Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

March 5, 2015


While I love the snow once, I’m incredibly impatient once it starts appearing repeatedly. By March I expect it all to be gone and for crocuses to start sprouting. I’d like to see the sidewalks again and I’m tired of snowbanks taking up all the parking spots. Melt already and bring me some 50-degree weather with little frogs chirping from the creek.

Your Patrick Henry YMCA is collecting formal dresses in all sizes (along with shoes and accessories) for their Princess Diaries program to help girls get ready for the Prom. All items need to be dropped off at the YMCA by March 21. The girls will be able to “shop” March 22 where they will also get make-overs, skin care advice, and a journal and pen to write about their goals; it’s so empowering to feel good about the way you look! Contact Jaine Gambaccini at (804) 729-4707 for more information.

There are some fun programs coming up at your Ashland Library. Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Send your crafty 11- to 16-year-old to CD Art 4 Teens. Sign-ups are required for this class by March 10. Pizza will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Call (804) 798-4072 for more information and to sign up.

Then, Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 8 p.m., it’s the Library’s Spring Garden Seed Giveaway. Are you and your family going to do a garden this year? Hanover Master Gardeners will have a selection of open pollinated, easy-to-grow seeds than can be saved from year to year. How cool is that? Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Get your tickets early for this weekend’s groovy event at the Ashland Theater! The Ashland Street Parties are presenting an indoor Street Party with “Woodstock,” a great look back at those three days of peace and music that defined a generation. Tickets are $10 and available online or at The Caboose or College Corner. Beer and wine will be available for purchase; no children please!

And by the way, the Ashland Film Club has rescheduled “To Kill a Mockingbird” to March 22 at 4:30 p.m. Surely there won’t be any more bad weather by then.

Tell me that you’ve gotten your tickets to the Ashland Variety Show. If for some crazy reason you haven’t, put down the paper and call (804) 798-2881 right now. Shows are March 19, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m. at Randolph-Macon’s Blackwell Theater. I know from first-hand knowledge that this is a fabulous show; you don’t want to miss it!

Remember there is always something going on in downtown Ashland on the weekends. The Caboose has their wine tasting every Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m., and there is music most nights at The Ironhorse and Ashland Coffee and Tea. Check out their websites to stay in the know.

Bon voyage to our editor, Lee Francis, as he leaves the Herald-Progress for other opportunities!

Call or email with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Stay strong Ashland– spring is around the corner!

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