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Oregon Cheese Festival 2016

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Oregon Cheese Festival March 19, 2016

Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point at the Rogue Creamery

The 12th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival is open Saturday, March 19th from 10-5 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? A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) for the Saturday festival includes sampling and demonstrations. An additional $10 alcoholic beverage fee (wine, beer, cider, spirits) includes a collectible wine glass etched with the Oregon Cheese Guild logo. [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 2016 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 Cheesemakers Dinner, 6pm March 18th at the Inn at the Commons. Special Guest will be Gordon Edgar author of A Cheesemonger -- a Life on the Wedge. For an interview about the book to the author Gordon Edgar video. Tickets for the dinner: Buy tickets for Meet the Cheesemakers Dinner [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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Kristin Towers-Rowles at Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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A Lovely Lineage Kirstin Towers-Rowles

March 16, 2016 -- Tickets $15 Kristin Towers-Rowles, granddaughter of MGM star Kathryn Grayson, brings her one woman musical tribute to her Hollywood heritage [caption id="attachment_4834" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Head shot of Kristin Towers-Rowles at the Cabaret theater Kristin Towers-Rowles[/caption] 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. Cabaret is near accommodations and lodging in Ashland Oregon. Located in the heart of downtown Ashland. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Sweet Charity at the Camelot Theatre

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Sweet Charity at the Camelot Theatre

"Sweet Charity" play dates: March 16, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, and Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="341"]Sweet Charity playbill/poster at the Camelot Theater Sweet Charity[/caption] This Tony-winning musical is a tender, poignant and very funny story of the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady Charity Hope Valentine. Sweet Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong men and sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through her romances in the world of Times Square. From her cynical trio of girlfriends at the dance hall, to the phony evangelist, the Coney Island "fun people," and the YMHA "self-improvers," every character has a particular talent for looking at the truly amusing side of life. Musical numbers include Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This.

About the Camelot Theatre:

The Camelot located in Talent Oregon 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. Coming from afar? There are many lodging and accommodations in Ashland Oregon near the Camelot Theatre Company in Talent. One premier B&B is the Chanticleer Inn.

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Women’s Invitational Ashland New Plays Festival

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The ANPF Women's Invitational Debuts

Women's Invitational -- March 25 - 27 2016

womens invitational poster March 25-27, 2016

Why a Women's Invitational for new plays?

ANPF explains: "Great theatre consists of great storytelling, yet many beautiful, powerful stories go unheard due to barriers faced by talented women playwrights, particularly women of other cultures. On the last weekend of March 2016, to inaugurate our twenty-fifth season, Ashland New Plays Festival will present the ANPF Women’s Invitational—dramatic readings of the three winning plays received from 50 of the nation’s best playwrights."
Winning Playwrights Announced

For the first ANPF Women's Invitational, these plays and playwrights are the winners. For detailed information on each play and playwright:

  • Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, by Jiehae Park
  • Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok
  • King of the Yees, by Lauren Yee

Please plan to join us March 25, 26, and 27, 2016, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University for this extraordinary event. The winning plays will be presented in matinee and evening performances. ANPF members will be given priority access to tickets, and reserved seating will be available.

Coming from afar? There are many lodging and accommodations offerings in Ashland Oregon near the SOU campus -- a premier B&B is the Chanticleer Inn.

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The Brothers Reed, March 9, 2016

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The Brothers Reed, March 9, 2016 -- Tickets $15

Popular local duo The Brothers Reed bring their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and edgy humor to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre before setting out on their 2016 tour. While playing around with their not so high-energy solo creations they developed something on the side. Musical tastes for both have changed over the years and evolved into a medley of folk/bluegrass/pop/country and so on… The Brothers Reed want to bring you a unique listening experience often filling the between-time during shows with comedy and fun while balancing that with many serious songs about love and every day life. So come to a show or listen online for surely a pleasurable experience! [caption id="attachment_4830" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Brothers Reed in a field with Mt. Shasta in the background The Brothers Reed[/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 offerings in Ashland Oregon to include B&Bs, vacation rentals and hotels near the Theater located 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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Orpheus and Eurydice, the Opera at Camelot Theatre

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Orpheus and Eurydice

A Baroque Opera by Gluck, "Orpheus and Eurydice" is produced and performed by Brava! Opera Theater

 

Friday & Saturday March 3 & 4, 8:00 pm Sunday March 6, 3:00 pm Adults $30, Students (under 21) $15. No senior discounts

[caption id="attachment_5133" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Orpheus and Eurydice Orpheus and Eurydice[/caption] The fully staged professional baroque opera Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck will be performed in English and feature a richly talented national cast of professional opera singers with an instrumental chamber ensemble. Orpheus and Eurydice is based on the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, the hero who descends into Hades to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the fate of death. This acclaimed opera is the perfect gift for all opera enthusiasts and hopeless romantics alike and conveys a timeless message of love's power to triumph over all. For further information, see the Brava! Opera website

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. In just a few minutes drive from excellent lodging in Ashland OR, the Chanticleer Inn B&B.

