GET CENTERED August-September 2015
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August/September 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Artist:  

Allie Wong- Cookie Design Artist @ Sugar Fix Bakery

Featured Business:  
 Coronado Flight Simulators

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Sweet Frog has decorated the OLD ICE HOUSE!  Check out this venue across from the Ashland Theater!  This is yet another sweet spot in the Center of the Universe.

Set Designer for the new episodes of The Bowman Body is Ashland's own Arthur Brill of Behind the Curtain Studio. This show will be taped with a live audience on Saturday August 8th at the Ashland Theater.   Tune into Virginia this Morning on Friday, Aug. 7th at 9am to hear Arthur and Director Sean Kotz give a sneak preview of this exciting event.  

A Midsummer's Night Street Party  - Saturday, August 15th  is presented by in part by the Kiwanis Club of Ashland. Come on out to listen to King Edward and the B.D.'s  AND talk to the Kiwanis Club members about joining- men and women can be Kiwanians!   Read about this wonderful organization in this issue! 


The Ashland Citizen Leadership Academy is accepting applications.  Click HERE for more information.  

The Caboose (market and cafe) uses produce from local Virginia farms as much as possible!  Check out their amazing menu!  

Upcoming Events

Top Weekend Events are posted by Tuesday of each week on the Main Street Website (  This is linked to our Town Website (  These events are suggestions planning a fun weekend in the Center of the Universe.  Send your news to

August/September 2015 Events

August 6 Thurs 5:30-11pm
Gallery Flux &  Iron Horse
Opening Reception at Flux & Music at the Iron Horse Afterwards! 

August 6 Thurs 7pm  Doors open at 6pm

Ashland Theater 
The Princess Bride - Benefit for the Ashland Barracudas 

Aug 7 Fri 6-7pm
Ashland Library
Summer Finale & Ice Cream Social

Aug 7 Fri 7pm
Jezebel's (107B Robinson St - near the library) 
Live Music with Brent Small & Summer Sale Fun 

August 8 Saturday noon-2pm
Jake's Place Restaurant (511 Thompson St.)
School Supply Drive - Meet R-MC Football Players

August 8 Saturday 8pm  Doors open at 7pm

Ashland Theater 
Documentary:  The Bowman Body 

August 9 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Matuto

August 13 Thursday 
Randolph-Macon Campus

Aug 14 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

August 14 Fri 7pm  Doors open at 6pm

Ashland Theater 

August 15 Sat  6:30-11pm
Ashland Library Plaza
Ashland Street Party- King Edward & the BDs

August 16 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Circa Blue

August 17 Sat 
Train Town Toy & Hobby 
Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale

August 21 Fri 7pm  Doors open at 6pm

Ashland Theater 
'Footloose' Benefit for Bluemont in Ashland 

August 22 Sat 6pm  Doors open at 5pm

Ashland Theater 
'The Godfather' - Dress Up as your favorite character & meet Don Carleone!

August 23 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Knicely Jazz Trio 

August 24 Mon ALL DAY 
Randolph-Macon Campus

August 25 Tues 5:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Main Street Board Meeting

August 28 Fri 7pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 
'The Big Chill' sponsored by James River Air Conditioning 

August 29 Saturday 
R-MC Campus and Roads around Ashland
Patrick Henry Half Marathon

August 30 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Pan Masters- Welcome Back R-MC Students & Staff

September 2  Wed 7pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 

September 4  Fri 7pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

September 11  Fri 7pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 
'Ladies Night Out'

September 11  Fri 7:30pm  
R-MC 300 Caroline St. Open Air Cinema with English Subtitles
'The 100 Year Old Man Who CLimbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' (Sweden 2013)

September 12  Sat 7:30pm  
R-MC 300 Caroline St. Open Air Cinema with English Subtitles
'Wild Tales' (Argentina, 2014)

September 13  Sun  3-5pm
R-MC Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall
Art Exhibit Opening Reception 'Constraint, Analogies, Metaphors' (runs until Oct. 2nd)

