Summer Bucket List 2017: 20 Fun Things to Do Across the U.S.

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by CNT Editors

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Here are 20 of our favorite reasons to get out of town this summer.

17. Honor the Bard in Ashland
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the attractive town of Ashland has been going strong for more than 80 years. Although plays are staged from February through early November in two indoor theaters, the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre is only open from early June to mid-October. This summer, catch a production of Shakespeare in Love or Julius Caesar. Fun fact: The festival has run through the Bard's entire repertoire of 37 plays three times over and is one play (Timon of Athens) away from completing it a fourth time.

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Variety, high quality abound at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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by JUDY RICHTER

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Staging nine plays in three theaters, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is in full swing. Four plays are on the boards in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, two in the Thomas Theatre and three in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. With so many choices, it’s possible to see two plays a day.

It’s also possible to see the same actor in different roles, a testament to the talents of the acting company. Also evident are outstanding design elements like sets, costumes, lighting and sound. It appears that OSF is trying to appeal to the younger set with music and dance. It also is continuing its commitment to diversity with color- and gender-blind casting and is employing actors with disabilities.

By the time of the final bows on Oct. 29, the festival will have staged 11 plays, starting with the two indoor theaters in mid-February. Here’s a rundown on six recently seen plays.

3 big reasons why southern Oregon is a hot vacation destination right now

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by KATHY CHIN LEONG

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Have you heard of Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville and Grants Pass? Perhaps overshadowed by Portland, this affordable, seven-county region in southern Oregon just above the California border beckons to wine geeks, culture mavens and nature lovers everywhere.

Read the full report in the Dallas Morning News >