What's Happening in Jacksonville This Week


 January 11 - 17, 2016

 

Segway of Jacksonville - History Tours* Daily 10 am & 2 pm

Art Presence Art Center “Naked Art Exhibit” Fri - Sun 11 – 5

 
Joyfull Yoga – regularly scheduled classes*

 

Monday, January 11
·         Life Drawing Sessions Art Presence 1-3 pm

Wednesday, January 13
·         Wednesday Wine & Dine* South Stage Cellars
       
o   Live Music: Jeff Kloetzel 6-8 pm
        
o   Dinner by C Street Bistro $12 Call 541-899-1920 for reservations
·         Schoolhaus Brewhaus Happy Hour with $5 Doner Kebabs 4-7 pm

Thursday, January 14
·         SOB (Southern Oregon Brewing) Beer Dinner – Schoolhaus Brewhaus 6:30 pm
·         Oysters & Ale (Pelican Brewery) Bella Union Live Music:  David Pinsky &  Broadway Phil

Friday, January 15
·         Live Music Bella Union: David Pinsky & Broadway Phil

Saturday, January 16
·         Live Music Bella Union: David Pinsky & Broadway Phil

*Requires reservations

Upcoming Events: 
·         February 11 – Britt’s Valentine Gala with China Forbes
·         February 27 - Chinese New Year Celebration
·         Starting Feb 27 – South Stage Cellar’s Trip Around The Word
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10 Uniquely Jacksonville Gift Ideas

Finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be challenging.  Here are a few ideas if you want to give a gift that is uniquely Jacksonville.

1.  Pampering:  A gift certificate for some post-holiday pampering at one of our spas or salon is a sure way of being appreciated twice - at the time you present the gift and then again when the gift card is redeemed!  Check out your options at Spa, Angelica Day Spa, and California Street Skin & Nail Studio.

2.  Jacksonville Christmas Ornaments from the Visitor Information Center.  Three different ceramic ornaments featuring historic buildings – Beekman House, Presbyterian Church, and the Courthouse.  $10 each or all three for $25.

3.  Donations – honor a friend or family member with a donation to an organization dedicated to serving Jacksonville.  A couple of ideas -  Jacksonville Boosters Club does many projects like restoring the Britt Gardens, Friends of the J’ville Cemetery is the volunteer group that helps to maintain and restore our beautiful pioneer cemetery.

4.  A Britt Experience:  Tickets to Britt’s Valentine Gala with China Forbes of Pink Martini or a Britt Gift Certificate to be used for tickets during the regular season.

5.  Local Wine – As the heart of the Southern Oregon wine region there are lots of options to select from and you’re sure to find a variety for any palate.  DANCIN has been reaping many awards as has Quady NorthSouth Stage Cellars features wines made from their grapes by other winemakers as well as their own label.  Valley View is the grandfather of the regional vineyards and Caprice is known for its cabernets.

6.  Jacksonville’s History – You will find books on our history at Terra Firma Gifts and Trolley Stop Antiques.  The Visitor Information Center stocks books as well as a DVD on our history.  Or you’re your holiday guests on a Beekman House Holiday Tour the weekend after Christmas.

7.  Gift Baskets or Jerky (Beef, Buffalo, Elk) from Gary West MeatsCelebrating 50 years of producing what has become known as the Rolls Royce of jerky.  They can also create customized gourmet food baskets for many different tastes. 

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8.  Shared Experience – A gift certificate for an experience to be shared.  One options is a Segway rental or tour from Segway of Jacksonville.  For those with a culinary interest a Cooking Class with Cordon Bleu trained chef Constance Jesser at the Jacksonville Mercantile would make an enjoyable evening activity.

9.  Art – The level of artistic talent in this area is continually surprising.  For items created by local artists and artisans check out The Woodcarving Place and Art Presence Art Center.  The diversity of offerings will astound you.

10. Locally Crafted Products – You can also find locally crafted items at a number of stores around town.  Jacksonville Candles at WillowCreek Gifts, Thomas Gregg Fine Jewelry at Carefree Buffalo and Wine Totes at Jacksonville Mercantile, to name just a few. 

