What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Dec '13/Jan '14
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Dec 2013  Jan 2014 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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The Henry Clay Inn - our featured business,  is Re-Opening on Monday - December 9th.  Go by to see what's new!

Cross Mill Gallery is also the home of Jeremy Witt, our featured artist for December.  See his work along with other wonderful artists on Sunday, Dec. 8th from 1-5pm for their annual holiday show.

The idea for Deck the Halls all started when the leaders of a Girl Scout Troop wanted to figure out a way to raise money for Hilliard House.  Dec. 8th from 11am-4pm will be the  9th Annual Deck the Halls at Pine Grove Farm.   

Upcoming Events
Dec 5 Thurs  First Thursday in Downtown Ashland
Visit Gallery Flux & wish them a Happy 2nd Year Anniversary!

Dec 6, Dec 9-12  7:30pm &  Dec 7-8  2pm  $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Dec 6 Fri 7pm  &  Dec 7 Sat 4pm & 7pm  $5
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Play: The Gift of the Magi 

Dec 7  Sat  10am-12pm 
Ashland Library
Holiday Movie

Dec 7  Sat   9am-12pm
Ashland Farmer's Market (behind Town Hall)
Holiday Market

Dec 8  Sun  11am-4pm 
Pine Grove Farm 12438 Elmont Rd. 
Deck the Halls

Dec 8  Sun  1-5pm 
13405 Independence Rd. 
Cross Mill Gallery Show

Dec 13  Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library  
Teen Movie 

Dec 14  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Movie: Elf - Fundraiser for PH Model UN

Dec 21  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Movie: Despicable Me

Dec 22 Sun 2pm 
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church  (201  Henry St).
Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert "Touch the Winter Sky"

Dec 27  Fri  7-10:30pm 
Dance Dance Dance   (110 Thompson St.). 
4th Friday Social Dances at Off and Dancing

Jan 17 Fri 7:30pm
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Blue Musician & Story Teller Scott Ainslie

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland:
Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun noon-2pm

Ashland Library is open Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Story times for kids Mon10-12am & 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: Ashland Coffee & Tea, Iron Horse, Farmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

