July 2, 2015
There are many wonderful holidays that we celebrate in Ashland, but for most of those we tend to be centered around our family and friends. The 4th of July is different. This Saturday, we will celebrate the amazing history of this country and this wonderful town we call home.
Before you have a cook-out, or run off to the pool, pack a picnic and come to the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. If you are marching in our non-motorized parade, make sure you get to Henry Clay Elementary to line up by 10:30 a.m. or so. If you are a valued spectator, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will make its way from Henry Clay to the Arts and Activities Center. This parade really typifies Ashland: we love to celebrate who we are and we are not afraid to laugh at ourselves while doing it. A big, hearty cheer for small-town quirkiness!
A highlight of this day is the Apple Pie Contest, and if you have been perfecting your recipe, please have your pie to the Center between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Pies must be homemade primarily with apples, but additions of spices, nuts, raisins, etc., are allowed. The pies will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winning pies will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the Center. All other pies will be sold by the slice.
The Hanover Concert Band will be performing patriotic music on the front lawn, there will be food for sale, as well as lawn games for the kids. There is also the Ashland Library’s book sale across the tracks, which is a great place to find some books for summer reading.
I have one last task for you on Saturday– take a moment to appreciate it all. As you stand there in the middle of all that activity, take a minute to look around you and see this really incredible town that you call home. If you are raising kids here, then please pat yourself on the back for giving them a hometown like this, full of stories.
After the parade, Carter Park Pool is a great place to cool off and there are usually some fun games organized by the lifeguards.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Independence Day!