Mary Orlin Wine and Food Writer on Southern Oregon Wines

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Five Southern Oregon wine tasting Stops, a San Jose, Mercury News article

Mary Orlin a well known wine and food writer identifies five Southern Oregon wine tasting stops Here’s yet another article on Southern Oregon wine region, comparing here to the Willamette Valley wines. The article suggests 5 wineries starting in West Medford at Dancin. Going into Jacksonville to stop at Quady North (one of my favorites). Then out in the Applegate Valley to visit Plaisance Ranch, Schmidt Family Vineyards, and Serra Vineyards. All doable in an afternoon from the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon. [caption id="attachment_5819" align="aligncenter" width="350"]In the barrel room at Plaisance Ranch In the barrel room at Plaisance Ranch[/caption]

About Mary Orlin

Orlin is the wine and food writer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning journalist, Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced certified wine professional and frequent wine judge. Prior to 2014, Mary contributed to local and national wine publications, and produced the wine TV show "In Wine Country" on NBC for nine seasons. Mary's journalism career began at CNN in Atlanta. Mary Orlin @winefashionista

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The Day the Music Died, Spotlight at the Camelot

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Spotlight on The Day the Music Died

Spotlight On The Day The Music Died

Starring Alex Boyles & Rigo Jimenez

March 30 - April 16, 2017

Directed by Roy Von Rains, Jr.

Tickets: $22 - $33

[caption id="attachment_5555" align="aligncenter" width="352"]Spotlight at the Camelot The Day the Music Died The Day the Music Died[/caption] In February 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, were killed in an Iowa plane crash. The event was later immortalized in a song by singer-songwriter Don McLean in his 1971 song "American Pie." Camelot presents Spotlight On The Day The Music Died, celebrating the contributions Holly, Valens and Richardson made during their brief careers to American music, including "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day", "It's So Easy", "La Bamba", "Donna", "Come On Let's Go", "Chantilly Lace", "White Lightning", "Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor", "Little Red Riding Hood", and more. Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art 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.
For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.  

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Jay Nicholas: Bug n’ Brew Fly Fishing Class at Ashland Fly Shop

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Jay Nicholas

[caption id="attachment_5779" align="aligncenter" width="435"]Jay Nicholas Jay Nicholas[/caption] Jay Nicholas is one of fly-fishing’s resident all-stars. If you haven’t seen one his recently published books like Advanced Intruder Strategies or Intruder Essentials, you have likely seen one of his many tying videos. A retired fish biologist, Jay has a fervent passion for salmon, steelhead, sea bass, albacore, and every other fish that swims off the Pacific coast. Join Jay Nicholas on Friday night in the Ashland Fly Shop for a book signing; and again for his tying class and presentation Saturday. Schedule: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • 2-5pm Book Signing and Q & A with Jay
Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • 1-4 pm: Steelhead Tying Class: Tube Flies ($50) Learn to tie steelhead tube flies like intruders, bunny and marabou leeches, and the silveynator. These are bread and butter flies that get 'em!
  • 4-6 pm: Tidewater Chinook Flies and Video with Jay Nicholas (Free!)

Bug n' Brew is a series of classes and workshops hosted by Ashland Fly Shop on the corner of Main St. and 3rd St in Ashland Oregon. This year (2017) you will have the opportunity to take a class from some of the Northwest’s most innovative steelhead fly tyers. Each class is $50, or all four classes at a discount of $180. Following the class, each tyer will give a free presentation on various topics. Check out the schedule here and get signed up while there’s still room!

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Oregon Cheese Festival 2017

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Oregon Cheese Festival March 18 & 19, 2017

Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point at the Rogue Creamery

The 13th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival is open Saturday, March 18th from 11-5 at Rogue Creamery, 311 N. Front St., (Hwy. 99) in Central Point. Visitors will sample a variety Oregonian cheese: cow, sheep, and goat cheese.  What better to pair these cheese, than with Oregon wines, beer, cider, and other local artisan gourmet foods? For more information A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) for the Saturday festival, includes sampling and demonstrations. Children under 12 free. An additional $10 for wine flights. [caption id="attachment_4961" align="aligncenter" width="250"]Oregon cheese guild logo, cheese festival in Central Point Cheese Festival[/caption] The festival has been growing steadily every year. Last year we had 95 different vendors and attracted over 4,000 enthusiasts in one day. In 2017 we anticipate over 105 vendors and over 4000 guests. Culture Magazine, one of the leading periodicals in the cheese industry, called the Oregon Cheese Festival one of the Ten Best Cheese Festivals. For Friday the night before the festival there is the Cheese and Wine Makers Dinner,$125.00  6pm March 17th at the Inn at the Commons. [caption id="attachment_4967" align="aligncenter" width="267"]Gordon Edgar's book Cheesemonger the life on the wedge Image of Gordon Edgar's book cover Cheesemonger life on the wedge[/caption] Many people come to the Rogue Valley for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Crater Lake National Park, for lodging in Ashland Oregon visit the Chanticleer Inn B&B.

