Southern Oregon Lavender Loop

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 11th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Introducing  Southern Oregon Lavender Loop! At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few "Lavender Ladies".  They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn't a fluke, go back for seconds -- err o.k. thirds. In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley.  I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public.  What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields! July 12-14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley...

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Rhythm of the Dance at the Craterian

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rhythm of the Dance, a St. Patrick’s Day bonanza!

[caption id="attachment_2791" align="alignright" width="175"]Rhythm of the Dance Poster Rhythm of the Dance[/caption] This richly-costumed, music and dance extravaganza centers on the Irish Celts’ 1,000-year journey through history. Combining the purity of traditional step-dancing with cutting-edge stagecraft and epic storytelling, Rhythm of the Dance has played to nearly 5 million spectators worldwide, winning ovations and rave reviews everywhere. Featuring a live band, three tenors, and 22 dancers. 17 March 2013 at 7:30 PM Presented by: Craterian Performances

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Camelot Theater does “Sound of Music”

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 8th, 2013 | 1 Comments

Sound of Music at Camelot Theater  Mar 13 - April 14

[caption id="attachment_3193" align="alignright" width="182"]Camelot theater Sound-of-Music-Poster-400-2013 Camelot Theater Does the Classic Sound of Music[/caption] My friend Diana Roome sent me this email message:
If you like musicals, Talent's Camelot Theater production of The Sound of Music (starting next week and running until mid-April) is going to be quite electrifying.  I know -- I've been watching rehearsals!  In fact, I've had the novel experience of being part of them, as a singing nun -- which has given me a renewed respect for what it takes to put on a show.  The lead singers and the von Trapp children are outstanding, and the place is oozing with energy and talent.  I realize for some it might be a little far to come all the way to Oregon -- even to see such a production! -- but thought you might be tickled to see the flyer anyway. For more information on Camelot Theater and its production of Sound of Music

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Manasse and Nakamatsu Duo

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 7th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rogue Valley Symphony presents Duo Manasse on clarinet and Nakamatsu on piano.

[caption id="attachment_2785" align="alignright" width="200"]Manasse and Nakamatsu Duo Manasse and Nakamatsu Duo[/caption] Two celebrated solo artists to perform together in a recital program of classic favorites by Chopin, Brahms and Debussy; along with 3 new works – Lieberman, Elogy, D’Rivera Cape Cod Files and Novacek Four Rags for Two Tons. The Duo will play sans the Rogue Valley Symphony 15 March 2013 at 7:30pm SOU Recital Hall, Ashland 16 March 2013 at 7:30pm Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford Presented by: Rogue Valley Symphony

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What Draws People to Southern Oregon Wines?

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 7th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Monday, March 4th, I attended Southern Oregon Visitors Association's annual marketing symposium.  On the panel about Southern Oregon Wines, I heard Earl from Abacela Wineries explain the "Three Ps" as the answer to why people come to Southern Oregon for the wines. He claims people are escaping from Portland, Precipitation and Pinot! As most of my guests come from California, (nearly 50%!), I think my visitors are escaping the Three Cs: California, Crowds, and Cabernet! For more information on our local wines in the Rogue Valley!

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Shrek The Musical at the Craterian

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shrek The Musical

[caption id="attachment_2781" align="alignright" width="175"]Shrek The Musical Shrek The Musical[/caption] This hilarious, high-spirited Broadway hit draws its inspiration from the hugely popular movie, a sardonically witty, yet touching fractured fairy tale featuring a lovable ogre, a wise-cracking donkey, a pint-sized, big-headed villain, and a damsel in distress, who is more than she seems. Boasting a book and score by award-winning writers Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical is family entertainment at its most sublime! 13 March 2013 at 7:30 PM Presented by: Craterian Performances

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Ashland Farmer’s Market 2013 Season

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3178" align="alignright" width="300"]Ashland Farmer's Market Ashland Farmer's Market[/caption]

Ashland Farmer's Market Starts 3/12

"Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market" opening day is March 12!  For the valley's best  locally grown produce, flowers, and plants, as well as ready-made specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, wine and hand-made arts and crafts. Every Tuesday starting 8:30-1:30 at the National Guard Armory out on 1420 E. Main. Not to be confused with the Historic Armory in the Railroad District!  For more information go their webpage.

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Music Ashland Oregon Foley and Karp 3/8/13

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eclectic Music Ashland Oregon

Sue Foley and Peter Karp "Beyond the Crossroads"

[caption id="attachment_2973" align="alignright" width="300"]music ashland oregon Foley & Karp play live music Ashland Oregon[/caption] Foley & Karp play live music Ashland Oregon ... on the heels of Blind Pig recording artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley's 2010 critically acclaimed and artistically daring collaboration "He Said - She Said" comes their next exciting CD: "Beyond The Crossroads." A high voltage, plank spankin', piano boogyin', slide guitar stompin' blues-rockin' CD that showcases 12 brilliantly crafted and unique original compositions that have become the trademark of these two noted singer-songwriter guitarists. (more…)

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Taming of the Shrew, my first 2013 OSF Play

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 26th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Taming of the Shrew

I really liked this performance! I'm glad Taming of the Shrew will run through the entire 2013 season, everyone should get a chance to see it. It must be hard to do a play everyone already knows, or thinks they already know.  The OSF team did a great job making Taming of the Shrew feel fresh and fun.  It is very accessible to playgoers of all ages; and at various levels of Shakespeare sophistication. The review in the Daily Tidings does a great job describing the play.  All I will add to it is: Go and enjoy!

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Beer is getting bigger in So Oregon

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 21st, 2013 | 0 Comments

Lately, more attention is being paid to the beer industry.  Here's an article about it as a growth industry in Southern Oregon.

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