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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 30th, 2016 by Julie

 A Winters Tale
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is always spectacular, the plays this season will not disappoint. Summer is always a spectacular, the weather is wonderfully warm, with sunny mornings we are serving breakfast outside, it’s just heavenly.
 All of the Theatres are in full swing.
The Wizz have all opened in the
Allen Elizabethan Theatre to rave reviews.
Richard 11 opened in the
Thomas Theatre  I saw Richard 11 on recently. It was brilliant! especially Richard played by Chistopher Liam Moore who is oh so delightfully despicable.
 Scarpetta Restaurant in Ashlandscarpetta1
Did you know... there is a new restaurant in town, Scarpetta opened recently on Main Street, featuring locally grown seasonal foods. Petra Jung and Tony Travanty who are native Wisconsin have made their home in Ashland. “The Rogue Valley provides an array of locally produced ingredients.” says Tony. The  cuisine at Scarpetta is mostly French and Italian, it is creative and authentically Southern Oregon. Try it next time you are in Ashland.

Beasy’s on the Creek Ashland Oregon

September 9th, 2016 by Julie

57b012a62cedd8b9d3110fbed45596f0963638abWhy not try something new,  Beasy’s on the Creek is a lovely restaurant located on Lithia Way in Ashland Oregon. Beasy’s restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1996.
Beasy’s offers tasty locally sourced steaks, that are hormone and antibiotic free. There is something on the menu for everyone from chicken to wild local fish and seafood, a fresh garden salad is served with all dinners, and of course you can’t miss dessert, choose from silky creme caramel or vanilla cheesecake and lots more.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5.30 pm.
for reservations call 541-488-5009

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland presents Hamlet

September 3rd, 2016 by Julie

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a new version of Hamlet. This production of Hamlet tells the familiar story of loss and revenge but with a new eye. Director Lisa Peterson has created an engaging and memorable Hamlet.
Danforth Comins gives a stellar performance as Hamlet the Prince of Denmark. A young man who is grieving for death of his father the King of Denmark.
Very soon after the Kings death Hamlet’s uncle Claudius ( Michael Elich ) quickly marries Hamlets mother Gertrude ( Robin Goodrin Nordili) the kings widow. Hamlet wonders why his mother would marry again so quickly and why would his mother marry his Uncle?
Hamlet is visited by the ghost of the dead king who tells him that his uncle Claudius is responsible for his untimely death.
Hamlet is full of vengeance and plots revenge for the kings death.  Still haunted by the ghosts, either real or imagined Hamlet enters into a disturbed nightmare and spins off the rails into insanity.
The special effects are very well done, the multiple ghosts who haunt Hamlet are thrilling and genuinely scary.
Throughout the play guitarist Scott Kelly plays dark and foreboding Doom Metal music. The music doesn’t detract from the play it actually enhances the dysfunctional and tragic story. The music floats over the scenes with incredible mystical sound.  It really works well.
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Summer in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2016 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is 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. Ashland has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, many boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Great Expectations

July 20th, 2016 by Julie

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings Charles Dickens characters to life in the Bowmer Theatre.
How do you turn a 59 chapter novel by the master story teller Charles Dickens into a stage play with dozens of characters, Linda Alper and director Penny Metropulos have managed to bring Pip, Magwitch, Estella and the enigmatic Miss Havisham to life on the stage at the Bowmer Threatre.
Pip (played as a boy by Bodhi Johnson and as a grown man by Benjamin Bonenfant ) is a poor orphan who lives with his crazy and mean older sister (Erica Sullivan) and her kindly husband Mr Joe ( played by Al Espinosa) One night when walking through a grave yard he is accosted by a frightening escaped convict Magwitch ( Derrick Lee Weedon), Pip steals some food from his sister to give to Magwitch, and this is where the story of Pip begins…
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Pip is invited to the strange home of the reclusive  Miss Havisham, ( Judith-Marie Bergan) while there he meets for the first time a very spoiled but pretty young girl Estella ( Nemuna Ceesay) who is the ward  of Miss Havisham.
Pip yearns to get a good education and become a gentleman.  He learns that an anonymous benefactor  has given him an mysterious inheritance, his great expectation. He thinks that his benefactor is Miss Havisham .. but is she?
As the years go by he gets a fine education at a boarding school and becomes a gentleman. He still visits Miss Havisham and the hardhearted Estella who hardly gives him the time of day, but he still holds out hope that she will love him as he loves her.
Great Expectations is a very complicated story which is helped along by narrators throughout the play, we were glad of these narrators who keep you on track with the plot and back story.
The play is a coming of age story of the sadness and terror of Pips life as a poor boy to his great expectation as a young man and the lessons he learns along the way. What will happen to Pip in the end, will he become the gentleman he desires and marry Estella.. You will have to see this powerfully entertaining play to find out!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine a perfect pairing!

