Wednesday, June 9, 2010

5/20/10 First Street Party, Chalk Walk, Farmer's Market, Firehouse Theater

We had a wonderful Street Party last weekend. We have been charmed these past few years with beautiful weather at almost every outdoor party behind the library. The Chalk Walk drawing sponsored by Main Street and created by COTU artists were incredible- I only wish they were more permanent, but maybe that's part of the beauty- that it's fleeting. Lovers danced, children laughed, and the music echoed over our sweet town.

After all the news this week about pesticides on our food, there is no better time to visit the Ashland Farmer's Market! Locally grown food are just safer and healthier. Come fill your basket with fresh lettuces, herbs, onions, rhubarb, free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef & pork. You'll also find native perennials, and delicious muffins, scones, cakes & brownies. Music this week is provided by Harper & Company- a bluegrass trio! Make the Farmer's Market part of your Saturday routine!

The movie at the Firehouse Theater this Saturday features a Virginia boy: Joseph Cotton, born in Petersburg, stars in "The Third Man" with Orson Wells, Trevor Howard, and Alida Valli. Suspense and intrigue in Cold War Europe are on order for us; the movie starts at 7:30 pm, tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 18.

Randolph-Macon's Softball Camp is gearing up! Sign up your daughters, aged 5-14, for this great camp held on the RMC campus. Coach Kevin Proffitt will instruct and entertain for the week of July 12th from 9am to 3pm with daily swimming in the Brock Center Pool. The cost is $220 which includes a camp t-shirt and visor. You can contact Coach Proffitt for more information: or 752-3611.

Our fingers are crossed for some clear weather this weekend as AC & Ann Bruce help celebrate the marriage of their son, Ash, and his fiancee, Amanda Patterson! We wish them a long and happy life, which they'll inevitably have- look at their role-models!

We're really lucky to have some beautiful state parks in Virginia, and on Wednesday June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Library, Tom Cervenak, Marketing Manager for VA State Parks, will share all about camping, hiking, swimming, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, and other fun things you can do this summer at our parks. Tom will have giveaways & prizes for everyone, and refreshments served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Have you stopped by Cross Brothers lately? They're celebrating their 98th anniversary this year- imagine the party we'll have to have in 2 more years! Local strawberries are available, as well as all those incredible hand-cut meats.

And speaking of grocery stores, I haven't been in Martin's yet and don't know if I can. I'm taking it very personally that Ukrop's left, especially since I didn't just go there to buy groceries. When we moved back here from our year in Massachusetts, the first place that I went was to Ukrop's. It was part of my Richmond, my childhood, my life. I liked saying the name to out-of-towners, I liked bringing visitors to shop there. I liked getting a glimpse of the senior Ukrops when they would visit the stores, and I didn't mind at all that they were closed on Sunday. I don't know what to do with my UVC card, and I wish I has a few of those old aisle signs to hang on my wall. Going into Martins now will be like visiting the house that you grew up in, after someone else has moved in. I would like to remember it the way it was.

So, you can write and tell me how nice Martin's is, and how low the prices are- but I'm too senitmental. I just can't do it.

Call or email me your Ashland news: 310-5320, Have a great week! Keep your feet dry!

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