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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

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 River.

Indigo Creek guided us and did a stellar job. We all highly recommend them.  Indigo Creek Outfitters 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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Dog-friendly Fountain


Dog-friendly Water Fountain

dog-friendly oasis

K-9 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.

 

 

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Wading Fawn


A Thirsty Fawn After Eating My Petunias

There comes a time in a fawns’ life [for about a week] when they are old enough to wander away from their mothers, but still small enough to get through the gates by squeezing between the 4 inch bars.

This morning one pictured below was twice found in the back yard.  About 30 minutes after ushering it out of the yard, it returned for seconds on the petunias.  After nibbling on more petunias, it then slipped into the pond.

It seemed content to stay in the pond.  It stood nearly chest deep and drank deeply. After it drank its fill and I had taken a few pictures, I stroked it on the back to encourage it to move out of the pond.  I was somewhat concerned about its sharp hooves standing on the rubber pond liner.  It bounded out of pond and made its way into the front yard.

Thankfully the mother was no where to be found.  She can’t get into the backyard.   We’re wondering where she was all the time her baby was frolicking behind the bars.

For those who are curious, the fur is not that soft. The hair felt thick and wiry, a little like a terriers’.

Fawn in the Pond

Wading Fawn

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The Happiest Song Plays Last — the final play for the 2015 Season


Happiest Song Plays Last

Happiest Song Plays Last

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.

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Ashland Makes Fodors List


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.

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Fawn Born in the Chanticleer’s Garden


A Fawn is Born

Less than a few hours old

The Fawn Less Than a Few Hours Old

A baby deer arrived early Sunday morning on June 8th — the newest addition to the “herd”.

For a couple of weeks before, each afternoon the mother hid in my rhodies under my bedroom window. It was obvious that she had selected the rhodies for the delivery room. 
A number of years ago, there was another doe that delivered her babies in the same place each year … it might be the case this doe was one of her babies who now is birthing her fawn under the same rhodies.
The image is blurry, but you can see how small it is compared to the mother’s leg. She got nervous with me taking pictures and led the baby across the street.
Fawn

The Fawn Skittering Across the Street

 

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale


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.

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Clematis in the Spring Garden


Clematis Blooms

Clematis, Irises, and Dogwoods are blooming and everything is leafing out. It’s Spring time in the garden.

Clematis

Clematis

 

 

 

Clustered Clematis

Clustered Clematis

Clematis big as saucers

Clematis big as saucers

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Springtime for Lawn Flamingos


While walking about the neighborhood above the Chanticleer Inn, there’s a garden bed filled with spring tulips and lawn flamingos.   I couldn’t resist sharing how some neighbors celebrate Springtime….

Lawn flamingos on Terrace Ave

Lawn flamingo on Terrace

Lawn Flamingos

Springtime Lawn Flamingos Among the Tulips

Pink Lawn Flamingos

Pink Lawn Flamingo with Blue Bunny Ears

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