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Kate Vogt and Picasso

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Ashland Makes Fodors List

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

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. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]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[/caption]

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Fawn Born in the Chanticleer’s Garden

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

A Fawn is Born

[caption id="attachment_3775" align="alignright" width="225"]Less than a few hours old The Fawn Less Than a Few Hours Old[/caption] A baby deer arrived early Sunday morning on June 8th -- the newest addition to the "herd".
For a couple of weeks before, each afternoon the mother hid in my rhodies under my bedroom window. It was obvious that she had selected the rhodies for the delivery room. 
A number of years ago, there was another doe that delivered her babies in the same place each year ... it might be the case this doe was one of her babies who now is birthing her fawn under the same rhodies.
The image is blurry, but you can see how small it is compared to the mother's leg. She got nervous with me taking pictures and led the baby across the street.
[caption id="attachment_3776" align="alignright" width="286"]Fawn The Fawn Skittering Across the Street[/caption]
 

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Apple Rose Tart — Fun with food

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 28th, 2014 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3765" align="alignright" width="274"]Apple Rose Tart Apple Rose and Plum Tart[/caption]

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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Beer Tasting Tours

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 27th, 2014 | 1 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3824" align="alignright" width="300"]Brew Tasting Tours Brew Tour Stop[/caption]

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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Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, June — Aug

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 - August 31

[caption id="attachment_3664" align="alignright" width="250"]Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin'[/caption] In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty. Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you're looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment.  One of Ashland's performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights! June 6 – August 31 Previews June 4 & 5 Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00 (no show July 4) Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00 For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre's website

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Clematis in the Spring Garden

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Clematis Blooms

Clematis, Irises, and Dogwoods are blooming and everything is leafing out. It's Spring time in the garden. [caption id="attachment_3747" align="alignleft" width="280"]Clematis Clematis[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_3748" align="alignright" width="300"]Clustered Clematis Clustered Clematis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3749" align="alignleft" width="300"]Clematis big as saucers Clematis big as saucers[/caption]

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Lithia Artisan Market Opens May 3, 14

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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. [caption id="attachment_3741" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Lithia Artisan Market Lithia Artisan Market[/caption]  

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Bluegrass May 9

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

[caption id="attachment_3595" align="alignright" width="300"]Laurie Lewis Laurie Lewis[/caption] 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 [caption id="attachment_3596" align="alignright" width="229"]Robin and Linda Williams Robin and Linda Williams[/caption]

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