Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch
In two years, Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascension to presidency in All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; it then moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; where it broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now in 2014 the sequel, The Great Society, premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Both plays will be in rep in Seattle Rep in the fall/winter season of 2014/2015.
Klamath Bird Observatory Presents on October 15th, “Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words”
Klamath Bird Observatory Board Member Shannon Rio combines bird photography with poetry, myth, and lore in this presentation that celebrates nature, literature, and our connection to words.
Details: Wednesday October 15th from 6:30–8:00pm, Ages 10-Adult, event is at North Mountain Park Nature Center, and cost is $10. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541–488-6606.
Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Listed in American Planning Association’s “Great Places” for 2014
Lithia Park is truly the gem of Ashland. Locals and visitors of Ashland already know and enjoy Lithia Park — it’s truly the town’s heart and soul. A place to meet friends, hike trails, admire seasonal changes in the park, listen to concerts, play and even meditate.
This year Lithia Park is listed in American Planning Association’s (APA) “Great Places” program in the Public Spaces category. This program honors places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Annually selected, Great Places meet a gold standard and criteria that have a substantial sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
According to APA:
APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America’s truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.
Chanticleer Inn Staff Raft the Rogue River
The famed Rogue River. For locals, a summer well spent means at least one day on the Rogue River.
Every year, I try to think of something that we all can do together as a way to thank my staff for all their wonderful assistance — and just plain wonderfulness. This year it was an afternoon on the Rogue River.
Indigo Creek guided us and did a stellar job. We all highly recommend them. Indigo Creek does more than just rafting, they also conduct Brewery Tours, guided vacations and fishing trips.
I love my peeps!
Black-backed Woodpecker, a Klamath Bird Observatory Note
Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) is said to be “one of the most enigmatic woodpeckers.” I guess, they are not considering the Ivory-billed in their estimation.
These birds can be sighted in the mountains near Ashland. Black-back woodpeckers prefer forested areas that have had fires. For more information and details of these black beauties, go to Klamath Bird Observatory’s biology note.
Pizza and Salad at Mystic Treats Restaurant
After a day rafting on the Rogue river, we went for pizza at Mystic Treats, a newish restaurant on Ashland St. near Rite Aid. Mystic Treats has a diverse menu of unusual pizza selections. If none of those works for you, then you can assemble your own. Never being one to pass over smoked salmon, we selected to share the Jeremiah Johnson pizza and had our own side salads. It was tasty and if I’m in the mood for pizza and happen to in that part of town it’s THE place to go.
It was our good fortune that Mystic Treats had live music tonight. Maurice Woodard was playing some blues and jazz with Lucy accompanying. Most of the time, as Maurice’s service dog, Lucy quietly snoozes. But she has a special number in which she’s does a duet with Maurice. The link below is a video of part of their act.
“The Great Society” Ranked and Rated by My Guests
For many years, the Larson Family has been attending plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While visiting at the Chanticleer, Victoria shared with me how the family has developed a system to score and rate the plays they see. Each family member scores the plays (1–9, of course plays being highly regarded get 9) he or she sees. Then an average is calculated. Below is an image of the Larson Family’s 2014 OSF score sheet.
Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour
Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters. They don’t just do rivers! They are growing into an adventure company.
We really enjoyed the “Rogue Valley on Tap” tasting tour. It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer. All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste!
It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations. There’s nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it.
The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley.
Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why “walkabout” for a company name? Well when you hear Ross talk you know … you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can’t take the Aussie out of the boy — even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.
Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website.
Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013. Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.
Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO
These are the very same Screech Owl babies who were ‘disrupting’ the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season.
As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the ‘background’ [thankfully they weren’t miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem.
When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There’s a reason they are called “Screech Owls”!
Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it’s been much quieter in the theater.
This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.