Archive for the ‘Ashland Oregon Events’ Category

Butte Creek Mill well worth the trip

November 7th, 2013 by Julie

butte creek millButte Creek Mill is an historic site located in Eagle Point Oregon. It’s a living treasure and is the only remaining water powered mill grinding flour in Oregon.

The giant mill stones were quarried in France and installed into the mill over 130 years ago, they have been grinding grain into flour ever since.

In the general store there is an amazing variety of flours and cereals ground at the mill for sale and lots of other goodies too.

The mill was purchased in 2005 by Debbie and Bob Russell. Bob is a history buff and avid antique collector, next door to the mill you will find Bob’s pride and joy a wonderful antique store filled with collectables and memorablilia. If you are lucky and Bob is around, he will give you a personally guided tour,  he has a wealth of information about the mill’s history and the surrounding area. If you do see Bob tell him that Julie and Jean-Pierre from the Blue Moon sent you over, we love to go to the mill to collect the whole wheat flour that we use to make our bread served at breakfast at the Inn.

Enjoy your visit

 

The Tenth Muse a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

October 21st, 2013 by Julie

tenth museOSF commissioned the play by the rising Mexican playwrite Tanya Saracho.

The action starts with three young women arriving at the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico on the same day.They are shown to a basement storeroom by the nuns where they will stay.The girls explore the storeroom and soon come upon a locked cupboard containing a treasure trove of writings, there are many plays and poems, unfortunately Jesusa is only one of the girls who can read, she reads the plays and poems to the other two girls, Tomasita a (shy Nuhua Indian) and Manuela a (noble woman who is pregnant and sent to the convent by her family). Under the direction of Jesua the girls act out the plays and delight in the poems.

They learn that these are the writings of a famous intellectual nun that died 20 years before in the convent, her writings were banned by the church.

It will all end badly when the Mother Superior finds out what they are doing. In a time when women could not voice their opinions or have the right to be educated.  These three young women fight for their rights from the church and society.

The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 18th, 2013 by Julie

          A world premiere play by Naomi Wallace at the Thomas Theatre.

The story begins with Adjua and Dembi, two runaway slaves eking out a living on the docks in Bristol  Rhode Island in the late 18th century. The pair pull a dead body out of the water and proceed to rob him of everything he has, including his clothes.

The mysterious man is not dead, when he revives he has no idea who he is, but when he slowly starts remembering,  Adjua and Dembi realize that he is part of there past and also will be part of there future.

As the play moves on we find out more about Adjua and Dembi and why they are waiting for a privateer to provide them with passage back to Africa.

The Liquid Plain does not give the audience any real closure, there are many unanswered questions.

The play is a horrifically vivid history lesson of the New England slave trade with all it’s brutality and desperate characters.

The Heart of Robin Hood at the OSF in Ashland

September 11th, 2013 by Julie

robin hood

                     A new play by David Farr

 This is a delightful retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood; it is full of slapstick humor, swashbuckling and bawdy jokes.   Robin Hood is played by an athletic John Tufts.

But all is not well in Nottingham, the dastardly evil Prince John has come to double the taxes on the poor and marry a reluctant Marion.

To get away from Prince John the determined and impetuous Marion played by Kate Hurster accompanied by her trusty jester protector Pierre, decides to dress as a boy and call herself Martin  of Sherwood and join the bandit Robin Hood and his merry men.

What follows is a funny and fast paced romp of good against evil, and of course in all fairy tales good eventually wins.

Get thee to the OSF’s box office to capture your tickets.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ” Green Show “

July 17th, 2013 by Julie

Ashland_danceworks-160x130Where can you see a great show 6 nights a week?

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents it’s 2013 Green Show.

This is a  fabulous Free Show starting at 6:45 p.m. before the evening theater performances, every night except Monday’s and lasts for about  35 minutes. The show is fun for the whole family,  and will run through October 13th.

Some of the offerings this July, August and September will include…..

Ashland Dance Works…. an elite group of local dancers ages 10 to18

Bathtub Gin Serendes… playing Jazz and Blues form the 1920′s and 30′s

Dance Kalieidascope….. a contemporary dance group

Deathrow Tull …. a funk rock band

Heiwa Taiko…. a unique hip and energitic group of grandmother drummers the oldest player is 87 years old.

For more information and complete schedule go to http://www.osfashland.org/artist-biographies/green-show/ashland-danceworks.aspx

 

First Friday Art walk in Ashland Oregon

June 23rd, 2013 by Julie

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk

art walkThe first Friday of every month the members of the Ashland gallery Association invite everyone to take a leisurely stroll through the downtown galleries to see new exhibits, meet the artists, hear live music and enjoy some delicious refreshments. The monthly walk is from 5pm to 8pm. Art walk maps are available at the Blue Moon. The next Art Walk will be on June 7th. 2013.  Come and enjoy a night on the town!

My Fair Lady at OSF in Ashland Oregon

March 27th, 2013 by Julie

Lady_Now_Playing_746x420George Bernard Shaw’s play  “Pygmalion”  comes to life in Oregon Shakespeare Festivals ” My Fair Lady”.

I have always loved this story of  a working class girl Eliza Doolittle who meets an upper class Professor  Henry Higgins outside a Theatre where she is selling flowers. With the help of the  wonderful music of Lerner and Loewe we are transported to early 1900′s London.

In this production there are all of  the songs that we love and are familiar with.  Rachael Warren as Eliza has a beautiful voice  and Jonathan Haugen as Henry Higgins has great comic timing and a much better voice than Rex Harrison in the film version. I especially loved Ken Robinson as Freddy Eynsford-Hill he was a real hoot.

The musical is a sheer delight, it had me hooked at the very beginning. I came out of the Theatre singing ” I could have danced all night ” and as the next line of the song goes I would have begged for more. Three hours was not enough for me I did wish for more.

Taming of the Shrew at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland

March 14th, 2013 by Julie

taming of the shrewThis thoroughly modern version of Shakespeare’s comedy “ The Taming of the Shrew ” is a sheer delight. I loved every minute of it, with it’s contemporary references and Rockabilly band.

It’s a fresh, fun romp full of slap stick humor and foot tapping music.

Run, don’t walk to the box office to get your ticket’s you won’t be disappointed.

Chamber Music Concerts at Southern Oregon University

February 27th, 2013 by Julie

Calder String QuartetSouthern Oregon University presents the Calder String Quartet who have been called “outstanding” and “superb”by the New York Times. They will perform works by Stravinsky, Ades and Beethoven on Friday March 1st 2013 at 7:30 pm. Also the Quartet will performs works by Ben Johnson, Terry Riley and Beethoven on Saturday March 2nd 2013 at 3pm.

This Chamber Music concerts take place in the Recital Hall at the Southern Oregon University at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland Oregon,

Tickets can be purchased online at www.chambermusicconcerts.org

Stay with us at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the show.

Fun at the Halloween Parade in Ashland

October 18th, 2012 by Julie

11O_8959Halloween2011The annual Halloween Costume Parade this year in Ashland will be much more Kid Friendly. In the last few years some of the costumes were a little scary for young children, so this years theme will be ” For the Children”.

Ashlands Halloween Parade is the largest and most well attended in the Rouge Valley. The Parade will begin at 3.30pm  at the Public Library and goes to the Plaza.

From 3.45pm until 4.30pm  there will be trick or treating  and Face Painting in downtown on Main Street.

Entertainment provided by the Ashland Middle School Jazz Band and the High School Band, the bands will be performing at various locations from Gresham Street to the Plaza.

Come on down, take part in the Parade, enjoy treats from the merchants downtown, listen to the musical groups and have lots of fun.

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