Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

October 16, 2014

 

The leaves are just starting to change. Have you noticed how the colors come out in just a matter of days? I know that the maples are gorgeous, but I really love those bright yellow ginkgo trees, too. I hope the view from your porch is growing more colorful every day.

You may have noticed those purple candles in the windows of local businesses; they are lit in support of the awareness of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and there are lots of ways that you can help people in our community. A great place to start is the Hanover Safe Place’s website: www.hanoversafeplace.com. They have a wish list with lots of little things that their clients need, especially the small children who have to leave suddenly without clothes, toys, or a beloved stuffed animal.

You can also support Hanover Safe Place by coming out and running the Ashland Harvest Run and Pumpkin Walk this Saturday morning at Carter Park. There will be a 10K, a 5K and a family 1-mile walk this year. You can register at the Ashland Library Friday, Oct. 17, and the races begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, the 8th. It’s a beautiful time of year to run through Ashland.

This Friday, Oct. 17, Randolph-Macon will host the Quatro Na Bossa quartet, which specializes in Brazilian bossa nova jazz music. The concert at Blackwell begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Besides music, there are some really interesting Randolph-Macon lectures that are free and open to the public. Specifically, “Why isn’t Anne of Cleves Ugly” Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Old Chapel, and “Mary Magdalene, The Da Vinci Code, and History” Oct. 28 at 5:45 p.m. in the Brock Commons. Take a look at their calendar to keep up: www.rmc.edu.

Oh–one more! The British are coming to R-MC Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Randolph-Macon Franklin Debating Society will host the touring championship British debaters. Apparently this is a lively debate that encourages audience participation. I mean, have you ever seen how those Brits behave in their own Parliament? It should be a good show: 7:30 p.m., Washington Franklin Hall.

We are lucky to have another Louise Keeton original performance coming up at our Firehouse Theater! “The Little Mermaid” will be running Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the box office. Reservations can be made by emailing whistlestoptheater@gmail.com.

Your Ashland Farmers Market has tons of wonderful fall fruits and veggies waiting for you each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon. You will miss this when winter sets in!

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

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