Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Oregon’

Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine a perfect pairing!

July 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine tasting!
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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.
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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

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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

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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.
For information   upanddownbikeride.com

Bloomsbury Books Cafe

July 1st, 2016 by Julie

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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.
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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.

Artist Michael Gibson, showcases his art at the Blue Moon Inn

June 12th, 2016 by Trina Packard

Michael Gibson Works

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I have developed a wonderful relationship with local artist, Michael Gibson, who has used the inn as a gallery for a small part of his collection. Jokingly, we refer to Blue Moon bed and breakfast in Ashland Oregon as “The Gibson Gallery” since the introduction of his works to the inn. Each piece was chosen to complement the room in which it is displayed. They exhibit the range of techniques and styles Michael has developed over the 40+ years of his career.

All of the art is available for purchase.

From the Artist

“I have always had a keen interest in drawing and art, and more importantly, the ‘state of being’ that focused observations bring about.” I’ve spent most of my studies with works of the past, and as an artist I can help bridge past to present”

Artist Bio:

Raised in Texas, Michael studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and majored in art with a minor in psychology at the University of Houston. He worked as a graphic designer for Faroy Inc. in Houston for many years but left the corporate side of art behind when he moved to Bainbridge Island. He taught art history, illustration and photography at Seattle Art Institute for 16 years before retiring to Ashland. Michael now lives in Ashland Oregon where he is an active Artist.

Gibson works in all mediums of art including sculpture, drawing, oil painting, collage and photography. Intrigued by the techniques of the old masters, he has been painting in oils on a gesso base and concentrating on portraiture and tromp-l’oiel. On a lighter side, Michael’s cartoon figures of French Roast coffee beans dancing the can-can decorate the Bainbridge Bakery. In addition to Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast, Michael’s work is currently at the Howard Hanson Gallery and The Rogue Gallery and Art Center.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

June 8th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

For tickets and information go to osfashland.org

Chocolate Crinkles

June 5th, 2016 by Julie

                                                     CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
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These wonderful Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a favorite afternoon treat at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions 
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Yeoman of the Guard

May 12th, 2016 by Julie

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Yeoman of the Guard in the intimate Thomas Theatre Ashland Oregon is such fun.  For OSF there is a new seating arrangement where audience members are seated on benches right on the stage floor.
The actors and the action of the play takes place around these audience members, and they have to move around the stage when they are in the way of the plot.
The plot: Fairfax ( Jeremy Peter Johnson) is due to be executed the next morning on a “Bum Rap” as he calls it. In the prison his cousin Warden Carruthers(K.T. Vogt) as his only living relative will inherit all his worldly goods, but he has no intention of letting her get her hands on a penny.
Major Meryll(Joseph Anthony Foronda) and his daughter Phoebe( Britney Simpson) hatch a plan to save Fairfax from the hangman’s noose by disguising him a Merylls son ( who happens to be dead) While on the loose he meets a traveling singer Elsie( Kate Hurster)and quickly decides to marry her so that she will inherit everything.
Director Sean Graney takes a classic Gilbert and Sullivan play and turns it on i’ts head with hilarious results.
The music is a foot tapping mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian and Folk and the actors sing and dance all while playing a verity of instruments. The whole show is a goofball tongue-in-cheek cowboy jamboree. You’ll have a rip-roaring good time!

The River Bride… magical fairy tale of true love and loss!

May 6th, 2016 by Julie

 THE RIVER BRIDE
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The River Bride… a magical fairy tale of true love and loss!
This play is brilliantly written by Marisela Trevino Orta, is partly based on a fable about river dolphins in the Amazon River.
It’s the tale of  two beautiful sisters, the younger  Belmira  (Jamie Ann Romero) wants to escape their small village, she is about to marry Duante (Carlo Alban) whom she does not love, but he does promise that he will take her away to the big city, and her older sister Helena (Nancy Rodriguez) who has always been secretly in love with Duante.
A mysterious stranger is pulled from the river, he causes long simmering friction between the two sisters. Who is this stranger? Belmira wonders could he be her ticket to the outside world that she longs to join.
The moral of the play as Belmira finds out  ” Be careful what you wish for! “
This play is a spellbinding and enchanted dark love story that is delightful pleasure to watch. We loved it from beginning to end.
For tickets go to osfashland.org
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