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2018 Britt Orchestra Season highlights Bernstein, brings bassist Edgar Meyer and other artists
Britt Music & Arts Festival and Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams announce the 2018 Britt Orchestra Season, which will run from July 25 through August 11, 2018. For the second year in a row, Britt has lowered ticket prices for the Orchestra, […]
Do residents of Southern Oregon worry about climate change, and if so, what are their chief concerns?
An exhibit and documentary at the Jacksonville Public Library running January 9 – 31, 2018 attempts to answer those questions. In the display, more than 60 people, ranging in age from middle-schoolers to seniors voice their responses to our […]
The 2018 Windows in Time lecture series begins its 10th year of making local history come alive! During this time these popular monthly talks, co-sponsored by the Jackson County Library Services and Southern Oregon Historical Society, have provided a pathway into a world that otherwise might well have been forgotten. “There’s no better way to […]
We all love David Gordon! Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Review had already gone to press when the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce learned that David had to cancel his “Pioneer Christmas” performances due to personal reasons. David’s “Pioneer Christmas” performances on December 26, 27, and 28 that are listed in the Chamber’s Victorian Christmas schedule on page […]
Rogue Disposal & Recycling offers new opportunities for local recycling
MEDFORD, OR — In response to the recycling crisis brought on by China’s crackdown on imported recyclable materials from the US, Rogue Disposal & Recycling is offering local residents an opportunity to recycle a limited list of materials at public drop-off points. “We have found that […]
Sensational Seniors – December 2017/January 2018
This December “Sensational Seniors” article features well-known and involved former Jacksonville citizen, Carl Nelson, whose 36-year career with Hughes Aircraft is a story in of itself. First, however, it is important to start at the beginning, and in Carl’s case this begins on October 22, 1928 in the remote farming […]
This fall and winter, before lighting your fireplace or wood stove, have it inspected and/or cleaned. Inspections should also include the chimney and flues, due to a possible buildup of dangerous creosote. Please also remember that wood logs and wood of any kind should never be burned in a gas-log fireplace.
Brick chimneys also require inspections […]
In her Preface to Color Historic Jacksonville, local artist Anne Brooke says, “Living in Jacksonville for 24 years gives me a special vision of the many facets of this historic community. Driving into town, a traffic sign reduces your speed from 45 mph to 25. You see the town in the distance as you put […]
When Historic Jacksonville, Inc. opens the historic Beekman Bank Museum for “Behind the Counter” tours during Jacksonville’s Victorian Christmas celebration over the first three weekends in December, they will also be sharing an early Christmas present with the public. The Southern Oregon Historical Society is returning many of the original books that lined the bank’s […]
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. In 2016, 178 CASA volunteers served as the voice for 628 children in situations of abuse and neglect in Jackson County. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers […]
Visitors and locals are invited to stop in to GoodBean Coffee and admire the selection of artwork hanging for their 5th-annual “Angel Art Show.”
Inspired by co-owner Mary Kell’s love of angels, the show features heart-warming, angel-themed art in a variety of media. With its historic charm, the interior brick and wood walls of Good Bean […]
On 11/22/17, Quady North’s “Steelhead Run” Viognier was named to the Wine Enthusiast’s List of Top 100 Wines of 2017, at #62. This year the staff at the Enthusiast made their selections from over 23,000 wines from 17 countries, narrowing the list down to the best of the best wines tasted. Only 7 wines from […]
By Tim Balfour, Executive Director, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
During Victorian Christmas, the Jolly Holly Trolley will be providing entertainment for families while they make memories in Jacksonville. In the driver’s seat will be Brian Roberts.
Many of you have enjoyed a narrated trolley tour with Brian over the past three years. Brian joined our team as […]
2017 Regular Weekend Activities, December 2&3, 9&10, 16&17, and 23:
- 11:00am-4:00pm – Father Christmas, Carolers, Town Crier, Cider, Jolly Holly Trolley Stop & Shop Excursions
- 11:00am-3:00pm – Beekman House Holiday Tours, Beekman Bank Tours (not on December 23rd), St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
- 11:00am-5:00pm – Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence Art Center
Experience a Victorian Christmas this 2017 holiday season at the historic Beekman House, located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. This 1873 residence, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest pioneer family, is decorated for a 19th Century Christmas celebration, and you’re invited to visit. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 2, 3, 9, […]
The Journey: An escape from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII by Antonius Laenen was released on November 7, 2017
Think about traveling to the Middle East or Africa for a vacation and then having a war break out around you. Why did you go there in the first place? Now, how will you get back to the […]
Every year, dozens of caring businesses in Jackson County participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Drive program to brighten the lives of families here in the Rogue Valley. This year, more Rogue Valley businesses will participate in the program, collecting toys for 3000 Jackson County kids age 12 and under!
