“Liquid Gold” St Clair Music Concert 4-30-16

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Liquid Gold — William Coulter and Edwin Huizinga

[caption id="attachment_5223" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Liquid Gold Coulter & Huizinga Playing guitar and fiddle Liquid Gold[/caption] Fire & Grace: Virtuoso Violin Meets Celtic Guitar If you've been to Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" at the Craterian Theater, you've seen these two musicians perform as part of the show. Guitarist William Coulter has been performing with Foley for many years and fiddler Edwin Huizinga for the last three. Performing together as the duo Liquid Gold, Coulter and Huizinga offer an eclectic exploration into the fire and grace that connects the elements of classical, folk and contemporary musical traditions from around the world. St Clair Eclectic Music Concert Series Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8 p.m. Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17, children under 12 are free with paying adult. Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Inherit the Wind at the Camelot Theatre

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"Inherit the Wind" a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee At the Camelot Theatre, April 27 - May 29, 2016 [caption id="attachment_4885" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Inherit the Wind poster/playbill for the Camelot theater Inherit the Wind[/caption]

Inherit the Wind, the story:

While this Tony Award winning play debuted in 1955, its story is as relevant today as it was then. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Henry Drummond faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady in a small Tennessee town where teacher Bertram Cates has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Says playwright Lawrence, "We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think."

About the Camelot Theatre:

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the 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.
You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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“9 to 5” The Musical, April to July 2016

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9 to 5: The Musical

"9 to 5" plays April 28th to July 3rd 2016 Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Oregon famous for talented and campy musicals. Set to the infectious music of Dolly Parton and based on the 1980 smash hit movie, 9- 5 tells the story of three women co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their boss, who is unabashedly a bigot, sexist, sociopathic narcissist. This hilarious story of friendship, female bonding, and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. [caption id="attachment_4793" align="aligncenter" width="372"]9 to 5 The Musical "9 - 5" The Musical[/caption] 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, near the Chanticleer Inn B&B. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Rogue River Preserve Wild Flowers April, 17 ’16

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Rogue River Preserve Botany Walk

Follow my favorite local botanist Kristi Mergenthaler to explore vernal pools, oak woodlands, chaparral and magnificent floodplain forest of the Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point and Upper Table Rock. Just 35 minutes north from the Chanticleer Inn, makes for an easy day morning/afternoon hike. Afterwards, while in the neighborhood, one can do some wine tasting or cheese/chocolate tasting in Central Point.

In the class/hike, Kristi will acquaint you with the language of botany while looking at the native plants that live on the Rogue River Preserve -- a 353-acre valley floor property, including the rare White Fairypoppy, Winged-water Starwort, and White-flowered Navarretia.

We’re also likely to see Lewis’s and Acorn Woodpeckers. Part of the class fees will be donated towards the acquisition of this beautiful place for conservation by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

[caption id="attachment_5099" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen! Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen![/caption]

Instructor: Kristi Mergenthaler Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 Location: Meet at the Dollar Tree store in White City, 7338 Hwy. 62 Tuition: $55 Go Siskiyou Field Institute's website for information

About the Rogue River Preserve

Located along the banks of the Rogue river in Jackson County, Oregon, the historic Rogue River Preserve is an oasis of land and water that has been in the same family for over 70 years. The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is currently working with the MacAuthor family to buy the property and thus ensure its protection for generations to come. The 352 acre property hosts diverse and rich habitats (many are endemic and endangered), oak savanna, vernal pools, meadows, oak-pine woodlands and chaparral, along 1.5 miles of riverbank. Additionally the property is the second largest riparian gallery forest on the Rogue River upstream of Galice. No wonder hundreds of species call this land home! Its permanent protection will ensure that the extraordinary scenic, wildlife, recreation and habitat values will continue to be a community resource far into the future.

[caption id="attachment_5095" align="aligncenter" width="306"]Rogue River Preserve vicinity map Vicinity of Rogue River Preserve in Jackson County Oregon[/caption]

About Siskiyou Field Institute

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement. SFI provides the means for the region's leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs. The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!

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Gin Lin Mining Trail, Southern Oregon Historic Society Hike

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Hike the Gin Lin Mining Trail, April 3, 2016

The Gin Lin Mining trail is part of the Healthy History Hikes series -- guided history walks -- co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Ashland YMCA. Jeff LaLande, who is a retired archeologist for the Forest Service, will lead this 3/4 mile hike along the Gin Lin Trail in the Applegate, near Ruch and the McKee covered bridge. During his years of service, LaLande discovered many of these sites dating back to the early settlers and the gold rush. Gin Lin was a notable mine boss, contract labor broker, and businessman during the mid- to late 19th century in the Applegate/Jacksonville area. For more details of who Gin Lin is and some of gold rush history see Carolyn Kingsnorth's article. Details: Date: Sunday April 3, 2016, 11am-2pm Where: Gin Lin Mining Trail Please note: You will need to bring your own water or snack. Space is limited, so register now! Register online at Cost: $10/non-members; $5/SOHS & Ashland YMCA members. [caption id="attachment_5181" align="aligncenter" width="648"]Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign[/caption]