September 13  Sun 4:30pm   Doors open at 3:30pm
Ashland Theater 
'Ashland Film Club Movie'

September 16-17
On-Line -Pledge $ for Non-Profit-Charities
The Amazing Raise 

September 17  Thurs 7-8pm
R-MC Brock Commons Dollar Tree Room
Lecture: 'Learning about the Human Immune System'

September 18  Fri 7pm   Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 
'Breaking Away'  Bike Race Movie #1

September 19  Sat 8:30am  
Carter Park Pool Parking Lot 
Slay the Dragon 5K Run

September 19  Sat 5-6pm  

Starts at the Town Municipal Parking Lot 

September 19  Sat 6-11pm  
Ashland Library Plaza 'Street Parties Stadium'

September 19  Sat 7:30pm  
R-MC 300 Caroline St. Open Air Cinema with English Subtitles
'Almanya' (Germany 2011)

September 22 Tues 5:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Main Street Board Meeting

September 23  Wed  2pm Doors Open at 1pm  
Ashland Theater 
'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'  Bike Race Movie #2

September 25  Fri  7pm Doors Open at 6pm
Ashland Theater 
'Chasing Legends'  Bike Race Movie #3

September 25 Fri 7pm  
Off And Dancing! Studio (110 Thompson St)
4th Friday Open Dance 

September 26  Sat  8pm Doors Open at 7pm
Ashland Theater 

'Bowman Body Premiere'

September 26  Sat 7:30pm  
R-MC 300 Caroline St. Open Air Cinema with English Subtitles

September 29  Tues 6-7:30pm
R-MC Brock Commons Dollar Tree Room
Lecture: 'Prostitutes & the Discourse of Nation Building'

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 

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 Horse, England Street Tavern, Off And Dancing! Studio, Ashland Street Parties,  Bluemont Concerts at Randolph-Macon,  Farmer's Market.

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   The Caboose Market Cafe    

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

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

Welcome Back Yellow Jackets! 
Put out your Black and Lemon Swag & Flags to welcome the newest members of our community! Businesses are encouraged to put R-MC Discount information on their websites and place signs in your stores! Note the dates below.  If you see a new student/family in town - be sure to welcome them to the Center of the Universe!    
Important R-MC Dates:  

Fall Athletes Move-in:
Thursday, Aug. 13th

New Students & Non-Athletes Move-in
Monday, August 24th

Patrick Henry Half Marathon:
Saturday, Aug. 29th

Welcome Back R-MC Bluemont Concert:  Pan Masters Carribean Steel Drum Orchestra
(Open to the Public)
Sunday, August 30th 7pm at Mary Branch Residence Hall (near the fountain)

First Day of Classes
Monday, Aug 31st

Parents Weekend
October 2-4 Weekend

Homecoming Weekend
October 16-18 Weekend

Hampton-Sydney Football Weekend

November 13-15


Bike Week is coming to the Center of the Universe next month and excitement is growing!  Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College's Physical Plant and Operations crew, headed by Tom Dwyer who TODAY 8/6/15 hoisted lighted bikes onto the roof at 300 England Street. Dan Bartges' vision of lighted bikes on the roof can be seen tonight!  
A special shout out goes to Clark Mercer and Tommy Thomasson for gathering and re-purposing old bikes for roof top art and additional bike gardens around town.   Look for these in the next few weeks.    

Ashland Main Street will be publishing a scavenger hunt on August 15th which will feature all the Bike designs  around town.  Email if have any questions and to make sure your bike design is on the map!  We love that each bike has its own personality!  Visit Facebook AshlandBikeGardens to see some clever designs and thank to the patron who created this fun site! Many thanks to all the businesses and organizations that are participating to make our visitors enjoy strolling in our bike friendly town.
Hats off to Ashland Street Parties for hosting the KICK OFF EVENT for the UCI World Bicycle Championship visitors on September 19th.  The I Love Ashland Instagram showcases this EPIC party- & great graphic by Andy Lynn! Tickets will go on sale August 17th and seat licenses will be limited.  There will be plenty of standing, dancing and wandering around room.   Tickets will be $10 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  Ron Moody and the Centaurs will be our featured entertainment and our host will be Bill Bevins. This is a party you don't want to miss.     
As a reminder get your clunker bikes ready!   Before the Street Party on September 19th,  there will be another wonderful Clunker Cruise around Ashland starting a 5pm.  This event is being organized by Joel Street, founder of the Ashland Clunker Cruise! The event will start at the parking lot next to The Caboose market cafe.

