He made gym class fun!” “Mr. Kohlmeier was really neat. He was young and nice. PE was a lot of fun!” “He had a great personality, great sense of humor.” As former Kennedy student recollections attest, Don Kohlmeier was not of the old-school, stern, rote and dry way of teaching. He arrived at Kennedy School…

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Hart Brewing Company

On September 17, 1984, Kalama’s Hart Brewing Company poured their first brew, the copper-hued Pyramid Pale Ale, for friends, fellow brewers and a few beer writers, to rave reviews. A labor of love, the small family brewery quickly proved itself a high-quality microbrew trailblazer in the six years it was under the direction of husband-and-wife…

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Have you seen our custom cornhole boards?

Have you seen our custom cornhole boards? Sporting original McMenamins artwork, these are available to rent for private events at most of our historical properties with event spaces. We also have giant jenga and ladder golf at some venues. These make for fun add-ons for outdoor summer wedding receptions, birthday parties, retirement parties, company picnics,…

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152 Years and Counting….

The impressive Italian Villa-style house, built in the mid-1860s for Robert Imbrie, replaced the farmstead’s original 1840s log cabin. Six generations of Imbries lived in this venerable home; the last family members moved out in the 1970s but descendants still return from time to time for a pint, some tots and a walk down memory…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins’ history buff? Try identifying all the properties in these photos. O’Kanes at Old St. Francis The Povey Brothers business in Portland was known as the “Tiffany’s of the Northwest,” and it was the height of fashion and elegance to have their stained glass in your workspace, church, club or home. These…

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Fair, Incoming!

This is just a small yet colorful detail of the intricate painting by McMenamins artist Joe Cotter titled A Family, A Fair, celebrating the Oregon Country Fair, the three-day festival that convenes every year outside of Eugene. You may be able to pick out a few familiar faces there. As Joe himself said about the…

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