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Wild Flowers on Upper and Lower Table Rock Trail

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Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

[caption id="attachment_4515" align="alignright" width="300"]Lower Table Rock Trail flower Cascade Mariposa Lily[/caption] Upper and Lower Table Rock trails are some of my favorite springtime trails, especially during the mid-week. I like that they go through a few distinct eco-systems, each with its own set of wild flowers. The trails start from two separate car parks and briefly go through oak savannah, where you see meadow/woodland flowers, such as camas, buttercups, mariposa lilies, shooting stars, with white oak trees and chaparral. The trails then steadily wind through more forested and shady section as they climb up the side of their mesas.  On top of each mesas, is where you can see the mounded prairie and vernal pool plant communities. The meadow flowers that form concentric circles around the vernal pools are especially striking. Depending on how much spring rain we get, the vernal pools might be seen as late as early May.  It's usually better to go in April. [caption id="attachment_4522" align="alignleft" width="220"]Lower table rock trail vernal pools Vernal pools with Fields of Gold[/caption]     The Table Rock vernal pools are micro-ecosystems of habitat that support a federally threatened species of fairy shrimp and a state endangered plant called dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila). This plant is endemic to the Table Rocks, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. You can see Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Ashland from the top of the mesas, as well as the Rogue Valley floor stretching south toward the Klamath/Siskiyous.  

Directions

From Interstate 5, take Exit #33 heading east one mile on East Pine Street and turn north (left) at the second signal onto Table Rock Road. For Upper Table Rock, turn right on Modoc Road. For Lower Table Rock continue to Wheeler Road and turn west (left). The signs for both Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails are well posted.

Details of the Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

[caption id="attachment_4517" align="alignright" width="272"]Lower Table Rock trail Arrowleaf balsamroot[/caption] Parking and toilet facilities are available at each trail. Water is not available along the trails or at the trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Allow approximately 2-3 hours for a round trip hike -- time depends on fitness and how much gawking one does along the way. Upper and Lower Table Rocks are side-by-side mesas. The Upper Table Rock mesa is shorter and the Lower Table Rock mesa is taller. Yeah, it took me awhile to work out that the upper and lower designations didn't describe height, but pertained to positions vis-a-vis the Rogue river. Up river = Upper Table Rock: further down river = Lower Table Rock. Upper Table Rock's out and back trail is 2.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 730 feet. You can extend the walk for as long as you like by wandering on top of the mesa. Lower Table Rock's trail is 3.5 miles round trip with elevation gain 770 feet. It is a moderately difficult trail. The trail offers interpretive signs for hikers. For those eager to extend their hike, you may enjoy walking along the abandoned airstrip to the edge of the rock. This will add an extra mile to your trip. Both trails at their south edges of the rock offer a great view of the unique habitat of Kelly Slough. This wetland lies 800 feet below and provides unique habitat for many aquatic birds.

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3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions at Grizzly Peak Winery

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3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions at Grizzly Peak Winery

[caption id="attachment_5846" align="aligncenter" width="526"]3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions[/caption] Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00PM to 9:00PM

About 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions

We are three fiddlers from three very different backgrounds – Danish, American, and Native American – who love to play together. Though our band features only one instrument, our show is truly diverse! Every culture brings its own voice to the fiddle – in the Métis style you’ll hear the a hint of Native American drumming, in the Danish, a happy polka party, and in the old-time American, a bit of blues and syncopated rhythms. You’ll hear the fiddle in its purest form, unaccompanied, as we each do a short solo set and talk about the music. Together, we play in duets and trios, using only fiddles for accompaniment. We also feature a few tunes on the 5-string medieval fiddle (“vielle”). Most of our music is traditional, but we have a few distinctive originals as well. Sample their music here. Admission $15 Doors open at 6:30 Location: Grizzly Peak Winery 1600 E. Nevada St. Ashland OR 97520 United States MORE INFO

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Lithia Park Blossoms in Spring Time

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Lithia Park Blossoms in the Early Spring

For floral displays, Lithia Park blossoms are a three-season destination. After attending Ashland Garden Club at the Community Center on Winburn, we wandered through Lithia Park. I wanted to see which tree were blossoming, and if perhaps, the rhododendrons were starting to bloom. The tulip magnolias and plum trees were still in full bloom, but we'll have to return for the rhodies. [caption id="attachment_5836" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Back of the Elizabethan Theatre from Lithia Park blossoms Back of the Elizabethan Theater from Lithia Park[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5837" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Upper Duck Pond Lithia Park blossoms Upper Duck Pond[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5839" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Jim at Lithia Park Upper Duck Pond Jim at the Upper Duck Pond[/caption] We are lucky to have such a lovely park, and so accessible to downtown. Then on the walk back to the Chanticleer at the corner of E. Main and Gresham, here is a picture of Ashland's library over blooming Oregon grape. Oregon grape, by the way, is the State of Oregon's flower. [caption id="attachment_5843" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Oregon Grape in front of Ashland's Library Oregon Grape in front of Ashland's Library[/caption]

