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Best New Restaurant Bestie: Tap & Vine (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Bird & Rye (Ashland)    Best Chef Bestie: Neil Clooney (Bird & Rye) Best Outdoor Seating Bestie: Walkabout Brewing Co.  Hon. Mention: Weekend Beer Co. (Grants Pass)   Best CSA or farm stand Bestie: Fry Family Farm  Hon. Mention: Barking

Southern Oregon’s array of live theater venues spans from cozily intimate to nationally renowned, and to celebrate the 2020 season the Messenger spotlights three local actors who have made the Rogue Valley stages their home. Grants Pass actor, Steve Chroninger, deciding to peel free from his high school math nerd

  February is Ashland Culinary Month and “Restaurant Week” kicks off the foodie celebration February 3 – 9 with a slice of local flavors. There are multiple establishments involved in this six-day celebration, and for 2020, tradition and tapas set the tone.  The Rogue Valley Messenger had a chance to

Shopping online for the holidays may be convenient, but let’s face it, the intimacy factor is missing. Why not bundle up and head downtown to check out the lights before popping into your area’s local shops to mingle in the spirit of Kris Kringle? We’ve put together a sampler of

Ashland is known for its many desirable features. The the picturesque hill and mountain views surrounding the Valley; the beautiful parks; the lively and unmistakable downtown center.  Then there’s SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival bringing creative minds and tourism to the city every year. Ashland, for all intents and

A walk through one of southern Oregon’s historic pioneer cemeteries is like touring an outdoor museum. Before electricity, airplanes or internet there were trading posts, steam boats and covered wagons enabling early settlers to trek westward where some lived, died and were buried under Oregon soil. The Linkville Pioneer Cemetery

In their inaugural season, Rogue Community College Ospreys has stormed into their first women’s volleyball season with a rocking 18-1 record. And, the powerhouse that is Lady Raiders volleyball boasts an impressive 17-3 overall record so far this season, hearkening memories of last season where Southern Oregon was first in

On Saturday, October 12, Southern Oregon Pride hosts its annual parade in Ashland, noon – 3 pm. It is the 50th year since Stonewall protests helped define the tenacity of LGBTQ rights. Since then, the community has had ups and downs, victories and setbacks; in the late 1970s and throughout

Big, bold graphics celebrating the Grants Pass region’s natural and cultural abundance will color the streets at the 17th annual Art Along the Rogue Street Painting and Music Festival October 4 – 6. This year’s theme, Bounty of the County, will have some of the best national and Oregon-based chalk

  Like a giant Mavericks wave rising out of the ocean, podcast popularity is cresting. With over 750,000 shows and programs offered and advertising revenue expected to hit the billion dollar mark by 2021, this budding medium is fast becoming one of the hottest on-demand, content-bingeing platforms available.  In 2003,