Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

August 28, 2014


So here we are, at the close of another summer. No other season ends quite like this one, marked by a new school year for these Ashland kids. We see summer as an escape from work, from school, and from the steady progression towards adulthood. When September comes, they grow up another year, no matter their age. New teachers, new schools, new buildings, classrooms to find, and an end to late nights spent catching lightening bugs or watching movies.

Did you travel? Read new books? Sit by the pool? At the end of every summer, I always wish that I had spent more lazy hours by the pool, or splashing in it. And at the beginning of every summer I make lists of all the things I want to accomplish (college tours, painting the porch, making pickles.) It’s a season of contradictions.

You do, however, have one last chance to redeem yourself if your Ashland pool hours this summer were pitiful. The pool will be open Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is always a fun day, especially as it approaches 5 p.m. The lifeguards will blow the whistle one time to clear the pool and no one will listen. The lifeguards will find their lifeguard friends with additional whistles, they will all blow, and the kids in the pool will chant, “Five more minutes, five more minutes!” Will the lifeguards hold firm, or will they give in and delay their evening dinner at El Azteca? You will just have to come by and find out.

There is also one last Bluemont Concert this weekend! The venue will move across the street to the steps of Brock Commons. This Welcome Back Concert and Dance for the R-MC student will feature Daryl Davis Boogie Woogie Band. The music begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids 12 and under. This concert is free for R-MC faculty, staff, and students with their ID.

Make sure you leave room in your calendar for the Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival coming Sept. 27 on the front lawn of the Arts and Activities Center. There will be 12 breweries, six food trucks, and four bands. What more could you want?

Also in September, come celebrate the last Street Party of the Summer with Ron Moody and the Centaurs. Look for more information to come as we get closer.

The Ashland Farmers Market will have tons of late summer fruits and vegetables this Saturday. I have also heard that they have some of the best organic beef and chicken. The Market is open on Saturdays behind Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.

Don’t let this beautiful weather go to waste! Play outside this weekend. Take your morning coffee outside and enjoy it on your front stoop. Listen to the August crickets in the evenings. Wear white and pastel.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Happy Labor Day weekend!