What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - June/July 2013
June/July 2013 Issue:

Ashland Main Street Happenings

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

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
Visit us on the Web: http://www.mainstreetashland.org 
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 15th 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! Questions?  email Jen Chambers or call 804.304.5588
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Upcoming Events June/July 2013

June 6  First Thursday 
7 Stores are OPEN LATE:   Home Energy Store, Gallery Flux, Thrill of the Hunt, re*funk*it, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Chiffarobe, Waves Hair Studio - Website http://ashlandfirstthursday.com 
Ashland First Thursday

June 7 Fri 11am-Noon  

Children's Story Time & Music Concert

Ashland Coffee & Tea

June 7 Fri 6pm  

Passport Series Begins & runs 14 weeks!

Caboose Wine & Cheese

June 8 Sat 10am-5pm

R-MC Campus

Strawberry Faire

June 10 Mon 6:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

Computer Basics II Class register 798-4072 


June 13 Thurs 6pm

Gallery Flux

MAP/Main Street Social 

June 13 Thurs 7pm

Ashland Branch Library

Taste of the Farmer's Market 

June 14 Fri 6-8pm

Ashland Branch Library

Teen Movie & Pizza Night 

June 15 Sat 10am-1pm  

Ashland Oldtime & Irish Open Jam


Ashland Coffee & Tea


June 15 Sat 6-11pm

Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party - Music by Sons of Zebedee

June 16 Sun ALL DAY

Happy Father's Day COTU Dads!


June 22 Sat 10am

Ashland Branch Library

Donuts, Muffins, and Summer Reading Kick-Off! 

June 24 Mon 7pm

Ashland Branch Library

Didgeridoo Down Under 

June 27 Thurs 11am-Noon  

Children's Story Time & Music Concert

Ashland Coffee & Tea


July 1 Mon 9am

Ashland Branch Library

Geneology Workshop -Register 798-4072 


July 4 Thurs 10am-2pm

Ashland Branch Library

4th of July Book Sale


July 4 Thurs 11:30 am
4th of July Parade 

Hanover Arts & Activities Center 

July 6 Sat 10am-1pm  

Ashland Oldtime & Irish Open Jam

Ashland Coffee & Tea


July 8 Mon 6:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

MS Word Class -Register 798-4072 


July 8-25 Mon-Thurs 
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Theater Camp

July 9 Tues  6:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

eBooks Class -Register 798-4072 


July 10 Wed 4pm

Ashland Branch Library

Dig into Reading w/ Magician Rob Wescott

July 11 Thurs  6pm

Ashland Branch Library

"Just Duct Tape It!" for Teens

July 13 Sat 10am-1pm  

Ashland Oldtime & Irish Open Jam

Ashland Coffee & Tea


July 15 Mon  3pm

Ashland Branch Library

Movie Time Monday

July 20 Sat  Noon-Midnight
Ashland Coffee & Tea

CJ the DJ's Bluegrass (Mostly) Boogaloo

July 22 Mon  3:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

Incredible Insects

July 30 Tues 

Last date to vote for Ashland VA 

Benjamin Moore Main-Street-Matters Contest


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-6pmStory 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 & TeaIron HorseFarmer's Market, Ashland Street Parties in the Plaza 6/15


Wine Tastings:  Passport Series runs for 14 weeks on Fridays at  Caboose Wine & Cheese .  Also on Fridays - the The Iron Horse Restaurant  allows you to bring in a bottle of wine purchased from on the Caboose that you may enjoy with your meal and with no corking fee charges. 


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?
Fred Horn, the Musical Director for  5th Baptist Church, the Ashland Variety Show, and The Children  Summer Theater Production, played Tevye, the lead in Fiddler On The Roof, in high school. This summer that same production will be  performed by 6th â€“ 12 graders  at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center on August 9, 10, 11?
Some of the same ladies who helped start our new Ashland Museum also in 1968, organized the cause to save the former Baptist church on the tracks which has become our beloved Hanover Arts & Activities Center.

You can post your own events on our wonderful Town Website - http://www.town.ashland.va.us/.  The Visitor's Center is glad to post fliers and posters in their location too!