Thanks to your generosity, […]
Where can you find autumn, Christmas, jazz and patriotism combined? At the winter concert of Voices of the Applegate, of course! Hope Harrison, our energetic and exciting director, has put together an amazing collection of both the stirring and the soothing. From “I’ll be Seeing You” to “Autumn,” to the fanciful “Dance of the Sugar […]
Soroptimist International of Medford – Holiday Home Tour is December 3, 2017
Just a reminder for everyone’s Holiday Calendar! SI Medford is presenting their 26th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 3rd, from 11am to 4pm.
Four beautifully decorated homes are on the Tour and Essentials Home Décor will be open during the tour.
Tickets are a […]
Dan Bish struggles with what trees or native plants to stock and recommend in his Talent nursery business as summers get hotter. For farmworkers Maricela Ruelas and Juan Escareño, smoke has become a seasonal ordeal as they toil in the fields.
They are among a dozen Rogue Valley citizens who voice their concerns about climate change […]
What started out as a dream became reality this week as the Holmes Park House for Hospice Campaign raised more than $3 million of its $4 million fundraising goal. The Holmes Park House will be the first residential care facility in Southern Oregon to specialize in caring for hospice patients and their loved ones, providing […]
November 1, 2017, Grants Pass, OR: The historic Troon Vineyard in Oregon’s Applegate Valley has been acquired by Dr. Bryan and Denise White of Arlington, Texas. The Whites have also purchased the vineyard adjacent to Troon, which is now known as White Family Vineyard. The Whites will be combining the two properties as they convert […]
The Rogue Valley boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Pacific Northwest. With the region’s rolling mountains, sophisticated vineyards, vast forest and world-famous rivers, few places can rival its scenic beauty. It’s no surprise that with all its amazing attributes, the Rogue Valley has quickly become a sought-after location for those looking for […]
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are now available in Jacksonville. Suzanne Sky, L.Ac., MTOM is expanding her Ashland-based practice to offer her services several days a week at Jacksonville Chinese Medicine, located at 235 W. Main Street. Voted one of Ashland’s “Best Acupuncturists” since 2004, Suzanne has been a practitioner of Chinese medicine since 1989.
Suzanne integrates […]
Although the holidays may seem far off, it’s not too early to think about holiday decorations for your home or business. The Jacksonville Garden Club is now taking pre-paid orders for beautiful holiday wreaths, table arrangements, and baskets in a variety of sizes. In late November, Jacksonville Garden Club members will be busy applying their […]
The community is invited to enjoy another amazing display of paintings created by two of Jacksonville’s most-renowned and loved artists—Steve and Sue Bennett.
The show, taking place at the South Stage Cellars tasting room at 125 S. 3rd Street, also offers an opportunity to take in some of Southern Oregon’s finest wines and music! Running from […]
Breaking a long-time tradition since 1948, the Jacksonville Lions Club installed Jacksonville resident Jo Smith as their newest club member. According to club President Bill Hanlan, “It’s about time!”
Jo has long been a “Lion at Heart” volunteering at the Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center for 6 years as chairperson of the annual “Bling […]
One of Jacksonville’s time-honored traditions is the upcoming Victorian Christmas celebration, running from the parade on December 2nd to December 23rd.
During the festivities, locals and visitors in the historic downtown core are treated to the voices of Christmas and holiday carols, presented by an all-volunteer group of local singers.
This year, caroling group leader Jake Hershey […]
Travel expert, Anne McAlpin suggested the original idea for a “pay-it-forward” scarf donation program. The program has been a huge success with more than 550 new and gently-used scarves being donated to the Scarves-for-Seniors program the past 3 years.
Jo Parker, owner of WillowCreek, says, “Our customers are amazing—because of their generosity, WillowCreek was able to […]
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Belles & Beaus Old West/Victorian Society will hold their Third Annual Ball in the US Hotel Ballroom in downtown Jacksonville. This year, the theme is “Dance Through the Decades.” Although attendees are requested to wear period dress from the 1850’s, formal or semi-formal attire is perfectly acceptable!
An hors d’oeuvres […]
The 11th-Annual Ashland Culinary Festival is November 2nd-5th, 2017. A four-day destination culinary event that showcases Ashland’s award-winning culinary scene along with amazing chefs, wineries, breweries, spirits and food artisans from the region.
The weekend kicks-off with a Top Chef dinner where each course is prepared by a talented, past Top Chef of the Festival. Friday, […]
This summer’s fires that required evacuations so close to home are a stark reminder of our vulnerability here in Southern Oregon. With fires still smoldering into fall and anticipation of winter weather, this is time to check our plans for evacuation and sheltering in place. Even those of us who are tuned into Disaster Planning […]
GOLD HILL, OR – 10/6/2017 – Early fall is the perfect time for exploring in the Pacific Northwest and that is exactly what Del Rio Vineyard Estate invites you to do with the release of the newly refreshed Rock Point brand.
