Friday, November 7, 2008

11/6/08 Halloween, Train Day, Library Events, Is the Cow Catcher Open Yet?

Halloween in Ashland was wonderful, as expected. The air smelled of fallen leaves, and the costumed children ran ahead as their parents stopped to talk at each front porch. We loved the adult costumes as well, especially Ross Luck and his orange-sherbet three piece suit, and Sister Lori Foley!

On Friday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m., wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed friend to a special evening Family Story time. Milk and cookies will be served, and this fun event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Happy Birthday to Madison Brown who celebrated her 10th birthday on November 5th!

Our town will be busy this Saturday with the 6th Annual Train Day. This event has grown and grown over the years, and it’s amazing to see how many people from out-of-town attend! The events will begin at 9am and will be located mainly at the Library and the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. The Town Clock will be dedicated at 9:30 by the Train Station, and there will be free trolley rides all around town.

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present a holiday concert Sunday, December 7, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland.Performances will be at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm and will feature Bach’s Magnificat in D and other seasonal selections, including “Coventry Carol” and Holst’s “Christmas Day.” Tickets are $15 and $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. They may be purchased in advance at Cross Brothers’ Grocery in Ashland or at the door prior to each performance. To reserve tickets, please call 804-798-3283.

The newest, greatly anticipated, restaurant will open November 7th. The Cow Catcher’s menu can be found at and looks like it has something for everyone. We hope that it’s a great place to hang out with friends.

Did you ever see the movie “Holiday Inn” with Bing Crosby and Fred Astair? Their old Inn was only open on Holidays, and Ashland is beginning to remind me of a Holiday Town. I think lots of people in the Richmond area view Ashland as the place to go when you want a small town experience. 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas- all times when we think of our childhood and gravitate to the sidewalks of a simpler time. While those visitors have to say goodbye eventually and watch Ashland slip away in their rear-view mirror, it is here everyday for us. We are Bing and Fred running the Inn, and the movie set is our backyard.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 804-310-5320, An archive of these columns can be found at Have a beautiful week.

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