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Elevation Note
Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

Itinerary for Jun 21 — Jun 26, 2015

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Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University in one of its newest dormitories, McLoughlin Hall. The university campus is one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
445 S. Stadium Way
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: All of the rooms have climate control for both heat and air conditioning in each suite. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including soap, shampoo and any other bath items you will need), shower shoes (for accommodations with shared bath rooms), alarm clock, laptop/tablet, and a cell phone (there are no computers or phones in McLoughlin Hall).

Facility amenities: Each suite is equipped with bathrooms, a shared kitchenette and sitting area, and private bedroom areas. Suite and room layouts vary by double or single occupancy, private or shared bath. A relaxing lounge on each floor features comfortable seating. Telecommunication: Wireless internet is available in McLoughlin Hall. There are no telephones or computers available to participants in McLoughlin Hall. If you will need to make calls or use a computer, please bring your own cell phone and/or laptop/tablet. There are public computers available at the Hannon Library across the street and uphill from McLoughlin Hall. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Landing convenience shop in the Hawk Dining Hall building. Please bring your own hair dryer and other toiletries. There is an elevator in McLoughlin Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to each floor.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Varies by accommodation level; private and shared baths available.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $35-$85 per person/night
$35-$85 per person/night. Avail. varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $35-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. Meals are not included, but can be purchased on a cash basis from the campus dining hall or gourmet grocery store across street. To book, call SOU at 541-552-6375. Those wishing to stay longer than one night pre and/or post should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 21 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientati...
Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Introduction to Ashland, Oregon.

Note: The location of this program is at Southern Oregon University’s McLoughlin Hall. Residence Hall Check-in is available during Program Registration.

Arrive To: This program date will be held at the Southern Oregon University campus with accommodations in McLoughlin Hall.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. The schedule below includes sample class topics. The final class schedule will be announced when you arrive on the program. Thank you for your understanding.

The 2015 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more! On this program, you’ll experience a unique perspective of this Tony Award-winning theatre company celebrating its 80th year. An OSF actor will prepare you for each of the three performances you’ll see, and bring in special guests straight off the stages of OSF. Courses taught by OSF company members and local experts will integrate behind-the-scenes aspects of the theatre such as costuming, set design, make-up, music, directing, and more! No matter who you meet this week, you’ll experience the quaint town of Ashland and its nationally-recognized theatre company up close and personal.

Should you arrive before check-in begins at 3pm, you can go to the Hawk Dining Hall next door to McLoughlin Hall or explore the shops along Ashland Street and Siskiyou Blvd. Nearby is a bakery, Starbucks, Market of Choice gourmet grocery, and more. Please understand that rooms will not be available before check-in.

Dinner: In the Hawk Dining Commons, we’ll enjoy a buffet with a variety of fresh options including salads, entrée, side dishes, and dessert, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water.

Evening: Introduction to Ashland, Oregon: A local expert will join us in our meeting room to introduce us to the small community of Ashland, tucked between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains. In addition to being home to the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland also boasts a wealth of art galleries, restaurants, chocolate shops, a cabaret theatre, and a spirit of community that will happily welcome you.

Lodging: McLoughlin Hall

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University in one of its newest dormitories, McLoughlin Hall. The university campus is one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
445 S. Stadium Way
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: All of the rooms have climate control for both heat and air conditioning in each suite. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including soap, shampoo and any other bath items you will need), shower shoes (for accommodations with shared bath rooms), alarm clock, laptop/tablet, and a cell phone (there are no computers or phones in McLoughlin Hall).

Facility amenities: Each suite is equipped with bathrooms, a shared kitchenette and sitting area, and private bedroom areas. Suite and room layouts vary by double or single occupancy, private or shared bath. A relaxing lounge on each floor features comfortable seating. Telecommunication: Wireless internet is available in McLoughlin Hall. There are no telephones or computers available to participants in McLoughlin Hall. If you will need to make calls or use a computer, please bring your own cell phone and/or laptop/tablet. There are public computers available at the Hannon Library across the street and uphill from McLoughlin Hall. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Landing convenience shop in the Hawk Dining Hall building. Please bring your own hair dryer and other toiletries. There is an elevator in McLoughlin Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to each floor.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Varies by accommodation level; private and shared baths available.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $35-$85 per person/night
$35-$85 per person/night. Avail. varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $35-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. Meals are not included, but can be purchased on a cash basis from the campus dining hall or gourmet grocery store across street. To book, call SOU at 541-552-6375. Those wishing to stay longer than one night pre and/or post should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 22 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Theatre Explora...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Theatre Exploration / Picnic Lunch / OSF Production Excursion / Evening Program

