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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

August 18, 2016


We can get through this heat, I know that we can. I keep reminding myself that I got through Central Virginia summers with no air conditioning in the 1970s and 80s, so certainly I can bear this. Box fans in every window, women with cornstarch on their arms, and men with handkerchiefs in the shirt pockets to wipe the sweat; that was summer in Westmoreland County.
The first home football game for Patrick Henry will be Friday, Sept. 2 against Caroline County, and the first home football game for Randolph-Macon will be Saturday, Sept. 10. You are so lucky to have two home teams to cheer for!
I know that I talked about this last week, but we need to keep talking about our Patrick Henry marching band. Their uniforms have had almost 20 years of continual use, which cannot be good for anyone.
The Band Boosters are working diligently towards their goal of $42,000 for a complete set of new uniforms, and so far they have raised $14,000. If you would like to help them, you can send a check to the PHHS Marching Band Boosters, Patrick Henry High School, 12449 W. Patrick Henry Road, Ashland, VA 23005.
The Bluemont Concerts have returned to the campus of Randolph-Macon, so plan on spending your Sunday evenings around the fountain in front of Mary Branch Hall. This Sunday will bring Hard Swimmin’ Fish with their funk-infused blues. Perfect for our southern weather! The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids under 12. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy music under the stars.
Come out to the cool Ashland Theater this Friday night to support your local Ashland Barracudas Swim Team with the 1988 hit, “Big.” Tom Hanks was in his early 30s when this movie was made, but he clearly looks like he is in his teens. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
There are some great programs coming to your Ashland Library in September! James Upton will discuss his research on the Civil War origins of Ashland’s Woodland Cemetery, including the stories of soldiers buried there, the early history of the Slash Cottage Resort Hotel, and the Town of Ashland. “Leaving neither Wife, Child, nor Father” will be on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
The Ashland Street Parties will return this Saturday, Aug. 20 with the Kings of Swing. If anyone came and danced this past winter at the Officers’ Ball, then you know how fun this band can be! The music starts at 7 p.m., and there will be lots of food and drink options. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the gate. Visit for more details.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Stay cool this weekend!