New local history book signing: “Legendary Locals of Bend”

Legendary Locals of BendThis Saturday, February 6, the Deschutes Historical Museum will be hosting a talk and book signing for a new local history book, Legendary Locals of Bend, by Les Joslin. It will start at 1pm and should definitely be of interest to anyone interested in history, local or otherwise.

From the press release:

Just published by Arcadia Publishing for release on January 25, 2016, Legendary Locals of Bend is “a fascinating mix of local legends who could be characterized as ‘the right people, in the right place, at the right time’ who arrived in Central Oregon during the past century and a half to make Bend the fascinating city it has become.”

“Some of these people—explorer John Charles Fremont, publisher George Palmer Putnam, economist William A. Niskanen, and ‘World’s Greatest Athlete’ Ashton Eaton among them—gained national prominence and even global stature. Others were and are more ordinary people who have done and continue to do extraordinary things in an extraordinary place…” called Bend, Oregon.

Mr. Joslin will talk about researching the archives of the Deschutes County Historical Society and about what he calls the “mission impossible” of selecting and writing about the people who populate the pages of this brand new book.

Mr. Joslin, a retired naval officer who moved from Washington, D.C., to Bend just over 28 years ago, worked on the Deschutes National Forest, taught for Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University, and is a former Board President of the Deschutes County Historical Society.

Right off the bat on the cover I recognize Klondike Kate, Bill Healy, and Alexander Drake. I expect this will be a fun book to read. And this Saturday at 1pm, you can get a signed copy!

Broken Top Bottle Shop turns 4!

Broken Top Bottle ShopThis Thursday, February 4th, Broken Top Bottle Shop celebrates its fourth anniversary! They’ll be featuring no-cover live music from three bands:

  • Kylan Johnson – Folk Acoustic Blues – 4pm
  • Kinzel and Hyde – Roots & Blues – 5:30pm
  • B Side Brass Band – New Orleans-Style Brass Band – 8pm

And I’m sure there will be food and beer specials as well.

Hard to believe that it’s only been four years since BTBS opened—and I mean that in a good way, as they have become a fixture on the westside and in the Bend beer scene that feels indispensable in many ways. Not only do they pour some of the best beer in town, as well as stock a large number of bottles and cans in their cooler, but they are also one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in town, placing in The Source’s annual “Best Of” issue multiple years for it.

Make sure to swing by on Thursday and help them celebrate!

McMenamins’ Hammerhead Ale turns 30 today

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolOver at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, they are celebrating the 30th birthday of their Hammerhead Pale Ale this weekend, with beer and food specials you might want to check out:

On this day in 1986 a special beer was born at the Hillsdale Brewery in Southwest Portland, clad in overalls and christened Hammerhead. Celebrate this 30th milestone with food & ale specials at ALL McMenamins locations on both Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31:

Hammerhead Ale specials:
Pints of Hammerhead $4
Bottles of Hammerhead to-go $4.50
Growler fills of Hammerhead $8

Food specials:
Hammerhead Ale Cheese Fondue, served with Bavarian pretzel $6
Hammerhead BBQ Pork Sliders, house-smoked pork & buttermilk coleslaw $8.75
Hammerhead Birthday Burger, 6oz fresh beef patty, onion rings, bacon, cheddar, Hammerhead BBQ sauce with your side of choice $13.25

McMenamins Hammerhead 30th birthday

Some Weekend Beer Happenings

Bend BeerSome beery things going on today and this weekend that might be of interest to you:

Bridge 99 Brewery: Today they are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of their tasting room on Layton and Empire (just behind Wubba’s BBQ). From 4 to 7:30pm tonight (Friday) they are offering “Sweet treats and $1 off all pints” so make sure to check them out especially if you haven’t tried their beers before!

Three Creeks Brewing: Saturday the 23rd is the date of their 4th annual Beer and Dessert Pairing, taking place starting at 3pm: “Our annual Beer & Dessert Pairing is back. We will be pairing four delicious TCBC brews with four mouthwatering desserts. Join us as our head Chef Mark and Brewers Zach & Jordan walk you through each pairing. $25/person, gratuity included. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call today to reserve your spot at the table. 541.549.1963.” I don’t know if the reservations are filled yet but you should definitely call to find out if you’re interested.

Worthy Brewing: Today (Friday) starting at 4pm, it’s Firkin Friday with a firkin cask being tapped that’s filled with Worthy IPA with Belma hops. Firkin pints are only $3 until it’s gone!

The first 2 Les Schwab concerts announced for 2016

Ben Harper at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, 2016

Les Schwab AmphitheaterThis week the first two concerts have been announced for the Les Schwab Amphitheater for this year: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals on June 25, and Alabama Shakes on May 27.

Tickets for Ben Harper go on sale this Friday, January 22, at 10am. (The Facebook event page says the presale is from Wednesday to Thursday, with password “MONQUI”.) And when you buy tickets there is a special offer as well:

An album download of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ Call It What It Is (release date April 8, 2016) is included with every order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to receive your download following your purchase.

Tickets for Alabama Shakes also go on sale Friday, with presale noted on Thursday (same password).

Walla Walla’s Va Piano Vineyards opening in Old Mill

Va Piano Vineyards

Have you ever been to Walla Walla, Washington? In the past two decades or so they’ve emerged as a major wine destination, and they currently have well over 100 wineries in the region (a pretty crazy amount, really). Well word came down (via press release) that one of them is going to be opening a tasting room in the Old Mill District this spring: Va Piano Vineyards. They are one we’ve enjoyed on trips to Walla Walla.

Here’s the press release:

Va Piano Vineyards, a premier winery located in Walla Walla, Washington, announced they are opening a tasting room in beautiful Bend, OR. The tasting room will be located in the Old Mill District, and is an extension of the main tasting room in Walla Walla, WA. The Grand Opening is April 22-24, 2016.

Owner/winemaker Justin Wylie said, “Bend’s popularity as both a place to live and a destination for visitors made it the perfect place for us to share our wines with a larger audience. Locating our new tasting room in the Old Mill District was a no brainer: not only is the riverfront setting picture perfect, but the district is a main attraction for both locals and tourists who come to shop, dine and, we’re sure, drink some great wine.”

The name Va Piano means ‘go slow’ and embodies a simple philosophy: great wine is an invitation to slow down and relax. Since 2003, Va Piano has focused on small lot Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs from premier Washington State growers, including their own Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyards. Wylie says, “The best characteristics of the region are carefully selected and captured in every bottle of Va Piano wine.”

Va Piano’s Grand Opening at the Old Mill District, 425 SW Powerhouse DR Suite 301, will take place April 22-24, 2016 and will feature wine tasting (of course!) and hors d’oeuvres. Owners and winemaker Justin and Liz Wylie will be pouring and discussing their outlook on life which led them to create one of the most sought after wineries in the Walla Walla Valley.

So if you like wine, mark your calendars for that weekend in April and be sure to check out what Va Piano has to offer!

Book Sale!

used books!

Tomorrow, Saturday the 16th, is the Friends of the Bend Library Winter Book Sale, taking place from 9am to 4pm. Because you can never have enough books!

From 9 to 11am, those first two hours are for the members of the Friends of the Bend Library only; from 11 to 4 it’s open to everyone. It takes place as always at the Library Administration Building basement, located at 507 NW Wall Street.

You can’t go wrong at this sale, as the prices are great—$1-2 per book if memory serves, less for smaller or children’s books.

And on Sunday, the book sales continues with their Bag Sale from 1 to 4pm, where you can fill a bag with books for only $3.