Friday, March 2, 2012

1/26/12 Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Abundance Swap, Dolly the Reading Therapy Dog




As I said last week, all we need is consistency, but we are certainly not getting it. We seem to have fallen into a weather pattern that changes everyday: cold, wet, warm, dry. No wonder we are as confused as the daffodils!


There are some birthdays being celebrated around town! Rob Stiles, Rhonda Lacoss, and Carleigh Luck are all getting presents this week. We hope they have a wonderful year.


Mark your calendar for the weekend of February 24th as the Youth Group presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets will be $5 with children 6 and under, free. Proceeds support Duncan youth mission projects, retreats, and special programs. For more information or to place an ad in the handbill, contact Kendra or Teena at 798-7224.


Clean out your cabinets and enjoy a fun afternoon at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center’s Abundance Swap on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Find 3 to 5 items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift, bring them to the Center, then you can pick out 3 to 5 items that you would like to have. No money is involved – just sharing. Feel free to drop off your items ahead of time if you’d like. No clothes, jewelry or paperback books, please. Call 798-2728 for more information.


Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for the Hanover Idol singing competition! The finalists chosen for the Junior Idol were Jordan Brown, Blake Draper, Allyson Flinn, Faith Gitchell, Haley Joyce, Kayla Lipford, Sara Newcomb, Sarah Prevost, Austin Riley, Brooke Walker, Kendall Wilkinson, and Jean Woodrum. Finalists for the Hanover Idol (ages 16 and above) were Carrie Cauthorne, Lindsay Coggins, Jamie Flanagan, Andrea Fornel, Sarah Hopkins, Zhane Jackson, Beth Martin, Tricia Wiles, Lisa Williams, Tim Wilson, Jr., and Alyssa Wright.


The finals competition will be held at The Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 (two shows – one for Hanover Junior Idols and one for Hanover Idols). Winners in each category will become this year’s reigning Hanover Junior Idol and Hanover Idol. For questions, please email info@hanoverarts.org or call 804.798.2728.


This Saturday, Dolly the Reading Therapy dog will listen to your school-aged child read a book to her for thirty minutes. Call your friendly neighborhood library to sign up for a time slot: 798-4072.


Readers, we’re coming up on the 5th anniversary of this Ashland column in April. We should have a party, don’t you think? Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com.









1/19/12 Firehouse Theater, A Day of Mindfulness, Knitting Class




I really don’t have anything to say about the weather. Whatever I write today will sound odd when you read this because the weather will be completely opposite. One day I can’t seem to get warm, and the next we’re sitting on the porch. This winter just can’t decide what it wants to do.


This Sunday will be a happy day in the Sloppy house! Dorothy Sloppy will turn 90 years old and we know that she’ll be surrounded by her family & gifts!


Dreaming of snow? You can bundle up and come see the James Bond movie, “From Russia with Love” on Friday, January 20th at the Ashland Firehouse Theater. Tickets will be $5 each and all the proceeds will benefit the Model United Nations at Patrick Henry High School. The curtain goes up at 7:30pm.


Start practicing now for the 2012 Hanover Idol competition! Auditions will be held this Sunday, January 22nd at the Center. For more information and a registration form, visit http://www.hanoverarts.org/.


If one of your resolutions was to look inward, there is a wonderful retreat this Saturday at the Arts and Activities Center. Maria Fleshood, LCP, will offer “A Day of Mindfulness,” which will help you cultivate a greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Come find your path to spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Call 798-2728 for more information.


Knitting can be a wonderfully expressive craft, and one that it perfectly suited to the winter months. If your child has ever wanted to learn to knit, sign up for the Children/Teen Kitting Classes at the Center beginning next Tuesday, Jan. 24th from 6 to 7pm. The $40 cost covers 4 classes and the knitting needles and yarn are included. Call 798-2728 for more information.


If you know anything about Duncan Memorial Methodist Church, you know that they can sing! Mark your calendar for the weekend of February 24 th as the Youth Group presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets will be $5 with children 6 and under, free. Proceeds support Duncan youth mission projects, retreats, and special programs. For more information or to place an ad in the handbill, contact Kendra or Teena at 798-7224.

