Monday, October 20, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 12:09 PM
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 1:24 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 4:46 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 11:33 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 10:49 PM
Friday, October 10, 2014
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.)
Posted by George McKay at 6:02 PM
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
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
Posted by George McKay at 10:39 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 10:23 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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.
Posted by George McKay at 10:28 AM
Friday, October 3, 2014
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."
Posted by George McKay at 11:02 AM