Ashland’s Chautauqua Square on the corner of Main and Pioneer was abuzz with a different and refreshing look this afternoon.
A gang of tuxedo’ed young men were rambunctiously and cheerfully hanging out late this afternoon in Chautauqua Square – displacing the usual scruffy panhandling denizens.
While walking by, I complimented them on their “upgraded” look. One apparently felt obligated to panhandle and asked if he could bum a cigarette. They all happily lined up for me to take their photo!
A Bed and Breakfast Garden
I love this time of the year in the Chanticleer Inn bed and breakfast garden.
The “rhodies”, dogwood, lupine, Japanese irises, and poppies are all blooming!
Late spring in this bed and breakfast garden doesn’t last long, but it does make lasting memories.
Ashland Plaza Gets Spruced Up with Ceramic Friezes by Sue Springer
While walking about downtown, I decided to check out how the new plaza project was progressing. Lucky me! Sue Springer was in the middle of setting the tile into the grout on the side of a bench. One side (not shown) already had all the tile, held up by blue tape and the other side was ready for grout. I told Sue the blue tape was fetching and should consider keeping it there. She agreed. An wonderful artist with a good sense of humor too.
We’re lucky to have her design on the Ashland Plaza.
For more information about Sue Springer, visit her website
My friends Janet and Art want to get the word about the movie “42″. So in their words here’s the scoop …
Hi Friends, We hope you can make this event (see below). It’s a benefit screening of the new movie “42” about Jackie Robinson at the Varsity Theater on Monday April 15th at 6pm. “42″ stars Harrison Ford as Dodger’s General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Jackie Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman. The film is written and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland. There will also be a raffle of Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia and speakers including John Cypher of Hill Street Blues and, of course, popcorn (can’t watch a movie about baseball without it!). Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 541–488-7716. Proceeds will support Havurah Shir Hadash’s “Burn the Mortgage” capital campaign. Please come see a great film and support the Havurah all at the same time. You Brooklyn Dodger fans especially won’t want to miss it!
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.
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.
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 poster page. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Rogue Valley Symphony presents Duo Manasse on clarinet and Nakamatsu on piano.
Two celebrated solo artists to perform together in a recital program of classic favorites by Chopin, Brahms and Debussy; along with 3 new works – Lieberman, Elogy, D’Rivera Cape Cod Files and Novacek Four Rags for Two Tons.
The Duo will play sans the Rogue Valley Symphony
15 March 2013 at 7:30pm SOU Recital Hall, Ashland
16 March 2013 at 7:30pm Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford
Presented by: Rogue Valley Symphony
Shrek The Musical
This hilarious, high-spirited Broadway hit draws its inspiration from the hugely popular movie, a sardonically witty, yet touching fractured fairy tale featuring a lovable ogre, a wise-cracking donkey, a pint-sized, big-headed villain, and a damsel in distress, who is more than she seems.
Boasting a book and score by award-winning writers Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical is family entertainment at its most sublime!
13 March 2013 at 7:30 PM
Presented by: Craterian Performances
Rogue Valley Symphony presents, Concert Series Four, February 2013
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Michal Palzewicz, cello
Zagar: Dies Irae
Górecki: Three Pieces in Old Style
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
Conductor Martin Majkut will give a FREE pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.
Friday, February 22 – 7:30pm – SOU Recital Hall, Ashland
Saturday, February 23 – 7:30pm – Craterian Theater, Medford
For more information on the RV Symphony.