Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

January 22, 2015


We all had such a lovely evening at the Inaugural Ashland Officers Ball this past Saturday! The Brock Center looked enchanting thanks to wonderful efforts from the decorating committee and the staff at Randolph-Macon College. Chartwell’s did an incredible job on the food, and I heard that the mac and cheese bites were good enough to try and stuff some in your purse to take home. Kings of Swing did an excellent job providing music for everyone to dance to, and Chief and Mrs. Goodman showed all of us what real dancing looks like!

It was so much fun to see everyone there—from young officers with their dates to the regal, old Hanover society. Tuxedos were dusted off and fur coats were pulled out of attics; I even saw hats and feathers!  Everyone seemed to delight in the chance to dress to the nines–something that none of us get to do much anymore.

The Ball Committee would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who contributed items to the silent auction, and to the members of the Garden Club who made arrangements for each of the tables. It really was a group effort that exceeded so many expectations. This whole event was an idea that Chief Goodman had mentioned to his colleagues many years ago, and our hats are off to him for his leadership and vision. He has made the Ashland Police Department into a trusted and integral part of this community, which was clearly evidenced Saturday. Well done, Chief, well done.

This is a short column this week; everyone is busy with Variety Show rehearsals in full swing. Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a wonderful week!