Tuesday, June 15, 2010

6/17/10 Start of Summer, Children's Market, Miz Edith Retires

These last two weeks of school are always a whirlwind of activities: graduations, parties, assemblies, concerts- I think all parents must feel like it never ends. My grandmother would say that I would "meet myself coming and going." I hope you all have some plans to slip away for a bit this summer. Stick your feet in the sand, lie on a couch somewhere and read a book. It's healthy, and it is always nice to come back home.

Kiddie Kingdom had a party this past week to say goodbye to Mrs. Edith Durrette, who retired from teaching after 38 years! Everyone ejoyed looking at pictures from the past, and listening to stories of her soft voice and quiet authority that resonated with hundreds of Ashland pre-schoolers. We wish her all the best!

I haven't heard much news from LA recently. Anything going on down there in Lower Ashland?

The Farmer's Market this Saturday will be a busy place. The first Children's Market of the summer will showcase our young entrepreneurs and their homegrown produce & homemade crafts. The local 4-H group will also be selling manure as a fundraiser- so bring a container to take some home! There will be two more Children's Markets: on July 17th and August 21st, so please contact Jen at farmersmarket@town.ashland.va.us if you'd like more information about how to participate!The Farmer's Market Bumper Sticker Contest is still accepting entries until July 10th. Wouldn't it be neat to see your artwork on cars all over town? You'll be famous! Look for more information at the manager's table at the Market this Saturday.
Here's a fun opportunity for your child this summer. The vendors at the market are looking for farm volunteers. You will be connected with a grower who needs your help, and leave with produce in exchange. Each of the vendors has a world of knowledge to share, and can always use an extra set of hands. Look for a sign up sheet at the market table, if you are interested in receiving more info!

And the last bit of Farmer's Market news is that Robert Torrence will be performing as you stroll the stands and fill your basket with blueberries, squash, tomotoes (!!), cabbage, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, pork, and goat cheese. You better get there early!Good luck to the Ashland Barracudas Swim Team who compete in their first meet tonight against the Mechanicsville Marlins! Swim fast Ashlanders!

If you remember, it was this time last year that the bear wandered into town. I think he liked Virginia Street in particular. Please call or email me if you see him again: 804-310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Have a wonderful week, COTU!

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