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Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

October 10th, 2014 by Julie

 

Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

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On Friday October 31st. 2014 Ashland celebrates Halloween with the Children’s Halloween Celebration. A huge parade which begins at 3.30 pm at the Ashland Public Library meanders along Main Street and ends at the Downtown Plaza.  This year “ Samba Like it Hot “ leads the revelers along the route. This is an event for the whole family where everyone gets dressed up, not just the participants in the parade, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.

 

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After the parade children ( young and old ) will enjoy Trick or Treating, Face Painting and Live Entertainment there also will be a Mad Science activity by Science Works.

The week before Halloween has lots of fun events and activities too ….. on Friday 24th October there will be an all-you-can-eat Pasta Party at the Historic Armory on Oak Street and on Saturday 25th October there is a Monster Dash through Lithia Park.

For more information about events go to www.ashlandmonsterdash.com  and  AshlandChamber.com

Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America

October 8th, 2014 by Julie

Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America

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Ashland’s Crown Jewel “ Lithia Park ” is named one of the top 10 best Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association.

The ceremony to honor Lithia Park took place on the lawn above the upper duck pond, a plaque was presented to the Ashland Parks and Recreation team on Wednesday October 1st. 2014.

Lithia Park is a 93 acre landmark named for the Lithium Oxide Spring Water that bubbles up into the fountain on the Plaza. The park that was designed by landscape architect John McLaren ( who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park )  it has an organic layout and follows the natural terrain along Ashland Creek. You will find while walking through the colorful Park… Duck Ponds, Emerald Lawns, a Japanese Garden, Tennis Courts, Children’s Playground, Picnicking Areas, a Rose Garden and wonderful trails through the natural environment and the lush canopy of sycamores, maples and oak trees.

Lithia Park was named in the list with other notable public spaces such as The Cliff Walk in Newport R.I, Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland Florida and Rainier Vista in Seattle Washington among others. So we are in good company, visitors and locals enjoy our beautiful year round paradise, wander along the sparkling Ashland Creek and take time to smell the flowers.  Lithia Park is a great place for the whole family.

For more information go to ashland.or.us  or nps.go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

September 30th, 2014 by Julie

 

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On the first Saturday in October every year the North Mountain Park in Ashland hosts the Bear Creek Salmon Festival. This year it will be on October 4th. starting at 11 am. until 4 pm.

All ages are welcome to this free event. There will be interactive exhibits on healthy salmon habitat and our region also The Klamath Bird Observatory and The Freshwater Trust.  Mini-workshops with topics including water conservation and wildlife, also fly and spin-casting will keep everyone interested.

 

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The children will love the traditional salmon cooking demonstration on an open fire and the salmon story tent, there is something for everyone.

Figgy’s Food Truck will be there for those who would like lunch or a snack. Music by the Ashland Taiko, Small Fry Accoustic Folk and Dancing Spirit Drum among others will keep your feet tapping.

Don’t miss this fun event..  See you there!

For more information go to Bearcreekfestival.net

Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 19th, 2014 by Julie

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Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon is a triumph.

The play is takes place during the 30 year long War of the Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster. It is a story of the lust for power, and how Richard spirals into corruption, hatred, revenge and evil.

So says Richard, with Shakespeare famous words ” Now is the winter of our discontent”. Nearly every character in the play longs for a better future, after a long period of upheaval and discontentment.

Richard’s lust for power leads him to murder and to destroy peoples live. He becomes so despicable, villainous and evil, in his quest to have no one left in the country to challenge him. But of course he will always have enemies and he finds it hard to trust anyone. Richard is constantly haunted by the ghosts of those he has had killed.

Director James Bundy and his brilliant cast have the audience captivated from the start of the play until the end. Dan Donohue as Richard 111 steals  the show with a masterfully outstanding performance. You love to hate him, but you also can have some sympathy for him as he struggles with his deformities and descends into ruthless brutality.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece will shock and delight at the same time, with Richard as the most astonishingly entertaining character to take center stage.

Jean-Pierre and I were intrigued by Shakespeare’s artistry, seeing the play under the stars is wonderful. We talked about it for days afterwards.

This is a must see, but  there is not too much time left before the Elizabethan Stage closes and Richard 111 will be no more.

Get thee to the box office now…

For Tickets…..Oregon Shakespeare Box Office

Evening of wine, music and food at the Grizzly Peak Winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2014 by Julie

 

food at grizzly peak Enjoy an evening of wine,music and food at the Grizzly Peak winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon. Grizzly Peak is an award winning winery, nestled into the slopes of Grizzly Peak at 1600 East Nevada Street Ashland.. Just a 10 minute drive from Downtown.

Coming up in August..

An evening with Dave Pinsky  on August 15th.

and on  August 22nd   Blue Lightning band

The concerts start at 6pm… there will be food truck service with local tasty treats starting at around 5pm. Or you could bring a picnic and drink great wines as you listen to foot tapping music.

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Of course Grizzly Peak Winery set in 40 beautiful acres,  is open from Thursday— Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. The vintners will be happy to talk to you about their wines and enjoy a tasting.

Summer Nature Walks in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 25th, 2014 by Julie

Lithia-ParkEvery Wednesday,Friday and Saturdays during the summer months Ashland Park and Recreation offers free guided tours through beautiful Lithia Park,

Starting at 10am the walks last about an hour and a half. All ages are welcome to stroll through the park and learn about the flowers,trees,water,geology and history of this famous park.

No reservations are required, just meet everyone at the Ashland Plaza entrance of Lithia Park, and have an enjoyable morning learning about nature, in one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit.

See you in the park!

 

Summer in Ashland Oregon

July 10th, 2014 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” the jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

July 4th, 2014 by Julie

Wishing you a Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast….

4th july cake I made a Flag Cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with blueberries and raspberries for Tea at the Inn today. All of our guests are out and about in Ashland, Lots going on including the famous 4th Parade and an Art Show and Music in Lithia Park. Tonight there will be fireworks at 10pm to finish up a busy day…

Summer Band Music Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 1st, 2014 by Julie

band concerts in Lithia Park2014 Summer Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon.

Ashland City Band directed by Don Bieghler, perform a free concert every Thursday evening starting at 7pm from June until mid August at the Butler Band Shell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park.

 

The City Band plays Broadway hits, patriotic marches also original orchestral music and lots more. They often have a guest artists join them before the concert, they will start playing around 6pm.

There is always something new every week. On July 4th there will be a special Independence Day concert starting after the parade in the afternoon.

Just take a minute to relax from your busy day, bring a picnic and enjoy a summer concert in the Park.

See you there!

For information go to..

www.ashland.or.us

Hiking Trails in Ashland Oregon

June 10th, 2014 by Julie

 

ashland mountains and trailsAshland 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/

 

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