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Love “Head Over Heels” a new musical

August 5th, 2015 by Julie

Detail_2015_HOH_746x420 Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” Head Over Heels”
On a hot evening last week Jean-Pierre and I joined more than 1000 other excited playgoers to see  ” Head Over Heels” at the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
This is a world premier play taken from a 16th century poem “Arcadia” by Sir Phillip Sidney.  Adapted for the stage by Jeff Whitty, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar with music and lyrics by the Go Go’s.
This seems like a very unlikely mashup of a 1580’s poem and music from the 1980’s group The Go Go’s….. yes it seems strange but it really works.
Before the play really starts the marvelous and wildly funny John Tufts as ” The Fool” Philanax comes onto the stage, he engages with us the audience, checking the script and telling us all about the mythical world of Arcadia, and of the wonderful characters we are about to see, then the story begins!
The Elizabethan poem by Sir Phillip is about romance and the meaning of love in all forms,
and so is this play,  settle into your seat and enjoy the ride.
 The King of Arcadia Basillius ( Michael Sharon)and his Queen Gynecia ( the always amazing Mirium Laube)  love each other but have fallen temporarily out of love. Their eldest daughter Pamela ( Bonnie Mulligan)has many suitors but loves none, their younger daughter played by Tala Ashe and the local Shepard boy played by Dylan Paul as Philoclea and Musidorus are an absolutely adorable couple very much in love but unable to be together.
As the play goes on the story gets more and more complicated and brilliantly silly with mistaken identities, lots of romantic surprises and wildly funny non stop jokes that will have you constantly laughing.
The fabulous songs from the Go Go’s and the story intertwine beautifully together with gorgeous costumes, a terrific live orchestra and an exuberant cast belting out the wonderfully familiar foot tapping songs.
It’s an over the top non stop party and well worth the trip to Ashland just to see this play.

Fabulous Fresh Raspberry Bar’s

July 30th, 2015 by Julie

   Fabulous Fresh Raspberry Bar’s

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These Fabulous Fresh Raspberry Bars are so delicious they won’t last long. For all of our guests at the Blue Moon who love these bars, here is the recipe especially for you.

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt to combine. Add the butter and pulse just until the dough comes together. Transfer to a bowl and gently knead in the oats.
  2. Press all but 1/2 cup of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Scatter the raspberries over the jam and sprinkle with the remaining dough.
  3. Bake until the edges are golden, 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Makes 16 servings.


Gil’s Growler Station now open in Ashland Oregon

July 21st, 2015 by Julie

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Gil’s Growler Station is now open in Ashland Oregon.

There is a new place in town to sample more than 23 craft beers here in Ashland Oregon.  Gil’s Growler Station ( A growler is a large jug that contains about a half gallon of beer) has opened next to Ruby’s Restaurant on Pioneer Street. They are both owned by the same couple who started Ruby’s four years ago.  Christian Senf and Aura Streett thought that opening a casual, fun and friendly place to have a drink and some food was just what was needed in Ashland.

Those of you who have stopped for lunch at Ruby’s know that the food is really good with locally grown organic produce. You can also have some of the same menu items at Gil’s Growler, tasty nacho’s, roasted chicken and lots of different delicious sandwiches.

Gil’s also serves Wine, Hard Cider, Mead and Kombucha ( which is a fermented tea.)

Stop by and check it out.

Blue Moon Apple Espalier Tree

July 3rd, 2015 by Julie



photo (6) Blue Moon Espalier Apple Tree. But when you come to the Blue Moon this year you will probably notice that we have cut the Apple Espalier trees on the Hersey Street side of the cottage, unfortunately the foliage and branches were so diseased that we had to do something!

A Espalier tree is a tree that is trained along a wire system so the branches of the tree grow at a 45 degree angle from the main stem. The term Espalier describes the process of training the tree.

This is what it is supposed to look like….



We contacted an espalier expert, she said that the roots were strong so the best thing to do was to cut them down to one foot stumps. It looks so sad and bare with no espalier climbing along the wires but she tells us that they should grow stronger and hopefully produce some apples in the future. The stumps are already starting to sprout and the trees should grow back in about three years. We will keep you posted on the progress.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Cabaret” the Musical

June 25th, 2015 by Julie


The Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents the much loved musical ” Cabaret”

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland presents musicals, revues and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, nightclub setting in a restored, historically registered former church.

The stars of the ” Cabaret” show… Jillian Van Niel, Galloway Stevens, Paul Michael Garcia, Tamara Marston, Matt Brown and John Lambie transform the Cabaret Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s Berlin.

“Cabaret” the musical has been performed on stage and screen many times,  this is the first time that “Cabaret” has been performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The cast and crew at the Theatre know how to put on a good show you won’t be disappointed.

The show promises to be a thrilling treat with lots of Razzle-Dazzle and hit songs. The Cabaret Theatre serves dinner and drinks before the show, come and have lots of fun and enjoy a fabulous meal too.  The show runs from May 28th until August 30th.

