Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

July 17, 2014


When you think back on your summers as a child, do you remember anything better than the cool splash of your feet hitting the water? We have something really special here in the Town of Ashland: Carter Park Pool. You can’t measure the increase in the quality of life that this pool brings to our residents. How do you put a price tag on the hundreds of kids who have learned to swim (and swim fast) with the Ashland Barracudas? How do you measure the memories of riding your bike through the shady streets, or finding enough money for the ice cream truck? How would you ever replace evenings spend lounging in the water watching a movie under the summer stars?

The Carter Park pool is a critical part of our town culture; it would be an un-fixable mistake to let it go.

I was simply amazed at an email that I received recently telling me about the retirement of Evelyn Durrett from Kiddie Kingdom. When your girls were there, we knew that Mrs. Durrett had been the treasurer and bookkeeper for a long time, but if you think about the changes that she adapted to over a 45-year career, it is really astounding. She began in September of 1968 when Kiddie Kingdom was at Ashland Christian Church, and stayed with the daycare when they moved and eventually purchased their current building.

Think of that: hand-written ledger books to computer files! I am so impressed with her adaptability and her precision, because I don’t think she made many mistakes. I know that Kiddie Kingdom will miss her, but we all wish her a happy retirement!

Congratulations to the Ashland Little League 50/70 Intermediate District Champs! This is the first time that Ashland has won the district championship in over 30 years, so it is certainly something to celebrate. They traveled to Luray this past weekend but fell to Fairfax on Sunday. Another reason to love the sound of a ball game on a summer evening! Well done, boys!

The Bluemont Concerts will celebrate 10 years in Ashland this August, so plan on being on the Randolph-Macon campus each Sunday evening during the last month of summer. Beginning Sunday, Aug. 3, The Dixie Power Trio will bring their New Orleans Funk to the steps of Blackwell Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Requested admission is $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont members, and $2 for kids 12 and under. No advance sales– tickets available that evening.

This Friday will be a Dive-In Movie night at the Ashland Pool! It’s free for summer members, or regular admission if you didn’t join. The movie starts at dusk, and it’s always fun to watch a movie under the stars. They’ll be showing Despicable Me II. Hope to see you there!

There are so many things going on in Ashland, that it’s hard to talk about all of them in this column. Check out the Town website and the Ashland Library to see their calendars.

Call or email me with you Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Go sit by the pool, then go write a letter to Town Council about how much we need it.

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