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Steve & Sue Bennett Show at South Stage Cellars

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

Please join us at South Stage Cellars as we celebrate the creativity of artists

Steve Bennett & Sue Bennett

with works in

Oil * Pastel * Watercolor

Reception: Saturday, September 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of ART * WINE * MUSIC

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who paints to express beauty. “My intent is to capture the heart of the subject and I get completely caught up in it.” Sue taught art for many years in classes and workshops in several states and Canada. Her paintings have been included in over 45 exhibits around the nation. She works most frequently in transparent watercolor, however she also enjoys opaque watermedia and pastel and has recently returned to oils.

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett



Steve Bennett started painting and drawing when he was in kindergarten. He quit art that same year. He did enjoy art via the view finder of his camera.After many years of photography, Sue encouraged him to join her in painting. He took the chance. Steve enjoys drawing and painting outdoors subject matter the best. He mostly paints with pastels and watercolor. “It is fun to have a new area of life unfold for me each day.” When Steve is not painting, Sue and Steve have an art seminar business that takes them and other artists to many beautiful places in the world to paint, and photograph.

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

“Art has kept me enthralled for 40 years. I studied for 10 years in college classes and national workshops. Drawing led to basic design, which led to oil painting, which led to printmaking, which led to watercolor, and back to oil. Along the way I taught classes and organized workshops across the U.S. and Europe for 25 years; art opened up the world for me. My paintings are portrayed with simplicity of shape and rich color. I get very involved with the medium, and paint to express beauty, mood and heart—to take the viewer to a place of refreshment. I am emotionally caught up from start to finish and like it best when I am slightly surprised by the end result.” ~ Sue Bennett

See more of this talented couple’s work at their website, Oregon Street Gallery, and find all their links and contact information in Sue’s listing at

Show runs from September 20 to October 29


125 S 3rd Street, Jacksonville
Artists: 541-899-1179 
While you are in Jacksonville, see more of Sue Bennett’s paintings in the Naverson Room of the Jacksonville Library! This show begins September 17 and runs through December 17.

SOAR Welcomes Wendy Gell!

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is excited to announce Wendy Gell as our newest member! You can find her listing, which includes a full set of web links, social media sites and contact information, on this page, among others.

Through the 70s and into the 80s, Wendy Gell’s designs appeared on the cover of Vogue and in thousands of editorials in magazines all over the world. Wendy created sequined Disney characters, jeweled Roger Rabbits and his friends, Wizard of Oz jewelry, and masks from The Phantom of the Opera. She designed special pieces for Bill Blass, Oscar de laRenta, and Louis Dell’Olio. Her company specialized in a “different” look that is very whimsical and unique. Wendy’s large “wristy” cuff bracelets became famous. Her worldwide client list includes celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossilini, and Cher. Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John , Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and Princess Diana.

Now Wendy is back, designing not only jewelry but paintings and various gifts as well. She creatively adorns mirrors, dolls, goblets and more with the same jewel-encrusted pop art style that has made her jewelry such a fashion sensation. Below are the announcements from Wendy’s most recent newsletter, and the many jewelry pieces commissioned by fans as gifts for Judy Collins tell us that her days of a star-studded following are anything but over!

If you would like to subscribe to her newsletter, please visit the online version and click the Subscribe button in the top left corner. Wendy is in the process of redesigning her website. To see more of her available works, check out the Under Construction page she has up to hide the dust with her beautiful creations.

Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell

Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell

Bridal Cuff for a New York Bride

I got an exciting order this summer from a beautiful NYC bride who works in a powerful financial firm in NYC. She sent me her mother’s pin for a centerpiece, so it has high sentimental value. Here’s what she wrote after receiving it:

“Goood Morning, Wendy!
I just received the bracelet that you made and the reconstructed earrings!    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!!   Simply stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!   I cannot wait to wear it!  It is going to look magnificent!   You did not exaggerate, it’s everything you said and more …. Really gorgeous!!!  I am so proud and happy to wear the piece; for sentimental reasons (my mom’s pin) and just because it’s so fantastic!
Thank you so much, Wendy!  I feel like I know you now through this process J
I will send you a picture on the wedding day and I will let everyone know who made my gorgeous bracelet!!!  You are an unbelievable jewelry designer!  I cannot wait to have another occasion to have something else made by you!”