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Jacksonville, Oregon celebrates the holidays and our past with Victorian Christmas.  The celebration begins with a Merchant Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 28 and continues weekends from December 5 through December 20, 2015.  Some activities continue the weekend after Christmas - December 27 & 28 to create wonderful memory making activities for when everyone's families and friends are in town for the holidays. 

The town is decorated all in natural greenery with white lights and red bows to evoke Christmases past.  But the activities will keep any of today's visitors entertained. On weekends there are pictures with Father Christmas, strolling carolers in vintage costumes, and hot cider and rides on the Jolly Holly Trolley.



And where better to do your holiday shopping - on the weekends or any day of the week.  Local shops are imbued with holiday cheer and everything you will need to complete your holiday shopping.  Local restaurants and tasting rooms offer special holiday fare.

This year we are introducing the Jolly Holly Trolley!  The trolley will offer on-off service at various locations around town to better enable you to see everything that is going on.  There will be a charge of $1 per person to use the trolley for the entire day. We are saddened to share with you that Tom and Curt, the horses who pulled our wagon rides for years, passed away this year.  We will not be offering wagon rides this year. 

Be sure to make time to tour the Beekman House and check out Mrs. Beekman's Christmas Bazaar.  Tours run every 15 minutes between 11 am & 2:45 pm.  

Located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville, Oregon, house tour admission the first 3 weekends is $5 for adults, $3 for children (6-12) and seniors (65+).  For “Boxing Day” weekend, tour admission is $2 with a canned good donation to ACCESS.  Should you choose to pay regular price, all admission monies collected over $2 will be donated to ACCESS.  Tickets are available at the door.  Bazaar admission is free.  Proceeds help preserve Jacksonville’s historic buildings and expand historic program offerings.

The Victorian Christmas Celebration is coordinated by the  Jacksonville Oregon Chamber of Commerce and Business Association which can be reached by calling 541-899-8118 or emailing  chamber@jacksonvilleoregon.org.

If you are interested in being in the parade please Complete This Form.  If you are interested in being a sponsor or donor for this event please Click Here.

Come join us in historic, charming Jacksonville Oregon to celebrate the holidays the old fashioned way! 

 Victorian Christmas Celebration Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 5
10:00 am - 10:45 am     Victorian Christmas Parade
11:00 am – 4:00 pm       Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm       Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazzar
Noon        – 3:00 pm      Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm      Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence

Sunday, December 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm         Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm        Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazaar
Noon        – 3:00 pm       Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm        Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
10:30 am -  1:30 pm        Krampus Cross - Cyclocross event Bigham Knoll


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Saturday, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm      Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm      Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazaar
Noon        – 3:00 pm     Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm      Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
10:30 am -  1:30 pm     Krampus Cross - Cyclocross event Bigham Knoll
2:00 pm                          Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Chamber Music Concert
                                                    (Historic First Presbyterian Church)
Sunday, December 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm         Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 4:00 pm         Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
11:00 am – 3:00 pm         Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazaar
Noon        – 3:00 pm         Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
1:00 pm -    3:00 pm        Princess Court High Tea - Bigham Knoll    

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Saturday, December 19
1:00 am – 4:00 pm         Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm       Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazaar
Noon         – 3:00 pm     Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm       Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Sunday, December 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm       Father Christmas, Carolers, Jolly Holly Trolley and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm       Beekman House Holiday Tours & Bazaar
Noon        – 4:00 pm      Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm       Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
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Saturday, December 26
11:00 am – 3:00 pm        Beekman House Holiday Tours
11:00 am – 4:00 pm        Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Sunday, December 27
11:00 am – 3:00 pm        Beekman House Holiday Tours
11:00 am – 4:00 pm        Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence

A Big THANK YOU to all of our community sponsors

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Culter Investment                           US Bank            
Ashland Partners                          
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Willow Creek Gifts                             Pot Rack   
Countryhouse Inns Jacksonville       Jacksonville Review
Farmhouse Treasures                      Umpqua Valley Wine Tasting Room
Kerr Consulting                                 Art Presence Art Center
Pico's Worldwide                              Blue Door Garden Store
Linda Kestner                                    Britt Art & Music Festivals
Carefree Buffalo                               The Cotton Broker
Magnolia Inn                                     Joyfull Yoga
PIoneer Financial                             Scheffel's Toy & More
Rays Food Place                            Century Link
Terra Firma                                      Gary West Meats
$150 & Under____________________________________________________________________________
Angelica Day Spa                              The Scoop Shop
Country  Quilts                                  Eleglance Home Decor
Linda & Don Dewald                        The Cheesemonger's Wife 

