What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - March-April 2013
March/April 2013 Issue:

About 'GET CENTERED'


Featured Downtown Spotlight On:
Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
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Let us help you promote your next Arts & Culture Event.  Send all news items for review to mainstreetashland@gmail.com by the 1st 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!
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Upcoming Events
We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Ashland!  The following events take place in our Cultural Arts Distrct.   Click on the links below for more detailed information!  Have an event to share?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.org.  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well. 

March 14 Thurs 5:30-8pm
Opening Show: Gestures
Gallery Flux

March 21, 22, 23 Thurs,Fri, Sat  7pm
Ashland Musical Variety Show
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

April 4 Thurs 6-9pm
1st Thursdays - Downtown Arts Walking Tour
Ashland Main Street Association

April 11th Thurs 5:30-8pm
Opening Show: Transitions
Gallery Flux

April 20 Sat 5-9pm
Ashland Wine Festival
Wine for Cures

April 27 Sat 9am
Macon A Difference Day
Randolph-Macon College

April 27 Sat 7:30am
35th Annual Railroad Run & Green Fair
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

April 27 Sat 7pm
Spring Concert R-MC
Randolph-Macon College

April 28 Sun 2-4pm
6th Annual Afternoon Tea
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

May 2 Thurs 5-9pm
1st Thursdays - Downtown Arts Walking Tour
Ashland Main Street Association

May 4 Sat 10am-4pm
4th Annual Chalk Walk
D.B. Cox 100th Year Dedication

Ashland Main Street Association

Did you know?
The Farmer's Market begins again in May!  Live Music will be featured every Saturday.

Ashland Main Street Association sponsors two events annually:  Chalk Walk & Train Day

Over 5000 people came to Train Day in 2012.



New Business? We want you on our map.
Our map is distributed at the Ashland Visitor's Center & Town Hall.  Our handy index show people where to eat, shop & play in downtown Ashland! 

About 'GET CENTERED'

GET CENTERED  is an electronic newsletter that will be published monthly by the Ashland Main Street Association as a way to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in downtown Ashland.   Each month we will feature articles that highlight  our town, businesses, non-profits, Randolph-Macon College & our new cultural arts district.  We work together to preseve, enhance and promote our Cultural Arts District.  As a Main Street organization we sponsor the annual Ashland Chalk Walk and Train Day.  We applaud our Ashland Main Street Friends who help us to make these events free to the public and help us to preserve, enhance and promote the Center of the Universe!  

We value your input and hope you will enjoy this frequent e-newsletter.  We encourage everyone to utilize the town website for publicizing your events. If you have suggestions for future issues of this publication or wish to be added to the email distribution list please email Jen Chambers, Promotions Committee Chair at mainstreetashland@gmail.com or call 304-5588. Each month we will 
recognize one of our Ashland Main Street friends who is making a positive impact in our community.  Please submit your articles by the 1st of the Month to be considered in the next edition of 'GET CENTERED'.     
Our Town:  Street Scape Update

Downtown Ashland is nearing the end of streetscape design plans. The sidewalks on the west side of Railroad Avenue from The Caboose to the Henry Clay Inn will be the first to undergo excavation and replacement with concrete and brick accented walkways. The Ashland Main Street Design Committee has spent many years collecting ideas, opinions and case studies culminating in a round table meeting held with town planners and contracted designers in February. Above is a rough sketch by AMSA board member and former Planning Commission board member, Bob Brown. Once a construction schedule is confirmed that information will be posted on the town’s website, on the Ashland Main Street Association website, local media outlets and in this newsletter! For questions, contact Lauren Thompson at tompsonlauren@msn.com or call town hall at 804.798.1073.

Businesses

Train Town Toy & Hobby
is truly an Ashland Icon.  Former Ashland Main Street Board member and business owner extraordinaire - Jim Donlon and his wife Nancy will be greatly missed as they travel to Charleston, South Carolina to retire.  Jim will still visit and his employees will continue to run the store. 
We are grateful that Jim has shared his love of trains with our town and has passed on his expertise in chairing our Train Day event to Bill Gatewood, retired Police Officer and newest Ashland Main Street Association Member.  Bill is seated next to Tom Wulf (right) - Executive Director of Ashland Main Street Association.

