HAPPY MAY DAY 2017!

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017! 

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May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!

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May Day is a holiday of traditional festivities celebrating springtime fertility. May Day celebrations usually include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the Feast of Beltane.

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Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo!

The Dude:
It’s all a goddamn fake, man!
It’s like Lenin said: You look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh, you know…

Donny:
“I am the walrus”?

The Dude:
You know what I’m trying to say?

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That’s ex– SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!
V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

Donny:
(to The Dude)
What the f*ck is he talking about?

May Day is an international public holiday celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day” around the world.

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In 1904 the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The date was chosen for “International Workers’ Day” to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on May 4, 1886. May Day has always been a day for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International.

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May Day is one of the most important holidays in the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and Russia. May Day celebrations usually include large parades with displays of military strength.

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/may-day-may-day-hey-hey-hey-its-the-month-of-may/

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From GoHawaii.com:
It’s also Lei Day in Hawaii today!
Hawaiian floral leis are made by braiding seasonal flowers and ferns together.

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Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei

 



 

April Fools! St. Stupid’s Day!

APRIL FOOLS!
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ALL FOOLS DAY!

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~Japanese Proverb

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Playing the Lord Mayor’s Fool at the Renaissance Faire!

Well, once again Spring has come early, and so too the spaghetti harvest in southern Europe (Italy, Spain and Switzerland). Thankfully, there is no threat to the harvest from the ravenous spaghetti weevil this year and this season’s spaghetti plants will soon be available for purchase on Amazon. Be sure to try your hand at “Homegrown Pasta!”

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Why is there an April Fools Day? Why is it on April 1st?

No one knows for sure.
No, SERIOUSLY, No one knows for sure.
There are several theories:

On the Julian calendar, the one before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in the 1500s (it was not adopted by England until 1752!), the start of the NEW YEAR was celebrated on April 1st. Something about the French peasants trying to fool friends and family into thinking April 1st was still New Year’s….. and people who still celebrated the old Julian New Year were called April Fools.

Jokes, hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, sending people on “Fool’s errands” and other light hearted jests are now the order of the day!

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Fool’s Guild King of the Fools Coronation Day Parade for Greg the Obscene Juggler in Agoura, California 1985

Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” (1392) contains the first recorded association between April 1st and acts of foolishness. In medieval times, most of Europe celebrated on March 25, the Feast of Annunciation,  but waited until April 1st to celebrate the beginning of the new year. April Fools Day might have something to do with the Vernal Equinox (March 20-21) and the coming of Spring, a time when nature fools man with changing weather…..

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April 1st – “RABBIT! RABBIT!”

It might commemorate the fruitless biblical mission of The Rook (a European crow) in the Old Testament, sent out on a failed search for land from Noah’s ark:
‘The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch’ – from the London Public Advertiser March 13, 1769

It might have something to do with Hilaria, the end-of-winter and the end of the Celtic New Year festival celebrated by the Romans. The Hilaria were ancient Roman religious festivals celebrated on the March equinox to honor Cybele, the mother of the G-ds, and to rejoice in the resurrection of Attis, the consort of Cybele. The Romans took this feast from the Greeks and public games, amusements and masquerades were allowed.

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The Attis of Ostia

A life size statue of Attis was discovered at the archeological site of ancient Ostia, the principle port and harbor city of Rome, Italy, between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The statue is a reclining Attis, after the emasculation. In his left hand is a shepherd’s crook, in his right hand is a pomegranate. He wears a pine garland with fruits, bronze rays of the sun, and on his Phrygian cap is a crescent moon. It was discovered in 1867 at the Campus of the Magna Mater together with other statues.

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Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event. “In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.”

This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Prof. Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.

 

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David and Bonnie at the Coronation of the King of Fools – Irwindale, CA

April 1st is SAINT STUPID’S DAY

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“ALL HAIL ST. STUPID!”

The First Church of the Last Laugh
“ALL HAIL ST. STUPID!”

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April 1, 2017 – The Parade of Stupid in San Francisco!

As always, since the year 1979AD, the FIRST CHVRCH ofthe LAST LAVGH assembles for its one whole-y day and the ST. STUPID’S DAY PARADE each year at (The POINTY BUILDING UP COLUMBUS this year near) the EMBARCADERO PLAZA at the Foot O’Market @ Steuart in the Financial District of Downtown San Francisco on APRIL 1st at NOON (rain and/or shine). Bring socks for the sock exchange, pennies for “Thank The Bank Penny Toss” at the banker’s heart, dead lottery tickets for the blessing at the Federal Reserve (Support your Federal Reserve! Buy a lottery ticket TODAY!) 2017 is the 39th annual Parade! Visit the TOMB O STUPID, join in on the TIGHTENING OF THE LUG NUTZ and take a LEAP OF FAITH at the statue of the Barebutt Mechanics! Bring noise and music makers (drums, horns, bells, slapsticks, etc.) for the exorcism and a well dressed sense of absurdity. Attendance will be taken.

The Pledge (raise your left hand and cross your fingers):
“i pledge allegiance, to the illusion,
and to the pyramid scheme, for which it stands.
One species, in denial, with error and excess, by all.”