Happy July 4th COTU! Next issue of GET CENTERED will be published July 2nd.
NEWS FLASH!  Wouldn't you love to see Ashland, Virginia be one of the 20 cities selected for Benjamin Moore's "Main Street Matters" initiatives?  The Center of the  Universe should certainly be a contender!  Please leave a comment on the Benjamin Moore website below and ask them to put Ashland, VA on their list of towns to consider for a makeover!  Deadline is June 30th.  Website:  http://www.paintwhatmatters.com/main-street-matters/
Lots to do June 6th for Ashland's First Thursday
Many thanks to Hugh Joyce of Gallery Flux  for creating the concept of First Thursdays in Ashland.  Like the name suggests - the first Thursday of each month businesses are encouraged to stay open later and offer special previews and/or refreshments to the community.   We applaud the Home Energy Store for donating a portion of their profits this Thursday to the tornado victims in Oklahoma.  The website www.ashlandfirstthursday.com will be updated to include all businesses that will participate each month with details.  Email Tammy Teefey-Conti if your business would like to participate.  

7 Great Stores to visit TOMORROW June 6th after 6pm 

Home Energy Store - 109 England Street - Will be open extended hours from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.   We will be donating 20% of all sales to the Red Cross for the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.    

Gallery Flux -307B England Street - Stop by to see our current exhibit with Natasha Karpinskaia, paintings and collages and Helene Roberts, figurative sculpture.  "An Exhibition in Black and White".  We'll be open until 8pm.  

Ashland Coffee & Tea  - 100 N. Railroad Avenue - Will feature "The Blue Dogs" Band.  Their music is a blend of Rock and Americana.  Show starts at 8:00pm.  Tickets in advance are $15.00 or Day of the show $20.00

Thrill of the Hunt -  315 England Street - Stop by and see what's new. We will be open extended hours until 9:00pm.

The Chiffarobe Antiques and Gifts - 106 S. Railroad Avenue - Offering a unique selection of affordably priced antiques and gifts. Come browse and have some refreshments during our extended hours.  We'll be open 11:00am - 8:00pm.

Waves Hair Studio - 105 England Street - A full service, unisex, family oriented and affordable hair studio.  Open extended hours until 8:00pm.

re*funk*it - 120 Hanover Avenue - "We're off our rockers!"  Something cold on the rocks, rocking tunes, and rockers on the asphalt.  We are ready to have a Rocking First Thursday!  Open until 8:00pm.

Check out our updated Downtown District Map available at the Ashland Visitor's Center that highlights these businesses and our entire Arts & Culture District! 
Celebrating Success!

D.B. Cox Family Celebration May 4, 2013

Our Downtown District has had much to celebrate in the past few weeks, and the Ashland Main Street Association has been fortunate enough to participate in many of the events. 

Many thanks to all that participated in the 4th Annual Ashland Chalk Walk and a special thank you to our sponsors.  Click HERE to see a complete set of pictures of our participants and sponsor poster.

 Our joint venture with the Ashland Museum in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the D.B. Cox Department Store Building was fantastic!  Hats off to the Iron Horse restaurant which catered the event in grand style.  Click HERE to see more photos of the celebration contributed by the Diane Stoakley.

We helped celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Companion Extraordinaire – one of our most successful downtown businesses.  At the company’s gala open house celebration on May 16th, Main Street presented a framed copy of our latest Downtown District Map to owner Dawn Beninghove.  Find out more about Dawn and her wonderful organization at http://cenninc.com

 <-Dawn Beninghove and Tom Wulf at 10 Year Anniversary Gala for Companion Extraordinaire


Likewise, we presented a framed Downtown District Map to Dr. Tara Bath at Stepping Stone Chiropractic, which held its “Re-Grand Opening” on May 22nd at its new location in Ashland Town Center.
(Above:  New Signs in the Ashland Town Center)

Stepping Stone’s move from 112 Thompson St. allowed the Hanover Herald-Progress to reassume its rightful place in its downtown namesake building.  We’ll be celebrating the H-P’s homecoming in the next few weeks.   We look forward to celebrating the anniversary of our newest business, TRAIN TOWN CROSSFIT, which is adjacent to Stepping Stones. 