 

The Wine Enthusiast Awards Four DANCIN Vineyard wines 94 Points

DANCIN Vineyards - Jacksonville, Oregon

DANCIN Vineyards - Jacksonville, Oregon

Congratulations to Jacksonville's  DANCIN Vineyards for being recognized by The Wine Enthusiast magazine for their excellent wines!  
Four of DANCIN Vineyards wines scored 94 points with The Wine Enthusiast.  The wines receiving the designation of "superb" include DANCIN’s 2012 Melodia Pinot Noir, 2012 Trata Pinot Noir, 2013 Chassé Chardonnay and 2013 Capriccio Chardonnay. Results are listed in the August 2015 issue.
The Melodia Pint Noir and the Capriccio Chardonnay are also noted as “Editors’ Choice,” a designation for wines with "unique qualities that merit special attention.” The Trata Pinot Noir and the Chassé Chardonnay are noted as “Cellar Selections,” or wines deemed "highly collectible.”
Two of the 94-point winners, one pinot noir and one chardonnay, were made from DANCIN's estate-grown grapes. The fruit for the other two 94-point wines came from the Willamette Valley. 
The magazine also gave a score of 93 points to DANCIN's 2013 Chaîné Chardonnay 93 points and and “Editors’ Choice” designation. It scored 92 points for the 2012 Septette Pinot Noir, 2013 Chaustinelle Reserve Chardonnay and 2012 Danseur Syrah, and designated the Syrah an “Editors’ Choice.”  The 2012 Pas de Trois Pinot Noir is awarded a 91.
Scores over 90 points bring increased attention at both the national and international levels.  When local wines gain this type of recognition it acknowledges that Southern Oregon  wines can compete at the highest level. 
For the full story go to The Medford Mail Tribune

Heart of Southern Oregon Wine Region

Wine lovers are in for a special treat when they explore Southern Oregon’s burgeoning wine region.  Over 60 wineries with complex micro-climates create a wonderful diversity of varietals.  And Jacksonville is heart and soul of the entire region.

Jacksonville is the official Gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail. Touring the 20 wineries in the breathtaking Applegate Valley is convenient due to their close proximity to each other and to Jacksonville.  They are all within about 25 miles. The Applegate Valley climate is an alternative to Oregon’s cool-climate viticulture and is conducive to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux red varietals. 

South stage cellars tasting room in Jacksonville

South stage cellars tasting room in Jacksonville

You can take just a couple of hours or easily fill several days touring the vineyards and wineries of the Applegate Valley.  These wineries are small and unspoiled so you can enjoy relaxed tasting rooms where you will often find yourself talking to the wine maker in person. 

Vineyards on the outskirts of Jacksonville.  Photo by Wes Neito.

Vineyards on the outskirts of Jacksonville.  Photo by Wes Neito.

Right in town you can experience local and regional wines all within walking distance.  South Stage Cellars is a vineyard-based Tasting Room and Wine Garden that features South Stage Cellars estate label as well as many other wines made exclusively from their Quail Run Vineyards' fruit by other Oregon winemakers.  Quady North is committed to small lot, minimally handled wines that reflect the diverse cool-climate vineyards of the State of Jefferson and are expressions of the climate, soils and people who farm them. The Umpqua Valley Tasting Room is devoted to wines from River’s Edge Winery and Bradley’s Vineyards in Elkton, Oregon.   

And a mile south takes you to DANCIN Vineyards, a collection of three distinctively unique micro-vineyards of Pinot noir and Chardonnay located above the forested foothills.  Great patio areas and tasting room, and great food, too!  A mile east you will find Caprice Vineyards featuring cabernets, chardonnay and viognier.  Weekends in the summer feature local musical entertainment and you might also enjoy the Alpaca’s or products from their wool in the gift shop.

