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Ashland’s Feast for the Senses: Theatre, Food and Wine

Program Number: 19886RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/7/2013 - 4/12/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,182.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; Food & Wine
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Find small-town charm with a generous helping of big-city sophistication in lovely Ashland, Ore. This inviting town is now a hotspot for fine food, theatre and wonderful wine. From your home at an exquisitely restored historic hotel, explore the lively Ashland culture. Top off your gastronomic exploration with a visit to a local winery to sample the region’s best vintages and hear thrilling lectures about performances you’ll see at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.




Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with actors and observe three performances.
• Explore the fine dining, fresh produce, and gastronomical delights at the numerous fine restaurants.
• Discover the local vintages at an area winery.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day over even terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-7-2013

“The Unfortunates,” “King Lear,” TBA.



9-21-2014

Plays: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Great Society, The Comedy of Errors



5-3-2015, 5-17-2015, 6-7-2015, 7-12-2015, 7-26-2015, 9-18-2015

Play selections to be announced in November 2014.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Ashland

The Siskiyou Mountains provide a scenic, inspirational backdrop to this progressive community in southern Oregon, which offers a gorgeous environment, small-town charm, and an annual schedule of world-class theater and music festivals.



Accommodations
Historic hotel in downtown Ashland.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Suzanne Witucki

Born and raised on the East Coast, Suzanne Witucki lived in the Midwest while completing her graduate studies, raising a family and pursuing her teaching career at the Detroit Country Day School. Now retired and a resident of Ashland, Oregon, Suzanne runs a college consulting business and has taught Shakespeare for more than 15 years through the Siskiyou Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, theater, hiking, bridge, gourmet cooking and activities with the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women.
 
Tyrone Wilson

For more than 15 years, Tyrone Wilson has been sharing his love for theater and knowledge of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) with Road Scholar participants. As an actor, Tyrone has performed for more than 18 seasons with the OSF, including in productions such as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” He has appeared in the motion picture, “The Super,” as well as on TV shows including, “Daniel Boone,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and “The Mod Squad.” Tyrone holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
 
Terri McMahon

A long-time member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company, Terri McMahon has appeared in more than 50 productions, including as Lady Bird Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's two-part series "All the Way" and "Great Society," and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Other credits include "The Taming of the Shrew," “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” “Julius Caesar,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” When not on stage, Terri shares her talents as a teacher in outreach, middle-school, grade school and high school programs. She has led theater and acting classes at colleges and universities, and is a favorite lecturer on Road Scholar learning adventures. Terri has performed with a number of other theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theater. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California.
 
Darcy Danielson

Darcy Danielson is the production music coordinator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her 10 years at OSF, Darcy has served as associate music director for "The Cocoanuts" and "My Fair Lady," as well as arranger, composer and/or pianist for productions including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Music Man” and “The Comedy of Errors.”
 
Rodney Gardiner

Rodney Gardiner has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 2011 with roles in performances such as “The Comedy of Errors,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “My Fair Lady.” In addition to his acting credits, Rodney performed as part of the My Fair Lady Cockney Quartet and as dance captain in “Comedy of Errors.” He has performed extensively off-Broadway and in other regional theatres including the Fountain Theatre, GableStage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rodney is a writer for the Waterwell theatre company and worked with Teo Castellanos performing in jails, rehab centers, and homeless shelters in Miami, Fla. He holds degrees from the New World School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.
 
Vilma Silva

Vilma Silva has been with Oregon Shakespeare Festival for almost two decades. During her time there, she has performed in roles in 2014’s "Water by the Spoonfu"l and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," as well as past performances of "King Lear," "Romeo and Juliet," "The Taming of the Shrew," "As You Like It," "Black Swan Lab" and many more. She has worked for theatres across the country, and in 2011 won the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Ashland Springs Hotel
  Ashland, OR 5 nights
 Ashland Springs Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: Call directly for price Contact hotel directly. When booking additional nights, be sure to indicate that you are a Road Scholar participant.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at Ashland Springs Hotel between 3:00-5:00 PM. You will be staying at Ashland Springs Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out time is 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Ashland Springs Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participant information form.
  Parking availability:
Parking is complimentary at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ashland, OR
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Ashland, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Ashland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Rental cars
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. There are several rental car companies available at the airport if you prefer to rent a car. Avis (541) 773-3016 or (800) 831-2847 Budget (541) 773-7023 Enterprise (541) 772-0573 or (800) 736-8222 Hertz (541) 773-4293 or (800) 654-3131 National/Alamo (541) 773-3183 or (888) 426-3299

 

Ashland

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90 for up to three people, one way to / from Klamath Falls
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

The nearest Amtrak station is in Klamath Falls, 65 miles to the east of Ashland. Amtrak has limited bus service from Klamath Falls to Ashland. Please contact Amtrak directly for fares and schedules- 1-800-872-7245 or www.amtrak.com.