The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the 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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Breaking Character at Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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Breaking Character, March 2, 2016

Breaking Character: "2 talented women. 1 career. No understudy" and apparently no safety net. Keaton Talmadge and Shannon Nelson take you on a tour of making a career (and life) in Hollywood.

Breaking Character poster for the Cabaret Theater

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 Oregon where there are many fine accommodations and B&Bs, such as the Chanticleer Inn. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 1, 2016

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Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Opens for the 2016 Season on March 1!

[caption id="attachment_3697" align="alignright" width="236"]Ashland Farmers Market Ashland Farmer's Market[/caption]

Ashland Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce, specialty foods, and unique hand-made crafts to southern Oregon since 1987.

The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market consists of over 200 local members, many of whom are local to Jackson County (the town of Ashland is in Jackson County). To be included in the market, all items for sale must be locally prepared, grown, or crafted by the vendor.

Come to the Ashland Farmers Market to shop, chat, and commune with local farmers who deliver food straight from their fields to you; and with crafters who make sundry handmade art and tools.

At the Ashland Farmers market there will be:

  • Freshly harvested salad greens and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Colorful in season flowers, plants in pots, and garden starts
  • An array of prepared foods and baked goods, sustainably grown, harvested and made: such as meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, soups, salsa, pasta, pickles, honey and other goodies.
  • A wide selection of unique, locally handcrafted, many totally sustainable, items for home and garden, including woodwork, pottery, homemade soaps and bath items, dried flower arrangements, quality metal artwork and jewelry.
  • Occasional Chef demonstrations
  • Live music played by locals
  • Master Gardeners table after May

Ashland Farmers Market Details:

Locations: The Market comes twice a week: the more expansive market is on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory; the smaller market right in downtown on Saturdays. The Saturday market is convenient to the Chanticleer Inn, guests can just stroll down the hill. The Tuesday market is a short drive on East Main Street. Both locations will take debit and credit cards.

What's local? Everything produced at the market is as local as it can be! Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is limited to growers, producers and crafters within 3 Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou. Some of the crafters and vendors may source materials and ingredients outside of our valley. Be sure to ask individual vendors about sources of their ingredients, and why they have chosen them.

Organic or Not Organic? Not all products found at the market are organic. Individual vendors decide how they will grow, produce and/or source their products. However the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market organization gives preference to vendors that operate organically locally within the Rogue Valley. All vendors will advertise what is organic and what is not.

TUESDAYS 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ashland Market National Guard Armory 1420 E. Main Street March – November

SATURDAYS 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ashland Saturday Market Oak Street in the Heart of Downtown May – October

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction, page 36

[caption id="attachment_5105" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic
Reduction[/caption] My staffer Ember St. John while helping to assemble this salad quipped: ‘Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad … unless it is Ellen’s fruit salad.” This very popular salad is refreshing on those bright sunny mornings that come before a hot afternoon. That said, this salad really could be served at any meal. It is important that the ingredients are fresh and ripe. The ingredients are selected for the complimentary colors, as well to balance the sweet with tart and salty. Recipe found in the Chanticleer Inn B&B cookbook "Recipes Are Like Pearls ... Lovely but not useful until strung together"

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Season

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OSF 2016 Season

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 season opens this coming weekend. In its 81st year the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is still inventive and sizzling. In the last 10 years, Oregon Shakespeare Festival has produced 29 world premieres. Some of those plays, OSF commissioned -- and one got the Tony! Personally, I look forward to the newly minted plays, some of them become my season favorites. For this season, the River Bride which premiers early is one of those I am looking forward to seeing, but there will be others! [caption id="attachment_5088" align="aligncenter" width="1020"]Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 River Bride[/caption]

Last fall, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that they will be commissioning 36 playwrights to translate 39 Shakespeare plays into contemporary modern English. Lively debates ensued (understatement) and will probably continue for some time. My bet is these plays will be very well received and will successfully be bridges for younger generations, who never became comfortable with, or were never introduced to, King James' English, to cross over and embrace the original Shakespeare plays.

Go to the Portland Monthly magazine Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 season article for their description of the opening plays for the 2016 season...

 

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