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Fledged Screech Owls

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments

Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO

[caption id="attachment_3871" align="alignright" width="380"]screech owls "We're watching you"   Photo (C) Peter J Thiemann.[/caption] These are the very same Screech Owl babies  who were 'disrupting' the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season. As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the 'background' [thankfully they weren't miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem. When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There's a reason they are called "Screech Owls"! Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it's been much quieter in the theater. This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.

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Summer Fruit for Breakfast Starters

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 13th, 2014 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3863" align="alignright" width="291"]Summer Fruit "Peach Boat"[/caption]

Peach Boat, a summer fruit favorite at the Chanticleer

One of the best things about this time of the year is summer fruit!  Pictured to the right are what the staff and I call "Peach Boats". Fresh peaches, topped with thick creamy Meyer lemon yogurt  (non-fat, but doesn't feel that way!) with raspberries and strawberries, decorated with zest of lemon and fresh garden mint. The bowls consistently come back empty and suspiciously clean -- are people licking the bowls for that last drop of sauce? [caption id="attachment_3864" align="alignleft" width="225"]Summer Fruit All lined up and ready to serve[/caption]

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Island Night in Ashland Oregon

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 12th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Island Night, a Tropical Party at Daniel Meyer Pool

[caption id="attachment_3853" align="alignright" width="300"]Island Night Island Night in Ashland[/caption] Aloha!  Come to a tropical island themed pool party -- “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind”. Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Daniel Meyer Pool!  Enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing and fun activities for all ages! A free community Hula dance workshop will be offered for anyone wanting to learn the beautiful moves of Hawaiian dance. More information go to the City's website. Daniel Meyer Pool, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park at 1705 Homes Ave in Ashland. The pool will be open through September, 6, 2014. The pool offers Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI)® swim lessons, private lessons, swim team camps and Starguard® lifeguard certification. View complete information on pool activities and classes.  The pool can be reached directly at 541.488.0313.

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Dog-friendly Fountain

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dog-friendly Water Fountain

[caption id="attachment_3839" align="alignright" width="300"]dog-friendly oasis K-9 Water Fountain[/caption] On Granite St. a couple blocks off North Main you may find a dog-friendly watering hole. A generous and kind resident set it up for our four-legged friends. Low enough for most dogs to reach and lap up fresh water. Ashland supports and cares for their dogs! The dog park on Nevada Street  has doggie pools for some of those hot summer days. Check out my restaurant list where you can find which restaurants are dog-friendly and will serve their clients on sidewalk tables so their canine companions may be with the diners.    

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2014 Applegate Lavender Tour

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014

The Applegate lavender tour comprised of farms and nurseries will be inviting the public to visit, pick, and buy lavender-based products while their lavender is in bloom. Some farms are not open to the public at any other time in the year. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Applegate Lavender Tour Applegate Lavender Tour[/caption]   Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel through Oregon's pastoral countryside to each destination. Each location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors, so be sure to visit the Lavender-festival page to help you decide which locations to visit. Entry to each location is free.  

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All the Way” Record Breaking Sales on Broadway

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Box Office Success for "All the Way" on Broadway

For anyone who has seen "All the Way" the news that the play is breaking record sales should not be surprising. "All the Way," the Tony Award-winning drama starring Bryan Cranston as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, broke a box office record when it grossed over $1.4 million in a week, more than any new straight play in Broadway history. The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (go here for an interview with Schenkkan about "All the Way") shattered the record for eight performances during the week ending June 22. He also the playwright for "The Handler" and "By the Waters of Babylon" "All the Way" was commissioned and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts before opening on Broadway.

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Wading Fawn

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Thirsty Fawn After Eating My Petunias

There comes a time in a fawns' life [for about a week] when they are old enough to wander away from their mothers, but still small enough to get through the gates by squeezing between the 4 inch bars. This morning one pictured below was twice found in the back yard.  About 30 minutes after ushering it out of the yard, it returned for seconds on the petunias.  After nibbling on more petunias, it then slipped into the pond. It seemed content to stay in the pond.  It stood nearly chest deep and drank deeply. After it drank its fill and I had taken a few pictures, I stroked it on the back to encourage it to move out of the pond.  I was somewhat concerned about its sharp hooves standing on the rubber pond liner.  It bounded out of pond and made its way into the front yard. Thankfully the mother was no where to be found.  She can't get into the backyard.   We're wondering where she was all the time her baby was frolicking behind the bars. For those who are curious, the fur is not that soft. The hair felt thick and wiry, a little like a terriers'. [caption id="attachment_3807" align="alignright" width="569"]Fawn in the Pond Wading Fawn[/caption]

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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights

[caption id="attachment_3799" align="alignright" width="274"]Festival Noons Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance[/caption] 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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The Happiest Song Plays Last — the final play for the 2015 Season

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3795" align="alignright" width="140"]Happiest Song Plays Last Happiest Song Plays Last[/caption]

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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Bear Creek Greenway Makes USA Today List

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bear Creek Greenway in USA Today "15 Fantastic US Bike Trails"

Among several other experts, Katie Rosenbrock, who writes for 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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