St. Stupid Contact: BISHOP JOEY (aka Ed Holmes)
510-841-1898 bishopj@saintstupid.com www.saintstupid.com

“All we are saying is stupid!”

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Sign of Stupid! The Church in no way endorses, advocates or condones graffiti, or the making of your own St. Stupid stickers to place randomly all over the Earth, and in particular, inside the Gideon Bibles in motel rooms.

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The Bologna Brothers Onstage at the Renaissance Faire – Black Point Forest, Novato, CA

Found in Storage:

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Bombay Dry Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka and Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

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A Bottle of Vintage Porto 1983 from Portugal

“I know, I know, but ya know, you never know”

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CHEERS! Johnnie Walker Black 12 year old Scotch Whisky

We found two boxes of old liquor from the old home bar in Storage. We dumped most of it but there were some nice unopened bottles of booze! We kept bottles of Bombay Dry Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka and Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whisky. And we found a bottle of Porto from 1983 which we are looking forward to opening soon. We gifted the Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whisky and then we opened the bottle and had a taste. Very smooth.

And just in case:
California Poison Control System (CPCS)

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“We have nothing to fear but fear ourselves”

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Superbowl Sunday Party in Sun Valley a few years ago. There was a big screen TV outside in the yard and a 3-D commercial was airing.

“That’s the way St. Stupid would’ve wanted it… had he thought of it.” (from Carrie)

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“We Are All Just Prisoners of Fun!”

Regardless of what you might have heard, the United States Treasury will continue to honor all two-dollar bills still in circulation! Today was not the last day to cash them in.

“So Far, So What?”

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King of Fools Coronation – Santa Ynez County Park 2001

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The Fools Guild was born in the late 1970s at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, where the original culprits met while performing as jesters, jugglers, pass-the-hat-acts and mimes.

“The Fools Guild is a disorganization of individuals who identify with the artistic, spiritual or philosophical nature of The Fool. We are an amorphous mass of lively, spontaneous souls who meet throughout the year for unadulterated silliness. We produce three major theme parties a year: Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and the High Feast of April Fools Day. We also get together a lot in between…..We draw inspiration from the archetype of “The Fool”, keeping alive the virtues of playfulness and festivity as a source of creativity and personal fulfillment.” (from the Fools Guild website)

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Fountain at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, CA

 

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

恭喜發財! Happy Chinese New Year 2017! 新年好呀!新年好呀!

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”

THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER! 祝贺大家新年好!
(or Chicken, referring to barnyard fowl of either sex)

Roosters have these five virtues:
Literary skills, military prowess, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness

Roosters have these personality traits:
They are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and
trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

The Spring Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at midnight.
The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

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FIREWORKS! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

NOTE: The lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.
The “Start of Spring” is February 3rd according to the Chinese solar calendar.

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The first day is also a time to honor family elders and visit the oldest and most senior members of the extended families (parents, grandparents and great-grandparents).

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For Buddhists the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be. They also abstain from killing animals and meat consumption on the first day.

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People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during New Year’s Eve celebration in Chinatown Manila, Philippines  February 18, 2015 (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

“May you realize all your ambitions”

According to ancient Chinese superstition, lighting fires and using knives is considered bad luck on New Year’s Day, so all food is usually cooked beforehand. It is also considered bad luck to use a broom during the New Year’s celebration.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Usually the best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red, but because the fire element for 2017 is RED, do not use red in your clothes and accessories! Red colored stones like ruby, garnet and pink topaz should also be avoided. Instead, use colors that complement red and the fire element. Earth colored items (browns or yellows) are most suitable. Purple and lavender colors will also be lucky. Amethyst and topaz will bring luck and success.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

NOTE: There are 13 lunar months instead of 12, and 384 days in 2017. To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there’s a leap month (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd) in The Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese Zodiac:

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The Chinese zodiac is a recurring 12-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals. Sorry Roosters, those in their birth-sign year will supposedly have bad luck.

NOTE: You will need to work hard and be patient to achieve your goals this year! Maintain a positive frame of mind. Meditation will help keep you calm and serene.

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

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The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest celebration outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Over 100 groups participate in the annual Chinese New Year Parade held since 1958. It is attended by ~500,000 people and watched by another 3 million television viewers.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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Twelfth Night!

Twelfth Night!
January 6, 2017

“On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me

Twelve Drummers Drumming!”

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“If music be the food of love, play on!”
-Duke Orsino Twelfth Night Act I, scene I by William Shakespeare

Nevermind the religion…
Twelfth Night on January 6th has always been the date we use to mark the end of the winter Holiday Season. Also, it’s the name of a Shakespeare play that we like. And if they’re going to sell Christmas for 3 months beforehand, we should get to appreciate and celebrate the entire Twelve Days of Christmas! This year (2017) Twelfth Night (January 6th) falls on a Friday, so we get to extend the holiday for one more weekend, even though we’re expecting a monster storm to hit hard in Los Angeles Saturday through Monday.

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Originally a Catholic holiday, the Feast of the Epiphany, the actual Elizabethan festival of Twelfth Night became a day of revelry. Servants dressed as their masters, men dressed as women and women as men. The festive ritual and role reversal was based on the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. It involved the antics of a Lord of Misrule, who before leaving his temporary position of authority, would call for entertainment, songs and mummery: comedic plays performed by costumed amateur actors (traditionally all male) at feasts and functions in exchange for money and/or food.

