Ashland culinary Festival

Ashland Culinary Festival

Ashlands 6th Annual Culinary Festival is from November 2nd until November 4th this year.

Celebrating Southern Oregon’s food, drink and culinary talent and creativity of eight competing chefs. Also with more than 30 vendors delights to sample.

What a great weekend to come to Ashland, the Blue Moon still has some rooms available. Come and join us for scrumptious breakfasts at the Blue Moon and culinary treats at the Festival.

Tickets and information at

Fun at the Halloween Parade in Ashland

11O_8959Halloween2011The annual Halloween Costume Parade this year in Ashland will be much more Kid Friendly. In the last few years some of the costumes were a little scary for young children, so this years theme will be ” For the Children”.

Ashlands Halloween Parade is the largest and most well attended in the Rouge Valley. The Parade will begin at 3.30pm  at the Public Library and goes to the Plaza.

From 3.45pm until 4.30pm  there will be trick or treating  and Face Painting in downtown on Main Street.

Entertainment provided by the Ashland Middle School Jazz Band and the High School Band, the bands will be performing at various locations from Gresham Street to the Plaza.

Come on down, take part in the Parade, enjoy treats from the merchants downtown, listen to the musical groups and have lots of fun.

“We are here”

Many of you have probably seen the wooden statue as you walk up Helman Street and turn left to go to the Plaza on   your way to Main Street. In 2006 sculptor Russell Beebe created a wonderful totem pole-like carving in Alder called ” We are here: Memorial to the First People’s of the Rogue Valley” in Honor of the Native Americans that once made their home in Ashland Oregon. The wooden sculpture is suffering from the ravages of the weather and needs to be moved to an indoor location.

In November the sculpture will be copied by the artist in bronze and the original sculpture will be gifted to the Hannon Library at SOU. The new sculpture will last into perpetuity, to honor the Shasta and Takelmas Native Americans who lived in and around Ashland for some 15,000 years  before the Europeans first came here.

Apple Tree Bounty

Apple tree bounty

Our apple tree has produced some delicious apples this year, we have picked quite a few ourselves, also guests and neighbors and the occasional deer have been enjoying them too.

Savor Southern Oregon

For all of you who live in the  Portland- Metro area,  there is a great food and wine event this coming weekend on Sunday 16th September from 2 to 6pm. at the Director Park. Showcasing wine and food from Southern Oregon. Wine makers will display more than 100 of the best wines unique to the region at Savor Southern Oregon.  Guests will be able to sample gourmet specialities such as a wide variety of cheeses and artisan chocolates from Harry & David,  the Rogue Creamery and Gary West Meats.  Chefs from Southern Oregon and Portland will cater the event including Willow Witt Ranch in Ashland and Blue Fox Farm in Applegate.  The event will include live music, and wine education seminars as well as a raffle to win a weekend getaway to Southern Oregon.

Come and experience the many reasons to visit Oregon’s fastest growing wine region.

Located at 815 SW Park Avenue Portland.

Tickets cost $39.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets. visit


Cycle Oregon comes to Ashland

cycle oregonThe 2012 Cycle Oregon is coming through Ashland this year on their annual ride, they will be stopping over in Ashland on the 12th and 13th of September. For those who have enough energy while they are in Ashland, riders can chose to ride 9 more miles  up to the top of Mount Ashland all the way to the Ski Area for lunch and then a quick coast back into Ashland and a well deserved rest.  This year Cycle Oregon is celebrating their 25th Anniversary.  Approximately 2,200 riders have signed up for the 417 to 490 mile ride.  Organizers state “A special route for a special occasion”, the 25th  Anniversary ride features small towns that honor Cycle  Oregon’s mission, and showcases the singular splendor of  Crater Lake, also revels in the special charms of Ashland, and celebrates the variety of great riding that Oregon offers.”  For further information visit

If you are in Ashland to welcome the riders this year, you will see Jean-Pierre who is volunteering at the community booth in downtown Ashland.

Summer Fun In Ashland

12N_3754-RAW-ashland-autumn-hald-strawberry-parkGlorious Summer is here!  Lovely hot days and the warm nights are especially good for watching a play in the Elizabethan outdoor theatre, or sitting on the green and watching the Green Show. This year we have Magicians, Dance, Celtic Music and Living History Lectures “From the Streets of Shakespeare” a one woman historically costumed, educationally entertaining show. Many of our guests are loving the hot weather we have been experiencing in Ashland over the last two weeks or more. The weather is great for walking through Lithia Park or you could  go on a leisurely  tour to visit some of the many outstanding wineries in our area. What ever you decide to do don’t forget to drop in at Dagoba Chocolate and sample some of their delicious treats.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Oregon Cabaret Theatre  in Ashland is celebrating 27th. season. Denny and the Dreamers will be rockin’ it out until August 26th. with ” Life Could Be a Dream” this is a delightful and energetic musical. A reasonably priced dinner is served before the show, or you can just see the show, either way it’s a classy professional show, that will keep you smiling all the way back to the Blue Moon.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Iowa

Alison Carey, unleashes a shamelessly witty twist on Shakespeare’s original play. Think of Shakespeare meets “Beach Blanket Babylon”  this production is a classic farce, the Oregon Shakespeare company is doing something totally and absolutely silly and amazing—– it actually works. Falstaff is failed presidential candidate Sen. John Falstaff, having lost the Iowa caucuses, he is hopelessly in dept. He tries to seduce two wealthy wives of the town, both married, one to a man, one to a woman, hoping to dip into their purses, but the ladies set out to teach him a lesson. His misbehavior is about to receive it’s final comeuppance. I really enjoyed this play; with an outrageous plot and comical characters, Shakespeare’s words and todays language, it is hilariously funny and kept me awake and laughing, even though I went into the theatre feeling a little tired after a long day.

Catch a play at the Shakespeare festival while staying at Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

Elizabethan TheaterBlue Moon Bed and Breakfast is close to The Arts of Ashland, OR. Visit the Angus Bowmer Theatre to indulge in pure entertainment. Enjoy a play involving a jealous wife, murder mystery, love, magic and the interweaving of several stories. Please see dates and times below.

Adapted by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young
From the plays by Euripides, Shakespeare,
and Rodgers & Hammerstein

April 18 — November 3 | Angus Bowmer Theatre
Directed by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young