During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.
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. Thank you for your understanding.Afternoon: Check-in at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel between 3:00-5:00 PM.Dinner: We'll get to know each other at 5:45pm during our first dinner together in our private room in the elegant Ashland Springs Hotel. Dinner will be a buffet with local ingredients followed by dessert. Drinks will be available for purchase at the hotel bar.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 HotelMeals 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: Lunch today is with the group in one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer.Afternoon: AFTERNOON FREE TIME: 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. Or, 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: 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 a local chef while learning about the fresh and seasonal ingredients available in beautiful Southern Oregon. Bon appetit!
Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight you will be seeing THE COCOANUTS – Witty gags, song and dance are back with this Marx Brothers story, adapted by Mark Bedard, who played Groucho in the 2012 OSF production of Animal Crackers. This play will be in the Bowmer Theatre. 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.Lodging: Ashland Springs HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THEATRE REFLECTIONS: After a brief 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: Lunch today is with the group at one of the popular restaurants in downtown Ashland.Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Today you will be seeing THE TEMPEST – In Shakespeare’s romance, the Duke’s daughter falls for the striking son of one of his foes causing strife on their enchanted island. This play will be in the Bowmer Theatre. 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.Dinner: Tonight dinner 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.Evening: 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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
THEATRE REFLECTIONS: After a brief break, return to the classroom for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. 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: 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: 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 Shakespeare’s plays.
Dinner: Enjoy with the group one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight you will be seeing THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Mix-ups come in Shakespeare’s comedy when a man and his servant find their long-lost twin brothers, causing confusion amongst the town and significant others. This play will be in the Thomas Theatre. Named after the late OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, this theatre offers an intimacy and versatility in seating arrangements unique to each show.Lodging: Ashland Springs HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, 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/