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Unveiling of New Mural By Denise Baster in Ashland on Sunday!

You are invited to attend a city wide celebration and unveiling of a recently completed mural, Seasons of Gratitude by Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center, located at the Emergency Food Bank on 560 Clover Lane in Ashland. If you are in or around Ashland this Sunday, August 3rd at 3pm, stop by to celebrate the new and largest piece in the City of Ashland’s Public Art Collection.
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Thank you to our event sponsors:  Caldera Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Winery, Green Springs Inn and Cabins, Maren Faye Catering, and Komac (music).

Catching up with Cody Stover, Former Britt Intern

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We encourage our former interns to share their discoveries as they venture forward, building interesting lives.

In these brief interviews, they explore how contributing as a Britt Intern has formed them as individuals.

Cody Stover was a Britt Intern during 2012, focusing on video marketing but let’s hear him speak in his own words:

“Two years following my internship, I look back and realize how incredibly valuable my summer on the Britt Hill was for my development. Starting my internship, I was not sure of my own career plans but after working for ten weeks in the Britt non-profit environment, I began to find my path.”

“Last winter, I traveled with Enactus, a non-profit organization, to Nicaragua to build houses, set-up a waste management system, and interview candidates for micro-loans. My experience with Britt led to my work with Enactus. I’ve discovered that I’d prefer working for a non-profit with humanistic goals and not just an interest in profit.”

“While at Britt, I produced the 50th Season Story Series, an interview series focused on telling the stories of long-time Britt patrons and musicians. This experience sparked my interest in journalistic documentary-style videography, and so this past summer I traveled to Alba, Italy where I lived with a host family and filmed a video documentary commemorating the cities’ 50-year sister city relationship. I was able to interview and network with people involved in the history of the sister city program, while gaining valuable global perspectives. I also became interested in the wine industry while in Italy.”

“Even though my internship was 2 years ago, Britt staff assisted me in securing a wine marketing internship with Kriselle Cellars. Britt Festivals does not simply make short-term investments but establishes long-term partnerships with their interns, helping them transition successfully from college to career. Britt Festivals has changed my life and better prepared me for my future, and hey….. working to the music of a starlit symphony on the Britt hill on a Southern Oregon summer night? That ain’t so bad either. “

Jacksonville Elementary performs The Jungle Book

On June 5, Jacksonville Elementary students presented their annual school musical on the Britt hill. This year’s production was Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The whole school is involved in the production, from performing to costumes to set design to running the box office. The students gave a matinee performance for students all over the valley, and an evening performance that was open to the public.

Take a look at these great performers, with their creative costumes and set design!

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2014 Fine Arts Poster Reception

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The new Britt Festivals’ Poster for the 2014 Season was unveiled on Monday, June 2 at a reception on the hill. Jerry Simon, the artist, described his inspiration for the design to an attentive audience. 

Simon explained: “It is a Festival of so many interesting kinds of music and is depicted through the musicians in the center of the poster and the musical instruments that break out at the edges. The color is rich and vibrant and the players are passionate about the performance. In the central focus is the banjo, an instrument strongly associated with America’s past through folklore and the rural working class. But everyone, in each style, in their own way, is making beautiful music.”

The poster is now on sale at the Britt offices in Medford: $35 for a signed poster and $20 for an unsigned version.

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Then students acted out scenes from the upcoming musical to a delighted audience.  Wendy Stanek directs the play, and her students sang “Bare Necessities,” and “I Want to Be Like You.”  Tickets are still available at the door only at $3 per person or $8 per family.  

Ray Robison Recalls a Memorable Night at Britt

robison3.jpgRecently, we asked our Facebook friends to remember a special night at Britt, that might have included, for example, falling in love, dancing on stage, connecting with old friends, or something else.  We were moved in particular by Ray Robison’s answer and thought we’d post it here to honor his contribution.  What follows is in Ray’s own words and images.

“Proudly framed and hanging on our wall for 13 years are our ticket stubs from the Kenny Loggins concert, a photo of us taken beforehand and an autographed guitar pick. It was a fabulous concert! Kenny and his band were incredible! We were right up front standing less than 10 feet from Kenny. At the end of the final song he flicks his pick out into the crowd. My wife and I both see it fly and land close to us. Apparently no one else saw it. My wife slowly bends down and grabs it as the audience continues to applaud begging for more. After the concert we go to the backstage entrance. Kenny comes out and holding my wife’s hand as she holds the pick he autographs it. So gracious. A special night indeed.”

Catching Up with Teena Estep, Britt Volunteer

This is my second year volunteering at Britt and I love it. Interacting with people from our community is a highlight to my summer.  I enjoy assisting as a ticket taker, merchandiser, hill usher, and cushion renter.

