Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10/17/13 Decorations, Whistle Stop Halloween Production, Chuck-a-Pumpkin, Homecoming at PH



As the rain falls, the leaves turn, and the flowers fade- Ashland begins to decorate.  I think you’ve often heard me say that our town on Halloween looks like a movie set, and it’s obvious right now that set directors are hard at work.  Our old houses are perfect back-drops to jack-o-lanterns and ghosts hung from the porch columns.  Have you found a costume yet?

The Whistle Stop Theatre Company invites families and friends to the first annual “Spooktacular!” at the Firehouse Theatre (201 Duncan Street) for interactive presentations of “The Monkey’s Paw,” “The Raven,” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  All include audience participation, and are suitable for ages 5 and up (not too scary)!  Songs, games, and snacks will be shared:  Saturday at 6 pm; Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm.  Tickets are $5 – reserve places at whistlestoptheatre@gmail.com – bring the whole neighborhood for a spookatacular time! 

Make sure you create an account for your recycling points and consider donating them to a local charity.  Visit www.recyclingperks.com and click on “Shop Rewards” for information on how to donate your points. 

The 10th Annual Ashland Harvest Run is this Saturday, October 19th.  Come out and cheer for these runners who are raising money for several local charities including the Patrick Henry YMCA, ACES, and the Free Clinic. The 10K run starts at 8:00 a.m. at Carter Park, and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:10. 

Ashwood Gardens and Nursery is having their annual Pumpkin Chunk-a-Thon on Saturday, October 26th
from 10:00 to 3:00 pm.  There will be hayrides, face painting, food, and pumpkins flying everywhere.  All proceeds benefit the Hanover Arc.  Call 798-2400 to sponsor a team.

As you are planning your trick-or-treating route, or pacing your candy purchases, plan on stopping by the Center to hear spooky music from the Hanover Concert Band and to see all the great costumes walking around town.  The Band will play from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Come see if you can spy the pet rat who also likes to listen to the music!

It’s Patrick Henry’s homecoming football game this Friday night.  Come cheer on your hometown boys as they take on Thomas Jefferson at 7:00 pm on their home field- Go Patriots!

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com.  If you dressed up as your favorite Ashlander, who would you be?