What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - July-August 2016

July/August 2016 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Artist:  

Garden Club of Ashland

Featured Business:  
Iron Horse Restaurant

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Summer Camps

ACES Needs
Did you know?

Bill Gatewood is the new president of Ashland Main Street Association.  You may also recognize Bill wearing a conductor hat- he is our Ashland Train Day Chairman!   

There is a RVA to DC Bike Race that takes place on July 23rd.  A leg of the race goes right through Downtown Ashland!  We love that we have a Bicycle Friendly town!  Click HERE for more details on the race and go by the Visitors Center to get a copy of our new Bicycle Brochure - 4 great routes!  

Love that Virginia Tourism has chosen so many Ashland "Restaurants off of I-95" in this article! Bravo to The Caboose Market Cafe, The Henry Clay Inn and Ashland Coffee & Tea and  The Iron Horse Restaurant which is for the first Main Street Supper Club destination! Join us July 17th!   This is just one of many reason we have chosen The Iron Horse Restaurant as our featured business for July!  

The Summer Book and Movie Club begins July 23rd.  Read 'The Body' and then come on out to see the movie 'Stand By Me'. Be a part of the conversation that compares Book to Movie!  Bell Book & Candle offers discounts for books!  

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center hosts July 4th and other wonderful family friendly events including the Ashland Musical Variety Show.  Be sure to thank Sara Holloway (photo below right) for all she does to bring cultural arts to our community!   She's also the new Ashland Main Street Vice-President! Also -many thanks to her husband Chris for transporting our Grand Marshall Vern McMillan in the parade!  

Louise Keeton Ricks is the artistic director of the Whistle Stop Theatre Co.  She has written 3 play for the Ashland Summer Theatre Festival and will star as Alice in Wonderland at the Ashland Theater on August 13th! 

Upcoming Events

July/August 2016 Events

July 14 Thurs 6:30-7:30pm Life Sized Board Game for ages 5-18 
201 S. Railroad Ave. 
Ashland Library

July 16 Sat 6-11pm Wine for Cures Ashland Street Party 
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

July 17 Sun 5-8:30pm Supper Club
The Iron Horse Restaurant 100 S. Railroad Ave.
Call to make a reservation 
(804) 752-6410 or click HERE

July 21 Thurs 11am  Mother Nature’s Travelin’ Road Show – Virginia Living Museum
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 25-29  Inside Out Theater Camp
The Center 500 S. Center St.

July 27 Sat  7pm  Movie:  Summer Book & Movie Club  showing ‘Stand By Me’
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

July 29 Fri 4pm  â€œAladdin” presented by the Hampstead Stage Company
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 30 Sat  noon-10pm  CJ The DJ’s Boogaloo
The Center, Ashland Coffee & Tea and Center of the Universe Brewery

July 30 Sat  7pm  Rock & Roll Jubilee AND Teenager from Outerspace
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Aug 1-5  Camp Ashland History Camp sponsored by the Ashland Museum
The Center 500 S. Center St.

Aug 2  National Night Out Neighborhood Watch
All over town!

Aug 7 Sun 7pm Bluemont Concert Series with The Taters (1960s Pop Rock) 
R-MC By The Fountain

Aug 8-12  String Theory Fibre Arts Camp with Tinking Turtle Designs
The Center 500 S. Center St.

Aug 13 Sat  Ashland Summer Theater Festival  Alice in Wonderland;  Beauty & the Beast Tamers; Peter Pan-When Wendy Grew Up
Ashland Theater (205 England St), The Center (500 S. Center St) & Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Aug 14 Sun  3pm Concert:  The Music of Patsy Cline with Big John Trimble
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Aug 14 Sun 7pm Bluemont Concert Series with  Trad Hazard (Bluegrass & Old-Time)
R-MC By The Fountain

Aug 19 Fri  7pm Movie ‘Big’ Fundraiser for the Ashland Barracudas Swim Team
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Aug 20 Sat Five Minutes of Fame Short Film Festival 
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Aug 20 Sat 6-11pm Ashland Street Party 
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

Aug 21 Sun 7pm Bluemont Concert Series with  Hard Swimmin’ Fish
R-MC By The Fountain

Aug 22-26  Next Step Needlecraft Fibre Arts Camp with Tinking Turtle Designs
The Center 500 S. Center St.

Aug 27 Sat  7pm  Movie:  Summer Book & Movie Club  showing ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Aug 27  Sat Patrick Henry Half Marathon
Starts at R-MC

Aug 28 Sun 7pm Bluemont Concert Series with  Martinsburg Jazz Combo
R-MC By The Fountain

Top Weekend Events are posted by Wednesday of each week on the Main Street Website www.MainStreetAshland.org  and Facebook.   Send your news to MainStreetAshland@gmail.com

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 

Antiques:  Hickory Creek Antiques- open 7 days a week; The ChiffarobeSunday Historical Treasures 

Art Galleries:  Gallery FluxR-MC Flippo Gallery

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 1-3pm

Ashland Library is open Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm  Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Story times for kids Mon 10-12am  & Tues 10-11am. Book Clubs meet every month 10am 3rd Friday, 1pm 3rd Mon,  7pm 3rd Thurs

Farmer's Market is open every Sat from 9am-12pm May-Nov

Live Music/Dance:  Ashland Coffee & TeaIron HorseEngland Street TavernOff And Dancing! StudioAshland Street Parties,  Bluemont Concerts at Randolph-Macon,  Farmer's Market.

