Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

February 19, 2015


As I write this, a fine snow is falling steady outside. The streets are covered and empty, and the evening is lit with the soft reflective light of the snow-covered ground. We have been waiting several years for a big snow like this, and tonight it is coming due. I think what I really love about a big snowstorm is how it equalizes us all—we are all homebound hoping that pipes don’t freeze, we are all cold, and we are all beguiled by the winter scene outside our windows.

We had a lovely Valentines at the Ashland Theater! “Dirty Dancing” was everything that we remembered, especially that young Patrick Swayze. Clark Mercer and Chopper Dawson, I have started to think that maybe this is your destiny; maybe this was the reason that you moved to Ashland. Having this theater open has added so much to our lives. Thank you.

You can’t miss this weekend’s movie extravaganza! The James Bond thriller “Goldfinger” will grace the screen this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. I think you’ll see lots of dressed-up patrons with martinis in their hands. Tickets are $5 each and available at College Corner, The Caboose, and online at

There is a great event coming up this weekend at the Arts and Activity Center: “Growing Up in Ashland” Sunday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Come hear life-long Ashlanders share their stories of growing up in the Center of the Universe! This event is free and open to the public. I think it is imperative to hear these stories. They are our collective history and they connect us to one another.

There are some wonderful events coming up at your Ashland Library. Monday, March 2, come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with a party from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is best for the little kiddos (under 10). Listen to Seuss-ical stories, sing songs, and decorate “birthday” cookies.

Friday, March 13, bring your 11-to 16-year-old to the Library for “CD Art 4 Teens” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. You must sign up by March 10 to participate. Call (804) 798-4072 for more information and to put your name on the list.

This is one of my favorite events, especially because it undermines the Monsanto monopoly on seeds. Wednesday, March 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Hanover Master Gardeners will have a selection of open pollinated, easy-to-grow seeds that can be saved year to year.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have so much fun with this snow, Ashland! Be a kid and enjoy this winter wonderland.