October 27, 2016
The leaves are changing, the air is cooler, and our town is getting ready for Halloween. We truly are a holiday town, one who loves to decorate and celebrate the changing seasons. Are your pumpkins ready?
The best place to be on Halloween is the Arts and Activities Center! Plan your trick-or-treating around a visit to listen to the Hanover Concert Band play spooky music, and see if you can spot the pet rat scampering around the musicians!
This Saturday, Oct. 29, you are invited to bring the whole family out to Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown for some spooky fun! This Halloween tour includes the haunted tales associated with this almost 300-year-old house! Continue your family-friendly spooky adventure by learning about historic funerary practices, superstitions and traditions, including funerary masks and a display of family hair jewelry. Halloween Activities also include face painting, colonial games and hands-on crafts. All of the day’s events are included in general admission.
The Ashland Farmer’s Market is still going strong this autumn! I stopped there last Saturday and picked up some incredible shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin doughnuts, dinner rolls, and gorgeous flowers to decorate my table. The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon behind Town Hall through October.
Gallery Flux is having a free mediation workshop this Saturday at 11 a.m. Monica Rao will conduct an interactive hour-long workshop that will help participants find inner peace and inner silence in a way that the mind will endeavor to eliminate unwanted thoughts. Monica Rao, MSA has been an avid meditator and spiritual healer for more than 25 years, originally trained in Mumbai, India. It is her desire to expand awareness of how art and meditation provide therapeutic healing for the soul. Her goal is to help people reach a positive state of existence through powerful spiritual awakening.
Congratulations to your Patrick Henry Patriots who beat Atlee High School last Friday with a score of 26-14! It is so exciting to see this team be so successful! Their next game is this Friday, away against Highland Springs at 7 p.m. If your evening is free, I know they would love your support!
Hanover County Public Schools are holding an Educational Expo Thursday, Nov. 3, at Patrick Henry High School. A free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6 p.m. There are so many options and choices for your child’s high school education that this program is a MUST for anyone with a middle-schooler!
There are a couple of fun evenings planned at your neighborhood library next month. “Breathtaking Art” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1 for kids ages 3 to 10. Why take a selfie, when you can create something with crayons, markers, watercolors and straws?
Then, Saturday, Nov. 19, bring the whole family from 10:30 a.m. to noon to make ornaments for the Town Christmas Tree! What a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit, with tasty treats provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful weekend!