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.
July 10th, 2016 by Julie
Join the bike ride on July 23 2016
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
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.
June 12th, 2016 by Trina Packard
I have developed a wonderful relationship with local artist, Michael Gibson, who has used the inn as a gallery for a small part of his collection. Jokingly, we refer to Blue Moon bed and breakfast in Ashland Oregon as “The Gibson Gallery” since the introduction of his works to the inn. Each piece was chosen to complement the room in which it is displayed. They exhibit the range of techniques and styles Michael has developed over the 40+ years of his career.
All of the art is available for purchase.
From the Artist
“I have always had a keen interest in drawing and art, and more importantly, the ‘state of being’ that focused observations bring about.” I’ve spent most of my studies with works of the past, and as an artist I can help bridge past to present”
Raised in Texas, Michael studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and majored in art with a minor in psychology at the University of Houston. He worked as a graphic designer for Faroy Inc. in Houston for many years but left the corporate side of art behind when he moved to Bainbridge Island. He taught art history, illustration and photography at Seattle Art Institute for 16 years before retiring to Ashland. Michael now lives in Ashland Oregon where he is an active Artist.
Gibson works in all mediums of art including sculpture, drawing, oil painting, collage and photography. Intrigued by the techniques of the old masters, he has been painting in oils on a gesso base and concentrating on portraiture and tromp-l’oiel. On a lighter side, Michael’s cartoon figures of French Roast coffee beans dancing the can-can decorate the Bainbridge Bakery. In addition to Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast, Michael’s work is currently at the Howard Hanson Gallery and The Rogue Gallery and Art Center.