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrown upon them.”
– Feste, the Clown

Shakespeare’s comedic play “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” was written to be performed as a Twelfth Night entertainment. The earliest known performance took place at Middle Temple Hall on Candlemas night, February 2, 1602, the formal end of Christmastide in England. It may have been staged a year earlier in a private performance for Elizabeth I before the Court at Whitehall Palace on Twelfth Night, January 6th, 1601.

The influence of English folk tradition can be found in the play, particularly in Feste the clown’s songs and dialogue. Many elements are reversed in the tradition of Twelfth Night: a woman dressing as a man, and a servant imagining that he can become a nobleman. Shakespeare also chose to fictionalized Illyria, an ancient region in southern Europe on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, as the romantic setting for the story.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will” by William Shakespeare

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The Wisdom of Feste the Clown:jester-with-puppet

“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those 
that are fools, let them use their talents.”

“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage”

“Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, 
it shines every where.”

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

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Feste’s Song (at the conclusion of Act V):

“When that I was and a little tiny boy, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
A foolish thing was but a toy, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came to man’s estate, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came, alas! to wive, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
By swaggering could I never thrive, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came unto my beds, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
With toss-pots still had drunken heads, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
A great while ago the world begun, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
But that’s all one, our play is done, 
    And we’ll strive to please you every day.”
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So, is it really unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night?

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Twelfth Night 2016

 

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…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!


GOOD SHABBOS! Shabbat Shalom!
Happy Twelfth Night! Let’s Feast!

“Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last,
And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new!”

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Dead & Co. Summer Tour 2016 – On The Road (again)!

Dead & Co. Summer Tour 2016 – On The Road (again)!

Dead & Company headlined Sunday, June 12th at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee and are now on the road for a two month summer tour!

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Dead&Co. LIVE at Bonnaroo – Photo Credit: Brande Jackson

The two sets from Sunday were livestreamed via Bonnaroo website and Redbull TV. Most of the live streaming coverage over the weekend was unwatchable because of connection problems, but the Dead&Co. stream we watched was mostly smooth. There were also a few livestreams from the audience on Periscope broadcast during the show.

Donna Jean joined the band onstage for the first time.

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Dead&Co. LIVE at Bonnaroo – Photo Credit: Emilio Roberts

After the encore, at the end of their performance, Bob Weir made a brief personal statement on the Mass Shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that killed 50 human beings and injured 53 other people and the horrible comments by right-wing hate mongers that followed.

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After referencing Georgia congressman Rick Allen (who said gays were worthy of death) and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (who said gay Orlando murder victims were reaping what they sow), Bob continued, “Now, I wanna ask a question. How different are these peoples’ world views from the world views of the people with ISIS? It’s the same hatred. They pull those hatreds out of different books.”

Dead & Company SUMMER TOUR 2016!

June 9 Manchester, TN–Bonnaroo
June 10 Charlotte, NC–PNC Music Pavilion
June 16 Cincinnati, OH–Riverbend Music Center
June 17 Noblesville, IN–Klipsch Music Center
June 20 Camden, NJ–BB&T Pavilion
June 21 Saratoga Springs, NY–SPAC
June 23 Bristow, VA–Jiffy Lube Live
June 25 New York, NY–Citi Field
June 26 New York, NY–Citi Field
June 28 Hartford, CT–Xfinity Theatre
July 2 Boulder, CO–Folsom Field
July 3 Boulder, CO–Folsom Field
July 7 Clarkston, MI–DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 East Troy, WI–Alpine Valley
July 10 East Troy, WI–Alpine Valley
July 13 Burgettstown, PA–First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 Boston, MA–Fenway Park
July 16 Boston, MA–Fenway Park

ADDED RECENTLY:

Jul. 22  Moda Center Portland, OR United States  
Jul. 23  The Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA United States  
Jul. 26  Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Irvine, CA, United States  
Jul. 27  Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA United States  
Jul. 29  Toyota Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA United States  
Jul. 30  Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA United States  

 

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William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright, actor-Died April 23, 1616

William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright & actor
A great writer and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist
England’s national poet aka the “Bard of Avon”
Died April 23, 1616

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
~William Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’

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The playwright was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Warwickshire market town, and returned there when he retired.

  • Born in 1564, and the earliest record of his writing dates from 1592
  • Wrote around 38 full plays (including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth), 154 sonnets and other works.
  • Words including “assassination”, “addiction”, “generous” and “bedroom” had their first recorded uses in his plays
  • Introduced phrases like “elbow room”, “heart of gold” and “tower of strength” to the English language
  • Acted as well as wrote, and owned a share in the original Globe theatre
  • Died on 23 April 1616, aged 52

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Greg Bell as Shakespeare at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura 1985

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company (original members) performed “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet” on the Caravanserie Stage at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Novato, California 1984-87

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Jess, Adam & Daniel – The Reduced Shakespeare Company Original Members

When we were in college in Santa Cruz we worked for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Performing Arts Department and the Living History Centre (the producers of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire & Dickens’ Christmas Fair) in Black Point, Novato, California.

