OSF Elizabethan Theater reopens with new name and sound system

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival is approaching a milestone outdoor season. When Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Into the Woods open the weekend of June 13-15, they will do so in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, newly renamed thanks to a generous grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and newly outfitted with a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system made possible through a donation from Ashland residents Judy Shih and Joel Axelrod.

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A must-eat mecca for foodies from far and wide

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One of the best aspects to life in Ashland, the gateway to the fertile Rogue Valley farming region, is the food. Ashland is a culinary Shangri-La with a Saturday growers market in the heart of town complete with its own wooden currency for locals. The variety of quality of farm fresh local, organic anything-you-can-think-of-and-then-some, has made Ashland a must-eat mecca for foodies in search of an authentic farm-to-table experience.

At the Ashland Saturday market, you will cross paths with everyone from SOU students the local innkeepers, the latter planning their weekly specials as they pick through fresh produce right next to you. You may actually find yourself asking yourself if you’re dreaming, or if all of this is real as you taste free samples of local meats and cheeses fit for the gods.

Started in 1987 by a handful of farmers and artisans in Medford on Bartlett and Main Streets, the market expanded in 1991 to under the Water Street bridge between Ashland Plaza and where the Ashland Creek Inn is today. The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market was an early participant in the renaissance of farmers’ markets in America. With the enthusiastic support of the local community the market has grown to over 150 vendors at four markets per week offering the finest in locally grown produce, plants and flowers, along with specialty foods, cheese, meat, baked goods, wine, ice cream, and hand-made arts and crafts.

For more information visit RVGrowersMarket.com.

A first-time festival strictly for the birds

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Photo by Greg Gillson, Pacific NW Birder

More and more enthusiasts from around the world are making Ashland their base camp for birding. The first-ever Mountain Bird Festival is coming to Ashland from May 30 to June 1, 2014. Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event this spring in partnership with the City of Ashland, the Ashland Chamber of CommerceScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and many other organizations. The Mountain Bird Festival combines a celebration of the region’s spectacular mountain birds with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every citizen who participates in this festival acts as a significant steward of the science that drives conservation.

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Meet the vintners from Bear Creek wine trail

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Take a 2-day adventure, tour all 10 Bear Creek Boutique Wineries, and taste 30 of the Rogue Valley's finest wines on the 2014 Wine & Vine Adventure Tour.

Nestled in the hills along the back roads of the Bear Creek Valley, the southernmost portion of the Rogue Valley AVA, the Bear Creek Boutique Wineries are just minutes away from Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville. Their estate wineries provide an intimate and welcoming atmosphere where you will discover distinctive wines crafted from carefully tended vineyards.

Formed in 2011, the Bear Creek Boutique Wine Trail is made up of 10 centrally located, small-production wineries including Pebblestone Cellars, StoneRiver Vineyard, Aurora Vines, 2Hawk Winery, DANCIN Vineyards, Paschal Winery, Trium Wines, Dana Campbell Vineyards, Grizzly Peak Winery and Weisinger Family Winery.

Discover distinctive wines just minutes from Ashland. With ease of access from attractions including Britt Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Bear Creek Boutique Wineries are conveniently located to enhance your Southern Oregon experience.

For more information and registration, visit BearCreekWineries.com.

Recipes Are Like Pearls...

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How many times have you found an intriguing potentially delicious recipe?  You ponder its possibilities. You imagine how it will taste; then the inevitable question pops up:  So what do I serve with it?  Absent any suggestions, too many times that recipe is never prepared; it remains on the page, just a possibility.  Any significant culinary experience involves more than one recipe – usually 3 to 4 working in concert.  Thus the title of the Chanticleer Inn cookbook, “Recipes Are Like Pearls…lovely, but not useful until strung together” by Ellen Campbell.

Another feature of this cookbook is a separate index for special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten– or lactose-free.  No more flipping through an entire cookbook, repetitively reading lists of ingredients to find a recipe that might suit a particular allergy or sensitivity. More than a mere compilation of recipes, this book is specifically designed and laid out to assist cooks to prepare a complete breakfast feast as served at the Chanticleer Inn.

This book is for all of Ellen’s guests and friends who wish to replicate a typical Ashland bed and breakfast repast as served at the Chanticleer Inn.

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