Welcome Piano Works Studios!  Next to Minivan on England Street - Jodie Brill is a great addition to our Cultural Arts community!  Welcome!

Whenever a new business comes into downtown Ashland - we update the Ashland Downtown District Map to include this new location.  We love to see our Cultural Arts District grow.  Come by the Visitor's Center at the historic Train Station to get your updated map today! 
Nonprofits
Ashland Street Parties   We are so grateful to Ashland Street Parties for helping us create a celebration to remember for Cross Bros. 100th Anniversary.  Your tent, fencing, cooker & more have been shared with many non-profits within the community.   Your generosity with non-profits throughout the community is exemplary.  Thanks for all you do for downtown Ashland and we look forward to you next party May 18th. 

Kiwanis Club of Ashland celebrates their 90th year of service in the Center of the Universe this year.   Featured in this photo - Jay Pollard, Kiwanis Club Member (left) and Nancy Cozart, Ashland Main Street Association President (right) work together on Train Day.

The Kiwanians will be sponsoring an Ashland Street Party this summer.  We hope you will contribute to this wonderful organization!
Arts & Culture
First Thursdays- Ashland Arts Walk
There is no need to travel to Richmond to appreciate great art!  Ashland's Arts & Culture District has many things to offer.  Make plans to stroll in downtown Ashland on the first Thursday of every month -- Gallery Flux and other businesses will stay open til 9pm to demonstrate why Ashland loves art!   We hope to see you on April 4th to kick off this wonderful event.  All downtown businesses are welcome to participate!
What's happening at our Downtown Ashland Art Galleries?

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

March 14th 5:30-8pm  Opening Show: Gestures:  features work of Eve Stockton, Susanne Arnold & Amy Harris    Show runs until April 10th.

April 11th 5:30-8pm  Opening Show:  Transitions:  paintings by Leonette Walsh, Carol Meese and Woodturning by Barbara Dill.  Show runs until May 3rd.



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

March 1st- til April 5th;   Work of Rosemary Jesionowski

April 21st 3-5pm Opening Show:  Arthur Hash & Susannah Starr  metalsmithing and sculpture.  Show runs til May 31st.

*We have wonderful galleries outside of Downtown Ashland as well.  Visit http://www.town.ashland.va.us/  for more information.
Visit Ashland's Arts & Culture District
Featured Artist:  Tayloe Moore
"I can’t remember when I didn’t do art."

Tayloe Moore, longtime resident of Ashland, was born an artist. In early elementary school, when she finished her classwork, she was allowed the choice of playing on the playground or going into the art room. She always chose art. In high school, she took every possible art class and says that she got a great art foundation in the Alexandria, Virginia school system. She graduated from VCU with a BFA in painting and printmaking.

Today, Tayloe works primarily in oil pastels. She started out oil painting, but when her children were young, she switched to oil pastels because she could get the same blending effects without the fumes of turpentine that she felt may not be healthy for their young lungs. Thirty years later, she still loves the medium. Over time, her palette evolved from earth tones to a more vibrant, wider range of bright colors.

She is inspired by light and its effect on the natural landscape, especially trees; she says she can’t stay away from them! The quality of changing light through the day and the patterns it produces on the landscape excites and moves her to capture the experience in her work. While she is in the flow of working, time disappears and she can spend 9 or 10 hours engrossed in the process. Stepping back hours later, she asks herself if she has captured what she saw. Most of the time, she continues to rework the painting before walking away from it – a process that she says could go on forever. She knows she’s finished when she finally puts it away and refuses to look at it again. “Art is exciting, rich, rewarding, and fulfilling,” says Tayloe. “There is nothing else like expressing oneself through art.  It’s my lifeline and it keeps me grounded.” 

Tayloe’s work is filled with that excitement and standing in front of one of her pieces draws out the wonder of our natural world we so often forget that is inside of all of us.

