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The Heart of Ashland: Stages and Festivals of Southern Oregon

Program Number: 14861RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/25/2014 - 4/28/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Price starting at: $759.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; Food & Wine; Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    

A cultural hub in the Pacific Northwest, Ashland and the Rogue Valley showcase some of Oregon’s finest theatre, film, and music. Go behind the scenes of the nationally acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival where award-winning theatre and gifted instructors combine for a memorable experience! Get an inside look at the actors' craft and life while examining some of the rotating repertory theatre’s outstanding plays. Then, go beyond the theatre and enjoy one of the region’s fascinating festivals and events.




Highlights

• Attend performances featured at the Tony award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
• Explore Ashland's thriving cultural scene through the eyes of dedicated, knowledgeable local artisans and craftspeople.
• Experience savory cuisine in some of Ashland's finest restaurants. Discover the food that makes the city a gastronome's delight!



Activity Particulars

Walking up to five blocks at a time.




Date Specific Information

4-25-2014

This is a shorter 3-night program. Attend the “Taste of Ashland” festival and two Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays: The Tempest and A Wrinkle in Time. For prices on this date call 877-426-8056 or go to www.roadscholar.org/14861.



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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
Beautifully renovated landmark hotel located in the heart of charming downtown Ashland.
Meals and Lodgings
   Ashland Springs Hotel
  Ashland, OR 3 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 hotel between 3-5 PM. Program begins with dinner at 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Ashland Springs Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Depart hotel by 11 AM. You will be staying at Ashland Springs Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the hotel at no charge.
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
 

Medford

 

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.

 

Medford

 

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.

 

Medford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
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

 

Medford

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35-60
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. Yellow Cab offers a special cash rate of $35-40 from the bus terminal. Prices are subject to change.

 

Medford

 

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. Will not do pick up/drop off in middle of night.

 

Klamath Falls

 

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.

 

Klamath Falls

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
South West Point Shuttle
phone: 888-900-2609

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 one way/person.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

This shuttle leaves from Klamath Falls to Ashland once per day. Please contact South West Point Shuttle for schedule information or visit their website at: http://www.southwest-point.com/#ashlandadultfare

 
Driving Directions
  From I-5 Northbound 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 hotel.
  From I-5 Southbound Take Exit 19, turn right and continue to first light. Turn left onto Hwy 99 which turns into N. Main St. Continue approx 2 miles to downtown. The hotel is on the corner of First and East Main Streets.
Elevation Note: Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

Equipment Requirements: None required.
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
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Arrive To: Please note that this is a three-night program.

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 and lectures by OSF actors and local theatre experts.

In addition to theatre, Ashland is known for its impressive art galleries. You'll experience the best during an afternoon of "The Taste of Ashland." During this town-wide event you'll get to visit your pick of the galleries, each offering unique food and wine pairings.
 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 weekend has in store! 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 weekend.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Theatre classes with OSF actors, Taste of Ashland, & evening OSF performance
(Saturday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Complete continental 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.


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: Enjoy a lunch sampling some of Ashland's finest restaurants and wineries served in the galleries of the "Taste of Ashland" festival.
 Afternoon: Attend the annual "Taste of Ashland" festival hosted by Ashland’s distinguished galleries. This afternoon will be self-guided, but the group leader will be on hand to recommend galleries and point you in the right direction.

Peruse the artwork while you enjoy delicious food and wine provided by the region’s award-winning restaurants and vineyards. On this self-guided tour, a food and beverage guidebook will be provided, along with a walking map. There will be a hop-on-hop-off shuttle service available between galleries, run by the Taste of Ashland.
 Dinner: Enjoy one of the many restaurants that Ashland has to offer.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight 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.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Afternoon OSF Performance, & Evening Program
(Sunday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Complete continental 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 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 brief 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 preview of the 2015 performances.

 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Today you will be seeing A WRINKLE IN TIME – A beloved children’s classic by Madeleine L’ Engle and adapted by Tracy Young in which a young misfit and her brother set out on an interplanetary adventure to find their missing father.

This play will be in the Bowmer Theatre.
 Dinner: Enjoy 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 Shakespeare’s plays.
   
Accommodations: Ashland Springs Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Check-Out
(Monday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Complete continental breakfast served in the hotel's charming restaurant, with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and organic coffee.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Depart by 11 AM.
   
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 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 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. Tours of the factory are offered M-F at 9:15AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM and 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.

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.

Suggested Reading List


2014 Illuminations: A Guide to the 2014 Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Author: Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Description: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival publishes ILLUMINATIONS; a Guide to the 2014 Plays. It's the perfect step into the season with detailed plot synopses, notes from the directors, playwright biographies and commentaries for the plays to be presented throughout 2014. Whet your play-going appetite with these in-depth previews. Available online from the Tudor Guild Gift Shop. http://www.tudorguild.org/2014-illuminations-pr-2407.html



As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival


Author: Angus Bowmer


Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)


Author: Arcadia Publishing




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