Tank Room at Schmidt Family Vineyards

Tank Room at Schmidt Family Vineyards

Some favorites (in no particular order) are Valley View, Red Lilly (beautiful site and great wines, especially the tempranillo), Troon Vineyards(check out their Chardonnay & a bocce court!), Schmidt Family Vineyards (Craftsman style tasting room and beautiful gardens, love their Riesling and Viognier), Wooldridge Creek (stunning view and lovely zinfandel), and Cowhorn Vineyards and Gardens (biodynamic and certified organic).  Also, check out the twice a year Uncorked events to get a behind the scenes look and taste of what is up and coming!

We are also centrally located for all 68 wineries in the Southern Oregon region.  This region includes the Applegate Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley.  A couple of good source of information for the entire region Southern Oregon Wine Scene and Southern Oregon Winery Association

The Grand Tasting at Oregon Wine Experience in Jacksonville, Oregon

The Grand Tasting at Oregon Wine Experience in Jacksonville, Oregon

For an immersion event you should plan on attending Oregon Wine Experience, formerly known as Southern Oregon’s World of Wine Festival in August, right here in Jacksonville.  Throughout the week yu can participate in sensory classes and winery dinners. End things with the Grand Tasting where you can sample wines and early releases from over 40 regional wineries. 

Sunset Magazine: "Meet the undiscovered wine region of your dreams"

Southern Oregon was one of only three wine regions featured in Sunset magazine's October cover article "The Best of Wine Country".  Sharing space with Napa and Santa Barbara we are now being recognized for our geographic beauty, uncrowded and friendly tasting rooms and, not just the diversity of varietals that thrive here, but the quality of the wine.

Rachel Levin writes:  "Meet the undiscovered wine country of your dreams:  For the wine minded traveler, this destination feels almost utopian.  Here, tasting fees cost less than a latte; hotel rates are actually reasonable; wineries go way beyond water crackers...and unlike any other wine regions in the West- all kinds of grapes thrive."

DANCIN, Quady North and Cowhorn received special recognition along with McCully House Inn and Gogi's restaurant.

The October issue also includes Sunset's Wine Competition Winners.  This competition included nearly 3,000 entrants.  Several Southern Oregon wineries which entered the competition came away with top honors.  

 

The Woodcarving Place

Recall the magical experience of riding on elaborate Merry-Go-Round horses and you may not realize that many were hand-carved.  The Woodcarving Place, 280 East D Street in Jacksonville, is a place where that kind of magic is still made.

Jerry Greer and Sandy Flowers have opened a gallery and shop focused on the art of wood carving. Is is  a gathering place for carvers and other artists to come together, practice their craft, and enjoy the company of others who share the same interest. The woodshop can also do cut outs, special cuts and gluing.

For hands-on experience, they offer a nice selection of classes - from basic wood carving and water color to the more sophisticated carousel animal class. Classes are also offered students over the summer.  Every Thursday KID FUN (Ages 6-10) is offered in the morning and YOUNG ARTISTS (Age 11 up) in the afternoon.

In addition to the shop there is a wood carving history exhibit with interesting information and little known facts, as well as woodcarving related merchandise for sale from local artisans.

The shop and gallery are located at 255 East D Street.  Phone is 541-899-5571


Free Farm Tour Day at Sanctuary One

Jacksonville, OR — Sanctuary One, a care farm in the Applegate Valley, is offering a day of free farm tours, a pumpkin launch, live music and activities for all ages during the first annual Free Farm Tour Day at Sanctuary One. Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm will be open to the public from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

With fun for all ages, Sanctuary One invites the southern Oregon community to visit and celebrate fall. All are welcome to Sanctuary One, located outside of Jacksonville, toward Applegate Lake at 13195 Upper Applegate Road. 

Ongoing Farm Tours will be offered from 10am - 12noon starting every ten minutes with a 60-minute guided walking tour of the farm. Tours include visits to Sanctuary One’s historic barn and cage-free animal cottages, including the new FIV+ cat cottage, the labyrinth, educational, and permaculture gardens and free-range pastures where you can meet and greet the farm animals.