Note: Activity Level for Day: Moderate. Today we’ll be on our feet exploring the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Some activities may include standing for long periods of time and walking several blocks through town. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Breakfast: In the Hawk Dining Commons, we’ll start the day with an extensive breakfast buffet with hot and cold options including eggs, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, cereals, fruit, breads, toast, bagels, and pastries, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: A company member will lead an informative “walk and talk” as we explore OSF’s three theatres - the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and the outdoor Elizabethan theatre. In this field trip created especially for Road Scholar by the OSF, we’ll learn about the festival from its evolution as a regional production of two shows in 1935 to today’s award-winning annual calendar of eleven performances.

Lunch: In one of Ashland’s popular meeting spots, we’ll enjoy a picnic boxed lunch from a favorite local deli, including sandwiches, small sides, and a beverage.

Afternoon: We’ll meet another company member, who will take us through one of the OSF production shops to see the work that goes into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions. We might get a glimpse of the costume shop, or learn about lighting design.

Next, we’ll return to campus for a class led by a theatre expert. Class topics vary each week; subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, incorporating dance in theatre productions, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.

Dinner: In The Hawk Dining Commons.

Evening: We’ll take in another class this evening with a theatre expert. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the costume design process, the life of an actor, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, or how an actor researches a role.

Lodging: McLoughlin Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University in one of its newest dormitories, McLoughlin Hall. The university campus is one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
445 S. Stadium Way
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: All of the rooms have climate control for both heat and air conditioning in each suite. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including soap, shampoo and any other bath items you will need), shower shoes (for accommodations with shared bath rooms), alarm clock, laptop/tablet, and a cell phone (there are no computers or phones in McLoughlin Hall).

Facility amenities: Each suite is equipped with bathrooms, a shared kitchenette and sitting area, and private bedroom areas. Suite and room layouts vary by double or single occupancy, private or shared bath. A relaxing lounge on each floor features comfortable seating. Telecommunication: Wireless internet is available in McLoughlin Hall. There are no telephones or computers available to participants in McLoughlin Hall. If you will need to make calls or use a computer, please bring your own cell phone and/or laptop/tablet. There are public computers available at the Hannon Library across the street and uphill from McLoughlin Hall. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Landing convenience shop in the Hawk Dining Hall building. Please bring your own hair dryer and other toiletries. There is an elevator in McLoughlin Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to each floor.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Varies by accommodation level; private and shared baths available.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $35-$85 per person/night
$35-$85 per person/night. Avail. varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $35-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. Meals are not included, but can be purchased on a cash basis from the campus dining hall or gourmet grocery store across street. To book, call SOU at 541-552-6375. Those wishing to stay longer than one night pre and/or post should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 23 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Ma...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Matinee Performance / Evening Class

Breakfast: In The Hawk Dining Commons.

Morning: In our classroom at the hotel, we’ll learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University (SOU), and visiting and local experts.

We’ll continue the conversation and catch any announcements from our Group Leader during a brief break.

Our second morning class, called “Theatre Reflections,” will be taught by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, who will meet with us daily to provide context for the week’s theater experience, prepare us for the performances we’ll see, lead review discussions, and introduce us to more actors straight from the OSF stages.

Lunch: In the Hawk Dining Commons.

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll attend our first OSF performance. We will be seeing “Pericles.” Shakespeare’s first romance begins with a scandalous riddle and continues with adventure, love, loss, and – luckily – a happy ending. This play is performed in the indoor Thomas Theatre, OSF’s newest and most intimate venue.

Dinner: In the Hawk Dining Commons.

Evening: We’ll return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, SOU, and visiting and local experts.

