Monday, August 6, 2007

8/10/07 John McCutcheon, Mighty Barracudas, Library Concert, Farmer's Market Music

Our Bluemont concerts seem to be attracting thunder storms this summer. We are be caught between wanting the rain, and wanting a dry evening to listen to some music. John McCutcheon was particularly incredible this past Sunday. There was a whole stage set with several different instruments and I kept thinking that his band would be arriving any minute, but he played alone- entertaining the crowd with banjo, piano, guitar, hammer dulcimer, and the auto harp. We were lucky to hear half of his show and unfortunately the skies opened up just after intermission, making us all scurry home. Let’s try again this coming Sunday when the Mark Newton Band comes to town with some wonderful contemporary bluegrass. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, and $2 for children under 12. The show begins at 7 pm on the front lawn of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Center St. Call 798-5018 for more information.

Next Tuesday, August 21st, the Ashland Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7pm. An approval or denial of the East Ashland/Ashbury project could happen that night. Please come out and let your town council hear what you think.

The Ashland Barracudas won the Len Everett Award for Division II at the Greater Richmond Aquatic League’s Championship Swim Meet in Northern Virginia. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional sportsmanship during the regular season and is voted on by each team within the division. This is the third time that our team has won this award in six years. What a wonderful team we have: coaches, swimmers, and parent volunteers. Three cheers for the Baracudas!

Congratulations to all the winners and record breakers: Elisa Worrell, Seth Gulas, Matthew Pienkowski, Quinny Kinser, Curran Henry, and Lui Mallory.

The Ashland Farmer’s Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Not only will you find enough organic and local veggies to last you the entire week, but now there is music to serenade you while you shop. We’ve heard bluegrass from C.B. Schools and Chris Hale, and Celtic and Irish music from Daniel Gonet. Shopping at the Farmer’s Market is a wonderful way to support small, local farmers which are such an important part of our community. The market is open from 9 am to noon every Saturday in the parking lot behind Town Hall.

Wednesday, August 15th is the deadline to register your child for fall soccer with the Ashland Youth Soccer League. Register on-line at Call Vern Inge at 798-7485 or Diane Kellogg at 798-5430 for more information.

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 24 for a free concert at the Ashland Library. Local folk artists “Coleman and Fuller” will perform at 7pm. Come listen and enjoy some ice cream on a hot summer’s evening.

There are only a few more weeks left of summer before the school buses start rolling again. I think we would all be better off if we resisted the pull of the retail stores who start marketing school supplies as soon as the 4th of July is over. I say relax, and pretend it’s the middle of June, and that the summer is spread out before you like a dusty dirt road. Spend some evenings catching lightning bugs, or go float in the Town Pool and pretend that you’re 12 years old again. Fall and winter will be here too soon and we’re bound to get some snow and ice this year.

Call or email me with your Ashland news. You all are the people that make this town such a fun place to live. Ring me at 804-310-5320 or email Have a wonderful weekend. See you at Bluemont!

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