Author Archives: Diarmuid McGuire

Raise a glass to the 30-somethings

We dropped in on opening night at Swing Tree Brewing down on Hersey Street a couple of weeks ago. Wow. Great beer. Brandon and Tanya Overstreet have put their hearts into this start-up. You can taste it. A pint of Brandon’s flavorful Lonely Trike Red Ale got us thinking. Young,...

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GreenSprings Inn: Tradition, community, friends, food

The literature of country inns: As part of our ongoing study of the hospitality industry, fact and fiction, we recently attended a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at Portland Center Stage. It turns out that, in Sholem Aleichem’s story about Jewish peasants in a Russian village, Mordcha’s inn serves...

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Green Springs Inn: A sustainable destination?

Back in the mists of time, Oregon planners realized that our green gem of a state could not thrive forever just by cutting timber. They included a provision in our land use laws to permit something called a destination resort. The idea was to create recreation facilities along with related...

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Economic development can be fun!

Green Springs Inn & Cabins wrote 25 paychecks this week. We have employees working in construction, housekeeping, gardening and all sorts of restaurant jobs. Some of them are heading households. Some are students or single adults. Our staff ranges in age from 18 to 63. Some work full time and...

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A little gummint, a lot of music

Ok, so you think living on a mountain in Oregon is all about banjos and “Don’t Tread On Me” banners. You’re right about the banjos and we do take pride in such adventures in self-sufficiency as milling our own wood. A young man of our acquaintance started a recent day...

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Big mountain, big ideas, big fun

Our mountain community tends to attract visionaries, geniuses, refugees from civilization and some heavy drinkers. Of these, visionaries are probably the most entertaining. What could be more fun than preserving cultural treasures or saving the world? In the saving-the-world category we have a contingent that wants to start with saving...

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Tree pollen, flying ants, morels, wildflowers, owls

Our world started to wake up this past week. Of course, the mountain is always alive but for months it has been resting. Suddenly we found ourselves in a haze of yellow pollen about as fine as corn meal, which crusted on our vehicles and formed drifts along the highway. The tall firs were feeling amorous. Fortunately their genetic broadcast is too coarse to cause sneezing or anaphylactic shock, but it can cause itchy eyes.

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Harriett’s Universe and What She Makes of It

Recently we headed up Highway 66 to the Green Springs for a meeting with artist Harriett Rex Smith.  Harriett’s studio is hidden in the forest, down a long, winding driveway. She has lived and worked here since 1979, the year she moved to Southern Oregon from Valparaiso, Indiana.   The studio...

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