This week's performances are: TWO TRAINS RUNNING –African-American life in the ‘60s is the backdrop for August Wilson’s production of a turning point in American history. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE –A classic American melodrama portrays the epic cultural clash between two audacious characters in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize- winning classic. KING LEAR – A riveting tragedy that is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest play.
Afternoon: Check-in at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel between 3:00-5:00 PM.Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner at the elegant Ashland Springs Hotel. The Hotel has a variety of deliciously unique salads, hearty soups, pasta dishes, and grilled options. Using fresh and local ingredients you’ll find this to be a remarkable feast with a special Northwest flair.Evening: Get to know what this exciting week has in store! Meet 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.
INTRODUCTION TO THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Immerse yourself in theatre life with a viewing of an intriguing set change captured on film, followed by an inspirational presentation highlighting the spirit of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Learn about an infamous mishap and how the Ashland community came together to ensure that the show went on.Lodging: Ashland Springs HotelMeals Included: Dinner
CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONSThese 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: Today lunch will be on your own to take advantage of more than 80 restaurants in Ashland. You’ll find everything from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining in downtown Ashland.Afternoon: 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. Today you will be seeing Two Trains Running. African-American life in the ‘60s is the backdrop for August Wilson’s production of a turning point in American history. NOTE: Some sexuality and repeated use of a racial epithet.Dinner: Attend a cooking class held by a local chef at the Ashland Food Co-Op. The Co-Op was founded in 1971 as a buying club and is now a pillar in the Ashland community as a full-service grocery store with an educational and community-oriented mission. Enjoy a three-course meal and demonstration cooked by Chef Hauptman while learning about the fresh and seasonal ingredients available in beautiful Southern Oregon. Bon appetit!Evening: FREE TIME: You’ll have a free evening to explore the wonders of Southern Oregon or take in another show on your own at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. For alternative performance options, visit the Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre, or the Craterian Theater (in Medford) for musicals, ballets, symphonies, and entertainers.Lodging: Ashland Springs HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONS After a coffee break, explore more of the week’s performance themes as you meet again with your OSF actor instructor. Relive the highlights from the play you watched yesterday, learn about the themes and setting of the play you will see today, and meet one of the many talented OSF actors.Lunch: Experience Oregon’s oldest grape-growing wine region first hand with a fabulous tasting at a local winery. Learn about how the unique terroir of the Rogue Valley produces the conditions for a wide range of popular grape varietals. Linger awhile longer for a delightful lunch with your fellow participants.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: Tonight dinner will be on your own to take advantage of more than 80 restaurants in Ashland. You’ll find everything from pasta or traditional pub fare to fine dining in downtown Ashland.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 A Streetcar Named Desire. This classic American melodrama portrays the epic cultural clash between two audacious characters in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize- winning classic. NOTE: Contains emotionally and physically violent scenes.Lodging: Ashland Springs HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
CLASS: 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: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. Your group might eat a tasty lunch from the popular Greenleaf restaurant in the heart of Ashland. Located on Ashland Creek, this restaurant offers a relaxing, casual atmosphere with a great variety of food. Greenleaf has been mentioned in Conde Nast Traveler and has consistently been listed in Best of Ashland.Afternoon: Explore the wonders of Southern Oregon. 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: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. Your group might eat at Pasta Piatti, a local favorite in downtown Ashland where you’ll find traditional and specialty Italian dishes. Enjoy your hearty meal in this cozy and welcoming setting.
Share your thoughts about this week’s program with your new Road Scholar friends and highlight your favorite experiences.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: Ashland Springs HotelMeals 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/