What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - July-August 2014
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July/August 2014 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Artist:  
Lorie Foley

Featured Business:  
Chiffarobe Fine Antiques & Gifts

Upcoming Events

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Have you seen the community garden at Pufferbelly Park?  Check it out!  If you are interested in participating - email the Home Energy Store  at homeenergystore@gmail.com

Lorie Foley is the co-director of the Ashland Musical Variety Show which will take place March 19, 20 & 21 2015.  Read about our featured artist and her amazing resume!  

Train Day is always the first Saturday in November- our 12th Annual will be on Nov. 1, 2014.  This will be a busy weekend since Halloween will be on the Eve of Train Day!  Stay tuned for details. 

Tiny Tim's Toys (formerly Train Town Toy & Hobby) has a new beautiful sign designed by the talented Beth Royal.  Store Hours: Tues -Thurs. 10am-6pm Fri. 10am-8pm Sat. 9am-6pm






 
Upcoming Events

Note:  Business Owners & Residents - wear your LEMON and BLACK on August 28th to welcome R-MC Students on Move-In Day! 

July 10 Thurs 5:30-8pm
Gallery Flux & Annex (302 & 307B England St.)
First Thursday Opening Receptions at Gallery Flux

July 10 Thurs All Day
R-MC Campus
Summer Registration for R-MC Students

July 10 Thurs 6:30-8pm
Ashland Library
Loom Magic for Teens - Ages 11-16

July 14-18 
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Children's Theater Camp

July 16 Wed 1pm
Ashland Library
Rob Westcott, Magician

July 19 Sat Noon- 11pm
Ashland Coffee & Tea
CJ the DJ's Bluegrass Boogaloo

July 23 Wed 11am
Ashland Coffee & Tea
Children's Music & Storytelling Show

July 26 Sat  10am
Ashland Museum
History Camp – Civil War Spies

July 26 Sat 2pm
Ashland Library
Alice in Wonderland Presented by Children's Theater

August 1 Sat 
Hometown Realty & 1st Captial Bank
Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale

August 3 Sunday 7pm
Steps of Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC
Bluemont Concert - Dixie Power Trio

August 6 Wed 11am
Ashland Library
Bat World Presentation

August 8 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

August 10 Sunday 7pm
Steps of Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC
Bluemont Concert - Matuto

August 15 Fri 6-7pm
Ashland Library
Summer Finalee & Ice Cream Social

August 16 Sat  6:30-11pm
Ashland Library Plaza
Ashland Street Party- King Edward & the BDs

August 17 Sunday 7pm
Steps of Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC
Bluemont Concert - The Hot Seats

August 23 Sat 10am
Ashland Museum
History Camp – The Telegraph- Texting in the 19th Century

August 24 Sunday 7pm
Steps of Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC
Bluemont Concert - Hard Swimmin' Fish

August 28 Thursday All Day
R-MC Campus
Fall Move-In Day for R-MC Students- Welcome to the Center of the Universe!



Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 12:30-2:30pm

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 & TeaIron HorseFarmer's Market, Ashland Street Parties in the Plaza , Bluemont Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings:  Passport Series runs for 14 weeks on Fridays at  Caboose Wine & Cheese .  

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

The Richmond Region Energy Alliance sponsored a solar energy workshop on June 19 at the Ashland Library as part of its SolarizeRVA program.     Attendees heard about the benefits of solar energy; learned what solar costs and the return on investment; and found out whether their homes are good candidates. 

SolarizeRVA spokesperson Tara Quinn says it is "Richmond's first solar power bulk purchasing program, and streamlines the process of going solar by offering pre-qualified contractors and the best market rate for installation." The program - and special pricing - will run for a limited time, until July 15, 2014 only.  You can read more about the program and recent press pieces on their website.  http://www.solarizerva.org/
1st Customer on July 4th enjoyed "The Center" Chocolate!  Uncle Sam Vanilla was also sold.   Many thanks to our patrons!  Ashland Main Street Association's Ice Cream Cart SOLD OUT while serving the crowd on July 4th.  GREAT NEWS...we just received our mobile license and you will see the Cart in the COTU throughout the year. Visit www.MainStreetAshland.org for our schedule and follow us on Facebook!  All proceeds will help to fund Ashland Train Day & the Ashland Chalk Walk!   Would you be interested in having the cart at your next event?  Email MainStreetAshland@gmail.com.
First Thursday TONIGHT July 10th 5:30-8pm
TWO Opening Receptions!