July 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine tasting!
Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine… a perfect pairing!
Most tourists who come to Ashland each year mainly to go to Oregon Shakespeare Festival and see as many plays as they can fit in during their stay.
More and more tourists are also interested in spending their free afternoons visiting the many fantastic  boutique wineries in and around Ashland and tasting the great wines that this unique region produces.
In Ashland there are several wineries Dana Campbell Vinyards, Grizzly Peak, Weisinger and Belle Fiore.
Just a short drive from Ashland there are our personal favorites Agate Ridge Vinyards and Pebblestone Cellars.
At Belle Fiore Winery you can eat lunch or dinner in their dining room or out on the terrace, it’s a wonderful place to visit, drink fabulous wines while tasting fine food. The winery is just a short drive outside of Ashland but if you don’t have a car there is a shuttle bus that will whisk you from downtown Ashland to the winery.
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Vietgone

July 11th, 2016 by Julie

Vietgone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a riveting story of Vietnamese immigrants adjusting to life in America. A look at how the South Vietnamese people struggled to fight the Vietcong with the help of the American army, they are grateful for the help but find that the Americans are ashamed of how the war ended.
The play is a full of funny one liners, songs, road trips, adventures and a passionate love story during the tough times when Vietnamese   Americans had to come to terms with their own identity.
It is an intensely personal story of the play-write Qui Nguyen’s own parents who were relocated to a refugee camp in Arkansas after they managed to escape the Vietcong during the fall of Saigon.
The main characters are a hunky South Vietnamese Helicopter pilot Quang ( played by James Ryen) who meets a fearlessly independent young woman called Tong ( Jeena Yi) in the refugee camp.
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The play is full of nostalgic Soul and Motown music, there is an enjoyable mix of Rap and Hip-Hop songs throughout the performance..
The director May Adrales has done a remarkable job of bringing the reality of immigrant life to the stage, as he says” Never before have I staged a production replete with raps, kung-fu fights, motorcycle bumps and runs and a romantic montage sequence. Never before have I laughed and cried and been so thoroughly changed by a piece of Theatre”.
I thoroughly enjoyed the extraordinarily powerful experience, it gave me a whole new perspective on the war in Vietnam.

Enjoy an exciting day join Up and Down Bike Ride

July 10th, 2016 by Julie

Join the bike ride on July 23 2016
THE UP & DOWN bike ride is a new event with lots to offer in the way of challenge, scenery, support and food. Come join in on the inaugural ride on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bike way. The first such designated route in Southern Oregon.
The ride is a total of 51 miles with 5100 feet of climbing on narrow, winding, low-traffic roads, through spectacular oaks, across a shady plateau, and finally a dramatic, long descent with unparalleled views of the Bear Creek Valley and Ashland.
The start and finish is at Emigrant Lake in Ashland,  a rambling, shady park overlooking a large recreational lake, even sporting a water slide for the playful among us. There will be a scrumptious bar-b-q lunch, locally crafted beer, music and the camaraderie of fellow riders.
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Bloomsbury Books Cafe

July 1st, 2016 by Julie

Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon.
It’s hard to find independent book stores any more but Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon has a wonderful store full of interesting and eclectic books.  One of these is a beautiful new book by local photographer Barbara Tricarico is now available for sale at  Bloomsbury Books on Main Street in Ashland. Her wonderful pictures bring our amazing little town to life on every page.
While you are in the book shop climb the stairs to visit my favorite Coffee House. ( they serve tea as well plus sandwiches and sweet treats) It’s an intimate space full of comfy chairs and cozy nooks, also in warmer weather you can sip your coffee outside in a lovely garden area.
See you there!

Harry and David Tours

June 20th, 2016 by Julie

Harry and David factory tours, Medford Oregon.
While in Ashland take a visit to Harry & David in Medford Oregon. ( Yes, Harry and David were real people) There are more than 2000 acres of orchards growing their harry david cakefamous Royal Riviera pears in our area. You can drop by their flagship store where you can buy all sorts of fabulous foods, fruit, wines and lots more, also indulge in sampling many of their tasty products.
Take a tour of the factory, it’s well worth a visit.
A Harry & David bus will whisk you on a 1/2 mile ride to the facility and a knowledgeable and friendly guide will tell you all about the operation and history, you will see how they make the cakes, chocolates, moose munch and individually hand packed famous pears and much much more.
It’s a wondeerful way to spend an hour or two, see how Moose Munch is made and how how much quality control goes into choosing the perfect pear!
We will gladly arrange for a tour for you, just ask either Julie or Jean-Pierre.