Thursday, February 18, 2010

2/17/10 Snow Blindness, Another Busy Weekend, No More Cakes

The snow is hurting my eyes. I don't like this bright, white light that reflects off the ground these days. It's garish, like fluorescent lights in a cafeteria, and makes everyone looks pale and ashy. I miss that soggy Ashland ground, and the soft Virginia sunshine that we know & love so well.

Casino Night at St. Ann's was a brilliant success thanks to it's amazing coordinators: Lorie Foley & Jackie Plank! It was nice to see our favorite auctioneer, Marlynn Turner, working that audience and increasing those bids! The food was comforting, the 70's outfits greatly entertaining, and lots of money was raised to fix the parish hall roof. A good time was had by all.

Movies are back this weekend at the Firehouse Theater in Downtown Ashland. Bring the whole family this Friday to see "Lillies of the Field" starring Sidney Poitier as an unwitting helper to a community of German nuns living in the desert. Then Saturday, "The Philadelphia Story" comes to town with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart. What a classic, classic movie! Both shows begin at 7:30 pm with popcorn and snacks for sale!

The finals of the Hanover Idol competition have been rescheduled to this Sunday, Feb. 21st at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. The Junior Idol contest starts at 5:15, and the Hanover Idol starts at 7:30. Tickets are $7 at the door. Come early to get a seat and enjoy our incredible home-grown talent!

Here's another example of how we're all sick of the snow: the Randolph-Macon Men's Lacrosse team was out yesterday trying to clean the snow off their field. With snow shovels. One scoop at a time. Fight the good fight, boys, keep at it.

Bring your little kiddies out to the Ashland Library next Wednesday, Feb. 24th, for a Slumbertime Storytime at 6:30 pm.

Take advantage of all the good restaurants that we have in town now! There's wonderful music these days at the Ironhorse & Ashland Coffee and Tea, and our three new restaurants have set out to impress us all. Try Bart's Station Cafe, the Trackside Grill, or Turner & Braggs for your next big date.

If you're wondering why I haven't talked about the impending departure of Ukrop's, it's because it's just too disappointing and upsetting. I don't care what all those "come-heres" say, I loved Ukrop's. Every birthday cake I ever had came from there. It is like losing Thalhimers and Miller & Rhodes all over again. I cried in my pillow when they closed. Martin's- blah. That's how I feel.

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

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