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The Tribune will update this story as things change because of coronavirus/COVID-19, social distancing and government restrictions

COURTESY PHOTO - In happier times, McMenamins hosted St. Patrick's Day events. Now, it's laying off employees and closing establishments, except for one, in Oregon.Taking stock of our health crisis and its affect on the entertainment world:

• On St. Patrick's Day, of all days, McMenamins has delivered bad news: It'll close all of its locations in Oregon and Washington for the next several weeks, and lay off almost everyone in the company "after exploring all options."

The one exception is the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop in Portland will remain open for to-go sales.

In a statement, owners Mike and Brian McMenamin and the family said the following:

"It's taken a lifetime to build this company, together with the help of our employees and customers. This is something none of us ever could have anticipated. ...

"This is drastic, but necessary, to allow our employees to file for unemployment benefits and ensure that there will be jobs to come back to when this extraordinary episode ends. And we are confident it will end. Until then, we thank you for your support and understanding and look forward to gathering with you again soon."

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• Oregon Public Broadcasting, a Tribune media partner, has started a list of streaming concerts being performed by Pacific Northwest artists. The list is available at

• Oregon State Parks has emphasized that parks will remain open, while advising visitors to be diligent during the health crisis and practice social distancing.

They'll make any updates online at

"Getting outdoors is good for the body and mind. When you can, do it, whether it's a state park or not," a statement read.

• The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, which hosts the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, still plans to keep its farm stand and fields open for visitors, but the festival has been postponed.

It was slated to start Friday.

Said co-owner Barb Iverson: "We are being extremely careful with this as we don't want a large number of people out here until more is known. The fields are open but the concern is being overwhelmed and having to close completely with too many people. There still isn't much color and we are assessing daily. This is hard because Friday and Saturday are supposed to be beautiful days."

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• Corrib Theater has announced that its production of "Kissing The Witch," April 3-26, has been canceled.

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• On a bright note, Jefferson has named its princess for the Rose Festival Court. It's Natalie Cetina-Huchin, a junior.

Remaining schools to have their princesses named are Franklin (Wednesday) and Wilson (Thursday).

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