The Herald-Progress

Follow Us On:

Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

January 12, 2017


There are few things prettier than driving through a snow-covered Ashland. Not only are the houses charming, and the landscapes sparkling, but there are always so many people out enjoying the walk. I loved seeing so many parents pulling little ones on sleds; it was a wonderful time to wave at everyone you passed. The only thing missing is a huge hill somewhere in town; a proper place for long sleigh rides.
Do you have your ticket to the ball yet? The third annual Ashland Police Officers’ Ball on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Randolph-Macon Brock Center. This is a really fun event, which supports our incredible men and women in blue. Our Ashland Police Department could serve as an example of how the police and the people work together; they make our town a wonderful, safe place to live. Tickets are available online: or at Cross Brothers. Dress up and come join us!
If you are off from work this coming Monday, Jan. 16, come to Randolph-Macon’s Blackwell Auditorium at noon for a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, acting president at Virginia Union University, will serve as guest lecturer, and R-MC’s Ujima Gospel Choir will perform several songs during the celebration. This event is free and open to the public.
I have heard wonderful things about the new restaurant inside the Ashland Coffee and Tea; Newfound Gathering Place! Make sure that you keep an eye on their website: because they have some wonderful artists performing every Friday and Saturday night. We have heard amazing music in that listening room.
The Ashland Library is a warm spot to be on a cold day, and there are lots of opportunities to visit!
This Thursday, Jan. 12, come hear Dr. Jody Allen speak about the experience of Lemon, an African-American slave at the College of William and Mary. The Lemon Project: a Story of a Slave, is from 7 to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Ashland Museum and the Ashland Branch Library.
This Friday, the 13th, is Teen Movie and Pizza Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Designed for ages 11 to 16, this event is free and pizza will be provided by Friends of the Ashland Library.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 14, bring your kids for a “Winter Celebration: Under the Sea!” starting at 10:30 a.m.. This event is designed for all ages and will feature everyone’s favorite fishes, Nemo and Dory. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a wonderful weekend, and remember Dr. King on Monday!