Old Mill District Blog 2016-12-28T02:37:31+00:00

old-mill-square-carrotMOST RECENT POSTS

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Old Mill District

We believe in moms. We’re big fans of moms who embrace titles like “soccer mom” and “yoga mom” and those who fit other categories you don’t hear as much about, like “mountain biking mom”, “’feels [...]

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TEDxBend: bold ideas, new format

 Guest blog by Moe Carrick   What do a rock musician, a fire researcher, a white guy, an ex-con, a Hollywood writer, and a food waste CEO all have in common?   They all, with [...]

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Easter weekend with family and friends

Celebrations are in order as we ease into Spring! With Easter on it’s way, look for special treats, meals and menus here in the Old Mill District. Ready to fill Easter baskets with treats to make [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotSHOPPING + SPECIALS

World Class Boot Maker Visits Bend

Special post shared by Rebecca Meade for Desperado Scott Emmerich has spent his adult life keeping alive the age-old tradition of custom handmade boot making. It’s almost a lost art and one only a handful of boot craftsmen continue worldwide today. “I have in-house, 6 of the best master boot [...]

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Central Oregon Sisters Launch New Shoe Line Debuts in Bend this Weekend

By Rebecca Meade Y Knot Branded shoes will unveil their new line of  footwear at Desperado in the Old Mill District. This special Trunk Show Event features Y Knot Branded shoes and Old Gringo Boots beginning Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11th.  Central Oregon sisters, Kelly Beall and Wendy Weems [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotDINING + DRINKING

Why beer lovers will love this Valentine’s Day

One word, Zwickelmania. Yes, it's quite a lot of fun to say it. Many of you have heard the word and seen news of the event– so what is Zwickelmania? A zwickle is a sampling valve [...]

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Make Merry with these Happy Hours in Bend

Lest we forget, the holidays are all about having fun! With this in mind we’ve got a few ideas for festive happy hours and seasonal treats that are bound to increase your joy factor.   [...]

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Gluten Free Dining Options in the Old Mill District

I’ve been gluten free for a little over seven months. I knew one week in to the “two week GF test” that this was the culprit for the stomach issues and bloating that I’d struggled [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotEVENTS

July cycling events promise fun for fans and participants

While bicycling is a popular activity all year round, July is a peak month with two signature events for cyclists, spectators and supporters. Here’s a quick look at the whys and whereabouts of the Tour des Chutes and Cascade Cycling Classic.   Tour des Chutes The Tour des Chutes mission [...]

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The Fermentation Celebration Returns: A Craft Beer Festival in Bend, Oregon

Guest blog by Jon Abernathy, Beer Connoisseur, author of Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon and founder of TheBrewSite.Com.   This Thursday the Old Mill District's annual Fermentation Celebration returns to herald the start of the summer craft beer season here in Central Oregon! This is a great “mini” [...]

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Fiber Arts Explored & Celebrated

High Fiber Arts Symposium debuts in Bend, May 13 + 14 Guest blog by Pat Clark, High Fiber Arts Symposium Organizer, ScaleHouse Founding Board Member, Arts educator, and founder of Atelier 6000.  Over the past 10 years as a member of the arts community in Bend, I have witnessed a predominance of [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotLIVE MUSIC

Soulshine Tour and Michael Franti

Michael Franti returns to Bend Tomorrow with The Soulshine Tour         What is it we Bendites love so much about Michael Franti? He makes an appearance at our summer concert series nearly [...]

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Summer Sundays

How do you know that summer is here? Because it's time for Summer Sundays in Bend, OR Spending your summer Sundays sitting on the verdant green grass of the Les Schwab Amphitheater is one of [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotACTIVITIES

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It seems every year when the irrigation system is activated, questions, comments and opinions circulate about how the Old Mill District irrigates the landscaping of this area.   This year more than most, water is [...]

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Celebrating Four Signs of Spring

Spring break is well underway, the sun is shining and, look around you– the grins are big. We are relishing all of the signals that a new season has truly arrived. Yes, there will be [...]

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How To Bend: Natural History

Living in Bend, Oregon we are constantly in awe of our neighbors. This of course includes the Olympic athletes, brilliant entrepreneurs and ever-inspiring kids next door. It also includes the Marmots, Birds, Beavers and other [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotCONTESTS + COMMUNITIES

Catching up on the Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project

Every day a small crowd gathers, drawn away from their to-dos to stand and watch mesmerized. Perhaps you too have found yourself migrating towards the construction now underway on the Colorado Dam or found yourself clicking on the "Live Dam [...]

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Desperado Boutique Supports New Life for Abused Horses

Desperado is one of more than a dozen Central Oregon businesses and community members stepping up to help neglected horses. You only have to look for a moment into Buddy’s eyes to see how far [...]

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#HowWeOMD: Photo Contest!

Instagram has become one of our go-to sites for a quick inspiration fix. Where else can you find a steady stream of noticed moments, pure and simple? It's with this in mind that we have a new [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHOLIDAYS

Giving Thanks in Bend

A Thanksgiving Primer in Two Parts A season of gratitude is already underway here in Bend. With plans being made to gather with family and friends, we’ve put together a Thanksgiving primer in two parts [...]

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How To Bend: Halloween Celebrations

Although we revel in special Bend events every month of the year, October may be our favorite for enjoying seasonal treats. With Halloween on the horizon, we put together a list of recommended festivities to increase [...]

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Fill your fourth of July with fun family festivities in Bend, Oregon

Independence Day conjures memories of fireworks, barbecues and basking in the sunshine. This year, the fourth of July falls very conveniently on the weekend and practically begs for a full on commitment to fun! Chances [...]

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old-mill-square-carrotHISTORY

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