Visit 302 England St. and Experience "Undiscovered" at the new Annex location 302 England St.  'New Works' Show will be in the main Gallery Flux location at 307B England St.
Join Gallery Flux for a great night of art and socializing! 

Pictures of the New Annex Space below: 

Experience Hanover County on
TWO WHEELS!


Click here to see great "cruising" routes for motorcycle and bike enthusiasts! The trails are scenic and unique and have received wonderful reviews! Pick up your copy of the brochure at the Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center.  Many thanks to Pam Crisp, our Town Visitor Center manager who created this brochure! 
The COTU is Rockin' this Summer!
Ashland Coffee & Tea is the place to be to hear great music and to benefit CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation.  Be there - SaturdayJuly 19th from Noon to 11pm!  Great Bluegrass for a Great Cause! 

AC&T will host a wonderful Children's Show on Wednesday. July 23 at 11am. Cost: $3 and this includes a snack.  Jeff Beatman, Musicman and Storyteller, is a retired Elementary Principal from Chesterfield County who sings and storytells for young children. His performances have earned rave reviews from parents, educators and children and is a regular presenter at The Richmond Children's Museum. 

Visit http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/ to find out about other wonderful musicians coming to the Center of the Universe, their Songwriter's Showdown too!   
Save the Dates for Bluemont Season # 10 

Join us for fantastic music under the stars at beautiful Randolph-Macon College!   Bring a picnic and enjoy wonderful music under the stars with friends & family.   Bluemont veteran volunteer extraordinaire Paige Christy, who is also a Center board member has scheduled 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!  We love that Bluemont gives back to our community!  Visit www.Bluemont.org for more information.

2014 Bluemont Concert Schedule
Sundays at 7pm on the steps of Blackwell Auditorium at Randolph-Macon College:

August 3, 2014
August 10, 2014
August 17, 2014
August 24, 2014

Dixie Power TrioNew Orleans funk 
MatutoAppalachian Brazilian Bluegrass 
The Hot Seatsold time string band & comedy 
Hard Swimmin' Fishblues


FYI:  Randolph-Macon's Blackwell Auditorium is truly the music hub for the Center of the Universe.  It is 2nd home to the Richmond Symphony, host for the Ashland Musical Variety Show since 1981, host for Masterworks Chorale and the host of the Bluemont Music Concert Series 10th Season! Many thanks to R-MC for supporting the arts in so many ways in Downtown Ashland!
A Midsummer's Night - Saturday, August 16th - come on out to listen to King Edward and the B.D.'s!  

This party is presented by Market Ashland Partnership & the Kiwanis Club of Ashland.   Music, dancing, food and fun will be held from 6:30 – 11 p.m., at the plaza behind the Ashland Library.  Tickets go on sale August 1st.  Cost:  $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.  Buy tickets on-line or  at all First Capital Bank Branch Offices, Hometown Realty offices, Minuteman Press (Kings Charter), EVB (Ashland Office), Ronald Toombs Insurance Agency, Caboose Wine & Cheese, Dew Realty, Ashland Ace Hardware & Cross Bros. Grocery.  
Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale - August 1st!   

Santa Train Excursion to Williamsburg is December 14th.   Two whole cars with a total of 154 seats have been reserved for this wonderful trip. Tickets may be purchased at 1st Capital Bank on Rt. 1 or Hometown Realty, next to Cross Bros. Grocery. 
Getting Ready for Train Day November 1st
We're just four short months away from the 12th Annual Ashland Train Day.  Can you believe it? The CSX Stage will have several bands performing!  The Virginia Tourism History Mobile liked our event so much last year - they are returning! Stay tuned for more details!

Are you interested in Volunteering?  Do you have an idea to share?    Email us at AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com.  Feel free to call our Train Day HOT LINE if you have any questions:  804.412.7288.  Be a part of the fun!  Remember to save the date- Saturday, November 1st Train Day 2014!  
Calling All Hanover County
Business Owners! 
 

Hanover County Economic Development is conducting a survey of businesses located in Hanover County.   Note:  You may have received a flier in the mail with an access code.  If not - please call 804-365-6464 to obtain an access code. All Hanover County business owners or senior managers are encouraged to click on the following link: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hanovercounty
Your feedback is very important so please participate, as we want to hear what you have to tell us.  All surveys are confidential and will not be publicly released .

