Guatemala Palo Alto Azul

By Martyn Leaper | June 23, 2010 |

Green BeansMy old friend Palo Alto is back in our coffee roaster. I first cupped this coffee when I was an apprentice and fell in love with its robust flavor, bright acidity and incredible balance.

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The Conjurers

By Lyle Hehn | June 18, 2010 |

The ConjurersThis painting is intended for the Zeus Cafe, which will be on the ground floor of the building made triangular by the intersections of Stark and Burnside Streets and Twelfth Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

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The New Headquarters Sign

By Lyle Hehn | June 1, 2010 |

new signIn 2006 McMenamins moved their corporate headquarters to a former wedding chapel and mortuary in North Portland. Finally, in May of 2010, a new “McMenamins” sign has replaced the words “THE LITTLE CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES” above the door to the offices.

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Borders and Room 19

By Jenny Joyce | May 21, 2010 |

JJ BorderLast week, I worked with two other artists in Room 219 at Edgefield. I painted a border in the bathroom of that room, because it had been painted over due to water damage.

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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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