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A Feast for the Senses: Ashland & the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

See what Ashland is famous for by attending three performances, and discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
Rating (4.86)
Program No. 19886RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Oregon

A Feast for the Senses: Ashland & the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

See what Ashland is famous for by attending three performances, and discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 19886 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 23 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
1,599
Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

There are a limited number of rooms with two beds at the hotel on this date; therefore, we cannot offer roommate matching services on this program date.

Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Private Group
Starting at
1,749
Itinerary Note

Members of Willamette View

Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
1,749
May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,659
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
1,859
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,959
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,799
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 23 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
2,029
Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

There are a limited number of rooms with two beds at the hotel on this date; therefore, we cannot offer roommate matching services on this program date.

Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
Starting at
2,449
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Private Group
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

Members of Willamette View

Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
2,249
May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,329

At a Glance

Enjoy the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from downtown Ashland, Oregon, a charming college town with a generous helping of big-city sophistication. Now a hotspot for fine food and wonderful wine, Ashland is the home of award-winning cutting-edge theatre where classics are reinterpreted and new plays are brought to life. From your home at a restored historic hotel, engage in compelling lectures and view three performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Explore Ashland's culture and cuisine with a visit to a local winery, award-winning cheesemaker and chocolatier.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles a day over hilly and uneven terrain; standing for up to one hour as well as stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend three performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and meet actors and company members who provide rich context for each play.
  • Learn about an aspect of theatrical production ranging from costume or scene design to stage management and beyond.
  • Feast on local cuisine as you learn about the production of artisanal cheeses, chocolates and Rogue Valley wines.

General Notes

Performances seen will vary by program date; please see date-specific itinerary for additional information. Performances for 2021 will be announced by November 2020.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival
by Angus Bowmer
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)
by Arcadia Publishing
Illuminations: A Guide to the Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Each year, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival publishes ILLUMINATIONS; a Guide to the Plays. With detailed plot synopses, notes from the directors, playwright biographies and commentaries for the performances, it’s a great introduction to the season. Available online or in person from the OSF Tudor Guild Gift Shop: http://www.tudorguild.org/
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 4 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Lecture
Ashland, OR
D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check in is from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table as noted on the message board to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Lecture topics vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. Possible topics include: the costume design process, stage management, Shakespearean language and literary history, the life of an actor, how an actor researches a role, sound design and engineering, choreography and intimacy direction, or using your voice in theatre. Most mornings will begin with two (2) lectures. Our second morning class — Theatre Reflections — will be taught by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, who will meet with us daily to provide context for the theater experience and performances we’ll attend, lead review discussions, and introduce us to more OSF staff members. This program includes tickets to three performances. If you would like to attend additional Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800) 219-8161. Please see the performance schedule on the back of this packet for additional information on which performances are showing during free times. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our private dining room at the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal with a selection of local cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We'll close the evening with an illuminating lecture by a local theatre expert that will expand on the program theme.

DAY
2
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tastings, Expert Lecture
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 45 miles, approximately 1.5 hours round trip. Walking up to several blocks at a time on sidewalks, gradual hills, sometimes uneven terrain; some steps; standing for up to 1 hour at a time during field trips.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Palm Room, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with items including pastries, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, and yogurt plus milk, juice, organic coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach and begin our "feast" day with a visit to Central Point's Artisan Corridor. With the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival every spring, Ashland, and the surrounding area, is home to a variety of chocolate makers and We will board our motorcoach and begin our "feast" day with a visit to Central Point's Artisan Corridor. With the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival every spring, Ashland, and the surrounding area, is home to a variety of chocolate makers and confectioneries. At a local chocolatier, we will meet with a staff member to learn about the production process. We’ll observe the kitchen, hear the history of artisan chocolate in the Rogue Valley, and taste a variety of treats. Following our visit, we will head next door to the Rogue Creamery. Well-known for their creamy blue and cheddar cheeses, Rogue Creamery was dubbed the winner of the World's Best Cheese award at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Italy. We will have the chance to taste some of their award-winning cheeses and see firsthand how the cheese is made with a look inside the cheddar production room.

Lunch: At the creamery, we will have a plated meal featuring fresh grilled-cheese sandwiches with choice of non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll board our private motorcoach and travel to Oregon’s oldest grape-growing region. We’ll stop at a local winery to explore. As we walk among the vineyards, we’ll learn from winery staff about how the unique terrain of the Rogue Valley produces the conditions for a wide range of popular grape varietals. We’ll conclude with a wine tasting. After our tasting, we will board the motorcoach and return to the hotel where a local theatre expert will give an illuminating lecture that will expand on the program theme. We’ll have independent time to explore the city before dinner.

Dinner: At a local favorite restaurant, we’ll order a 3-course plated meal off of a select menu with a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Returning to our hotel meeting room, a local theatre expert will provide an illuminating lecture that will expand on the program theme.

DAY
3
Theatre Class, Free Time, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/2 mile; city sidewalks; some inclines/steps.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our hotel meeting room, a local theatre expert will provide an illuminating lecture that will expand on the program theme. We’ll continue the conversation and catch any announcements from our Group Leader during a brief break. We’ll resume with our Theatre Reflections class. Our OSF instructor will lead an in-depth discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: In one of Ashland’s popular meeting spots, we’ll have a boxed lunch from a favorite local deli, including a sandwich, a small side, and a beverage.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you would like to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800)-219-8161.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: We will meet in the hotel lobby to board the motorcoach and drive to the OSF theatres where we will see an evening performance. NOTE: Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Performances for the 2021 season will be announced by November 2020.

DAY
4
Theatre Class, OSF Performance, Free Time
Ashland, OR
B,L
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/2 mile; city sidewalks; some inclines/steps.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Back in our meeting room, we’ll learn more about OSF and theatre from members of the company, instructors from Southern Oregon University, or visiting and local experts. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. We’ll have a brief mid-morning break then resume with our Theatre Reflections class. Our OSF instructor will lead another in-depth discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: We will walk together to a local restaurant for a plated meal ordered from a select menu; includes salad, entrée and dessert plus a variety of non-alcoholic beverages; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will meet in the hotel lobby to board the motorcoach and drive to the OSF theatres where we will see a matinee performance. NOTE: Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Performances for the 2021 season will be announced by November 2020.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. If you would like to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800)-219-8161.

DAY
5
Theatre Class, Free Time, Farewell Dinner, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/2 mile; city sidewalks; some inclines/steps.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Back in our meeting room, we’ll learn more about OSF and theatre from members of the company, instructors from Southern Oregon University, or visiting and local experts. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. We’ll have a brief mid-morning break then resume with our Theatre Reflections class. Our OSF instructor will lead another illuminating lecture that will expand on the program theme. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: Walking to a local Ashland restaurant, we’ll order our entrées from a select menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you would like to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800)-219-8161.

Dinner: We will walk to a local Ashland restaurant where we will enjoy a farewell dinner ordered from a select menu including an entrée and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We will meet in the hotel lobby to board the motorcoach and drive to the OSF theatres where we will see an evening performance. NOTE: Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Performances for the 2021 season will be announced by November 2020.

DAY
6
Theatre Class, Program Concludes
Ashland, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel Check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather for our final Theatre Reflections class to review the week's performances and meet another special guest. Our OSF actor instructor will also provide a glimpse of the festival’s upcoming season. Before we head home, we’ll share our favorite moments from the program with our instructor, Group Leader, and each other. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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