Advance registrations are recommended but not required. Please sign-up on the Sanctuary One website: www.SanctuaryOne.org.

There will be art activities, games–including a pumpkin launch–and a raffle drawing for a one-week stay in Sayulita, Mexico. Mexico trip raffle tickets will be available for $10 each and 100% of the proceeds benefit Sanctuary One’s Animal, Earth and People Care programs.

Live, acoustic music by Greta and Friends is sure to entertain. Hot apple cider and delicious vegan treats by Kat Von Cupcake as well as farm produce and Sanctuary One hats, totes and stickers will be for sale. Don’t miss this last chance for a public farm tour at Sanctuary One in 2015. 

To help reduce the event’s carbon footprint, and manage our limited parking space, we ask that you carpool when possible. Visit our website www.SanctuaryOne.org for details and directions.

About Sanctuary One

Sanctuary One was founded in 2007 to make the world a better place by bringing people, animals and the earth together. Originally established to provide animal rescue and rehabilitation, the organization quickly grew to encompass a threefold mission to be a safe place for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship. In addition to providing a home to 100 rescued farm animals and domestic pets, the Sanctuary provides volunteer and service-learning opportunities for people of all ages, and practices and teaches sustainable farming methods in its permaculture-inspired vegetable and flower gardens. Sanctuary One is a cage-free facility and makes a special effort to rescue special-needs animals including the elderly, disabled, or injured.

For more information or get involved, visit sanctuaryone.org

More Info:
Sanctuary One, 13195 Upper Applegate, Jacksonville, OR 97530

541.899.8627, www.SanctuaryOne.org

Free Farm Tour Day Details:
WHO: All are welcome
WHAT: Free Farm Tour Day
WHERE: Sanctuary One, 13195 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville, OR 97530
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10am -1pm

DETAILS: Free Farm Tours: Meet the animals, see the gardens and get inspired!

Win a One Week Stay in Mexico! Raffle tickets only $10- winner will be announced that day!

Pumpkin Launch Game: Chuck pumpkins with our 6 foot tall catapult; prizes for best aim & distance!

Arts & Crafts activities for children and adults

Live Music Acoustic sounds from Greta and Friends

Treats Enjoy delicious vegan cake pops and cookies by Kat Von Cupcake, hot cider & more!


Fall in Love With Jacksonville

Jacksonville comes alive in the fall with brilliant fall colors, crisp mornings and warm afternoons and an even more relaxed pace of life.  You can take your time lingering over a cup of coffee at one of three coffee houses, sleep in at your choice of inns and then mozy through town at your leisure. 

There are some fun events to plan your visit around - culinary and wine events, some historically focused and others are just for fun.  Here is a list for your consideration:

September____________________________________
Trolley Tours Daily 11 am – 3 pm
“Harvest Time” Exhibit and Elaine Witteeven Retrospective
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Art Presence Art Center Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm

19            Beekman House 1932 Living History Tour
20  Jacksonville Wine Cruise

22 – 27    German Heritage Week & Oktoberfest

October  ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
Trolley Tours Fridays - Mondays 11 am – 3 pm
 Moon Lunacy Exhibit at Art Presence Art Center Fri - Sun 11 am - 5pm

2 – 4                Southern Oregon Music Festival  (formerly known as the Medford Jazz Festival)
3                      Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Fest

9 – 10             Meet The Pioneers
10 & 11          Scarecrow Festival & Haunted Fields at Hanley Farm
18                    Haunted Field at Hanley Farm

29 - 31            Haunted Trolley Tours

November  _______________________________________________________
Fridays – Sundays Small Treasures Exhibit – Art Presence Art Center

  7                    Victorian Holiday Dress Ball
11                    Jacksonville Veteran’s Day Ceremony

22                    Applegate Valley Wine Trail Fall Uncorked

Click here for more activities and events.

Haunted Trolley Tours - Oct. 29, 30 & 31

JACKSONVILLE, ORWhat lurks behind the lace curtains and wooden shutters of Jacksonville’s historic homes? 

Tours are SOLD OUT for all 3 nights.  There may be some availability on a first-come first-served basis the nights of the tours if there are cancellations or no-shows.