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Belle Fiore Winery in beautiful Ashland Oregon

June 20th, 2015 by Julie


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Belle Fiore Winery located in beautiful Ashland Oregon.  We at the Blue Moon really like the wine that the Belle Fiore winery produces.

The land was purchased  by the Kerwin family in early 2000, they planted grape verities from France, Spain and Italy between 2007 and 2009 and opened up the tasting pavilion and event rooms to the public in 2013.

With spectacular vistas and majestic mountain views the winery is a wonderful place to visit with it’s classic French Chateau architecture.  But of course it’s all about the wine…. In the tasting room you can sample Syrah, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir wines and also the Belle Arte Montepulciano which won a silver award from the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle competition. Other Belle Fiore wines are also winners of gold and silver awards from the West Coast Wine Competition.

The winery serves delicious food and wine both at lunchtime and dinner. During the summer months meals can be served outside on the terrace overlooking the stunning vineyard. While having dinner or just a glass of wine there is always live music every evening from Wednesday through Sunday to serenade you.

When you are in Ashland go to Belle Fiore it’s well worth the trip.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

June 12th, 2015 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

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There is a lot to enjoy in Oregon Shakespeare’s 2015 production of Much Ado about Nothing. Shakespeare has created an imaginary world to delight us and for the next three hours it does just that.   Directed beautifully by Lileana Bain-Cruz,  she moves us along on a journey full of comedy, tragedy, triumphs, infidelity and of course love!

At the beginning of the play the stage is full of roses cascading down over the actors, we see Don Peadro and his men arrive in the make believe kingdom of Messina back from the war, among them are Claudio ( Carlo Alban) and Benedick (Danforth Cummins), the mates are ready for some fun and R&R.

The naive and  jealous Claudio quickly falls in love with his hosts daughter Hero ( and just as quickly falls out of love with her when her virtue is spoiled by Don Pedro’s evil sister.)

Benadick meets the lovely Beatrice ( Christiana Clark ) they really are in love with each other but would never admit it, he is stubborn and pig headed and she is equally so. There is a lot of witty banter going on between them until they finally come to the conclusion that they actually are in love!

There are very funny comic interludes where Dogberry  (Rex Young)  and his inept band of men enter the stage. Dogberry is goofy and hilarious as he zips around on his Segway dropping Malaprop’s as he goes, constantly followed by his enthusiastic mother.

Spend a wonderful evening at the Bowmer Theatre. This play is a must see, it’s Shakespeare at his best. A joy to watch, full of high energy, charming likable characters and sparkling wit.

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Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast Kitchen Garden

June 10th, 2015 by Julie

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 The first week in May was a perfect time to plant our kitchen garden at the Blue Moon B&B.

At the Blue Moon kitchen garden last year we only had one raised bed and planted it with both tomatoes and herbs, the tomatoes took over the bed and there was not really room for the herbs. This year we added another raised bed just for the herbs.

We have four tomato plants growing in one bed, two of them are cherry tomatoes one red and one yellow, also an early tomato and a heirloom verity, we hope to have lots and lots of tomatoes for breakfast at the Inn this summer.

In the herb raised bed we have thyme, chives, sage, parsley and 13 sweet basil plants, so we should have more than enough herbs for the kitchen.

When you are in Ashland Oregon. Come to see our garden at the Blue Moon Bed & Breakfast.

Agave Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

June 9th, 2015 by Julie




Ashlands’ much loved Mexican restaurant  Agave has moved from it’s former location on North Main Street to just around the corner at 5 Granite Street in the space that used to house the now closed Greek restaurant  “Blue”   This space is much bigger says owner Jacob Brown-Van Ausdall,   “we are going from a 20 seat restaurant to 99 seats”. The fare will be just as good, serving fresh house made gourmet Mexican inspired food.

In Agave’s former space will be a new restaurant called Flip,  they will serve: burgers, shakes and fries among other things. Grand opening soon.

Banana Crunch Muffins

May 30th, 2015 by Julie


Banana Crunch Muffins

This recipe is from my favorite chef Ina Garten, the recipe for Banana Crunch Muffins is very good and best of all can be made a day ahead. Hope you enjoy it, if you do let me know…


3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks unsalted butter melted and cooled

2 extra large eggs

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp pure vanilla

1 cup mashed bananas ( 2 bananas)

1 cup diced bananas (1 banana)

1 cup diced walnuts

1 cup granola

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line muffin pans with paper liners.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. In another bowl combine eggs, milk and vanilla together then add to the flour butter mixture, scrape bowl and blend but don’t over mix.

At this point you can keep batter overnight in refrigerator.  Next morning fold into the batter mashed bananas, diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut. Spoon into paper liners. Top each muffin with either dried banana chips, granola or coconut.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly and enjoy.

Makes about 18 muffins.