Lodging: McLoughlin Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University in one of its newest dormitories, McLoughlin Hall. The university campus is one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
445 S. Stadium Way
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: All of the rooms have climate control for both heat and air conditioning in each suite. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including soap, shampoo and any other bath items you will need), shower shoes (for accommodations with shared bath rooms), alarm clock, laptop/tablet, and a cell phone (there are no computers or phones in McLoughlin Hall).

Facility amenities: Each suite is equipped with bathrooms, a shared kitchenette and sitting area, and private bedroom areas. Suite and room layouts vary by double or single occupancy, private or shared bath. A relaxing lounge on each floor features comfortable seating. Telecommunication: Wireless internet is available in McLoughlin Hall. There are no telephones or computers available to participants in McLoughlin Hall. If you will need to make calls or use a computer, please bring your own cell phone and/or laptop/tablet. There are public computers available at the Hannon Library across the street and uphill from McLoughlin Hall. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Landing convenience shop in the Hawk Dining Hall building. Please bring your own hair dryer and other toiletries. There is an elevator in McLoughlin Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to each floor.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Varies by accommodation level; private and shared baths available.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $35-$85 per person/night
$35-$85 per person/night. Avail. varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $35-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. Meals are not included, but can be purchased on a cash basis from the campus dining hall or gourmet grocery store across street. To book, call SOU at 541-552-6375. Those wishing to stay longer than one night pre and/or post should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 24 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Free A...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Free Afternoon / OSF Evening Performance

Breakfast: In The Hawk Dining Commons.

Morning: We’ll return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, SOU, and visiting and local experts.

We’ll enjoy a brief mid-morning break before today’s “Theatre Reflections” class.

This week’s OSF actor instructor will return for another in-depth discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: In the Hawk Dining Commons.

Afternoon: At leisure to explore the wonders of Southern Oregon. You might also stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, or sample your way through the region’s handful of the wineries. Or visit the nearby towns of Medford, Central Point, or Jacksonville, an old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

If you want to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800) 219-8161.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Choose one of the more than 80 restaurants in Ashland, with cuisine ranging from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining.

Evening: Tonight we’ll attend our second OSF’s performance. We will be seeing “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Adapted by Charles Fechter from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, this lively and romantic play is set in early 19th century France. After Dantès was wrongfully jailed and thus denied a promotion to captain and marriage to the woman of his dreams, he returns years later with vengeance and a new identity: the Count of Monte Cristo. This play is performed, rain or shine (except under extreme conditions), in the oldest outdoor Elizabethan Theatre in the United States, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Pillows and blankets can be rented at the theatre for an additional cash fee.

Lodging: McLoughlin Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University in one of its newest dormitories, McLoughlin Hall. The university campus is one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
445 S. Stadium Way
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: All of the rooms have climate control for both heat and air conditioning in each suite. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including soap, shampoo and any other bath items you will need), shower shoes (for accommodations with shared bath rooms), alarm clock, laptop/tablet, and a cell phone (there are no computers or phones in McLoughlin Hall).

Facility amenities: Each suite is equipped with bathrooms, a shared kitchenette and sitting area, and private bedroom areas. Suite and room layouts vary by double or single occupancy, private or shared bath. A relaxing lounge on each floor features comfortable seating. Telecommunication: Wireless internet is available in McLoughlin Hall. There are no telephones or computers available to participants in McLoughlin Hall. If you will need to make calls or use a computer, please bring your own cell phone and/or laptop/tablet. There are public computers available at the Hannon Library across the street and uphill from McLoughlin Hall. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Landing convenience shop in the Hawk Dining Hall building. Please bring your own hair dryer and other toiletries. There is an elevator in McLoughlin Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to each floor.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Varies by accommodation level; private and shared baths available.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $35-$85 per person/night
$35-$85 per person/night. Avail. varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $35-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. Meals are not included, but can be purchased on a cash basis from the campus dining hall or gourmet grocery store across street. To book, call SOU at 541-552-6375. Those wishing to stay longer than one night pre and/or post should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 25 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Farewe...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Farewell Dinner / OSF Evening Performance

Breakfast: In The Hawk Dining Commons.

