Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Ashland High School alumnus and Kansas City Royal starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was in town yesterday to help kick off a fund-raiser for renovation of the school's football field. Jeremy has pledged $650,000 to the project, which will replace the current grass field with synthetic turf. He addressed a crowd in the Grizzlies' gymnasium and afterwards signed autographs and posed for photos.
Posted by George McKay at 11:25 AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
I originally posted an entry about the guitar man pictured here, Chris, back in October. Then I saw him performing in front of the Peerless Restaurant on 4th St. A few days ago, here he was near Ashland Hardware, playing and singing from his extensive playlist for the pure enjoyment of doing so.
Posted by George McKay at 11:03 AM
Sunday, March 22, 2015
A couple of days ago, a group of activists gathered at the downtown Plaza to voice their concerns regarding geoengineering, pertaining to what they describe as a systematic aerial spraying of toxins into the atmosphere. The Southern Oregon Blue Skies Project headed the local protest in hopes of making more people aware of their message.
Posted by George McKay at 1:40 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015
I encountered these two young guys on Main Street as they were leaving The Music Coop with their latest acquisitions. 33 rpm vinyl records have been making a big comeback, particularly among audiophiles who are able to distinguish the difference in sound quality from other types of recordings. New releases have 33 LP versions and old ones are being reissued - this time made of a higher-quality vinyl than they were back in the day.
Posted by George McKay at 5:23 PM
Friday, March 13, 2015
In the comfy confines of the Bloomsbury Coffee House on the balcony above Bloomsbury Books this afternoon, I met a couple on their first visit to Ashland. Coby and CJ are in southern Oregon to host a class exploring the fusion of yoga and Shamanism called Pura Vidya. They are currently on a tour of the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, presenting Pura Vidya as way to true health, with a holistic approach caring for the body, mind and spirit. Tonight's class is taking place at Soul Shine Yoga & Massage in Medford.
Posted by George McKay at 4:54 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Yesterday, the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market opened for the new season, which will now run until November. Most of the market's usual lineup of vendors were there selling fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and meat. Tobias Hatfield, owner of the Full Circle Bison Ranch, was there selling organic, grass-fed buffalo steaks.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
While much of the rest of the country is still suffering through winter, Ashland is awash with spring blossoms. The days have been sunny and the temperatures edging up into the 70's. Not to dampen the mood, but cooler weather will return and even snow is possible during March and April.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Circlin' Shannon has been in Ashland for a while now, regaling listeners on the street and in local pubs with authentic Irish songs. Originally from Winnemucca, Nevada, he accompanies his singing with numerous musical instruments, including guitar, harmonica, and accordion - an immensely talented guy.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Yesterday was a full calendar for Southern Oregon University sporting events. The rugby teams (both men's and women's) were in action, as well as the women's softball team. Also, a team made up of mostly underclassmen played a baseball game vs. Oregon State.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Jared Rennie, owner and master brewer of Noble Coffee Roasting, was busy this morning preparing the day's offering of fine coffees. Jared and the gang at Noble take coffee-making seriously; their mission: "…sourcing the highest quality coffees from organic farms and cooperatives, roasting them to their highest potential and educating baristas on how to best prepare their coffee".
Posted by George McKay at 2:48 PM