Payment can be made at the Visitor Information Center 10 am - 3 pm any day of the week or you can mail checks made out to Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 33, Jacksonville, OR 97530.  Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center at the corner of C Street & North Oregon every 20 minutes between 6:00 - 9:00 pm.  Parking is available in the D Street Parking Lots.

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted Trolley Tours will introduce you to some of the spirits that inhabit familiar Jacksonville structures and share their stories with you.  Hear about the pioneer who helped settle Jacksonville and still keeps on eye on his homestead and the séance that went horribly wrong. 

Tickets are now on sale and cost $10 and advance purchase is recommended as this event sold out last year.  Tickets can be purchased at Jacksonville Visitors Center.  You can reserve  seats by calling 541-899-8118 and then mail your your payment or stop by our office during business hours - 10 am - 3 pm to  make payment and collect your tickets.  They can also be purchased immediately prior to tour time, subject to space availability.  Parents are asked to exercise their own judgment regarding a child’s participation.  

These 30 minute tours feature twelve sites and include additional anecdotes taken from historic annals and local legend.  Tours will depart from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of West C and North Oregon.  Parking is available in lots off of D Street.

“We think the Haunted Trolley Tours are a great way to showcase an unexplored aspect of Jacksonville history and to have some seasonal fun, says Tim Balfour, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Chamber.  The tours are also a fundraiser for the Chamber, with proceeds going towards expanding visitor services and promoting the many attractions that Jacksonville has to offer year round.”

For additional information, contact the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 541-899-8118, or chamber@jacksonvilleoregon.org.

The Oregon Wine Experience - Aug. 18 - 23

Southern Oregon’s World of Wine Festival has a new name for 2015 – The Oregon Wine Experience.  This festival was created 12 years ago to showcase Southern Oregon Winery Association’s product and has grown significantly over the years.

The festival will again be under the Big Tent at Jacksonville’s Bigham Knoll and runs from August 18 - 23.  There are sensory classes for novices and more experienced wine fans during the week, leading up to an fundraising auction/dinner on Saturday and finally the Grand Tasting, which has been moved to Sunday afternoon.

Miracle Auction & Salmon Bake               4:30 – 10:00 pm Saturday, Aug. 22             $200
Grand Tasting                                                    2:00 - 5:00 pm                    Sunday, Aug. 23                $100

Full Schedule & Tickets

Asante Health System’s Foundation is in it’s second year as the primary sponsor and organizer for the event which has become a fundraiser for it’s Children’s Miracle Network.  They have set a goal of $500,000 for this year’s event.

Bigham Knoll is the old Jacksonville school campus and is located at the corner of East E Street & Huener's Lane.

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Oregon

Oregon is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Oregon. Filming is scheduled for September. 

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-old-rust.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.

1932 Living History - Depression Era Jacksonville at the Beekman House

Friendly Docents eagerly await your arrive for Beekman House tours.  

Friendly Docents eagerly await your arrive for Beekman House tours.  

JACKSONVILLE, OR— Time travel to the Great Depression on Saturday, September 19, when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House to life with 1932 Living History Tours at 12 noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm.  The Beekman House is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt is running for President.  Groucho Marx is on the radio.  In Jacksonville, locals are digging up backyards and streets looking for any gold left from the town’s original gold rush.  Hobos go house to house looking for hand outs.  Julia Beekman has passed away, and daughter Carrie is moving to Portland where her brother Ben has lived for the past 40 years. 

Historical interpreters portray Carrie and Ben as they close up the family home, going through years of accumulated belongings.  Relatives and friends join them for reminiscences about life in the late 1800s and observations and comments on current events and a depression era town and nation.

Family patriarch Cornelius Beekman was Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer.  He was banker, investor, entrepreneur and public servant.  The Oregonian named him as one of the 100 most influential people in Oregon during the 100 years following statehood. Beekman built the family home in the early 1870s, and the Beekmans were the only family to occupy it.  The house remains completely furnished with original family furniture and artifacts, a rarity when most historic homes are furnished with “period pieces.” 