The Ashland Theater will be showing special 'bike theme' films to include 'Breaking Away' 9/18; 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure' 9/23 (same day school is out)  and Chasing Legends 9/25. !  Look for a town press release which showcases everything there is to do for bike week.  

Did you know you can take your bike on Amtrak!  Click  HERE to read about this!

GEAR UP ASHLAND and keep on ridin' TRAINS & BIKES!  
Message from Ashland Main Street Association President- Hugh Joyce

Greetings to all COTU friends!  I am so excited to report all of the great things happening in Ashland.  The work of our businesses, non-profit organizations, Randolph-Macon College, citizens and government entities is bringing our community together in ways that improve the experience of living in Ashland and make it thrilling to visit.

I would like to thank everyone who is helping the Main Street organization serve as one of the catalysts for the good things that are happening in our town.

Consider some of the work that the Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA) is involved in.  Our organization is certainly not taking credit singularly since each of these accomplishments was the work of many hard working people and hard working businesses and organizations that all share a vision of a vibrant town.  Every project is a partnership.  Here's some of what your Main Street Association has been up to:
  • Organized and hosted the 6th annual Ashland Chalk Walk in May
  • Organizing and hosting the 13th annual Ashland Train Day on November 7th.  Main Street incurs the full $20,000 cost of the event with the generous support of our business community.  The Train Day Bear Mascots appear year-round at regional and statewide events to promote Ashland.
  • Earned the support of approximately 125 community volunteers who donated more than 3,000 hours of service to Main Street initiatives last year.
  • Invited to participate in the Virginia Tourism Corporation's "Drive Tourism" initiative, which will bring $10,000 in marketing assistance to the town.
  • "Popped open" the historic Ashland Theater and hosted 54 events so far with economic impact of more than $250,000.  Additionally there have been great cultural benefits and collaboration with businesses, Randolph-Macon and non-profit groups.
  • Worked with the town to secure $575,000 dollars in state grant funding for downtown revitalization and marketing.
  • Working to develop a policy and process for installing public art in Ashland.
  • Assisting in the design and implementation of the Railroad Avenue street-scaping project.
  • Continue to recognize structural and cosmetic improvements to the downtown through the "You've Been Noticed" program.   Next Recipient:  Wilton Contractors for outstanding landscaping along England Street.  Look for this recognition in our September newsletter.
  • Strategically working with the Market Ashland Partnership, the Ashland Museum, and the Hanover Arts and Activities Center to drive heritage tourism and economic activity in the downtown.
  • Working closely with the town's new business development and retention manager, Joe Topham, to attract new businesses.
  • Implemented the Bike Garden sculpture project and other events to leverage the 2015 World UCI Bike Race. Look for a Bike Garden Scavenger Hunt to draw foot traffic to Ashland.
  • Working on 'LIGHT UP THE TRACKS' celebration on December 5th to showcase our town for the holidays and draw Amtrak, Randolph-Macon and more publicity.
  • Working with MAP and the Town to promote Small Business Saturday 2015 (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  • Operate with a budget of about 70,000 dollars, 23,000 of which comes as direct funding from the Town of Ashland
  • We recognize historic properties significant anniversaries (Cross Bros. 100th).
  • Publish GET CENTERED -our Monthly and as needed newsletter, communication instrument operated by the Promotions Committee. Featured Businesses and Artists are recognized in each issue. 
  • Publish weekly (Thurs - Sun) TOP Weekend Events for Ashland which is based on Richmond Top 5 model.  This is linked to the Town Website for visitors to access.
  • Publish and maintain our Downtown District Map to include restaurants, shopping, important dates and popular visitor information. 
  • Utilize Main Street Ice Cream cart at various events and loan to non-profits and businesses for promotion purposes.
  • Network with 25 Designated Virginia Main Street communities and utilize numerous workshops and resources made available through the Virginia Main Street Programs.
  • Maintain accreditation with the National Main Street Center, an affiliate of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Why do we do all of this?   We do it because it makes good business sense, we love the Town of Ashland and it is good for our community!
Ashland Theater Update