Have an event to share? email mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.
Many Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Ashland for hosting the Olde Time Holiday Parade!  We are so grateful to the Kiwanians for volunteering for so many downtown Ashland events!  
Just in time for College Exams  b.whimsy made these custom  "care packages" for both a Wahoo and a Tribe student.     Visit b.whimsy 105B England St. to find for something unique, & easy to mail & that suits YOUR budget!
The Ashland Museum has launched a new Members Bulletin with an issue focusing on the Great Fire of 1893.  Join the Museum to receive the Members Bulletin and support its efforts to showcase the rich historical and cultural heritage of our town.  Already a member?  A gift a membership for friends and family is a great idea! Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org for more information.  
Celebrate the Holidays in the Center of the Universe!
Photo:  Wulf Post Thanksgiving Feast made with local Cross Bros. Groceries!
I hope all of our readers were able to head downtown for Small Business Saturday last weekend, but if not, there are plenty of great shopping, dining, and cultural arts opportunities to be sampled during the holiday season!  Invest in your local economy this year by patronizing the many unique businesses right here in Ashland.
Start your Ashland shopping spree on First Thursday 12/5 at Gallery Flux when their 2nd Annual Invitational Miniatures Show reception. This show continues til Dec. 28th.  Be sure to congratulate Hugh Joyce on his 2nd Anniversary of opening this wonderful gallery. Expect a selection of fantastic, reasonably-priced gift ideas, featuring the works of more than 30 local artists.  I purchased two beautiful Christmas gifts there last year by artists David Camden and Tayloe Moore. On Sunday, Dec. 8th 1-5pm Cross Mill Gallery will have their annual show as well. 
A vast array of unique gifts are also available at Hickory Creek Antiques, Thrill of the Hunt, The Chiffarobe, The Giving Tree Depot, re*funk*it, Jezebels, and the soon-to-be-open Yesterdays and Today in the former Dresser Drawer building.
Visit the Shoppes on England Street next door to the McArdle Insurance offices.  Find unique garden gifts at the Home Energy Store and order a personalized gift from b.whimsy, which also has the best roasted Virginia Peanuts on the planet.  Pick up a bottle or two of wine from the Caboose Wine & Cheese .  Better yet, buy a case and save 15%.  And don’t forget that train for your Christmas tree at Train Town Toy & Hobby.
Coronado Jewelers created a special pendant that will find its way into my wife’s stocking this year.  You can find more of the Coronados’ great work on display at Wagner Jewelers.  Next door at the Ashland Museum, pick up a copy of the documentary, “A Railroad Runs Through It,” and share Ashland’s unique history with family and friends. Memberships make great gifts.
We all know that Iron Horse, Turner’s, Homemades by Suzanne and the Trackside Grill offer great dining experiences, but don’t forget about some great take-out places as well.  Enjoy a super-delicious lunch from Monique’s Crepes, parked between We Think In Ink and Gallery Flux every Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Virginia Barbecue and Pepicelli’s Pizza are also just a few blocks away.
Make your home-cooked holiday meals special with a little advanced planning and the help of Cross Brothers Grocery.  My family celebrated a “Second Thanksgiving” last Saturday with a roasted suckling pig ordered from our good friends at Cross Bros.  What a terrific feast! 
There’s also plenty of affordable holiday entertainment here in the COTU.  Check out the Upcoming Events listing in this edition of GET CENTERED and fill your holiday calendar with Ashland music and fun.  Check out “The Gift of the Magi” this weekend at the Firehouse Theater.  Take Samba lessons at our new state-of-the-art dance studio, Off and Dancing.  There is something for everyone! 
Don’t forget to bring some holiday cheer to those in our community who are in need.  This year’s A.C.E.S. Wish List is published below.  Participate in the Deck the Halls event on Sunday 12/8 and you’re not only helping the homeless women and children at Hilliard House, you’ll also bring home some fresh Christmas wreaths and garlands. 
Speaking of decorations, let’s show off our Christmas spirit to everyone visiting or passing through town by lighting up our homes and businesses for the holidays.  Seeing our fair town all aglow from the window of an Amtrak train is bound to be a thrilling experience, and another reason for visitors to come back and experience all we have to offer in the Center of the Universe! 
Hope everyone has a safe, happy and prosperous holiday season.  

Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Executive Director

Take your pick of FUN COTU Events:
Happy 2nd Anniversary to Gallery Flux!   Celebrate on First Thursday, Dec. 5th from 6-8pm.   Get your holiday shopping in as well!  The 2nd Annual Miniature Show is open til Dec. 28th. As a special treat there will be a Plein Air Demo by Linda Hollett-Bazouzi.
Ashland Firehouse Theater Holiday Events

Live Theater: "The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry, about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving.

Email to make your reservations: whislestoptheatre@gmail.com
December 6 Friday at 7pm
December 7 Saturday at 4pm and 7 pm 

Movies $2 begin at 7pm:
December 14 Elf (sponsored by Patrick Henry Model UN)
December 21 Despicable Me
Click HERE to see Virginia This Morning featured story on Deck the Halls 12/2/13 - it includes how to make Kissing Balls! 
 Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale 
"Touch the Winter Sky" 

2013 holiday concert series:

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond
Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland    

Business Spotlight: Henry Clay Inn REOPENS 12/9/13
Monday, December 9th is the Grand RE-OPENING of the Henry Clay Inn.  Go by to check it out!   Ann-Carol Houston gave Ashland Main Street Association a sneak preview of the  Inn's new and improved features to include their fitness center and business center.   Breakfast will be served earlier  7-10am to appeal to the business traveler crowd. We certainly love visitors in the Center of the Universe!  Thanks for reopening and we look forward to seeing your patrons in downtown Ashland!