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Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1984

“And, most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy.”
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 4, Sc 2

In 1989, we traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England as a consultant to Homer “Murph” Swander’s “Theatre in England” (associated with UC Santa Barbara).

We saw 13 plays in 3 weeks at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theaters in Stratford, and at The Pit, the National and Barbican in London. We saw Mark Rylance perform the title role of “Hamlet” in pajamas in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the role of Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet” in The Swan Theatre. We also saw “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “Cymbeline”, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and many other non-Shakespearean classical performances. We even saw Dustin Hoffman perform Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” in London (his first time doing Shakespeare on stage).

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Mark Rylance as the title character in the RSC’s “Hamlet” 1989

NOTE: While in Stratford-upon-Avon, we had the pleasure to meet and drink with many of the RSC actors after the performances at the Falcon Hotel Bar across the street from the theatre. In addition, some of the RSC actors spoke, performed and answered questions at scheduled daytime meetings of our travel group. We also toured Broughton Castle.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival:

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Allen Elizabethan Theatre’s Stage

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Past OSF Performances we’ve attended (only a partial list of course):

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37 Plays! How many have you read? How many have you seen?

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Shakespeare Doodles (thanks http://www.goodticklebrain.com)

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Shakespeare is buried in the cemetery at the Church of the Trinity in Stratford.

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Church of the Trinity – Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016 – Ashland, Oregon

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best things about visiting Ashland!

We love the OSF and whenever we’re in town we try to see as many of the shows currently playing as we can (time & money permitting). They produce eleven plays in three theaters each season: Shakespeare and “the classics”, adaptations, musicals and new “world premiere” plays which run in reparatory February-November.

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Festival Welcome Center’s Clock on Main Street in Ashland Oregon

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Pioneer St and Main St in Ashland Oregon

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Bronze Relief Statue at Pioneer St and Main St in Ashland Oregon

The campus is located at Main Street and Pioneer in downtown Ashland and there are 3 theaters (the large outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, the large Angus Bowmer Theatre and the smaller Thomas Theatre), the box office, the Tudor Gift Shoppe, the Founders Room and patio, rehearsal rooms and administration offices. They offer guided tours, pre and post show talks, and other special events. During the summer and early fall months there are FREE Green Show performances before the evening shows (weather permitting).

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Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre is a large outdoor “open-air” amphitheater in the style of the Globe Theatre from Shakespeare’s era, except it’s built out of modern materials and has high-tech lighting and sound.

Shows don’t open in the outdoor theatre until summer, and even then there’s a “rain or shine” policy for most performances. We’ve sat through outdoor shows in the rain and cold, where we were under the balcony and the rain was blowing in sideways and hitting us in the face, and other shows where it was “hot as hell” and there was no breeze blowing at all. Most times it’s a great experience and the weather isn’t a factor, but other times it’s been very uncomfortable, so now you’ve been warned.

TIP: Dress in layers and prepare for the weather and other conditions you may experience when seeing shows in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre!

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre’s Outdoor Stage

NOTE: This stage pic is from a previous trip and Blog. Last fall when we visited there were large wildfires burning in the area around Ashland and the Rogue Valley. A number of outdoor performances were cancelled because of heavy smoke (health, air quality and visibility issues were determined each night prior to the performance and the audience was warned that conditions might cause cancellation).

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Box Office

The Box Office is housed on the first floor of a building next to the Thomas Theatre on Pioneer Street. The OSF is completely “special needs” friendly and fully accessible.

 

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OSF Tickets for “Twelfth Night” & “The Yeoman of the Guard”

Tickets for the two shows (Twelfth Night Wednesday Matinee and Yeoman of The Guard on Thursday Evening) were available for pickup at Will Call in the Box Office.

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OSF’s Spring 2016 Playbill- “Twelfth Night” on the cover

Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” done 1930’s Hollywood style in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Wednesday Matinee of “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

 

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Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

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Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

 

We had a ticket to the Thursday Evening performance of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” done Country “Corn Pone” in the Thomas Theatre at 8pm and we were told to arrive early for the “pre-show” at 7:30pm. There was audience interaction with the characters before and during the show, and some of the best and funniest moments were the unscripted improvisation with the people sitting on the stage.

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Friday Night Performance of “The Yeoman of the Guard” in the Thomas Theatre

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” in the Thomas Theatre

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The “Bill of Fare” at the OSF’s Concession Stands

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“The Yeoman of the Guard” pre-show in the Thomas Theatre

There was no intermission. It was a relatively short show and it ended about 9:45pm.

Be sure to visit the Plaza at night for the “after theatre” experience. Most of the restaurants, breweries and bars stay open late and cater to both locals and the tourists in town. Weekends and some weeknights there is live music performed at some of the local venues.

NOTE: Be aware! The “transient” population tends to congregate in the area at night, but they are mostly harmless and usually don’t bother other people except to ask for money.

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Our Friday afternoon activities were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so instead we drove over to the OSF Box Office and switched our “comp” ticket to the Friday matinee of “Great Expectations”. We parked the car in the 4 hour lot and went to the show.

Friday Matinee of the World Premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Matinee of “Great Expectations” in the Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Matinee World Premier of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”

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The Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland Oregon

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The Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland Oregon

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Friday Matinee World Premier of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”

 

The other shows playing “Viet Gone” and “The River Bride” both had great reviews.

