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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights

Festival Noons

Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance

From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
  • Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
  • Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.

For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule.  August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!

Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6–17).

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June 19th, 2014

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The Happiest Song Plays Last — the final play for the 2015 Season


Happiest Song Plays Last

Happiest Song Plays Last

The Happiest Song Plays Last is the Final Show Announced for the 2015 Season

Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, announced on June 12th that The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes will open in the Thomas Theatre in early July 2015.  Shishir Kurup will be directing. Kurup is directing the this year’s production of Water by the Spoonful, which is the second play in the Elliot Trilogy by Hudes.

Rauch had announced 10 of the 2015 season plays in early March 2014.  At that time he was still searching for the ‘right’ play to round off the third show to open in the Thomas Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last will begin previews July 7 and run through November 1.

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June 18th, 2014

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Bear Creek Greenway Makes USA Today List


Bear Creek Greenway in USA Today “15 Fantastic US Bike Trails”

Among several other experts, Katie Rosenbrock, who writes for TheActiveTimes.com compiled a list of 15 must-ride bike paths within the U.S., making sure to include something suitable for riders of all levels and interests.

Bear Creek Greenway,  which you can get onto in just a hop, skip and jump from the Chanticleer Inn, runs from Ashland to Central Point.  The Bear Creek Greenway follows the creek — yes you guessed it the Bear Creek — runs north-ish all the way to where it joins the Rogue River.

While I don’t bike, I recommend this trail because my friend Jim reports that the bike trail is very good, well maintained, wide, without much change in elevation.  It goes through riparian corridors with lots of birds to see and hear.  You might also spy a few river otters, nutria, and beavers.  Some of the Bear Creek Greenway runs along side vineyards and provides lovely views of both the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains.

Go here for the article

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June 18th, 2014

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Kate Vogt and Picasso


Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been creating a series of small ‘behind the scenes’ videos, this one about the Dog of Verona, Crab struck my fancy and my funny bone.

In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship.  O.K., O.K. … Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling.  Picasso is the only male performer in the play.

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June 16th, 2014

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Ashland Makes Fodors List


Fodors Travel Puts Ashland on its Best Small Town List

This of course doesn’t surprise many of us who live in and love this town.  See the article on CNN.

Explore "America's Best Small Towns," listed here in alphabetical order. Wacky and wonderful, Ashland is an arts lover's dream. It's home to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland New Plays Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest regional repertory theater in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at one of the Northwest's signature seafood spots and a trip to Lithia Park. The latter is on the National Register of Historic Places and stretches over 90 acres.

Fodors list Ashland in its best small town

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June 13th, 2014

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Apple Rose Tart — Fun with food


Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose and Plum Tart

Apple Rose and Plum Tart

Lately I have been experimenting with the apple rose tart idea.  This version’s “crust” has walnuts and dates, sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup.  A fruit compote was spread over the crust, then plums and apples layered on top.

Today’s version is gluten-free and low in fat.  Instead of fruit compote, I’ve also pureed non-fat yogurt and over-ripe bananas  — this yields a very sweet creamy filling with little to no added sugar.

Recipes for apple rose tart are varied and one can find more than a few variations online.  There are quite a number of ‘how to’ YouTube videos available.  Many demonstrate techniques that are overly complicated.  I’m still playing with the recipe streamlining the technique.  This will be in my new cookbook.

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May 28th, 2014

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Beer Tasting Tours


Brew Tasting Tours

Brew Tour Stop

Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters

Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano– and micro-breweries?  Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.

Interested? For more information, here’s the link

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May 27th, 2014

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale


Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale: May 16–18, 2014

Spring Sidewalk sale, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, involves many stores in the Historic Downtown and the Railroad District.  Popular with both locals and out of town visitors.

With one or two exceptions, all of Ashland’s stores are independently-owned; they carry one of a kind art items and clothing.

Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.  For more information.

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May 8th, 2014

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Lithia Artisan Market Opens May 3, 14


Lithia Artisan Market Re-opens

Calle Guanajuato where the Lithia Artisan Market is located has been under construction since October 2013. Now the Ashland Creek walk way is all spruced up and ready to host Lithia Artisans this coming Saturday.

For more information go to Lithia Artisan Market’s website.

Lithia Artisan Market

Lithia Artisan Market

 

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May 2nd, 2014

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Bluegrass May 9


An Evening of Bluegrass with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum; and also with Robin and Linda Williams

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Bluegrass at it’s best!  With Robin and Linda Williams a great night not to be missed.

Since forming a musical partnership in 1986, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. These Grammy-nominated artists are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly-prized by their peers as sidemen and producers.

Friday, May 9, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $25/advance, $28/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland, Oregon

Robin and Linda Williams

Robin and Linda Williams

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May 1st, 2014

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