Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Oregon’

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

June 12th, 2015 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

much ado about nothing

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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith

May 19th, 2015 by Julie

 The 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith. The play is a brilliantly perfect adaptation of Sarah Waters best selling Victorian mystery. It is Alexa Junge an Emmy nominated play-write who has taken the book to the OSF stage beautifully. Director Bill Rauch brings the characters to life with imaginative staging and subtle direction.

This is an extremely complex story about two orphans, one  Maud Lilly ( played by Erica Sullivan) is an heiress living in a country house with a rich uncle.  The other Sue Trinder (played by Sara Bruner) who was raised by  “baby farmer” Mrs Sucksby (played by Kate Mulligan). Sue was taught to become a fingersmith ( slang for a pick-pocket ) She lives with Mrs Sucksby  and her band of thieves in the slums of London. Their lives could not be more different …..
or so you think!

 Some fascinating facts about life in Victorian England, women of all walks of life had very few choices and a rigid class structure to deal with. They could not vote, own property or get an education in many cases.

From the women of lower part of society in the slums, to the privileged women who lived luxury, most were at the mercy of the men in their lives.

This is the backdrop for Fingersmith, Sue meets charming scoundrel and con man (Gentleman) Richard Rivers ( Elijah Alexander) who needs Sue’s help him in a scam to marry and steal from the wealthy Maud, but all is not what it seems!

Over the next three hours with two intermissions you will be amazed at what happens:  There is a surprising love story and lots of double crosses, it’s full of plot twists and turns, fascinating characters and getting rave reviews from the audience and critics alike.  The first intermission ends on a cliff hanger with audible gasps from the audience.

And so it goes… there will be many gasps of surprise along the way. Enjoy the ride, but don’t give away the plot to your friends!

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Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

April 22nd, 2015 by Julie

Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Guys & Dolls is a much loved musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.  It has been performed many times and made into a movie too. I have seen the movie and also a couple of stage productions but this production is by far and away the best I’ve seen.

Mary Zimmerman  directs the top notch cast through a fast paced and uproariously funny show with witty dialog and foot tapping and beloved songs.

The play opens in Times Square New York with gambling crazy Nathan Detroit ( played with comic exuberance by Rodney Gardiner ) trying to find a spot for his floating crap game.

We then meet Adelaide, a night club dancer and Nathans long suffering fiancee who after 14 years wonders if she will ever become a bride. As Nathan ties to find a place for the crap game, along comes Sky Matherson a handsome sinner and gambler who will bet on just about anything. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take Sarah a straight laced goody two shoes Salvation Army Mission doll to Havana for a night. Sky sets about wooing Sarah, but he unexpectedly falls in love with her.

Guys and Dolls never misses a beat with heavenly vocals and great choreography and an enormously talented cast.

 Especially endearing is  Robin Goodrin Nordli  who gives a absolutely adorably ditsy performance as Adelaide. She stops the show with her renditions of songs ” Sue Me” and ” Take Back Your Mink ” but the most funny and charming song is  “Adelaid’s Lament ” (A Poyson Could Develop a Cold) together with sneezing and wheezing, it’s a hoot.

Sky Matherson  (played by Jeremy Peter Johnson ) and Sarah Brown  (played by Kate Hurster) win the hearts of the audience as the unlikely lovers,  they dazzle and delight with songs ” I’ve Never Been in Love before ” and   ” I’ll Know “.

You will be humming the tunes all the way home, and probably like us would love to see it for a second time.

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The Musical of Musicals at the Oregon Cabaret

April 18th, 2015 by Julie





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The newest musical production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is ” The Musical of Musicals. ”  It’s a comic satire of the most loved musicals of our time. A compilation of 5 mini musicals including The Lion King, West Side Story and Les Miserables among others.

As always the cast Andrea Hilbrant, Phillip David Black, Laura Derocher and Tony Carter are amazing and a sheer delight for the eyes and ears as they take us through the music of Rogers and Hammerstein Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb.


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This is a true dinner theater, chef Scot Frankenberger delivers gourmet food from steaks, duck and fish to small plates to share and of course dessert is not to be missed, especially everyone’s favorite Chocolate Dick Hay Pie. Enjoy the show from your table, entrees are served before the performance and dessert is served during the intermission.

The show is hilariously funny with cleaver witty writing and a cast that gives their all.

The show goes from April 18th. until May 17th.

