McMenamins Old St. Francis School Celebrates 86 Years

Happy 86th birthday to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon! In 1936, St. Francis School was established as the first parochial school in Central Oregon. For 64 years, the school provided Catholic education from Kindergarten through 8th grade at this location. Then in 2000, the school community moved to a newly built modern…

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Indigenous Peoples Day (Celilo Falls)

  Today we honor Indigenous Peoples Day and the ancestral homelands across the Pacific Northwest where we now gather. As the McMenamins footprint touches a number of ancestral lands and communities, we are constantly working to learn about the history and rich traditions that came before us and the vibrant cultures of people past, present…

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Senator Patty Murray, from Anderson School to D.C.

Painting of US Senator Patty Murray by Carol Meckling

This painting of US Senator Patty Murray by artist Carol Meckling is displayed at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Washington, where there is also a guest room named in Senator Murray’s honor. This patriotic piece envisions Patty as Rosie the Riveter—the WWII icon that celebrates the power of women’s work and equality. Patty grew up…

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Eerie Edible Edgefield

Edgefield Haunted House

An Interview with Chuck Dugo, Pastry Chef Black Rabbit Bakery at Edgefield Strangely, it was Christmas that inspired Edgefield bakers to construct a creepy, crumbling Halloween version of Edgefield manor. In order to have enough time to make the thousand or so sugar & egg white bricks that make up the traditional pastried holiday structure,…

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Senada Miljevic

Today we hear from another of our artists, Senada Miljevic, who’s original piece for the Art House at Old St. Francis School is shown here. At first glance, it may seem a little darker than McMenamins’ usual style, but her artist’s statement casts bright light onto these faceless children. My inspiration for this panel was…

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The Other Bob at the GL

You may have been to Bob’s Bar at the Grand Lodge, named for Mike and Brian’s dad. And now we have added another Bob into the mix – you can never have too many Bobs. Below is the original artwork by Jonathan Case, accompanied by the excerpt from the freshly minted Nobel Prize-winner Bob Dylan’s…

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Coaster Mania

There is a new round of coasters out, and here we are to give you a little background on each, before they are set on the tables only to get soggy, stained, shredded, drawn on or collected by the coaster hoarders. Artist Lyle Hehn designs our coasters, using his own artwork or that of one…

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An Ode to the Great One

Originally published June 2006 Every summer around the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday, McMenamins celebrates his legacy by throwing a free-wheeling party. It’s a wonderful day in tribute to a man who inspired legions of fans with his music. And at Edgefield, we honor Jerry year-round with a 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture in his likeness, a piece…

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In Good Company

As you may well know, the newly opened Art House at Old St. Francis School celebrates the work of the artists who have lent their talents to our properties, making them come alive with color and history. Here is another of the original murals and accompanying artist’s statement, this one from longtime McMenamins collaborator Kolieha…

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Hail, Mary!

For more than a decade, Mary Topogna had a shop on NE Killingsworth in Portland called Hail Mary. It was a local institution in the neighborhood. A 2011 article in Portland Monthly said:

With her mosaics, Tapogna makes magic of the discarded bits of everyday items that the rest of us would toss in the trash. For instance, broken plates and cups, like the pieces I sweep up in my kitchen periodically, one of my foibles being a propensity to break my favorite china and glassware (not on purpose). I should drop them off at Hail Mary…

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