Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Early Signs of Spring ~

Yesterday, it hailed here in the Rogue Valley.  Just when everything is bursting back to life, Mother Nature reminds us that she is in control.  But as we start to dust off and ready ourselves for the 2014 season, we are surrounded by some of the finest offerings of early spring.  It's a beautiful time to visit Ashland.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The 2014 OSF Season ~

The 2014 OSF Season proudly presents:

Photo Credit:  OSF

The Tempest

  • February 14 - November 2, 2014
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • By William Shakespeare | Directed by Tony Taccone

Photo Credit:  OSF

The Cocoanuts

  • February 16 - November 2, 2014
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • Music & lyrics by Irving Berlin | Book by George S. Kaufman
  • Adapted by Mark Bedard | Directed by David Ivers

Photo Credit:  OSF
 The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
  • February 15 - July 3, 2014
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • By Lorraine Hansberry | Directed by Juliette Carrillo

Photo Credit:  OSF
 The Comedy of Errors
  • February 20 - November 2, 2014
  • Thomas Theatre
  • By William Shakespeare | Directed by Kent Gash 

Photo Credit:  OSF
A Wrinkle in Time
  • April 16 - November 1, 2014
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • Adapted by Tracy Young | From the book by Madeleine L'Engle
  • World Premiere

Photo Credit:  OSF

Water by the Spoonful

  • March 26 - November 2, 2014
  • Thomas Theatre
  • Runs March 26 - June 20 and September 3 - November 2, 2014
  • By Quiara Alegría Hudes | Directed by Shishir Kurup

Photo Credit:  OSF

Richard III

  • June 3 - October 10, 2014
  • Allen Elizabethan Theatre
  • By William Shakespeare | Directed by James Bundy

Photo Credit:  OSF
Into the Woods
  • June 4 - October 11, 2014
  • Allen Elizabethan Theatre
  • Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by James Lapine | Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
  • Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick | Directed by Amanda Dehnert

Photo Credit:  OSF

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • June 5 - October 12, 2014
  • Allen Elizabethan Theatre
  • By William Shakespeare | Directed by Sarah Rasmussen 

Photo Credit:  OSF

Family Album

  • July 1 - August 31, 2014
  • Thomas Theatre
  • Book & lyrics by Stew | Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald | Directed by Joanna Settle
  • World Premiere

Photo Credit:  OSF

The Great Society

  • July 23 - November 1, 2014
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • By Robert Schenkkan | Directed by Bill Rauch
  • World Premiere

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November in the Rogue Valley ~

 “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall Color at the Farmer's Market ~

We strolled through the Farmer's Market in Ashland and came across such beautiful fall colors.  September and October are fabulous months to visit southern Oregon.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Heart of Robin Hood

Everyone pretty much knows the story of Robin Hood and his merry men who stole from the rich to give to the poor - or at least that's the way most remember it.

OSF's production of The Heart of Robin Hood - now at the Elizabethan Theater does not disappoint in putting a little twist on the story of how Robin Hood (John Tufts) came to find his heart and his one true love, Marion (Kate Hurster).

Stage settings are always a highlight of any OSF production.  The use of trees, ladders, platforms and rope swings, along with specialized background scene lighting,  takes the audience on a romp through the forest as the story unfolds.  It is particularly stunning to have the star-filled night sky add to the magic of the performance.

As always, the acting is beyond reproach but there are two characters who stand out in this cast, the first being Pierre, Marion's jester/servant, hilariously (and spot on perfect) portrayed by Daniel T. Parker.  The second was the performance of Tanya Thai McBride who brilliantly portrayed Plug the Dog.  She really called upon her inner dog - her body movements and sounds were so good you "almost" forgot she was human.

Directed by Joel Sass, The Heart of Robin Hood runs just shy of 2 hours, 20 minutes with a 15-minute intermission - and will run through the last weekend of the OSF 2013 season.

Photo credit:  OSFAshland.org


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lake of the Woods ~

Just an hour from Ashland you'll find beautiful Lake of the Woods.  It's an easy drive, just head north on Hwy 5 - exit at Crater Lake Hwy - and then watch for Hwy 140 toward Klamath Falls.  It's a pretty drive though green valleys with majestic Mt. McLoughlin ever present.  

Just recently, a family staying with us asked for a suggestion as to where they could go to get in the water and splash around in an attempt to cool off from the baking summer heat.  We sent them to Lake of the Woods and they loved it! 

The resort has been in operation for 91 years - they have cabins available for rent and a camp ground
The lodge restaurant and bar
The back deck is a great place to have lunch and enjoy the view
The view from the lodge deck
Marina and boat launch