Morning: We’ll return to to the classroom for our two morning classes, including a brief break with our Group Leader. After the break, at today’s “Theatre Reflections” class, our OSF actor instructor will be accompanied by another special guest.

Lunch: In the Hawk Dining Commons.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll have two more lectures in our classroom. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, SOU, and visiting and local experts.

Dinner: We’ll return to the Hawk Dining Commons for our final buffet dinner, enjoying it together as a group in our meeting room.

Evening: Tonight we’ll take in our last OSF Performance, “Guys and Dolls.” This delightful musical by Loesser, Swerling, and Burrows tells the story of gamblers and showgirls through classic songs and stirring comedy. Nathan Detroit needs money to secure a location for his illegal dice game, and bets on a date between a high-roller and a reputable lady. This play is performed in OSF’s larger indoor theatre, the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Lodging: McLoughlin Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 26 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Boxed ...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Boxed Lunch / Program Concludes

Note: Hotel Check-out by 1:00 p.m.

Breakfast: In The Hawk Dining Commons.

Morning: In our classroom, we’ll take in our final “Theatre Reflections” class. Our OSF actor instructor will also provide a glimpse of the festival’s upcoming season. Before we head home, we’ll share our favorite moments from the program with our instructor, Group Leader, and each other.

Lunch: Take a boxed lunch with you for your way home. Lunches will include a sandwich, chips, cookies, fruit, and water.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Ashland, OR
Ashland Chamber of CommerceYour one stop source for information on things to do in Ashland- where to go and what to see. Visit the chamber at 110 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520, call (541) 482-3486 or visit their website for information.
For additional information, visit: www.ashlandchamber.com
Camelot TheatreThis regional theatre in Talent produces plays and musicals by amateur and professional actors. Founded as Actors’ Theatre in 1982, the theatre changed names to Camelot in 2002 when Livia Genise became artistic director and grew the theatre’s reputation it enjoys today. It performs in the recently-completed James M. Collier theatre. For tickets call their box office at (541) 535-5250.
For additional information, visit: http://camelottheatre.org/
Crater Lake National ParkScenic Crater Lake is a two hour drive from Ashland. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. Most known for its dazzling blue color, the lake has two picturesque islands making it a destination for photographers.

With an average snowfall of 44 feet, not all entrances are open year round. Roads can close from October to July. Rim Drive is typically open by the beginning of July. This 33 mile drive has spectacular viewpoints.

For the latest road, weather, and trail information please call (541)594-3000. Current conditions at the park, including web cams, road and facility status can be found on the "Current Conditions" page of their website.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/crla

Craterian TheatreThe Craterian Theatre in Medford puts on performances by local, regional, and national performance artists. Including musicals, ballets, and symphonies, you’ll find something for everyone here. For tickets call their box office at (541) 779-3000.
For additional information, visit: http://www.craterian.org/
Dagoba ChocolateDagoba founder Frederick Schilling started the company in 2001. The chocolate’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for “temple.” Sourcing its ingredients directly from cacao producers, Dagoba has become a nationally-recognized chocolate bar. Visit them in Ashland at 1105 Benson Way.
For additional information, visit: http://www.dagobachocolate.com/
Harry & DavidSamuel Rosenberg bought Harry & David’s first 240 acres of pear trees in 1910. His sons, Harry and David, took over the family orchard in 1914 and developed the “Royal Riviera” pears the company would become known for. Today a national brand known for its “Moose Munch” snacks as well as its pears, Harry & David headquarters are in Medford, Oregon, only a 20-minute drive from Ashland. Tours of the factory are offered M-F at 9:15AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM and 1:45PM. Ticket reservations required by calling 1-877-322-8000.
For additional information, visit: http://www.harryanddavid.com/
JacksonvilleA 40 minute drive from Ashland is Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark. Jacksonville has been known for its colorful history. Its foundation began during the Gold Rush flurry in the 1850’s. The buildings that line California St. were in large part built before 1900 when the town was referred to as Table Rock City.

For decades Jacksonville, which had become the county seat, flourished as the commercial and cultural center of Southern Oregon. It wasn’t until 1884, when the railroad was routed through the neighboring town of Medford, did the prestige of Jacksonville begin to wane. As residents and businesses moved away to those communities along the rail lines, Jacksonville settled into a new role-that of an agricultural center.

