Archive for the ‘Ashland Oregon’ Category

Enjoy an exciting day join Up and Down Bike Ride

July 10th, 2016 by Julie

Join the bike ride on July 23 2016
THE UP & DOWN bike ride is a new event with lots to offer in the way of challenge, scenery, support and food. Come join in on the inaugural ride on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bike way. The first such designated route in Southern Oregon.
The ride is a total of 51 miles with 5100 feet of climbing on narrow, winding, low-traffic roads, through spectacular oaks, across a shady plateau, and finally a dramatic, long descent with unparalleled views of the Bear Creek Valley and Ashland.
The start and finish is at Emigrant Lake in Ashland,  a rambling, shady park overlooking a large recreational lake, even sporting a water slide for the playful among us. There will be a scrumptious bar-b-q lunch, locally crafted beer, music and the camaraderie of fellow riders.
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Bloomsbury Books Cafe

July 1st, 2016 by Julie

Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon.
It’s hard to find independent book stores any more but Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon has a wonderful store full of interesting and eclectic books.  One of these is a beautiful new book by local photographer Barbara Tricarico is now available for sale at  Bloomsbury Books on Main Street in Ashland. Her wonderful pictures bring our amazing little town to life on every page.
While you are in the book shop climb the stairs to visit my favorite Coffee House. ( they serve tea as well plus sandwiches and sweet treats) It’s an intimate space full of comfy chairs and cozy nooks, also in warmer weather you can sip your coffee outside in a lovely garden area.
See you there!

Harry and David Tours

June 20th, 2016 by Julie

Harry and David factory tours, Medford Oregon.
While in Ashland take a visit to Harry & David in Medford Oregon. ( Yes, Harry and David were real people) There are more than 2000 acres of orchards growing their harry david cakefamous Royal Riviera pears in our area. You can drop by their flagship store where you can buy all sorts of fabulous foods, fruit, wines and lots more, also indulge in sampling many of their tasty products.
Take a tour of the factory, it’s well worth a visit.
A Harry & David bus will whisk you on a 1/2 mile ride to the facility and a knowledgeable and friendly guide will tell you all about the operation and history, you will see how they make the cakes, chocolates, moose munch and individually hand packed famous pears and much much more.
It’s a wondeerful way to spend an hour or two, see how Moose Munch is made and how how much quality control goes into choosing the perfect pear!
We will gladly arrange for a tour for you, just ask either Julie or Jean-Pierre.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

June 8th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

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Chocolate Crinkles

June 5th, 2016 by Julie

                                                     CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
These wonderful Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a favorite afternoon treat at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
  1. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Yeoman of the Guard

May 12th, 2016 by Julie

 yeoman of the guard
Yeoman of the Guard in the intimate Thomas Theatre Ashland Oregon is such fun.  For OSF there is a new seating arrangement where audience members are seated on benches right on the stage floor.
The actors and the action of the play takes place around these audience members, and they have to move around the stage when they are in the way of the plot.
The plot: Fairfax ( Jeremy Peter Johnson) is due to be executed the next morning on a “Bum Rap” as he calls it. In the prison his cousin Warden Carruthers(K.T. Vogt) as his only living relative will inherit all his worldly goods, but he has no intention of letting her get her hands on a penny.
Major Meryll(Joseph Anthony Foronda) and his daughter Phoebe( Britney Simpson) hatch a plan to save Fairfax from the hangman’s noose by disguising him a Merylls son ( who happens to be dead) While on the loose he meets a traveling singer Elsie( Kate Hurster)and quickly decides to marry her so that she will inherit everything.
Director Sean Graney takes a classic Gilbert and Sullivan play and turns it on i’ts head with hilarious results.
The music is a foot tapping mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian and Folk and the actors sing and dance all while playing a verity of instruments. The whole show is a goofball tongue-in-cheek cowboy jamboree. You’ll have a rip-roaring good time!

The River Bride… magical fairy tale of true love and loss!

May 6th, 2016 by Julie

The River Bride… a magical fairy tale of true love and loss!
This play is brilliantly written by Marisela Trevino Orta, is partly based on a fable about river dolphins in the Amazon River.
It’s the tale of  two beautiful sisters, the younger  Belmira  (Jamie Ann Romero) wants to escape their small village, she is about to marry Duante (Carlo Alban) whom she does not love, but he does promise that he will take her away to the big city, and her older sister Helena (Nancy Rodriguez) who has always been secretly in love with Duante.
A mysterious stranger is pulled from the river, he causes long simmering friction between the two sisters. Who is this stranger? Belmira wonders could he be her ticket to the outside world that she longs to join.
The moral of the play as Belmira finds out  ” Be careful what you wish for! “
This play is a spellbinding and enchanted dark love story that is delightful pleasure to watch. We loved it from beginning to end.
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Johnny Cash ” Ring of Fire”

April 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Wonderful music of Johnny Cash!
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Spend a wonderful evening at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre with the music of Johnny Cash.
More than two dozen classic hits-including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune-performed by a multi-talented cast of Phillip David Black, Sean Wolf Galuszha, Cat Greenfield, John Leistner and Brian Russell Carey. They paint a musical portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to the unique American legend. If you love the music of Johnny Cash this is definitely the show for you!
The show runs through to April 17th 2016.
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Eleven fascinating plays.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present eleven fascinating plays this 2016 season.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is celebrating this milestone by producing five of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. But of course there are eleven plays produced at OSF every season, and this year is no exception, there is a wide verity of fabulous new plays and re-imagining of wonderful works such as Great Expectations and Yeoman of the Guard.
We have seen three fabulous plays so  far, Twelfth Night (gorgeous) The Yeomen of the Guard (ground breaking) and The River Bride (dreamy)
Tonight we will be in the Bowmer Theatre for Great Expectations… can’t wait to see it!
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So much to look forward to. Don’t wait!  get your tickets soon……see you there!
Twelfth Night
  by William Shakespeare
Great Expectations
 by Charles Dickens
 The River Bride
by Marisela Tevino Orta
by Lisa Loomer
Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
The Yeomen of the Guard
by Gilbert and Sullivan
by Qui Nguyen
Richard 11
by William Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare
The Wiz
 by William F. Brown
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
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Smithfield’s Pub and Pies

January 27th, 2016 by Julie

 chef smithfieldssmithfiels pub
Smithfield Pub and Pies opened just a few weeks ago on Second Street in Ashland. Just one block down from Smithfields Restaurant.
Owner and Chef Neil Clooney has always wanted to open up a  pub and pie place, when Paddy Brannan’s Irish Pub closed it’s doors, Clooney felt was the perfect opportunity to follow his dream.
Jean-Pierre and I had a meal there just a few days ago, we both had the Steak, Ale and Cheddar pie with sides of mashed potatoes and peas.. it’s the ultimate in comfort food… absolutely Delicious!
Meat pies are not the only pie on the menu, there are also fish, vegetarian and even gluten free pies.
The restaurant and bar has a real pub atmosphere, plus a large array of Oregon Craft beers to choose from.
It promises to be a lively place with live music and trivia nights.
Open Daily from Noon to Midnight…. 541-482-7437