Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

November 27, 2014


I always seem to forget how fast things start to barrel towards Christmas as soon as Santa waves from the last float of the Holiday Parade. We are lucky that we have Thanksgiving to slow us down a bit and help us remember how much we have to be grateful for, especially for being able to call yourself an “Ashlander.”

The tickets for the First Annual Ashland Police Officer’s Ball are going quickly!  These really are THE present to give this Christmas and they fit so nicely in a stocking. The tickets to this fundraiser are $50 each with all proceeds going to the Ashland Police Foundation, a non-profit which seeks to provide support to all the members of our law enforcement community. It is a wonderful opportunity to thank and support the men and women who keep us safe.

You know, our small-town police force does so much more than just crime prevention.  They return lost dogs and unlock cars, they have a whole campus full of college students to keep an eye on, plus two un-fenced train tracks running through the center of town to worry about. They do a lot for us and this is our chance to throw them a wonderful party to say thank you.

Tickets can be purchased at The Caboose, Cross Brothers, Thrill of the Hunt, EVB, TSI, Off and Dancing, and Union First Market (across from Sheetz). They can also be bought online at Remember the challenge: if all the tickets are sold by Dec. 1, then our dear Chief Goodman will start the dancing off that night with a routine rumored to be worthy of Dancing with the Stars!

This is one of my favorite Ashland traditions: “A Christmas Carol” will be performed at Randolph-Macon Dec. 5 through 11. Reserve your ticket by calling the box office at (804) 752-7316.

Your Patrick Henry High School Music Department will present “A Winter Holiday,” a concert featuring the musical talents of the band, choral and orchestra programs. The concert will be given on Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The PH Jazz Band will be performing at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby prior to the concert – we will be serving pre-concert refreshments. This concert is a fundraiser for all three music programs, therefore, tickets must be obtained in advance of the concert, with a suggested donation of $5 per ticket. Tickets are available from any Patrick Henry music teacher or from the PH main office. There is so much talent at this school–you really should attend and hear for yourself!

Closer to Christmas, The incredible Masterworks Chorale will be performing their Christmas Concert, “Sing Glory,” Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at Duncan Memorial. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be purchased at Cross Brothers, by calling 800-838-3006, or online at

There is much more going on in the next few weeks, so please call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Happy Thanksgiving!

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