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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!

To get your tickets go to osfashland.org

Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

April 22nd, 2015 by Julie

Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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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.

For tickets go to  www.osfashland.org

The Musical of Musicals at the Oregon Cabaret

April 18th, 2015 by Julie

 

 

THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS ( The Musical ! )

 

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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.

For tickets and information go to theoregoncabaret.com

 

A Taste of Ashland

April 10th, 2015 by Julie

A Taste of Ashland

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A Taste of Ashland will this year commence on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and April 26th 2015. The annual event will go from Noon to 4 pm each day. Tickets for the whole weekend are $60 per person or for Saturday only $50 and Sunday $40.

A Taste of Ashland is one of the premier events and one of the most important fund raisers for The Ashland Gallery Association, money raised will support art and artists in the region. The Taste of Ashland weekend showcases the best of local art, food and wine. Foodies and Art lovers will follow the event map to over 20 art galleries and at each gallery they will be treated with amazing art works and also delicious food from some of Ashlands’ best restaurants and delectable wines from local boutique wineries even perhaps some music to serenade you through the day.

It will be an easy stroll from one Gallery to the next but if you need a little help along the way,there is an complimentary shuttle bus to take you in comfort to each venue.

While in Ashland for the weekend, there are lots of things to do in the evening, catch a play at one of the theatres at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or a dinner theatre treat at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.  Music of all kinds can be heard at the many of Ashlands’ restaurants and bars.

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It’s all about the Art !!!

Come join in the fun… for tickets and information go to www.atasteofashland.com

 

 

 

“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.
For tickets and information about plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival go to osfashland.org

Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland Oregon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

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The Klamath Bird Observatory  is pleased to announce the   2015 Mountain Bird Festival in beautiful  Ashland Oregon  starting on May 29th through May 31st.

Birders from all over the US will be able to go on guided bird walks either full day or half day walks on Saturday and Sunday.  At the Festival there will be food and wine from local vendors, fine art and talks on Mountain Birds. This year the keynote speaker will be Brian Sullivan from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Brian is an International eBird project leader, bringing birding and technology together, making it easier to catalog and find birds in your own area and habitat.

The Klamath- Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California is one of the most diverse regions in the world, it’s a must visit area for naturalists and bird enthusiasts and all of us to enjoy. You can see the White-Headed Woodpecker, Spotted Owls, Calliope Hummingbirds, nesting Sandhill Cranes and the Mountain Bluebirds and many others. Last year birders saw more than 170 varieties of birds.

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The Klamath Bird Observatory has many events during the year, it’s mission is to advance bird and habitat conservation through science and education. There is always lots to learn for the novice bird enthusiast and veteran birders.

Festival goers can enjoy all that Ashland Oregon has to offer during their stay. See a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, stroll through town and visit unique shops, galleries and spas and have a delicious meal at one of Ashland’s world class restaurants. To complete your weekend, stay at a fabulous B&B.  At the Blue Moon B&B  we are delighted to offer you a warm welcome with personalized attention to detail making your stay comfortable and relaxing. Every morning wake up to a cup of locally roasted coffee and a mouth watering home cooked gourmet breakfast, also afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes or cookies.

To learn more about the Mountain Bird Festival or to register for the event go to www.Klamathbird.org

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashland Armory Live Events

November 20th, 2014 by Julie

 

Ashland Live at the Armory

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Ashland Armory Live Events, The perfect place for any special occasion.  The Armory is conveniently located in the heart of Ashland at 208 Oak Street. The professional team at the Armory can produce the entire event from start to finish just choose which package that will fit your budget. They have an gourmet caterer and on site kitchen, also light and sound productions can arrange a live band or DJ. There is photography and video, limo service and places to stay nearby, one of those places of course is The Blue Moon B&B just a few blocks away within walking distance of the venue.  The Armory can cater to lots of special events including Weddings, Conferences, Corporate Parties, Fundraisers, Film Festivals and Reunions in fact any party or type of event.

The Armory is quickly becoming a premier venue in Southern Oregon and has an ongoing Concert Series, in the next few weeks during November you can see Gaelic Storm, The Itals and BlueTech.

On November 21st there will be the Lithia Artisans Christmas Market and on December 13th the 13th Annual Abundance Swap.

For more information and tickets to a concert go to liveatthearmory.com     or call 541-488-7001

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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