Enter Southern Oregon University’s conference residence, Cox Hall, through the sliding doors off the parking lot. At registration you’ll meet Annette Buchanan, your Group Leader, who will be your expert guide for the week, and the Conference Assistant, who will give you your room keys. Settle into your room and relax from your journey here while your fellow participants arrive. At registration, you’ll receive a packet of information to prepare you for the week, including a detailed schedule of events and important information about the week. Come to the evening’s orientation refreshed and ready for your adventures!
ORIENTATION: Get to know what this exciting week has in store! Meet back in the registration room to get to know your fellow Road Scholars and program staff during an informative overview of the program. Learn about the in-depth classes and fascinating field trips you’ll be experiencing this week and prepare for Monday morning’s first glimpse of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Come prepared with your questions about any of the fun events this week.
Dinner: Enjoy a delicious catered dinner and conversation with your fellow Road Scholars in our private meeting room. Continue your orientation to the week’s programming over a scrumptious dessert.Evening: THE DREAM BEGINS: Explore the early history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through film clips and interviews with festival founder Angus Bowmer and other early cast and technical crew members. Then join Richard Elmore, an OSF company member, in a more personal, sometimes funny, often touching discussion about the Festival's past. Hear the stories behind the stories!Lodging: Cox HallMeals Included: Dinner
CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONS These core classes of the program will be taught daily by Michael J. Hume, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival company member, who will be your guide for the week’s performances, lead review discussions, and introduce you to several actors straight off the OSF stages.Lunch: Indulge in a variety of options for both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike at the Cascade Food Court. The new food service, A’viands, prides itself on using fresh ingredients in its delicious main entrees, daily soups, build-your-own sandwich and salad bars, and many tasty sides.Afternoon: CLASS: RESEARCHING A ROLEPreparing for playing a specific character often begins right after the role is assigned-6 months to a year in advance of the actual performance. This course explains the research one actor does to prepare for a role, including travel, reading, character background and dialect work.CLASS: GENIUS AND THE PERFECT MOMENTImagine what it would be like to live in a society where the flip-flop from Protestantism to Catholicism and back again was rendering families, politics and culture unsettling and dangerous. In this class we will not only look at England's religious intolerance during Shakespeare's time but the Elizabethan world picture, the English language as Shakespeare knew it and the theater for which he wrote.Dinner: Relax after this afternoon’s excitement with an enjoyable dinner in the Cascade Food Court. The new food service, A’viands, uses fresh recipes in its delicious dinner entrees, ethnic cuisine selections, soups, salads, and assorted desserts.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Walk into another world in one of America’s oldest Elizabethan theatres under the stars on a summer evening. Tonight you will be seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Love triangles, mishaps, and forests full of fairies, this magical Shakespeare production reigns as one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.Lodging: Cox HallMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONS: After a coffee break, return to the classroom for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays with Michael J. Hume. In this intimate class setting, review yesterday’s performance, meet yet another special guest, and get ready for today’s production with your OSF guide.Lunch: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon’s activities.Afternoon: AFTERNOON FREE TIME:Explore the wonders of Southern Oregon or take in another show on your own at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, sample your way through a handful of the 88 wineries in this up-and-coming wine region, or indulge in the sweets offered at Dagoba Chocolate in Ashland and Harry & David in Medford. Spend an afternoon in neighboring Jacksonville to enjoy the charming character of this old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark.Dinner: Gather for your last dinner together as a group over a pleasant, catered meal in our private meeting room. Share your thoughts about this week’s program with your new Road Scholar friends and highlight your favorite experiences.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Walk into another world on a summer evening under the stars in one of America’s oldest Elizabethan theatres.Tonight you will be seeing Cymbeline, a romance filled with action, adventure, fairy tales, and vicious villains all combined in one of the fantastical plays written at the end of Shakespeare’s career.Lodging: Cox HallMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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
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
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
For additional information, visit: www.sou.edu/sma/