Visit the OSF’s Festival Welcome Center for information and view the beautiful costumes from last season’s shows up close! The Volunteer Staff also have good tips about the town of Ashland.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Welcome Center

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During the Summer and early Fall months the OSF has FREE Green Shows before the evening performances (weather permitting) “on the bricks” in the OSF plaza between the theaters.  The OSF invites visiting artists of all types to perform “On The Bricks” on the Plaza stage:

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Dirty Cello Perform at the OSF’s Green Show (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

NOTE: This Green Show pic is from a previous trip and Blog. The Stage and Brick Plaza (as well as the Path to the Downtown Plaza) are currently undergoing extensive renovation.

And of course visit the Tudor Gift Shoppe for all your OSF souvenirs!

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William Shakespeare’s Bust is Available in the Tudor Gift Shoppe

 

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Road Trip! Ashland Oregon! Cambria California!

Road Trip to Oregon!

Ashland Oregon! The Oregon Shakespeare Festival!
With A Side Trip To Cambria California!

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon

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Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates

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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016

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Vista Point at Benecia, California

Saturday Night at The Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria
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Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria, California

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Sweet Offerings Candy & Fudge

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Squirrel!

Seagulls! Moonstone Beach State Park – Cambria
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Seagulls! Moonstone State Beach in Cambria California

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Smokin Deals Custom Glass & More (Smoke Shop) in Ashland

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Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

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Roadtrip to Oregon!

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Spent the week in Ashland, Oregon on the ranch. Saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ate, drank, shopped and had a great time away from Los Angeles!

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The View From The Green Room On The Ranch in Ashland Oregon

And we stopped overnight in Cambria, California on the way home. Saw the Saturday sunset over the Pacific Ocean, stayed at the Bluebird Inn Motel, had dinner and drinks, spent Sunday visiting Cambria and the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone State Beach.

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Saturday Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

And now we are back home in Los Angeles to tell the story!

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon Spring 2016

We traveled to Ashland, Oregon and back. We left Monday evening after dark at 9pm and drove the 5 freeway all night. It’s about 770 miles from Los Angeles to Ashland and we did it in about 9-1/2 hours.

Going over the Tejon Pass just out of Los Angeles, there was rain, sleet, snow and hail blowing sideways directly into the front of the cars climbing the grade. It wasn’t quite a “whiteout”, but it was unexpected and caused a little delay due to slowing traffic and bad conditions. Luckily, it didn’t last that long and coming down the Grapevine was a nice leisurely cruise.

We fueled up in Valencia (9:15pm) as we left Los Angeles, and stopped for gas in Santa Nella (12:15am) and Corning (3:30am), California along the 5 freeway to Ashland, Oregon.

Arriving in Ashland, Oregon (6:30am) before sunrise on Tuesday morning, we stopped for a big Breakfast at the Breadboard Restaurant (opens at 7am).

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On the Menu: Country fried steak, 2 eggs over easy (we asked for over medium), potato “homers” home fries, toast & jam, and 3 cups of coffee. Great way to start the day!

GOOD MORNING ASHLAND, OREGON!

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Entrance to Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Outdoor Theatre on the hill behind the trees

We went over Lithia Park for a morning walk after breakfast, but it was too cold by Ashland Creek for this Southern California boy on Tuesday morning.

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Cold Tuesday Morning at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

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Historic Ashland Springs Hotel on Main Street in Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Morning – The View of the Rogue Valley From The Ranch

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Tuesday Morning

We went back to Lithia Park later in the day after it warmed up and walked the park from the playground to the picnic area (and Periscoped and saved it to Katch) and then back.

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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Tuesday Afternoon – Japanese Garden in Lithia Park – Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Evening – Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

Our first night in Ashland, we had the fine idea to drive up to Medford (only about 20 minutes north on the 5 freeway) to the Texas Roadhouse BBQ for a big dinner.

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On The Menu: BBQ baby back pork ribs, bone-in ribeye steak with fries, side of chili, dinner salad, bread & butter, salted shelled peanuts and a coke.

 

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Tuesday Evening Sky – Ashland, Oregon

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday Morning in Ashland Oregon

Take A Drive To Grizzly Peak! (weather permitting)
Out and Back to the National Forest on Dead Indian Memorial Road

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Mount Shasta and the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

Wednesday morning we set off to have an adventure in Ashland, knowing that we had a brunch meeting and a matinee performance of “Twelfth Night” later in the day.

We decided to head up towards Grizzly Peak on Dead Indian Memorial Road past the Ashland Airport and the Bella Fiore Winery (Read our Previous Blog) and drive as far as we could until we had to turn around and come back for brunch. We also hadn’t filled up the gas tank, so we had a limited range in terms of “as far out and back”.

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Dead Indian Memorial Road to Grizzly Peak in Ashland Oregon

We made it past Mile 22 and into the National Forest before we turned around! We saw and wrote our name in the snow. We saw snow covered Mount Shasta and a lot of beautiful Oregon country as we drove up and into the pine forest. We turned around when we reached our time, range and weather limit: we had to get back for brunch and we had just enough gas to get down the mountain, and we reached an elevation where the road got icy.

