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In fair Ashland, we lay our scene…

By Quinn  aka: Librarian Girl

Shakespeares House

Shakespeares House

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!

Shakespeares Window

Shakespeares Window

16 Responses to “In fair Ashland, we lay our scene…”

  1. Tony Single Says:

    Man, I so wanna go! Maybe I ought to raid my videogame money and spend it on a real holiday rather than a virtual one… :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..An Atheist in Sheep’s Clothing =-.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    I think this is a stunning adventure place to go to….a Spring vacation change of pace for Librarian Girl – I will see if I can get Geek Girl to write about her Caribbean Cruise Adventure coming up next.

    I have done a great deal of vicarious trips through good story telling and pictures.

  3. Talon Says:

    Looks so beautiful! I’m glad Librarian Girl had such a fabulous time.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Complex… =-.

  4. Davina Says:

    This sounds like a wonderful getaway Patricia. I love, love, love live theatre. Vancouver has what is called Bard on the Beach. It is a Shakespearean Festival that runs from May until September. They put on 4 different plays; usually two comedies and 2 dramas. The Shakespearean language is a little difficult to follow, but watching the actors and enjoying the artistic license of the creative director, the audience gets caught up in the story. I highly recommend it to anyone living in or visiting Vancouver.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..On the First Day of Spring =-.

  5. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. that looks a very English setting! What a lovely set up .. in a park like setting .. – a good day out as you say, with an educational twist .. and to see some local craftspeople.

    Wonderful .. and to hear of Davina’s Shakespeare on the beach .. thank you – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning and Passion …. =-.

  6. Mama Zen Says:

    This sounds like lots of fun!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Silent But Deadly =-.

  7. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Oh this sounds so lovely! I will put this on the list of places to go when hubs retires. Right now we go back and forth to the lake house in Wisconsin and for years that has been our only vacation – except for next week, that is! First vacation (officially) in five years! So really thank you for this – it’s on my list!
    Hugs
    suZen

  8. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I am glad some in the family are getting a spring vacation and this was a good one for LG released the pressure of job hunting

    Davina,
    I have been to Bard on the Beach…It is wonderful…I wonder if we were there at the same time.

    Hilary,
    The top picture is the Bard’s house in England from our trip! No wonder it looks garden like….Our picture of the actual theater did not turn out….It is a lovely spot and not too far away from where Barbara S (Blogging without a Blog) lives. Beautiful country, excellent productions.

    Mama Zen,
    A spot well worth a visit. Very amazing and full of wonder

    SuZen,
    It would make a great vacation. I hope you will post about your first vacation in 5 years…official
    I know how that goes as it took me 20 years to save enough for my 60th birthday trip to UK …special, special experiences.

  9. Tom Says:

    Way to go! And I am so happy you had such a good time. It does sound like a personal travel poster, which means you truly had a good time.

    The Fimo Art sounds worth seeing too. Sorry you missed seeing Emily on stage – next time?
    .-= Tom´s last blog ..World Wide Water Awareness Day =-.

  10. Chris Edgar Says:

    This reminds me of how much exploration in Oregon I want to do — every time I go to Portland, I’m struck by how much interesting stuff there is that’s unusual for an urban environment. I recently gave a talk there at New Renaissance Bookstore, which is three buildings put together — it’s massive and still quaint in its design. I definitely recommend checking it out to anyone who’s going to be there.

  11. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Sounds fabulous! Our spring vacation is already planned but maybe next year. :)

  12. patricia Says:

    Chris,
    I love exploring Portland, it is an amazing city and I write a great deal about it on the Biking Architect blog because they truly have taken Ecotopia to heart. It is nice to have a kiddo there to encourage trips – and it is not too far away. Ashland is quite an interesting experience also and the theatre is amazing to enjoy.

    Vered,
    Do add Oregon and particularly Ashland to you list of adventures – the theatre runs 8 months of the year…there are so many delightful places to explore in this community and within the State.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..A Nice Tall Drink of Water =-.

  13. J.D. Meier Says:

    It sounds like some great ambiance and a fun time. Some places really are an experience, and it sounds like Ashland is quite the scene.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..My Top Ten Lessons In Life – Ali Hale =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    JD
    This spot is a verdant treat and retreat – We have several friends on the stage there and it is a lovely destination.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..In fair Ashland, we lay our scene… =-.

  15. jannie Funster Says:

    Patricia, I’m back! Obviously. :) Sorry I’ve not been here as much as I would dearly love to. But you are ever in my heart.

    Library Girl, guest poster!! You had me sold on that place from the picture. I WILL visit there some day.

    xo to both

  16. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Ashland is beautiful and near Barbara Swathford’s home. I think you would love a visit to Ashland.
    It is beautiful and full of bed and Breakfasts….we could not get permission to use pictures from there….so the pictures are from our trip to the UK…

    Have you and Kelly discovered Fimo clay yet? another fabulous art form…. the link to the store above it great to give you an idea.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Barbara Kingslover, This Writer’s Writer =-.