Created in 2008, Rock Point consists of four wines: 2016 Pinot Noir, 2016 Pinot Gris, […]
Architects of all ages are invited to create imaginative wonders and fantastical objects using gingerbread and other edible materials for this year’s GingerBread Jubilee, a benefit for the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford. The contest is open to interested bakers of all ages and skill levels — individuals […]
The students of Jacksonville Elementary School ran hard on September 29th for the Jog-a-thon! We would love your support! The Jog-a-thon is the main fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The Jacksonville PTO raises and administers funds in order to provide additional educational benefits to all students. The PTO sponsors and promotes events such as the Harvest Carnival, […]
This September, the Jackson County Windermere Real Estate offices will spend a month making sure local children are kept warm. Starting September 25, the public will be able to make donations of new or gently-used child-sized coats to multiple drop-off locations. Windermere brokers, staff and owners will pick up the donations, take them to the […]
We want to thank everyone who supported the Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club’s recent Salmon Bake. As a result of your efforts, we raised over $10,000 to support Rotary’s clean water efforts. We recently completed a well for Maasai people in Tanzania, and next year, our club will be providing in-home water filters for villagers in Cabo […]
The Jacksonville Lions Club is seeking new members from the surrounding community—both men and women. The local club is a member of the Lions Club International, founded in 1917.
Since its formation in the Jacksonville area, the local club has become well-known for many of its community-minded, hands-on projects. The club currently meets on the 1st […]
MEDFORD, OR — Despite a smoky wildfire season and a power outage, the 2017 Britt Season received abundant support from the community, with steady ticket sales, growing membership, and new, beneficial business partnerships. Britt will continue to build on this momentum in 2018.
“Britt’s new, updated food concessions were a big hit this year!” according to […]
MEDFORD—2Hawk Vineyard & Winery will be releasing a new wine and donating more than 50% of the proceeds to a fund to support first responder organizations in Jackson County this month. The wine—a red blend named 9-1-1—will be released September 27 at a party from 4 to 7 pm in honor of National First Responders […]
PORTLAND, OR – September 2017 – Two team members from Pioneer Village will be honored at the Oregon Health Care Association awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place on September 19th at the Oregon Convention Center during the Oregon Health Care Association’s annual convention. Beondi Hewson has won the “Above and Beyond Service Award” and […]
Medford, OR – Britt Music & Arts Festival has recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for Britt’s reserved seating replacement and expansion project. These funds will be used to replace deteriorating 30-year-old benches with newer hardwood benches designed to last for 40 years, while also expanding the current […]
Sensational Seniors – September 2017
The first 30 minutes of my interview with Mac and Peggy Peffley was spent touring their expansive Singler Lane home to see their extensive eclectic art and southwestern pottery collection, which reflects their world travels and experiences. Then it was time to get busy with the life stories of two more […]
The 2017 Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival is Saturday, September 23, 1-5pm, at Pear Blossom Park, Medford.
In Southern Oregon, the famed Rogue River historically hosted massive runs of both chinook (king) and coho (silver) salmon. This makes Medford the perfect place for the unique, family-friendly Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival, which celebrates the mouth-watering sapidity […]
Britt Education residency program presents West Coast premiere of wheelchair dance performance “DESCENT”
Medford, OR – Britt Education & Engagement will be hosting the project-based collective Kinetic Light for a five-day in-school residency at Crater Renaissance Academy culminating in the West Coast premiere of their wheelchair-based dance piece “DESCENT”, September 25 – 29, 2017.
Performed on an […]
Come visit the mansion of Harry Holmes, co-founder of Harry & David. You will learn how Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice (SOFOH) is repurposing this historic home into a 12-bed residence providing dignified end-of-life care for Rogue Valley hospice patients and their loved ones as Southern Oregon’s first home for hospice care. Tours hosted by […]
The Rogue Valley Symphony invites Rogue Valley residents to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a concert of Mozart and Mahler. Distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and the orchestra will present Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Concerts will be on Friday, September 15 at 7:30pm in the SOU Music […]
JACKSONVILLE, OR—The 19th Century Industrial Revolution changed the Victorian World! New inventions impacted virtually every aspect of life—manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, communication, culture, society, and more. Technology transformed society—work, chores, fashion, relationships, leisure, sports, etc. Learn how the Industrial Revolution impacted Jacksonville in the late 1800s when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (HJI) hosts “Victorian New-Fangled Inventions” from […]
The Jacksonville Garden Club (JGC) has been one of the gems of civic involvement in Jacksonville for over 75 years. The Club is always seeking new members, both women and men, to get involved in a variety of interesting activities during its season, which runs from September to June. Meetings are held on the third […]
Jacksonville Friends of the Library will sponsor a fall book sale during Jacksonville’s City-Wide Yard Sale on Friday & Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017. Friday hours will be 9:00-10:00am for the members pre-sale—doors open to the public from 10:00am-4:00pm. On Saturday, sale hours will be from 10:00am- 4:00pm, with the “$5 for a bag […]