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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 www.sohs.org/hikes-list. 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 www.planning.org/greatplaces. 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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Oregon Cheese Festival 2016

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Oregon Cheese Festival March 19, 2016

Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point at the Rogue Creamery

The 12th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival is open Saturday, March 19th from 10-5 at Rogue Creamery, 311 N. Front St., (Hwy. 99) in Central Point. Visitors will sample a variety Oregonian cheese: cow, sheep, and goat cheese.  What better to pair these cheese, than with Oregon wines, beer, cider, and other local artisan gourmet foods? A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) for the Saturday festival includes sampling and demonstrations. An additional $10 alcoholic beverage fee (wine, beer, cider, spirits) includes a collectible wine glass etched with the Oregon Cheese Guild logo. [caption id="attachment_4961" align="aligncenter" width="250"]Oregon cheese guild logo, cheese festival in Central Point Cheese Festival[/caption] The festival has been growing steadily every year. Last year we had 95 different vendors and attracted over 4,000 enthusiasts in one day. In 2016 we anticipate over 105 vendors and over 4000 guests. Culture Magazine, one of the leading periodicals in the cheese industry, called the Oregon Cheese Festival one of the Ten Best Cheese Festivals. For Friday the night before the festival there is the Cheesemakers Dinner, 6pm March 18th at the Inn at the Commons. Special Guest will be Gordon Edgar author of A Cheesemonger -- a Life on the Wedge. For an interview about the book to the author Gordon Edgar video. Tickets for the dinner: Buy tickets for Meet the Cheesemakers Dinner [caption id="attachment_4967" align="aligncenter" width="267"]Gordon Edgar's book Cheesemonger the life on the wedge Image of Gordon Edgar's book cover Cheesemonger life on the wedge[/caption] Many people come to the Rogue Valley for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Crater Lake National Park, for lodging in Ashland Oregon visit the Chanticleer Inn B&B.

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Kristin Towers-Rowles at Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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A Lovely Lineage Kirstin Towers-Rowles

March 16, 2016 -- Tickets $15 Kristin Towers-Rowles, granddaughter of MGM star Kathryn Grayson, brings her one woman musical tribute to her Hollywood heritage [caption id="attachment_4834" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Head shot of Kristin Towers-Rowles at the Cabaret theater Kristin Towers-Rowles[/caption] 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. Cabaret is near accommodations and lodging in Ashland Oregon. Located in the heart of downtown Ashland. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Sweet Charity at the Camelot Theatre

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Sweet Charity at the Camelot Theatre

"Sweet Charity" play dates: March 16, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, and Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="341"]Sweet Charity playbill/poster at the Camelot Theater Sweet Charity[/caption] This Tony-winning musical is a tender, poignant and very funny story of the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady Charity Hope Valentine. Sweet Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong men and sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through her romances in the world of Times Square. From her cynical trio of girlfriends at the dance hall, to the phony evangelist, the Coney Island "fun people," and the YMHA "self-improvers," every character has a particular talent for looking at the truly amusing side of life. Musical numbers include Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This.

About the Camelot Theatre:

The Camelot located in Talent Oregon has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is their 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. Coming from afar? There are many lodging and accommodations in Ashland Oregon near the Camelot Theatre Company in Talent. One premier B&B is the Chanticleer Inn.

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Women’s Invitational Ashland New Plays Festival

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The ANPF Women's Invitational Debuts

Women's Invitational -- March 25 - 27 2016

womens invitational poster March 25-27, 2016

Why a Women's Invitational for new plays?

ANPF explains: "Great theatre consists of great storytelling, yet many beautiful, powerful stories go unheard due to barriers faced by talented women playwrights, particularly women of other cultures. On the last weekend of March 2016, to inaugurate our twenty-fifth season, Ashland New Plays Festival will present the ANPF Women’s Invitational—dramatic readings of the three winning plays received from 50 of the nation’s best playwrights."
Winning Playwrights Announced

For the first ANPF Women's Invitational, these plays and playwrights are the winners. For detailed information on each play and playwright:

  • Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, by Jiehae Park
  • Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok
  • King of the Yees, by Lauren Yee

Please plan to join us March 25, 26, and 27, 2016, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University for this extraordinary event. The winning plays will be presented in matinee and evening performances. ANPF members will be given priority access to tickets, and reserved seating will be available.

Coming from afar? There are many lodging and accommodations offerings in Ashland Oregon near the SOU campus -- a premier B&B is the Chanticleer Inn.

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