What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - April-May 2013
April/May 2013 Issue:

Ashland Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:
Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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Questions/Ideas email:  mainstreetashland@gmail.com

PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
Let us help you promote your next Arts & Culture Event.  Send all news items for review to mainstreetashland@gmail.com by the 1st of the month to be considered for the next edition of 'GET CENTERED'.  Please include graphics in jpg format.  We look forward to hearing from you!
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Upcoming Events
April 11th Thurs 5:30-8pm  through May 3rd
Gallery Flux
Opening Show: Meandering

April 13th Sat 3-6pm
Gallery Flux
Virginia Art Chat:  VMFA Richard B. Woodward

April 13th Sat 2-5pm
R-MC Campus
Camp Town Festival 

April 13th Sat 5pm
Ashland Museum
Woodland Cemetary Walking Tour

April 19th Fri 4pm
Parking Lot next to the Caboose Wine & Cheese
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Parking Lot

April 20 Sat Noon-5pm
Parking Lot next to the Caboose Wine & Cheese
Ashland Wine Festival

April 20 Sat 7:30 pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater
Free Movie at the Firehouse Theater

April 20, Saturday 7:30pm 
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium 
Richmond Guitar Quartet and Percussionist Ian Browning

April 21 Sun 3-5pm  through May 31st
Flippo Gallery  Randolph-Macon College
Opening Show:  Arthur Hash & Susanna Starr  

April 24 Sat 5-8pm
Bass Pro Shop 
Taste of Hanover/Hanover ARC

April 27 Sat 9am-12pm  
Randolph-Macon College & All Around Town
Macon A Difference Day

April 27 Sat 7:30am-12pm  
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
35th Annual Railroad Run & Green Fair

April 27 Sat 3pm
Duncan Memorial next to Blackwell Auditorium
R-MC Spring Music Concert 

April 27 Sat 7:30 pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater
Free Movie at the Firehouse Theater

April 28 Sun 2-4pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
6th Annual Afternoon Tea 

May 1-4 Wed-Sat 8pm 
R-MC Cobb Theater Call 752-7316 for Tickets
Comedy:  Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer 

May 2 Thurs 5-9pm
Various Downtown Shops -Visit Gallery Flux!
1st Thursdays - Downtown Arts Walking Tour

May 4 Sat 9am-3pm
The Ashland Library Plaza
4th Annual Chalk Walk

May 4 Sat 11am
In front of the Iron Horse Restaurant
D.B. Cox 100th Year Dedication

May 4 Sat 11am
Visitor's Center 
Free Downtown Walking Tour

May 5 Sun 2pm Thomas Branch Atrium & 3pm
Blackwell Auditorium Call 788-1212 for Tickets
Richmond Symphony Orchestra:  Metro Collection Beethoven's Pastorale

May 11 Sat  ALL DAY
Train Station & Visitor's Center 
National Train Day Celebration

May 11 Sat 11am
Visitor's Center 
Free Downtown Walking Tour

May 11 Sat 3-6pm
Gallery Flux
Virginia Art Chat:  Pam & Bill Royal

May 16 Thurs 5-8pm
Companion Extraordinaire
10 year Gala Celebration

May 18 Sat 11am
Visitor's Center 
Free Downtown Walking Tour

May 18 Sat 7pm
Library Plaza
Ashland Street Parties

May 25 Sat 11am
Visitor's Center 
Free Downtown Walking Tour

May 25 Sat 
Town Pool Opens

Weekend Entertainment Ongoing:

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun noon-2pm
Farmer's Market is open every Sat from 9am-12pm May-Nov
Live Music:  Ashland Coffee & Tea, Iron Horse, Farmer's Market

Click on the links for each event for more information.  We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Ashland!  Have an event to share?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.org.  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well. 

Did you know?
The owner of the famous horse Secretariat is buried at our local Woodland Cemetary- vist our museum for more details! 

Randolph-Macon College offers many public events and is considered the other home of the Richmond Symphony.  

