September 30th, 2016 by Julie
A Winters Tale
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is always spectacular, the plays this season will not disappoint. Summer is always a spectacular, the weather is wonderfully warm, with sunny mornings we are serving breakfast outside, it’s just heavenly.
All of the Theatres are in full swing.
The Wizz have all opened in the
Allen Elizabethan Theatre to rave reviews.
Richard 11 opened in the
I saw Richard 11 on recently. It was brilliant! especially Richard played by Chistopher Liam Moore who is oh so delightfully despicable.
Scarpetta Restaurant in Ashland
Did you know.
.. there is a new restaurant in town, Scarpetta
opened recently on Main Street, featuring locally grown seasonal foods. Petra Jung and Tony Travanty who are native Wisconsin have made their home in Ashland. “The Rogue Valley provides an array of locally produced ingredients.” says Tony. The cuisine at Scarpetta is mostly French and Italian, it is creative and authentically Southern Oregon. Try it next time you are in Ashland.
September 15th, 2016 by Julie
A wonderful day at the spa!
There are many treatments available including facials, massage, body wraps, steams and soaks and manicures and pedicures and much more!
We at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast would be happy to book your spa treatment for you.
September 9th, 2016 by Julie
Why not try something new, Beasy’s on the Creek
is a lovely restaurant located on Lithia Way in Ashland Oregon. Beasy’s restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1996.
Beasy’s offers tasty locally sourced steaks, that are hormone and antibiotic free. There is something on the menu for everyone from chicken to wild local fish and seafood, a fresh garden salad is served with all dinners, and of course you can’t miss dessert, choose from silky creme caramel or vanilla cheesecake and lots more.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5.30 pm.
for reservations call 541-488-5009
September 3rd, 2016 by Julie
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
presents a new version of Hamlet. This production of Hamlet tells the familiar story of loss and revenge but with a new eye. Director Lisa Peterson
has created an engaging and memorable Hamlet.
gives a stellar performance as Hamlet the Prince of Denmark. A young man who is grieving for death of his father the King of Denmark.
Very soon after the Kings death Hamlet’s uncle Claudius ( Michael Elich
) quickly marries Hamlets mother Gertrude ( Robin Goodrin Nordili
) the kings widow. Hamlet wonders why his mother would marry again so quickly and why would his mother marry his Uncle?
Hamlet is visited by the ghost of the dead king who tells him that his uncle Claudius is responsible for his untimely death.
Hamlet is full of vengeance and plots revenge for the kings death. Still haunted by the ghosts, either real or imagined Hamlet enters into a disturbed nightmare and spins off the rails into insanity.
The special effects are very well done, the multiple ghosts who haunt Hamlet are thrilling and genuinely scary.
Throughout the play guitarist Scott Kelly
plays dark and foreboding Doom Metal music. The music doesn’t detract from the play it actually enhances the dysfunctional and tragic story. The music floats over the scenes with incredible mystical sound. It really works well.
August 7th, 2016 by Julie
Ashland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!
Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” The jewel in the crown of our town. With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.
It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.
There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream. Ashland has lots of music events, fabulous dining, many boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.
July 20th, 2016 by Julie
GREAT EXPECTATIONS AT THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
How do you turn a 59 chapter novel by the master story teller Charles Dickens
into a stage play with dozens of characters, Linda Alper
and director Penny Metropulo
s have managed to bring Pip, Magwitch, Estella and the enigmatic Miss Havisham to life on the stage at the Bowmer Threatre.
Pip (played as a boy by Bodhi Johnson
and as a grown man by Benjamin Bonenfant
) is a poor orphan who lives with his crazy and mean older sister (Erica Sullivan
) and her kindly husband Mr Joe ( played by Al Espinosa
) One night when walking through a grave yard he is accosted by a frightening escaped convict Magwitch ( Derrick Lee Weedon
), Pip steals some food from his sister to give to Magwitch, and this is where the story of Pip begins…
Pip is invited to the strange home of the reclusive Miss Havisham, ( Judith-Marie Bergan
) while there he meets for the first time a very spoiled but pretty young girl Estella ( Nemuna Ceesay
) who is the ward of Miss Havisham.
Pip yearns to get a good education and become a gentleman. He learns that an anonymous benefactor has given him an mysterious inheritance, his great expectation. He thinks that his benefactor is Miss Havisham .. but is she?
As the years go by he gets a fine education at a boarding school and becomes a gentleman. He still visits Miss Havisham and the hardhearted Estella who hardly gives him the time of day, but he still holds out hope that she will love him as he loves her.
Great Expectations is a very complicated story which is helped along by narrators throughout the play, we were glad of these narrators who keep you on track with the plot and back story.
The play is a coming of age story of the sadness and terror of Pips life as a poor boy to his great expectation as a young man and the lessons he learns along the way. What will happen to Pip in the end, will he become the gentleman he desires and marry Estella.. You will have to see this powerfully entertaining play to find out!
July 16th, 2016 by Julie
Vegetable and goat cheese frittata
- 8 large eggs
- 3/4 c. heavy cream
- 3 oz. ham, chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 6 radishes, thinly sliced
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together eggs, cream, ham, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
- Melt butter in an 10-inch oven-proof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and sauté until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add radishes, scallions, and garlic and sauté until scallions are just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cook until eggs begin to set around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Bake until set, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve immediately.
July 12th, 2016 by Julie
Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine tasting!
Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine… a perfect pairing!
Most tourists who come to Ashland each year mainly to go to Oregon Shakespeare Festival
and see as many plays as they can fit in during their stay.
More and more tourists are also interested in spending their free afternoons visiting the many fantastic boutique wineries in and around Ashland and tasting the great wines that this unique region produces.
At Belle Fiore Winery you can eat lunch or dinner in their dining room or out on the terrace, it’s a wonderful place to visit, drink fabulous wines while tasting fine food. The winery is just a short drive outside of Ashland but if you don’t have a car there is a shuttle bus that will whisk you from downtown Ashland to the winery.
July 11th, 2016 by Julie
Vietgone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
a riveting story of Vietnamese immigrants adjusting to life in America. A look at how the South Vietnamese people struggled to fight the Vietcong with the help of the American army, they are grateful for the help but find that the Americans are ashamed of how the war ended.
The play is a full of funny one liners, songs, road trips, adventures and a passionate love story during the tough times when Vietnamese Americans had to come to terms with their own identity.
It is an intensely personal story of the play-write Qui Nguyen’s
own parents who were relocated to a refugee camp in Arkansas after they managed to escape the Vietcong during the fall of Saigon.
The main characters are a hunky South Vietnamese Helicopter pilot Quang ( played by James Ryen
) who meets a fearlessly independent young woman called Tong ( Jeena Yi) in the refugee camp.
The play is full of nostalgic Soul and Motown music, there is an enjoyable mix of Rap and Hip-Hop songs throughout the performance..
The director May Adrales
has done a remarkable job of bringing the reality of immigrant life to the stage, as he says” Never before have I staged a production replete with raps, kung-fu fights, motorcycle bumps and runs and a romantic montage sequence. Never before have I laughed and cried and been so thoroughly changed by a piece of Theatre”.
I thoroughly enjoyed the extraordinarily powerful experience, it gave me a whole new perspective on the war in Vietnam.