New season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

Spring is here and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is well under way.
Jean-Pierre and I have seen four of this seasons plays so far.
The Tempest:  (Magical)
Cocoanuts : ( Hilariously Funny)
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: 
( Tumultuous and Compelling) and

The Comedy of Errors: . ( Comic High Jinks).

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single play, we’re especially excited to see the rest of the plays this season. We look forward to spirited discussions every morning at breakfast and the sheer delight of another season of fabulous performances.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Jean-Pierre and I saw The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window early last month and we have been thinking about it ever since.    Isn’t that what any playwright wants us to do?

The first act peeked our interest, we were intrigued by Sidney and Iris, beautifully played by Sofia Jean Gomez and newcomer to OSF Ron Menzel. We wanted to know more about them and their Sidney brusteinfriends and family. Mavis who is the older married and successful sister of Iris is played by Erica Sullivan, she completely captures the stronger and more rational sister.  We eagerly awaited the arrival in the second act of the third and younger sister Gloria, but this is where the play takes a different path.  Gloria arrives and everything spirals out of control.

Sidney Brustein was the last play written by playwright Lorraine Hansberry, born in 1930. She died of cancer at the age of 34 soon after the play opened in 1964.

The 1960′s were very turbulent times the play captures a haunting time when if any man tried to make the country a better place he could be assassinated.

We really liked Sidney and Iris, we wanted the best for them, we wanted passionately for them to live through those tough and revolutionary times and grow old together. We hope they did!

13th. Annual Ashland International Film Festival from April 3rd. to April 7th.

ASHLAND OREGON: ashland film festival

Every spring film enthusiasts from around the country descend on Ashland for the Ashland International Film Festival to enjoy over 80 films and documentaries.

Most of the films are shown at the historic art-deco Varsity Theater but also at the Old Armory as well. The festival is included in the ” A thousand places to see before you die” book.

So if you love to watch movies, that you will not be able to see anywhere else look no further than Ashland.

For more information and tickets go to Ashland Film Festival

Blue Moon welcomes you to a new season

IMG_0149Jean-Pierre and Julie are happy to announce that our 2014 season is underway, this past  weekend we welcomed our first guests.

We are particularly pleased to welcome you to the best bed and breakfast experience in Ashland, we look forward to greeting both our returning guests and new faces. We are very excited at the prospect of meeting all of you at The Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast.

Everything is ready and ship shape, waiting for your arrival.




Festival of Lights in Ashland

 Santa and Mrs Claus lit up Ashland in the evening of November 29th.     It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, with snow on the hills surrounding Ashland.   There will be lots of Holiday Fairs, parties,music and local artists exhibitions. Come and see Ashland in the winter…

festival of lights

Butte Creek Mill well worth the trip

butte creek millButte Creek Mill is an historic site located in Eagle Point Oregon. It’s a living treasure and is the only remaining water powered mill grinding flour in Oregon.

The giant mill stones were quarried in France and installed into the mill over 130 years ago, they have been grinding grain into flour ever since.

In the general store there is an amazing variety of flours and cereals ground at the mill for sale and lots of other goodies too.

The mill was purchased in 2005 by Debbie and Bob Russell. Bob is a history buff and avid antique collector, next door to the mill you will find Bob’s pride and joy a wonderful antique store filled with collectables and memorablilia. If you are lucky and Bob is around, he will give you a personally guided tour,  he has a wealth of information about the mill’s history and the surrounding area. If you do see Bob tell him that Julie and Jean-Pierre from the Blue Moon sent you over, we love to go to the mill to collect the whole wheat flour that we use to make our bread served at breakfast at the Inn.

Enjoy your visit


The Tenth Muse a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

tenth museOSF commissioned the play by the rising Mexican playwrite Tanya Saracho.

The action starts with three young women arriving at the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico on the same day.They are shown to a basement storeroom by the nuns where they will stay.The girls explore the storeroom and soon come upon a locked cupboard containing a treasure trove of writings, there are many plays and poems, unfortunately Jesusa is only one of the girls who can read, she reads the plays and poems to the other two girls, Tomasita a (shy Nuhua Indian) and Manuela a (noble woman who is pregnant and sent to the convent by her family). Under the direction of Jesua the girls act out the plays and delight in the poems.

They learn that these are the writings of a famous intellectual nun that died 20 years before in the convent, her writings were banned by the church.

It will all end badly when the Mother Superior finds out what they are doing. In a time when women could not voice their opinions or have the right to be educated.  These three young women fight for their rights from the church and society.

Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast hosts film company

bruce cambellExciting news at the Blue Moon,  a famous actor was interviewed at our B&B.   Actor Bruce Cambell best known for the movie series  Evil Dead played the iconic role of Ash Williams in the films.  More recently he stared as Sam Axe in the USA network series Burn Notice.

The interview at the Blue Moon took place last week in the Cottage at our B&B here in Ashland.

A film crew of three from the company Exibit A Pictures LLC used our cottage for the interview which lasted all day. It was very interesting to see them set up everything from lighting to staging the cottage. The interview will be aired on EPIX in March 2014 and could be seen at a film festival earlier.

Bruce Campbell has been acting, producing and directing movies since 1977. He was born in Royal Oak MI in 1958 and currently lives with his wife Ida Gearon in Jacksonville OR.

To read more about Bruce go to


The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

          A world premiere play by Naomi Wallace at the Thomas Theatre.

The story begins with Adjua and Dembi, two runaway slaves eking out a living on the docks in Bristol  Rhode Island in the late 18th century. The pair pull a dead body out of the water and proceed to rob him of everything he has, including his clothes.

The mysterious man is not dead, when he revives he has no idea who he is, but when he slowly starts remembering,  Adjua and Dembi realize that he is part of there past and also will be part of there future.

As the play moves on we find out more about Adjua and Dembi and why they are waiting for a privateer to provide them with passage back to Africa.

The Liquid Plain does not give the audience any real closure, there are many unanswered questions.

The play is a horrifically vivid history lesson of the New England slave trade with all it’s brutality and desperate characters.

Take a Trip to Crater Lake with Main Street Tours

crater lakeIn Ashland Oregon,  Main Street Tours offers professionally guided trips to breath taking Crater Lake National Park, one of the most beautifully pristine natural wonders of the world and well worth taking a day out on your visit to Ashland to visit the intensly blue caldera.

Crater lake was once a 12,000 ft.  mountain known as Mount Mazama. About 7,000 years ago Mt. Mazama erupted and formed the caldara we see today and changed the landscape in the area forever.

Did you know…. Crater Lake is nearly 2,000 ft. deep and 5 miles across.   You will learn much more about Crater Lake and the 18,000 acre  National Park on your day out.

For more information and to buy tickets.. Call 541-482-9852