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ASHLAND, OREGON

The Heart of Ashland: Stages and Festivals of Southern Oregon

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Program #14861RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

Itinerary for Apr 6 — Apr 11, 2014

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Ashland Springs Hotel originally opened its doors in 1925, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Mark Antony, the Ashland Springs Hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This lovely landmark hotel continues to offer first-class hospitality to those who are drawn to the arts, business, or the area’s natural beauty. This charmingly restored hotel is the tallest building in Ashland, offering incredible views of the valley and is just steps from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
212 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-1700
web: www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Room amenities include refrigerators, flat screen TVs, cable, robes, lavender tea bath sachet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: The Ashland Springs Hotel features a business center with free computer and printer, 24-hour front desk, an English garden, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call directly for price
Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 06 - Check-In & Program Orientation
Arrive To: The 2014 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more! You’ll attend courses integrating behind-the-scenes aspects of the company, such as costuming, set design, stage combat, make-up, archives, and music! In addition, you'll spend time at the critically acclaimed Ashland Independent Film Festival, viewing some of the over 80 films being shown. Between classes, film screenings, and shows you’ll sample some of the trendy restaurants that Ashland is known for.

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.

Lodging: Ashland Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Ashland Springs Hotel originally opened its doors in 1925, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Mark Antony, the Ashland Springs Hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This lovely landmark hotel continues to offer first-class hospitality to those who are drawn to the arts, business, or the area’s natural beauty. This charmingly restored hotel is the tallest building in Ashland, offering incredible views of the valley and is just steps from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
212 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-1700
web: www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Room amenities include refrigerators, flat screen TVs, cable, robes, lavender tea bath sachet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: The Ashland Springs Hotel features a business center with free computer and printer, 24-hour front desk, an English garden, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call directly for price
Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 07 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival History, Theatre Expl...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival History, Theatre Exploration & Ashland Independent Film Festival

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.

Morning: THEATRE EXPLORATION: Take a leisurely stroll through OSF’s three theatres, the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and outdoor Elizabethan theatre. In this field trip, created especially for Road Scholar by OSF company members, learn about the festival from its evolution as a regional production of two shows in 1935 to an award-winning eleven-play repertory theatre.

Lunch: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. You might eat at Standing Stone, which takes pride in sustainability and their use of local ingredients. All of their beef, chicken, and eggs are sourced from their own organic, free-range farm one mile from the restaurant. Relax in the fun atmosphere of a working brewery.

Afternoon: Attend the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Today's screenings include some of the award-winners of the festival.

Dinner: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer.

Evening: Continue screenings and lectures at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Lodging: Ashland Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Ashland Springs Hotel originally opened its doors in 1925, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Mark Antony, the Ashland Springs Hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This lovely landmark hotel continues to offer first-class hospitality to those who are drawn to the arts, business, or the area’s natural beauty. This charmingly restored hotel is the tallest building in Ashland, offering incredible views of the valley and is just steps from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
212 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-1700
web: www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Room amenities include refrigerators, flat screen TVs, cable, robes, lavender tea bath sachet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: The Ashland Springs Hotel features a business center with free computer and printer, 24-hour front desk, an English garden, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call directly for price
Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 08 - Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Free Time, OSF P...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.

Morning: Learn about the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may address the choreography of stage combat, how make-up can transform an actor into a character for the stage, the intricacies of set design, the life and times of Shakespeare, or the rehearsal process.


CLASS: 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: 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: FREE TIME: 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: Return to the group and enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer as you exchange stories of your afternoon adventures.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight you'll see an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance.

Lodging: Ashland Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Ashland Springs Hotel originally opened its doors in 1925, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Mark Antony, the Ashland Springs Hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This lovely landmark hotel continues to offer first-class hospitality to those who are drawn to the arts, business, or the area’s natural beauty. This charmingly restored hotel is the tallest building in Ashland, offering incredible views of the valley and is just steps from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
212 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-1700
web: www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Room amenities include refrigerators, flat screen TVs, cable, robes, lavender tea bath sachet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: The Ashland Springs Hotel features a business center with free computer and printer, 24-hour front desk, an English garden, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call directly for price
Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 09 - Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Afternoon Classe...
Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Afternoon Classes, Free Time in Evening

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.

Morning: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the many essential roles women play in Shakespeare, how a play is produced from start to finish, the technical side of production, or discovering the role of the wig master.


CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONS
After a 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: Enjoy lunch at one of the delicious restaurants in Ashland.

Afternoon: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. 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.

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: 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 more information and to purchase tickets, you can call the OSF box office at (800) 219-8161. 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 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Ashland Springs Hotel originally opened its doors in 1925, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Mark Antony, the Ashland Springs Hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This lovely landmark hotel continues to offer first-class hospitality to those who are drawn to the arts, business, or the area’s natural beauty. This charmingly restored hotel is the tallest building in Ashland, offering incredible views of the valley and is just steps from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
212 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-1700
web: www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Room amenities include refrigerators, flat screen TVs, cable, robes, lavender tea bath sachet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: The Ashland Springs Hotel features a business center with free computer and printer, 24-hour front desk, an English garden, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call directly for price
Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 10 - Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, OSF Performance,...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.

Morning: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. 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.


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.

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: This afternoon, attend an OSF performance. You may see a show at Thomas Theatre, which offers an intimacy and versatility in seating arrangements unique to each show.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer.

Evening: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the process of directing a play, how an actor dissects the language and psychology of a scene in script analysis, the business of acting, or the brilliant music in the Festival's plays.

Lodging: Ashland Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, April 11 - Theatre Class with OSF Actors & Program Check-Out
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.

Morning: CLASS: THEATRE REFLECTIONS
After a coffee break, gather again in the classroom. Today you’ll meet for the last time with the group and go over the week’s performances, meet with a guest actor, and wrap up the week’s themes. Prepare for next season with a review of the 2015 film festival and OSF performances.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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. Afternoon tours of the factory are offered daily at 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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