A little more on the Ashland Theater-  This building is a key project for the Main Street Association and the Town of Ashland.  It is believed by "some" that the Theater is the "Ruby Slipper" building of our down town (meaning: it is very important, be careful with it and never lose it).  This Grand old Dame is on its way to becoming an economic and cultural center piece for Ashland.  

The building needs about 2 million dollars worth of renovations to make it perfect.   Currently The Main Street Association along with the Town of Ashland are working on finalizing a development strategy and long term operating plan.  The final decisions rest with Our Town Council so they should serve as you conduit for comments.

The Ashland Main Street Association.(AMSA) secured a 25,000 dollar grant thru the State of Virginia for a required feasibility study.  The study is complete and has been delivered to the town.  It was assumed that all along by the town that the Theater would be a mufti faceted arts venue so the study at the request of the town and the potential developer,  focused on how best to restore, manage, and operate the facility rather than alternate uses like condos or a dance club..

The AMSA Economic development committee oversaw this grant in conjunction with the State and the Town. The final study was not perfect and the AMSA made extensive comments and edits for the town.  The town is now in receipt of the Study and our comments.  

The theater, should renovations get the final blessing and funding from the town, will focus on bringing the building up to modern standards in a historically appropriate fashion.  The project is very exciting.

Parallel to the feasibility study your AMSA again in conjunction with the town of Ashland  applied for and received a $500,000 grant from the State of Virginia Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grant.  This grant is to be matched by the town.  The total 1 million dollars will do amazing things for the Theater and get us a LONG way toward a complete renovation.  Many details need to be worked out.  The AMSA has made comments and suggestions and the next steps are for the community to comment and the town leadership to lock down the plan.  Stay tuned.

The goal of the Theater project is to have a long term viable sustainable operating theater offering varied programing.  We are confident that this will come to be.

Finally, you may have seen some recent press regarding Ashland Town Council's support for what the Ashland Main Street Association is doing.   We believe that excellent benefits are being derived by our partnership.  We believe we are supported by the Town Council.  The Ashland Main Street Association will be presenting to the Council in September to reassure everyone that the investments of time, money and resources are an excellent value for all concerned. 

The National Main Street Center cites the following statistic: "for every dollar a town puts into a Main Street Operation 26 dollars in economic activity occurs".  This is fantastic money velocity for all stakeholders!

All Main Street organizations are structured around 4 operating committees and a Board of Directors.  The 4 committees are: Operations (raise money and run things); Economic Development (drive activity and foot traffic in a town); Promotions (toot the horn); Design (work to preserve and make things pretty in a down town district).  We need volunteers on all committees so if you or some one you know would like to get involved contact us at

All Main Street Board Meetings are open to the public and are held at 5:30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the Month. Our meeting are currently held at the Ashland Theater 205 England St. Visit our website and to subscribe to GET CENTERED our monthly newsletter. 

Ashland downtown and the surrounding zone are doing extremely well.  Over 15 new businesses have opened and many others have expanded!  R-MC has great connectivity with down town and continues to offer programs to the public.  

You can get a fresh baked cookie, and soon a cup of yogurt on your way to an event at our Historic Theater, all while watching trains, could it be any better than that?

Cheers to 100 percent of everyone and every business and organization that is making Ashland a cool little town AND the Center of The Universe!  

(Photo Credit:  James Murray's 'Tiny Planet ' series captures the spirit of  the Ashland Theater!) 

First Thursday 8/6

Visit Gallery Flux from 5:30-8pm.  Once again the Gallery knows how to showcase wonderful artistic talent in the COTU.  Opening reception for 'Lay of the Land'  will exhibit artwork that represents rural life, focusing on the simplicity and beauty in the 'lay of the land’.  

