Saturday, July 5, 2008

7/3/08 Red, White, and Blue Events, Library Bugs, Have you bought a birthday present for Ashand yet?

Happy, Happy Fourth of July! By now you should have all the ingredients (homemade, and primarily apple) for your apple pie and have planned out your preparations. Bring your pie to the Hanover Arts and Activities Center between 9 and 10am on the 4th with your registration form. Winners will be announced at 12:30 and the pies will be auctioned off to benefit the Center. The registration forms can be downloaded from

Pack your picnic basket and find a shady spot on the front lawn at 500 South Center Street. Get your red, white, and blue clothes and come spend the day with your neighbors as we celebrate our independence from those tyrannical British.
New to the festivities this year will be the Most Patriotic Pet Contest. Bring your puppy, cat, chicken or pig and dress them in red, white and blue. A prize will be awarded.

If there are any kazoo players out there, your talents are needed in the Ashland Kazoo Corp for the 4th of July Parade. Kazoos will be provided, but bring your own if you want. Everyone needs to meet in the grassy lot at the corner of Railroad and Henry Clay Street by 10 AM Friday morning. There is also a 150 Brigade that’s open to everyone and anyone who would like to march in the parade.

We’re all going in on a birthday present for our sweet town- a beautiful clock for the train station. You can help out by donating to the Ashland Foundation, which is a 501(c) (3) non-profit. Make your check out to the Ashland Foundation, memo “Town Clock”, and mail it to PO Box 1600, Attn: Josh Farrar, Ashland VA 23005.

While we’re talking about the big birthday party, don’t forget to order one of the Plant 150’s trees that are available. Orders will be taken until Sept. 1st for American Hollies, River Birches, Northern Red Oaks, Red Buds, or Red Maples. Hard to choose, isn’t it? Order forms are available at the library or Ashland Coffee and Tea.

Be sure to check the 150 website: every so often for updates on the celebration planning.

There are two fun events coming up at the Ashland Library. On Tuesday, July 8th, at 11:30 am, bring your kids over to learn about the creepy crawlies of Central Virginia with the Virginia Living Museum. We have to live with all those bugs through the summer; we might as well understand them.

Friday, July 11 will be Teen Movie and Pizza Night beginning at 6pm. Isn’t it nice to have the library around? It’s not like we have a movie theater in town or anything…

Have a great weekend and call me with your Ashland news- 310-5320, Ta!

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