Letter from the Innkeepers Spring 2004

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Dear Friends of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage,

What a glorious Ashland spring we’ve had! Dazzling displays of pinks and creams and yellows, not to mention the rosy quince, have played prelude for the lilacs, lilies and iris now in the wings. Our garden is repaying all our efforts, daffodilling, grape hyacinthing and rosemarying in abundance. Gaps where the ghastly old storage shed and the apple tree stood at opposite sides of the back are just about to be filled. We suspect the shag-bark maple tree will be a glory to behold compared to the bee-laden rotten (to its core!) apple, the cutting down of which in true Ashland fashion required a city permit, neighborhood consensus and a detailed replacement plan.

While conversation here has always been colorful, the walls have not been. This is no longer true, so be prepared for some rather dramatic changes. The paint brush has given the living room a whole new look with “Starset” as well as Mother Mary’s Room on the first floor, which is now “Rutabaga.” For those few for whom these colors are unfamiliar, you’ll just have to come see.

The OSF season is in full swing with the second openings of the year scheduled for next week, when Henry VI comes to the New Theatre, followed by “A Raisin in the Sun” April 20th. Most of our spring guests have enjoyed “Comedy of Errors,” set in Las Vegas in the 50s, the 1950s that is, and the comedy “The Royal Family.” The night we saw “Family” there was applause at the conclusion of one of the speeches! Both are full of fun and farce and will run to the end of October.

The two-player “Topdog/Underdog” gets raves for the performances of Val Thomas and Kevin Kennerly, even from some who have not been fans of Kevin’s in the past. Reviews of “The Visit” have been mixed, with some finding it too dark, others saying it needlessly moved away from the original script, and others deeply moved by the message and the strength of the cast. These two plays will end early. June 25th is the last day to see “Topdog/Underdog” and “The Visit” closes July 11th.

The Britt Festival will once more be bringing top talent to the Valley, with everyone from Frederica von Stade to Garrison Keillor to Olivia Newton John on the enclosed schedule.

We’re eager to see many of you whom we know are coming back and hoping that those of you still standing by will be calling soon. Our rates remain among the most reasonable in town, and our breakfasts, tea treats and after-theatre fare among the best. Check our Super Specials at www.ashlandbandb.com.

This comes with our thanks for your support and hopes that it won’t be long before we see you again.

Deedie and David Runkel