Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Oregon’

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

Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

September 26th, 2014 by Julie

Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

banana cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream.
  • COFFEE FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

 

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for
  • 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  •  Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Dissolve coffee granules in milk; add to butter mixture and beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Dobra Tea House opens in Ashland

September 21st, 2014 by Julie

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Dobra Tea House opens in Ashland.

Dobra is a new Tea House in downtown Ashland. Located at 75 N. Main Street at the corner of Granite Street.

Dobra has a warm and relaxing atmosphere, owners Travis and Nichole Peterson met over a cup of tea while living in Portland. Travis says ” The Dobra Tea environment is designed to offer customers a place to relax and leave the world behind them.”  That is so true, the tea room has a bohemian feel and an eclectic mix of Moroccan and Middle Eastern decor. There are several “rooms.”  At the front of the tea room are cafe chairs and tables, further back into the space there are comfy sofa’s and small tables and on the other side of the room there is an area with low tables and cushions to lounge upon.

Dobra Tea Room is a natural fit for Ashland. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a pot of refreshing tea and a convivial place to sit and relax.

On our visit my son Christopher ( who was visiting from San Francisco)  and I wondered into the tearoom, there we were greeted at the front door by a wonderful aroma of tea’s, we were given a huge menu of tea to choose from, our waitress guided us through skillfully and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We sat down in the comfy sofa section and given a small bell to ring when we were ready to order.

Christopher chose the Bubble Tea, an authentic tea that originated in Taiwan.  It is a cold tea made with one of five tea’s including Black tea, Oolong, Green, Tulsi and Rooibos. it also contains chewy tapioca pearls ( hence the Bubbles)  he really enjoyed the delicious blend of tea and milk,  he was surprised and happy to find it in Ashland. He is passionate about tea and had tasted Bubble Tea in some of the many places in the world he has traveled to.

I chose a lovely pot of a caffeine free blend called “Open-Hearted” which is a delightful blend of Hibiscus, Hawthorn, Rose Hips, Rose Petals, Orange Peels and Lemon Grass. It came in a clay tea pot with a small clay cup to sip from,  it was clear red and absolutely delicious.

Dobra Tea Room is a natural fit for Ashland. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a pot of refreshing tea and a convivial place to sit and relax. We had a lovely afternoon chatting together and sipping our tea, for us tea is a way of life, what could be better for the mind ,body and soul!

Dobra  serves light lunches such as hummus, babaganoush, ,chevre and pita. They also have yummy gluten free cakes and cookies too. They will have live music and tea classes. Check the web site for information.

On your next visit to Ashland stop in at the Dobra Tea Room for a serene afternoon sipping a beautifully made infusion and relaxing in a quiet cushioned heaven.

For more go to dobrateaashland.com

Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 19th, 2014 by Julie

Richard 111

 

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

Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

September 15th, 2014 by Julie

 

Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

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Earlier this summer Kelly and Steve Sacks opened Kelly’s Crepes at the corner of A and Fourth Streets in Ashland Oregon.

Kelly’s Crepes has an outdoor kitchen, Kelly prepares the large crepes on a commercial griddle imported from France. Kelly and Steve offer affordable hot-off-the-grill crepes, both savory and sweet in a garden setting.

Some of the selections to tempt you are… Ham and Cheese, Pulled Pork, Spinach with Goat Cheese, Nutella and Banana, Raspberries with Chocolate and Strawberries and Lemon Curd. They all sound fabulous. Jean-Pierre and I are planning to visit soon to taste the delights for ourselves.

On the first Friday of every month they join Ashlands First Friday Art Walk and will be open from 5-8 pm displaying original art from local artists.

For a great deal visit on Tuesdays and get any of the crepes for a $1.00 off.

Kelly’s Crepes is open from 9 am till 2 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Take a walk down A street and try something unique in Ashland.

www.kellyscrepes.com

 

 

 

Music to Enjoy in Ashland Oregon

September 8th, 2014 by Julie

Music to enjoy in Ashland Oregon

In our lovely town of Ashland there are lots of opportunities in our restaurants and bars and also local wineries to enjoy fabulous music by local bands and taste some of the most delicious food as well.

Some of the venues where you can hear great music are Enoteca Wine and Bistro, Caldera Tap House, Standing Stone Brewery, Oberon’s Tavern,Blue” Greek on Granite, Pasta Piatti,  Grizzley Peak Winery,  Belle Fiore Winery and The Brick Room to name just a few, see below for more about The Brick Room.

Wonderful staff at the Blue Moon in Ashland

September 2nd, 2014 by Julie

Wonderful Staff at the Blue Moon in Ashland

We say farewell to Alister who has been an invaluable member of our housekeeping team at the Blue Moon for the past three years, he is continuing to pursue his passion in Medical Massage Therapy at the University of Oregon in Eugene. We will miss him, and wish him well.

Our dedicated housekeepers Sara, Tito and Chelsea continue to play a pivotal role in keeping our Inn well run, organised and sparkling clean. They are amazing young woman who are energetic and cheerful even on hectic mornings. We feel privileged to have such supportive team to help us every day.

Noble Coffee in Ashland Oregon celebrates seven years in business.

August 23rd, 2014 by Julie

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Noble Coffee in Ashland Oregon celebrates seven years in business in Ashland. The owners Jared and Carolyn Rennie started their business in their garage in 2007, roasting coffee for local individuals as well as restaurants and B&B’s.  In 2009 they opened the Noble Coffeehouse and Roastery  at 281 Fourth St. Ashland.

Jared and Carolyn are passionate about their coffee, sourcing the highest quality coffees from all over the world. Then roasting the coffee to perfection. They put a lot of effort into training their baristas to be knowledgeable and skilled to make a perfect cup of coffee at the cafe.

The ambiance of the coffeehouse is modern, casual and fun. The coffee is Fair Trade and Organic, this is very important to us at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast as we serve Noble Coffee every morning to our guests, who appreciate that we care enough to give them the best.

“Into the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th.

August 20th, 2014 by Julie

into-the-woodsInto the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th

The Elizabethan stage is the perfect venue for “Into the Woods” a play written by James Lupine with mesmerizing music by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was inspired by Grimms Fairy Tales stories… Cinderella,  Little Red Riding Hood,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Rapunzel and others.

On stage is a full 25 piece orchestra, you may recognize Matt Castle playing the grand piano, he also played the piano on stage in last years “My Fair Lady”. He was very much part of My Fair Lady and he is also quite a presence in Into the Woods playing Sondheim’s delightful music.

The two Prince Charming’s played by John Tufts and Jeremy Peter Johnson are hilarious, they  also sing some really wonderful lusty songs.   Another stand out is the riveting Miriam A. Laube who plays the humorously menacing witch, she is a fantastic combination of good and evil!

‘Into the Woods’ is beautiful to look at, the OSF multi talented acting company breath new life into the fairy tales we all grew up with. Of course all good fairy tales start with the words… Once upon a time… then the story begins.

What follows is a gorgeously rich Broadway worthy musical spectacular with a unique Oregon Shakespeare Festival flair.

Does it all end Happily Ever After..   You will have to go and see for yourself..

Go to  osfashland.org/productions/2014-plays/into-the-woods.aspx

 

 

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