Posts tagged with "tourism" - Faerye Net 2008-04-05T22:22:45+00:00 Felicity Shoulders One fewer thing of beauty in the world... 2008-04-05T22:22:45+00:00 2008-05-25T19:58:48+00:00 <p>The City Armoury/Man&eacute;ge Militaire in Ville de Qu&eacute;bec <a href="" target="links">has burned down</a>. It had become a museum, and I wished when we drove past it that I had the option of visiting. Now I&#8217;ll never get to do so.</p></p> <p><a href="" title="City Armoury, Ville de Quebec by Eilonwy Anne, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="264" alt="City Armoury, Ville de Quebec" border="0" /></a></p> Ashland Trip Part I: The Setting 2003-07-08T14:21:19+00:00 2008-05-25T19:55:46+00:00 <p>Going on vacation is lovely. Not only is it relaxing, fun, an excuse for spending money, and <em>having to do with smoochies</em>, as Willow might say, but if you&#8217;re <span class="caps">REALLY</span> careful you can parlay it into multiple blog entries, thus fulfilling your entertainment duties for many days with a minimum of the demon Effort. I mean look at this &#8211; telling you I&#8217;m going, that&#8217;s one; road rage haiku, that&#8217;s another&#8230;heaven knows how many blog entries I&#8217;ll get out of this trip before I&#8217;m done ranting!</p> <p>So, for those of you (I like to pretend I have a wide and varied audience) who may not have been to Southern Oregon, Ashland is a small town about 15 miles from the California border. On one end of town is Southern Oregon University, a school with a good arty reputation and, unless I misremember, a good party reputation as well. It used to be &#8220;Southern Oregon Normal School&#8221;, and in the 30&#8217;s, one of its young teacher looked at the ruins of a rural-enrichment theatre and was inspired to build an Elizabethan theatre. The theatre, and the Shakespeare Festival, opened in 1935, boasting the first Elizabethan theatre in North America. The theatre has been rebuilt twice &#8211; once due to fire and once due to fire code &#8211; but the festival has grown steadily. The <a href="" target="links">Oregon Shakespeare Festival</a> now boasts not only the <a href="" target="links">Wooden O</a>, but a large indoor amphitheatre-style stage and a new, very versatile smaller indoor stage.</p> <p>This has made Ashland an odd sort of town. The university is one pole, the theatres the other, and an axis of quaint shops, excellent restaurants, ice cream parlors, and organic juice bars, lies betwixt. Be-dreaded barefoot wanderers squat in front of the Chamber of Commerce with their dogs, as if daring you to question their right to be there; while high school trips of Drama or English students lick snow-cones on the corner, intellectuals trickle in and out of Bloomsbury Books, and families save seats to watch the dancers in the Green Show before the performance. It is a bewitching place &#8211; while the festival has spawned an industry, it is a sort of charming cottage industry &#8211; you get a sort of &#8220;isn&#8217;t it fun?&#8221; vibe off of the locals, rather than a tired &#8220;How-can-I-help-thee&#8221; feeling. The town is about theatre and intellectual play more than about Elizabethan kitsch. And believe me, I know Elizabethan kitsch&#8212;I&#8217;ve been to Stratford-upon-Avon.</p> <p>And at the same time, Ashland is Southern Oregon. Whitewater rafting and snowboarding are other local industries, summers are hot, the green forest rises from sere yellow grass. And Ashland is small. Apparently if you rise early, you may catch a glimpse of a mountain lion padding down the street, seeming to study the wooden dragon puzzles in the window of Ashland Hardwood or chuckle over the horrible taste of the &#8220;healthful&#8221; Lithia Spring Water.</p>