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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

July 21, 2016


When I was little, my grandfather drove a big Lincoln that had an 8-track player. He and my grandmother loved musicals, specifically “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Camelot,” so much of my childhood was spent sliding around on that huge backseat listening to show tunes. One particular line that comes to mind these days was probably sung by Richard Burton, and is in a little song where he is describing Camelot, where it “never rained ‘till after sundown…”
I think about a place where it only rains at night during these summer thunderstorms. Especially in this warm weather when there are so many things happening in the evenings: swim meets, baseball games, street parties, a fine walk. The risk is always there that a storm may come. But I suppose we don’t really want to be a Camelot anyway; we have too many beautiful quirks and meaningful scars to be perfect.
Have you finished reading “The Body” yet? It is not a long story, so if you went and found the book this evening, you could be finished by Saturday night when the Ashland Theater will show “Stand by Me,” that 1986 movie that made River Phoenix and Corey Feldman child stars. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5.
Next Saturday, find your bobby-socks and come to Music & Movie: The Rock & Roll Jubilee followed by ‘Teenagers from Outer Space’ at the Ashland Theater. Costumes are encouraged! The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 each.
Your Ashland Library is serving free breakfasts to any child under the age of 18 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this summer from 10 to 11 a.m. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child 18 years of age or under may come to eat. For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at (804) 798-4072, or email
The Ashland Museum and Hanover Arts and Activities Center presents “Camp Ashland 2016,” a history camp for all rising second through fifth graders. Curious kid campers will explore how people lived in the 19th and early 20th Century in Ashland. Led by a National Parks Service Ranger, campers will go back in time to experience life in the 1800s and early 1900s. Camp Ashland 2016 will be held Aug. 1-5, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Center, 500 South Center Street. Cost is $90 for children and grandchildren of Ashland Museum members and $100 for non-members. Call (804) 368-7314 for more information.
C.J.’s Thumbs Up Foundation will host their D.J. Boogaloo Fundraiser Saturday, July 30, from noon to 10 p.m. at the COTU Brewing Company, 11293 Air Park Road. Several live bands will play throughout the afternoon and evening, food trucks will be parked, and there will be several auction and raffle opportunities. Come for a fun evening and support an organization that provides assistance to families with children in life-threatening illnesses. Admission is $20 per person, with kids 12 and under admitted for free.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Enjoy the weekend–stay cool!