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Gretchen Rumbaugh at Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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Time After Time -- Gretchen Rumbaugh

June 1, 2016 -- Tickets $15.00

Ashland native Gretchen Rumbaugh comes home to the Oregon Cabaret to premiere her one-woman show about coming home again. [caption id="attachment_4847" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Picture of Gretchen Rumbaugh who is at the Cabaret Theater Gretchen Rumbaugh[/caption] Tickets $15.  To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies. The Cabaret Theater is located near many B&B, vacation rentals and hotels in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Spotlight on Liza Minnelli at Camelot Theatre

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Liza Minnelli, a musical revue

June 2 - June 12, 2016 at the Camelot Theatre

Script by Catherine Noah

[caption id="attachment_4892" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Camelot theater poster of Liza Minnelli Liza Minnelli[/caption]

About Spotlight on Liza Minnelli

From her first appearance at the age of 14 months in her mother's film In the Good Old Summertime, to her Academy Award winning performance as Sally Bowles in the movie version of Cabaret, to her many television specials and concerts, the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minelli has wowed audiences with her many talents and touched our hearts with her vulnerability. Spotlight On Liza Minelli features 23 of Liza's hits, including Maybe This Time, Liza with a Z, Cabaret, My Own Best Friend and New York, New York.

About the Camelot Theatre Company

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon, a short distance from Ashland Oregon where there are many accommodations, B&Bs, hotels and vacation rentals. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is their Mission Statement: To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts. You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Migratory Bird Day, May 14, 2016

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International Migratory Bird Day, always on the second Saturday of May, celebrations span across two continents at more than 700 locations, from Argentina to Canada, and the Caribbean.

Here in the "State of Jefferson" there will be a birdwatching field trip at Montague (Siskiyou County), California and a festival gathering in Ashland's North Mountain Park. Klamath Bird Observatory will be at two local events—Montague and Ashland’s Rogue Valley Bird Festival.

2016 Rogue Valley Migratory Bird Day Celebration

North Mountain Park, Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. to noon Rogue Valley Bird Day is Ashland's celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), which celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird — its journey between wintering and breeding grounds. This year's theme, "Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation," will highlight the many ways we protect birds, including a focus on the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty in the U.S. and Canada and emphasis on other agreements in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Join us on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, to celebrate! Enjoy… Wildlife Images exhibits, guided bird walks, shade-grown coffee, and a bird-calling contest at 10:30 a.m. for all ages. This outdoor event is admission-free and takes place at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Avenue, Ashland. To learn more about this national event visit www.birdday.org. 

For more information call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606 or the Klamath Bird Observatory at 541.201.0866. [caption id="attachment_5244" align="aligncenter" width="360"]migratory bird day Field Trip[/caption]

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Siskiyou Singers Spring Concert

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Siskiyou Singers' Spring Concert “Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on Women Composers,” May 7 and 8, 2016 at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Poster of Siskiyou Singers at SOU in Ashland Oregon

About the Siskiyou Singers

The Choir is a community choir comprised of intelligent, enthusiastic residents from the Rogue Valley and beyond. Its members hail from as far as Yreka and Grants Pass to experience the joy of choral singing. The choir currently produces two concerts per year (one in early December, another in the Spring), each offering multiple performances. Siskiyou Singers have performed at various community events, such as, the Feast of Will, (an outdoor picnic marking the opening of the Oregon Shakespeare's Elizabethan theater in Ashland), the anniversary concert of the Southern Oregon Concert Band, and joint concerts with other local choral groups. The choir also runs an Educational Outreach program. For more information: call 541 482-5290 or go to their website If you're coming in from out of town, there are many B&Bs and hotels near SOU, a premier B&B is the Chanticleer Inn, the oldest continuing B&B in Ashland Oregon.

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Two Spring Mushrooming Class May 29 & June 5, 16

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Mushrooming Class Given by Siskiyou Field Institute

Mushrooming! Learn all about the spring-fruiting fungi, including morels and more. Class emphasis will be identifying edible mushrooms as well as inedible and toxic species. The class will start with a brief spring mushroom overview at the Ashland Co-op Community classroom on Pioneer between B and A streets, in Ashland's Railroad District, short walk from the Chanticleer Inn. Afterward the class will car pool up Highway 66 to foray near Howard Prairie Lake. [caption id="attachment_5122" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Morel mushrooming Mushrooming for morels[/caption] Instructor: Mike Potts Date: Sundays, May 29 and June 5, 2016 Location: Meet at the Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom in the Railroad District Tuition: $55

About Siskiyou Field Institute

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement. SFI provides the means for the region's leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs. The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!

