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America’s first Elizabethan theatre is in the heart of Ashland Oregon.

Antony and Cleopatra were pretty much the Brangelina of ancient times, only a whole lot more dramatic.

In this tragedy—written by none other than Shakespeare himself around 1608—Mark Antony (no, not that Marc Anthony) and Cleopatra fall in love. Simple enough, right?  Wrong.  These two aren’t your average star-crossed lovers. Oh no. They both rule over two of the most important empires in history: Rome and Ancient Egypt.

The play opens in Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt. But as the story continues, Antony’s political and social duties take the action to Rome, Syria, Actium, Parthia (modern-day Iraq), Athens, and various military camps throughout Egypt. The thing is, Antony and Cleopatra aren’t very good at the whole despot-jetsetter lifestyle and are constantly put in locations and situations where they question each other’s loyalty and love.

We won’t give away too much, but the fact that this is a tragedy should tell you a lot about how the play ends. The ending serves as yet another example of how passion mingled with power, treachery, and misunderstanding can lead to a tragic end. We see this time and again in Shakespeare’s great works.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in full swing! As the summer continues on, don’t miss your chance to see a world renown theatrical performance; one of Shakespeare’s wonderful plays: Antony and Cleopatra. Being America’s first Elizabethan Theatre, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre is the perfect venue to share a laugh, feel your heart beat, and be entertained by a world class enactment of a fabled tale depicting the fateful journey of love as it is bestowed upon the Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra.

A Love That Changed History

One fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. His devotion to desire rather than duty is the beginning of a downward spiral for him, the Republic and Cleopatra, the last in her bloodline. Shakespeare’s tragedy presents history as a breathtaking pageant full of passion, intrigue, exotic locales and the larger-than-life characters that brought about the death of an Egyptian dynasty and the birth of the Roman Empire.

Run Time: Three hours and six minutes, including one intermission.

Strobe lights, theatrical fog and haze, e-cigarettes and the sound of gunshots will be used in this production.

Purchase Tickets for Antony and Cleopatra at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website.

Read Reviews for Antony and Cleopatra at the Ashland Shakespeare Review Website.

Mt_AshlandAs of December 19, 2014 Mt. Ashland is officially open to the public. The mountain has a base depth of 16-28”. Currently, the mountain is limited to the Sonnet and Comer lifts only. In addition to the lifts, a few features are open in Sonnet Terrain Park. For a limited time lift tickets are only $7.00. To obtain further details on mountain activity and information check out Mt Ashland’s home page.

As a proud partner of Mt. Ashland, the Stratford Inn is happy to announce the offering of discounted room rates to Mt. Ashland patrons. In addition to the discounted rate, guests will receive a coupon for $7.00 off any lift ticket. As always, the Stratford Inn offers a heated saline indoor pool and spa, on site cafe (Boulevard Cafe), free wifi, free parking, cable television, and access to a 24 hour gym. Call today to book a reservation.

Ashland Culinary Festival

Ashland Food FestivalCelebrating Southern Oregon’s food, drink, talent and creativity, the Ashland Culinary Festival is a three-day event that enables locals, travelers and tourists alike to delve into Ashland’s rich culinary scene.

This year, the event includes a new and improved “Chef Showdown Competition” in which the 12 local chefs competing present their culinary wares in a battle for the coveted Top Chef prize. Larks Restaurant will defend Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine’s title, sending Top Chef 2013 winner Franco Console to the competition for the second year in a row.

The 11 other chefs competing this year are Billy Buscher from Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, Stefano Cipollone from Belle Fiore Winery, Noah Edwards from Smithfields, Skye Elder from Brickroom, Dustin Farley from Porters, Dale Fowler from Regency Grill, Anna Hogan from Salame, Dawn Strickmeyer from Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Will Shine from Martino’s Ristorante, Jasmine Turk-Bly from Ashland Creek Inn and James Williams from Omar’s Fresh Seafood & Steaks.

The first day of the festival – Friday – will consist of a “Meet the Chefs Culinary Kick-off” that includes food preparation demonstrations, food and wine sampling, live entertainment and many other engaging activities. The samplings typically come from local food artisans and vintners.

The festival will also host a number of culinary workshops on the Saturday and Sunday of the competition. Up for grabs during these workshops are lodging packages, wine tours of the Rogue Valley’s vibrant winery landscape.

For more information about the festival and other events happening in Ashland and the whole of the Southern Oregon region, visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website:

The Ashland Culinary Festival also boasts its own Facebook page, featuring photos, upcoming events and general information surrounding the celebrations:


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pumpkinsHalloween is around the corner, and you may find yourself wondering what fun things are happening around town. Starting at 2:30, the Ashland Public Library will be hosting Halloween Story Time so bring your kids and enjoy some spooky tales! From there, you can head outside where the Halloween Parade will be congregating at 3:15 before making their way down Main Street to the Plaza. Different vendors in the downtown will be hosting various events from Halloween photography to Face Painting and the celebrations will also include live music. Whether you take part in the parade or just come out to listen to the live music and eat treats, there is sure to be something for everyone! For more information check out the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website at

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