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Dancin Vineyard

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Dancin Vineyard

Dancin Vineyard was our first stop on a brief day trip with friends. The plan was to taste at Dancin, and then have lunch in Jacksonville. The vineyard was so inviting and they serve food! So we thought: we're here, let's do it! We all enjoyed the venue, with umbrella covered tables, surrounded by amazingly manicured grape vines. The menu offered a nice selection of pizzas and salads. My friends enjoyed the Chardonnays very much -- apparently one of Dancin's speciality. Dancin Vineyard has a whole line up of entertainment and events, including a First Saturday Yoga event. For information on their "Happenings" go to their website. [caption id="attachment_5961" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Dancin Vineyard Old and new friends together eating and tasting at Dancin.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5954" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sampling cheese and wine at Dancin Vineyard Sampling cheese and wine at Dancin Vineyard[/caption] The counter at which we were dining had a metal side panel (at knee level) with a pretty cutout design. I thought it might have potential for an "arty" image, especially with a wine glass perch in front. Below is the result of my experiment. [caption id="attachment_5950" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Dancin Vineyard Dancin Vineyard.  Photo by Ellen Campbell[/caption] While the group finished their sipping, I took a stroll about where I discovered the chicken coop. It's huge! The chicken were very calm and were a bit sleepy in the heat. [caption id="attachment_5956" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Dancin Vineyard Chicken Coop Chicken Coop
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5957" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Sign on Dancin Vineyard chicken coop Sign on the chicken coop[/caption]

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Spotlight on Neil Diamond at the Camelot Theatre

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Camelot Theatre Spotlight on Neil Diamond

Spotlight On Neil Diamond Starring Erik Connolly Directed by Presila Quinby August 10 - 27, 2017 Tickets: $22 - $33

[caption id="attachment_5576" align="aligncenter" width="352"]Spotlight on Neil Diamond Spotlight on Neil Diamond[/caption] Neil Diamond has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is the second most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts. Featuring more than 20 hits including "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Heartlight”, and "Sweet Caroline". 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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Bishop Mayfield at Grizzly Peak Winery 7/28/17

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Bishop Mayfield plays at the Grizzly Peak Winery

[caption id="attachment_5943" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Bishop Mayfield Bishop Mayfield[/caption] Bishop Mayfield, a New York City native, has been singing since the age of 5. Since 1966, Bishop has been a regular fixture in the jazz scene up and down California and Canada. He has jammed with, or opened for, such greats as Albert Collins, B.B. King, Al Wilson, Martha Reeves & The Vandella's, Tower Of Power, Jr. Walker & The Allstars, Charlie Musslewhite, Ike & Tina Turner, Milo. Sugar Pie Desantos, John Lee Hooker, Willie Littlefield, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and many more. He has also co-produced many West African Drum & Dance performances, workshops, and benefits. Recently he has been in the Monterey area as the lead singer for Red Beans & Rice. He has performed in numerous churches. And is just as comfortable singing Gospel as he is singing Funk, Jazz, or Blues. Details: Grizzly Peak Winery Friday July 28, 2017, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Gates Open at 5:30 pm Food Truck on Site: Ooblies Waffle Truck Admission $6 Limited seating, tables and chairs welcome Please, no pets or outside alcohol

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Plays at the Camelot Theatre

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Story by Ian Fleming

Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams

Music & Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

August 3 - 6, 2017  Tickets: $21 - $24

[caption id="attachment_5573" align="aligncenter" width="352"]Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang[/caption]

The Camelot Conservatory celebrates its 15th year with a limited 6-performance run of the most "Phantasmagorical" musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A new musical filled with the madness, intrigue and exuberance of the 1968 film of the same name. Can the lovable but whacky inventor, Caractacus Potts, along with his two children and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom? What happens when the children are caught and imprisoned with the other youngsters by the evil Child Catcher? Will it all end happily ever-after? Join the "next generation of theatre professionals" to find out.