Fan Gifts for Judy Collins  by Wendy Gell

Fan Gifts for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins

Fans Buy Wendy Gell gifts for Judy Collins!

Judy Collins first heard of me when she received a Wendy Decorated Mirror for a wedding present years ago. Judy asked people on Facebook if they ever heard of Wendy “Gehl.” Over 100 people responded to her query, and we became Facebook friends. Her fans have purchased gifts to send to her: pearl barrettes, a mirror, cherub goblets, a bracelet and more. We met backstage at a concert in Grants Pass.

American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell

Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell

Be Smart, Buy Art!

Art sales are up! People are loving my Gelastic 3D pop art. Fashion Blogger Shannon Dawn’s custom piece inspired by Elvis, called Love Me Tender (left), and writer BJ Gallagher’s American Visions (pictured above) were shipped in August. Shannon featured the art piece in her blog and showcased a lot of her Wendy Gell Collection. Check out her fabulous post!

Both orders were received through Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, send me a friend request!

Wendy Gell

Wendy Gell


Wendy taught a class of 12 collectors in April at the Seattle public library. She shared her self-made jewelry making technique to the enthusiastic ladies. “The students were amazing and very creative” said Wendy. Here are a couple of comments from participants:

“I’ve been Gell-ized!” Never thought I’d get those creative juices flowing. But I did! WE all did! Is it truly a Wendy Gell? Or an imposter…? You might never know! Great day of creativity. Wendy’s a genius and so easy to follow. Plus she brings parts and pieces that are guaranteed to make you a success.”

“Way too much fun! Under the juicy artistic direction of Wendy Gell, our wristies and necklaces came alive – better than we had ever imagined. We hated for play-day to end and are super interested in booking Wendy again next year. Her mind is always working and creating. She’ll swoop over, make a subtle suggestion or adjustment and voila – the piece is in direct competition to Wendy’s originals! Not really, but we thought so!”

Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell

Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell

Costume Jewelry Collectors International Convention Class

On October 24, Wendy presents a jewelry making class to members of the Costume Jewelry Collectors International Club at their convention outside of Chicago. She will teach them techniques to make their own wristies and jewelry, shipping out a ton of fabulous material before the show for participants to work with. The convention members will also be selling to the public on Saturday, October 25. Read more here. There is still room for a few more people in Wendy’s Friday morning class – Register now!

Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In

Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In

Lost and Found Show

Wendy’s 3D Gelastic art was featured at the GoodBean Coffee shop in Jacksonville, Oregon with 4 other local women artists in a July show called Lost and Found. Among the works I showed were the pieces pictured above: Oh Wendy Saints Go Marching In (top), Buddha by the Lake (bottom left), and Byzantine Prophet (bottom right).

Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Class at Ashland temple with Wendy GellKids working on giant Hamsa at Temple Emek Shalon in Ashland, Oregon

Bring on the Bling with Wendy Gell!

Birthday Party Activities for Kids

Your kids will make jewelry and gifts, objects like picture frames, bracelets, headbands, or magic wands; creations they can take home.  They will work with Wendy using her self-taught technique. Wendy brings a suitcase of materials collected from her 38 years as a jewelry designer: Swarovski Crystals, stones, toys, pop art icons, flowers and beads.

Wendy’s work was collected by Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Princess Diana and more. Wendy was once featured on Oprah’s show as her favorite jewelry designer, and she held a Walt Disney Jewelry license for 5 years. She has years of teaching experience, including appearing as a guest lecturer at NYU and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as teaching classes locally at the Ashland Art Center and OLLI at SOU.

Wendy’s enthusiasm will bring out the creativity in your guests and perhaps inspire a new hobby.  Her basic charge is $100 for 2 1/2  hours, plus materials fee. Participants are encouraged to bring treasures from their own collections. For further party details, call Wendy at 541-535-1954 or email wendygellatcharterdotnet.  See Wendy’s work at

Wendy says “Have Glue Gun, Will Travel!”


Wendy Gell and Hannah West

Wendy Gell and Hannah West

Wendy is so excited to be creating a new website with Hannah West! We’ve put up a temporary page with a sneak preview of several pieces I have available now. Check it out here. When the new website is up and running I will announce it in a newsletter, so if you want to know when it’s ready, please confirm your subscription so you won’t miss the announcement.


SOAR Welcomes Pam Haunschild!

