Enter Southern Oregon University’s conference residence, Cox Hall, through the sliding doors off the parking lot. At registration you’ll meet your Group Leader, who will be your expert guide for the week, and the Conference Assistant, who will give you your room keys. 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.
ORIENTATION: At 4:30pm, 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 the extraordinary plays you’ll be experiencing this week.Dinner: Enjoy a delicious catered dinner and conversation with your fellow Road Scholars in our private meeting room.Evening: INTRODUCTION TO THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Get an insider's perspective of the Festival from the associate producer of stage management at the festival, Kimberley Barry. Learn how the country's largest rotating repertory theatre produces 11 plays on 3 very different stages, most of which are in production at the same time.Lodging: Cox HallMeals Included: Dinner
THEATRE REFLECTIONS: These core classes of the program will be taught daily by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor 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: Enjoy a variety of lunch options in the Cascade Dining Hall.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: 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: Formerly the New Theatre, renamed this year after the late OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, this theatre offers an intimacy and versatility in seating arrangements unique to each show. Tonight you will be seeing King Lear, a contemporary staging of this riveting tragedy that is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest play. NOTE: Contains some violence and sexuality.Lodging: Cox HallMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THEATRE REFLECTIONS: After a coffee break, return to the classroom for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Each year, almost 400,000 theatre patrons travel to Ashland to watch these award-winning shows. 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: THE BARD AND HIS LANGUAGE:William Shakespeare, though a glover's son and educated with "little Latin and less Greek", wrote in the poetry of his day: Iambic Pentameter; and the prose of his day: Pub Talk 1599. He wrote in these forms better than any English-speaking playwright before him or since. And though we don't have to identify what "anaphora" and "chiasmas" are doing in his language to appreciate his stories we identify the pre-Freud psychology of his majestic characters all the more through his wit and wordplay.
After a brief break you'll meet with another instructor from OSF to learn more about the intricacies of theatre.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: Named after the OSF founder Angus Bowmer, this theatre opened in 1970 to extend the OSF season by offering an indoor venue. By design, you’ll find there’s no bad seat in the house. Tonight you will be seeing The Tenth Muse. Set in the 1700s, Tanya Saracho, an emerging Mexican playwright, pungently portrays a forgotten moment in history and the intricate bonds of sisterhood in this world premiere performance. NOTE: Still in development; may contain some sexuality.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/