My focus in life is helping other people.  I work  with wonderful individuals, some of whom are disabled or deaf.  Sign language is an amazing language and I find Deaf Culture fascinating. 

I love that Britt offers such an array of artists.  My favorite is country, but experiencing Britt has opened me up to all kinds of music.

Volunteers really complement patrons’ Britt experience. While we help others follow safety and other guidelines, we also enhance the evening with kindness, smiles, and servants’ hearts.

Being a volunteer is a privilege. We can effect the mood of the performance by smiling and assisting in kind courteous ways. We are there to prevent problems and our attitudes can change a bad situation to no problem at all. Our job is to help everyone enjoy Britt to the fullest.

 

Gabriella Mingoia, Former Britt Intern

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Catching up with Gabriella Mingoia

We like to check in with our former interns to discover what new adventures they’re having and how being a Britt Intern contributed to their career goals. Gabriella was a Development Intern during 2013.

Education Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Since graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2013, I have been working as an Education Fellow at the award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The fellowship is an 11-month program consisting of 16 professionals working in either the production or artistic side of the theatre. My fellowship at Berkeley Rep has been extremely valuable and I can’t begin to describe how much I’ve learned in the past 6 months. I work on behalf of the School of Theatre’s Teen Council program, an umbrella program for a variety of events/classes for Bay Area High School students. I function as an administrator, a marketing associate, a producer, and an educator. The most exciting aspect of my job is that I make sure that San Francisco Bay Area teens have access to theatre. I’ve learned directly from mentoring a teen, how important it is for the arts and the community to intersect. Working with teenagers has taught me how impactful community engagement really is.

My Future Goals

After my fellowship, I hope to continue to work in the Bay Area. I’m interested in producing community engagement projects that bring together a myriad of arts organizations and the communities they serve. In the future, I hope to get my MFA in Theatre Criticism. But honestly, my plans seems to change every day!  

How the Britt Internship Help Me Grow

I don’t think that I would be a fellow at Berkeley Rep if I hadn’t done my Britt Festivals internship. My mentors at Britt believed in my career goals and pushed me to pursue them. The skills I learned at the Britt were really applicable to my fellowship at Berkeley Rep. I still apply what I’ve learned to the daily tasks of the fellowship. It really prepared me administratively.

2014 Season Announcement Party Rocks!

Britt announced its 2014 line up of artists this Wednesday to a packed house of excited Britt Festival subscribers, TV reporters, and local businesses.  Donna Briggs, Britt Festival’s President and CEO, presented the artists creatively, offering patrons the opportunity to guess the band from the song, played with gusto by the Matt Hill Trio.  (All photos were taken by Vicki Rosette).

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The stage was absolutely packed with Britt Festival patrons who were wined and dined with a delightful display of local wines and beers and gourmet pizza.  People reconnected, toasted to the upcoming season, and discovered new artists as video played of the headliners gracing our stage this season.

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Britt staff member Bow Seltzer (left) and Britt Board member Jim Earley reconnect.

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Ken and Linda Reeder look forward to hearing the Season Announcement.

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The Matt Hill Trio plays “Kokomo,” while guests play “Guess that Artist,” to win Britt-focused prizes!

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Paula and Terry Erdmann enjoy local wines.

Performance Garden Update

Progress is being made on Britt’s new Performance Garden—a unique concert venue that will create an intimate setting for approximately 150 people and capture the natural splendor of Britt. From these photos, you can really start to visualize what the final project will look like. This photo is taken from Gate 1. All that dirt and gravel will eventually be pavers.

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The concrete pad in the forefront will be concessions for the Performance Garden.

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President & CEO, Donna Briggs points out the tiered seating area.

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View from new seating area of where the stage will be.

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New improved and lighted stairs from the lower restrooms.

 

 

Construction is underway

Ground has been broken on our new Performance Garden project! The construction project also includes improved accessibility to the park, and part of that means moving the Volunteer Center, which was previously located directly across from the main entrance on First Street. Last weekend, volunteers gathered on a sunny Saturday to help dismantle the existing Volunteer Center and move the pieces across the street, where it will be reassembled in an area naer the Box Office, and expanded to include a public restroom.

All photos by Vicki Rosette.

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Looking down at the site of the future Performance Garden.

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Looking down from the main entrance to the Britt park.

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Volunteers dismantle the Volunteer Center.

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Looking at the construction site from the Box Office.

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Volunteers doing some heavy lifting.

 

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The new site of the Volunteer Center in the foreground, with the old location in the background.