Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: August 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments
"The Great Society" Ranked and Rated by My GuestsFor many years, the Larson Family has been attending plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While visiting at the Chanticleer, Victoria shared with me how the family has developed a system to score and rate the plays they see. Each family member scores the plays (1-9, of course plays being highly regarded get 9) he or she sees. Then an average is calculated. Below is an image of the Larson Family's 2014 OSF score sheet. It comes as no surprise that "Great Society", a play written by Robert Schenkkan that just won a 2014 Tony Award, was uniformly liked by all family members, and then followed by "Comedy of Errors". [caption id="attachment_3906" align="alignnone" width="225"] The Larson Family's Scoring System[/caption]
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 25th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour[caption id="attachment_3883" align="alignright" width="225"] Opposition Beer's Flight[/caption] Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters. They don't just do rivers! They are growing into an adventure company. We really enjoyed the "Rogue Valley on Tap" tasting tour. It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer. All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste! It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations. There's nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it. The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley. [caption id="attachment_3884" align="alignleft" width="225"] Walkabout Beers[/caption] Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why "walkabout" for a company name? Well when you hear Ross talk you know ... you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can't take the Aussie out of the boy -- even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis. Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website. [caption id="attachment_3885" align="alignright" width="300"] Ross Litton, the Owner of Walkabout Brewing Company, Explains the Beer Biz[/caption] Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013. Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments
Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO[caption id="attachment_3871" align="alignright" width="380"] "We're watching you" Photo (C) Peter J Thiemann.[/caption] These are the very same Screech Owl babies who were 'disrupting' the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season. As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the 'background' [thankfully they weren't miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem. When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There's a reason they are called "Screech Owls"! Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it's been much quieter in the theater. This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 13th, 2014 | 0 Comments[caption id="attachment_3863" align="alignright" width="291"] "Peach Boat"[/caption]
Peach Boat, a summer fruit favorite at the ChanticleerOne of the best things about this time of the year is summer fruit! Pictured to the right are what the staff and I call "Peach Boats". Fresh peaches, topped with thick creamy Meyer lemon yogurt (non-fat, but doesn't feel that way!) with raspberries and strawberries, decorated with zest of lemon and fresh garden mint. The bowls consistently come back empty and suspiciously clean -- are people licking the bowls for that last drop of sauce? [caption id="attachment_3864" align="alignleft" width="225"] All lined up and ready to serve[/caption]
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 12th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Island Night, a Tropical Party at Daniel Meyer Pool[caption id="attachment_3853" align="alignright" width="300"] Island Night in Ashland[/caption] Aloha! Come to a tropical island themed pool party -- “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind”. Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Daniel Meyer Pool! Enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing and fun activities for all ages! A free community Hula dance workshop will be offered for anyone wanting to learn the beautiful moves of Hawaiian dance. Daniel Meyer Pool, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park at 1705 Homes Ave in Ashland. The pool will be open through September, 6, 2014. The pool offers Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI)® swim lessons, private lessons, swim team camps and Starguard® lifeguard certification. View complete information on pool activities and classes. The pool can be reached directly at 541.488.0313.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dog-friendly Water Fountain[caption id="attachment_3839" align="alignright" width="300"] K-9 Water Fountain[/caption] On Granite St. a couple blocks off North Main you may find a dog-friendly watering hole. A generous and kind resident set it up for our four-legged friends. Low enough for most dogs to reach and lap up fresh water. Ashland supports and cares for their dogs! The dog park on Nevada Street has doggie pools for some of those hot summer days. Check out my restaurant list where you can find which restaurants are dog-friendly and will serve their clients on sidewalk tables so their canine companions may be with the diners.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 | 0 Comments
Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014The Applegate lavender tour comprised of farms and nurseries will be inviting the public to visit, pick, and buy lavender-based products while their lavender is in bloom. Some farms are not open to the public at any other time in the year. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Applegate Lavender Tour[/caption] Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel through Oregon's pastoral countryside to each destination. Each location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors, so be sure to visit the Lavender-festival page to help you decide which locations to visit. Entry to each location is free.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Box Office Success for "All the Way" on BroadwayFor anyone who has seen "All the Way" the news that the play is breaking record sales should not be surprising. "All the Way," the Tony Award-winning drama starring Bryan Cranston as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, broke a box office record when it grossed over $1.4 million in a week, more than any new straight play in Broadway history. The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (go here for an interview with Schenkkan about "All the Way") shattered the record for eight performances during the week ending June 22. He also the playwright for "The Handler" and "By the Waters of Babylon" "All the Way" was commissioned and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts before opening on Broadway.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Thirsty Fawn After Eating My PetuniasThere comes a time in a fawns' life [for about a week] when they are old enough to wander away from their mothers, but still small enough to get through the gates by squeezing between the 4 inch bars. This morning one pictured below was twice found in the back yard. About 30 minutes after ushering it out of the yard, it returned for seconds on the petunias. After nibbling on more petunias, it then slipped into the pond. It seemed content to stay in the pond. It stood nearly chest deep and drank deeply. After it drank its fill and I had taken a few pictures, I stroked it on the back to encourage it to move out of the pond. I was somewhat concerned about its sharp hooves standing on the rubber pond liner. It bounded out of pond and made its way into the front yard. Thankfully the mother was no where to be found. She can't get into the backyard. We're wondering where she was all the time her baby was frolicking behind the bars. For those who are curious, the fur is not that soft. The hair felt thick and wiry, a little like a terriers'. [caption id="attachment_3807" align="alignright" width="569"] Wading Fawn[/caption]
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights[caption id="attachment_3799" align="alignright" width="274"] Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance[/caption] From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.
- Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
- Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
- Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
- Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.