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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

June 8th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

For tickets and information go to osfashland.org

Chocolate Crinkles

June 5th, 2016 by Julie

                                                     CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
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These wonderful Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a favorite afternoon treat at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions 
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Yeoman of the Guard

May 12th, 2016 by Julie

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Yeoman of the Guard in the intimate Thomas Theatre Ashland Oregon is such fun.  For OSF there is a new seating arrangement where audience members are seated on benches right on the stage floor.
The actors and the action of the play takes place around these audience members, and they have to move around the stage when they are in the way of the plot.
The plot: Fairfax ( Jeremy Peter Johnson) is due to be executed the next morning on a “Bum Rap” as he calls it. In the prison his cousin Warden Carruthers(K.T. Vogt) as his only living relative will inherit all his worldly goods, but he has no intention of letting her get her hands on a penny.
Major Meryll(Joseph Anthony Foronda) and his daughter Phoebe( Britney Simpson) hatch a plan to save Fairfax from the hangman’s noose by disguising him a Merylls son ( who happens to be dead) While on the loose he meets a traveling singer Elsie( Kate Hurster)and quickly decides to marry her so that she will inherit everything.
Director Sean Graney takes a classic Gilbert and Sullivan play and turns it on i’ts head with hilarious results.
The music is a foot tapping mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian and Folk and the actors sing and dance all while playing a verity of instruments. The whole show is a goofball tongue-in-cheek cowboy jamboree. You’ll have a rip-roaring good time!

The River Bride… magical fairy tale of true love and loss!

May 6th, 2016 by Julie

 THE RIVER BRIDE
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The River Bride… a magical fairy tale of true love and loss!
This play is brilliantly written by Marisela Trevino Orta, is partly based on a fable about river dolphins in the Amazon River.
It’s the tale of  two beautiful sisters, the younger  Belmira  (Jamie Ann Romero) wants to escape their small village, she is about to marry Duante (Carlo Alban) whom she does not love, but he does promise that he will take her away to the big city, and her older sister Helena (Nancy Rodriguez) who has always been secretly in love with Duante.
A mysterious stranger is pulled from the river, he causes long simmering friction between the two sisters. Who is this stranger? Belmira wonders could he be her ticket to the outside world that she longs to join.
The moral of the play as Belmira finds out  ” Be careful what you wish for! “
This play is a spellbinding and enchanted dark love story that is delightful pleasure to watch. We loved it from beginning to end.
For tickets go to osfashland.org

Bean and Bacon Soup

April 30th, 2016 by Julie

                                             Bean and Bacon Soup
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 Bean and Bacon Soup is hearty, satisfying and full of goodness!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Great Northern White Beans
  • 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1 pound Thick-cut Bacon, Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
  • 1 whole Onion, Diced
  • 2 whole Large Carrots, Peeled And Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 whole Bay Leaves
  • Minced Parsley, To Taste
  • 3 whole  Roma Tomatoes, Chopped (optional)
  • Directions:

    Pick through the beans and give them a rinse. Put them in a bowl and cover them with water by two inches. Let them soak overnight.

    Drain the beans and place them in a pot. Add the chicken stock and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

    While the beans are cooking, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until just barely crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Add 2/3 of the bacon to the beans and reserve the rest for garnish.

    Drain the bacon grease from the pan and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Season them with some salt and pepper and cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for another minute or two. Add the vegetables to the beans. Add the bay leaf and give it a good stir. Cover and cook on low (to medium-low) until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add a cup of broth if the liquid level gets too low.

    When ready to serve, taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. If desired, stir in the tomatoes. Serve with chopped reserved bacon and chopped parsley.