The Ashland Museum is sponsoring a Summer Camp for 4th and 5th graders.  For Information Visit: ashlandmuseum.org.  The Center Theater Camp is sponsoring a Summer Camp for 1st through 5th graders.  For information visit hanoverarts.org.

You can pick up an updated map of our Downtown District at the Visitor's Center - the next issue will be printed in May 2013.  

THANK YOU Downtown Ashland!

Your feedback from our first issue of GET CENTERED has been very positive.   Welcome to our many new subscribers - all are welcome.  Visit mainstreetashland.org to subscribe.      We value your input and hope you will enjoy this monthly e-newsletter about downtown Ashland.  As a reminder, we want to  encourage everyone to utilize the town website for publicizing events.  Make sure you bring by your fliers to the Ashland Visitor's Center - they are glad to post your event!   If you have suggestions for future issues of this publication please email Jen Chambers, Promotions Committee Chair at mainstreetashland@gmail.com or call 304-5588. Each month we will recognize one of our Ashland Main Street friends who is making a positive impact in our community.  Please submit your articles by the 1st of the Month to be considered in the next edition of 'GET CENTERED'.     
Join Us Saturday, May 4th, 2013 for the 
4th Annual Chalk Walk 9am-3pm @ The Library Plaza   

Adults, kids - all are welcome to join in the fun!  Ashland Main Street Association sponsors this annual event .  All proceeds go to support our Arts & Culture District.  We provide the chalk - you provide the Art!  

Click here to register for a 3'X3' or 6'X6' block!  It's so much fun.      
We need the help of the Ashland community to continue to make this event a success.  Your sponsorship will help to fund this and future Ashland Main Street Events.  Sponsorship levels start at $25 dollars.  New this year is the $100 50/50 option where a designated artist will receive $50 for their design and $50 will support the Arts & Culture District.  

Click here to sponsor the Chalk Walk!

All registrations & sponsorships must be received by April 30th.   Questions?  Contact Nancy Cozart  ashlandchalkwalk@yahoo.com  or call  804.242.1125 
 D.B. Cox Building 100 Year Anniversary 

The D.B. Cox Building (where McKinney & the Iron Horse Restaurant are located) will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on May 4th.  A historic marker will be placed to the left of the Iron Horse front doors.  Ashland Main Street Association & the Ashland Museum are coordinating this event and look forward to serving you cake on May 4th at 11:00am.  Join us in front of the Iron Horse Restaurant for this historic event!  Many thanks to the Ashland Museum for providing this postcard image.  

Looking for the perfect LOCAL gift? Birthday, anniversary, wedding, new baby? In May, the Town of Ashland will launch a community gift certificate program!
How does it work? The program operates similar to a mall gift certificate program, but with this program customers purchase an “Ashland Gift Certificate” and spend it at any participating Ashland business. Certificates will be for sale at Town Hall in any denomination. The certificate is printed on a live check, so the recipient of the gift certificate spends it at any participating business, they get change back for any unused balance, and the business owner simply deposits the check with their nightly deposits.
The Town is administering this program along with the support of the Market Ashland Partnership; however, no commissions or fees are charged for this service. Every dollar spent to purchase a certificate is deposited into a checking account for gift certificate use only. The program is open to all Ashland businesses. If any business outside town boundaries is interested  they may participate through a membership with the Market Ashland Partnership.
During the month of April, Ashland businesses are invited to sign up for this program. They may do so online at www.town.ashland.va.us or by contacting Alexis Thompson, Economic Development Coordinator at 798.1073 or athompson@town.ashland.va.us. There are no fees, commissions or contracts for businesses to participate.
The goal of this program is to support local businesses in Ashland and encourage citizens to buy a “local” gift certificates for their friends and family instead of buying big-box or online gift certificate. It’s one more way to shop local and one more way to support Ashland.

New Parking Lot Celebration

Local businesses are cordially invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, April 19th at  4:00pm to celebrate the completion of the  Municipal Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit which is located next to the Caboose Wine & Cheese.    A brief reception will follow at the Town of Ashland Council Chambers.   Please RSVP by Friday, April 12, 2013 to Samantha Romano, Marketing Coordinator, Filterra Bioretention Systems (804-752-1449, sromano@filterra.com).  Ashland Main Street Association will present our "You've Been Noticed" award at the ceremony.  