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Pam Haunschild, who specializes in abstract nature art, to the Visual Artist and Art Education directories! We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at her charming paintings, collages and monotype prints, inspired by natural subjects and sometimes incorporating them. If you don’t know Pam and her work already, we are happy to introduce you to her and hope you will visit her website so you can enjoy becoming a bit more familiar with her wonderful artistic style.

“After a career as a social science Professor, I moved to a wooded property near Ashland and now have time to pursue my lifelong interest in art.  I am inspired by the natural beauty of our region and include flora and/or fauna in all my paintings.  My work is abstract, but the natural elements, e.g., flowers, birds, fish, can be identified.  I try to convey emotion and an appreciation of nature through bright colors and strong design elements.  Much of my work is mixed-media, and I often use fibers, wood, and other natural materials.

“A self-professed ‘workshop junkie,’ I am also taking college art courses and teaching workshops at Ashland Art Center and for OLLI at SOU.  You can see my work at the Ashland Art Center‘s Main Gallery.”

Pam has a number of gallery exhibits and events planned for the remainder of 2014 where you can also see her work in person:

July                      Rogue Valley Manor          Medford
September          Belle Fiore Winery            Ashland
September          Ashland Open Studios Tour
October               ArtOberfest                        Cave Junction
November          Bloomsbury Books            Ashland

Please help us give Pam a warm welcome to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource–see her new listing for a complete set of web links and contact information, visit her Facebook page and show her some love with a “like”! Even better, register for one of her workshops or purchase a piece of her fabulous art!

Holiday Art Event Announcements and More from Chatauqua Lodge


LOOKING for that perfect gift for your family?

WANT to get a jump on family fun for the Holidays? Bring your family to the beach, or give a very special gift to a friend or spouse who just needs to get away!

CALL NOW to take advantage of our FAMILY GETAWAY COUPON! 75% off the second night if you book two nights.

Click here for more information


Peninsula Arts Association is hosting their 6th annual Studio Tour November 29th & 30th. There are 16 different galleries to browse throughout the Peninsula. Hours are 10am – 4pm. (See link below in Upcoming Events.) While you are here explore our wonderful Trails, Parks, Lighthouses, and our lovely Coastline. Check this link for more outdoors-adventures. Also, we have plenty of participating restaurants willing to give our guests a 10% discount off of their meal. Don’t forget to ask the front desk for discount coupon information!

Chautauqua Lodge clams

Upcoming events

October & November – Wild Mushroom Celebration – Peninsula-Wide
Click here for Wild Mushroom Celebration info

November 15th – 17th & 30th. December 1st – 4th, 14th – 16th & 29th – 31st. – Clam Digs – Peninsula-Wide
Click here for Clamming info

November 29th – December 1st – Holidays at the Beach – Long Beach
Click here for Holidays at the Beach info

November 29th & 30th – Art Studio Tour – Peninsula-Wide
Click here for Art Studio Tour info

December 7th – Lighted Boat Parade & Crab Pot Christmas Tree – Ilwaco Docks
Click here for more info

December 15th – Tuba Christmas – Ilwaco
Click here for Tuba Christmas info

December 31st – Fireworks at Midnight Over the Ocean – Long Beach
Click here for more information

Portland Ballet Offers Pay-What-You-Will Tickets for Holiday Performances

The Portland Ballet – Upcoming Events Calendar
Nov 29 – Dec 1, The Enchanted Toy Shop with Firebird
Dec 1 – Capitol Highway studio construction wraps
January 6, 2014 – Classes resume
Jan 25, 2014 – Grand Re-Opening Gala

The Portland Ballet Introduces Pay-What-You-Will Ticketing,  Welcomes Wider Audiences to the Arts

This Thanksgiving weekend, The Portland Ballet (TPB) offers Portland audiences a unique proposition: a full 90-minute ballet with live orchestra for only $5.

In an effort to bring arts performances to a wider audience, TPB is setting aside 100 pay-what-you-will tickets for each of its six performances.  Available at the PSU Lincoln Hall box office one hour before the show, the tickets are good for open seating and cost $5, plus an optional donation.  Adult tickets usually cost $35.  A preview performance on November 29 at 4pm will have only pay-what-you-will tickets, which can be reserved by calling the Lincoln Hall box office.

The company hopes that people who might not usually attend live arts in Portland will have a chance to do so this holiday season.  “We’re committed to getting new audiences and different kinds of people in the door,” said Jim Lane, Managing Director.  “We don’t want finances to be a reason to stay at home.”

