Showcase of CORNELIUS PASS ROADHOUSE event spaces

By McMenamins Sales Team | May 8, 2019 | 2 Comments

Just outside of Portland on the edge of farm country, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse’s idyllic setting with multiple venues is perfect for a wide range of events accommodating up to 400 guests. From the rustic Octagonal Barn to the leafy orchard to the expansive meadow, you’ll find a spot perfect for any event. Weddings, rehearsal dinners,…

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Can You Guess the Answers, Special UFO Festival Edition!

By History Department | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Think you’re a McMenamins UFO Festival buff? Identify the answers to the questions below. Question 1: One of this year’s festival presenters directed a hit supernatural-horror film in 1999 that spooked theatergoers nationwide, grossing over $248 million despite being filmed for just $60,000. Name the film. Question 2: One of this year’s presentations is about a…

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UFO Speakers Give Us a Shout-Out

By History Department | May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hello from the History Dept. We’re just two and a half weeks away from the 20th Annual UFO Festival, held at Hotel Oregon and in downtown McMinnville. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend in the past two decades, make this year the year you go! It will blow your mind – from the…

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WA’s Youngest State Senator

By History Department | April 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. Annnnd…. it’s open, wHoOp! Of course we’re talking about the Elks Temple! — congratulations to the hundreds of people who put so much effort into making this magical, over-the-top spot a reality. Here’s another story that we unearthed in Tacoma, this one about Senator Larry Faulk, a…

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DeLorean Snow (a.k.a. Joe Cowan)

By History Department | April 16, 2019 | 6 Comments

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. The Elks built their grand downtown Tacoma building in 1915-16. After fifty years, the organization decided to move across Commencement Bay to the suburbs in a brand-new, modernized building. The lovely old Elks building on Broadway then sat empty for six years until 1971. And then, for…

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Riding the Goat

By History Department | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. Check out this cool new piece by artist Lillian Ripley, then read about its super-weird yet fun connection to the Elks and how they turned a strange rumor into a tongue-in-cheek legend. ****** The artist of this piece found inspiration in a 1920s-era postcard bearing the mysterious…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

By History Department | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Spar Café (Olympia, WA) – Want to try a beer made with 3,330-year-old artesian well water (give or take 50 years)? The beer is brewed using water from the artesian well bubbling up in the basement. Property #2 Olympic…

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A New Mission for The Mission Theater

By Carmen Paradise | March 28, 2019 | 6 Comments

April brings about a change in the season, and for us it brings about a change in our McMenamins music world. At the end of April the Mission Theater will be transforming from a live event and music venue to a first run movie theater. While we are excited to re-open our doors with this…

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Thea Foss

By History Department | March 26, 2019 | 2 Comments

Hello from the History Department — All Tacoma, all the time! Speaking of time, this week’s history is about a Tacoma woman way ahead of her time. Thea Foss turned one green-and-white rowboat into what eventually became a world-class fleet of maritime vessels and a company still in operation today. Look for the green-and-white Foss…

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The Graffiti Artists

By History Department | March 19, 2019 | 4 Comments

Hello from the History Department — By now you may have seen the “before” images of the Tacoma Elks building – decaying, waterlogged and covered in graffiti. Through one of our Tacoma artists, Jeremy Gregory, whose work is now found throughout the hotel, we were able to connect with a few of the graffiti writers…

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