June 25th, 2014 by Julie
June 16th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Oregon has always been special, now it’s official according to Fodor’s annual list of the best of the best ” Best Ten Small Towns”.
CNN reports that some of the best towns in the US are the small towns. Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel reports “There has been a big uprise in traveling to smaller towns that have some quirky and regional appeal”
Ashland has much to offer visitors, it’s the home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival” with it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland. Coming to visit Ashland is an Event!!
There are many other things to do in and around Ashland… Oregon Cabaret Theatre , the Green Show, many boutique local wineries, art galleries, River rafting, birding, quaint and unique shops in downtown Ashland, fabulous world class restaurants, and the beautiful Lithia Park listed on ” The National Register of Historical Places” which has more than 90 acres of pristine trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Jean-Pierre and Julie at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast a unique and historic beautifully restored farm house built in 1855. We at the Blue Moon endeavor to give our guests a very warm welcome, a concierge experience with a personal touch and a sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast every morning.
June 10th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland has 180 acres of parkland, also over 430 acres of undeveloped land, there are more than 20 miles of trails mostly centered around Lithia Park that visitors and locals can enjoy year round. Two favorites are the White Rabbit Trail and Looking Glass Loop Trail.
Maps can be purchased at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and also can be seen on the Trails website http://www.ashlandtrails.org/
June 6th, 2014 by Julie
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!!!
May 31st, 2014 by Julie
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…
May 25th, 2014 by Julie
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/
May 15th, 2014 by Julie
“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
May 14th, 2014 by Julie
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.
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
May 10th, 2014 by Julie
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!!!
May 6th, 2014 by Julie
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