Johnny Cash ” Ring of Fire”

April 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Wonderful music of Johnny Cash!
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Spend a wonderful evening at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre with the music of Johnny Cash.
More than two dozen classic hits-including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune-performed by a multi-talented cast of Phillip David Black, Sean Wolf Galuszha, Cat Greenfield, John Leistner and Brian Russell Carey. They paint a musical portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to the unique American legend. If you love the music of Johnny Cash this is definitely the show for you!
The show runs through to April 17th 2016.
For tickets go to oregoncabaret.com

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Eleven fascinating plays.
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present eleven fascinating plays this 2016 season.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is celebrating this milestone by producing five of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. But of course there are eleven plays produced at OSF every season, and this year is no exception, there is a wide verity of fabulous new plays and re-imagining of wonderful works such as Great Expectations and Yeoman of the Guard.
We have seen three fabulous plays so  far, Twelfth Night (gorgeous) The Yeomen of the Guard (ground breaking) and The River Bride (dreamy)
Tonight we will be in the Bowmer Theatre for Great Expectations… can’t wait to see it!
For tickets osfashland.org
So much to look forward to. Don’t wait!  get your tickets soon……see you there!
Twelfth Night
  by William Shakespeare
Great Expectations
 by Charles Dickens
 The River Bride
by Marisela Tevino Orta
 Roe
by Lisa Loomer
Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
The Yeomen of the Guard
by Gilbert and Sullivan
Vietgone
by Qui Nguyen
Richard 11
by William Shakespeare
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
The Wiz
 by William F. Brown
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
For tickets go to osfashland.org

Sticky Toffee Pudding

March 25th, 2016 by Julie

     Sticky Toffee Pudding  
 
A good sticky toffee pudding should be more than simple sugar hit – add nuts, for texture, and cloves or ginger for a hint of spice, and this is one transatlantic migrant which will have no problem getting its visa renewed.
This pudding is my favorite, it’s one of the reasons why I put on at least 5lbs when I am in the UK!
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175g medjool dates, stoned and roughly chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml boiling water
50g unsalted butter, softened
80g golden caster sugar
80g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
175g flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of ground cloves
75g walnuts
For the sauce:
115g unsalted butter
75g golden caster sugar
40g dark muscovado sugar
140ml double cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C or 350 F. Butter a baking dish approximately 24cm x 24cm.
2. Make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a pan with a pinch of salt and heating slowly until the butter has melted, then turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Boil for about 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour half the sauce into the base of the dish and then put it in the freezer while you make the rest of the pudding.
3. Put the dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof dish and cover with the boiling water. Leave to soften while you prepare the rest of the pudding.
4. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then beat in the eggs, a little at a time. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cloves and a pinch of salt until well combined, and then add the dates and their soaking water, and the walnuts, and mix well.
5. Take the dish out of the freezer and pour the batter on top of the toffee sauce. Put into the oven for 30 minutes, until firm to the touch, and then take out of the oven.
6. Heat the grill to medium, and poke a few small holes evenly over the surface with a skewer or fork, and then pour over the rest of the sauce. Put briefly under the grill, keeping an eye on it as it can easily burn. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Is sticky toffee pudding the perfect marriage of stodge and sweetness, or does the name promise more than the dish delivers? What do you like to add to yours – I like it with Custard or Ice Cream.
ENJOY!!!!

Mount Ashland Oregon

March 16th, 2016 by Julie

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Did you Know…….
Mount Ashland has tons of snow this year and great skiing for all the family, alpine skiing, snowboarding and sledding. There is also night skiing under lights. My children used to love night skiing, we would start around 4 pm after school on a Friday, they would ski until around 9 pm and come into the lodge every so often for some hot chocolate and a snack. They are all grown up now but they still have fond memories of those Fridays in the snow!
It’s a wonderful time to come to Ashland and enjoy the winter fun!  For information go to

Fire destroys Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon.

March 2nd, 2016 by Julie

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Fire destroys Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon. For all of you who have been out to visit Butte Creek Mill  during your stay at the Blue Moon, this is devastating news.
The unthinkable happened on Christmas morning. Butte Creek Mill which was a unique historic water powered grist mill, caught fire and burned to the ground.
 No one was injured, for which we are thankful.
Bob Russell and his family are determined to rebuild the mill, we wish them well in their long journey ahead.
To find out more about the Mill and how to contribute to the rebuilding effort go to their website:

THE ANTIQUE STORE

Butte Creek Mill Antique StoreThe Antique Store is still open while the mill is being rebuilt it is adjacent to the mill. It was an 1895 cheese factory before being converted to the antique store. They have an incredible collection including toys, advertising signs, country store materials, etc. There are new items to delight you each time you visit.

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