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Great Society” up for another prize


The play ‘The Great Society’ a finalist for an Edward M. Kennedy Prize

OSF Great Society

OSF Great Society

The Great Society’ is a finalist for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize in the drama inspired by American history category.

Every year, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given via Columbia University to a new play or musical. Excerpted from he Prize’s mission statement “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”

Few plays qualify more completely than Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s “Great Society”

The Prize will be announced on or after February 22, 2015, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth.  The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.

Stay tuned, I get the feeling the “Great Society” will once again be in the news.

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Lithia Park — Duck Pond with Maple Trees


Lithia Park

Lithia Park

Lithia Park, Duck Pond and Foliage

By far my favorite time to be in Lithia Park!  The park truly offers a four-season experience, but the colors of the Autumn are particularly stunning.

 

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It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” at the Cabaret Nov — Dec


Oregon Cabaret Theatre does “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” Nov – Dec

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano present the classic holiday drama in a fresh and engaging way that makes us discover it anew.

As a New York Times review said: “Dear devoted fans of a certain 1946 Frank Capra holiday movie: Relax. This live radio play production has done absolutely no harm to the original. In fact, it has added another layer of nostalgia…it’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun of creating reality from imagination and obvious artifice.”

Step back in time to the golden age of radio and become the studio audience for this delightfully inventive re-telling of George Bailey’s heart-warming story.
November 21 – December 31
Previews November 19 & 20
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 24, 27; Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 24, 25
Saturday and Sunday Brunch matinees at 1:00
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and campy entertainment.  Ashland’s only performing arts venue that has shows on Monday nights!
For more information visit their website

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Bill Rauch on the Staging of “All the Way” and “Great Society”


Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, of Oregon Shakespeare Festival talks about the staging of both “All the Way” and “Great Society” with Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.  For the article go here.

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.

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Klamath Bird Observatory Talk: Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words


Klamath Bird Observatory Talk

Klamath Bird Observatory Talk

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.

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Lithia Park, Designated “Great Places in America: Public Spaces”


Lithia Park Ashland Creek

Lithia Park Azaleas on Ashland Creek, [photo by: Ellen Campbell]

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.

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Chanticleer Inn on the Rogue River


Chanticleer Inn Staff on the Rogue River

All Smiles on the Rogue

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.

Chanticleer inn staff on the Rouge River

At the top of a rapid

I love my peeps!

 

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Cultural Weekly Interviews Bill Rauch


Bill Rauch interviewed by “Cultural Weekly”

Interested in the direction Bill Rauch see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival going?  What plays might be in the future? Then, Culture Weekly’s interview might be a good start.

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Black backed Woodpecker: Bio-Notes


Black-backed Woodpecker, a Klamath Bird Observatory Note

Black-backed woodpecker excavating a nest

Black-backed Woodpecker

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.

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Mystic Treats Restaurant


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.

Maurice and Lucy

 

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