Friday, August 6, 2010

Our Town

Last night Donna and I decided we would go to the free concert in the park in our little town. They have them every Thursday and Sunday night all summer.We also decided it would be a good time to throw in some exercise by walking there. It's about 2mi I would guess from her house. So I drove over and we headed out. I've been thinking about doing a post about Ashland...our town. It's a small University town that really has charm and a quaintness about it. So I'm starting to do this with this pic of the new stadium at Ashland University. It's almost completed and it is very near Donna's house so it was a good time to take some pics. We were going to then walk home after the concert. I don't know why outdoors and I don't get along but it started out to be a beautiful summer evening. A lovely breeze and cooler temps. We arrived and took front row seats and sat back and were very entertained by a family singing, dancing and instrument playing celtic (as in Irish,not Boston)group. Lots of energy they have! Then the clouds rolled in..rain was not in the forcast by the way. We looked at each other and decided to head out. And to call Donna's husband to come and get us ASAP...he did...just before the flood gates opened! We did hear about 40min. of the fun concert but I think I should limit my outdoor activities to somewhere closer to home. Although I don't know why that would save me. I seem to remember a beautiful wedding reception in my back yard that was hit by a tornado. Look it up on an old post. June 2008 I think.
The Eagle fountain is very impressive. Jack loves Eagle stuff but I think this one would be noticed if I tried to move it to the Pines. The doors to the complex were open and to Donna that means "welcome..come inside and look around!" So we did and I was blown away at how lovely it is. Leather chairs everywhere, eagle sculptures on tables. Rooms to party in when the University is having a game. Great workout room. I want to move in!
While walking the streets of Ashland you won't see beautiful ocean views, or mountain tops with snow still on them..but you will see a pretty town creek. When a heavy rain comes the creek fills up to the top and flows like the Mississippi...like it did about 1hr after I took this pic.
As we walked up main street we passed this alley entrance...beyond that creepy gate is....nothing but a yard. It's the original entrance to the cemetery but now everyone uses the "new", (one that's been there as long as I've lived here) entrance. Those gargoyles are really just lion sculptures. Still looks creepy to me.
The renovated band shell looked really good. We are lucky to have such a nice facility to offer these free concerts to the community. I just wish I had attended more of them this summer. Only 3 left to go!
Shae Laurel were very talented...Anyone who can play and dance at the same time when I can barely walk and talk at the same time earns high marks in my book. I'm just sorry the rains came down and floods came up and cut the concert short!

9 comments:

Crawford Family said...

It's easy to forget the beauty you live in, when you just drive by everyday. It is fun to get out and walk. There is some pretty views and nice architecture when you look for it!

lakeviewer said...

You are lucky to live in a town that still supports community arts programs as the concert that got rained on.

Donna said...

Yeah....I think I'm STILL a little wet!!!

Wander to the Wayside said...

I used to live in a little college town (Greeley, Colorado), and you just can't beat it for ambiance and old stuff. Your's looks lovely, but sorry about the concert getting rained out. Chattanooga has a nice summer series, and they're only fifteen minutes away, but by the time you find parking and do the walking, then repeat it to go back home,it takes up a big chunk of evening.

Holyoke Home said...

Wow! That bandstand IS a really amazing community resource. Good for you for walking!

Mimi said...

Looks like a great time!

We often forget what our towns offer.
I love getting lost in my town, shopping in little vintage shops finding goodies and treasures.

We definitely could've been buds, in fact we can be!
You're so lucky! I am dying to see Paul McCartney in concert.

xo

佳陳容 said...

人生有如洶湧的波濤,如果沒有岩石的阻擋,怎能激起美麗的浪花?......................................................

Karen Whittal said...

We really have so much in common, I love your little town.. I am all for small towns, there is nothing like it, it is just a feeling of belonging, when you go away you just can't wait to get back.......

Rose said...

thanks for the start of your tour of your hometown. @ miles would kill me. i agree stay closer to home. Rose