The Happiest Song Plays Last — the final play for the 2015 Season

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Happiest Song Plays Last is the Final Show Announced for the 2015 Season

Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's artistic director, announced on June 12th that The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes will open in the Thomas Theatre in early July 2015.  Shishir Kurup will be directing. Kurup is directing the this year's production of Water by the Spoonful, which is the second play in the Elliot Trilogy by Hudes. Rauch had announced 10 of the 2015 season plays in early March 2014.  At that time he was still searching for the 'right' play to round off the third show to open in the Thomas Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last will begin previews July 7 and run through November 1.

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Bear Creek Greenway Makes USA Today List

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bear Creek Greenway in USA Today "15 Fantastic US Bike Trails"

Among several other experts, Katie Rosenbrock, who writes for compiled a list of 15 must-ride bike paths within the U.S., making sure to include something suitable for riders of all levels and interests.

Bear Creek Greenway,  which you can get onto in just a hop, skip and jump from the Chanticleer Inn, runs from Ashland to Central Point.  The Bear Creek Greenway follows the creek -- yes you guessed it the Bear Creek -- runs north-ish all the way to where it joins the Rogue River.

While I don't bike, I recommend this trail because my friend Jim reports that the bike trail is very good, well maintained, wide, without much change in elevation.  It goes through riparian corridors with lots of birds to see and hear.  You might also spy a few river otters, nutria, and beavers.  Some of the Bear Creek Greenway runs along side vineyards and provides lovely views of both the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains.

Go here for the article

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Kate Vogt and Picasso

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been creating a series of small 'behind the scenes' videos, this one about the Dog of Verona, Crab struck my fancy and my funny bone. In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship.  O.K., O.K. ... Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling.  Picasso is the only male performer in the play.

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Ashland Makes Fodors List

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 13th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fodors Travel Puts Ashland on its Best Small Town List

This of course doesn't surprise many of us who live in and love this town.  See the article on CNN. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Explore "America's Best Small Towns," listed here in alphabetical order. Wacky and wonderful, Ashland is an arts lover's dream. It's home to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland New Plays Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest regional repertory theater in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at one of the Northwest's signature seafood spots and a trip to Lithia Park. The latter is on the National Register of Historic Places and stretches over 90 acres. Fodors list Ashland in its best small town[/caption]

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Fawn Born in the Chanticleer’s Garden

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 12th, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Fawn is Born

[caption id="attachment_3775" align="alignright" width="225"]Less than a few hours old The Fawn Less Than a Few Hours Old[/caption] A baby deer arrived early Sunday morning on June 8th -- the newest addition to the "herd".
For a couple of weeks before, each afternoon the mother hid in my rhodies under my bedroom window. It was obvious that she had selected the rhodies for the delivery room. 
A number of years ago, there was another doe that delivered her babies in the same place each year ... it might be the case this doe was one of her babies who now is birthing her fawn under the same rhodies.
The image is blurry, but you can see how small it is compared to the mother's leg. She got nervous with me taking pictures and led the baby across the street.
[caption id="attachment_3776" align="alignright" width="286"]Fawn The Fawn Skittering Across the Street[/caption]

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Apple Rose Tart — Fun with food

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 28th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Apple Rose and Plum Tart

Lately I have been experimenting with the apple rose tart idea.  This version's "crust" has walnuts and dates, sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup.  A fruit compote was spread over the crust, then plums and apples layered on top. Today's version is gluten-free and low in fat.  Instead of fruit compote, I've also pureed non-fat yogurt and over-ripe bananas  -- this yields a very sweet creamy filling with little to no added sugar. Recipes for apple rose tart are varied and one can find more than a few variations online.  There are quite a number of 'how to' YouTube videos available.  Many demonstrate techniques that are overly complicated.  I'm still playing with the recipe streamlining the technique.  This will be in my new cookbook.

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Beer Tasting Tours

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 27th, 2014 | 1 Comments

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Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters

Want the insider's sip on some local Rogue Valley nano- and micro-breweries?  Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights. Interested? For more information, here's the link

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, June — Aug

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 - August 31

[caption id="attachment_3664" align="alignright" width="250"]Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin'[/caption] In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty. Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you're looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment.  One of Ashland's performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights! June 6 – August 31 Previews June 4 & 5 Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00 (no show July 4) Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00 For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre's website

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale: May 16-18, 2014

Spring Sidewalk sale, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, involves many stores in the Historic Downtown and the Railroad District.  Popular with both locals and out of town visitors. With one or two exceptions, all of Ashland's stores are independently-owned; they carry one of a kind art items and clothing. Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.  For more information.

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Clematis in the Spring Garden

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Clematis Blooms

Clematis, Irises, and Dogwoods are blooming and everything is leafing out. It's Spring time in the garden. [caption id="attachment_3747" align="alignleft" width="280"]Clematis Clematis[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_3748" align="alignright" width="300"]Clustered Clematis Clustered Clematis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3749" align="alignleft" width="300"]Clematis big as saucers Clematis big as saucers[/caption]

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