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.
Dog-friendly Water Fountain
On Granite St. a couple blocks off North Main you may find a dog-friendly watering hole.
A generous and kind resident set it up for our four-legged friends.
Low enough for most dogs to reach and lap up fresh water.
Ashland supports and cares for their dogs! The dog park on Nevada Street has doggie pools for some of those hot summer days.
Check out my restaurant list where you can find which restaurants are dog-friendly and will serve their clients on sidewalk tables so their canine companions may be with the diners.
Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014
The Applegate lavender tour comprised of farms and nurseries will be inviting the public to visit, pick, and buy lavender-based products while their lavender is in bloom. Some farms are not open to the public at any other time in the year.
Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel through Oregon’s pastoral countryside to each destination.
Each location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors, so be sure to visit the Lavender-festival page to help you decide which locations to visit. Entry to each location is free.
Box Office Success for “All the Way” on Broadway
For anyone who has seen “All the Way” the news that the play is breaking record sales should not be surprising.
“All the Way,” the Tony Award-winning drama starring Bryan Cranston as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, broke a box office record when it grossed over $1.4 million in a week, more than any new straight play in Broadway history.
The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (go here for an interview with Schenkkan about “All the Way”) shattered the record for eight performances during the week ending June 22. He also the playwright for “The Handler” and “By the Waters of Babylon”
“All the Way” was commissioned and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts before opening on Broadway.
Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights
From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.
- Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
- Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
- Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
- Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.
For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule. August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6–17).
The Happiest Song Plays Last is the Final Show Announced for the 2015 Season
Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, announced on June 12th that The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes will open in the Thomas Theatre in early July 2015. Shishir Kurup will be directing. Kurup is directing the this year’s production of Water by the Spoonful, which is the second play in the Elliot Trilogy by Hudes.
Rauch had announced 10 of the 2015 season plays in early March 2014. At that time he was still searching for the ‘right’ play to round off the third show to open in the Thomas Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last will begin previews July 7 and run through November 1.