2014 Applegate Lavender Tour

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014

The 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. 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.  

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All the Way” Record Breaking Sales on Broadway

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Box Office Success for "All the Way" on Broadway

For 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.

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Wading Fawn

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Thirsty Fawn After Eating My Petunias

There 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"]Fawn in the Pond Wading Fawn[/caption]

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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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"]Festival Noons 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.
For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule.  August's schedule will be coming soon, same webpage! Tickets are available online or at the Box Office. Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6-17).

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

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

[caption id="attachment_3795" align="alignright" width="140"]Happiest Song Plays Last Happiest Song Plays Last[/caption]

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.
Explore "America's Best Small Towns," ... 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.

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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

[caption id="attachment_3765" align="alignright" width="274"]Apple Rose Tart Apple Rose and Plum Tart[/caption]

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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