For any questions or concerns please contact:
Hanover County Economic Development
8200 Center Path Lane, Suite E I Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116
(804) 365- 6464 
Did you know - Kevin Flores designed our Town "Center of the Universe" banners that show our 'Love of Trains' in Yellow Jacket Randolph-Macon colors.  Thank You for sharing this wonderful design with our community!
Business Spotlight: Chiffarobe Fine Antiques & Gifts
The Chiffarobe Fine Antiques and Gifts - TRAIN goodies and SO MUCH MORE!
 
The Chiffarobe Antiques and Gifts store, located “on the tracks”  in historic Ashland, Virginia was started by Carol Hofer and opened for business in September of 2012.  Carol had recently returned to Virginia after living in the Dominican Republic for many years and was looking for a way to combine a business with her passion for antiques, history and design.  She decided that opening an antique and gift store in Ashland was that perfect combination.  Carol’s brother, David Winn (Architect and history buff), also works in the store, so it’s a real family business and something that they enjoy doing together. The Chiffarobe specializes in fine period antique furniture and accessories, as well as elegant gifts by makers such as Pre De Provence, Thompson Candles and Tea Forte.  They strive to have “a little something for everyone” and are always willing to help you find what you’re looking for.  There is also a military room that’s a “must see”.  The Chiffarobe is dream realized for Carol and she hopes to remain in Ashland for many years to come.  You will be glad you took the time to visit 106 S. Center St. in Downtown Ashland!

Picture Below:  War Room at Chiffarobe... a must see!  


 
Featured Artist: Lorie Foley
Ashland Musical Variety Show & Theatre Camp Director &
So Much More!

 
Did  you or someone in your family enjoy  the recent fabulous  production of Once Upon a Mattress at the Hanover Tavern, or did you  have a child or neighbor participate in the Theatre Camp at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center?  Or do you remember, from our 2013 Ashland Musical Variety Show,  performed at Randolph-Macon’s Blackwell Auditorium, many of the outstanding men of Ashland doing a synchronized swimming number or a group of outstanding teenagers singing “That’s What Makes You Beautiful?”  Or do you remember Ashland’s 150th Celebration that included over l000 volunteers, performers, and participants?   Or  have you been involved in successful fund raisers at Patrick Henry’s  Parent, Teacher, Student Association events or Gandy’s Art Auctions?   Then you have enjoyed Lorie Foley’s leadership in the Ashland/Hanover community in the area of the performing arts and in bringing the community together.    
 
Main Street regularly recognizes our wonderful visual artists who share their work in our fine galleries.  In this issue of our newsletter, we have chosen to recognize Lorie Foley in the area of the performing and visual arts.  Since Lorie and her family moved to Ashland in 1996, she has contributed her impressive talents  throughout our community—enriching the lives of many children, teenagers, and adults.  Her efforts in the field of the arts were recognized beyond Hanover County,  when Lorie was named the YWCA Woman of the Year in the Arts in 2011 by the Richmond YWCA. 
 
A theater major in college, Lorie has been generous in the gift of her time and considerable  talents  to create opportunities for people who might not otherwise be directly involved in theater or performance arts, creating  successful programs that have benefited  local non-profits such as the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, the Hilliard House, the PTA’s of local schools, and other non-profits.  .   In 2012, Lorie directed the world premiere of Food Baby, written by Patrick- Henry graduate and Firehouse Theatre director, Louise Keeton.  Lorie is a regular volunteer at the Friendship Café, a senior program sponsored by Senior Connections and hosted by Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland.  A member of the Leadership Metro Richmond class of 2012, Lorie was recognized with the Hanover County Spirit of Volunteerism “Spirit of One Award” in 2010.  The Commonwealth Catholic Charities Community Service Award was given to Foley in 2010.  And the Arthritis Foundation named Lorie as its Hero of the Year Award for raising $20,000 for arthritis research.  
 
Last year, Lorie worked with a committee made up leaders from 4 local non-profits,  Ashland Main Street, the Ashland Museum, the Hanover Black-Heritage Society, and the Hanover Arts and Activities Center,  to produce a powerful program of local story-tellers,  named “Untold Stories—Growing Up—Ashland/Hanover, Black and White Experiences.”  In 2010, Lorie created the Gandy Art Auction, which offers every student the opportunity to participate in a classroom art project and after- school art workshops.  The money raised provided funds for a new learning garden at Gandy.  This Art Auction continues to raise funds for Gandy’s PTA and continues to be supported by the community.  Lorie continues to co-produce and co-direct the Hanover Idols’ competition, every other year, during which talented Hanoverians are chosen and coached and then perform in a sold-out performance/competition sponsored by the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.  Her amazing summer theatre camp and theatre musical productions continue to offer opportunities for children and teenagers throughout the greater Hanover community.  And Lorie is deliberate in her efforts to include participants who are interested and talented, regardless of their ability to pay for such experiences.  She uses her considerable fund-raising efforts to provide scholarships for students who might not otherwise be able to participate.  Every odd year, Lorie co-directs and co-produces the popular Ashland Musical Variety Show.  And every summer, she leads the impressive theatre camp and theatre production with a leadership team and young performers that are any productions’ dream team.  Whenever there is a need for effective, inclusive leadership, for a good cause, in our community, Lorie Foley is usually involved.   
 
