Fair, Incoming!

By History Department | July 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Head Down Into the Annex

By History Department | June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ornate and small, it looks like a slice of highly decorated wedding cake placed upright on a plate. Ringlers Annex, as it’s now known, was at the time of its 1917 construction lauded as the smallest modern commercial building on the Pacific Coast. Here in the realm of “Small-is-Good,” the entire place qualifies as a…

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The Jolly Corks

By History Department | June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Charles Algernon Sidney Vivian (front and center, born Charlie Richardson in 1842 in Devonshire, England) was a charismatic 25-year-old performer who arrived in New York in 1867. He quickly attained popularity as a comedic singer and actor, with many fans in both the front and back of the house in the theater world. Within the…

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Another shout out to our incredible Edgefield bakery

By McMenamins Sales Team | June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

These two gems, (pun intended!), were created for McKella Laurence & Eric Timm’s wedding on 6/10/18 and Hilary Scheer & Landis Taylor’s on 6/2/18, both at McMenamins Edgefield. McKella and Eric’s amethyst geode cake consisted of rock candy and gold leaf. Each candy piece representing the geode was attached to the cake, one at a…

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Name That Location

By History Department | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can you name the various McMenamins properties associated with the five clues below? Answers at the bottom. Clues 1. 12/6/85 Batch #17 Liquidator 2. “We were at the cutting edge of human consciousness… it was a hoot.” – Interview on 2/3/18, referring to a two-day event 50 years earlier 3. Not even for one day…

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Join Us at the Table

By History Department | June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is a reboot of a previous post, but a good one to read as we rock and roll toward the Barley Mill’s 35th Anniversary on Sat., June 16! Share this with your friends and family, your staff, your regulars, your Tripsters and all others… And we’ll see you there. P.S. Boy, we sure are…

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Remembering the Finns’ Cloverdale

By History Department | May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

By History Department | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By History Department | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By McMenamins Sales Team | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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