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Hiking in Ashland: the TID Ditch Today

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Hiking in Ashland

It's easy to do hiking in Ashland ... go out the front door and walk uphill a few blocks.  There are wonderful trails and country roads all throughout the "water shed" -- an area that forms the foothills of Mt. Ashland. Today I walked along "the ditch", as the locals refer to the Talent Irrigation District Ditch.  A water way source that comes from the mountain lakes in the Cascades, the ditch was built in the early part of the last century for agricultural use around Ashland.  Now it's a back up source, if/when the water from Mt. Ashland dips too low. I love hiking in Ashland, you can get out into the country within mere minutes. For more information go to the Ashland Trails Organization website

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Cabaret done by Oregon Cabaret Theatre, May 28 – Aug 30, 2015

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Cabaret

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Come see Kander & Ebb’s classic musical as you’ve never seen it before as the Oregon Cabaret space is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub in all of its 1930s Berlin decadence. Cabaret plays from May 28 to August 30, 2015 For tickets go to Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

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Lithia Park Nature Walks — Free

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Guided Lithia Park Nature Walks -- Free

From May to September, no matter the weather, a trained docent naturalists will lead a fun, informative and easy 1.5 hour nature walk through Ashland's gem -- Lithia Park. Topics include: trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and history of the park. Days: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (Saturday in July and August) Time: 10 am Meeting point: park entrance nearest the Plaza And yes, you can do it all!  You can enjoy the Chanticleer breakfast and get to the nature walk on time without being rushed.

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OSF Prologue 2015

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2015 OSF Prologue

OSF Prologue offers up interesting back stories from the 2015 Spring line up:   [caption id="attachment_4511" align="alignnone" width="500"]prologue-cover-spring2015 Christiana Clark as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing[/caption]  

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Catherine Coulson Teaches Class on “Guys and Dolls” — May 9, 2015

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Catherine Coulson teaches a free class on OSF's  musical "Guys and Dolls"

[caption id="attachment_4408" align="alignright" width="200"]Catherine Coulson Catherine Coulson[/caption] Learn more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's musical "Guys and Dolls" from actor extraordinaire Catherine Coulson on May 9, 2015. Each year, a variety of OSF actors teach classes for the Siskiyou Center.  Go to Siskiyou Center's website to see the in-depth theater education programs and other free classes. The classes are free of charge, but please call 541-482-0260 or email nicole@siskiyoucenter.com and let her know if you are attending to arrange for the right amount of seating and refreshments. Location: Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main Street Date: May 9, 2015 Time: 10-11am  

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

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"Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden"

[caption id="attachment_4398" align="alignright" width="262"]Hummingbirds Calliope Hummingbirds[/caption] Learn what to do in your garden to attract hummingbirds. Klamath Bird Observatory's month of May "Talk and “Walk"" presented by Laura Fleming, a KBO Board Member Talk: Wednesday, May 6th 6:30-8pm Laura Fleming is opening Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford this spring.  The “Walk” for this event will be an invitation to visit Wild Birds Unlimited at its new location plus a gift certificate offering a discount on purchases. $25 fee is for both the Talk and Walk.  Contact shannonrio@aol.com to sign up.  

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Musical of Musicals (the Musical) Oregon Cabaret Theater

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Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)

Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents a hilarious satire of musical theater, a single story is transformed into five mini-musicals, each written and composed in the distinctive style of a different master of the musical theater form: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Roberta Kent writing for the Mail Tribune says:
"“The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” is a delightful spoof on Broadway musicals. Don’t let the way-too-clever title of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s new offering put you off. It is a valentine without being saccharine and a tribute without being slavish — and great fun."
Musical of Musicals plays April 8 - May 17, 2015  For show times and ordering tickets go here.  

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Chanticleer Inn Garden Spring Flowers

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Chanticleer Inn Garden in Spring

Over the years, more than 1,500 bulbs have been planted throughout the gardens.  Some are early spring bloomers, such as those in these pictures, others are mid- and late-spring blooming. Ever a challenge in the Chanticleer Inn garden, thankfully, the deer don't like daffodils and hyacinths (yet). [caption id="attachment_4241" align="alignleft" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Daffodils[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4243" align="alignright" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn garden Tassel Bush and Red Camellias[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4244" align="alignleft" width="180"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Wood Hyacinths[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4242" align="alignright" width="184"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Miniature Daffodils[/caption]

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Camelot Theatre: “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Livia Genise

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Camelot Theatre "Sunset Boulevard" -- a Review

Livia Genise's version of Sunset Boulevard is a "kinder, gentler version of tale told in classic Wilder movie" says Roberta Kent writing for the Daily Tidings. I always love to promote the 'other' performing arts venues in the Rogue Valley.  The town of Talent, just a few miles up the road from Ashland, is the home of the Camelot Theatre. This community theater does a wonderful job mainly due the untiring efforts of its Artist Director Livia Genise. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="354"]Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Camelot Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard." Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin Camelot Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard." Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin[/caption] Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton Based on the Billy Wilder Film Starring Livia Genise and Nathan Monks Directed by Roy Von Rains, Jr. Go here to read Roberta Kent's review of "Sunset Boulevard"
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8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 19 at the Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Avenue, Talent. For tickets ($25-29), call 541-535-5250 or go to www.camelottheatre.org

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“Guys and Dolls” 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Big Fat Musical

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Guys and Dolls -- a Review

Guys and Dolls is truly entertaining and very well done ... this coming from someone who loves music and especially dance, but not particularly musical theater. If you like musical theater, then you must go to see Guys and Dolls.  Others who are musical theater lovers, such as, my friend Jim are loving the show. The two lead women, Kate Hurster and Robin Goodrin Nordli, really sparkle and shine, nearly stealing the show.  I also loved how Rodney Gardiner played Nathan Detroit.  The dancing was excellent, perhaps the best choreography Oregon Shakespeare Festival has done yet (err, in a long time). David Stabler's review (see it here) provides another view, funnily enough reflecting much of what I think and feel.

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