Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1/6/11 News Flash: Singing and Dancing Guaranteed Cure for Winter Blues!

Have you had a hard week? It’s been tough getting back to reality, hasn’t it? No more parties, back to school, back to work, decorations taken down…it’s a hum-drum time.


But wait, what’s that up ahead on the calendar? Have no fear; the 2011 Ashland Variety Show is here! New this year, you can sign up for the performance online at http://www.hanoverarts.org/. But hurry! The deadline is Wednesday, January 12th and rehearsals begin on the 18th!

Your winter will seem warm and sunny when you spend the evenings singing and dancing with your neighbors. The talent will amaze you, and your face will hurt from smiling so much. If you’ve got a child in Henry Clay or Gandy, please, please sign them up for Susan Winkler’s Children’s Chorus. It is always a favorite number, and she’s such a great music teacher.

There are numbers for Dads, numbers for middle-schoolers (“Freedom” by Jason Mraz), “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Walking on Sunshine,”- and that’s just a few. Now, think of those songs and imagine the costumes! I am always amazed at the incredible costumes that we are able to create here in this small town.

What- you can’t carry a tune, and you don’t like the spotlight on your face? That’s ok! You can still be a part of this wonderful show. We need volunteers to help with the set, those costumes, concessions, props, lights, and music. There are so many aspects of this production that there’s something for everyone.

If you are new to Ashland, this is a quintessential experience. When I saw my first show, I couldn’t believe my luck. How on earth did I wind up in such a wonderful spot where people come together to put on a show? It was one of those times when I was convinced that I was living in a Hollywood musical. Do not let this opportunity pass by you. You will regret it, I promise.

Congratulations to the Ashland Police Department who was unanimously recommended for re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement! The assessment team who visited Ashland noted the strong community support, and the commitment of our policemen and women to our town. They take good care of us, don’t they?

I have big hopes for 2011, Ashland. I want to see you at your best. There is so much potential here, let’s shoot for the stars.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com . Have a great weekend!