Friday, December 14, 2012

12/13/12 Christmas Heartache, Donations to ACES, Singing Madrigals

Our hearts ache for the Wenzel family who has suffered two losses less than a month apart. Luke Wenzel, who was just 21, passed away suddenly on November 10th, and his father Neil Wenzel lost his battle with liver cancer on December 3rd. If you know the Wenzels, take the time to check on them this Christmas. If you don’t know them, say a prayer or send a wish that they can find some peace.

If you missed the show at Randolph-Macon last weekend, you should try and catch the movie at the Ashland Firehouse Theater this Saturday: “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” This re-telling of Charles Dickens’s classic story is a great treat for families. The popcorn starts at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! The Firehouse Theater is located in Ashland next to the Rescue Squad at 201 S. Duncan Street, across from Town Hall.

Then next week, after the schools are out, The Patriots Relay for Life Team will be showing “A Christmas Story” (Ralphie!) at the Ashland Firehouse Theater on Thursday Dec.20th at 7 pm. Advance tickets are $5, available soon at Cross Brothers and Ashland Ace Hardware, or from me. Tickets will be $6 at the door. Concessions will be sodas well- all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Girl Scouts of Ashland have been collecting canned goods to donate to ACES and your help is needed! Bring your extra food to the Hanover Manor Assisted Living Facility at 809 Thompson St., and the Girl Scouts will be there December 17th to sing Christmas Carols and sort through the donations.

On Friday, December 14th, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier will have a Free Community Pancake Dinner with Santa starting at 6:00 PM. Following dinner the children will hear the Christmas story, sing holiday songs, spend time with Santa, and have the opportunity to pick out a gift for their parents. St. Peter's is located at 15599 Mountain Road. Please call 883-5596 with any questions.

Is George Stiles really 15 years old? That’s doesn’t seem right. Happy birthday to George and John Hodges who both celebrated last week.

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center has two fun performances coming up! The Children’s Music and Culture series presents the 2nd act of the Nutcracker on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 am. Tickets will be available at the door for $2.00 limited to $10.00 per family.

Then on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 PM, the Hanover Concert Band will conduct a Holiday Concert with refreshments afterward. The concert is free to the public. Join us to get in the Holiday spirit!

The Patrick Henry Madrigal Choir put on a wonderful Christmas Concert and dinner this past weekend. For 20 years, this has been a great way to kick-off the holiday season. We’re sending many thanks to Choral Director Stephanie Ransome and her wonderful volunteers!

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

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