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JoshWillTravel the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

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The ride back to Ashland was equally beautiful and we stopped for photo opportunities along the way. Dead Indian Memorial Road has great views and a lot of safe turnouts to pull over, enjoy nature and take pictures. I’ve been all the way to the summit in late spring and summer and it is beautiful! There’s a hiking trail to the top and great views of Mount Shasta from the parking lot (again weather permitting).

NOTE: Dead Indian Memorial Road is not really maintained during the winter, at night or in inclement weather. And the weather can change quickly so be prepared! Watch out for snowplows, service trucks, other equipment, black ice, horses, deer, elk and snowmobiles! Travel the road to Grizzly Peak carefully!

“Grizzly Peak (elevation 5922 feet) affords an outstanding view of the Rogue Valley and the city of Ashland. This short trail to the summit passes through a mixed forest of fir and pine. The trail also offers outstanding views of the Cascades including Diamond Peak, Mt Mcloughlin, and Mt. Shasta. In early summer wildflowers put on a spectacular show along the trail. Keep an eye out for elk and deer, as well as many other animals including Golden Eagles and other birds of prey.”

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Trail Length: 3 miles one way
Difficulty: Moderate – Use level: Moderate to High

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Wednesday Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland, Oregon

We drove back to downtown Ashland and parked at the entrance to Lithia Park just off the plaza. A quick walk down the street and we arrived at Greenleaf Restaurant and met our host for brunch. We’ve eaten here before, it’s a local favorite, they serve both breakfast and deli sandwiches all day, with a lunch menu after 11:30. There is indoor seating, seating on the patio on the pedestrian friendly lane, and “to go” counter service. They have picnic style boxes available on the menu for people wanting to take their food on an adventure.

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant & Deli on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

On The Menu: 2 eggs over easy (asked for medium), bacon, fruit, english muffin, orange juice and iced coffee

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eggs Benedict at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland (from a previous trip)

 

We filled up the gas tank at the historic 76 Station in downtown Ashland and then parked the car in a 4 hour lot.

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Fill Up at the Historic 76 Station in Downtown Ashland Oregon

We walked over to the OSF campus and the Angus Bowmer Theatre for the “Twelfth Night” Matinee at 1:30pm.

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Mini-Burros!

 

Wednesday Evening Dinner at Sesame Asian Kitchen in Ashland

Trying something new, at the recommendation of our host, located just off the plaza next to the entrance of Lithia Park and the pedestrian friendly Guanojuato Lane. It’s an Asian Fusion menu and they have indoor and outdoor seating.

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On The Menu: Ji Bao with Chicken, Orange Chicken, Asian Salad, Ginger Beef with Noodles (we it sent back) and a coke.

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It was the first time we tried Sesame Asian Kitchen and it wasn’t good. The Ji Bao with chicken was tasty but dry and could have used lettuce or some kind of vegetable to give it some moisture. The asian salad was basically cole slaw without mayonnaise. The orange chicken was okay, but could have definitely used more orange or flavor in the sauce. There’s no picture of the ginger beef and noodles because we sent it back! The beef was so completely overcooked it was like jerky…inedible. Our server had a trainee shadowing him but the service was just okay and there wasn’t really an apology for the bad beef. They get a lot of tourist business because of their location, but we probably won’t be back again.

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Rogue Valley Sunset (Wednesday Evening) – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday

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Good Morning Oregon!

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Thursday Morning – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday Morning at Noble Coffee and Walking the Railroad District

Noble Coffee on 4th Street has the best coffee in town. It’s a local favorite and far away from downtown in the Railroad District.

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Noble Coffee Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

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Noble Coffee

There are some very good restaurants, the Peerless Hotel, cool shops and galleries, a small park and the railroad tracks in the neighborhood, as well as the Grange Co-op and a lot of cool old buildings and houses.

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The Railroad District: NO TRESPASSING! – Ashland, Oregon

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The Peerless Hotel on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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Revive Antique Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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PUSH An Art Gallery on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

The Goodwill Store (on Tolman Creek Rd) in Ashland

We’ve been to the Goodwill Store in Medford on previous trips, so this trip we decided to check out the branch in Ashland on Tolman Creek Rd. and we weren’t disappointed. This store gets really good stuff donated from the Ashland community, a lot of whom are well-to-do retirees from other places. We made a decision before embarking on this road trip, that we weren’t going to buy a lot of things or spend a lot of money on thrift store items, so we limited our shopping to small and inexpensive gifts and souvenirs. At the Ashland Goodwill Store we found a Penguin Snowglobe with a working music box inside for $3.00 and chose three comic books (Sgt Rock Special #6, the Spawn Bible #1 and Buckaroo Banzai #1) from the large selection of packaged and in good condition comics that had been donated (there were a few hundred) at $.49 each for sentimental reasons.

 

Thursday afternoon we drove north on the 5 freeway to Medford, Eagle Point and Central Point for lunch and some food shopping.

We started with Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Kaleidoscope Pizzeria – Aloha Pizza: 1/2 Pepperoni & 1/2 Canadian Bacon

On the Menu: Caesar Salad, 3 pieces of Aloha Pizza with pepperoni and a coke
(and we took the leftover pizza “to go”)

We drove around Medford after lunch and went Food Shopping at The Butcher Shop, the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates.

