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On a sunny, albeit smoky day, kayakers, rafters, and paddle boarders work hard, though they’re not all staying dry. Spectators gather to watch them flip over into the whitewater, soar through rapids, and work as a team. In its sixth year, the King of the Rogue whitewater rafting competition will

I got my degree in History. This does a few things for me. 1. It makes me really excited at parties when people bring up things like the Holy Roman Empire (and consequentially I rapidly kill any conversation). 2. Everyone thinks I’m great at trivia since, apparently, a history degree

Sometimes just sitting and watching theatre isn’t enough for the truly involved spectator. Instead of throwing popcorn, Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass wants the viewers to join in the fun on stage for their final weekend of their annual summer melodrama Dogsbreath Devereaux, the Dastardly Doctor on August 10, 11

Rogue Valley Messenger: The goal is for 20,000 acres to be set aside by 2020. You are halfway there. What needs to happen to reach that goal? Della Merrill: Vision 20/20 is an aspirational goal for 20,000 acres conserved. Even though we conserve more acres each year, protecting an additional 10,000

For Jenay Elder, choosing art as her life’s focus wasn’t simply because she was growing up and needed to make a decision. Her life experiences, as well as her artistic talents, brought her to the path of artistry. “I decided to pick up oil painting, and art as my life

  It takes a honey bee her entire life to make one-twelfth of a teaspoonful of honey and more than one weekend for people to learn how she does it. But at the 5th Annual Oregon Honey Festival, children and adults alike can buzz around and learn, taste, participate, and

While summer means lounging by the pool for some, for others it means just the opposite: Getting out there and going with kayaking. The first and perhaps the most obvious choice is the Rogue River. With several places to rent a kayak or raft in the surrounding area, the 35

We can’t all be the Marvel comic superhero Hawkeye, but Moonbow Archery in Ashland comes pretty close. Moonbow founder and owner Lloyd Canty grew up enjoying archery, and decided to create a business that blended the discipline of traditional archery with the team building aspect of group archery games. We

I am often astonished when I observe people who give no thought to applying synthetic mosquito repellant on their bodies. DEET, or N, N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, is probably the most common (and effectively marketed) insect repellant on the planet. It has been shown to repel mosquitoes for over three hours and has

In the current Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Manahatta, a young of Lenape descent, Jane Snake (played by Tanis Parenteau) leaves her family in rural Oklahoma for high-octane financial job on Wall Street, a move that sets in motion parallel stories; one during the early 1600s, when Manhattan was purchased

Sound

Meticulously selected, practiced, and performed, this season for Britt Orchestra has been masterfully thematic, though not without a few challenges along the way (um, the smoke monster!). The last two performances for the orchestra are Aug. 10 and 11. In commemoration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, several of the symphonies

“Get out of the online world and connect at the personal level,” says Jeb Hart. “People are more isolated now in spite of social media, and we want to bring them together in community,” adds Danika Holmes. With two acoustic guitars and a piano, they will do just that on

David Ramirez has a-helluva-a-lot to say. Seventeen million streams on Spotify and counting, to be exact. The singer from Austin, Texas does not write lyrics that are subtle—more like a call for authenticity in a faux culture. One fan calls a recent show an “emotionally raw performance.” Ramirez’s songs do
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