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Gina Citoli at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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A Cabaret of Consciousness

Gina Citoli on May 11, 2016

Gina Citoli captivates and delights the entire family with her songs, wisdom, and humor in her one woman rock musical. A grand, inspirational entertainment. [caption id="attachment_4823" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Gina Citoli singing at the Cabaret theater Gina at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre[/caption] Tickets $15. To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies. There are many lodging and accommodations near the Cabaret in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Darlingtonia californica, carnivorous plants

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I am frequently asked if there is anything to see while on the Hwy 199 (aka the Redwood Highway), which is the road that connects the coastal towns of Crescent City or Brookings, at the California/Oregon border, to the Rogue Valley. There are of course the coastal redwoods, not to be missed! Then there are the Oregon Caves, and one could stop at a winery or two as well, but there's a little known botanical attraction that I feel worth a small amount of time to see -- that is Darlingtonia californica. It's not common in North America to find carnivorous plants in the wild, and that's exactly what you get to see! Where are these beauties? One of the quickest and easiest stops is the Darlingtonia Trail. This stop is just off Hwy 199 at mile marker 17.9 (yeah, I know 17.9, but if you get to mile marker 18 or to 17 you would have missed it). When I say just off, I mean the driveway is the parking lot.

The Darlingtonia Trail

The trail is an easy level stroll; and short, a mere 0.3 miles. The pull out is between Panther Flat Campground and Grassy Flat Campground, on the north side of the highway. For more information. Setting off on the loop trail, interpretive signs will inform you with the details about the Darlingtonia as well as the trees and shrubs you are seeing along the path, including Incense Cedar, Douglas Fir, salal, evergreen huckleberry and in the right season sweet smelling western azaleas and trilliums.

About Darlingtonia californica

The Darlingtonia californica or otherwise known as California Pitcher plant, or Cobra Pitcher plant is most unusual and uniquely endemic to Southern Oregon and Northern California. It grows in bogs and seeps with cold running water. This plant is designated as uncommon due to its rarity in the field. Darlintonia is the only species in the genus. The plant was "discovered" in 1841 by the botanist William D. Brackenridge at Mount Shasta, CA. In 1853 it was described by John Torrey, who named the genus Darlingtonia after a Philadelphia botanist. In common with most carnivorous plants, the cobra lily is adapted to supplementing nitrogen through carnivory, which helps compensate lack of available nitrogen. Because many carnivorous species live in hostile environments, their root systems are commonly as highly modified as their leaves. The cobra lily is able to survive fire by regenerating from its roots, but despite this ability the plants roots are delicate. So please stay on the trail. The cobra lily is unique among American pitcher plants. It does not trap rainwater in its pitcher. It regulates water inside by releasing or absorbing water into the trap that has been pumped up from the roots. The efficiency of the plant's trapping ability is attested to by its leaves and pitchers, which are, more often than not, full of insects and their remains.   [caption id="attachment_5228" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Darlingtonia californica Darlingtonia californica, closeup[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5227" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Darlingtonia californica aka Cobra Pitcher plant Darlingtonia californica[/caption]

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“Liquid Gold” St Clair Music Concert 4-30-16

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Liquid Gold — William Coulter and Edwin Huizinga

[caption id="attachment_5223" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Liquid Gold Coulter & Huizinga Playing guitar and fiddle Liquid Gold[/caption] Fire & Grace: Virtuoso Violin Meets Celtic Guitar If you've been to Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" at the Craterian Theater, you've seen these two musicians perform as part of the show. Guitarist William Coulter has been performing with Foley for many years and fiddler Edwin Huizinga for the last three. Performing together as the duo Liquid Gold, Coulter and Huizinga offer an eclectic exploration into the fire and grace that connects the elements of classical, folk and contemporary musical traditions from around the world. St Clair Eclectic Music Concert Series Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8 p.m. Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17, children under 12 are free with paying adult. Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Inherit the Wind at the Camelot Theatre

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"Inherit the Wind" a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee At the Camelot Theatre, April 27 - May 29, 2016 [caption id="attachment_4885" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Inherit the Wind poster/playbill for the Camelot theater Inherit the Wind[/caption]

Inherit the Wind, the story:

While this Tony Award winning play debuted in 1955, its story is as relevant today as it was then. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Henry Drummond faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady in a small Tennessee town where teacher Bertram Cates has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Says playwright Lawrence, "We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think."

About the Camelot Theatre:

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:
To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.
You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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“9 to 5” The Musical, April to July 2016

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9 to 5: The Musical

"9 to 5" plays April 28th to July 3rd 2016 Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Oregon famous for talented and campy musicals. Set to the infectious music of Dolly Parton and based on the 1980 smash hit movie, 9- 5 tells the story of three women co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their boss, who is unabashedly a bigot, sexist, sociopathic narcissist. This hilarious story of friendship, female bonding, and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. [caption id="attachment_4793" align="aligncenter" width="372"]9 to 5 The Musical "9 - 5" The Musical[/caption] To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors.  OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies. Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, near the Chanticleer Inn B&B. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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