“Into the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th.

into-the-woodsInto the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th

The Elizabethan stage is the perfect venue for “Into the Woods” a play written by James Lupine with mesmerizing music by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was inspired by Grimms Fairy Tales stories… Cinderella,  Little Red Riding Hood,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Rapunzel and others.

On stage is a full 25 piece orchestra, you may recognize Matt Castle playing the grand piano, he also played the piano on stage in last years “My Fair Lady”. He was very much part of My Fair Lady and he is also quite a presence in Into the Woods playing Sondheim’s delightful music.

The two Prince Charming’s played by John Tufts and Jeremy Peter Johnson are hilarious, they  also sing some really wonderful lusty songs.   Another stand out is the riveting Miriam A. Laube who plays the humorously menacing witch, she is a fantastic combination of good and evil!

‘Into the Woods’ is beautiful to look at, the OSF multi talented acting company breath new life into the fairy tales we all grew up with. Of course all good fairy tales start with the words… Once upon a time… then the story begins.

What follows is a gorgeously rich Broadway worthy musical spectacular with a unique Oregon Shakespeare Festival flair.

Does it all end Happily Ever After..   You will have to go and see for yourself..

Go to  osfashland.org/productions/2014-plays/into-the-woods.aspx

 

 

“Ain’t Misbehavin” at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

 

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“Ain’t Misbehavin”   at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre  in Ashland Oregon is famous for putting on fabulous shows and Ain’t Misbehavin is definitely a fabulous show!

This is a funny and spirited revue, with great singing and dancing by an energetic and versatile  and talented cast. You will be tapping your toes and clapping your hands at the iconic music of the 1930′s.  The elegant, jazzy art-deco set frames the action with style and pizzazz..

Songs we all know… like   ” Jitterbug Waltz”  .”.This Joint is Jumpin” … ” Honeysuckle Rose” and of course ” Ain’t Misbehavin” have you singing along with the cast.

This sassy sultry confection is not to be missed, it runs until the end of August so don’t wait get your tickets today…

http://www.oregoncabaret.com

The Brick Room a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon

brickroom restaurantThe ” Brick Room” a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon.

We were all sad to see Alex’s Plaza Restaurant and Bar close for business earlier this year after 25 years as a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

The new plaza restaurant will be open from 7 am. until 3 pm. for coffee and light fare.  From 3 pm. for dining, serving traditional american food, drinks and live music until a late night closing.

We are excited to see a new business open in the 150 year old building.    “The Brick Room”  is set to open it’s doors on August 1st. Owners Elijah Katkin and his mother Gina Katkin have completely redesigned and renovated the whole space, making it more open and a friendlier design. Also they enlarged the bar and have a small area as a stage for live music.

Next time you are in Ashland make sure to go…  for  reservations call 541 708 6030

Evening of wine, music and food at the Grizzly Peak Winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon

 

food at grizzly peak Enjoy an evening of wine,music and food at the Grizzly Peak winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon. Grizzly Peak is an award winning winery, nestled into the slopes of Grizzly Peak at 1600 East Nevada Street Ashland.. Just a 10 minute drive from Downtown.

Coming up in August..

An evening with Dave Pinsky  on August 15th.

and on  August 22nd   Blue Lightning band

The concerts start at 6pm… there will be food truck service with local tasty treats starting at around 5pm. Or you could bring a picnic and drink great wines as you listen to foot tapping music.

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Of course Grizzly Peak Winery set in 40 beautiful acres,  is open from Thursday— Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. The vintners will be happy to talk to you about their wines and enjoy a tasting.

Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon will present a Ballet and Wine dinner on Thursday August 14th.

Ballet Diane Hyrst

Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon will present a Ballet and Wine dinner on Thursday August 14th. From 6.30 pm. until 715 pm. for dinner.  Ballet performance from 7-30 pm. until 9 pm.

Come and ‘ Celebrate Love’  with a performance by “Ballet Diane Hyrst.”    A local Non Profit Educational  Ballet Company, who are looking forward to their first open-air performance at Belle Fiore Winery,  located at 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road Ashland Oregon.

The Ballet Company of professional world class dancers perform a classic and contemporary repertoire, the company have been enthralling audiences since 1980. They will also perform at another local winery DANCIN Vineyards on August 11th.

If you want to go… Bellefiorewine.com/Events

and DanceInVineyards.com/Visit/Entertainment-Event.html

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

bill rauch and robert schennkeanRecently we were privileged to join an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkan and 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”.

This 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 Bentleyas 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 Martin Luther King fought for. and what they achieved in difficult times in our history.

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 Nature Walks in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

Lithia-ParkEvery Wednesday,Friday and Saturdays during the summer months Ashland Park and Recreation offers free guided tours through beautiful Lithia Park,

Starting at 10am the walks last about an hour and a half. All ages are welcome to stroll through the park and learn about the flowers,trees,water,geology and history of this famous park.

No reservations are required, just meet everyone at the Ashland Plaza entrance of Lithia Park, and have an enjoyable morning learning about nature, in one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit.

See you in the park!

 

“Cocoanuts” now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

CocoanutsCocoanuts is now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon through November 2nd 2014.

Mark Bedard who is again absolutely brilliant, as the zany, crazy Groucho Marx.

Cocoanuts is a jazz age gem and a wildly funny romp full of sun, sand, superb fun and shtick. Groucho as Mr Hammer, the owner of a failing hotel in Florida the “Cocoanuts Beach Hotel”.

Groucho tries to peddle some worthless real estate in a get-rich-quick scheme by taking advantage of one his guests in the hotel a wealthy society widow Mrs. Potter, superbly played by K.T Vogt….. comic mayhem and uproarious fun ensue as Groucho tries to relieve Mrs. Potter of her money.

At one point there is a land auction in which the audience is invited to bid, the evening we saw the play, the audience went crazy and bid millions of dollars in ever increasing excitement.

Of course there are Groucho’s more than willing sidekicks.. Zeppo ( who is the hotel clerk ) deftly played by Eduardo Placer and Chico and Harpo played hilariously by John Tufts and Brent Hinkley.

Cocoanuts castThis is musical comedy at it’s best with wonderful songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin, including “Always” and “Lucky Boy”.

Cocoanuts is a madcap musical full of mayhem, mischievousness,silliness and spontaneous improvisations, anything can happen, and it usually does, no two performances are alike.The audience is definitely part of the whole experience. The cast are having a great time, always looking for the next ad lib. It’s a sheer joy… you come away from the theatre, singing the songs and chuckling to yourself for days afterwards!

 

Summer in Ashland Oregon

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s 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, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

Wishing you a Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast….

4th july cake I made a Flag Cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with blueberries and raspberries for Tea at the Inn today. All of our guests are out and about in Ashland, Lots going on including the famous 4th Parade and an Art Show and Music in Lithia Park. Tonight there will be fireworks at 10pm to finish up a busy day…

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