Theater:  Ashland Theater

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   The Caboose Market Cafe  &  COTU Brewing Co. (11293 Air Park Rd) Craft Beer & great music every weekend.

Check out our Ashland Insiders Guide & Map

Email your news: mainstreetashland@gmail.org

We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well and submit news to our local Herald-Progress and the Hanover Local. 

Summer Camps in Downtown Ashland 

Is your child interested in History OR Theater OR Dance OR Music? Check out these opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp - July 25-29.   No auditions required! Visit www.hanoverarts.org or call 798-2728 for more information.

Ashland Museum Camps - Camp Ashland – History Camp for kids
Mon-Fri, Aug. 1-5, 9 am – 12 pm
A National Park Ranger will lead campers on a 19th century kid's adventure. Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open. $90/$100.
Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org or call 804.368.7314 for more information & register your child TODAY!

Diane Hale School of Dance
Dance Camp & Classes offered throughout the summer.  Visitwww.dianehaleschoolofdance.com or call 804.798.3011 for more information.

Ashland Library - Click HERE to see a list of summer activities. There is something for everyone! 

Stay tuned for news about the Ashland Explorers Club!  Lots of fun activities to share with your children- look for details in our Aug-Sept Issue of GET CENTERED.
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Send us your news!:  mainstreetashland@gmail.com
 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
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Summertime FUN in the COTU!
 Get Ready To Party in the Plaza!

July 16th:  Ron Moody and the Centaurs! This is a benefit for Wine for Cures cancer research.

August 20: Kings of Swing - best swing tunes ever!

Music, dancing, food and fun from 7-11pm at the plaza behind the Ashland Library.  Tickets Cost:  $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.  Buy tickets on-line or click HERE to see all ticket sale locations. 
Join Us at the Iron Horse Restaurant for Supper Club- Sunday, July 17th

Ashland Main Street Association is pleased to present our first Supper Club event. This fun and delicious initiative is designed to highlight our great restaurants in town - and they'll be donating 20% of the proceeds to the Ashland Main Street Association! This will benefit events like Train Day and more!  

If you've never been to Sunday Supper at the The Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave.) this is the perfect opportunity to check it out! Every Sunday they have a different three-course menu and its always delicious (especially the biscuits!). Make your reservations now for this Sunday July 17 from 5-8:30pm!   Call to make a reservation (804) 752-6410 or click HERE to reserve online.  Don't forget to mention that you are there to benefit Main Street!  
Let's go to the THEATER!  

Check out the schedule of events below with fun movies, music, and live Theatre options until October 1st!  Some highlights coming up:  

Summer Book & Movie Club on July 23, August 27 & September 16.  We encourage you to support the cutest little book store on the tracks and buy your summer reading list at Bell Book & Candle 106 1/2 S Railroad Ave.  Questions - contact Bill Ewald 804.798.9047.   Read to your kids - make this a family date- July 23rd:  Book:  'The Body'  by Stephen King   Movie:  Stand By Me

Rock & Roll Jubilee followed by the movie 'Teenagers From Outer Space' takes place July 30th at 7pm.  Costumes are encouraged!  

Football Fans - save the date for 'Rudy' - August 6th.  This fun film will get you psyched for the season! 

The Whistle Stop Theatre Co. has been busy busy getting ready for the Ashland Summer Theatre Festival - August 13th Saturday!  If your business would like to offer a special on this day - email cotutheater@gmail.com.  We are glad to advertise free of charge in our program! 

Are you interested in renting the theater for your business or organization?  email cotutheater@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event!  
The Whistle Stop Theatre Co. Presents:

Ashland Summer Theatre Festival August 13th Saturday!

3 Great Plays - 3 Locations in Downtown Ashland  

Each play is shown at 12pm 2pm & 4pm at the following locations Only $10 per family or $5 per show!
  • Ashland Theater (205 England St.)  Alice in Wonderland 
  • Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)  Beauty and the Beast Tamer 
  • Ashland Coffee & Tea  (100 N. Railroad Ave.)  Peter Pan - When Wendy Grew Up 
Get your tickets for The Ashland Summer Theatre Festival at www.whistlestoptheatre.weebly.com.  
Make this a family date and enjoy at our downtown Ashland restaurants!   Click on the video below for a sneak peek!
Ashland Summer Theatre Festival
July 30th, 2016 noon-10pm at Center of the Universe Brewery!

