Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

March 26, 2015


Wow, what a weekend! I am still struggling to catch up on sleep from all of the late nights spent either at Blackwell Auditorium or the Arts and Activities Center, but I wouldn’t trade one minute. Our Musical Variety Show is such an incredible force of good in this town. I bet if you did a study on the impacts of this show, you would see that we exceed the national average in contentment and happiness for the months of January, February, and March in odd-numbered years. I bet our physical health is better in those months, too, in fact, I would say that the Variety Show makes us live longer.

It is just an amazing phenomenon that has shaped us into the community that we are today. We are lucky to be able to send our kids out into the world with a bag full of Ashland stories, because each time we tell a story, we strengthen these ties that bind us all together. With each memory, this place becomes sweeter, and the word “home” means not a house, but a little town with a railroad track down the middle.

If you were fortunate enough to have participated, either by singing, dancing, making music with the band, working backstage or the front lobby, sewing costumes, calling the numbers– then thank you so much for being there. You were incredible.

What would we do without Lorie Foley and Sue Watson? I am always amazed at their dedication, how they can laugh at the slightest thing, and how incredibly positive they stay throughout rehearsals and all the many flubs that happen. No matter how little talent or bad weather, it always comes together in the end.

Congratulations to Patrick Henry junior, Ted Schubert, who qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2015 Junior National Championships in Orlando! We could not be more proud of this hometown boy, and we fully expect to see him swimming in the Olympics very soon!

Congratulations to our own Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools; she has been named the 2015 Region I Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School superintendents! Our Hanover public schools are really good schools in large part because of Dr. Wilson’s leadership.

There are lots of movies coming up this weekend at our Ashland Theater. This Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., come for a free evening of worship and music with Ross Wright, the Restoration Band, and George Dennehy.

Saturday, March 28, there will be two movies: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” at 3 p.m., and then the Oscar-winning, “Birdman,” later at 7:30 p.m.

And then on Sunday, get there early for a good seat to see “The Wizard of Oz” at 3 p.m. When will you ever get the chance to see this classic movie on the big screen? I would not miss this. Tickets will be $2 presale, and $5 at the box office. This movie is sponsored by the Diane Hale School of Dance.

It’s a lovely time of year to live in the COTU; the red buds and hyacinths will be out soon along with that clean, bright green color of new leaves. Make sure you spend a little time wondering at the beauty of it all, and call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320,