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The Drowsy Chaperone at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Oregon Cabaret Theatre Presents
“The Drowsy Chaperone”

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

July 6 – September 3, 2017

The narrator “Man in Chair”, a mousy, agoraphobic musical fanatic, seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness”, listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, which is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes. Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show from the stage, though he is on the audience side of the fourth wall, invisible to the players.

In the opening number, “Fancy Dress”, the premise and characters of the show are introduced: it’s the day of the wedding of oil tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff, who plans to give up her career for married life. Those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. Tottendale; her loyal employee known only as Underling; Robert’s best man, George; Broadway producer Feldzieg, who is hoping to persuade Janet to forgo marriage and continue starring in Feldzieg’s Follies; ditzy flapper Kitty, who hopes to take Janet’s place in the Follies; two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs; self-proclaimed famed Latin lover Aldolpho; Janet’s alcoholic Chaperone, who is supposed to keep her away from Robert until the wedding; and Trix, an aviatrix.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

For more information and tickets, please go to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.

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SPAMalot Plays at the Camelot Theatre


SPAMalot the Musical at the Camelot

June 21 – July 23, 2017
SPAMalot
Inspired by the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Written by Eric Idle
Music & Lyrics by John Du Prez, Eric Idle
Directed by Renee Hewitt
Tickets: $18 – $36

SPAMALOT

SPAMalot

“Lovingly ripped off” from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Camelot is pleased to present SPAMalot as its summer musical. This Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is a comedy featuring the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches, and other Python touches. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings the King and his Knights to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths. SPAMalot also adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film’s anarchic spirit.

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.

 

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On Grizzly Peak Trail the Wildflowers Have Sprung


On Grizzly Peak Trail the Wildflowers Have Sprung!

Many of you know Grizzly Peak Trail is one of all time my favorite places to hike, because of the vast number of flowers in three different habitats: forest, meadows, and rocky outcrops. And the views! As you walk around the top of Grizzly Peak, one sees north as far as Crater Lake; and then there are views of the entire Rogue Valley, and Bear Creek Valley. Further afield Wagner Butte, Mt. Ashland, Pilot Rock, Mt Shasta and Soda Mountain, and further south and west the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area.

Last Sunday, friends and I went up. My first hike on Grizzly Peak for the 2017 season. Here are some of the flowers that bloom early in the year.

Calypso bulbosa on Grizzly Peak Trail

Calypso bulbosa

 

Dwarf Hesperochiron on Grizzly Peak Trail

Dwarf Hesperochiron

 

 

Checker lily on Grizzly Peak Trail

Fritillaria affinis or Checker Lily

 

 

Little Mountain Anemone on Grizzly Peak

Little Mountain Anemone

 

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Spring Garden


Spring Garden at the Chanticleer Inn

Spring garden at the Chanticleer Inn B&B — a sleepy garden awakes from winter hiatus to flaunt exuberant colors!

Spring Garden: Azaleas and Rhodies

Azaleas and Rhodies

Peonies

Peonies

Irises

Irises

Blue Irises

Blue Irises

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Birding the Wood River by Canoe


Canoe and Bird on the Wood River

Wood River

Canoeing Wood River, Photo by KM Pyle

 

Where: Wood River, OR
Instructors: Kevin Spencer and Dave Haupt
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location: Wood River Wetlands, Oregon
Tuition: $165
Maximum: 15 students, for adults and kids 16+
Level: Moderate fitness, expect 3-5 mile hike and then canoeing

About the Adventure on the Wood River

Expect to see 70 species or more recorded for this area. To enhance our chances of seeing riparian birds such as Willow Flycatchers and Black-capped Chickadees, we’ll start early with a bird walk at Wood River Wetlands, a BLM recreation site.

Then we’ll move to Petric Park, have an early lunch, and put in our canoes midmorning, paddle out the channel and head into Agency Lake. Paddling unobtrusively in cattail, bulrush, and “wocus” habitats, we’ll observe birds at their peak in breeding plumage, songs, and displays. The loud “kalwp” calling of the Pied-billed Grebe and pumping sounds of the American Bittern will come from the marsh, while Franklin’s Gulls could be fly catching overhead. With possible views of “rushing” Western and Clark’s Grebes atop the open water, the day will also be an intriguing hunt for birds performing mating dances and behaviors.

All canoeing will take place in a sheltered part of the Upper Klamath lake. After returning to Petric Park, you’ll have the option to continue with more land birding if desired. Canoes provided by Let’s Paddle outfitters.

For more information and to register go to The Siskiyou Field Institute’s website

About Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute offers wonderful immersive workshops and classes for those who what to learn about natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. This special area of the world is one of the six global “hot spots” for flora and fauna biodiversity.

The Chanticleer Inn has a history of supporting SFI and promoting their education, research and community programs.

Video: Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basics


Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basics” — an Ashland Fly Shop Video

Interested in picking up beginner and basic tips on single hand fly casting?