The combination of the County Seat being moved to Medford in 1927, the Great Depression and World War II had serious economic impact on Jacksonville. But never a community to give in, residents and business leaders sought to preserve the heritage of Southern Oregon’s first town. Although no longer a boom town, Jacksonville discovered a new way to lure those with the pioneer spirit, capturing it’s colorful past and inviting a new generation of explorers to experience it.

The Britt Festival in Jacksonville is a must see when visiting this unique town. The festival began in 1963 with its first summer outdoor concert. Britt exclusively offered classical music until 1978 when they started to incorporate other world-class artists. With an array of performances, including the Classical Festival in the beginning of August, you won’t want to miss these wonderful outdoor concerts.

In 1966, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark. Over 100 buildings in Jacksonville are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The information provided above is from www.jacksonvilleor.us. Call 541-899-1231 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonvilleor.us

Lithia ParkLithia Park, which began with eight acres in 1892 has continued to grow and change along with the community that surrounds it. Its growth and development from a Chautauqua site (where the original Shakespeare theatre began in 1935) to a complete reflection of the public parks movement makes it of great historical as well as landscape interest. Today 42 of its 93 acres are listed in the National Register.

The development of today's park began in 1914 with the hiring of John McLaren (also designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park) as landscape architect. Lithia Park embodies the distinctive characteristics of park design in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted. McLaren's landscape plan for Lithia Park was organic in layout, following the natural canyon of the water course. The plantings were naturalistic to the extent that native alders, oaks, conifers and madrones were incorporated, but other plants, such as willows, maples, sycamores, and numerous ornamental varieties were introduced and selected for hardiness, form and color. Once within the Park, the visitor can walk along the trail on the east side of Ashland Creek to the Park headquarters and obtain a map showing the location of both historic and more modern park features including a trail guide to the most significant trees throughout the Park.

Lithia Park is located at 59 Winburn Way in downtown Ashland and is open to the public. Trail guides and other booklets about the park can be obtained from the park office of Ashland Parks and Rec. Dept., open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/nr/travel/ashland/lit.htm

Oregon Cabaret TheatreThe Cabaret theatre produces 5 shows from February through December in Ashland’s remodeled First Baptist Church. This popular theatre performs to regularly full houses. For tickets call their box office at (541) 488-2902.
For additional information, visit: http://www.oregoncabaret.com/
Oregon Shakespeare FestivalFounded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Box Office- (541) 482-4331 or Toll-Free: (800) 219-8161
For additional information, visit: www.osfashland.org
Rogue Valley WineriesSurrounded by forested mountains and rivers, the Rogue Valley has the micro-climates necessary for a world-class viticulture district. The vineyards thrive on the laced hillsides of Ashland and the sun-soaked valleys of the Rogue.

The Rogue Valley Region of Southern Oregon has three distinct subregions for grapes: the Rogue River subregion along Interstate 5 from Ashland to Grants Pass, the growing area of the state with the steepest elevation; the westernmost Illinois Valley, at a high elevation and more heavily influenced by the marine climate of the Pacific Ocean; the smaller Applegate Valley, locus for part of the Southern route of the Oregon Trail, further inland and sheltered from Pacific marine air.

The Rogue Valley is the most elevated, warm and dry wine growing region in Oregon. Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris are grown in all parts of the Rogue. The inland subregions of the Rogue, including the Applegate Valley, have a dry and warm climate suitable for production of the best Bordelaise varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Cabernet franc. The Illinois subregion is noted for its high quality Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Chardonnay.
For additional information, visit: www.winesoforegon.com/rogue-valley-wineries-vineyards.htm

Schneider Museum of ArtShow your Road Scholar nametag for free admission! This wonderful art museum on the Southern Oregon University campus displays beautiful visual art exhibitions by local artists.


For additional information, visit: www.sou.edu/sma/

Southern Oregon Visitors AssociationWant to explore outside of Ashland? Southern Oregon Visitors Association has information for all of our outdoor pursuits- from scenic drives to rafting adventures on the Rogue and Umpqua rivers.
For additional information, visit: www.southernoregon.org

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