So I think instead of dividing our time by some wishing for snow, and some wishing for spring, we could come together and perhaps solve this Virginia winter dilemma. We only need to wish for one thing: consistency. Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Enjoy your weekend!






1/12/12 Planning Ahead, Center Classes, Bluegrass, Firehouse Theater




With cold and bleak weather outside, Ashlanders turn to their own talents to amuse themselves.


Lorie Foley is already planning a musical summer for the kids of Ashland. If you have an aspiring musical theater child in middle or high school, then mark your calendar for auditions on Sunday, April 22nd from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Auditions will also be held the next day, Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Kids will be asked to sing a song a capella and to read from the script. For more information, call the Center at 798-2728.


There are a ton of winter classes at your Arts and Activities Center this winter! If you have ever wanted to knit, make beautiful origami, design jewelry, become more mindful, or learn how to contribute to the NPR project “This I Believe,” the Center is the place to be. Visit http://www.hanoverarts.org/ or stop by the Center at 500 S. Center St. for more information.


The Virginia Bluegrass and Country Music Foundation will present “A Cool Evening of Hot Bluegrass and Country Music by the Railroad Tracks” on Wednesday, January 18th at (where else?) the Arts and Activities Center. The show starts at 6:30 and tickets are $10 for adults with children 12 and under, free. Don’t miss this chance to hear some wonderful Virginia music.


We’d like to send lots of happy birthday wishes to Samantha Slopey who will turn 8 on Jan 14!


Dreaming of snow? You can bundle up and come see the James Bond movie, “From Russia with Love” on Friday, January 20th at the Ashland Firehouse Theater. Tickets will be $5 each and all the proceeds will benefit the Model United Nations at Patrick Henry High School. The curtain goes up at 7:30pm.

Come to the Ashland Library in your PJs for a good snuggle and great books. There is a special Pajama Storytime on Thursday Jan 12th at 6 p.m.. Pjs , blankets, stuffed animals are encouraged. Good books and light treats will be provided.


Start practicing now for the 2012 Hanover Idol competition! Auditions will be held January 22nd at the Center. For more information and a registration form, visit http://www.hanoverarts.org/.


Just look at everything that’s going on! This winter will surely fly by and the spring will be here before we know it. Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com.









1/5/12 Happy New Year, Richmond Jazz Society, Hanover Idol




Oh, I hate taking down Christmas decorations. The houses look so bare and bleak without them. I was trying to think of some kind of January ornaments that we could hang around the eaves, but only snowflakes come to mind. But some of that white stuff wouldn’t be too bad! I love the way our town looks after a snowfall- truly spectacular. Look for some of those trains from up north to come through town carrying some snow on their decks.


If you’re feeling the need to get some exercise after a indulgant holiday, come out to participate in a fun, unofficial 10 miler on Saturday, January 7th. This race begins at 9 am at Railside Trail behind the Brock Center at R-MC, and will wind it’s way around the town. “Uniffocial” means no closed roads or police support, so bear that in mind when planning. A donation of $10 per person will benefit the charity “Faces of Hope” which fights childhood obesity.


Birthday wishes go out to Caitlin Rutherford who tore open her presents on January 4th!


There will be a lot happening at the Arts & Activities Center this winter, so mark your calendars for some great events. On Sunday, January 8th, the Richmond Jazz Society’s “Make Music With Me” program will kick off the first event of the Children’s Culture and Concert series. Bring your kids over at 3:30pm and introduce them to some wonderful music and instruments. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, or $8 at the door. To make a reservation, email info@ hanoverarts.org or call 798-2728.


Start practicing now for the 2012 Hanover Idol competition! Auditions will be held January 22nd at the Center. For more information and a registration form, visit http://www.hanoverarts.org/.


We forgot to wish Ellen Wulf a happy birthday last week, but we’re sure that she had a wonderful New Year’s Eve.


We’re in a cold snap mid-week, so check in on your older neighbors and make sure they’re warm. Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Have a great first weekend!