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Upper Table Rock, it’s spring!

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

[caption id="attachment_3709" align="alignright" width="225"]Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily[/caption] Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford.  You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley. There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley.  Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails. It's that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping.  Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering.  Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out.  With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!    

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First Annual Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland

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

[caption id="attachment_3468" align="alignright" width="216"]On the Mountain Bird Festival's 'target' list, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. Photo by David Hodkinson The beautiful Mountain Bluebird is on the festival's target list. Photo by David Hodkinson[/caption]

Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory

Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014

Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday. Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation. Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants. Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory's Mountain Bird Festival. The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of  Ashland, Oregon.  The 'target' list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.

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R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, March 28

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

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, with Will Clipman, percussion

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman [caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignright" width="269"]R. Carlos Nakai R. Carlos Nakai[/caption] Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is recognized around the world as a premier Native American flutist. Classical trained in trumpet and music theory, Nakai started with a traditional cedar wood flute in the early 1980s. Under Canyon Label, he has released over 35 albums. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras. Friday, March 28, 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 Silent Auction to benefit Red Earth Descendants

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Vocaldente in Medford, March 14

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

Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Vocaldente, a Cappella Art

[caption id="attachment_3618" align="alignright" width="210"]Vocaldente Vocaldente[/caption] Since its 2004 inception in Germany, this quintet of vocal virtuosos has won raves throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The impeccable purity of their sound — often achieved without microphones, amplifiers or other technical devices — has made this group a cappella champions across three continents. With humor, warmth and a rousing repertoire from the 1920s to the present day, these gentlemen show audiences what it truly means to make beautiful music with nothing but the human voice. March 14, 2014, 7:30 pm 23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 Box Office: 541-779-3000

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John Gorka in Ashland March 6

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Gorka, Singer/Songwriter and Antje Duvekot opening

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents John Gorka. [caption id="attachment_3575" align="alignright" width="213"]John Gorka John Gorka[/caption] "Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and tying words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. Gorka's keen ear picks up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer-songwriters. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence focuses attention on the songs. His versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding." [caption id="attachment_3577" align="alignleft" width="300"]Antje Duvekot Antje Duvekot[/caption]     Thursday, March 6, 2014 8pm Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17, children under 12 are free with paying adult. Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland  

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Ashland Oregon Farmers Market Opens March 11, 2014

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

Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

[caption id="attachment_3697" align="alignright" width="205"]Ashland Oregon Farmers Market Ashland Oregon Farmers Market[/caption] March 11 starts the 2014 season for the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market! For your table, you will find all sorts of locally grown produce.  For your garden, you can select a wide variety of locally-grown vegetable starts, flowers and perennials.  Enjoy tasting and buying specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, pasta, coffee, tea, beer, wine and hand-made arts and crafts.  Usually local musicians entertain with live music. Every Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. At the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street March 11 – November 25, 2014 Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Oak Street between E. Main and Lithia Way, in the heart of downtown May 3 – Oct 25, 2014

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Apple Rose Tart: a preview of a new recipe

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 2nd, 2014 | 1 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3684" align="alignright" width="225"]Apple Rose Tart Apple Rose Tart[/caption]

Apple Rose Tart

I've been experimenting Apple Rose Tarts of late.  Ran across this idea while researching some new recipes, both for the next cookbook and to expand out the Chanticleer's breakfast repertoire. This tart pictured here is with a pecan-date crust using red delicious apples.  It has appealing presentation, is very tasty, and is far more healthy than it looks.  All three great criteria for a recipe. There's a catch however. When assembling these tarts, it does take a little time.  It's not difficult, but the time adds up if doing a tart times 12! Thus apple rose tarts will be served when there are a few guests in the house.  You will have a better chance to taste this tart if you stay on Sunday or Monday night, or during the low-season. [caption id="attachment_3685" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Apple Rose Tart Bird's eye view[/caption]

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Lewis Black: The Rant is Due in Medford, March 9

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

Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Lewis Black: The Rant is Due

[caption id="attachment_3615" align="alignright" width="210"]Lewis Black Lewis Black[/caption] Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment. Lewis yells so you don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more cranked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. His  2011 Craterian appearance was a sellout…don’t miss out on his 2014 visit. March 9, 2014, 7:30 pm 23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 Box Office: 541-779-3000

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Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic — March 9

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ashland Fly Shop: a Spey Clinic at Touvelle Park

Ashland Fly Shop has invited back George Cook, a Sage Sales Rep. on March 9 2014 to conduct a Spey Clinic. [caption id="attachment_3644" align="alignright" width="300"]Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic[/caption] George is a gifted caster and an entertaining teacher. His approach to casting while technical, is very practical and experienced based. The class will focus on sink-tip fishing with Skagit lines and the appropriate casts to accommodate sink-tip fishing, like the double spey and Snap-T family of casts. All skill levels are welcome. If you have a spey rod, bring it. We can evaluate your rod/line set-up and make sure it is well matched and properly rigged. If not, there will be plenty Sage and Redington rods to use. When: Sunday, March 9, 9am to 2pm Where: Tou Velle Park Cost: $100 How to Pay: Call the Ashland Fly Shop  (541) 488-6454, stop by, or purchase online. Class size is limited to 10.   Be prepared for winter weather, bring a lunch/snacks/drinks if necessary

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Comedy of Errors Opens February 20

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

Comedy of Errors opens February 20 in the Thomas

Comedy of Errors, directed by Kent Gash, written (of course) by William Shakespeare, with Rodney Gardiner playing Dromio and Dromio, runs all season long starting February 20. This play holds a warm place in my heart.  Years ago (too many to count and tell) my twin sister and I attended this play on a double date.  During the intermission, we changed shirts and switched dates.  When some women in the ladies room questioned our quick change act, we defended the switch by saying, "Take twins to see Comedy of Errors, and what do you expect would happen?"  The general consensus among the ladies was that the unwitting gentlemen asked for it.

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