.Enjoy an entire afternoon & evening of great music, food trucks, beer, head shaving, an auction, and FUN! This is a family-friendly event.This year's Boogaloo will be held at Center of the Universe Brewery, (11293 Air Park Rd) 
Tickets are $20 per person, 12 & under are FREE! 
Click HERE for ticket purchase and information on volunteer needs.

Celebrating 13 Years of Bluemont Starting  August 7th! 

Join us for fantastic music under the stars at beautiful Randolph-Macon College!  Enjoy a picnic with friends and family at  Mary Branch Residence Hall which is near the fountain and nice and shady!    Bluemont veteran volunteer extraordinaire Paige Christy, has scheduled outreach concerts prior to all shows to benefit the Hanover Manor, OmniPark Place Senior Center, Alpha House.  These outreach performances give residents, who may not be able to attend otherwise, a chance to enjoy the music and even meet the musicians before each show!  We love that Bluemont gives back to our community!   Let us know if your organization would like to sell concessions at one of our concerts.  Sponsors are greatly appreciated.   Visit www.Bluemont.org for more information.

2016 Bluemont Concert Schedule
Sundays at 7pm  Mary Branch Residence Hall at Randolph-Macon College:

August 7, 2016
August 14, 2016
August 21, 2016
August 28, 2016
September 4, 2016

The Taters1960's pop rock 
Trad Hazard bluegrass & oldtime
Hard Swimmin' Fishfunk infused blues
Martinsburg Jazz Combo -jazz and swing 
Welcome Back Zydeco Fest
for Randolph-Macon Students & Staff 

Featuring Dixie Power Trio zydeco funk band 

Many Thanks to 'The Center' for our 4th of July Memories! (Photos by N. Liberante)
Business Spotlight: Iron Horse Restaurant
Ashland Main Street would like to thank the Iron Horse Restaurant for hosting our first ever Supper Club on Sunday -July 17th.   We hope you will join us from 5:30-8pm and when you are there be sure to thank Rusty Stone who is the manager/chef extraordinaire of this wonderful iconic venue. 
Main Street applauds businesses that bring visitors to the Center of the Universe!  The Iron Horse Restaurant consistently puts Ashland 'in the news' as a great tourist destination. Recently, Virginia Tourism recognized them as a must stop off of I95!  They offer Ashland's Hippest Sidewalk Cafe seating! Their attention to detail and outstanding service and entertainment make this restaurant a natural pick as a featured business to be visited often!  
Featured Artists: Ashland Garden Club
Ashland Garden Club Make Our Visitor Center BEAUTIFUL!   

The  Ashland Main Street consider gardening an Art Form! In Spring 2016 The Ashland Garden Club was awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $1,000 in the Beautification category for its “adoption” of the gardens surrounding the historic Ashland Train Station and Visitors Center in 2011. Heritage tourism and the conservation of historic structures are significant to the “Center of the Universe,” and the garden club volunteers have amended the soils, planted new trees and perennials, and an irrigation system through their Conservation and Beautification Committee. The plan now is to install handicapped seating, and planters for paved areas to create a comfortable, safe, and scenic place for their community. The garden club donates many hours to maintain this site, including picking up litter and cigarette butts, and expects to continue to provide a picturesque place in which to sit and watch the trains go by.   Thank you for all you do to make or COTU visitors have a beautiful experience!  

FYI - Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 in 30 in Thirty Grants to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, they are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of their partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex. Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues:  Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification.

Many thanks to all the members of the Ashland Garden Club who have contributed to this outstanding recognition.  We appreciate all you do to make Ashland a beautiful tourist destination!  


Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:
  • Men’s work boots - sizes 10 and up
  • Adult’s gently used tennis shoes
  • Men’s jeans 
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner combination
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Children’s summer pajamas
  • Children’s summer tops and bottoms – especially boy’s sizes 8 and up
  • Boy’s new underwear and socks
Food Items Needed: 
  • Instant rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables (we have an abundant supply of green beans, corn and peas)
  • Cereals
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am
During the months of July and August ACES will be closed on Fridays. 
Our Senior Rides program is growing! We need drivers! If you’re interested in giving a few hours monthly to this very worthwhile program, please contact us at www.youraces@verizon.net or 804-543-6115. The Montpelier, Beaverdam, Rockville area needs drivers as well. ACES will be coordinating drivers and riders until WHEAT (Western Hanover Emergency Action Team) can find a coordinator.
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All About Main Street  & '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.  It works to preserve, enhance and promote downtown Ashland, to improve the economic vitality and livability of our unique town while preserving its historic character.  On June 7, 2013 Ashland Main Street Association was recognized as a designated Virginia Main Street Community.  

The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approachâ„¢ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts.  
'GET CENTERED' is Ashland Main Street Association's monthly newsletter that highlights events in the Center of the Universe.  We feature businesses, artists, nonprofits, Randolph-Macon College and town events in each issue.
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