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Lithia Park Upper Pond

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Easter Sunday in Lithia Park

In every season, Ashland Oregon's Lithia Park offers a place for one to wander through its trails and be in Nature's beauty. In 2014, the Park was designated as one of the top ten Great American Spaces by the American Planning Association. Learn more at The park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands, and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots. Discover the plants and trees of Lithia Park with our Lithia Park Trail Guide. Many of the blossoming trees have nearly finished their showy displays, but the ones near the Upper Pond are still pretty. I liked the way the blossoms and family are capture in the reflections. Yesterday afternoon, Jim and I walked through the park. The Rotary Easter Egg Hunt had just finished -- it started at 1:00 (sharp!) and the children must have made quick work finding all that the Easter bunny hid, because by 1:30 all the kids, parents, grandparents, and baby strollers were winding their way out of the park or cavorting in the playground. [caption id="attachment_5177" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Easter Sunday Upper Pond in Lithia Park Easter Sunday Upper Pond in Lithia Park[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5178" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Cherry blossoms over Upper Pond in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Cherry blossoms over Upper Pond in Ashland Oregon[/caption]

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Vegetable Frittatas — March 27

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Vegetable Frittatas for Sunday Breakfast

Vegetable Frittatas, a generic name for a main egg dish, can have so many combinations of vegetables, meats and herbs. Whenever a frittata turns out to be more photogenic than usual, it's nice to take the time and capture it for the blog. I like taking advantage of the shapes and colors nature provides. Pictured here is a frittata baked in a round 8-ounce ceramic ramekin. Nestled on top of a bed of sauteed kale, the mini-bell pepper holds a turkey bacon rosette. To finish the tableau, sliced tomatoes and herbs frame the ramekin. [caption id="attachment_5170" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Vegetable frittatas baked in a ceramic ramekin Vegetable Frittatas[/caption] Pictured below is the vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes. The potatoes were tossed in hot, spicy mustard and olive oil and baked in 400F oven. [caption id="attachment_5173" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes, and garnished with herbs and a tomato slice Vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes, and garnished with herbs and a tomato slice[/caption]  

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What Is A Woman? At the Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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What Is A Woman?

March 30th -- Tickets $15.00
"What Is A Woman?" Shirley Andress and Siri Vik explore the many ups and downs of womanhood, love, friendship, family and more in an evening of dramatically-set classic songs, including “The Actuary Song”, “Baby, Baby All The Time”, “Little Me”, “Smile”, “Baby, Dream Your Dream”, “My Coloring Book”, “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today”, conceived and realized by Shirley, Siri, and Shedd Institute director and choreographer Richard Jessup.
What is a Woman, playing at the cabaret theater in ashland Oregon
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. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Streets. Cabaret Theater is in downtown Ashland Oregon near many bed and breakfasts, hotels, and vacation rentals -- a premier B&B is Chanticleer Inn.

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Fruit Parfait and Buttermilk Raisin Scones

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Fruit Parfait and Buttermilk Raisin Scones

[caption id="attachment_5148" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Fruit Parfait and Scones Fruit Parfait (page 26) and Buttermilk Raisin Scones (page 62)[/caption]

Fruit Parfait, page 26

Serving fruit parfait in clear glassware shows off the contrasting layers. This tasty and visually appealing dish combines two or three recipes -- apple or stone fruit compote, yogurt cream, and granola -- all of which can be made in advance and assembled just before serving. All of the recipes are in the Chanticleer Inn cookbook.

I make apple compote in large batches, primarily because we can serve up to 16 people for a single breakfast. Frequently, I will also portion out amounts for a future use and freeze the compote in Ziplock bags or Pyrex storage containers. In addition to fruit parfait, compote can be used in a number of recipes, such as, Apple Rose Tart, Fruit Crumble, or Dutch Babies.

Buttermilk Raisin Scones, page 62

These scones are a little sweeter than some of the others in the Chanticleer Inn cookbook, so I do not put a topping on the dough before baking.  I also add little vanilla, which gives the pastry some depth. These are lovely when served warm with a bit of butter -- though there are the sweet-toothed who will want jam as well.

Recipes are found in the Chanticleer Inn B&B cookbook “Recipes Are Like Pearls … Lovely but not useful until strung together

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Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra at Howiee’s on Front

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Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra at Howiee's On Front

Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra (or better known as SOJO) is a 16 piece Big Band, whose repertoire is a mix of Swing, Latin, and classic Big Band arrangements. Great horns, charts and improvisation. They play in a variety of local venues throughout Southern Oregon, such as, Bear Creek Summer Concert Series, Rogue Valley Manor, Medford Eagles, Avalon Bar & Grill, Medford Armory, Seven Feathers Casino, Evergreen Ballroom, Camelot Theater, and many more. Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2008 by Corren Hileman, the band's director, a wonderful trumpeter, a fellow innkeeper (he and his lovely wife Ronna own the Shrew's House) and my friend!

Howiee's On Front Pub & Subs

March 15, 2016

115 W. Main St, Medford (541) 773-5767 7:00pm - 9:00pm No Cover!

More information on SOJO go to their website and for a sampling of their music go to a youtube video. southern oregon jazz orchestra

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