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Chamber Music Concert: Enso String Quartet

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Enso String Quartet

[caption id="attachment_5362" align="aligncenter" width="436"]Enso String Quartet Enso String Quartet[/caption] Enso String Quartet, founded at Yale University in 1999, has risen to the front rank of string ensembles. The quartet has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Based in New York, the group has toured extensively, most recently in the US, Brazil, and Mexico. Enso is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit. Location: SOU Music Recital Hall EVENING SERIES: FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 – 7:30PM Wolf – Italian Serenade Puccini – "I crisantemi" Ginastera – String Quartet no. 2, Op. 26 Ravel – String Quartet in F Major For more information on Chamber Music Concerts go to the website

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Ghost, the Musical at the Camelot Theatre

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Ghost, The Musical

March 8 - 26, 2017

GHOST, The Musical

Written by Bruce Joel Rubin Music & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, David A. Stewart, Glen Ballard

Directed by Olivia Harrison Tickets: $18 - $36

[caption id="attachment_5551" align="aligncenter" width="352"]Ghost the musical Ghost, the Musical[/caption] This musical is based on the Oscar-winning motion picture of the same name. This show is for everyone who sobbed through the film. After Sam is murdered on the street, he finds himself trapped as a ghost between this world and the next. He tries to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phony psychic (Oda Mae Brown) in the hope of saving her from his murderer. The notion that we have a parallel existence beyond mortality is stunningly expressed in a show of video projections, artfully created by Camelot's Video Designer, Brian O'Connor. Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art 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.
For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.  

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Snowshoe Crater Lake!

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Snowshoe Crater Lake This Winter

[caption id="attachment_4653" align="alignright" width="150"]snowshoe crater lake Snowshoe Crater Lake[/caption] Popular and free ranger-guided snowshoeing is a wonderful way to see Crater Lake and learn about the local natural history, especially how plants, animals, and people have adapted to thrive in the snowiest inhabited place in America. The views are absolutely spectacular when you snowshoe Crater Lake -- and snowshoes are really the only way to explore the park because the park receives an average of 43 feet (516 inches) of snow per year.

The snowshoe "walks" are offered every weekend on Saturday and Sunday (and on some holidays) over the winter for as long as there's snow up to April 30, 2017. Visit the Crater Lake park's website for the latest in schedule and information -- you don't want to miss the opportunity to snowshoe Crater Lake.

Some details:

The "walks" begin at 1:00 p.m., last two hours, and cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain. The ranger will lead the hike off-trail to explore the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake.

Never snowshoed? No problem! No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The rangers restrict the age starting at 8 years old. One should come prepared with warm clothing (dress in layers, it gets warm when you're moving about, but can get cold quickly when standing about) Wear water-resistant footwear (Gortex), I prefer to use gaiters as well.

Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on December 25. Groups of 10 or more people (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour just for their group.

Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The park's north entrance and Rim Drive are closed to cars in the winter, but the west and south entrances are plowed daily and are open to automobiles throughout the year. There is no winter lodging in the park, but the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is open daily except on November 26 and December 25. Spectacular views of Crater Lake can be obtained at Rim Village during periods of clear weather.


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Ashland Fly Shop: February 9th 2017

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Ashland Fly Shop Videos

Ashland Fly Shop is just down the street from the Chanticleer Inn, on the corner of 3rd and E. Main. Fly Fishing Report: Will from Ashland Fly Shop occasionally sends out reports. This one is in a video format.  Will talks about the weather, the rivers and where the winter fish are. Two Minute Drill -- Mending Your Spey Line For a how-to video on Mending your spey line

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Once Again: Rogue, Applegate Valleys Make a List

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Wine Travel Writers Are Discovering Southern Oregon

In the last few years, on a fairly regular basis, Southern Oregon wine region is making the wine travel writers lists. One of the latest "The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide" by Lauren Mowery, a contributor to Forbes Magazine. Why?, you might ask, are international travel writers raving about this area? Well, because Southern Oregon is truly remarkable and very distinct from the Pinot Noir heavy wine region in northern Oregon. It's all about geography and diversity: for many decades this region has been globally recognized for its bio-diversity by biologists, and now wine makers are discovering that geographic diversity translates to good wine making. Three mountains ranges cross this region, Cascades, Klamath, and Siskiyou, forming highly diverse terrain, multiple micro-climates, and a number of fertile river valleys. Each mountain range unique in geology adds to the diversity of the terroir. Southern Oregon wine region has the most diverse growing conditions in the world. More kinds of grapes thrive here than any other wine growing region. A few years ago there were a little over 60 wineries, now there are over 150 offering over 70 different varieties of wine in 5 distinct regions. [caption id="attachment_5320" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Travel writers Cabernet Franc ready to pick! Cabernet Franc ready to pick! Photo by Ellen Campbell[/caption]

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Siskiyou Botanical Areas and Stewardship

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Native Plant Society Program: Siskiyou botanical areas and stewardship - Feb 16, 2017

Jeanine Moy will discuss rare plant species of the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, and examine a few of the 130 designated Siskiyou botanical areas created to protect our rare plants. Learn about ways to participate in a community of stewardship for these special places.
Jeanine Moy is a passionate naturalist and educator with a degree in Applied Ecology from Cornell University. She is outreach director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and manages the Adopt-a-Botanical Area Program.
This program is free and open to the public.
When: February 16, Thursday, 7 pm
- Refreshments at 6:45 pm
- Meeting and program at 7:00 pm.
Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161.
For more information go to Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society's Facebook page or contact Dave at 541-535-5355.
[caption id="attachment_5753" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Siskiyou Botanical Areas coral root Coral Root on Grizzly Peak,  Photo by Ellen Campbell[/caption]

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