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Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam’s influential 2000 book, Bowling Alone, charts Americans’ social disengagement, from declining church attendance, to fewer family dinners, to “bowling alone.” Putnam’s chief reason for America’s diminishing sociability? The rise of television. One suspects that Putnam might never have entered a sports bar, home field for

First of all, Oktoberfest doesn’t actually take place in October. By the time this Messenger reaches the Rogue Valley, it will be the 184th version’s final weekend in Munich. Second, Oktoberfest has no connection to the Autumnal Equinox, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Michaelmas, or the fall harvest. Rather, Crown Prince

(Editor’s Note: Drink Local makes anonymous visits to randomly chosen vineyards and wineries to discover the truth about wine—de vino veritas—in Southern Oregon.) You have to get up early to join the grape harvest at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point. Like all of Southern Oregon’s vineyards, the precarious series

Whether it’s cooking, barbecuing, or smoking meat, there are better, worse, and more preferred ways to do it. Smoked salmon to Oregon is like barbecued pork to the South, an age-old method of preparing delicious, savory meat. Saturday, September 23 the Maslow Project is hosting the Fourth Annual Southern Oregon

  This spring and summer, some kind of restaurant Miracle-Grow sprinkled itself on Grants Pass. The city got a full-service Indian restaurant and just about every block downtown became home to new digs including a pizza joint, an Asian tapas restaurant, a bistro and more. So, what’s the deal? Is

Honey, one of the most common sweeteners people use in their coffee, tea, and baking, is produced in an intricate process easily taken for granted. Not only is the process intricate, but the producers––bees––are being threatened more and more each year. Oregon Honey Festival exists to celebrate and inform the

It’s August vacation time. You’re hiking mountain ridges; cycling back-country roads; lounging on forested shores of alpine lakes. You’re… not living in Bavaria; you don’t have four weeks of paid summer vacation, and the Medford high on August 1, the official start of month-long vacations all across Europe was… 110

Try thinking of a food that goes better with summer than ice cream. Nothing really comes to mind. Since around the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the world’s favorite desserts, and throughout history vendors have been experimenting with new and perfecting traditional flavors, including a few places

Cannabis and hops are natural allies. Portland-based Coalition Brewing isn’t the first to point out that the two share a common flavor profile, but they are the first brewery in Oregon to combine them in a commercially produced beer. The result is a complex IPA that has beer drinkers draining

Cocktails are an adult activity. They are not grabbing a brewskie with compadres. They are not sipping chilled Pinot Gris on the deck while the kids run rampant through the backyard. Cocktails are intentional. They smooth away rough edges, calm frayed nerves. A drink can reduce left-brain chatter just enough