Happy 2017!  Beat the Winter Blues in Downtown Ashland!

January-February  2016 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College
MAP Spotlight

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

ACES Needs

Featured Business:  The Mainline AND Newfound Gathering Place & Eatery @ Ashland Coffee & Tea
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The Hanover Arts & Activities Center & Ashland Museum hosted a reception for 'Mercy Street' fans on Dec 11, 2016. The 2nd Season premiere was shown at Randolph-Macon Blackwell auditorium and included the PBS community artistic director and many actors and extras from the Richmond area.  Watch on TV Jan 22nd!
Gallery Flux and 14 other locations throughout the COTU participated in Ashland's Gingerbread Trail from Dec 3-31st. A raffle for a $50 Town Gift Certificate took place - Alexis Shockley of Gallery Flux did the honor of pulling the winning ticket, awarded to Sasha Lay.  Many thanks to all that participated!  (Photo below:  All loved The Tinder Guest House clever GODZILLA -TRAIN themed Gingerbread on display at the Library!)

Sweet Frog Center of the Universe Gives Back to the COTU! 
Join the Fun! 
Sweet Frog Fundraiser for Kiddie Kingdom
January 18 Wed 3pm-9pm

Come on out and mention Kiddie Kingdom at the register!
Upcoming Events


Jan 5 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street

*Jan 9 Mon - Last Day to Sign Up for the Ashland Musical Variety Show!

Jan 12 Thurs 7pm Lecture:  The Lemon Project:  A Story of a Slave with Dr. Jody Allen 

Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave) Event is sponsored by the Ashland Museum & Ashland Library

Jan 13 Fri 5-7pm Teen Movie & Pizza Night (Ages 11-16)
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Jan 14 Sat 10:30am-Noon Winter Celebration: Under the Sea!
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Jan 15 Sun 3-5pm ‘IN PLACE’ Opening Art Reception – show runs til Feb 3rd
Flippo Gallery (211 N. Center St)

Jan 15th Happy 2nd Birthday to Jake's Place!  Ashland is happy you came to the COTU!

Jan 16 Mon 12pm  Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Randolph-Macon College Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St) www.rmc.edu

Jan 22 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony 
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Jan 28 Sat 9:30-10:30am Hanover Master Gardeners: Composting
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Jan 28 Sat 6pm 3rd Annual Ashland Police Officers’ Ball
Randolph-Macon Brock Center
Town of Ashland Police Department

Feb 1 Wed Noon-1pm Beginning Knitting Workshop
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Feb 2 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux  (307B England Street)

Feb 10 Fri 5-7pm Teen Movie & Pizza Night (Ages 11-16)
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Feb 11 Sat 2-4pm Make a Valentine’s Day Tote Bag
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Feb 15 Wed Noon-1pm Beginning Crochet Workshop
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Feb 16 Thurs 7:30pm  “Yours in Love and Revolution: The Immortal George Jackson In the Sun of Palestine” Discussion
Randolph-Macon Andrews Hall Multipurpose Room (420 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Feb 19 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium  (205 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Feb 26 Sun 3pm  Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium  (205 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Feb 26 Sun 4pm Untold Stories
Location To Be Determined

Feb 27 Mon 9am-5pm  Best of Study Abroad Photo Exhibition – show runs til May 5th
Randolph-Macon McGraw-Page Library  (305 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College


Send news updates to mainstreetashland@gmail.com

Experience Ashland...

Antiques:  Hickory Creek Antiques- open 7 days a week; Sunday 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 (Closed for Renovations); Blackwell Auditorium & Cobb Theater at R-MC

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   The Caboose Market Cafe    

COTU Brewing Co. (11293 Air Park Rd) Craft Beer & great music every weekend.

Origin Beer Lab (106 S. Railroad Ave) Great Beer 'experiments' to try out!  Growlers filled too! 

Check out our Ashland Insiders Guide & Map

***Have an event to share? 
 email mainstreetashland@gmail.org.  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.


Great Investment for Great Press on Light Up The Tracks!
Photo Above:  Dec 22, 2016 Issue of the Washington Post features Ashland Virginia!  Caption: "Mary Hayden Stehle, 5, and her 7-year-old brother, Will, watch the Christmas lights as their train passes through Ashland, Va., on their way home to Richmond from Washington".(Photo Credit: Timothy C. Wright/For the Washington Post) Click HERE for the full article. 

Ashland Main Street Association made an investment in Commonwealth Public Relations and it truly paid off when reporter Andrea Sachs from the Washington Post came to Ashland via Amtrak to do a story on the Light Up the Tracks.  Dan Bartges, Kathy Abbott, Phyllis Theroux, and Brian Chandler from Commonwealth PR met with Andrea at the Iron Horse Restaurant. Sharon McKenna, generously opened up the Tinder Guest House so photographer Tim Wright could get photos from the second floor. Neighborhood Watch encouraged residents to keep their lights on throughout the evening and many businesses stayed open late to showcase our lovely town.  Many thanks to all that helped to make our town merry & bright that evening.  In case you missed this- click HERE to see the full article and additional photos!  Commonwealth PR was instrumental in getting press coverage in the Richmond region including RT-D, WRVA, CBS 6, ABC8 and more.  In case you missed it - check out Mark Holmberg's story on Ashland's Magic Mile !  