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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Orienteering on Mt. Ashland

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Learn Orienteering

[caption id="attachment_5804" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Orienteering tools Orienteering tools, simple and basic: map and compass[/caption] Class: Orienteering on Mt. Ashland Instructor: Brennan McGinnis, M.S. Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 Location: Mt. Ashland Tuition: $60 Gain confidence in plotting your back-country hikes and returning safely. Learn how to use simple navigational tools including map, compass, and solar position to prevent lost hours in the wilderness. Become expert in interpreting topographic maps to steer your way. This field course is invaluable training for naturalists of all ages seeking to take the anxiety out of hiking adventures. For information on registering for this fun class go to Siskiyou Field Institute. The instructor for this class is Brennan McGinnis a wilderness skills and philosophy instructor at Free Lance Wilderness Instruction

About Orienteering

A sport (usually competitive) in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass. Think car rally on foot. If competitive the winner is the one with the lowest elapsed time who found all the control points along the route. . More about orienteering on wikipedia

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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Crater Lake Vehicle-free Days: Sept 9 & 16, 2017

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Announcing: The Annual Crater Lake Vehicle-free Days

Crater Lake vehicle-free days --  two Saturdays in September, the 9th and 16th. The rim road will be closed off to vehicles. What a great opportunity for visitors to the National Park to hike and bike on the East Rim road that goes around the lake. All 24 miles without cars and trucks! You can leisurely enjoy the fabulous views of the 7th deepest lake in the world as well as the forests that surround the lake. For more information go the this webpage   [caption id="attachment_1537" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Crater Lake vehicle-free days Crater Lake vehicle-free days[/caption]

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Historic Railroad District in Ashland

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Railroad District in Ashland -- Historic Indeed!

Ever wonder about Ashland’s Railroad District, and why it is so historic? The answer may be found in Railroad Park on A St. between 7th and 8th, where there is a recently installed plaque to commemorate the opening of Central Pacific’s North-South railroad line (now known as the Siskiyou Route) in December 17, 1887. [caption id="attachment_5936" align="aligncenter" width="254"]California and Oregon Linked in Railroad District California and Oregon Linked in Ashland's Railroad District[/caption] When the Pacific lines of Oregon and California railway joined it completed the freight and passenger train service that circumnavigated the [then] entire nation (now just the ‘lower 48’). The importance of this connection is on par with the joining of the east and west railroad lines in 1869. The notable Charles Crocker (a founder of Central Pacific) drove in the commemorative golden spike with a silver hammer. Pacific railroad kept a staff of engineers and workmen in Ashland. Many of the small houses in the Railroad District were built for the workers and their families. The house at 120 Gresham St. (now the Chanticleer Inn) was bought by Mr. Klawson, a railroad engineer, in 1925. The Klawson's first child, Ted, was born that same year. Ted told me that he didn't know if he was born in the house or in the rental on Hargadine, but all his fond childhood memories are of this house. The Klawson's lived in the house until sometime in the 1950s.  

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Apple Tree Is Doing the “June Drop”

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Front Yard Apple Tree

It's that time of the year when the apple tree starts dropping. Then it becomes a race: gather the apples up before the deer scarfs them down. At first the apples are small, not even close to ripe. The deer still will nibble those. Soon the apples will be over ripe and the deer love them! But what to do with the wee apple tree donations? My staff created an expressive solution. I found these perched on the kitchen backsplash the other day. I love my 'ladies' they provide a steady source of chuckles and eye rolls. [caption id="attachment_5919" align="aligncenter" width="300"]apple tree Apple Tree Inspiration[/caption]  

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The Drowsy Chaperone at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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Oregon Cabaret Theatre Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

[caption id="attachment_5466" align="aligncenter" width="425"]The Drowsy Chaperone The Drowsy Chaperone[/caption]

July 6 – September 3, 2017

The narrator "Man in Chair", a mousy, agoraphobic musical fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, which is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes. Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show from the stage, though he is on the audience side of the fourth wall, invisible to the players. In the opening number, "Fancy Dress", the premise and characters of the show are introduced: it's the day of the wedding of oil tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff, who plans to give up her career for married life. Those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. Tottendale; her loyal employee known only as Underling; Robert's best man, George; Broadway producer Feldzieg, who is hoping to persuade Janet to forgo marriage and continue starring in Feldzieg's Follies; ditzy flapper Kitty, who hopes to take Janet's place in the Follies; two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs; self-proclaimed famed Latin lover Aldolpho; Janet's alcoholic Chaperone, who is supposed to keep her away from Robert until the wedding; and Trix, an aviatrix. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. For more information and tickets, please go to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre's website.

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SPAMalot Plays at the Camelot Theatre

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SPAMalot the Musical at the Camelot

June 21 - July 23, 2017 SPAMalot Inspired by the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Written by Eric Idle Music & Lyrics by John Du Prez, Eric Idle Directed by Renee Hewitt Tickets: $18 - $36

[caption id="attachment_5569" align="aligncenter" width="352"]SPAMALOT SPAMalot[/caption] "Lovingly ripped off" from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Camelot is pleased to present SPAMalot as its summer musical. This Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is a comedy featuring the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches, and other Python touches. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings the King and his Knights to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths. SPAMalot also adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit. 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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