Portland Ballet introduces Pay What You Will ticketing for holiday performances

Pairing TPB’s beloved holiday show The Enchanted Toyshop with the classic Russian folktale Firebird, the performance offers a full evening of high-quality dance and music.  This program features original choreography by John Clifford, widely considered the protégé of George Balanchine, and live accompaniment by the Portland State University Symphony.  At $5, “it’s really the best deal in town,” says Lane.

The addition of Clifford’s 2005 Firebird brings drama and history to the production.  With the highly dramatic elements of danger (evil sorcerer Kaschei), beauty (the bewitching Firebird), tragedy (Princesses held captive by Kaschei) and romance (valiant Prince Ivan), the ballet is technically and artistically challenging.  TPB founders Nancy Davis and Jim Lane count the ballet among their favorite roles, having danced it with Los Angeles Ballet approximately 75 times, nationwide.

Rehearsals for the holiday show continue amid construction.  TPB is nearly finished with a 75% expansion of its Hillsdale studio, including the addition of an entirely new, third studio.  The expansion was underwritten with a $170,000 capital campaign and launched in April 2013. In addition to individual donors, the capital campaign received significant and generous support from the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation.

Led by Artistic Director Nancy Davis, The Portland Ballet nurtures young dancers from age three to 19.  TPB students are trained with professional intent by a faculty that includes some of the nation’s finest dancers and choreographers.  TPB dancers leave the school with the life skills – commitment, discipline, teamwork, curiosity, and pride – to succeed in any endeavor.  TPB graduates have gone on to professional dance careers with companies such as Houston Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet Idaho.  Instructors come from the National Ballet, the original Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Odessa Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Le Grand Ballet de Genève, BodyVox, Ballet West, and many others.  For more information, visit TPB online at

John Clifford’s The Enchanted Toy Shop with Firebird
90 minutes, with intermission.  Respighi and Stravinsky played live at every performance by the PSU Symphony.

Where: PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park at Market Street
When: November  29 – December 1, 2013
Friday, November 29, 4 PM (preview)
Friday, November 29, 7 PM (opening night)
Saturday/Sunday, November 30/December 1, 1 & 4 PM

Reserved Seating: $15, youth; $35, adult; $90, family package (two adult, two youth)
Open Seating: Pay-What-You-Will Tickets available at the door for every performance ($5 minimum)

Ticketing Information:  503-725-3307 ● Tickets at PSU Lincoln Hall Box Office or online at

Praise for The Portland Ballet’s The Enchanted Toyshop
“Charm and vitality to spare…its lively pace varied with action-packed divertissements.” — The Oregonian

CONTACT:  Caitlin Dwyer, Marketing
caitlinattheportlandballetdotorg • 503.423.7753

Art A lliance of So. Oregon Meeting this Thursday!

Arts Alliance of southern Oregon logoPlease join us on October 24, 2013 from 5:00 – 6:30PM for a meeting of the artists, artist organizations, advocates and enthusiasts of southern Oregon at:

40 S. Bartlett St. Medford, OR 97501

All are welcome!!!

During this meeting, we will brainstorm actions, goals and ideas for a Southern Oregon campaign to promote the arts in Jackson and Josephine Counties. We hope you can attend and will invite anyone who may be interested in getting involved in the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

“Fine Art and Fine Wine” Artists Workshop Show at Paschal Winery

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Rogue Gallery Artists Reception TONIGHT + Call to Artists for the holidays!

Artist Reception this Friday, October 18, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

A Canopy of Briars: Susan ApplegateSusan-Applegate-Painting
October 11 – November 15, 2013

Paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor by Oregon artist Susan Applegate reflect her personal mission to remove the encroaching blackberry brambles from her ranch in Yoncalla, Oregon. These lively paintings reveal both the beauty of the plant’s fruit and her humorous struggle with conquering the thorny vines.
The Edge of Light by Susan Applegate

Thank you to everyone who participated
in our 2013 auction “Masqued Moon”!
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Thanks to the volunteers, donors and guests who made Masqued Moon an elegant, fun, successful event!

Check out more photos HERE!