Though it’s outside the official Downtown District, Main Street extends a warm welcome to Chik-Fil-A at the corner of Rt. 54 and Hill Carter Parkway, which had its grand opening on May 31st.  And if you haven’t noticed, the Town of Ashland has initiated its new Way-Finding Signage program right across the street with a brand new sign directing visitors to the “Main Street” district.  We hope the many travelers seeking rest and refreshment at Exit 92 will venture beyond Washington Highway to experience the friendly service and charm of our downtown businesses.  

(Above:  New Way Finding Sign points to Downtown Ashland!) 

 Send us your news and anniversary announcements to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  We are excited to recognize all great things you contribute to the Center of the Universe.  
Let us know what YOU notice in Downtown Ashland!  
We  recently recognized Ashland’s new “green” parking lot and gave a big kudo to Town Council and staff for a great job done on a tight time line.  As part of our “You’ve Been Noticed” program, we are always eager to congratulate the town, or a business or property owner in our historic downtown who has promoted, enhanced, or preserved this specific area, aesthetically, culturally or economically.  When we first started our program, we loved the new landscaping at Mac’s Service Station, were “thrilled” to give Thrill of the Hunt a pat on the back and thanked re*funk*It for showing us what to do with our junk.  The Ashland Garden Club was recognized for their ongoing landscaping work at the Visitors Center and the Dawson-McKown family for their famous rescue of the “leaning” historic house on Center Street.
Please let us know if you “notice” someone or a business who deserves a thank you for making downtown Ashland an even better place to shop, drink, dine and enjoy.  Suggestions may be sent to Lauren Thompson at thompsonlauren@msn.com .
Have you got Saturday, November 2 circled on your calendar yet?  Make plans now for the 11th Annual Ashland Train Day!   Ashland Main Street values your input for making this community event truly spectacular.  Do you know of any railroad related activity that you think the kids would love?  Do you have any railroad memorabilia that you would love to share for the day?  Do you have a giant model train set?   Are you interested in volunteering to help on Train Day?   Send us your suggestions and your contact information (name, address, phone number, email address)  to AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com and we will get in contact with you to see how you can be a part of the crew.    We look forward to hearing your ideas!
The Ashland Gift Certificate program is GROWING!  You can purchase gift certificates from the Town in any denomination and spend them at the following LOCAL businesses.  There are no extra fees involved for the business owner.  It makes the perfect gift for Father's Daybirthdays, anniversaries, graduations, teacher presents or “just because”.  At the time of this publication the following businesses have signed up for the program:
Questions?  Contact Alexis Thompson  at 798.1073 or email athompson@town.ashland.va.us for more information.

The Ashland Visitor's Center was a popular place to be on May 11th for National Train Day thanks to Pam Crisp's volunteer team.  Amtrak goodies were passed out to many!

Did you know that the Visitor Center is happy to post all fliers and posters related to events in Hanover County and the town website lets you post events on their wonderful website.  Help them to stay informed so they can share your events with their many patrons!
 Email your news to Pam at pcrisp@town.ashland.va.us and post events on the town website:  http://www.town.ashland.va.us/
Caboose Wine & Cheese is starting their popular Passport Series of events this Friday - June 7th from 5-7:30pm.    The  first stop is the famous wine growing destination of Italy. This is also a first Friday tasting so this evening will feature not only our monthly beer tasting but a special addition of a cider tasting with Richmond’s new Blue Bee Cider. Also here this evening will be Chris Ray from Ashland’s own Center of the Universe Brewing Company.

Chris will be highlighting the new packaging of their six pack cans as well as their special release of the Homefront IPA, a project that raises funds to provide emergency financial and other assistance to wounded members and families of our armed services.

The series lasts from June 7th to September 6th (14 weeks on Fridays).  The Caboose has partnered with the Iron Horse Restaurant through the Passport Series to allow people to bring wine into the restaurant on Friday evenings purchased at the Caboose during the tastings. They are waiving the normal $20 corkage fee on those evenings.Visit www.caboosewine.com for more details.  
INNERFITNESS' new location across from the Post Office now offers free fitness classes! Check them out on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm!  
Arts & Culture
Featured Artist:  

Pianist Jodie Brill
Jodie Brill and her husband Arthur fell in love with Ashland when visiting a friend in 1994. They moved to the top floor of a Victorian home on South Center Street in July of that year, and were married in the back yard that August accompanied by local jazz musicians and a passing freight train. They spent the next  six years as Ashland residents  before designing a custom home built by Bromac Construction ten minutes away in Hanover County.
has taught many Ashland families through the years as owner of "Piano Works Stud
Jodie ios", as well as many students since 2001 at Randolph-Macon College, where she currently accompanies the Concert Choir. Her new studio space  is located at 602-B England Street in the Mini-Van building in the Arts and Culture District, where she teaches all ages and levels.

