June 20th, 2014 by Julie
Summer Music Series at Eden Vale Winery
EdenVale Winery will host music and dance nights this summer featuring Southern Oregon bands who will perform in the gardens also the outdoor ballroom of the historic Voorhies Mansion. After many summers offering Thursday Night Jazz concerts the winery wanted to bring more diversity of musical entertainment. For 2014, they will be offering a fabulous summer music series offering a little something for everyone, including jazz, blues, rock, and salsa. Check out the Calendar of Events to find out when are who will be playing in the gardens of the Voorhies Mansion.
For a complete list of musical events go to http://www.edenvalleyorchards.com/
June 16th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Oregon has always been special, now it’s official according to Fodor’s annual list of the best of the best ” Best Ten Small Towns”.
CNN reports that some of the best towns in the US are the small towns. Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel reports “There has been a big uprise in traveling to smaller towns that have some quirky and regional appeal”
Ashland has much to offer visitors, it’s the home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival” with it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland. Coming to visit Ashland is an Event!!
There are many other things to do in and around Ashland… Oregon Cabaret Theatre , the Green Show, many boutique local wineries, art galleries, River rafting, birding, quaint and unique shops in downtown Ashland, fabulous world class restaurants, and the beautiful Lithia Park listed on ” The National Register of Historical Places” which has more than 90 acres of pristine trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Ashland has some of the best small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon and the country.
Jean-Pierre and Julie at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast a unique and historic beautifully restored farm house built in 1855. We at the Blue Moon endeavor to give our guests a very warm welcome, a concierge experience with a personal touch and a sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast every morning.
June 15th, 2014 by Julie
Sunday June 29th is the date to mark your calendar for anyone who loves Hula Dancing and Lu’au.
Ashlands very own Hula Halau school will present their first ever Hawaiian Lu’au and fundraiser at the Belle Fiore Winery at 955 Dead Indian Memorial Rd. Ashland.
Lots of entertainments, wonderful Hawaiian food, a silent auction, wine presentation and live music performed by the popular local Hawaiian band Ha’ena.
Come and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and gardens of Belle Fiore Winery, taste extraordinary wines and raise funds for a good cause… what could be better!
For tickets go to www.houstonscustomframing.com www.ashlandhula.com www.bellefiorewine.com
June 12th, 2014 by Julie
On Saturday July 12th from 8am – 12:30pm. Come tour and learn about farming and growing sustainable crops at three Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Sites, arranged by the Ashland Food Cooperative. There will be a bus to pick up everyone at 7:30am departing from the Food Co-op parking lot on N. First Street in Ashland. Bring a water bottle and please wear good sturdy shoes for this trip, lunch will be provided, it should be a very enjoyable and informative day out.
The farms that will be toured on July 12th will be
White Oak Farm – Siskiyou Mountains
Red Lily Winery – Applegate River
Eagle Mill Farm – Beaver Creek
$35 for Co-op members $40 for the general public and $5 for children under 12. Everyone needs to preregister by going online to www.ashlandfood.coop.
Or for more information call May Shaw at 541-482-2237
June 10th, 2014 by Julie
Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association is a private non profit group that maintains and preserves the trails and woodlands in Ashland.
Ashland has 180 acres of parkland, also over 430 acres of undeveloped land, there are more than 20 miles of trails mostly centered around Lithia Park that visitors and locals can enjoy year round. Two favorites are the White Rabbit Trail and Looking Glass Loop Trail.
Maps can be purchased at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and also can be seen on the Trails website http://www.ashlandtrails.org/
June 6th, 2014 by Julie
For those who have ever wondered, “Where does the lithium-laced water that bubbles up in the fountain in Ashland’s Plaza come from”?
It seems it has quite a journey from it’s source, surprisingly under the Ashland Gun Club in the country side east of Ashland. It is then pumped alongside Emigrant Lake, under Ashland Airport then follows East Main Street, up Hargadine Street, beneath Oregon Shakespeare Festivals brick courtyard and then finally behind Ashland City Hall and over to the Fountain in the Plaza… Quite a journey!!!
Ashland had hoped back in the early 1900’s to become a world class destination for it’s mineral waters ( a craze at the time ) that was not to be, but it did help put our small town On The Map!!!
Next time you’re in downtown Ashland go and sample the fizzy Sulfur tasting water, it actually tastes quite good.
When our small Granddaughters came to visit us, they kept going back for more, surprising all the adults in the Plaza who were watching them.. They loved it, maybe you will too!!!
May 31st, 2014 by Julie
Every Tuesday exciting trivia games are on the menu ( as well as tasty food ) at Louie’s Bar and Grill on the Plaza.
Build a team 1-6 players enjoy great food and drink, and also test your trivia knowledge!!
If Trivia is not your thing then maybe Bingo on Wednesday’s would suit you better. With lots of prizes and special discount Bingo Beverages on tap. For more info. go to…
May 30th, 2014 by Julie
The Britt Festival in Jacksonville Oregon will be opening a New Performance Garden this year. It will feature concerts by local bands and also many other events. The venue seats up to 150 and will be located just inside the main gate.
Go to http://www.brittfest.org/ for more information and tickets.
May 25th, 2014 by Julie
Indigo Creek Outfitters at 130 A street Ashland offers Rouge Valley Brewery Tours from Thursday through Saturday every week.
The tours start at their A street location, but they can also pick you up at the Blue Moon. These five hour tours will take you to four or five breweries. You will meet the owners and brewers of these incredible breweries on these personalized tours. There will be appetizers and tastings at every brewery, this is a great tour for all who love craft beers.
For more information go to http://indigocreekoutfitters.com/tours/rogue-valley-breweries/
May 15th, 2014 by Julie
“Water by the Spoonful” a 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Shishir Kurup.
The scene….. Six years after Elliot is wounded in Iraq. An aspiring actor Elliot ( played by Daniel Jose Molina) has to make ends meet by working at a sandwich shop, that he really hates. He’s dealing with the pain of his wounds and the pain of his childhood with a mother who was in the grip of addiction and was incapable of caring for him.
The play delves into the lives of addicts on a cyber chat room, who are dealing with drug addiction and recovery. We meet ” Haikumom” ( the moderator ) “Orangutan” ( a girl wondering if she should find her birth mother ) and “Chutes&Ladders” ( an African American man in his 50’s ) Their lives intersect in surprising ways as the play goes on.
Elliot and his older cousin Yaz ( who is going through a divorce) are dealing with their gravely ill beloved Aunt, who raised Elliot when his mother abandoned him.
Elliot finds out that Haikumom is his mother Odessa, he has to face the trauma of of his childhood. Elliot and his mother are haunted by the past.
The play is full of unforgettable characters in the virtual world and the physical world, also the harrowing consequences of drug addiction. This story in many ways is inspiring with complex relationships and even love
A not to be missed play!!!
.For tickets go to https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/current-season/buy-tickets.aspx