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Martin Gershwitz at Grizzly Peak Winery

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Martin Gershwitz Plays at Grizzly Peak Winery

[caption id="attachment_5831" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Martin Gershwitz Martin Gershwitz[/caption] Location: Grizzly Peak Winery Date:  April 4th Time:  7pm Admission:  $15 Martin Gerschwitz is a classically trained, German born, keyboard master who began his career performing music with big German Orchestras before going on to touring with the likes of Eric Burdon and the Animals, Iron Butterfly, Meat Loaf, Lita Ford, and many more. He has perfected his own style utilizing both his classical background and rock influence that make his music, and his shows, a very versatile, unique, and delightful experience. Learn more about Martin at his website

Grizzly Peak Winery

Nestled on the slopes of Grizzly Peak, just north of, and a few minutes from, downtown Ashland, Oregon. This family-owned and community-focused winery grows their own grapes with care and to make their wines with love of the craft. They produce the highest quality hand-crafted wines made from carefully tended grapes grown by them in their own estate vineyard.

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The All Night Strut at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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Oregon Cabaret Theatre does "The All Night Strut!"

[caption id="attachment_5463" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Oregon Cabaret Theatre Performs "All Night Strut" Oregon Cabaret Theatre Performs "All Night Strut!"[/caption]

April 20 – June 25, 2017

A two-act musical celebration of the 1930s - 1940s filled with jazz, blues, bebop, and American songbook standards. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters, such as, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and the Gershwin's, the story moves through time and place to highlight a slick slice of yesteryear and capture a beloved American era. About the Show Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas, swing’s the thing in the The All Night Strut! From touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to performing with the Boston Pops, this classy, sassy musical revue has played the world over to record breaking houses and garnered rave reviews from critics. For more information and tickets go to Oregon Cabaret Theatre's website

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The Foreigner at the Camelot Theatre

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The Foreigner

April 26 - May 21, 2017 The Foreigner Starring Shirley Patton Directed by Joanna Goff Tickets: $18 - $34

[caption id="attachment_5559" align="aligncenter" width="352"]The Foreigner The Foreigner[/caption] Local Rogue Valley theatre legend Shirley Patton will once again grace the Camelot stage starring in The Foreigner. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer. This time Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. Froggy must leave, so in an attempt to help his shy friend, he tells Betty (Patton), the owner of the lodge that Charlie is a foreigner that neither speaks nor understands English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should - the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate. What he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant. 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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Chamber Music Concert: Tallis Scholars

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Tallis Scholars Special Monday Concert

[caption id="attachment_5367" align="aligncenter" width="425"]Tallis Scholars Tallis Scholars[/caption] Director Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973. Through recordings and concert performances, the choir has established itself as the leading exponent of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. They perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a world tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and traveling sufficient air miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. EVENING SERIES: MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 – 7:30PM "Metamorphosis" Music by H. Praetorius, Gibbons, Pärt, Sheppard, Tavener, Stravinsky, Palestrina, Gallus, Mouton, Eccard, Torrentes, and Holst PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT IS ON MONDAY EVENING.
"What makes the Tallis Scholars so special is not what they sing, but how they sing it… Sheer magic.” Birmingham Post (United Kingdom) "I have heard the Tallis Scholars half a dozen times, and I remain impressed by their purity of tone and beautiful blend of voices… Will I be there next year to hear the Scholars? You bet I will.” Boston Music Intelligencer
For more information and to purchase tickets go to the Chamber Music Concert's website.

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Table Rock Geology and Its Influence on Plant Communities

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Table Rock Geology and Its Influence on Plant Communities, a Siskiyou Field Institute Class

[caption id="attachment_5810" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Geology on table rock Grass widows, Olsynium douglasii, Table Rock Geology Photo by Ellen Campbell[/caption] Instructor: Larry Broeker Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 Location: Introduction at Central Point Library; class will then carpool to Upper Table Rock parking lot. Tuition: $60 We will examine the geologic events that shaped architecture of the Rogue Valley and surrounding foothills, specifically the origin and transformation of the Table Rocks. This field course begins with an introductory slide presentation at the Central Point Library, then continues in the field with a hike up the Upper Table Rock trail to the summit, then travel to various points of geologic and ecologic interest on its southeast arm. On our trip, we will observe mass-wasting processes of erosion as well as explore three distinct microhabitats that host diverse plant communities. Register for this course.

About Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute offers wonderful immersive workshops and classes for those who what to learn about natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. This special area of the world is one of the six global "hot spots" for flora and fauna biodiversity. The Chanticleer Inn has a history of supporting SFI and promoting their education, research and community programs.

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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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