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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

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July 30, 2015


Our summer cacophony is in full swing. I love the sounds of Ashland in the summer: cicadas, lawn mowers, and an afternoon thunderstorm. You don’t have to have a porch or a deck to enjoy it– a stoop or doorsill will work. I know it is humid, but we will miss this in November.

I have heard wonderful reviews of the newly expanded Caboose Wine & Cheese shop and now, restaurant! The space is beautiful and we have heard that a favorite sandwich is “The Chopper.” They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week, later on weekends. How wonderful that we have a breakfast place that we can walk to!

We have two classic movies coming to our Ashland theater: “Back to the Future” this Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m., and “The Princess Bride” Thursday, Aug. 6, also at 7 p.m. “The Princess Bride” will be a fundraiser for the Ashland Barracudas. Do you know how much lane lines cost?

There is a wonderful camp for rising second through fifth graders, so if you’re looking for a last-minute activity for next week (Aug. 3 through 7, 9 a.m. to noon), sign up online at This cool camp will investigate Civil War spy techniques, the telegraph and Morse code, what people ate and wore in the19th century, and where hobos left their signs around Ashland. How wonderful that there is history all around us! Call (804) 368-7314 for more information.

The Bluemont Concerts start this Sunday with a great swing band, the Silver Tones. Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy the music from the shade of Randolph-Macon’s great oaks in front of (back of?) Mary Branch Hall. The music starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids under 12. Plan on spending every Sunday in August at a Bluemont concert!

If that’s not enough music for you, the Mid-Summer Street Party will return to town Saturday, Aug. 15 with King Edward and the BDs. The music starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Happy birthday to some summer babies: Sandra Lynne, Tom Wulf, Lucy Klisz, and our own Susannah Gilmore who turned 18 on July 28! Where’s the baby?

Time goes by too fast– make sure you spend many aimless minutes with good friends. Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320,