The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point is a cool specialty shop that is a far distance away but worth the drive if you like good meat and seafood. They also have fresh seasonal produce, cheeses and other food items as well. We picked up some steaks for freezing and a big piece of sushi grade Ahi Tuna for supper later.

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The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point, Oregon

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A visit to the Rogue Creamery is a regular stop when we visit Southern Oregon. It’s owned by friends and the award winning cheese is incredible! They make it all on premises by hand, with their special recipes, and age it in special caves that give it the rich flavors.

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Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon

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There’s always a nice selection to choose from, they have patio seating and make grilled cheese sandwiches on premises. There also a good selection of Rogue Ales, crackers, fresh pasta, jams and gift items available for purchase in the small shop area inside.

And then a stop next door at Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates…

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

We sampled the cheese and chocolate while we were shopping and drove back to Ashland with an insulated grocery bag full of good stuff. The Ahi Tuna was excellent with soy and ginger for supper!

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Ahi Tuna Sashimi with soy sauce and ginger

We had a ticket to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” Evening Performance in the Thomas Theatre at 8pm and we were told to arrive early for the audience interaction “pre-show” at 7:30pm.

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There was no intermission and it was a short show, so about 9:45pm we walked the plaza at night and headed upstairs to the Brickroom for a post show cocktail and some food.

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Natural Lithia Water Fountain on the Plaza at Night in Ashland Oregon

After Theatre Drink at the Brickroom: Stoli Rocks with a splash of pineapple and an order of small fries with barbecue sauce to soak it up before heading back to the ranch.

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The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

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We took our time driving The Ranch at night hoping to see some wildlife on the way. We’ve seen elk, deer, coyotes, jack rabbits, skunks, an owl and squirrels on the road at night, but this time nothing at all….

And we ate the leftover piece of cold Aloha pizza from lunch before going to bed.

 

Friday

Coffee at Starbuck’s at Pioneer & Main Street in downtown Ashland on Friday morning. Then we walked down to the Village Bakery and bought a chocolate covered croissant (and Periscoped it but didn’t save it). On the walk back we stopped into the new smoke shop in town, Smokin Deals Custom Glass & More and took a bunch of pictures for this Blog.

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Starbuck’s Coffee at Pioneer & Main in Downtown Ashland Oregon

A long line for Coffee at Starbuck’s in downtown Ashland on Friday morning:

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Venti Mocha Frappuchino with whipped cream

 

Village Bakery on Main St in Ashland

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Chocolate Covered Croissant from the Village Bakery in Ashland Oregon

 

Picker’s Paradise

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Our planned afternoon activities were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so instead we drove over to the OSF Box Office and switched our ticket to the Friday matinee of “Great Expectations”. We parked the car in the 4 hour lot and went to the show.

 

“Great Expectations” Friday Matinee in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Afternoon View from The Ranch

Wonderful Friday Night Dinner at The Loft in Ashland Oregon

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On The Menu: fried calamari, mussels florentine, bacon cheeseburger & fries, duck breast with cauliflower/brussel sprouts and chocolate tart with sea salt caramel ice cream

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Friday Evening View From The Loft in Ashland Oregon (Brickroom Patio)

 

We saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival while we were in town: a Wednesday matinee of “Twelfth Night” set in 1930’s Hollywood,  a country version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” on Thursday night and a Friday matinee of the world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.

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Saturday and SOUTHBOUND!
Ashland, Oregon to Cambria, California

 

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Southbound! Saturday Morning on the I-5 at Mount Shasta

We left Ashland, Oregon on our return drive on Saturday morning at about 9:30am and arrived at the beach in Cambria, California 9 hours later at 6:30pm just in time for the sunset.

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When we set out there was no predetermined destination or idea of where we might end up. At some point we would decide “enough driving” or find our journey’s end.

When we stopped at Taco Bell in Oroville for a Burrito Supreme the original choices were Reno, Yosemite and San Francisco. Both Reno and Yosemite would require a lot of extra driving and it was already late in the day to arrive in Yosemite at night without a reservation and there’s the cost of the entrance fee as well. So we set out for San Francisco and continued south on the 5 freeway.

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The Winters cutoff (Highway 505) was great and we made excellent time and then hit a lot of traffic at the Highway 80 junction. And as we approached San Francisco there was a lot of traffic going into the city, so instead we headed for San Jose and Santa Cruz.

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We drove by our friends house, but no one was home, so we waved and kept going. And then again at the 680-880 junction there was a line of cars backed up a mile to go over the hill to the beach, so we vetoed going to Santa Cruz and continued south on the 101 freeway.

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We had the option to get off in Napa-Sonoma as we approached San Francisco and we could have done “wine country”, and we probably should have since we were right there, so as we approached Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles there was another chance to stop and taste the “fruit of the vine” but we weren’t sure where to go as it was after 5:30pm on Saturday evening.