Tour admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.  Proceeds benefit Jacksonville historic preservation efforts.  Reservations are not required, but tours are limited to 12 people and are not recommended for children under 10. 

Historic Jacksonville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, brings Jacksonville’s historic buildings to life through programs, events, and activities.  For additional information about the Beekman House Living History tours and other Historic Jacksonville, Inc. activities, contact 541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org, or visit HJI’s website at www.historicjacksonville.org.

Noon, 1:30 and 3pm, at Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House, 470 E. California. 

Admission: $8, adults; $5, seniors/students. 
Contact 541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org for additional information.

Britt Orchestra - Final Weekend of Classic Series

JACKSONVILLE, OR — Music Director Teddy Abrams and the Britt Festival Orchestra will perform their final two concerts Friday August 14 & Saturday August 15.  These concerts are the culmination of Britt’s three-week Classical Festival, which takes place on the former hillside home of Gold Rush-era pioneer Peter Britt, in the historic and scenic town of Jacksonville, located in southern Oregon.  For full program information, tickets and more, visit www.brittfest.org/classical

Friday's Concert:  One of the most-performed composers of his generation, Mason Bates is best known for the expansion of his orchestra to include electronics. He'll join the Britt Orchestra for its performance of his piece Mothership. 

Violinist James Ehnes returns to perform Barber's Violin Concerto. With its lyrical melodies and gorgeous orchestration, this is one of the works that is most responsible for Barber's label of a new Romantic.

Teddy Abrahams

Teddy Abrahams

Friday's Program:
BATES: Mothership
BARBER: Violin Concerto
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Saturday's Concert:  For Closing Night of the 2015 Classical Festival, Teddy Abrams continues the tradition of spotlighting the Britt Orchestra with a night of all-orchestral works. This all-French program is filled with sweeping, programmatic music, beginning with current composer Guillaume Connesson’s Aleph. Composed in 2007, it’s the first part of his Cosmic Trilogy, and this symphonic dance evokes the Big Bang through theatrical, pulsing and melodic music.

Saturday's Program:
CONNESSON: Cosmic Trilogy, Part 1: Aleph
DEBUSSY: Jeux
DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

Tickets are on sale now. For full information about Britt’s 2015 season and membership, visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is now open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday at 216 West Main St. in Medford.

Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit brittfest.org.

Travel Oregon Celebrates the 7 Wonders of Oregon by commissioning Custom Bikes

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, Travel Oregon asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for Crater Lake.

Crater Lake – Photo by Chantal Anderson

Crater Lake – Photo by Chantal Anderson

For a custom bike-builder like Mike DeSalvo, every bike is built for a specific customer. But when it came time to design this bike, he was faced with a unique new challenge. “What if Crater Lake is the customer? What would I want to build for that ride?” He deeply pondered the challenge. “It’s not a ride to see how fast you can get around the lake. What’s been fun is that it allowed me to reflect on Crater Lake, and the things I’d want to do on a bike there, not what a customer is asking for.”

And so he went about designing a bike for Crater Lake. He calls it “a top-notch titanium road bike, with all the bells and whistles” – each of them inspired by the prospect of riding around the lake. Disk brakes for the steep descending, large tires for the sometimes rough pavement. Electronic shifting for precision going up and down, with a wide range of gearing.

And a handlebar bag to carry a pair of binoculars or a good camera. As Mike puts it, “This is one of those rides you don’t want to rush through. Having the time to pull over and enjoy the scenery is one of the most amazing things about Crater Lake.”

He explains that the inspiration extends to the paint job, too. “Visually, the bike is a light shimmery blue – I was trying to capture the blue of the lake. A mural wasn’t going to work here, so I just went with a vibrant blue. I wanted this bike to be as stunning as Crater Lake.”

In the end, Mike has done what he’s best at: he’s built a bike that is a perfect fit for the customer.

You could find and ride this bike! This summer each bike will be hidden at one of the 7 Wonders so that you can find, own and ride a part of Oregon. Starting August 3, we’ll be posting clues here and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #7bikes7wonders. View the full rules and regulations here.

