Thursday, July 23, 2009

The COTU Theory of Quantum Speed-Up and other summer news...


The summer is moving by entirely too quickly for my taste, but I know I’m contributing to this hastening, and one theory is that it is completely inevitable. We are products of our town, Ashland! We have become over-aware of the passing of time because of our affection for time spent in the COTU, and have unwittingly succumbed to a downward spiral of hyper-scheduling! OK, well at least I have. There are just so many things to do here, and we hate to miss any of them. Who wants to lie on the back porch and read a book when there’s Movie Night at the Ashland Pool?

Our Charlotte Reynolds is in Houston, Texas for a while still fighting that awful cancer. She turned 4 on July 9th with a party so big that it lasted for two days. It was a wonderful tribute to Charlotte, and her parents Roger & Rachel- and showed how very many people are pulling for her recovery. Happy Birthday CJ! You’re doing a great job and we’re all so proud of how hard you’re working at getting better. Ashland misses you.


This Sunday marks the first Bluemont Concert of the summer. Come hear John McCutcheon on the front lawn of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center beginning at 7pm. Bring your lawn chairs and bug spray. Tickets are $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends, and $2 for kids under 12. The John M. Gandy PTA will have refreshments for sale and will have registration forms for Tiger Trot!

Registration is now open for the 2009 Tiger Trot benefiting Henry Clay and John M. Gandy Elementary schools. This year the race will be held on Saturday, September 19th. The kid's races begin at 8:00am and the 5K begins at 9:00am. You can register online at https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=506. This is a lovely race and does so much to help out our local elementary schools.

Come to Family Game Night at the Ashland Library next Tuesday July 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Beat the heat and play some board games at the library, or try out their new Wii! Check out our selection of books on games and more! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library who will also serve refreshments

The Ashland Farmer’s Market is in full swing! Get there early on Saturday mornings for the best selection. The Market is open from 9 to noon, and this Saturday will feature a Children’s Market where our COTU kids will be selling their veggies. There are beautiful cut flowers that will last all week on your table, blueberries, plants, herbs, eggs, and of course, tomatoes.

The Ashland Youth Soccer League is taking registrations for fall soccer. We have such a great group of dedicated parents and volunteers who run this organization! Your kids will have a great time and they’ll learn a sport that will stay with them throughout their lives. Register at http://www.aysl.org/ before August 15th.

So go unschedule yourself, oh wait- only unscheduled yourself from activities which I am not involved in. Are we clear on that? Good. Call or email me: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Have a free-range week!

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