Friday, February 27, 2009

2/27/09 Variety Show is Coming to Town, Library Poetry Contest, Railroad Run

The midnight oil is being burned this week at the Arts and Activities Center. If you drive by, you will hear the sounds of rehearsals, and see the lights on until late at night. I am always impressed with the stamina that Lorie Foley and Sue Watson possess when it comes to this show. Based on what I’ve seen so far, this year’s show will be spectacular- jaw-dropping and amazing. Beyond your wildest dreams.

You need to reserve your tickets right away as they always sell out. Reserved seating is available by calling 798-2881, and general admission tickets are available at Cross Brothers and the Arts and Activities Center.

The final Focus Area Meeting of the Ashland Planning Department will be Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 at the Ashland Library. This meeting will focus on the downtown area of our sweet town. Everyone should come to this meeting, because it really affects us all. Please call Zack Robbins with your questions: 798-9219.

The 7th Annual Pamunkey Regional Library Poetry Contest runs from March 2 through the 28th. There are categories for all age levels- kindergarten through adult. Forms can be picked up at the library beginning Monday, and must be returned by the 28th. For more information, stop by and chat with your friendly, neighborhood librarian.

Bring your kiddies in their PJs to the library on Friday, March 6th at 6:30 pm to celebrate Dr Seuss’ birthday! They’ll get to see a movie about a very open-hearted elephant, and have refreshments courtesy of the Henry Clay Woman's Club. The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present two performances of its 2009 spring concert featuring Beethoven’s Mass in C. Other selections will include And There Was War in Heaven by William Gorton, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale.

The first performance will be Sunday, May 17, 6:00 pm, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, in Ashland. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance at Cross Brothers’ Grocery or from any Chorale member, and may also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. To reserve tickets, call 804-798-3283.

Register now for the Ashland Railroad Run 10K and 5K Fun Walk to be held on Saturday, April 4th. A fun addition to this year’s race will be a Green Fair with lots of vendors showing examples of green, or environmentally-friendly ideas and products. You can register online through the Arts & Activities website: Registration forms can also be found at the Center, 500 S. Center St. Call 798-2728 with any questions.

That Yellow Jacket Softball team is one to watch. This past weekend, they split a doubleheader with Mary Washington; lost the first game 4-1 but came back and won the second game 5-4 in extra innings. Paige Smith hit a three run homerun and Katie McCauley knocked in the game winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th inning that scored Ashley Crouch. Coach Proffitt reports that it was a very exciting game.

They’ll play again at home this Saturday, February 28th: a doubleheader that starts at 1:30 versus McDaniel College from Maryland. Come out and cheer on our home-town girls!

The Ashland Yearbooks are beautiful, and if I hadn’t forgotten to pick mine up, I’d be reading it right now. You’ll want to sit and read every single word on every single page. The Yearbook Committee did such a wonderful job! We should all give many, many thanks to Susan Tucker and Betty Carol Stevens who gave this project so much love and devotion.

Call or email me with your Ashland news or stories: 310-5320, Have a wonderful week!

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