14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival

 

ashland film festival

 

 

The 14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival delights film lovers every spring, this year the Festival will start on April 9th. and end on April 13th.

The Festival is a whirlwind of more than 90 feature length films, documentaries and short films over a short 5 day period. There is lots of excitement for everyone to see the very best in Independent films in one of Americas most historic and appealing small towns.

There are always special guests, film makers and actors from around the world to engage with audiences after each screening. The Festival starts with an opening night bash and finishes with an awards celebration where you can meet passionate film makers and have the best time imaginable.

The films are shown in many great venues from the iconic Varsity Theatre to The Old Armory and Ashland Springs.

ashland film festival program

 

The Oregonian newspaper say’s ” The Festival in Ashland offers the movie lover that same sense of being in a magical place….Southern Oregon doesn’t have anything else like this… nor in fact do most places on earth.”    Well said!  we are so lucky to have this event every year, we all look forward to it very much. The Blue Moon B&B hosts dignitaries connected with the film industry, who fly in from all over the globe for the Festival, it’s a great way for us as Innkeepers to meet marvelously interesting people and celebrities.

If you love movies and want to see an extraordinary verity of films and have the time of your lives, this is the place for you to come. Tickets go on sale in March, also a list of this years movies will be on the festivals website.

For Tickets and Information go to…    www.ashlandfilm.org

Bloomsbury Books Ashland Oregon

 

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Bloomsbury Books is a small independant book store for book lovers,  located at 290 E Main Street Ashland. The store is celebrating it’s  34th anniversary of business in Ashland. It’s so good to see a thriving independant book store here in Ashland that is very well supported by the locals and visitors alike,  there are so few good book stores left in America.

Bloomsbury Books got it’s name from the Bloomsbury district in London that is associated with writers, artists and intellectuals, one of these prominate writers was Virginia Woolf, the book store features a picture of Virginia Woolf as their logo, it is seen on paper advertising and in the store, also on their website.

When you go to the book store don’t forget to go upstairs and visit the cozy and comfortable Coffee House, for great coffee  ( my favourite coffee ) or a delicous lunch, snack or treat. Take your book and settle down with your choice of beverage and enjoy an afternoon.

For more information and Book Club go to bloomsburyashland.com

Here are some of my favourite books…

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Daniel James Brown
Now in paperback, a best-seller and a staff favorite, this book traces the story of an American rowing team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

NORA WEBSTER
Colm Toibin
Widowed at forty in a small town in Western Ireland with not enough money and four children, Nora is one of contemporary fiction’s most memorable female characters. Toibin’s ability to capture the intricacy and drama of ordinary lives is reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro.

THE WARS OF THE ROSES
Dan JonesThe next chapter in British history from the best-selling author ofThe Plantagenets. Jones makes history exciting and relevant.

SO, ANYWAY
John Cleese
Who doesn’t need to laugh this winter? Cleese, the mind behind “Monty Python” and “Fawlty Towers” gives us a memoir that is as silly, clever and laugh-aloud funny as the best of his very British comedy.

For more go to Bloomsburyashland.com

Live at the Armory

 

bill frisell

 

Live at the Armory 

Bill Frisell, guitarist, composer and bandleader will be Live at the Armory on January 29th 2015.

With a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, Bill has made 25 albums of his own and has recorded and played with many other artists and done music in films too.

The New York Times describes him this way “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compostions of guitarist Bill Frisell.”  His music is a mixture of Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues, we are certainly lucky to have him perform at the Armory In Ashland. Joining Bill on stage will be Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

The concert will start at 8pm  and food and a full bar will be available.

For tickets and info. Go to liveatthearmory.com

New Year at the Ashland Armory

new years eve

 

New Year in Ashland!!

Welcome in the New Year at the Ashland Armory with a Champagne Countdown and some of the Rogue Valley’s best entertainment from Burlesque, Trapeze, Shot’s N Slot’s poker,and some Electro Swing as you ring in the New Year, what fun!!

The New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball will delight you with The Cats Pajamas and shows that will get you jumping and jiving!  Enjoy Burlesque with Black Kat Kabaret, these sulty ladies will heat up the audience with perfectly naughty dancing.

World class DJ’s Shakti Bliss and Cyril Noir will provide music to electrify the dance floor with their own brand of swing and pop.

Tickets are $25 in advance     or $30 the day of show.    Doors open at 8.30 pm and dancing starts at 9pm.

For tickets and info go to” New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball ” at  Liveatthearmory.com

Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory

 

salsa bravaCome to Ashland this December 19th for an evening of fun and dancing.  Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory, if you would like to enjoy Dinner Theatre you will experience a fantastic show of Salsa Tango and Flamenco dance while you enjoy a gourmet dinner. After dinner the tables and chairs will be swept away and then comes your chance to dance the night away and practice what you saw in the performance.

Dinner Theatre starts at 6.30 pm.   General admission will be at 9pm.

Dance the night away until 2am. with great latin music from Salsa Brava

For more information and tickets go to…                 Liveatthearmory.com 

 

Poinsettia Festival at Ashland Greenhouses

Poinsettia Festival at Ashland Greenhouses

FullSizeRenderIt’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!

Ashland Armory Abundance Swap

Ashland Historic Armory Abundance Swap

abundance swap

The Ashland Historic Armory proudly presents the 13th Annual Abundance Swap on December 14th 2014.

Doors open at 1 pm the swap will begin at 1.30 pm and finish at around 3 pm.

This is a novel idea….   and won’t cost a cent. Just bring your quality items ( something that you no longer want but would make a great gift for Christmas) The items you bring can be from your home, shop or office.  Maybe you have things that you know you will never use, I have quite a few including Christmas plates still in the box also a coffee set, these are just a couple of things. I bet I could find more at home and I’m sure you could too.  Then swap your things for anything else that you might want that someone else has bought, no money changes hands,  just swapping.

Have a lovely afternoon chatting with everyone and come away with some great gifts for someone on your Christmas list. I’ts a Win Win for everyone.

There will be tea and sweet treats to get you into the holiday spirit.

Come and do your Christmas Shopping at the Armory!

More info go to abundanceswap.org

Ashland Armory Live Events

 

Ashland Live at the Armory

wedding in armory party in 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

 

 

Ashland Centennial Ice Rink opens November 22nd 2014

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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

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon

 

Horszowski trio

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

 

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