Last week I was feeling frustrated with work, kids, and the seemingly endless chores that are always waiting for me when I walk in my back door. I had nothing in the kitchen for dinner and I decided to go by Cross Brothers to pick up a few things, but I ended up with much more. I stopped to talk to Charles, David, and Cathy and I discussed babies that grow up too fast. Her grandchildren are starting kindergarten and my children are in high school getting ready to venture off into the world beyond Ashland. I left that store feeling grounded and secure in this sweet town. I felt loved by my neighbors and the problems that had bothered me just 30 minutes before seemed much smaller. Here is my advice for the week: Go to Cross Brothers; buy your groceries, feed your soul.
This holds true for any small Ashland shop or store. Shop local and see how good it makes you feel. The Farmer’s Market is still open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon on the lot behind Town Hall. I have been so impressed at how this market has grown over the years, and at the variety of produce and food available.
I am sure that your calendar is marked for Saturday, Sept. 27 and the Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival at the Arts and Activities Center. This event had a fabulous inception last year and it has only improved. Twelve breweries will be there, as well as gourmet food trucks, vendors, and four different bands. The event runs from 1 to 7 p.m., with $10 tickets available at the door.
The weather looks perfect to say goodbye to summer at the last Street Party this Saturday. I predict a cool evening with a clear sky overhead. Come dance to Ron Moody and the Centaurs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate, so you really should stop by Cross Brothers, Ace Hardware, or The Caboose to get your ticket before Saturday.
If you feel like taking a trip east to Mechanicsville this Friday, the boys from Patrick Henry would love to have your support as they take on Lee-Davis under the lights at 7 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets will be home again this Saturday after a wonderful game in the rain last weekend against Averett. The game against Sewannee begins at noon.
Oh, and make sure you mark your calendar for Oct. 28 when Randolph-Macon will host a debate between their two professors who are running for the 7th District Seat in the House of Representatives. Come see Jack Trammell and David Brat discuss their plans. Stay tuned to www.rmc.edu/ for more details.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care of each other, Ashland.