Britt Festival Announces Performance Garden Schedule

Rising Appalachia at Britt Performance Garden July 19

Rising Appalachia at Britt Performance Garden July 19

JACKSONVILLE, OR — The 2015 schedule for Britt’s performance garden includes a variety of musical events, including concerts by local artists, free children’s concerts and several special presentations.

The Performance Garden offers a smaller, more intimate venue, seating up to 150 people. It is located just inside the main gates at the Britt Park. Britt CEO and President Donna Briggs says, “I’d like to thank the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for their ongoing support of the Performance Garden programs that allow us to continue featuring up-and-coming local and regional performing artists at Britt.” 

The 2015 Performance Garden lineup is:
June 4:
       Britt ACEs present Portland Cello Project
July 9:        Rising Appalachia
July 17:       Quadrophonic: Spatial Frontiers – An Evening of Improvised Electronic Music and Moving Images, performed by Control Voltage Therapy (Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard)
August 2:   San Francisco Girls Chorus
August 5:   Classical Festival Children’s Concert – When Giant Babies Attack! (free admission)
August 11:   Classical Festival Children’s Concert featuring Gabriel Globus-Hoenich (free admission)
August 29: Guitar concert with local artists Ed Dunsavage, James Edwards, Michael “Hawkeye Herman,” Mark Nelson, Dirk Price and Grant Ruiz
September 25: Patchy Sanders

In addition to this schedule, the Performance Garden will serve as the setting for the Best of Britt benefit on Thursday, July 2, and the Classical Festival Opening Night Gala Dinner on Friday, August 31. It’s also the site of pre-concert activities including the Table Rock City pre-concert music series, Classical Festival pre-concert conversations and various receptions.  The Performance Garden is also available to rent for weddings and special events. Contact the Britt office for more information.

Tickets for these events are on sale this Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m., along with the full 2015 Britt lineup. For full information about Britt’s 2015 season and membership, visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is now open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday at 216 West Main St. in Medford.

 

Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit brittfest.org.

Time Travel to 1932 via Jacksonville Living History

JACKSONVILLE, OR— Step back in time on Saturday, July 18, when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House to life with Living History Tours at 12 noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm.  The Beekman House is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

It’s 1932.  The country is deep into the Great Depression.  In Jacksonville, locals are digging up backyards and streets looking for any gold left from the town’s original gold rush.  Hobos go house to house looking for hand outs.  Julia Beekman has passed away, and daughter Carrie is moving to Portland where her brother Ben has lived for the past 40 years.  Historical interpreters portray Carrie and Ben as they close up the family home, going through years of accumulated belongings.  Relatives and friends join them for reminiscences about life in the late 1800s and observations and comments on current events and a depression era town and nation.

Family patriarch Cornelius Beekman was Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer.  He was banker, investor, entrepreneur and public servant.  The Oregonian named him as one of the 100 most influential people in Oregon during the 100 years following statehood. Beekman built the family home in the early 1870s, and the Beekmans were the only family to occupy it.  The house remains completely furnished with original family furniture and artifacts, a rarity when most historic homes are furnished with “period pieces.” 

 Tour admission is $10, and proceeds benefit Jacksonville historic preservation efforts. 

Historic Jacksonville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will also offer these 1932 Living History tours on the 3rd Saturday of each month, June through September, as part of its mission to bring Jacksonville’s historic buildings to life through programs, events, and activities.

For additional information about the Beekman House Living History tours and other Historic Jacksonville, Inc. activities, contact 541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org, or visit HJI’s website at www.historicjacksonville.org.

 

 

Victorian Christmas

It is never too early for us to be talking about Christmas in Jacksonville.  That is because we always look forward to showing off our town made even more picturesque for our Victorian Christmas Celebration.  Starting with a Tree Lighting and Community Caroling even the Saturday after Thanksgiving, followed by the festive parade the first Saturday in December we launch into 4 weekends of family friendly fun!

The decorations, horse-drawn wagon rides, Father Christmas and other special events do come at a cost. So if you enjoy the lights and atmosphere each year during Victorian Christmas, then we hope you can find your way to donate something to keep this tradition going.  

We have individual donation forms and if you have a business and would like it to be recognized as a part of Victorian Christmas, check out our business donation form as well.

Thank you for your support or Jacksonville.