August 5th, 2015 by Julie
July 21st, 2015 by Julie
Gil’s Growler Station is now open in Ashland Oregon.
There is a new place in town to sample more than 23 craft beers here in Ashland Oregon. Gil’s Growler Station ( A growler is a large jug that contains about a half gallon of beer) has opened next to Ruby’s Restaurant on Pioneer Street. They are both owned by the same couple who started Ruby’s four years ago. Christian Senf and Aura Streett thought that opening a casual, fun and friendly place to have a drink and some food was just what was needed in Ashland.
Those of you who have stopped for lunch at Ruby’s know that the food is really good with locally grown organic produce. You can also have some of the same menu items at Gil’s Growler, tasty nacho’s, roasted chicken and lots of different delicious sandwiches.
Stop by and check it out.
July 3rd, 2015 by Julie
Blue Moon Espalier Apple Tree. But when you come to the Blue Moon this year you will probably notice that we have cut the Apple Espalier trees on the Hersey Street side of the cottage, unfortunately the foliage and branches were so diseased that we had to do something!
A Espalier tree is a tree that is trained along a wire system so the branches of the tree grow at a 45 degree angle from the main stem. The term Espalier describes the process of training the tree.
This is what it is supposed to look like….
We contacted an espalier expert, she said that the roots were strong so the best thing to do was to cut them down to one foot stumps. It looks so sad and bare with no espalier climbing along the wires but she tells us that they should grow stronger and hopefully produce some apples in the future. The stumps are already starting to sprout and the trees should grow back in about three years. We will keep you posted on the progress.
June 25th, 2015 by Julie
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents the much loved musical ” Cabaret”
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland presents musicals, revues and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, nightclub setting in a restored, historically registered former church.
The stars of the ” Cabaret” show… Jillian Van Niel, Galloway Stevens, Paul Michael Garcia, Tamara Marston, Matt Brown and John Lambie transform the Cabaret Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s Berlin.
“Cabaret” the musical has been performed on stage and screen many times, this is the first time that “Cabaret” has been performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The cast and crew at the Theatre know how to put on a good show you won’t be disappointed.
The show promises to be a thrilling treat with lots of Razzle-Dazzle and hit songs. The Cabaret Theatre serves dinner and drinks before the show, come and have lots of fun and enjoy a fabulous meal too. The show runs from May 28th until August 30th.
For tickets and information go to oregoncabaret.com
June 20th, 2015 by Julie
Belle Fiore Winery located in beautiful Ashland Oregon. We at the Blue Moon really like the wine that the Belle Fiore winery produces.
The land was purchased by the Kerwin family in early 2000, they planted grape verities from France, Spain and Italy between 2007 and 2009 and opened up the tasting pavilion and event rooms to the public in 2013.
With spectacular vistas and majestic mountain views the winery is a wonderful place to visit with it’s classic French Chateau architecture. But of course it’s all about the wine…. In the tasting room you can sample Syrah, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir wines and also the Belle Arte Montepulciano which won a silver award from the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle competition. Other Belle Fiore wines are also winners of gold and silver awards from the West Coast Wine Competition.
The winery serves delicious food and wine both at lunchtime and dinner. During the summer months meals can be served outside on the terrace overlooking the stunning vineyard. While having dinner or just a glass of wine there is always live music every evening from Wednesday through Sunday to serenade you.
When you are in Ashland go to Belle Fiore it’s well worth the trip.
For more information go to bellefiore.grazzdev.com
June 12th, 2015 by Julie
Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 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.
For tickets go to osfashland.org
June 10th, 2015 by Julie
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.
When you are in Ashland Oregon. Come to see our garden at the Blue Moon Bed & Breakfast.
June 9th, 2015 by Julie
AGAVE RESTAURANT IN ASHLAND
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.
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.
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!
To get your tickets go to osfashland.org