Friday, December 5, 2008

12/4/08 Winding Down the Year, Holiday Calendar, Deck the Halls, A Christmas Carol

I am writing this on December 1st and it’s hard to believe that this year is almost over with. There is less than one month left to 2008 and to our Sesquicentennial. It has been a good year to live in Ashland; one filled with bustling activities and celebrations. Will 2009 be quiet and ordinary in comparison? That would be alright, wouldn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with ordinary as long as it’s not accompanied by complacency, and I would struggle to find that in our sweet town.

Before we move forward into 2009, take a moment to remember what Ashland used to be like. On Thursday, December 4th, at 7 pm., come listen to longtime Ashland residents share their stories of the town’s past as part of the continuing 150 Celebration. You really need to attend this. Listening to these stories will make you feel like a real Ashlander, even if you’ve only lived here a few years.

On Saturday, December 6th, from 10 am until noon, bring your kids to the library to make holiday ornaments for your tree. Holiday refreshments will be served by those wonderful Friends of the Ashland Library.

Come have breakfast with Santa at the Ashland Masonic Lodge #168 Saturday, December 6th, from 8:30 to 11:00 am. $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 will get you pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa.

Sunday, Dec. 7th is the 4th Annual Deck the Halls fundraiser to benefit Hilliard House at Pine Grove Farm, home of Jerry and Carolyn Peart. From Noon- 4:30pm, come out to the farm and create your holiday decorations with fresh cut pine, cedar, and boxwood collected from historic homes in Hanover County. Parking and transportation will be available from St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Snead St. Everything is provided to help, including Master Gardeners who can offer artistic advice. There’s also a wonderful children’s area for kids to make their own decorations. Donations are $25 per person, and $35 per family. Call 798-9131 for reservations.

There may still be some seats left for Randolph-Macon’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens at the Cobb Theater. Reservations are made by calling 752-7316. The shows are December 5 through 11th, and you can hear the show times when you call the reservation number.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We traveled to the Northern Neck for the day and got home late Thursday evening. It was wonderful to see family and to be in the country, but it is always a pleasure to arrive home. Dave Gilmore routinely says, “This looks like a nice town- let’s move here.” We all agree. Call or email me with your holiday events, Christmas pageants, or tacky light sightings: 310-5320, You can find an archive of these columns at My fingers are crossed for snow.

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