Get Down, Bollywood-Style

By Julie Your "Cruise Director" | May 13, 2010 |

Jai Ho!Ever watch one of those beautiful elaborate Bollywood dance movies, replete with decadent hip sways and groovy gyrations, and wish you could move like that? Well, check out the Jai Ho! parties thrown by DJ Prashant at Lola’s Room every month, and you’ll soon find yourself channeling the feel of old Bombay.

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Sallie Ford = Best New Band!

By Mike Walker | May 10, 2010 |

Sallie FordYay! Big ups to one of the stars of our Great Northwest Music Tour : Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside just won Best New Band in Willamette Week’s 2010 Insiders Music Poll.

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Mother’s Day Plant Sale!

By Kimberley Kincaid | May 6, 2010 |

Join the Edgefield Gardeners this, Sunday, May 9, for our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale.

GardensThroughout the year, the gardeners prepare for our plant sales — collecting seeds, dividing perennials, rescuing tree and shrub seedlings from being discarded to the compost pile.

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Earth Day 2010

By Erich Petschke | April 26, 2010 |

CactiI’ll begin the blogs I post about McMenamins’ gardens by chatting about the most recent larger garden addition to the Kennedy School. It is also my personal favorite.

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A Weekend of Wine in the Willamette Valley

By McMenamin's Distillers | April 15, 2010 |

Over the weekend of April 24 and 25, check out this fun wine-related event…

Spring on 47 – A Weekend of Wine Tasting

On April 24 and 25, sip your way through an array of wineries and even a saké brewery along Highway 47 in the Northern Willamette Valley before making your way to the Grand Lodge for rest and relaxation.

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Olevia Ireland: Crystal Ballroom and Hotel Oregon

By Tim Hills | April 13, 2010 |

McMenamins artist Lyle Hehn’s sweet depiction of Olevia Ireland’s Dancing Academy features fun characters from Hotel Oregon’s past as well as that of the Crystal Ballroom, since the delightful Miss Ireland graced both places over her career.

Irelands Dancing Academy art by Lyle HehnMiss Olevia Ireland arrived in Portland around 1909 and first worked as an actress. By 1913, she had given up the theater, taking a position as a dance instructor at Montrose Ringler’s Dreamland Academy (located at SW 2nd and Morrison). Miss Ireland and fellow Dreamland instructor, Norman Whiting, gave exhibition dances together as partners on various stages around the city.  Ireland and Whiting were among those who introduced to Portland the Tango, Hesitation Waltz and One-Step.

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Damaged and Repaired

By Jenny Joyce | April 9, 2010 |

damaged NunI was closing in on the grand finale of the Blue Cheer painting and having a lot of fun with the panel when we got a message from the management at Old St. Francis School hotel in Bend, Ore., that a painting in the lobby of the theater had been keyed, or vandalized.

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Coffee Lady, Dahna Maskell

By Myrna Yoder | April 9, 2010 |

DahnaThis company has been built on the special talents of many.

Sadly, we have lost some of these bright lights over the years.

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Spring is Edgefield time!

By Myrna Yoder | April 5, 2010 |

Rm 201It seems like over the past few years, when spring rolls in, I find myself back out atEdgefield. It is a good time of year to work on odds and ends of art projects to help get the property spruced up for the summer, the busiest time of year.

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The Hammerhead Logo

By Lyle Hehn | April 5, 2010 |

HH SketchAfter the usual false starts and frustrated erasures, the local radio station began to play some rousing music, and it all fell together.

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