For More Information: Visit www.henryclayinn.com

Featured Artist: Jeremy Witt

Surrounded by Art: Drawing with Light
Jeremy Witt grew up surrounded by art.  Living at Cross Mill with his artist parents, Nancy and Jack Witt, his life was filled with sculpture, painting, and photography.  Nancy often painted using her own photographs and slides as reference and she allowed him to use her camera to capture images of his toys as a child.  At age eleven, he received a gift of his own camera from his uncle and aunt and he took it everywhere.  In college at Randolph-Macon, he fully embraced the liberal arts – graduating with a theatre major and English minor.  He also took advantage of the College’s incredible darkroom and a friend taught him the ropes of developing and printing his own images.  He felt a strong connection with the fine art of black and white, which is eloquently expressed in his images today.

Visions of photographing a friend in Hollywood Cemetery in the fall of 1993 led to the work that would earn him his first inclusion in a show in December 1993.  His venture as an artist took off from there.  He moved to New York in the summer of 1998 when he was doing what he calls “traditional Ansel Adams black and white photography.” He hit the ground running – sending out slides of his work, writing screen plays and acting.  He was encouraged by the response – won a few awards – so he kept going.  He says he’s exhibited work just about everywhere – in restaurants and coffee shops, outdoor festivals, as well as at regional and national juried shows and museums and galleries.  He even had show at Ashland Town Hall a few years back.

His current body of work, Light Drawings, began about three years ago.  A natural outgrowth of his early representational work, the images are literally drawn with light.  By removing cameras and film from the process and working directly with light, the work has an improvisational aspect, which has ties to the abstract expressionist movement in painting.  During the wet development process, he uses the enlarger and room light and the traditional darkroom techniques of dodging and burning light to produce the final images.  The darkroom is essentially the camera – and for those who are wondering - it’s not an electronic graphic design construction.  All of his “Light Drawings” are one of kind and hand-made in the moment.

Jeremy characterizes himself as an “action artist” and loves all of the activities of art making - being out in the world, working in the darkroom, matting and framing, hanging shows.  He brings that spirit into his work – “working with” the raw materials of photography as opposed to “doing to” in pursuit of trying to create an accurate representation of any particular concept.

People interested in his work can find it online at www.jeremywittphotography.com .  One may also visit Cross Mill Gallery on Sunday, December 8 from 1 to 5pm, where Jeremy’s work, along with his first book inbetween, will be for sale.  Directions to the gallery as well as highlights of the other artists in the show can be found at www.crossmillgallery.com.

Visit our Downtown Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

2nd Annual Invitational Miniature Show and LIVE onsite Raku Firing! 
New works by over 30 Regional Artists- all 8" x 8" or smaller, less the $400 and LIVE on-site Raku Firing!  (Show runs through December 28)

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

Show for artist Mitchell Johnson  runs until Dec 13.

Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. 

Thrill of the Hunt
Cross Mill Gallery

Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Visit the Ashland Art Alliance website to find out about artists in your community.
Randolph-Macon offers Art, Music, Lectures & Plays & Visitors!

Upcoming Dec '13/Jan '14 R-MC Events -
(Open to the Public)

Flippo Gallery 211 N. Center Street
Art Show:  Exhibit by Mitchell Johnson
Show runs through Dec 13.  Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Dec 6th & Dec 9-12  7:30pm &  Dec 7-8  2pm  $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Jan 17  7:30pm 
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Blues Musician & Story Teller Scott Ainslie

Check out their awesome Girls Basketball Team as well!  Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for giving so much to our community!  

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for December:
Adult Clothing
Adult Tennis shoes in good condition - all sizes
men's pants  -  size 32-36
Children's Clothing
new underwear and socks
childrens pajamas - size 8 and up
boys large clothes  -size 6 and up
canned meats
Brunswick stew
Toilet Paper
Sets of Sheets - Queen and King Sizes

All donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at 507B Caroline St. (behind Haskins) on Mon, Wed and Fri from 8:30-11:30am.  
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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.  

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