The Ashland Theater is showing 'The Princess Bride' starting at 7pm.  Doors open at 6pm. This a great movie and will benefit our own town Ashland Barracudas Swim Team.  Pepicelli's Pizza and fresh hot popcorn will be sold - so make this a date night with the family!    

Later on - head on down to the  Iron Horse from 8-11pm  for great entertainment provided by talented musician Felix Stevens!  Outside seating is also available for these nice summer nights.

Don't forget - England Street Tavern has pool, darts and a great dance floor!   Ashland Coffee & Tea always has great music playing!  


Jezebel's Boutique (107B Robinson St) will have wonderful entertainment by Brent Small & munchies outside their cool shop in the library plaza starting at 7pm. Check out their fantastic sale while you are at it!  The Ashland Library will have an ice-cream social starting at 6pm.  

The Caboose (market & cafe)  now has hours open til 10pm Fri & Sat!    Jen Inge is an amazing Chef and you will find some incredible FOODIE options that will make your evening in the Center of the Universe MEMORABLE.   Buy a bottle of wine and the corkage fee is only $5.   (Photo below:  Mark Georgallis used to have an office in what is now The Caboose!  He's a steady Caboose customer now! )
Thank Your R-MC for hosting Bluemont Sundays in August at 7pm!
Bluemont Season 11 had a beautiful start!   The shady venue in front of Mary Branch Hall near the fountain of gorgeous Randolph-Macon College is hard to beat!  The Silver Tones Swing Band entertained over 300 COTU visitors and residents.   Matuto coming August 9th are from NYC and are amazing.  Download on the links below Circa Blue and Knicely Jazz Trio   music - they are outstanding! Don't Miss the Welcome Back R-MC Community Concert on August 30th.  All are encouraged to join R-MC staff and students for an evening of Caribbean FUN!  
2015 Bluemont Concert Schedule
Sundays at 7pm  Mary Branch Residence Hall at Randolph-Macon College:

August 9, 2015
August 16, 2015
August 23, 2015
August 30, 2015

MatutoAppalachian-Brazilian bluegrass 
Circa Bluebluegrass 
Knicely Jazz Trio - acoustic jazz 
Welcome Back Concert/Dance 
for Randolph-Macon Students & Staff 

Featuring Pan Masters Caribbean Steel Drum Orchestra 

Did you  know that Bluemont gives door prizes during intermission at each concert.  Many thanks to local businesses and organizations for providing these!  So far Caboose Wine & CheeseAshland Street PartiesAshwood Garden & NurseryPine Grove Farm,  Hickory Creek Antiques, Giving Tree Depot, Ashland Theater and Sugar Fix BakeryFin & Feather have generously donated prizes. 
Outreach concerts prior to all shows to benefit the Hanover Manor, OmniPark Place Senior Center, Alpha House & the Ashland Convalescent Center.  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! 

Community groups will sell ice-cream at each concert along with other goodies.  The Hanover Arts & Activities Center  kicked off the season with Popcorn Sales.  

Fundraiser for Bluemont in Ashland will take place Friday August 21st at 7pm at the Ashland Theater.  Movie:  (The Original) Footloose will be shown.  Chris Fuller will provide pre-show entertainment!  

Visit for more information.
Grandparent Itinerary in the COTU is SWEET! 

Charlie and Ann Martin were kind enough to share their grandson's birthday itinerary which included watching real trains go by!  This walking tour in downtown is worth repeating!    