Randolph-Macon College

Blackwell Auditorium has been the venue for the Ashland Musical Variety Show since 1981.  This community event is grateful to R-MC's  generosity in making this possible. 

We look forward to seeing over 400 members of the community participating in the 2013 show which takes place March 20, 21 & 22nd..   All proceeds will go towards the 'Raise the Roof' campaign for fixing the historic Hanover Arts & Activities Center.

Many thanks R-MC for supporting the arts in so many ways in Downtown Ashland!
Ashland Musical Variety Show March 20,21,22 @ Blackwell Auditorium
Active Learning in the Arts at Randolph-Macon

Learning by doing is at the core of Joe Mattys’ teaching philosophy.  Chairman of the Departments of Arts, Mattys gives a great deal of room for students to actively learn theatre arts at Randolph-Macon.  “Students learn by doing,” says Joe.  For the major, they are required to participate in theatre productions; most choose acting, but many work to create sets and manage productions.  Their capstone class requires that they produce a major work, usually directing or designing a full production.  In fact, so many students have the opportunity to direct that Mattys notes wistfully that he doesn’t get to do as much as he used to.  He’s proud of their accomplishments, though, so it’s a good trade. The department offers about five shows each year, with a full range of topics from heavy, profoundly thoughtful to light-hearted.  “A Christmas Carol”, adapted by Joe’s wife Marilyn, is a holiday tradition that is produced every season.

Randolph-Macon is an important element in the cultural life of Ashland.  It offers four art shows each year in the Flippo Gallery in Pace-Armistead Hall and the Richmond Symphony plays in Blackwell Auditorium three times a year.  The college has a full college choir that offers two performances each year, and a chamber ensemble that performs in various venues throughout the year.  Information about the cultural arts and entertainment schedule can be obtained by contacting Joe at: jmattys@rmc.edu.
Save the date - May 4, 2013 for the 4th Annual Chalk Walk.  We provide the chalk - you provide the Art!  Adults, kids - all are welcome to join in the fun!  

THINK BIG!
Message from Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Executive Director
 
The Ashland Main Street Association is extremely excited to have another opportunity to apply for a "Virginia Main Street (VMS) Designation." Receiving the designation brings a wealth of resources to Ashland that will help with downtown revitalization and drive tourism in the entire region.  It also makes it easier for us to acquire grants, corporate sponsorships, and private donations that will allow us to continue to preserve, enhance, and promote the Center of the Universe.
 
I keep telling everyone to THINK BIG, because I am confident Ashland is ready to join the 25 other Designated Virginia Main Streets this year.  When that happens, the positive vibe that residents and visitors already feel in our downtown will be shared with the rest of the universe!  We look forward to all of the cultural and economic benefits a designation will bring. 
 
We submitted our application on March 14, 2013 with many letters of support.  A huge thank-you to the individuals and organizations listed below for their endorsements.
 
Town of Ashland – Charles Hartgrove, Alexis Thompson, Nora Amos
Art McKinney
Ashland Bluemont Committee
Ashland Economic Development Authority
Ashland Kiwanis
Ashland Main Street Board
Ashland Museum
Ashland Planning Commission
Ashland Police Dept.
Ashland Town Council
CSX Corporation
CultureWorks
Del. John Cox
Nancy Cozart
Firehouse Theater
Friends of the Library
Hanover Association of Businesses & Chamber of Commerce
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Hanover Board of Supervisors
Hanover Economic Development Authority
Hanover Tavern Foundation
Hanover Tourism Supporters
James River Air, Gallery Flux
Market Ashland Partnership
Pat Morris
Preservation Virginia
Randolph-Macon College
RMCVB
Sen. Mark Warner
Sue Watson
VA Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation
Virginia Tourism Corp
WulfTeam Productions
 
The new Designated VMS Towns will be announced later this spring.  Regardless of the outcome of the application process, the Ashland Main Street Association will continue to help ensure that the “Center of the Universe” is a thriving destination-location, while working to maintain its unique charm and appeal.  Thanks again to all of our constituents and supporters.  We are doing great things together!
 
Tom Wulf
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About Ashland Main Street Association & '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.  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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