Hawaiian Lu’au at Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland

book_hula_dancersSunday June 29th  is the date to mark your calendar for anyone who loves Hula Dancing and Lu’au.

Ashlands very own Hula Halau school will present their first ever Hawaiian Lu’au and fundraiser at the Belle Fiore Winery at 955 Dead Indian Memorial Rd. Ashland.

Lots of entertainments, wonderful Hawaiian food, a silent auction, wine presentation and live music performed by the popular local Hawaiian band Ha’ena.

Come and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and gardens of Belle Fiore Winery, taste extraordinary wines and raise funds for a good cause… what could be better!

For tickets go to www.houstonscustomframing.com          www.ashlandhula.com                                                  www.bellefiorewine.com

Ashland Farm Tour on Saturday July 12th

white oak farm oregonOn Saturday July 12th from 8am – 12:30pm.      Come tour and learn about farming and growing sustainable crops at three Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Sites, arranged by the Ashland Food Cooperative. There will be a bus to pick up everyone at 7:30am departing from the Food Co-op parking lot on N. First Street in Ashland. Bring a water bottle and please wear good sturdy shoes for this trip, lunch will be provided, it should be a very enjoyable and informative day out.

The farms that will be toured on July 12th will be

White Oak Farm – Siskiyou Mountains

Red Lily Winery – Applegate River

Eagle Mill Farm – Beaver Creek

$35 for Co-op members $40 for the general public and $5 for children under 12.   Everyone needs to preregister by going online to www.ashlandfood.coop.

Or for more information call May Shaw at 541-482-2237

 

Hiking Trails in Ashland Oregon

 

ashland mountains and trailsAshland Woodlands and Trails Association is a private non profit group that maintains and preserves the trails and woodlands in Ashland.

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/

 

Lithia Water’s Source in Ashland Oregon

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

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

Britt Festival Opens New Performance Garden

britt performance gardenThe Britt Festival in Jacksonville Oregon will be opening a New Performance Garden this year. It will feature concerts by local bands and also many other events. The venue seats up to 150 and will be located just inside the main gate.

Go to https://www.brittfest.org/performances?g=18 for more information and tickets.

Rouge Valley on Tap Brewery Tours

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

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

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

harvey's place

 

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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