Archive for the ‘Ashland Oregon’ Category

Lithia Water’s Source in Ashland Oregon

June 6th, 2014 by Julie

lithia water fountain on the plaza                                                                              For those who have ever wondered, “Where does the lithium-laced water that bubbles up in the fountain in Ashland’s Plaza come from”?

It seems it has quite a journey from it’s source, surprisingly under the Ashland Gun Club in the country side east of Ashland. It is then pumped alongside Emigrant Lake, under Ashland Airport then follows East Main Street, up Hargadine Street, beneath Oregon Shakespeare Festivals brick courtyard and then finally behind Ashland City Hall and over to the Fountain in the  Plaza…  Quite a journey!!!

Ashland had hoped back in the early 1900′s to become a world class destination for it’s mineral waters ( a craze at the time ) that was not to be, but it did help put our small town On The Map!!!

Next time you’re in downtown Ashland go and sample the fizzy Sulfur tasting water, it actually tastes quite good.

When our small Granddaughters came to visit us, they kept going back for more, surprising all the adults in the Plaza who were watching them.. They loved it, maybe you will too!!!

 

 

Trivia night at Louie’s Bar and Grill on the Plaza in Ashland

May 31st, 2014 by Julie

Every Tuesday exciting trivia games are on the menu ( as well as tasty food ) at Louie’s Bar and Grill on the Plaza.louies bar and grill

Build a team 1-6 players enjoy great food and drink, and also test your trivia knowledge!!

If Trivia is not your thing then maybe Bingo on Wednesday’s would suit you better. With lots of prizes and special discount Bingo Beverages on tap.  For more info. go to…

www.louiesofashland.com

Rouge Valley on Tap Brewery Tours

May 25th, 2014 by Julie

people drinking beerIndigo Creek Outfitters at 130 A street Ashland offers Rouge Valley Brewery Tours from Thursday through Saturday every week.

The tours start at their A street location, but they can also pick you up at the Blue Moon. These five hour tours will take you to four or five breweries. You will meet the owners and brewers of these incredible breweries on these personalized tours. There will be appetizers and tastings at every brewery, this is a great tour for all who love craft beers.

For more information go to http://indigocreekoutfitters.com/tours/rogue-valley-breweries/

Water by the Spoonful at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

May 15th, 2014 by Julie

water by the spoonful“Water by the Spoonful”  a 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Shishir Kurup.

The scene….. Six years after Elliot is wounded in Iraq.  An aspiring actor Elliot ( played by Daniel Jose Molina) has to make ends meet by working at a sandwich shop, that he really hates. He’s dealing with the pain of his wounds and the pain of his childhood with a mother who was in the grip of addiction and was incapable of caring for him.

The play delves into the lives of addicts on a cyber chat room, who are dealing with drug addiction and recovery. We meet ” Haikumom” ( the moderator )  ”Orangutan”  ( a girl wondering if she should find her birth mother ) and “Chutes&Ladders”  ( an African American man in his 50′s ) Their lives intersect in surprising ways as the play goes on.

Elliot and his older cousin Yaz ( who is going through a divorce)  are dealing with their gravely ill beloved Aunt, who raised Elliot when his mother abandoned him.

Elliot finds out that Haikumom is his mother Odessa, he has to face the trauma of of his childhood. Elliot and his mother are haunted by the past.

The play is full of unforgettable characters in the virtual world and the physical world, also the harrowing consequences of drug addiction. This story in many ways is inspiring with complex relationships and even love

A not to be missed play!!!

.For tickets go to https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/current-season/buy-tickets.aspx

 

Lithia Artisans Market along Ashland Creek opens for 2014

May 14th, 2014 by Julie

lithia artists  on the creekLithia Artisans Market  opened for 2014 on Saturday  May 3rd. The artisans market is a collective of  local and regional artists and craftspeople of all kinds.

Every year there seem to be more artisans to look at as you wander through the quaint little alley behind the restaurants and bars on Ashlands Plaza. If you are looking for something unique and authentic look no further than this outdoor market along Ashland Creek.

Wonderfully inspiring music supplied by many of our local musicians regale you as you stroll through stalls offering clothing,photography,leather work,woodwork,jewelry,glass,pottery and all sorts of art and much more.music on the creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the new artisans is former Ashland Inn Keeper Barbara Shoonover.  Barbara makes absolutely beautiful scarves and shawls, they are very unusual and innovative she also does weaving too. Go along to her stall you will be amazed at her creations, tell her we sent you!

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from May until October.

Bring beauty into your life and joy in your heart, we hope to see you there on our glorious Ashland weekends to support local art, crafts, music and culture.

For more information go to lithiaartisansmarket.com

 

 

 

New Restaurant to open at 50 Main Street Ashland

May 10th, 2014 by Julie

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As the Ella Fitzgerald song goes ” At last my love has come along”  Well not love exactly, but we have waited a long time for the space that housed the former  Chateaulin Restaurant  to be occupied again.

After looking so sad for so long it’s great to have an exciting new restaurant  Harvey’s Place  take it’s place among the other wonderful eateries in town.

The new owners Rob and Anny Harvey, who also own  Beasy’s on the Creek  will offer Pacific Northwest Cuisine and perhaps even some of the old Chateaulin favorites.

Rob and Anny have been renovating the space for several months.  We can’t wait to see what they have done with the place.  Harvey’s is set to open sometime in July, no actual date yet.  Keep watching this blog for more information. We will let you know as soon as we know when the actual opening date will be. See you there!!!

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Bryan Cranston nominated for a Tony Award for “All the Way”

May 6th, 2014 by Julie

 

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The award winning play commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  ” All the Way “ by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch.   Had it’s world premiere here in Ashland in July of 2012.

It was a huge success at the OSF that year.  Since then Bill Rauch ( OSF artistic director)  has taken the play to Broadway in New York.

Last week the the play was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor… Bryan Cranston   (best known for his title role in Breaking Bad)  and also nominated for Best Play.  The Tony awards will be handed out on June 8th. at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Bill Rauch says ” I couldn’t be more proud and grateful, it’ a home grown play. We developed it, and I’m so proud of our actors and the other artists and our audience.”

“The Great Society” Schenkkan’s  follow up to ‘All the Way” will open at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland on July 27th.  Jack Willis will again reprise the role of Lyndon Johnson.

To get tickets go to www.osfashland.org

 

 

 

Ashland Oregon the Gem of the North West

May 2nd, 2014 by Julie

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Ashland Oregon is a jewel box town set in the bucolic mountains of southern Oregon.

This lively and beautiful town is the hub for the arts including a world class award winning Theater company also galleries, music and much more…

For more information about Ashland go to www.ashlandchamber.com

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.

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