 

Ashland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28 per person / $5 additional for each person in same party – cash or check ONLY
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. To arrange for shuttle services call toll-free (888) 760-7433, (541) 488-1998 or visit www.cascadeshuttle.com.

 

Ashland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 - $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. Yellow cab offers a special cash rate of $35 - 40 from the airport. If paying by card, the metered rate will apply (approximately $60). Prices are subject to change.

 

Ashland

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28 per person / $5 additional for each person in same party
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

There is no Greyhound bus service to Ashland. Book travel to the Greyhound station in Medford, Oregon and then take a shuttle or taxi to Ashland. Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares: www.greyhound.com or 1-800-231-2222. To arrange for shuttle service from the Medford station, call toll-free (888) 760-7433 or (541) 488-1998. Additional information available at www.cascadeshuttle.com.

 

Ashland

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50; might offer lower rate if paying in cash
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

There is no Greyhound bus service to Ashland. Book travel to the Greyhound station in Medford, Oregon and then take a taxi to Ashland. Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares: www.greyhound.com or 1-800-231-2222. Contact Yellow Cab at (541) 772-6288 for transportation to Ashland from the station.

 
Driving Directions
  Ashland Springs Hotel (Ashland, OR) from the north Travel I-5 South Take Exit 19 Turn right and continue to first light Turn left onto Highway 99 which turns into N. Main Street Continue approximately 2 miles to downtown The hotel is on the corner of First St. and East Main Street. Follow brown "Historical Landmark" signs to the Ashland Springs Hotel.
  Ashland Springs Hotel (Ashland, OR) from the south Travel I-5 North Take Exit 11 onto Hwy 99 which turns into Siskiyou Blvd Continue 5 miles to downtown Turn left on First Street Follow brown "Historical Landmark" signs to the Ashland Springs Hotel
Elevation Note: Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In & program orientation
(Sunday, April 7)
   
 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. Between performances and theatre classes, you’ll explore the rich wine region and sample some of the trendy restaurants that Ashland is known for. Get ready for an exciting season!


This week's performances are: THE UNFORTUNATES – A masterful musical by 3 Blind Mice, with a vibrant variety of American music styles in a world premiere production. KING LEAR – A riveting tragedy that is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest play. THIRD PERFORMANCE TBA

 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.

   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oregon Shakespeare Festival History, Theatre Exploration, & Evening program
(Monday, April 8)
   
 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 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: 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: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. You might eat at Dragonfly where Asian food meets Latin fusion in this unique, wonderful restaurant in downtown Ashland.
 Evening: Return to the classroom 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.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Explore the Local Restaurant Scene & Evening OSF Performance
(Tuesday, April 9)
   
 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 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.


PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: 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: 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: Meet back with the group after your afternoon’s adventures and enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. You might eat a stand-out meal 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.
 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 The Unfortunates. This masterful musical by 3 Blind Mice takes us through a vibrant variety of American music styles while telling a compelling story of humanity and compassion in this world premiere production.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Wine Tasting & Evening Performance
(Wednesday, April 10)
   
 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 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.


PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: 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.
 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: PERFORMANCE: TBA
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Matinee OSF Performance, & Dinner at a Local Favorite.
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 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.


PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: 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 a delicious meal at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel.
 Afternoon: 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.

Today 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.
 Dinner: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer. You 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: 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.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Theatre Class with OSF Actors & Program Check-Out
(Friday, April 12)
   
 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: PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: 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.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ashland, OR Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Your 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 Theatre
This 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 Park
Scenic 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 it's 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 Theatre
The 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 Chocolate
Dagoba 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 & David
Samuel 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/
  Jacksonville
A 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 Park
Lithia 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 Theatre
The 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 Festival
Founded 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 Wineries
Surrounded 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 Art
Show 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.

This museum is a quick five-minute walk from Cox Hall. For additional information, visit www.sou.edu/sma/

  Southern Oregon Visitors Association
Want 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival


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Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)


Author: Arcadia Publishing




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