Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Church BBQ

Matt Southmayd was out early this Sunday morning, barbecuing tri-strip steak outside the Our Shepherd's Way Church on 5th Street.  It was in preparation for a luncheon the parishioners are holding for their longtime pastor, who is retiring.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SOU vs. OIT Basketball

Last night the Southern Oregon University women's team hosted Oregon Institute of Technology in a conference playoff match in Riehm Arena.  The Raiders were favored, having beat OIT twice this season already, but the Owls pulled off an upset 77-74.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Morning Delivery

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moving-In Day

Ashland is largely populated by people who moved here from somewhere else.  I've met a very few who were actually born in this town.  Californians began moving up here in greater numbers after WWII and there seems to be an influx of mid-westeners and east-coasters recently.  As national publications and tv shows keep placing Ashland on "Best Places" lists and retiring baby boomers seek a relatively mild climate and small-town ambience, the trend will only continue.  Here, movers unload a truckload for someone relocating here from Michigan.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Chevy Pickup

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This Old Church/House

This old church in the railroad district is being converted into a single-family residence.  Today, workmen were getting ready to pour a new sidewalk along the front and side of the property.

Monday, February 23, 2015

76 Squeegee Service

Oregon is one of only two states (the other being New Jersey) in the U.S. where it's actually against the law to pump your own fuel at the gas station.  So just like in the olden days, an attendant fills your tank and in some cases, washes your windshield. At our local 76 station on Lithia Way, Vince performs the courtesy with a smile.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Co-Champions Concordia

Visiting Concordia University from Portland beat the host Southern Oregon University Raiders last night in basketball.  With the win, the Cavaliers secured Co-Champion status in the Cascade Collegiate Conference along with College of Idaho and Warner-Pacific.  Despite the loss, SOU still gets to advance to the quarterfinal round of the CCC Championships, starting next Wednesday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Wedding Photographer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Through the Glass Lightly

Last week, a local clothing store opened at a new location on Main & 2nd Streets.  Formerly specializing in men's clothes, owner Chris Lopez has expanded the line to include women's wear as well.  This view of the store's interior was taken from the sidewalk outside and captures the reflection of the Ashland Springs Hotel, located a block away.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring in February

While much of the Midwest and East endures snow, ice and freezing temperatures, southern Oregon is experiencing balmy, spring-like weather.  Today, down at Railroad Park, father and son Phil and Michael Brady were playing a little one-on-one basketball.  Michael said he spent last winter in Boston and has been sending his buddies back there photos of blossoming trees, now sprouting all around town.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fountain Demo

This morning there was a lot of activity in front of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Theatre, next door to the Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Main Street.  Workmen were removing an old, long-standing concrete fountain.  The fountain was is disrepair, no longer functioning and Festival officials wanted to open up the courtyard in front of the theatre for other uses.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Piccadilly Cycles

Piccadilly Cycles opened about a year ago at the corner of 4th and A in the railroad district.  Amiable owners Gus Janeway and Blaine Pickett offer a large selection of traditional and electric bikes, as well as repair service and an assortment of clothing and accessories.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ashland Creek

The creek runs through Lithia Park and directly through the downtown area of Ashland.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Checking Out Books

A few nights ago, this local couple stopped in front of Bloomsbury Books to check out titles on display.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and being a highly traditional kind of husband and no dummy, picked up chocolates and flowers for my lovely wife.  I bought dark chocolate truffles at Branson's Chocolates where the owner, Deena Branson, makes and sells all manner of sugary and non-sugary delights. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Banner Day

The 2015 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens in just over a week.  Today, workmen were hanging festival banners along both Main Street and Lithia Way.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

City Hall Sunrise

At 7 o'clock this morning, downtown Ashland was pretty quiet.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Reflective Poses

Passersby pause in front of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Visitors' Center where posters advertising the upcoming season's plays are displayed.  The festival opens February 20th and runs thru November 1st.  The line-up is not limited to just Shakespeare - a diverse range of plays is offered.
Check out this year's schedule:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Yell Oh Taxi