So San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach would be our destination, but then we remembered it was Spring Break and we saw the sign for Highway 46 to CAMBRIA and thought “Hearst Castle” and there are a lot of fond memories of visiting as kid. We could make it to the beach by sunset, have some food and try to find a room or place to camp near the ocean. A quick turn of the steering wheel to the right and we were on our way to Cambria and Highway 1 with the thought of maybe driving to Big Sur on Sunday…

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“Sea of Clouds” – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

Coming down the hill on Highway 46 west we saw the fog rolling in over the ocean and coast. It looked like a sea of clouds and the mountain tops were islands in the sky.

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Fog Rolling In – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

It didn’t take long to get to downtown Cambria and we drove down Main Street and found a parking place at the beach. There’s a wooden boardwalk along the shore to protect the plants and tourists. Greenspace and protecting the environment are of major interest to the local people and the beautiful unspoiled landscape is one of the major tourism selling points.

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Sunset On The Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California

We parked our car and watched the sunset between the clouds and the ocean, it was just a sliver of orange off in the distance. It was beautiful and a fine end to a long 9 hour drive.

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Pacific Ocean and a Sunset on the Beach (in the fog) – Cambria, California

HELLO CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA!

We got lucky and with one phone call got a nice motel room at the Bluebird Inn on Saturday night in a town with “No Vacancy”, then had a nice dinner at Robin’s restaurant and cocktails at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse (open until midnight) and Mozzi’s Bar (open until about 2am).

A good friend’s parents were the long time owners of the Bluebird Inn Motel and our friend worked there before moving south and getting married. There was an open invitation to come visit but we never made it back to Cambria (another reason for the side trip). After the sun set we tried to call our friend to ask him where to eat in town, but dialed his old work number at the Bluebird. We were surprised when he answered “Bluebird Inn”, but then asked “I know you are full, but do you know anyone with  a room?” He said, “We just had a cancellation, so I have a king bed, non smoking available.” Ten minutes later, we were at the Bluebird Inn.

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant was recommended by Ben at the front desk, he said his boss liked to eat there and enjoyed the food. He also recommended Linn’s and the Sow’s Ear. We got settled into our room and called over to Robin’s and got an 8:45pm dinner reservation (they take reservations until 9pm) and a little after 8:30pm we walked over to the restaurant which was 2 blocks from the Bluebird Inn Motel.

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Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria

On The Menu: Naan Pizzette (a BBQ chicken pizza on naan bread), chicken sate with peanut sauce and cucumber salad and two bottle of hot sake.

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And then cocktails (Stoli rocks with a splash of pineapple) at the bar at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse and later at Mozzi’s Bar. We left our eyeglasses behind at closing time, so we had to walk over on Sunday afternoon to retrieve them… must of been having a good time.

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Stoli Rocks with a Splash of Pineapple Juice

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Sunday morning, it was overcast and gray, we enjoyed a continental breakfast at the Bluebird Inn (included with the room), then checked out at noon and went to find our eyeglasses at Mozzi’s Bar.

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Continental Breakfast at the Bluebird Inn Motel on Sunday Morning

On the Menu: Continental Breakfast included coffee, orange juice, mini-croissants, pound cake, fruit (bananas & tangerines) and strawberry yogurt.

The Bluebird Inn Motel gets a big thumbs up! Big thanks to Ben and Holly for their advice on where to eat and what to do and for being super-friendly and helpful while doing their jobs at the front desk. The room was also large, super clean and comfortable, with a real King Bed and a vanity area with a large size mini-refrigerator and small microwave. The new owners “refreshed” the bathroom and walk-in shower and there was plenty of ultra-hot water even though the motel was full. Even though the room was on the end next to Main Street, there was no traffic at night and it was pretty quiet.

We spent a nice day walking around Main Street and downtown Cambria visiting shops, galleries and historic sites. At about 4pm it was still overcast, so we drove down to State Beach to see the ocean again and hoped the sun would burn through.

Main Street in Cambria is filled with Galleries and “Antique”, Gift and Thrift Shops!

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Country Collectibles Antique Mall in Cambria, California

scrabble tiles

Magnetic Scrabble Tiles $.40 each (x 13)

If you like to shop for pretty things and cool art there’s lots of here. There are also a lot of restaurants, wine tasting rooms and places to indulge your sweet tooth.

Want some candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria!

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Want Some Candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

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Cambria is also a Historic California Town with a very interesting past. Many of the businesses on Main Street occupy buildings on the State Registry of Historic Places. There’s also a History Center, a Chinese Temple and the Santa Rosa Catholic Church built in 1870, a beautiful chapel on a hill complete with an old time cemetery.

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Cambria, California built in 1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

 

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It was a gray day in Cambria and along the coast, so we decided not to drive north to Big Sur, and later decided not to drive Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo because of the weather. The sun did come out for a very brief moment when I was at the beach taking pictures.

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

 

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SQUIRREL! No Fear! Do Not Feed The Wildlife!

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Seagulls at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

NOTE: I’m always happy to take a picture of a couple in love when it’s not inconvenient. I’ll even offer “would you like me to take a picture of the two of you?” I don’t usually post pictures of myself, but I asked the couple I just photographed if they would take a picture of me at the beach. (breaking the fourth wall here because someone asked for it)

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Peace! JoshWillTravel on Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

We made a quick visit to the Harmony Cellars Winery in Harmony, CA (population 18) just south of Cambria, they were about to close so we just took pictures and didn’t drink wine.

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Harmony Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Harmony, California

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