The Ashland Fly Shop is THE go-to place for all things fishing in the Rogue Valley. Their website is chocked full of informative videos, such as this one on spey single-hand fly casting taught by Jon Hazlett.

Ashland Fly Shop is located on the corner of East Main Street and Third (just down the street from the Chanticleer Inn, in fact!)

 

Single Hand Fly Casting

Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basic Video by Ashland Fly Shop

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Peter, Paul and Mary, Spotlight at the Camelot Theatre


Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary

May 25 – June 11, 2017
Spotlight On Peter, Paul and Mary
Starring Erik Connolly, Brianna Gowland & Billy King
Directed by Presila Quinby
Tickets: $22 – $33

Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary

Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary

A tribute to the most popular folk group of the 1960s that both defined and transcended folk music. The trio’s passionate commitment to peace and social justice made them the conscience of an era as they soulfully communicated political concerns through music in an unprecedented way. They reached millions with their social message, while their appeal crossed audience lines that other acts couldn’t even approach. Erik Connolly, Billy King and Brianna Gowland will sing favorites such as “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “If I Had A Hammer”, “Where have all the Flowers Gone”, “500 miles”, “Lemon Tree”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and more.

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.

 

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Chamber Music Concert: Pacifica String Quartet


Pacifica String Quartet

Pacifica String Quartet

Pacifica String Quartet

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica String Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, the Pacifica was also in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet — and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

EVENING SERIES: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 – 7:30PM

  • Mozart – String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
  • Shulamit Ran – “Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory”
  • Shostakovich – String Quartet in F Major, Op. 73

For more information and to purchase tickets go the Chamber Music Concerts website

Their alluring sound proved breathtaking…spine-tingling intensity.” The New York Times

The playing by Pacifica Quartet…was characterized by immaculate precision, on-the-mark intonation, incisive rhythms and a sense of give-and-take.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Mystery Author Naomi Hirahara Speaks at Ashland Library


Naomi Hirahara, Mystery Author at the Ashland Library

Mystery writer, Naomi Hirahara, an Edgar Award winning author, will be speaking at the Ashland Branch Library.  Author of two mystery series: Officer Ellie Rush and Mas Arai.

Address: 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
Time/Day: Wednesday, April 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara

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Wild Flowers on Upper and Lower Table Rock Trail


Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

Lower Table Rock Trail flower

Cascade Mariposa Lily

Upper and Lower Table Rock trails are some of my favorite springtime trails, especially during the mid-week. I like that they go through a few distinct eco-systems, each with its own set of wild flowers. The trails start from two separate car parks and briefly go through oak savannah, where you see meadow/woodland flowers, such as camas, buttercups, mariposa lilies, shooting stars, with white oak trees and chaparral. The trails then steadily wind through more forested and shady section as they climb up the side of their mesas.  On top of each mesas, is where you can see the mounded prairie and vernal pool plant communities. The meadow flowers that form concentric circles around the vernal pools are especially striking. Depending on how much spring rain we get, the vernal pools might be seen as late as early May.  It’s usually better to go in April.

Lower table rock trail vernal pools

Vernal pools with Fields of Gold

 

 

The Table Rock vernal pools are micro-ecosystems of habitat that support a federally threatened species of fairy shrimp and a state endangered plant called dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila). This plant is endemic to the Table Rocks, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world.

You can see Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Ashland from the top of the mesas, as well as the Rogue Valley floor stretching south toward the Klamath/Siskiyous.

 

Directions

From Interstate 5, take Exit #33 heading east one mile on East Pine Street and turn north (left) at the second signal onto Table Rock Road. For Upper Table Rock, turn right on Modoc Road. For Lower Table Rock continue to Wheeler Road and turn west (left). The signs for both Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails are well posted.

Details of the Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

Lower Table Rock trail

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Parking and toilet facilities are available at each trail. Water is not available along the trails or at the trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Allow approximately 2-3 hours for a round trip hike — time depends on fitness and how much gawking one does along the way.

Upper and Lower Table Rocks are side-by-side mesas. The Upper Table Rock mesa is shorter and the Lower Table Rock mesa is taller. Yeah, it took me awhile to work out that the upper and lower designations didn’t describe height, but pertained to positions vis-a-vis the Rogue river. Up river = Upper Table Rock: further down river = Lower Table Rock.

Upper Table Rock’s out and back trail is 2.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 730 feet. You can extend the walk for as long as you like by wandering on top of the mesa.

Lower Table Rock’s trail is 3.5 miles round trip with elevation gain 770 feet. It is a moderately difficult trail. The trail offers interpretive signs for hikers. For those eager to extend their hike, you may enjoy walking along the abandoned airstrip to the edge of the rock. This will add an extra mile to your trip.

Both trails at their south edges of the rock offer a great view of the unique habitat of Kelly Slough. This wetland lies 800 feet below and provides unique habitat for many aquatic birds.

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