Talking with Author of “The Great Society” Robert Schenkkan and Director Bill Rauch

Recently we joined an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkanand Tom Bryant. They talked about the Broadway production of  “All the Way” and the new sequel to All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s new work “The Great Society”.

bill schenkken and Bill RauchThis play will be just as powerful and tumultuous as All the Way. In The Great Society, we start from LBJ’s landslide victory in 1965 until 1968. We see how Lyndon Johnson has to come to grips with the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and how he is able to push through great legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Jack Willis again reprises his role as LBJ,  and Kenajaun Bentley as Dr. Martin Luther King. The cast is still in rehearsals, guided by Bill Rauch as Director and Robert Schenkkan, they are getting ready for the world premier opening on July 23rd.

We are so excited to see The Great Society, to revisit the 1960′s and to remember what Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King fought for that made our country a better place

.Another snippet fresh off the presses… Robert Schenkkan told us that he is in negotiations with a movie company to make a film of All the Way!!  We will look forward to seeing it in the future at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

Summer Band Music Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

band concerts in Lithia Park2014 Summer Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon.

Ashland City Band directed by Don Bieghler, perform a free concert every Thursday evening starting at 7pm from June until mid August at the Butler Band Shell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park.

 

The City Band plays Broadway hits, patriotic marches also original orchestral music and lots more. They often have a guest artists join them before the concert, they will start playing around 6pm.

There is always something new every week. On July 4th there will be a special Independence Day concert starting after the parade in the afternoon.

Just take a minute to relax from your busy day, bring a picnic and enjoy a summer concert in the Park.

See you there!

For information go to..

www.ashland.or.us

Blue Moon’s Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

 

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Blue Moon’s  delectable and Famous

“Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Directions 

    1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt to combine. Add the butter and pulse just until the dough comes together. Transfer to a bowl and gently knead in the oats.
    2. Press all but 1/2 cup of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Scatter the raspberries over the jam and sprinkle with the remaining dough.
    3. Bake until the edges are golden, 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes or more before slicing.
    4. Serves 16

Summer at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast In Ashland Oregon

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Summer Fun at the Blue Moon….Hello everyone…… We are serving breakfast  outside on the garden deck. Fresh squeezed orange juice, delectable fresh fruit, rich and flavorful savory or sweet main course dishes served with crispy potatoes and warm home made bread..  It is wonderful!!

There have been many beautifully warm days and mild evenings, wonderful for watching a play outside in the Elizabethan Theatre.  It’s been lovely to see every one outside enjoying the sunny and warm weather, it feels like summer!!!

We are blessed to have such warm and wonderful guests. You are more like cherished friends who come to visit us at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast every season. We look forward to great company, lively conversation, relaxed gatherings and the pure joy of Summer.

Harvey’s Restaurant, a New Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

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Harvey’s Place a new restaurant in downtown Ashland.
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 in downtown Ashland. Harvey’s Place is open for business, and we think it’s a wonderful addition to all the other fabulous restaurants in town. Very good food, friendly service and great bar. Harvey’s Place will be open after the plays for a late night snack and drink, see you there!

Summer Music at Eden Vale Winery

eden valley winerySummer Music Series at Eden Vale Winery 

EdenVale Winery will host music and dance nights this summer featuring Southern Oregon bands who will perform in the gardens also the outdoor ballroom of the historic Voorhies Mansion. After many summers offering Thursday Night Jazz concerts the winery wanted to bring  more diversity of musical entertainment.  For 2014,  they will be offering a fabulous summer music series offering a little something for everyone, including jazz, blues, rock, and salsa.   Check out the Calendar of Events to find out when are who will be playing in the gardens of the Voorhies Mansion.

For a complete list of musical events go to http://www.edenvalleyorchards.com/

 

Ashland Oregon is one of the ten “Best small towns” in America

ElizabethanHenryVIII_09_smaller OSFAshland 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.

ashland oreegon townAshland has some of the best small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon and the country.

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.

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/

 

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