Jodie completed  her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy in 1978 from East Carolina University. Jodie's infectious passion for jazz and classical piano shows in her teaching. She has studied and taught in locations as far away as Los Angeles and Stockholm, Sweden.  

Jodie is also trained in ballet, lyrical and jazz dance, and in addition to teaching dance she is an accomplished dance accompanist, which allows her to merge her skills. She has played for dance classes for Richmond Ballet, VCU, and Shuffles Dance Center in Mechanicsville.

One of Jodie's first Ashland students was Randy Timmerman who graduated from Randolph-Macon College this Spring with a double major in Religious Studies and Computer Science.  After 12 years of piano study with Ms. Brill, Randy continued in music as a Concert Choir student and often corrected the music director on the music details. At the piano, Jodie would just grin silently to herself.

Jodie is excited about the growing arts scene in Ashland, and is a member of the Ashland Arts Alliance, which Arthur founded in April of 2012. Jodie is looking forward to expanding  her business and is accepting new students. For information, go to www.pianoworksstudios.com or call 804.994.4804.  

Click HERE to hear our talented featured artist Jodie Brill in action!  

GET CENTERED Featured Artists:

Ashland Main Street applauds our artistic community! Artists will be recognized in each issue of GET CENTERED.  Previously honored artists include:
Mar/Apr 13':  Painter: Tayloe Moore 
Apr/May 13': Jeweler: Alvaro Coronado
May/Jun 13': Actress: Louise Keeton

You can read about these artists in past issues of GET CENTERED. Visit- mainstreetashland.org  Submit your suggestions for featured artists to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you! 
Downtown Art Galleries & Music Happenings
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)
An Exhibition in Black and White
Natasha Karpinskaia and Helene Roberts 
Painting, Collage & Figurative Sculpture

Show runs until Saturday, June 29, 2013

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

*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 Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave.) is a popular venue for live music AND they also  display artwork in their listening room.  Many art pieces are available for purchase.  

Calling all Music Lovers:

Something NEW - AC& T offers free Children's music concerts from 11am til noon  on June 7 and June 27th.  Kid friendly lunch options are available!  

On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm AC&T hosts Ashland Oldtime & Irish Open Jam.  All instruments welcome and listeners too!  Email sixwatergrog@gmail.com for more information.  We hope to see you on June 15, July 6, and July 13.

Summer is a great time for music lessons.   Jodie Brill of Piano Works Studios & Thomas Wakefield of Ashland Music Academy are accepting new students.  These music hubs are located in downtown Ashland!

Great Music for a Great Cause!

CJ THE DJ'S Bluegrass (Mostly) Boogaloo
July 20th, Saturday Noon - Midnight
Ashland Coffee & Tea

All proceeds benefit the CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation!

Ashland Street Parties celebrated the debut of its 2013 season with Ron Moody and the Centaurs on May 18th - the 25th Anniversary of Hometown Realty.   Congratulations!   The Richmond Times-Dispatch published a video clip from the performance and wrote a nice feature on the band in its June 2nd edition:  http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/people/article_cb1c44bd-a156-5287-a6c1-7872360722b4.html 

Get Ready to Rock the Plaza!  Ashland Street Parties and the Ashland Kiwanis Club will host the next party on June 15th  with the Sons of Zebedee.   Click HERE for more details.  This is a great way to celebrate Father's Day EVE! 
Visit Ashland's Arts & Culture District

Ashland Strawberry Faire
June 8th from 10am-5pm

Located on the streets surrounding gorgeous Randolph-Macon College - enjoy this wonderful event!  Visit the Ashland Main Street Tent for a new map & event listing!   For complete Faire details click here.  
2 Summer Camps for Kids in Downtown Ashland!  Is your child interested in History OR Theater?  Check out these two opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp:  3 Weeks 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  or call 798-2728 for more information.  