Lorie’s efforts in the performing arts continue to bring our community together as local performers act, sing, and dance together to entertain enthusiastic, sell-out, audiences—and to benefit non-profit organizations that do great work throughout our community.  In the process of all of these performing arts events that Lorie helps to lead, our business community and tourism efforts are enriched and publicized by audiences and performers alike.   The Center of the Universe becomes a place where people from  “both sides of the tracks” “join hands in song”  in successful productions often led by Lorie Foley and her team  of enthusiastic singers, dancers, and actors.

Save the dates - March 19, 20 & 21, 2015 to see the next Ashland Musical Variety Show co-directed by Lorie Foley & Sue Forbes Watson!  We love that the Ashland Tradition Continues under their leadership!  
Cast of "Once Upon a Mattress" which performed at the Hanover Tavern in July 2014.  
Randolph-Macon College
 
New Logo for R-MC Welcomes Students and Families!  
 
Yellow Jackets are appreciated in the Center of the Universe! Businesses and residents - be sure to welcome the newest members of our community.  Put out your Yellow Jacket flags and look for new faces on the following dates:  
 
July 10th - Summer Registration & Parent Orientation
August 28th - Move In Day
Ashland Main Street Association
Receives 2014 National Main Street Accreditation
 
The Ashland Main Street Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
 
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s  performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”
           
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by The Virginia Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
 
“We appreciate the Virginia Main Street Program helping us achieve this distinction,” said Tom Wulf, executive director of the Ashland Main Street Association.  “We’re excited about all of the recent improvements in downtown Ashland, including the terrific new streetscaping enhancements.  We are poised to make even greater contributions in the next year.”
 
Wulf said Ashland Main Street’s priorities include procuring a Feasibility Study Grant for the renovating and reopening the Ashland Theatre, initiating a Public Art Program, and partnering with the Ashland Garden Club on a beautification project at the Visitor’s Center.  Main Street is also working with the Town, the Market Ashland Partnership, Randolph-Macon College, and Hanover County Economic Development on new marketing strategies for Ashland/Hanover. 
 
Wulf also announced the new officers of the Ashland Main Street Association, elected by the board of directors at its June 24th meeting:
Hugh Joyce – president and Economic Development Committee Chair
Jennifer Chambers – vice-president and Promotion Committee Chair
Darrell Leftwich – treasurer
Ashley Neville - secretary
 
Wulf recognized the efforts of two directors rotating off the board.  “Lauren Thompson was our longest-serving board member with more than seven years, and made significant contributions as chair of our Design Committee,” Wulf said.  “As vice-president and chair of our Organization Committee, Patricia Morris did much to strengthen our non-profit legal status and our compliance standards.  I’d also like to thank our outgoing president, Nancy Cozart, for two years of great leadership,” Wulf noted.  Cozart will continue to serve as a board member.
 
The board also voted in two new directors at the meeting.  Ashland residents Dan Bartges and Jack Zemp begin their three-year terms on July 1, 2014.
 
Continuing their terms as directors for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are:
Rodney Bardwell
Bob Brown – Design Committee Chair
Nancy Cozart – Chalk Walk Committee Chair
Paul Davies
Bill Gatewood – Train Day Committee Chair
Gil Miles
Carolyn Peart – Organization Committee Chair
Rob Silliman
Kelly Thomasson Mercer
 
The mission of the Ashland Main Street Association is to preserve, enhance, and promote downtown Ashland through cooperative efforts among local businesses, community organizations, Randolph-Macon College and the Town.  Its vision is to make Ashland a "destination location" by offering a diverse mix of businesses, cultural and community attractions, pedestrian-friendly streets, and attractive public spaces.  The organization earned Ashland a Virginia Main Street Designation in June 2013.
 
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtown districts and urban neighborhoods over the last 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

We love serving the Center of the Universe.  Send all questions, inquiries to MainStreetAshland@gmail.com.  
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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.  

If you have questions or wish to submit an article for review - please email mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  Articles must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be published in the next issue.  

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