Photo by Mary Wilkins-Kelly

Call-to-Artists for the Holidays!shopxmas
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is looking for one-of-a-kind gift items, such as woodwork, leatherwork, hand-made textiles, fiber, jewelry, handmade candles, soaps, by lotions, glass, etc. for our Artisan Gift Shop for the holiday season.  If you currently have your work in the shop and would like to add to it please e-mail Kate at kateatroguegallerydotorg  (kateatroguegallerydotorg)   to set up a time to bring in new inventory. If you would like to become one of our gift shop artist please e-mail Kim at kimatroguegallerydotorg  (kimatroguegallerydotorg)   with images of your work, along with their retail prices (please factor in that the artist commission is 60% of the retail price).

ARToberfest next weekend!!

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October Art Events - Hood River, Oregon

If you’ll find yourself in Portland or Hood River this October, check out these arts & culture events from our neighbors further North!

October 2013
 215 Cascade Avenue  Hood River, Oregon 97031   541-387-8877

It’s October and “something wicked this way comes.” Macbeth is set in a post apocalyptic world that will entertain in new and surprising ways. Tickets for this show are on sale now or purchase season tickets to ensure you don’t miss any of our amazing productions.Also in October, we celebrate the lushness and variety of Columbia River Gorge wine with our Gallery exhibit The Crush. Every Friday evening we host wine tastings from local wineries, bring a friend and enjoy the local bounty.

As always, we welcome you in joining us at the Center, your home for the arts.

Cultivating Community,

The CCA Team

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Gallery Show:
The Crush  

Oct. 4th -27th
This October, The Gallery at Columbia Center for the Arts explores the perfect pairing of fine wine and art.
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The Nook Gallery: Charlotte Van Zant-King
October 4th – 27th
The Nook Gallery at Columbia Center for the Arts presents presents print-maker and mosaic artist Charlotte Van Zant-King from Goldendale, WA.

School’s Out-Art’s In:Kid’s Printmaking
Every Tuesday and Thursday the month of
October  null
Get ready to explore the planet from a printmaking press!  We’ll carve, roll, ink, and print our way across deserts, mountains, oceans and rainforests, learning a bit about each ecosystem as we go.
Learn More…


Gifts from Our Ancestors
Oct. 5th-Nov. 3rd
Starting October 5th, nationally acclaimed Northwest Native American artist Lillian Pitt shares the inspiration for her art and how she honors the gifts from her ancestors with a presentation and family-friendly workshop in clay mask-making.

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Dar Williams in Concert with Anne Weiss
Oct. 6th
The New York Times has described Dar Williams as one of America’s best singer-songwriters. We’re proud to host Dar in her only show in the region this year.
With only a few tickets left for what is slated to be an amazing evening of friends and entertainment, act fast and get your tickets today.

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Fall Foliage & Waterfall
Photography Workshop

Oct. 19th
Join The Studio at Columbia Center for the Arts and Outdoor Viewfinder, Jason Waicunas for our Fall Foliage and Waterfall Photography Workshop. This workshop will enhance your knowledge of exposure and composition techniques for fall foliage, waterfalls and creeks!

Learn More…

Mt. Hood Independent Film Series:
Fright Night

Oct. 23rd
Join us at the Center for a night of frightful film. So many films, so many screams.
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Harmony of the Gorge Chorus
Oct. 26th
Columbia Center for the Arts proudly hosts Harmony of the Gorge Chorus with special guests Stardust Quartet and CODA Quartet.
Learn More…

Life & Portrait Drawing Club:
Every 2nd and 4th Friday, Oct. – May


You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.
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On Going Class every Thursday:
Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

“My oil painting class is designed to work with you wherever you’re at in your progression as an artist.” All are welcome!


CCA’s CAST Theatre Season Tickets are on Sale Now!

Take advantage of saving money by purchasing season tickets to 3, 4 or 5 shows. You won’t want to miss the sometimes dark, sometimes adventurous and always entertaining season at the Columbia Center for the Arts where our Stage Troupe shines.

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is back Nov. 8th-11th 2013
Tickets on Sale Now! 
In it’s second year, Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is sure to please. Get your tickets early.
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Tickets for the Staged Reading of
Other Desert Cities
by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Judie Hanel

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Judie Hanel is a play about a daughter returning for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Other Desert Cities is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates.

Theatre Roadtrip to OSF Returns…
June 2014 

Join Columbia Center for the Arts as we travel to Ashland, Oregon June 27th-30th 2014 to experience the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! See three great performances, stay at the lovely Ashland Springs Hotel and travel by private coach.
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