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“Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

March 26th, 2015 by Julie

” Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Pericles by William Shakespeare is a play not often performed these days, in Shakespeare lifetime it was wildly popular, but over the years it has fallen out of favor with audiences.
The play is a swashbuckling adventure fairy tale with rich characters of pirates, wicked Queens and bawdy brothel keepers.
 It is a story of birth, death, resurrection and love.
 It’s both romantic, comic and tragic, a veritable roller coaster ride in which Pericles the Prince of Tyre ( played superbly  by Wayne T. Carr ) takes you, the audience with him on a journey to find his destiny. Along the way he finds and marries then loses his Princess and his daughter at sea. He faces ambition, hatred and loss. With many implausible events and complicated twists and turns to the plot.
In a very compelling scene, Pericles is drowning at sea, it really feels like you are being tossed as he is by the stormy  rolling waves.
   The director Joseph Haj has done wonderful job of producing a mesmerizing and dynamic spectacle. It is a visually and musically stunning  play with lush original music and songs and luminous staging.
We both loved this play, it grabbed us from the beginning. The play is immensely moving. At times it is very sad, also hilariously funny and like all good fairy tales, has a happy ending.
 A play definitely  not to be missed.
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Spring is here at the Blue Moon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

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Spring is here at the Blue Moon,  Ashland is bathed in sunshine and warmth, the weather is glorious, the trees are in full bloom as are the spring flowers, this weather makes you want to go out into the garden, dig in the dirt and plant lots of flowers and shrubs.

In our garden at the Inn, the Helleborus and Daffodils are blooming and the Grape Hyacinth will soon be spreading a lovely carpet of blue flowers over the front yard. I do love this time of year and it’s promise of the long days of summer sun ahead.

In our back garden at the Inn we removed a fast growing giant  Sequoia,  it was planted as a sapling about 10 years ago..  and was growing about 6 feet per year the sequoia was outgrowing the space and encroaching onto the grass area. Our gardener cut the tree down last December ( we tried to give it to anyone who could use it as a Christmas tree but know one wanted it ) then the stump was removed.

Now in it’s place is a beautiful Bartlett Pear tree which hopefully will produce lots of pears later this year. We can look forward to some delicious pear cakes and breakfast dishes, I will put my thinking cap on ( this is an English saying ) and come up with some new recipes!!

Soon the Inn will be full of guests excited about the 2015 spectacular season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

So far this season the plays that Jean-Pierre and I have seen have been truly superb and definitely not to be missed.






Oregon Chocolate Festival

February 15th, 2015 by Julie


Oregon Chocolate Festival

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The Oregon Chocolate Festival takes place in the springtime every year in Ashland, this year the Festival will take place on the weekend of March 6th and March 8th 2015.

For lovers of all things chocolate like me, this is a must visit event. There will be many chocolatier’s you may recognize including Dagoba, Lillie Belle Farms, Sipping Dreams and many many more.  Try some unique combinations and unexpected concoctions, cakes, cocktails, beer and even a chocolate facial.

The event takes place at the Ashland Springs Hotel, if you would like to stay at a B&B the Blue Moon is a 10 minute walk from the venue, where you will find a warm welcome and a home away from home cozy atmosphere, and also our yummy chocolate desserts. While you are here in Ashland see a play or two at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatres just 2 blocks from the Festival.

See you there….

For more go to  ashland springs/chocolate festival

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14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival

February 13th, 2015 by Julie


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The 14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival delights film lovers every spring, this year the Festival will start on April 9th. and end on April 13th.

The Festival is a whirlwind of more than 90 feature length films, documentaries and short films over a short 5 day period. There is lots of excitement for everyone to see the very best in Independent films in one of Americas most historic and appealing small towns.

There are always special guests, film makers and actors from around the world to engage with audiences after each screening. The Festival starts with an opening night bash and finishes with an awards celebration where you can meet passionate film makers and have the best time imaginable.

The films are shown in many great venues from the iconic Varsity Theatre to The Old Armory and Ashland Springs.

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The Oregonian newspaper say’s ” The Festival in Ashland offers the movie lover that same sense of being in a magical place….Southern Oregon doesn’t have anything else like this… nor in fact do most places on earth.”    Well said!  we are so lucky to have this event every year, we all look forward to it very much. The Blue Moon B&B hosts dignitaries connected with the film industry, who fly in from all over the globe for the Festival, it’s a great way for us as Innkeepers to meet marvelously interesting people and celebrities.

If you love movies and want to see an extraordinary verity of films and have the time of your lives, this is the place for you to come. Tickets go on sale in March, also a list of this years movies will be on the festivals website.

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