Ashland Museum Think your rising 5th or 6th graders could win a Rebel Yell contest? Sign him or her up for the Ashland Museum History Camp and find out for sure. Many other activities related to our current Civil War-era exhibit will keep their minds engaged too! More info online and in Greg Glassner's Tomato Patch column in the Herald-Progress.More info:
FYI Museum is also looking for volunteers! They need a seamstress or tailor to make reproduction clothing from the 1870-1876 era to go along with our next exhibit.  In addition, they need people to work on the weekends.
Summer is a great time to visit the Ashland Library!  They offer many wonderful free activities for all ages!  

July 4th Book Sale will be from 10-2pm at the Library.   Gather your books, DVDs and Movies and donate these in advance. All proceeds benefit the library.  

The following classes are available at the library.  Call (804) 798-4072 to preregister.

Computer Basics II Mon Jun 10 at 6:30pm
Genealogy Workshop Mon Jul 1 at 9:00am
Learning Microsoft Word Mon Jul 8 at 6:30pm
How to Borrow eBooks  Tues Jul 9 at 6:30pm

Special Programs June/July- no pre-registration necessary! 
  • A Taste of the Ashland Farmers' Market  Thurs June 13 at 7:00 p.m
  • Teen Movie & Pizza Night Fri June 14 at 6pm Ages 11-18.
  • Donuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, & Summer Reading Sat June 22 at 10am
  • Didgeridoo Down Under Mon June 24 at 7pm
  • "Dig into Reading!" with Magician Rob Wescott Wed July 10 at 4pm.
  • Just Duct Tape It! ThursJuly 11 at 6pm  Ages 11-18.
  • Movie Time Monday MonJuly 15 at 3pm
  • Incredible Insects! Mon July 22 at 3:30pm
HELP A.C.E.S. - Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in our Downtown District behind Haskins Automotive Services 507B Caroline St.  Donations may be dropped off on Mon, Wed and Fri from 8:30-11:30am.   Needs for June/July include:

Men’s shoes
Adult t-shirts
Adult underwear - new
Children’s new underwear
Children’s new socks
Children’s pajamas
Children’s tennis shoes – all sizes; especially boy’s 10-11 ½
Baby Wipes
Diapers and pull-ups, sizes 4 and up
 Spaghetti and meatballs
Canned meats
Canned Brunswick stew
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables - especially carrots, mixed vegetables, potatoes
Boxed oatmeal
Boxed instant potatoes
Randolph-Macon College

Class of 2013:  The Next “Greatest Generation”

Congratulations to Randolph-Macon’s graduating Class of 2013!  You have been an important part of our downtown community, and we hope you maintain close ties to the Center of the Universe.   
At the request of the college, I had the good fortune to videotape the inspiring commencement speech by Katie Couric on June 1st.  The groundbreaking journalist and host of the daytime talk show, Katie!, told the 255 graduating seniors to disregard all of the unflattering labels ascribed to the “Millennial” generation, saying “you are the only one who can define who you are or what you can become.”  She told the students that they were perhaps part of the ”next Greatest Generation, because you’re all wired 24/7, you respect diversity…you’re philanthropic and service-oriented…you embrace change…you march to your own drummer – and that makes for good leaders.  There are 82 million of you – larger than any other demographic – that means you’re bound to boost the economy as you move out, buy houses, and get jobs.  You will create, navigate and innovate a future we can only imagine in our dreams.”

I agree with Ms. Couric 100 percent.  These graduates could very well be the next “Greatest Generation.”  Just a few weeks ago, students in Dr. Kelly Merrill’s Leadership Communication class reached out to Main Street and the Town to ask:  “how can we better engage R-MC students with downtown businesses, organizations, and community events?”  How proactive and pragmatic is that?  The students put together a proposal that identified four primary ways to improve engagement, including incorporating downtown businesses into New Student Orientation.  We’re now working with college administration to implement their recommendations.  I can’t wait to see the wonderful contributions these grads will continue to make as they move into our communities. 
We wish the greatest success to R-MC’s Class of 2013, and hope you return frequently to your esteemed alma mater. 

Tom Wulf
Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association

View Katie Couric’s entire commencement speech:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYLGUunOE1A  

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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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