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West Side Story at the Craterian

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 25th, 2013 | 0 Comments

West Side Story

[caption id="attachment_2797" align="alignright" width="175"]West Side Story Poster West Side Story[/caption] This landmark musical updates the story of Romeo and Juliet to the urban jungle of 1950’s New York. Broadway was never the same after the jolt delivered by this powerhouse show, whose stunning choreography, soaring music, and searing story of racial tension retain all their original impact. Leonard Bernstein’s matchless score features such classic songs as “Something’s Coming,” “Maria” and “Tonight.” 1 April 2013 at 7:30 PM Presented by: Craterian Performances

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Spring flowers at Emigrant Lake

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 25th, 2013 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3264" align="alignright" width="298"]bed and breakfast ashland oregon Purple-eyed Grass at Emigrant Lake[/caption]

Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon, hike the hills and marvel at the spring flowers

The early spring flowers are blooming on the valley floor.  They look so delicate and sweet.  In reality they are hardy perennials. Picture here is Purple-eyed Grass. At the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon, the related Blue-eyed Grass is abound in the south facing flower beds.

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Music Ashland Oregon, Janis Ian 4/3/13

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eclectic Music Ashland Oregon Janis Ian Grammy-Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Janis Ian plays live music Ashland Oregon. Janis was just 13 when she published her first song in Broadside Magazine. At age 14, she wrote the song that charted her life's course, a song that Arlene Levinson of the Associated Press described as "a white teenager indicting America for its racism and hypocrisy." "Society's Child" rocked the nation at a time when the Supreme Court had yet to repeal the laws against interracial marriage, and when civil rights unrest was cresting. It was banned across the country by radio stations as "subversive", a position that was later reversed when the brilliant composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein became Janis' most vocal supporter. (more…)

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Southern Oregon Wine Region has four AVAs

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 19th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many guests ask me what is an AVA -- American Viticultural Area.  What kinds of soils and climates Southern Oregon wine region has.  So here's a little write up to answer those questions.

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Richard III Car Park Jokes

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 14th, 2013 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3228" align="alignright" width="300"]Richard III Richard III[/caption] How can one resist all the Richard III car park jokes? My friend and Shakespeare scholar Mike Jensen finds them ... I just share them. This one I related to. I am so glad for the remote key fob, I am forever locating my car via the remote beep.  

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Music Ashland Oregon Karen Drucker 3/23/13

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 13th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eclectic Music Ashland Oregon

Karen Drucker Inspirational Singer/Songwriter

[caption id="attachment_2980" align="alignright" width="218"]music ashland oregon Karen Drucker plays live music Ashland Oregon[/caption] Karen Drucker plays live music Ashland Oregon. Karen has recorded 11 CDs of her original inspirational music and has won numerous awards for her volunteer work for performing and producing shows for organizations in need. Karen has been called a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music. She has been a professional comedienne, lead her own band for corporate events, and has been the spokesperson for "Bread and Roses" (performing in convalescent hospitals, prisons, children's hospitals, etc.). She started her own organization, "Artists For A Cause," to raise awareness and funds for organizations in need by producing concerts featuring local entertainers. She has been the music director for 3 different New Thought churches, music director for the UCRS Regional and National Conferences and co-music director for RSI's Asilomar conference. For her musical contribution to UCRS, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. She sings, speaks and leads workshops at women's retreats, mind-body & health conferences and various churches around the country. She also performs music for ministers, workshop facilitators, and authors including Joan Borysenko, SARK, Alan Cohen, Mary Manin Morrissey and many others. Presented by St Claire Productions Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 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 Plaza Party, April 5

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 12th, 2013 | 0 Comments

To commemorate the plaza redesign for Ashland Oregon, the City is throwing a champagne party at 5:00pm on the (you guessed it) the plaza. The party will coincide with April's First Friday Art Walk, during which the city will also bury the 100-year Time Capsule.   [caption id="attachment_3218" align="alignright" width="300"]Peace Wall in front of Ashland, Oregon Library Peace Wall in front of Ashland, Oregon Library[/caption] Artist Sue Springer's ceramic frieze will have been installed as the latest Ashland Oregon public art piece.  She is also known for the Peace Wall installed in front of Ashland, Oregon's library.

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Southern Oregon Lavender Loop

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 11th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Introducing  Southern Oregon Lavender Loop! At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few "Lavender Ladies".  They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn't a fluke, go back for seconds -- err o.k. thirds. In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley.  I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public.  What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields! July 12-14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For specific information about the individual lavender farms, and a map of the Applegate go to the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop's Facebook page. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley...

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Rhythm of the Dance at the Craterian

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rhythm of the Dance, a St. Patrick’s Day bonanza!

[caption id="attachment_2791" align="alignright" width="175"]Rhythm of the Dance Poster Rhythm of the Dance[/caption] This richly-costumed, music and dance extravaganza centers on the Irish Celts’ 1,000-year journey through history. Combining the purity of traditional step-dancing with cutting-edge stagecraft and epic storytelling, Rhythm of the Dance has played to nearly 5 million spectators worldwide, winning ovations and rave reviews everywhere. Featuring a live band, three tenors, and 22 dancers. 17 March 2013 at 7:30 PM Presented by: Craterian Performances

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Camelot Theater does “Sound of Music”

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 8th, 2013 | 1 Comments

Sound of Music at Camelot Theater  Mar 13 - April 14

[caption id="attachment_3193" align="alignright" width="182"]Camelot theater Sound-of-Music-Poster-400-2013 Camelot Theater Does the Classic Sound of Music[/caption] My friend Diana Roome sent me this email message:
If you like musicals, Talent's Camelot Theater production of The Sound of Music (starting next week and running until mid-April) is going to be quite electrifying.  I know -- I've been watching rehearsals!  In fact, I've had the novel experience of being part of them, as a singing nun -- which has given me a renewed respect for what it takes to put on a show.  The lead singers and the von Trapp children are outstanding, and the place is oozing with energy and talent.  I realize for some it might be a little far to come all the way to Oregon -- even to see such a production! -- but thought you might be tickled to see the flyer anyway. For more information on Camelot Theater and its production of Sound of Music

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