National Train Day is May 11th!  
Bring the family to watch trains and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Ashland Visitor's Center & Historic Train Station.  Bring your own lunch or purchase from local restaurants.  Amtrak goodies will be given out while they last!  


WelcomeBack Herald-Progress!  

Ashlanders are so excited to have the "HP" back in downtown Ashland. May 1st is moving day for  the entire Herald-Progress team!  

Companion Extraordinaire Celebrates 10 Years!

For ten years Dawn Beninghove's  has provided widows/widowers, seniors & young adults with the best possible home health care service.  Join them on Thursday, May 16th 5-8pm for their Gala Celebration.    
Henry Clay Inn Update
Ann-Carol Martin Houston, General Manager of The Henry Clay Inn reported that they will be closing on October 19, 2013. Her parents, and owners of the inn, Carol and Ray Martin look forward to being retired from the business after more than 21 years. They built the inn back in 1991 have truly enjoyed meeting their guests and serving downtown Ashland. 
Wine for Cures:  We are so grateful to Gil Miles and the Wine for Cures nonprofit for creating the first Ashland Wine Festival which will be held at the new parking lot next to the Caboose Wine & Cheese on April 20th from noon - 5pm.   Go to www.wineforcures.org  for more information & to buy your tickets on-line. 

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center is hosting the 35th Annual Railroad Run & Green Fair on Saturday, April 27th!  Visit www.hanoverarts.org to register today.   If you are not a runner - come on out anyway.  There is so much to see and do at the Green Fair!


Visit Ashland's Arts & Culture District
First Thursdays- Ashland Arts Walk May 2nd
Ashland's Arts & Culture District has many things to offer.  Make plans to stroll in downtown Ashland on the first Thursday of every month -- Gallery Flux and other businesses will stay open til 9pm to demonstrate why Ashland loves art!   We hope to see you on May 2nd.  All downtown businesses are welcome to participate! 
What is happening at our Downtown Art Galleries?  
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

April 11th 5:30-8pm  Opening Show:  Meanderings:  paintings by Leonette Adler, Kathleen Walsh, Carol Anna Meese and Cri Kars-Marshall   Show runs until May 3rd.

April 13  3-6pm  First Virginia Art Chat featuring Mr. Richard B. Woodard, Curator of African Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art 

May 11 3-6pm Virginia Art Chat featuring Pam and Bill Royal who will speak about their collection of contemporary art. 

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

April 5th-21st;   Work of Rosemary Jesionowski

April 21st 3-5pm Opening Show:  Arthur Hash & Susannah Starr will exhibit works metalsmithing and sculpture.  Show runs til May 31st.

*We have wonderful galleries outside of Downtown Ashland as well.  Visit http://www.town.ashland.va.us/  for more information.

Visit our fun artsy shops and dine in our fabulous restaurants.  Click here for a complete listing of our Cultural Arts District.  
Ashland Firehouse Theater had a successful fundraiser this winter and are proud to offer FREE movies on Saturdays in April.  Save the dates:  April 13, 20, 27 and come out to enjoy the shows.  Doors open at 7pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm.    "The Princess Bride" is the first show!  

Did you know that the Ashland Firehouse Theater is also a playhouse?   Last year Ashland's own Louise Keeton wrote and performed in 'Food Baby' to a packed house!  Lorie Foley directed the play and will be back to help with another play written by the talented Ms. Keeton.  Save the dates for SaturdayMay 11th 12pm & 2pm  and Sunday, May 12th 2pm.  

Visit www.ashlandfirehousetheater.org for more information! 

The Ashland Museum is offering a walking tour on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 5:00pm of Ashland’s historic Woodland Cemetery. Woodland was founded in 1862 as a burial site for Confederate dead.  Find out about others resting in Woodland including some of Ashland’s founding fathers and Randolph-Macon College founders and presidents.
Planning Summer Vacation Activities? Consider History Camp for rising 5th and 6th graders, August 12-16. Among the other activities planned are a telegraph and Morse code demonstration and trips to the North Anna Battlefield Park and to the Smithsonian Museum. The cost is $150 per child, and $125 for members with an Ashland Museum Family Membership or higher.  

Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org to register for these events.

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp will perform 'Fiddler on the Roof' this summer.  Auditions will be Sun, May 5 (3-5pm) and Wed, May 8 (6-8pm).  Middle and High school students (rising 6th – rising 12th graders) can audition.  

There will be a 3-Week Summer Theater Camp from July 8-25 Mondays – Thursdays (12:00 – 2:30pm)  Campers will be given the opportunity to do an ensemble number in “Fiddler on the Roof”.  No auditions required!  Camp is for Elementary school students (rising 1st – rising 5th grades)

Visit www.hanoverarts.org for more information. 

Featured Artist:  
Alvaro Coronado
“Nothing can defeat me!”

Imagine an eight-year old Colombian boy, working in a jewelry shop as the “go-fer” for metal smiths who worked on chains, filigree, and wedding bands from…and the boy constantly finding excuses to look over their shoulders at the work…sounds like an opening scene from a movie, doesn’t it?  Actually, it’s a true story.

Alvaro Coronado, a jeweler in Ashland, was that little boy.  The men working in the shop shooed him away frequently, but one of them went to lunch one day and told Alvaro to take a seat at his bench and continue the metal filing on the wedding band that he was crafting.  Alvaro was apparently good at it, because one of the other men showed him how to twist wire to make filigree and that’s how Alvaro got his start in jewelry making.  He made his first ring at nine years old.  He had no formal training after graduating high school, but over the years, he mastered the craft of working with metal.  What he loves about metal is the challenge of melting, flattening, and transforming it into something beautiful.

Alvaro’s natural curiosity has led him to learn many things over the years, including Shotokan Karate.  He gained his black belt, and was inspired to design the Obi Ring, for which a patent is pending.  The ring includes a mechanism to add and change out stones that represent the belt colors of Karate accomplishment.  The design then led to a Keepsake Pendant for families to honor loved ones with birthstones.
Much of Alvaro’s work has been commissioned by museums to recreate period pieces (our own Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond commissioned him to do a humidor).  His Jewish Marriage Ceremonial Ring was created after a piece at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in the tradition of the ring, when entire communities used one ring for marriages of its young people, Alvaro loaned this piece out to a couple in New York for their wedding.
A true Renaissance man, Alvaro isn’t limited to metal.  He plays the flamenco guitar, does photo retouching, composes music, was an honorary clown in the Barnum & Bailey circus, served as “Senior Faire”(the Virginia State Fair’s public persona), and what seems to be a hundred other things. 

Alvaro also knows how fortunate he is to have his wife, Caroline, who markets and promotes his work.  He says that a good marketing person is the most important element for an artist.  Caroline is an artisan herself, so stay tuned for a profile of her work.  Visit them online at: www.obiring.com

The Ashland Main Street will feature an artist with each issue of GET CENTERED.  Please send suggestions for artisans to highlight, exhibitions and shows to review to Pat Morris at  morrisdesign@verizon.net.  Remember to support local artisans!
All are welcome to attend the R-MC CAMPTOWN Festival!  Join R-MC Students on April 13th, Saturday from 2-5pm for great music, kids activities & more. CAMPTOWN is a celebration of Randolph-Macon College past, present, and future.  There will be two stages of performers including our headliner, Kingsfoil.  CAMPTOWN will also feature student and alumni musical and performance talent including Anthony Kouri Williams, Derek Dittmar, the Ujima Gospel Choir and many more.  The opening act for the main stage will be local Richmond band, Hero Gets the Girl.

CAMPTOWN is also excited to have six food vendors in our Chow Town Food Court on Caroline Street as well as our student organizations hosting tables in our Kidz Town area with proceeds from activities going to benefit various philanthropic organizations in the R-MC Tradition of service.

​Visit Ashland's college - R-MC for this wonderful family friendly event!  

