Friday, November 23, 2007

11/24/07 Thanksgiving, Deck the Halls at The Peart's, Abundance Swap

I’m sending many thanks to everyone who made the 2007 Holiday Parade such a joy to watch. Thanks to the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Indian Princesses, the cheerleaders, the firefighters, the Patrick Henry Marching Band, the horses, the shiny cars, the speedy Shriners, the antique cars, and the beauty queens. Thank you to everyone who found the time in their busy weekend to walk in the parade or cheer from the sidewalk. Last, but not least, thank you to the Ashland street cleaner who cleaned the streets before and after the parade. We waved to him, too.

Come by Pine Grove Farm on Sunday, December 2nd, from noon to 4:00 p.m. for “Deck the Halls”- an afternoon of Christmas wreath-making in the red barn at Carolyn & Jerry Peart’s home (12438 Elmont Road). Abundant fresh-cut cedar, pine, and boxwood await you to bring home and decorate your house for the holidays. Music provided by Susan Greenbaum. Reservations are requested ($25 per person, $35 per family) by calling (804) 355-2825. All proceeds will be donated to Hilliard House- a program that helps homeless women and children in the Richmond area find ways to reach the lives they desire.

Do you need an alternative to the shopping frenzy the weekend after Thanksgiving? Come to the Abundance Swap at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.) on Sunday, November 25th from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Bring an item or two that you don’t need or want anymore (no clothing or paperback books) and swap it with someone else. Last year, we found a set of attachments for my mixer that had never been used. Kids come early to help decorate the center for Christmas. Call 798-2728 for more information.

The “First Ever, Most Unofficial Ashland Turkey Trot” will be held Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. beginning at Carter Park. You’ll be guilt free for the rest of the day if you come out and run with Tom Grant. There’ll be a 10K, 5K, kid’s 1 mile, and kid’s ½ mile. The winner will have the race named after him or her next year. Email for more information.

Stop by Town Hall and get your 2008 Ashland calendar on sale now for $10 each. Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

All my best wishes are with you this weekend- no accidents, no stress, no arguments- only good food and time spent remembering all the things we have to be thankful for. Call me at (804) 310-5320 or email with you news about town. Happy Thanksgiving!

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