Monday, July 28, 2008

7/24/08 Street Party, Tiger Trot, Bluemont, Bright Beginnings

By all accounts it was a lovely street party. Of course, that’s no surprise because I’ve never heard of a bad party in Ashland. It was reported that the band was good and the dancing first rate. The next one is scheduled for September 20th with Ron Moody and the Centaurs, an old Richmond favorite. Put it on your calendar if you haven’t already, and add the Tiger Trot (see below) while you’re at it.

Planning has begun for the 2nd Annual Tiger Trot to benefit the Henry Clay and John Gandy PTAs. The big day is Saturday, September 20th, with the children’s races (1 and ½ mile) starting at 8 am, and the 5K starting at 9am. You can register on-line at , and there are special prizes waiting for the kids who complete the summer training program. If your child is interested, send an email to Tracy Brown at

The first Bluemont Concert of the season is this Sunday, July 27th on the front lawn of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and find a good spot to listen to the music of Oreta Knicely. This landmark performance, in English and Spanish, will include Ralph Gordon on bass and music ranging from lively gypsy rumbas to hot numbers and other melodies from Europe, Brazil, Bolivia, and Appalachia. Refreshments will be provided by volunteers from the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and Friends of Bluemont, and $2 for children under 12. The music begins at 7pm- find a seat by 6:30.

The children of Hanover County are fortunate that the YMCA’s “Bright Beginnings” Program has such dedicated volunteers who help hundreds of kids get the school supplies and new clothes that they need to start school. You can give a monetary donation on-line at (go to “branches”, then “Patrick Henry”, and then “Bright Beginnings”. You can also drop off donations of school supplies at any YMCA branch. Call 798-0057 to see how you can help.

The Aktion Club is looking for volunteer opportunities! This club, co-sponsored by the Hanover Parks & Rec., and the Ashland Kiwanis Club, is a group of intellectually challenged adults who are eager to participate and make a difference in our community. They are available to perform office tasks, small repetitious projects, or any jobs that may require multiple people. They meet once a month to complete their tasks at the Pole Green Rec. Center. Please call Jennifer Godfrey for more information at 365-4694.

Happy Birthday to Susannah Gilmore who turns 11 on July 28th!

Turn on a sprinkler and play with your kids in the backyard- they grow up too quickly, and the summer will be over in a matter of minutes. Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, Have a wonderful week!

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