R-MC Offers Many Public Events

Many thanks R-MC for supporting the arts in so many ways in Downtown Ashland!  Besides the Flippo Gallery - there are many activities that are open to the public.  Save the dates for the following activities:

April 20, Saturday 7:30pm Blackwell Auditorium Free
Richmond Guitar Quartet and Percussionist Ian Browning

April 27, Saturday 7pm Blackwell Auditorium Free
Spring Choir Concert 

May 1-4 Wed-Sat 8pm Cobb Theater Call 752-7316 for Tickets
Comedy:  Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer 

May 5 Sun 2pm Thomas Branch Atrium Free 3pm Blackwell Auditorium Call 788-1212 for Tickets
Richmond Symphony Orchestra:  Metro Collection Beethoven's Pastorale

Support the Yellow Jackets!  Check out their many sporting events!  
Click here to  view the  campus calendar.   

Message from Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Executive Director

Explore the Center of the Universe!

Just as our heels are cooling off from another fantastic Ashland Musical Variety Show in March (insert shout-out to Sue and Lorie here), we welcome the warmer weather and the wealth of wonderful events and activities that April ushers in.  Find out why Ashland is truly the Center of the Universe by exploring the downtown district and beyond this spring. 
Start your trek with First Thursdays on April 11th.  Doors open at 5:30 for Gallery Flux’s newest exhibit, but don’t stop there!  Check out the fantastic new outdoor patio at Thrill of the Hunt and visit the other downtown retailers staying open late for your convenience.  Enjoy a great meal at Turner’s, the Trackside Grill, or the Ironhorse.  Cap off your evening with live music at Ashland Coffee and Tea.
On Saturday, April 13th, don’t miss the organic offerings at the Ashland Farmers Market in the morning.  Spend the afternoon strolling through the downtown Arts & Culture District and visiting unique shops like re*funk*it, Chiffarobe Antiques, Jezebel’s, and the newly expanded Hickory Creek Antiques.  Don’t forget to swing by the Ashland Museum to check out their current exhibit, “From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865”, then join the museum for a fascinating tour of historic Woodland Cemetery at 5:00 p.m.  Get your tickets in advance on the museum’s web site, www.ashlandmuseum.org
Help us dedicate the new municipal parking lot at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 19th, at 4:00 p.m.  Learn why the innovative paver technology is helping improve water quality throughout the region.  Come back to the parking lot on Saturday April 20th to enjoy our first
Ashland Wine Festival hosted by the nonprofit “Wine For Cures.”  Visit the Ashland Main Street tent among the many other sponsoring businesses and organizations. 
You’ll see our tent again the following Saturday at the 35th annual Railroad Run and Green Fair on the lawn of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.  If you’re not participating in the event, come on down to cheer on the hundreds of residents and visitors who are. 
Continue your downtown explorations on May 4th, when Main Street’s hosts its 4th annual Ashland Chalk Walk from 9 am to 3 pm..  Watch in amazement as artists of all ages turn the library plaza sidewalk into a giant art gallery.  To sponsor the event or reserve a square as an artist, just visit our web site at www.mainstreetashland.com.  Also on Saturday, May 4th, take a break from your creative efforts at 11:00 am to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the D.B. Cox Department Store, now the Ironhorse Restaurant.  Main Street is partnering with the Ashland Museum and the Cox family to install and unveil a bronze historic marker on the building.  Enjoy live ragtime music and a piece of the 100th Anniversary cake.
Look for many more exciting events and developments in our downtown district this spring, including -- we hope – celebrating Ashland earning an official Virginia Main Street Designation.    This prestigious recognition will help encourage the rest of the universe to come visit and explore its center!
Tom Wulf
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About Ashland Main Street Association & 'GET CENTERED'

Ashland Main Street Association is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, founded to help build Ashland into a vibrant, diverse community of residents, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and to bring visitors into historic downtown Ashland.  GET CENTERED is our monthly newsletter that highlights events in the Center of the Universe.  

If you have questions or wish to submit an article for review - please email mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  Articles must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be published in the next issue.  

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