1)  Shop at Tiny Tim's Toys - let the grand kids pick out their own present!  
2)  Stroll on Railroad Ave. and watch REAL trains!
3)  Head over to Sugar Fix Bakery for a treat that is memorable!  They have candy and ice-cream sandwiches too! 
4)  Grab Lunch downtown- The Caboose market cafe,  Homemades by Suzanne, Trackside Grill, Jake's Place, Virginia Barbecue --Our Train Town has lots of friendly options!  
(Photo above:  Kiwanis Club member JoAnne Maxwell and Club President-elect Kevin Whitehorne at monthly meeting at R-MC Estes Dining Hall)

Thinking of “giving back” to our community? 
Consider joining the Kiwanis Club of Ashland
The Kiwanis Club of Ashland is actively seeking men and women for membership.   “We would like service-minded adults in Ashland, other parts of Hanover County and adjacent counties to get to know and consider becoming an active part of our Kiwanis Club,” says Kevin Whitehorne, club president-elect and membership chair.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world.  Annually its members provide over 18 million service hours, conduct 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 million for communities, families and supportive projects.  Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Kiwanis is active in 80 countries throughout the world.  (FYI:  Women were first welcomed as members in 1987, and the current President of Kiwanis International is a woman.)
The Kiwanis Club of Ashland, Hanover’s only Kiwanis club was established in 1923 and has been in continuous operation for 92 years.  With a membership of between 60 – 70 members, Ashland Kiwanis actively sponsors (and provides member involvement and financial support for) Key Clubs in four area high schools, a CKI Club at Randolph-Macon College and the Ashland Aktion Club (for adults with disabilities).  It has a perfect attendance program involving four area elementary schools, a reading mentors program at Henry Clay Elementary School and a four year college/technical school scholarship program for eligible, selected Key Club graduating seniors.  The club also plans and operates the annual Ashland Old Time Holiday Parade, conducts quarterly highway trash collections along stretches of Route 54 and provides both adult and Key Club volunteers for Ashland Train Day.   To raise funds to support the sponsored youth service organizations and other service projects, Ashland Kiwanians can be found working at the Ashland Strawberry Faire, Ashland Street Parties, and the Hobo Diner on Train Day.  The club also partners with Market Ashland Partnership to hold “casino” night events.
For more information, visit and/or call Kevin Whitemore at 804-798-8959.  We’d love to have you be our guest at one of our twice-monthy dinner meetings (usually with interesting guest speakers) at Estes Hall, R-MC.  
We're just three short months away from the 13th Annual Ashland Train Day- November 7th.  We had a great turnout for our KICK OFF Brainstorming Meeting in July. Many thanks to all who attended and made suggestions - YOUR INPUT will make this our best ever.  Stay tuned for a special edition of GET CENTERED with information about our next planning meeting and sponsorship opportunities.    Email Bill Gatewood, Train Day Chairman at Feel free to call our Train Day HOT LINE if you have any questions or ideas to share:  804.412.7288. 
Business Spotlight: Coronado Flight Simulators
Coronado Air Hangar Inspires Hanover & Beyond! 

