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Elevation Note
Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels and a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries, shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone. There are no phones in the rooms.

Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.

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

Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $30-$85 per person/night
Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Program Registration, Campus Excursion, Orientati...
Program Registration, Campus Excursion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Introduction to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Arrive To: The 2013 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more! In its 78th year producing an incredible repertoire of performances you’ll see more courses integrating behind-the-scenes aspects of the company, such as costuming, set design, stage combat, make-up, archives, and music! The remarkable courses led by actors from the company preparing you for each performance will still remain a prime focus of the program, along with other exceptional courses providing specific insight to each production. Get ready for an exciting season!

This week's performances are: THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD – A fast-paced, hilarious & vibrant take off on the Robin Hood legend, David Farr’s new play premiered last year at the Royal Shakespeare Company to rave reviews. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Get ready for beach boardwalks and rock ‘n’ roll in Shakespeare’s fun, comedic love story! TWO TRAINS RUNNING –African-American life in the ‘60s is the backdrop for August Wilson’s production of a turning point in American history.

Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. Should you arrive before check-in begins, there is a comfortable lobby in Cox Hall for you to relax in. Enter the Cox Hall lobby on the Indiana Street side of the building. Please understand that rooms will not be available before check-in.


PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 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. 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 meeting room in Cox Hall. Continue your orientation to the week’s programming over a scrumptious dessert.

Evening: INTRODUCTION TO ASHLAND: Tucked between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, you’ll find this unique epicenter of culture in the small community of Ashland. Tonight you’ll prepare yourself for the week while you learn that Ashland is not only home to the nationally-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but also boasts a wealth of art galleries, restaurants, a cabaret theatre, and a spirit of community that will happily welcome you. Additionally, you’ll learn some of the little-known facts on Ashland’s history and culture. Nearby, discover excellent wineries, the Britt Music Festivals, and scenic mountain ranges. Experience the culture, history and overall essence of this unique Southern Oregon town.

Lodging: Cox Hall

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels and a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries, shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone. There are no phones in the rooms.

Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.

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

Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $30-$85 per person/night
Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre Exploration, ...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre Exploration, Picnic Lunch in Lithia Park, OSF Production Excursion, Evening Program

Note: Activity Level for Day: Moderate. Today you will be on your feet exploring the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Some activities may include standing for long periods of time and walking several blocks through town. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Breakfast: Whether you’re an early bird or a late riser, enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by Cascade Dining Hall’s new food service, A’viands. Among the top 25 food service management companies in the nation, A’viands offers a variety of healthy choices incorporating local ingredients when possible. Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

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: Recap this morning’s excitement with your fellow participants over a picnic lunch in beautiful Lithia Park. Considered Ashland’s “crown jewel,” this park was commissioned in 1914 to be redesigned by landscape architect John MacLaren, who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Lithia Park’s 93 acres of lush greenery provides the scene for your tasty lunch. In case of rain, your group will retire to the picturesque gazebo along Ashland Creek.

Afternoon: LIGHTING DESIGN
Explore the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through the eyes of a Master Electrician. As you sit in one of the three theatres, you will learn about visual affects and optics in theatre. Experience first-hand how technology has expanded the realm of possibilities in theatrical lighting.


CLASS: THE BUSINESS OF ACTING
Before auditioning for a single role or for an acting company, there are many factors to consider. There are head shots and resumes to take and compile. Making websites and choosing the right agents and planning the best audition piece for the role are some aspects of the business of acting. Budgeting one's life for jobs that are not always ongoing is a factor in taking a part in a play. Managing one's TV and film career while working in theater is another challenge for the dedicated "multitasking" actor.

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: CLASS: THE MUSIC OF THE UNFORTUNATES
Meet Casey Hurt, music director of The Unfortunates, a world premier musical production developed out of the studios of OSF. Learn the creative process the production team went through in this unique performance-based lecture.

Lodging: Cox Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels and a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries, shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone. There are no phones in the rooms.

Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.

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

Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $30-$85 per person/night
Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, Afterno...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, Afternoon Classes, OSF Evening Performance

Breakfast: Enjoy an extended breakfast at the Cascade Dining Hall.

Morning: CLASS: 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.

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: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon's activities.

Afternoon: CLASS: OSF THROUGH THE EYES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Paul Nicholson, recently retired as OSF’s executive director,  will share his insights into his 33 years with the company.  He will provide you with a rare look into the life of the executive director sharing his observations on the way the Festival grew and changed under his leadership, the always vital relationship between the artistic and executive directors and the process of choosing and casting the season.  In addition he will talk about how strategic planning has dramatically impacted the Festival’s development over the years.

CLASS: ACTOR’S LIFE
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival company includes about 100 actors each year. Meet one of these talented professionals and learn about the life of an actor in an intimate setting. Come prepared with the questions you’ve always wanted to ask a performer!

Dinner: Enjoy more great dinner options at the Cascade Dining Hall for a delightful meal.

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 The Heart of Robin Hood, a fast-paced, hilarious & vibrant take off on the Robin Hood legend, David Farr’s new play premiered last year at the Royal Shakespeare Company to rave reviews.

Lodging: Cox Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels and a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries, shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone. There are no phones in the rooms.

Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.

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

Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $30-$85 per person/night
Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, OSF Mat...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, OSF Matinee Performance, Free Evening

Breakfast: Enjoy an extended breakfast at the Cascade Dining Hall.

Morning: CLASS: THE BARD AND HIS LANGUAGE
Continue yesterday's discussion of Shakespeare's rhetoric.

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: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon’s activities.

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 The Taming of the Shrew. Get ready for beach boardwalks and rock ‘n’ roll in Shakespeare’s fun, comedic love story! NOTE: Bawdy romp with sexual innuendo.

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: 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: Cox Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Conference Center

Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Contact info:
Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels and a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries, shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone. There are no phones in the rooms.

Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.

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

Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $30-$85 per person/night
Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, OSF Mat...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, OSF Matinee Performance, Catered Dinner

Breakfast: Enjoy an extended breakfast at the Cascade Dining Hall.

Morning: CLASS: MUSIC IN THEATRE
This class will help participants understand the interactive, emotional and psychological effect of music in a theatrical setting.  Through listening exercises and instrumental demonstrations, the group will explore our experience of music and sound. How does the same note affect us when played on different instruments?  What does our past experience bring to what we hear?  If we can begin to understand the power of music and sound, we can then then respond to it on a deeper level when experiencing a play.

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: 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: 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: CLASS: COSTUMES
This class offers an introduction to the costume design and construction process at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Participants will experience the communication process between the Costume Designer and the Director. Come prepared to engage and learn about this exciting creative process!

Lodging: Cox Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, Boxed L...
Breakfast: Enjoy an extended breakfast at the Cascade Dining Hall.

Morning: Return to the classroom one last time to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, incorporating dance in theatre productions, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.

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 2014 performances.

Lunch: Choose a delicious boxed lunch to enjoy in the classroom, eat outside on the SOU campus, or take on the road as you return home.

Afternoon: Please check-out of Cox Hall by 1:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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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