Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

May 21, 2015


Did you know that there are only three weeks left in the school year? Every year I’ve written about the end of school where we look forward to a COTU summer, and I’ve tried to encourage you all (and myself) to make it last as long as possible. But the pages on my calendar are falling away faster than ever this year, as we watch our oldest daughter graduate from Patrick Henry and leave for college in the fall.

In his book, “Tender is the Night,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy—one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.” I hope that my Susannah, and all these Ashland kids who are growing up and getting ready to leave, will look back on uneventful afternoons spent here, and remember them as happy.

The Ashland American Legion Post #206 will host their annual silent march Monday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Ashland Library. Get your wagon or strollers and fill them up with kids waving American flags and join in this reflective walk down Hanover Avenue to Woodlawn Cemetery. A ceremony with the reading of the names of Ashland’s war dead and a playing of Taps will conclude this important tradition.

Many uneventful summer days are spent at Carter Park Pool, so stop by Town Hall and get your pass for this summer!

We heard that there were 1,500 people at the Street Party last weekend; that’s amazing! This summer party series has really become a phenomenon, one which greatly benefits our local schools and volunteer organizations. Make sure you plan on attending the next one later in the summer, and visit their website to learn more about the people and businesses behind the scenes:

Make sure you sign up your school-aged child for the Ashland Barracudas Summer Swim team. It is a wonderful way for your child to become a strong swimmer, and the coaching staff is second to none. Visit their website,, to register. The first meet is June 17 against Burkwood Aquatics.

The Ashland Strawberry Faire returns to the shady streets of Randolph-Macon June 6. There are so many wonderful vendors to visit, incredible music to hear, and so many strawberries to eat. I’d advise bringing a wagon. You can find more information at

We have found some really interesting summer day-camps for kids in Ashland. Camp Ashland is a history camp for kids in grades two through five, being held Aug. 3 through 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Arts and Activities Center. Come find out what it was like to live in Ashland a long, long time ago. The registration form is available online at

The Summer Players are returning to the Arts and Activities Center for another summer of singing, dancing, acting, juggling, making movies– everything creative and fun. The camp week is July 20 to 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit for more information and a registration form.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!