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.
Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso
In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship. O.K., O.K. … Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling. Picasso is the only male performer in the play.
Fodors Travel Puts Ashland on its Best Small Town List
This of course doesn’t surprise many of us who live in and love this town. See the article on CNN.
Explore “America’s Best Small Towns,” … Wacky and wonderful, Ashland is an arts lover’s dream. It’s home to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland New Plays Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest regional repertory theater in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at one of the Northwest’s signature seafood spots and a trip to Lithia Park. The latter is on the National Register of Historic Places and stretches over 90 acres.
Apple Rose and Plum Tart
Lately I have been experimenting with the apple rose tart idea. This version’s “crust” has walnuts and dates, sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup. A fruit compote was spread over the crust, then plums and apples layered on top.
Today’s version is gluten-free and low in fat. Instead of fruit compote, I’ve also pureed non-fat yogurt and over-ripe bananas — this yields a very sweet creamy filling with little to no added sugar.
Recipes for apple rose tart are varied and one can find more than a few variations online. There are quite a number of ‘how to’ YouTube videos available. Many demonstrate techniques that are overly complicated. I’m still playing with the recipe streamlining the technique. This will be in my new cookbook.
Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters
Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano– and micro-breweries? Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.
Interested? For more information, here’s the link
Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale: May 16–18, 2014
Spring Sidewalk sale, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, involves many stores in the Historic Downtown and the Railroad District. Popular with both locals and out of town visitors.
With one or two exceptions, all of Ashland’s stores are independently-owned; they carry one of a kind art items and clothing.
Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. For more information.