In fair Ashland, we lay our scene…
By Quinn aka: Librarian Girl
Are you looking for a weekend get-away? If you are, PW would like to recommend Ashland, OR; home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Founded in 1935, Ashland has grown around the festival and become an ideal destination for live theater. For over eight months a year there are live performances nightly in three different theaters, while PW was there we had the chance to see two of these amazing productions (Well and Pride and Prejudice were both fantastic!).
For daytime activities, Ashland is filled with novelty shops and art galleries. Our favorite was Blue Heron Gallery and Gifts where we found Jon Anderson’s Fimocreations on display. If you’ve never seen these wonders, check them out. The photos don’t entirely do these amazing figurines justice, the details were simply mind blowing, if you look closely every pattern on these animals shows tiny animal images and images from the animals’ habitats. We all spent some time reflecting on our own arts and craft adventures with Fimo clay. Certainly none of us ever made anything so beautiful!
We also took a good stroll through Lithia park which stretched on through numerous park configurations, including a charming pond, playgrounds for kids, tennis courts, volleyball pits, and natural gardens. The day we took our walk there was some early March chill; still dozens of families and groups were out in the park enjoying themselves. The park actually makes a great backdrop to the Shakespearean theater which is outdoor and open only in the summer months. We took a peek at the stage as we left the park – it’s an excellent reproduction and I could see myself easily slipping into the role of Shakespeare’s original audience.
For accommodations in Ashland there are numerous Bed and Breakfasts in addition to several hotels and even some camping just outside of town. We chose a Bed and Breakfast called the Pendleton House and were thrilled with our decision. We had a wonderful hostess who was happy to hear all about our daily adventures and who made us a plate of cookies every afternoon and a fantastic breakfast each morning. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Have a great trip!