Today: Drink a pint at McMenamins, help support UCC Strong

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolAll across Oregon today, McMenamins pubs and breweries are donating $1 of every pint of beer sold to UCC Strong to benefit the victims and families of the shooting tragedy in Roseburg earlier this month. This of course is going on at our own Old St. Francis School as well, and they have a terrific selection of beer on tap right now—so get down there today and enjoy a pint or two, and help support the Roseburg community.

Crane Shed site to be developed

Brooks-Scanlon Crane Shed, 2004
Photo from the Bend Bugle, 2004

The Bulletin has an article today about the development plans for the old Brooks-Scanlon Crane Shed site in the Old Mill District—which some of you may only know as the big, empty lot across the street from the Old Mill Marketplace complex. The gist:

A 50,000-square-foot office building could soon be joining a 105-room hotel and conference center on the former site of the Brooks-Scanlon crane shed near the Old Mill District in Bend.

On the one hand, I’m glad to see some sort of development plans for that spot because frankly, it’s languishing and should have something done to it.

On the other hand, I’m still pissed that the whole reason it’s an empty lot is due to the criminal activities of Crown Investment Group back in August of 2004—when they illegally tore it down under cover of the night.

(You can read a lot about that 2004 event and controversy surrounding the Crane Shed on the Bend Bugle site here. On an unrelated note, I’m glad to see those Bend Bugle archives back online—the Bugle was the print version of the news from the old site, almost entirely written and edited by now-KTVZ Digital Content Director Barney Lerten.)

The plan for the new development is to be called “Crane Shed Commons” and offer “a mix of contemporary office space with open and shared spaces… an indoor, shared meeting space, a roof terrace and a small park on the building’s east side.” They will break ground and start construction as soon as they get a building permit, and estimate completion for spring of 2017.

Reading over the Bulletin article there are some items I’d have reservations about in a red-flag sort of way—for instance, “In size, it’s the largest project of its kind built on speculation in Bend in eight years,” emphasis mine, and this:

“If we had 50,000 (square) feet of office space coming on line today, we’d be a little concerned because the rents we could get wouldn’t justify the cost of developing this project,” Schultz said, “but in two years, we’re confident the rents will be significantly higher as the vacancy rate drops.”

But it will be interesting to watch how this develops.


Backporch Coffee Greenwood location is open

Bend’s favorite local coffee roastery, Backporch Coffee, has opened up their eastside location on Greenwood starting today! (Actually starting yesterday, though it was cash-only.) This third location is located on the corner of NE Greenwood and NE Seventh Street, in the new “Greenwood Center” building across the street from Erickson’s.

Backporch Coffee Roasters

This is Backporch’s third location, after Newport Avenue and the Century Center.

Historical Haunts Heritage Walk of Downtown Bend

October is a great month, not only for pumpkins and fall colors, but of course because of Halloween! I’ve written about various haunted buildings are Bend in the past around this time (and it’s a good time to revisit those this month!), and the Deschutes Historical Museum has taken it one step further with the return of their Historical Haunts Heritage Walk, taking place the weekend before Halloween on October 23 and 24.

Deschutes Historical Museum

Here’s the full press release about it:

The Deschutes Historical Museum invites visitors to take a walk on the haunted side with the Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend Heritage Walk, October 23 & 24, with the first tour beginning at 4:00pm and the last leaving at 7:30pm.

This year’s walk* features new buildings and new stories of mystery, love, loss, and the after-life. If you missed this incredibly fun event last year, bring your flashlights, comfortable walking shoes, plenty of nerves, and you’re ready for two nights of haunted history in the historic district of downtown Bend.

Visit locations spanning 30 years of ghoulish history and be treated to stories of individuals who helped shape the region, but had a hard time leaving it behind… even after death. We’ll inter-weave history with the mystery of the unknown. Some stories may be familiar, while others—we’re positive—will give you a shock! Tour space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with 12 tours operating each evening.

Cost is $10 per person, children under 12 years and Deschutes Historical Museum members are FREE. Museum admission included with tour fee. All tours begin at the Museum and end downtown Bend. Please note-because many featured locations are operating businesses inside, tours do not enter into any buildings. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be available.

The Deschutes Historical Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Ave, between Wall and Bond. Please visit the Deschutes Historical Museum website at or call (541) 389-1813 for more information.

*Each walking tour is approximately one mile in length of flat walkways.

Incidentally, the Museum building itself is haunted, believed to be the ghost of George Brosterhous who died while construction of the building (originally the Reid School) took place. If you’re there late enough… you might just find out if it’s true…

BendFilm – the parties

The annual BendFilm festival starts today, celebrating independent cinema for four days from the 8th through the 11th, and you can take a look at the staggering movie schedule here—but really it’s the parties that are where the fun’s at!


Fortunately I was sent a list of the official party events taking place, starting tonight, so plan accordingly! (Reprinted here below.)

Thursday, Oct. 8, 8-10 p.m.

10 BELOW AT THE OXFORD HOTEL – 10 NW Minnesota Avenue

Admittance included for Full Festival pass holders. Tickets: $35 in advance online, $40 at the door.

  • Central Oregon’s hippest urban hotel is once again throwing the kickoff cocktail party in its swanky Minnesota Ballroom. The Oxford’s fine-dining restaurant, 10 Below, will serve a wide choice of hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer courtesy of Boneyard Beer, fantastic wine courtesy of Elixir, as well as a no-host bar of 10 Below’s signature cocktails. Meet fellow filmmakers, film lovers and film supporters at this fabulous party to kick off a weekend of films and fun.

