Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4th of July in Ashland

Ashland is a wonderful place to be on 4th of July. If you like small-town Americana, Ashland's parade can't be beat. Everyone lays out blankets and tapes off spaces along the parade route days in advance, and no one steals their stuff! Every year the parade begins with a fly-over at 10:15, then the marchers move the parade along from Triangle Park near SOU to the downtown Plaza. That's a lot of blocks if you're doing somersaults the whole way as the gymnastics school did.

Enjoy these pictures, which only represents about 45 minutes of a parade that goes on for a couple of hours. If you stay at the Albion Inn, this scene is steps from your door. Can you hear the John Phillips Sousa marches?























Friday, June 13, 2014

Ashland Well Represented at the Tony Awards

You may have heard that this year's best play, "All the Way," opened here at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Did you know our Creative Director, Bill Rauch, directed the play both here in Ashland and at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York? On Broadway, actor Bryan Cranston played the starring role of LBJ and won a Best Actor for his effort.

The sequel to "All the Way" -- "The Great Society" -- is playing this summer here at OSF, starring our own Jack Willis in the lead role.

But that's not all! James Monroe Iglehart, who won Best Featured Actor in a Musical as the Genie in Alladin, is also an Ashland theatre alumnus (Moe" in "Five Guys Named Moe" at the Cabaret Theatre). 

Congrats everyone! Great theatre all around!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Slings and Arrows" -- Wonderful television for theatre lovers!

Gary and I have been enjoying watching an old Canadian television program called "Slings and Arrows" on Netflix. A couple of our guests told us about it, and I'm so glad they did, I'd like to pass the favor on to you. If you've never seen "Slings and Arrows," or if it's been years since you've had the pleasure, then it's high time you saw it!

Here's what the internet movie data base has to say on the subject:

IMDb: Slings and Arrows (2003)
In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the artistic directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming general manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet -- the play that drove him mad.
Written by The Movie Network - Synopsis
http://www.imdb.com/rg/em_share/title_web/title/tt0387779?ref=ext_shr_eml_tt

To watch a trailer for the program, click here.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cabaret Theatre's Ain't Misbehavin'

Share The Fun of Opening Night


Our summer show is the exuberant and exhilarating AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' featuring the swinging music of Thomas "Fats" Waller.  It's a highly entertaining show overflowing with great tunes, powerhouse singing & dancing and a killer band. The shows runs from June 4 through August 31. It's a great show to bring your summer visitors to for a memorable night at the Cabaret.

Opening night is Friday, June 6 and there is still good seating available. Why not join us for the fun of  OPENING NIGHT? But don't wait. Call or order online today to get your table.  
 
Order online or Call 541 488 2902.

Meet our super-talented cast in the Christopher Briscoe photos below. We are happy to welcome back Cabaret favorite Christopher George Patterson and to introduce Ashley D. Kelley, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Roslyn Seale & Rod Singleton. Leading the band is Musical Director Jordan Richardson on piano with Tom Freeman on drums and Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds.

The show is directed by Jim Giancarlo with choreography by Christopher George Patterson & Jim Giancarlo.
There's another professional company in Ashland--Oregon's Cabaret Theatre. At the Cabaret you can have dinner and enjoy lots of singin' and dancin'. Give us a call here at the Albion Inn before booking... we have some $5 off coupons for the show.
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sue's Watercolor of the Albion Inn

One of our guests painted this lovely little watercolor of the front of the inn. She also added one of our garden's fabulous irises to the picture.

Thank you, Sue!
Guest's painting of the Albion Inn. Thank you , Sue!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mid-May Flowers at the Albion Inn

The beauty of this spring continues to unfold. Many of these pictures feature irises from Schreiner's Gardens in Salem, Oregon.

A quiet corner of the Albion Inn's garden.

Looking toward the back porch sliding doors. We painted green
vines on the doors so the birds wouldn't smash into the glass.

Deep red roses amidst the green.

Irises in the Albion Inn's garden are a gift from Schreiner's Gardens in Salem.

The Albion Inn's patio.

From the Albion Inn's back porch toward the wisteria vine and flame tree.

The Albion Inn's kitchen herb garden--borage, chives, oregano, roses, and pansies.

The Albion Inn's irises were a gift from our guest, Dave Schreiner.

Another fabulous iris from Schreiner's Gardens.

Sshhh... angel sleeping.

The Albion Inn now has the most amazing collection of Schreiner's Gardens bulbs.


Uniquely colored irises from Schreiner's Gardens are scattered about the Albion Inn's garden.

No redder roses.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Flowers at the Albion Inn

Flowering dogwood behind bearded iris--early spring at the Albion Inn.

Snowball bush and roses in the Albion's parking lot.

Roses climbing up the Courtyard Queen's window at the Albion Inn.
Rose-themed breakfast setting at the Albion Inn.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Calle Guanajuato Now Pet-Friendly!

Ashland Parks and Rec voted this week to allow dogs on Calle Guanajuato! 

Calle Guanajuato is the little street that runs behind the shops and restaurants on the Plaza, right along Ashland Creek. 
Cyd and Franny at Louie's

Calle Guanajuato on Ashland's Plaza is now pet-friendly.
Louie's Restaurant is super pet-friendly and has invited all dogs to dine with their owners on the patio overlooking the creek. In celebrations, Louie's promises a treat and bowl of water for your furry friends.