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5 picks for live entertainment

Sacred Walk to 2016

Celebrate the New Year with a more introspective, meditative approach. The 17th annual community labyrinth walk continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. This local tradition provides an alternative approach to end the old year and begin the new. Life Coach Elizabeth Austin will provide a 36-foot canvas depicting a labyrinth, along with a roster of vocalists, musicians and dancers to create an atmosphere of peace on earth. The closing ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., with Austin and her team. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 541-482-4132.

Holly Theatre Tours

See the Holly Theatre Restoration Project unfold during a free public tour of the historic building. Tours are offered at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at the theater, 226 W. Sixth St., Medford. See the grand auditorium, the original projection room, hear about future shows and see an artist's rendering of what the theater will look like when work is complete. Tours start every 30 minutes and last about one hour. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes; sandals will not be allowed. Call 541-772-3797.

'On Thin Icing'

Pacific Northwest novelist Ellie Alexander will read from "On Thin Icing," the third book of her Bakeshop Mystery series set in Ashland. Readers can get a taste of Shakespeare, the historic town of Ashland and original, handcrafted recipes for delectable pastries and sweets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The Library Journal called "On Thin Icing" "a light souffle of a book ... a perfect mix," and Portland Book Review gave it gave the book its highest rating. Alexander bakes up a delectable tale of murder and intrigue, along with tasty treats, in her series that includes "Meet Your Baker" and "A Batter of Life and Death."

Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers

Rosin up that bow for faded love and let's all dance when the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers hosts its monthly jam session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Fruitdale Grange Hall, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass. The jam will feature traditional fiddle tunes, interspersed with vocals. Acoustic musicians may sit in, and dancing is encouraged. Admission is by donation. Call 541-779-8145 or see www.ootfa4.org for information.

Liz Jones and Bob Rawlings

The country duo — Liz Jones on vocals and acoustic guitar and Bob Rawlings on stand-up bass and harmonies — will perform traditional country music by Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, along with old cowboy music, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Multi-instrumentalist Rawlings is new to the Rogue Valley. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Contact Info: Elizabeth Austin 541-482-4132

 

Sacred Walk to 2016: The Seventeenth  Annual Community Labyrinth Walk

The  local tradition of walking the labyrinth at the New Year begins at 4 PM December 31, 2015, in Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main at Laurel, Ashland. Free, open to all, donations welcome.  Info: Elizabeth Austin 541-482-4132. 

"The Sacred Walk provides the opportunity to walk the labyrinth in a peaceful oasis of beauty and inspiring live music. Many enjoy this as an alternative way to end the old year and begin the new, especially amidst the tensions of the times," according to Labyrinth Leader Elizabeth Austin, who owns the 36 ft. diameter canvas labyrinth used each year.  “Musicians and artists co-create the atmosphere for this year’s theme, May Peace Prevail on Earth.  Everyone is welcome to take some time for an exceptional experience of peace and community.”

This year’s live music schedule is:  

  Thursday, December 31, 2015 ~ New Year’s Eve

3:30 pm: Prelude by Harpists Markell & Excell

3:50 pm: Goddess Temple dancers

4:00 pm: Opening Ceremony: Elizabeth Austin & Team

                ~ Elizabeth Markell and James Excell, Harpists

6 pm:  Victor Novick, Flute and Japanese Koto

7 pm: Pauline Sullivan, Soprano

8 pm: Kevin Woven, Piano

9 pm: Nancy Bloom, vocals

10 pm: Richard Williams, Instrumentals

11 pm: Elizabeth Markell and James Excell, Harpists

12 Midnight:  Welcome 2016!

12 Midnight to 1 am: Michael "Hawkeye" Herman &Friends

Friday, January 1, 2016 ~ New Year’s Day

9 am: Labyrinth  Re-Opens

9-11 am:  Silence

11 am: Threshold Singers

1 pm: Nancy Bloom, vocals

2 pm:  Meredith McFadden, Alabaster Bowls

3 -4 pm: Silence

4 pm: Andy Bayliss, Harmonium and Chant

5 pm: Elizabeth Markell and James Excell, Harpists

5:50 pm: Goddess Temple dancers

6 pm: Closing Ceremony: Elizabeth Austin & Team

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Liz Jones & Bob Rawlings
Old Time Fiddler