Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Monster Dash


A pre-Halloween event each October is the "Monster Dash", a race through Lithia Park for runners of all ages. Part of the festivities is a Costume Contest held at the bandshell.  Afterwards, competitors - many in Halloween get-up, including parents pushing baby strollers - take part in a fun run through the park. It's held as a fund-raiser on behalf of the Ashland Schools Foundation.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sidewalk Reading




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lithia Park in October


Above, the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park is its most colorful in the Fall.  Nearby, kindergarteners and their teachers from Forest School visit the Upper Duck Pond.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yesterday in Lithia Park






Monday, October 20, 2014

Dogs in Strollers


More often than I would expect to see is what is pictured here - owners transporting their small dogs in some type of stroller down the sidewalk.  In the case in the above photo, Judy told me her dog, Sita, has cancer and can no longer walk for any extended time.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Guitar Guy


Chris can be seen regularly at public spaces around town, playing his guitar and singing.  This morning he was in front of the Peerless Restaurant, performing a spirited rendition of The Beatles', "Dear Prudence." A carpenter/painter from Northern California, he's lived in Ashland for 5 or 6 years.  Unlike others busking for donations, Chris says his motivation is to share and entertain.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On the Road

The spirit of Jack Kerouac is alive and well with a number of young people today.  Ashland is a popular destination/stop for many of those imbued with the desire to wander and explore.  The laid-back ambience of the town, the setting amidst trees and mountains and the ease in meeting and hanging out with like-minded peers are all attractions.  Spencer, a young man from Washington state, was passing through town on a car-camping trip with two companions.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Total Renovation


My neighbor Ethan has been renovating this house at the corner of Union & Allison for nearly a year.  It has been pretty much a one-man operation, with few subcontractors involved.  He says he's shooting for having it completed by next summer.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Peeking in at Pangea


Pangea is a restaurant in Ashland whose menu consists mainly of salads, soups and wraps - all delicious.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Versa-Style Dance Company


The Versa-Style Dance Company was in town last month for two night's performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show.  Originating out of Los Angeles, they've traveled the world entertaining audiences with their unique brand of hip-hop.  More about them here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Football Then a Parade


The Ashland High School football team improved their record to 6-0 with a hard-fought victory over Crater High on Friday night.  After the game, the Grizzlies lined up in front of the grandstand and acknowledged the support they received from the home crowd.


The following day, Saturday, the 11th edition of the annual Southern Oregon Pride Parade traveled down Main Street, ending with speeches and entertainment at the bandshell in Lithia Park.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A Tale of Two Fountains


The Butler-Perozzi Fountain is located near the sycamore grove and across from the bandshell in Lithia Park.  It was a memorial gift to the park in 1915 by Gwin Butler and Dominic Perozzi.  The fountain was sculpted by Antonio Frilli in Florence, Italy in the early 1900's and completely restored in the 1980's.  It is currently undergoing further repair and restoration.



The drinking fountain on Ashland's downtown Plaza has been there since 1927.  Ashland for a long time was known for its "Lithia Water", which was reputed to have many healthful benefits.  The fountains allow people the opportunity to sample - and if they can get past the mineral-laden taste - drink to their heart's content.  (Converting the fountain to a sprayer is generally frowned upon.)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Man and His Dog

Michael and his dog, Rocky, were hanging out next to Lithia Park yesterday.  Michael grew up in Medford but now lives in central Oregon and occasionally comes back to the Rogue Valley to visit friends.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Haircut



At Modern Barber Shop yesterday.  One of the other customers remarked, "It looks like a Norman Rockwell moment" - which describes what I felt about this scene, too.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AHS Soccer


The Ashland High School soccer team took on Crater High at North Mountain Park this afternoon. Coaches Brad and Abdi are leading the Grizzlies through a very successful campaign this year.  The boys won this match handily 7-0.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Garland Dancers


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival stages a free presentation prior to its evening plays.  It takes place on an outdoor stage adjacent to the indoor theaters.  Called The Green Show, a different group, usually a music or dance ensemble, performs each night.  Yesterday morning this group of lovely ladies, called Wild Rose Garland, was rehearsing for last night's show.  They hail from Portland and feature a colorful and lilting form of traditional English Dancing.   http://wildrosegarland.org

Sunday, October 5, 2014

La Tour Americaine


This couple from France bicycled through town last Memorial Day on tour of the west coast of the U.S. When I met them, they were searching for a welding shop to repair a piece of broken equipment.  I wasn't optimistic they'd find one open on a national holiday.  However,  they e-mailed a couple of months later after they'd returned to France and informed me it'd been taken care of by a truck-stop in nearby Medford.  They also said they were impressed by the county's beauty and the friendliness of the people they'd encountered along the way.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Zombie Walk



It's a little early for Halloween but yesterday an annual event called the "Zombie Walk" took place.  The procession lurched along Main Street from the Library to the Plaza, where they gathered for a group photo.  It's done as a benefit for local food banks and participants bring food items to donate.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Cello Man


Daniel Sperry regularly plays his cello along the main walkway winding through Lithia Park.  His repertoire includes classical music and many of his own compositions, providing a pleasing musical backdrop to the verdant surroundings.  Incidentally, Lithia Park was just named one of 10 Great Public Spaces nationwide by the American Planning Association, whose criteria included "promoting social interaction and a sense of community."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Zeke


After a lengthy hiatus from posting, I'm resuming the blog with this image I took downtown today.  This camouflage-clad doberman, Zeke, and his owner Chris were sitting outside Martolli's Hand-Tossed Pizza.