      Alvaro Coronado, a resident and business owner in Ashland, Virginia is an empirical engineer.  While the U.S. economy seems to be failing and manufacturing leaving our borders,  Alvaro, innovative, inventive and determined, without engineering education and training,  has U.S. history repeating itself in an attempt to restart the Industrial Revolution of  our world's super power, by building three flight simulators in his living room; two of which he sold to a 70 year-old Vietnam Marine Veteran helicopter pilot, providing him with a way to renew his skills, recall a chapter in his life, and reconnect with other military buddies,  all right from his home, defying and challenging himself not to be confined despite his ailing health.
     Alvaro, a Colombian immigrant, and now US citizen, says he never forgets that he is on borrowed land and is grateful for  what the USA has gifted him the most, OPPORTUNITY.  A true believer in anything can "start with just one" he is working to renew America's spirit of entrepreneurship.  His third, and newest build out, is what is known as a glass cockpit.  Having pushed the limits in software and hardware through the past few years of trial and error, it has tons of gadgets, gauges, screens, tablets, applications, and more.  His new cockpit is also for sale, however, as often happens by accident and circumstance,  flight simulation gaming has quickly presented itself to be a catalyst for an academic and vocational Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) economic market niche; as it truly proven to be a "kid magnet".        
     Taking their lead from the kids who have talked us up after a fun visit, local school board administrators and members, vocational education program coordinators, school principals, and government officials, some of whom are pilots themselves, have reached out to virtually fly with us to see what the kid's chatter and excitement  is all about.  Through his build out of gaming flight simulators in his living room, Alvaro has managed to create interactive entertainment for children who think they are just virtually having fun, while in reality, that fun experience is providing them with so many real-world experiences and teaching them about physics, weather, wind, climate, geography, topography, astronomy, space exploration, mathematics in computing fuel loads for distance, passenger and cargo loads, engineering,  navigation, record-keeping, detailing, location of countries, states, cities, latitude, longitude, land and sea, monuments, mountain ranges, cultures, compass and map reading, altitude, reading of gauges like altimeters, speed, horizontal, vertical and global positioning systems, radio, tower and coding communications, airport locations and codes for real-life travel, familiarity with flying vs. fear of flying, history of military, aircrafts, wars, G-forces, historic people.  It is hard to believe there is so much more to offer, but there truly is, and those things are in addition to perhaps careers as a pilot, mechanic, engineer, or astronaut.
    Above all what drives (oops perhaps flies) us here at the Coronado Air hangar, to building these incredible self-contained tiny classrooms, is our concern that the next generation needs development beyond dependence on GOOGLE for answers to their real-life and real-world situations.  So, by Alvaro building his virtual fleet under Coronado Airlines is using  21st century technology to draw kids in as virtual pilots, co-pilots, mechanics and engineers, and kids unknowingly are learning old school lessons preparing them for  life beyond GOOGLE and SIRI; lessons they are certain to need for success, happiness and peaceful co-existence in a world that perhaps seemed very large to Columbus but proves smaller and smaller each day to those of us holding a Smartphone in the palm of our hand; but there is a life and world required of us beyond that technology that will require specialized skills, master skills in -- the art of teamwork, crisis management, reasoning and critical thinking-- character building skills all available in a virtual cockpit and through sophisticated flight simulation software capable of providing and interjecting real situation emergencies while gaming.   
     Clearly, Alvaro Coronado has taken the skies-the-limit American gift of OPPORTUNITY to make a difference in educating and preparing future generations, and done so on the "kids" terms.  To Alvaro, it just seems pretty elementary.  Click HERE to experience landing in NYC via Coronado's simulator!      Are you interested in learning to fly?  Alvaro has completed the build out of his third flight simulator.  His newest flight simulator glass cockpit is a dream. Call for an appointment at Coronado Air hangar for an educational, inter-active experience if interested in purchasing. 804–752-7788. Roger that.   Imagine the possibilities for inspiring our youth! 
Featured Artist: 'Sugar Fix Cookie Designer' Allie Wong
Cookie Designers ROCK at Sugar Fix Bakery!  

Our first culinary artist to be featured in GET CENTERED is Hanover Country resident and James Madison University nursing student Allie Wong!  Check out her amazing cookies.  We are so lucky to have her talent which runs in the family!  Her mom, Melinda Foster is the bakery owner and has wowed Ashland with her delicious treats.  Luckily there are other artists at Sugar Fix that will fill Allie's shoes when she returns to college.  Each time you enter the bakery there are new cookie designs on display and 'the artist' is always happy to show off their creativity. Noah Maphis decorated sharks for Shark Week!   They are always up for a challenge - they even have cookies decorated like BACON!  You may see these for sale at the movie 'Footloose'!   Look for their new 'Center of the Universe'  world inspired design.  Ashland looks forward to watching this artwork in action all year long!  
Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
  • Men's new socks
  • Men's pants - sizes 32, 36 and 38
  • Adult's new underwear - all sizes
  • Children's new underwear and socks, all sizes
  • Children's gently used tennis shoes
  • Boy's summer tops and bottoms, sizes 6 and up
  • Men's new white undershirts, all sizes
  • Women's sleepwear, all sizes
  • Adult's gently used work shoes and tennis shoes, sizes 9 and up
  • Boy's summer tops and bottoms, sizes 8-10-12
  • Children's summer pajamas
  • Children's gently used shoes for summer
  • Children's new socks and underwear
  • Boy's belts
  • Diapers and pull-ups, sizes 5-6
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
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
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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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