Based on press coverage alone - the 2nd Annual Light Up The Tracks was a huge success!  Main Street would like to thank all the business owners, Randolph-Macon College, the Ashland Police Department, the Town and residents who participated.  A special shout out goes to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center for hosting the opening night event and for Lorie Foley, Sue Forbes Watson and Fred Horn for directing the amazing entertainment!  What a memorable way to cap off 2016 & we look forward to more COTU magic in 2017! 

Beat the Winter Blues!
Gallery Flux Opening Reception  for 'Colors of Home' include oils by Amy H. R. Donahue, pastel paintings by Dan Michael, and ceramics by David Camden Thursday, January 5th from 5:30-8pm.  Show runs January 5th - March 31st 2017.  Enjoy music at the Iron Horse Restaurant after the show.  
Support those that make Ashland Safe!  
3rd Annual Ashland Police Officers' Ball
January 28th Saturday 6pm

Tickets Available at
Cross Bros. Grocery & The Caboose & On-Line

Information on tickets and sponsorships is available at www.ashlandpolicefoundation.org. The deadline to reserve a table for six, whether through sponsorships or ticket purchases online is January 12, 2017.

Sign Up for the 2017 Ashland Musical Variety Show -

"Ashland Loves A Parade!"

Deadline to Sign Up: January 9th  Click HERE to sign up online! 

This show is a FUNDRAISER for the Center. One application per person. (We reserve the right to cancel or change numbers, talent, time, etc.) Ashland residency is not required. All are welcome, from ages K and up. Talent is not required, but is appreciated.

Rehearsals will begin January 16 at the Center. You will receive a rehearsal schedule by mail with your numbers. Most rehearsals will occur between 6:30-9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday. Most numbers rehearse 30 minutes at a time.

Questions: Sue Watson 804.402.0296, Lorie Foley 804.339.6175 or Sara Holloway sholloway@hanover.org / 804.798.2728.

Show week at RMC—Act I March 27 (Mon) at 6:30pm. Act II March 28 (Tues) at 6:30pm. Dress Rehearsal March 29 (Wed) at 6:30 pm.

Performances at 7:30 pm on March 30, 31 and April 1 in Blackwell Auditorium at R-MC.

Meet Prof. Jody Allen, Ph.D
Lecture:  The Lemon Project :  A Story of a Slave
January 12 Thurs 7pm
 Ashland Library

201 S. Railroad Ave.


Ashland Museum and the Ashland Library present Jody Allen, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the College of William and Mary and Director of The Lemon Project.Thursday, January 12, 7:00 pm at the Ashland Library, 201 S. Railroad Ave.

Dr. Allen will speak about The Lemon Project, A Journey of Reconciliation. Named for Lemon, a man once enslaved by the College of William & Mary, The Project explores the College’s role as slaveholder and proponent of Jim Crow.

Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Free and open to the public.

Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 16  Monday 12pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

Randolph-Macon College will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16th at noon at Blackwell Auditorium.  Dr. Joseph F. Johnson (photo below), acting president at Virginia Union University (VUU), will be the keynote speaker.

In addition, R-MC's Ujima Gospel Choir will perform several songs during the celebration.   This event is free and open to the public. Map and Directions.

Richmond Symphony Orchestra
January 22nd Sunday 3pm $
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

Thank you Randolph-Macon College for being the second home for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra! We are so lucky to have amazing quality entertainment in the Center of the Universe!   January 22 - enjoy the following performance: 
Gluck:  Overature to Orfeo ed Euridice

Joan Tower:  Chamber Dance

Purcell:  The Gordian Know Untied, Suite No. 1

Schubert:  Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major D. 485

Contact: RSO, patronservices@richmondsymphony.com, (804) 788-1212. Admission at door: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $10 for children; $5 for students with valid college ID.

Featured Business: The Mainline @ Ashland Coffee & Tea
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) has some new signs,and new front doors and great eats and entertainment too - there are 2 sides for this great restaurant!  The "Food Side" is called NEWFOUND Gathering Place & Eatery.   Gather & Graze and check out their delicious pizza!  - they have various seating arrangements and wifi to let you have a comfy place to hang out!  The "music side" is called The Mainline where great bands entertain and they have a great bar menu too!  Don't forget - this space can be rented for fun occasions!  Kate Hawk is an expert party planner!

(Photo Below:  Caroline & Alvaro Coronado enjoy an artisan pizza at NEWFOUND)
Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated.

Needs for Jan 2017:
Adult's gloves
Women's gently used underwear
Men's plus size undershirts
Men's pants - sizes 28-32
Children's new underwear - sizes 2-6
Children's gently used boots - all sizes
Boy's winter tops and bottoms - sizes 8-18
Toiletry items - soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving crème
Gently used pots and pans
Can openers
Non-perishable food items are always welcome! 

Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am

For more information visit: http://aceshanover.org/
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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 Approach™ 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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