Friday, Oct. 9, 9 p.m. to Close (Ages 21 & Over)
Get Down @ Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

$10 Suggested donation

  • DJ Mark Brody will keep the crowd moving all night long and Dogwood’s signature cocktails will keep them hydrated.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meet the Filmmakers Happy Hour at Drake
801 NW Wall Street
FREE to the public!

  • Join us at Drake, located on the iconic corner of NW Wall Street and NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend. Drake is Bend’s most beloved, swanky brasserie-style restaurant. Come mix and mingle with the filmmakers and enjoy some tasty appetizers as well as no-host happy hour wine, beer and cocktails. Here’s your chance to ask the filmmakers everything you ever wanted to know about their films and filmmaking.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.

Awards Reception and Ceremony
McMenamins Old St. Francis School – Fr. Luke’s Room – 700 NW Bond Avenue
Admittance included with Full Festival pass

Tickets: $35 in advance online, $40 at the door

  • Join Master of Ceremonies Yancy Faulkner for a lively evening in the uniquely adorned music / event hall of the incomparable Fr. Luke’s Room at McMenamins’ Old St. Francis School where their delicious craft brews and heavy hors d’oeuvres will whet your appetite for the climactic announcement of winners in all categories of the 2015 BendFilm Festival — including the Audience Award winner and Best of Show. Hearty appetizers will be served as well as, you guessed it, beer from Deschutes Brewery – Bend’s most celebrated craft brewer – fantastic wine courtesy of Elixir, as well as a no-host bar for cocktails.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m. to close

Blacksmith After Dark

The Blacksmith – 211 NW Greenwood Avenue

FREE to film lovers 21 and over!

  • After the awards have been handed out, come celebrate with the winners! The Blacksmith After Dark is the perfect place to come and mingle with filmmakers and film festival attendees at the final event of the BendFilm Festival. This is the party where you leave nothing behind!

Colorado Avenue Bridge closed through November 17

Starting today, October 5, the Colorado Avenue Bridge will be closed to traffic for the next six weeks, through November 17. It’s part of an extension to the Deschutes River Trail system that’s been underway, along with the new Whitewater Park project, and a new sewer line is going in as well.

Colorado Bridge detour

To improve the safety for trail users, the project includes a new 14-foot wide pedestrian undercrossing tunnel at Colorado Avenue.

A portion of the City of Bend’s Colorado Lift Station sewer line project also requires work at the bridge.  The City’s work during this period will also include construction of the sewer line crossing on the bridge, and underground sewer lines and associated pavement restoration east of the bridge to Wall Street.

For additional project information:

The Bulletin also has an article detailing the work and the sewer line project.

Bend Fall Festival, First Friday, and more

Downtown Bend Art WalkThis Friday is a busy one—not only is the seasonal Bend Fall Festival starting off Friday at 5pm for the weekend, it’s also First Friday Art Walk downtown, and of course other First Friday-esque events help to kick off the rest of the weekend.

The Fall Festival of course takes over downtown Bend, closing off Wall Street along with Minnesota and Oregon Avenues, and brings all the usual seasonal downtown festival accouterments: free music, the artists promenade (all of the booths along Wall with arts and crafts for sale), food, beer and wine, and naturally autumn-themed activities like a pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin pie baking contest, pumpkin painting, and so on. And the best part is, it’s free!

The monthly First Friday Art Walk takes place from 5 to 9pm downtown, concurrently with the Fall Fest this year—honestly I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to work, just because it seems like there will be so much going on downtown it’s going to be crazy. With First Friday, many of the downtown businesses stay open late, showcasing special art exhibits, and many offer free refreshments and alcohol along with music. It’s always a great time—and again, free (the best price!).

In conjunction with Art Walk, Deschutes Brewery’s Pub has their First Friday party kicking off with a firkin keg, and is partnering up with the Deschutes Land Trust to help celebrate their 20th anniversary. They will also photography from Jason Brownlee and music from the Moon Mountain Ramblers.

Over at Broken Top Bottle Shop, their fundraising First Firkin Friday this month is benefiting Grandma’s House (a non-profit shelter for homeless and/or abused pregnant and parenting teen mothers) with 100% of firkin beer proceeds going to the organization. The keg will be tapped at 4:30pm, and they’ll host free live music with Soul Reprieve from 7 to 9. Always good beer going on at Broken Top…

Shifting to another type of alcohol, McMenamins Old St. Francis School has a special Bourbon Dinner taking place from 7 to 10pm: “We welcome the evening’s host, Author and Spirits Expert Hoke Harden, to guide us through a spirited gathering of bourbon. We’ll be serving: I.W. Harper, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Maker’s 46, Old Forester 1870, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and McMenamins’ exclusive Woodford Reserve Cosmic Selection.” The menu looks great, but it’s going to cost you a bit: $80 for tickets (buy them here), but really, that’s an outstanding bourbon list, so it’s worth the splurge.

And at 9pm you can catch ¡Chiringa! playing free over at Silver Moon Brewing—actually their second show of the night as they’ll have also played down at Fall Fest.

Now to figure out something to do for Saturday and Sunday… 😉