December 10th, 2014 by Julie
Poinsettia Festival at Ashland Greenhouses
It’s the season for hunkering down inside a warm and cozy house, sitting by the fire warming your toes with cold and windy weather outside. I like the change of seasons, throwing on a thick sweater and some gloves and tramping through the snow. Summer warmth seems so far away.
The holiday’s are just around the corner, Jean-Pierre and I went to Ashland Greenhouses for their Holiday Poinsettia Festival, hundreds or maybe thousands of Poinsettias of all colors on display, it was a wonderful sight, here is me in the middle of it all!
November 20th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Live at the Armory
Ashland Armory Live Events, The perfect place for any special occasion. The Armory is conveniently located in the heart of Ashland at 208 Oak Street. The professional team at the Armory can produce the entire event from start to finish just choose which package that will fit your budget. They have an gourmet caterer and on site kitchen, also light and sound productions can arrange a live band or DJ. There is photography and video, limo service and places to stay nearby, one of those places of course is The Blue Moon B&B just a few blocks away within walking distance of the venue. The Armory can cater to lots of special events including Weddings, Conferences, Corporate Parties, Fundraisers, Film Festivals and Reunions in fact any party or type of event.
The Armory is quickly becoming a premier venue in Southern Oregon and has an ongoing Concert Series, in the next few weeks during November you can see Gaelic Storm, The Itals and BlueTech.
On November 21st there will be the Lithia Artisans Christmas Market and on December 13th the 13th Annual Abundance Swap.
For more information and tickets to a concert go to liveatthearmory.com or call 541-488-7001
November 16th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Centennial Ice Rink opens November 22nd 2014
The Ashland Rotary Centenial Ice Rink opens November 22nd. Dust off your skates and join us for the grand opening in the covered Ice Rink at Lithia Park in beautiful Ashland Oregon. From 6 until 9 pm.
It’s that time of year again at the most magical place in Ashland. The days are colder and what could be better than getting out into the fresh air dressed warmly in cozy sweaters and gloves and skate the day away, then enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and a snack.
On the opening day there will be a performance by the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club and Ice sculpting by Roger Butterfield. Skate under twinkling lights with music provided by DJ Hope.
Lots of outdoor fun for kids and the whole family!
Kids under 5 can skate free and for youths $3.50 adults $ 4.00
More information www.ashland.or.us or call 541-488-9189
November 8th, 2014 by Julie
Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon
Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon presents the Horszowski Piano Trio (Piano, Cello and Violin).
The concert will take place at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University on Friday November 21st at 7.30 pm and Saturday November 22nd. at 3 pm.
The concert features pianist Rieko Aizawa who has played at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. Jesse Mills plays the violin, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. The last member of the trio is cellist Ramon Ramakrishnan who is the founding member of the prize winning Daedalus Quartet.
The Horszowski Piano Trio “is destined for great things” says the New Yorker. The trio have performed concerts throughout the US and also Japan and Hong Kong this year. The two concerts in Ashland will be their last of 2014. We are so lucky to have them entertaining us at this concert here in Ashland, we look forward to hopefully seeing them again soon.
For more information and tickets…. Chambermusicconcerts.org or call 541-552-6154
October 30th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival
Coming up in November is the 8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival celebrating Southern Oregon’s best food, drink and creativity in Ashland.
The week-end kicks off on Friday November 7th with food demos, sampling and entertainment and more.
On Saturday November 8th the “Chef Showdown Competition” begins and the competitors showcase their culinary skills through Sunday the 9th November when the Top Chef for 2014 will be announced.
This year 12 Chefs will be competing, Franco Console from Larks Restaurant defends his title as Top Chef 2013.
It’s a big deal for the chefs in Ashland to win the title of Top Chef.
Ashland’s culinary adventures await you with culinary inspiration and brilliance… See you there!
For more information and tickets go to Ashlandchamber.com
October 19th, 2014 by Julie
‘Backwards in High Heels” at the Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon
There are many reasons to come to Ashland for a getaway when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival goes dark in November until next season..
One great place to go is The Oregon Cabaret Theatre which produces really good song and dance shows all year round.
Playing now is ” Backwards in High Heels ” a show about silver screen legend Ginger Rogers who captivated audiences and Americans hearts, dancing and singing with Fred Astaire. This show will close on November 9th.
The next show will be ” It’s a Wonderful Life–A live Radio Play “
Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano, present a fresh take on the classic holiday drama.
This show will run from November 21st until December 31st.
For tickets and information go to
October 15th, 2014 by Julie
Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra
The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Martin Majkut opens it’s 2014-2015 season on October 3rd with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 ” Eroica,”
Then on November 7th Berlioz ” Romeo and Juliet ” will be performed. Lastly for this year ” Handel’s Messiah” will be presented on December 12th. There will be lots of concerts in 2015, for complete concert schedule see link below. All performances will be at the Music Recital Hall on the Campus of the Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon.
For tickets and information go to rvsymphony.org
October 10th, 2014 by Julie
Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon
On Friday October 31st. 2014 Ashland celebrates Halloween with the Children’s Halloween Celebration. A huge parade which begins at 3.30 pm at the Ashland Public Library meanders along Main Street and ends at the Downtown Plaza. This year “ Samba Like it Hot “ leads the revelers along the route. This is an event for the whole family where everyone gets dressed up, not just the participants in the parade, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.
After the parade children ( young and old ) will enjoy Trick or Treating, Face Painting and Live Entertainment there also will be a Mad Science activity by Science Works.
The week before Halloween has lots of fun events and activities too ….. on Friday 24th October there will be an all-you-can-eat Pasta Party at the Historic Armory on Oak Street and on Saturday 25th October there is a Monster Dash through Lithia Park.
For more information about events go to www.ashlandmonsterdash.com and AshlandChamber.com
October 8th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America
Ashland’s Crown Jewel “ Lithia Park ” is named one of the top 10 best Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association.
The ceremony to honor Lithia Park took place on the lawn above the upper duck pond, a plaque was presented to the Ashland Parks and Recreation team on Wednesday October 1st. 2014.
Lithia Park is a 93 acre landmark named for the Lithium Oxide Spring Water that bubbles up into the fountain on the Plaza. The park that was designed by landscape architect John McLaren ( who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park ) it has an organic layout and follows the natural terrain along Ashland Creek. You will find while walking through the colorful Park… Duck Ponds, Emerald Lawns, a Japanese Garden, Tennis Courts, Children’s Playground, Picnicking Areas, a Rose Garden and wonderful trails through the natural environment and the lush canopy of sycamores, maples and oak trees.
Lithia Park was named in the list with other notable public spaces such as The Cliff Walk in Newport R.I, Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland Florida and Rainier Vista in Seattle Washington among others. So we are in good company, visitors and locals enjoy our beautiful year round paradise, wander along the sparkling Ashland Creek and take time to smell the flowers. Lithia Park is a great place for the whole family.
For more information go to ashland.or.us or nps.go