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Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland Oregon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

white headed woodpeker

 

 

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

japanese-gardens spring mt ashland dafodils helleborus spring

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

ashland film festival program

 

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.

For Tickets and Information go to…    www.ashlandfilm.org

Bloomsbury Books Ashland Oregon

January 29th, 2015 by Julie

 

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Bloomsbury Books is a small independant book store for book lovers,  located at 290 E Main Street Ashland. The store is celebrating it’s  34th anniversary of business in Ashland. It’s so good to see a thriving independant book store here in Ashland that is very well supported by the locals and visitors alike,  there are so few good book stores left in America.

Bloomsbury Books got it’s name from the Bloomsbury district in London that is associated with writers, artists and intellectuals, one of these prominate writers was Virginia Woolf, the book store features a picture of Virginia Woolf as their logo, it is seen on paper advertising and in the store, also on their website.

When you go to the book store don’t forget to go upstairs and visit the cozy and comfortable Coffee House, for great coffee  ( my favourite coffee ) or a delicous lunch, snack or treat. Take your book and settle down with your choice of beverage and enjoy an afternoon.

For more information and Book Club go to bloomsburyashland.com

Here are some of my favourite books…

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Daniel James Brown
Now in paperback, a best-seller and a staff favorite, this book traces the story of an American rowing team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

NORA WEBSTER
Colm Toibin
Widowed at forty in a small town in Western Ireland with not enough money and four children, Nora is one of contemporary fiction’s most memorable female characters. Toibin’s ability to capture the intricacy and drama of ordinary lives is reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro.

THE WARS OF THE ROSES
Dan JonesThe next chapter in British history from the best-selling author ofThe Plantagenets. Jones makes history exciting and relevant.

SO, ANYWAY
John Cleese
Who doesn’t need to laugh this winter? Cleese, the mind behind “Monty Python” and “Fawlty Towers” gives us a memoir that is as silly, clever and laugh-aloud funny as the best of his very British comedy.

For more go to Bloomsburyashland.com

Live at the Armory

January 20th, 2015 by Julie

 

bill frisell

 

Live at the Armory 

Bill Frisell, guitarist, composer and bandleader will be Live at the Armory on January 29th 2015.

With a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, Bill has made 25 albums of his own and has recorded and played with many other artists and done music in films too.

The New York Times describes him this way “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compostions of guitarist Bill Frisell.”  His music is a mixture of Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues, we are certainly lucky to have him perform at the Armory In Ashland. Joining Bill on stage will be Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

The concert will start at 8pm  and food and a full bar will be available.

For tickets and info. Go to liveatthearmory.com

New Year at the Ashland Armory

December 25th, 2014 by Julie

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New Year in Ashland!!

Welcome in the New Year at the Ashland Armory with a Champagne Countdown and some of the Rogue Valley’s best entertainment from Burlesque, Trapeze, Shot’s N Slot’s poker,and some Electro Swing as you ring in the New Year, what fun!!

The New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball will delight you with The Cats Pajamas and shows that will get you jumping and jiving!  Enjoy Burlesque with Black Kat Kabaret, these sulty ladies will heat up the audience with perfectly naughty dancing.

World class DJ’s Shakti Bliss and Cyril Noir will provide music to electrify the dance floor with their own brand of swing and pop.

Tickets are $25 in advance     or $30 the day of show.    Doors open at 8.30 pm and dancing starts at 9pm.

For tickets and info go to” New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball ” at  Liveatthearmory.com

Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory

December 16th, 2014 by Julie

 

salsa bravaCome to Ashland this December 19th for an evening of fun and dancing.  Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory, if you would like to enjoy Dinner Theatre you will experience a fantastic show of Salsa Tango and Flamenco dance while you enjoy a gourmet dinner. After dinner the tables and chairs will be swept away and then comes your chance to dance the night away and practice what you saw in the performance.

Dinner Theatre starts at 6.30 pm.   General admission will be at 9pm.

Dance the night away until 2am. with great latin music from Salsa Brava

For more information and tickets go to…                 Liveatthearmory.com 

 

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon

November 8th, 2014 by Julie

 

Horszowski trio

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon presents the Horszowski Piano Trio   (Piano, Cello and Violin).

The concert will take place at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University on Friday November 21st at 7.30 pm and Saturday November 22nd. at 3 pm.

The concert features pianist Rieko Aizawa  who has played at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. Jesse Mills plays the violin, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. The last member of the trio is cellist  Ramon Ramakrishnan who is the founding member of the prize winning Daedalus Quartet.

The Horszowski Piano Trio  “is destined for great things” says the New Yorker. The trio have performed concerts throughout the US and also Japan and Hong Kong this year. The two concerts in Ashland will be their last of 2014.  We are so lucky to have them entertaining us at this concert here in Ashland, we look forward to hopefully seeing them again soon.

For more information and tickets…. Chambermusicconcerts.org   or call 541-552-6154

 

Rogue Valley Symphony

October 15th, 2014 by Julie

Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra 

The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Martin Majkut  opens it’s 2014-2015 season on October 3rd with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 ” Eroica,”

Then on November 7th  Berlioz ” Romeo and Juliet ” will be performed. Lastly for this year  ” Handel’s  Messiah” will be presented on December 12th.  There will be lots of concerts in 2015, for  complete concert schedule see link below.   All performances will be at the Music Recital Hall on the Campus of  the Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon.

For tickets and information go to rvsymphony.org

“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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