Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

November 27, 2014


And so it begins, the shopping, rushing, baking, wrapping, bazaars and many activities. Some have already started. I’ve seen Christmas décor in our neighborhood. I hope all of my readers will enjoy a happy and holy holiday season, taking one day at a time and making time for “YOU” to enjoy friends and peaceful reflections as we move towards Christmas. Happy Thanksgiving greetings go out to all of you in Mechanicsville and beyond.

I’d like to congratulate our neighboring town of Ashland for getting their movie house back. I hope this helps the town folks and all of us, who enjoy our visits to Ashland.

Hope you got a chance Monday, Nov. 17, to watch “Virginia This Morning” on Channel 6 TV to see Martha O’Keefe of Mechanicsville showing a sample of the nativities that will be featured in the “No Room At the Inn” display on the weekend of Dec. 5 through 7. This lovely event takes place at Church of the Redeemer on Meadowbridge Road in Mechanicsville. Martha can describe “No Room….” as no one else can. Call (804) 746-4911 for more information and tickets to the Gala, which is Dec. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. for adults only. Tickets are $25 at the door, but $20 in advance. You may also view the nativities in a quiet, relaxed manner Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the children in your life. There is a special room for children to dress up and have photos made as characters in the nativity scenes, do crafts and play games. A favorite with the younger set is the scavenger hunt amidst the nativities. Tickets are $5 for everyone over 18 and $1 for everyone under 18. Proceeds go to Safe Harbor, MCEF and building a home in Haiti.

Have you seen the 2015 Historic Hanover calendar published by the Pamunkey Woman’s Club? It has Hanover houses that are over 100 years old and have never been published before. It is available in Mechanicsville at Mechanicsville Drug, Colonial Pharmacy, Estates by David, LLC, Windermere Art Gallery, Glass Works in the Air Park; The Art Studio@301 in Hanover; Vogue Flowers in Ashland, and Montpelier Pharmacy. It is only $10 – a real bargain. This would be a great gift for those who grew up in our wonderful county.

JoAnn Meaker, president of Hanover Writer’s has written a new book. A Line of Shorts, is a short-story anthology, which can be purchased for $5 a copy. JoAnn will be at Macy’s (Virginia Center Commons) doing a book signing Friday, Nov. 28 (yes, Black Friday) from 1 to 5 p.m. You may reach her at (804) 350-3084 or if you have questions about joining the Hanover Writers or purchasing a book.

Celie Thomas will also be doing a book signing at Books, Beads and More (8324 Bell Creek Road Suite 100, Mechanicsville) Saturday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and check out her new book.

It’s been my tradition to let my readers take over and tell their stories during the holidays so I hope you will join in by sending a favorite memory or telling me what your organization is doing to celebrate these holidays. Please send your news to or call (804) 746-9142 to leave a message.

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