What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Oct/Nov  2013
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Main Street Happenings

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Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
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The Kiwanis Club of Ashland will be volunteering for Train Day and will also be selling great food at the HOBO Diner to benefit their organization!  

Ashland Main Street earned $1425.00 in the The Amazing Raise! This money will be used to fund Train Day & other community events.  
 
Only 26 communities in the State of Virginia have received the Designated Virginia Main Street title.  Look for the sign below which will be installed soon!

Upcoming Events
Oct 1 Tues 7-9pm FREE
R-MC SunTrust Theater Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Film:  Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North 

Oct 2-5 Wed-Sat  8pm $5 Reservations: Call 804.752.7316
R-MC Cobb Theater 205 Henry St.
Play:  The Lonesome West

Oct 3 Thurs Starting at 6pm
Ashland First Thursday
Opening Show at Gallery Flux, Ashland Coffee & Tea & refunkit

Oct 4 Fri 11am
Gallery Flux
Art Talk with  Dr. Richard Bay

Oct 4 Fri 7:30pm FREE
R-MC St. Ann's Performing Arts Bldg.  216 England St.
Piano Recital: Concert with Gregg Kallor

Oct 4-6 Fri-Sun
Randolph-Macon
Parent's Weekend at R-MC

Oct 5 Sat 8:30am
Begins at Ashland Berry Farm
Pumpkin Run

Oct 5 Sat 8:30am
Begins at Carter Park
Ashland CROP Hunger Walk

Oct 5 Sat10am-Noon
Ashland Branch Library
American Girl Movie Morning w/ Refreshments!

Oct 5 Sat 11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 5 Sat 6pm
Library Plaza
End of Summer Street Party with Ron Moody & the Centaurs

Oct 6 Sun 3:30pm FREE
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Music Concert: Classical Revolution RVA

Oct 8 Tues 6:30pm
Ashland Branch Library
Class: Use Overdrive to check out books with iPad, nook

Oct 11 Fri 6pm
Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie Night with Pizza too!

Oct 11 Fri 7:00pm
Ashland Branch Library
Share Your Favorite Book & Enjoy Refreshments

Oct 12 Sat 11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 13 Sun 2pm FREE
R-MC SunTrust Theater Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Lecture:  R-MC Music Professor James Doering will discuss Brahms Serenade No. 2

Oct 13 Sun 3pm $ Reservations: Call 804.788.1212
Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony Brahams Serenade No. 2

Oct 14 Mon 6:30pm
Ashland Branch Library
Class: Computer Basics

Oct 16 Wed 7-8:45pm
Ashland Branch Library
Art of Brewing Beer

Oct 17 Thurs 7pm FREE Ticket Required www.rmc.edu/eventrsvp
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Lecture:  Evening with Michael Steele

Oct 19 Sat 8am
Begins at Carter Park
Ashland Harvest Walk/Run

Oct 19 Sat 11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 19 Sat 10am-Noon FREE
R-MC Flippo Gallery 211 N. Center Street
Opening Art Show:  Exhibit by Mitchell Johnson
*Show runs through Dec 13.  Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Oct 26 Sat 10am-3pm
Ashwood Garden & Nursery
Pumpkin Chuck-A-Thon

Oct 26 Sat 11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 26 Sat 6pm & Oct 27 Sun 2 & 4pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater
Halloween Spooktacular performed by Whistle Stop Theatre Company

Oct 28 Mon 7pm FREE
R-MC Dollar Tree Community Room Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Lecture:  "Home is Where the School Is" by Jen Lois

Oct 31 Thurs 6:30-8:30pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Halloween Fun & Hanover Concert Band

Nov 2 Sat 10am-5pm
Downtown Ashland!
11th Annual Train Day

Nov 2 Sat 9pm
R-MC Brock Center
Chase Rice Band

Nov 8 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie Night with Pizza too!

Nov 9 Sat 7pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater
Season 5 Movies Begin!

Nov 11 Mon 6:30pm
Ashland Branch Library
Class: Learning Microsoft Word

Nov 23-24 Sat-Sun
St. James the Less
Heavenly Creations Craft Show featuring Local Artists

Nov 24 Sun2:30pm
Thompson Street to Gandy Elementary
Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade

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

Ashland Library is open Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Story times for kids Mon10-12am & Tues 10-11am. Book Clubs meet every month 10am 3rd Friday, 1pm 3rd Mon, 7pm 3rd Thurs

Farmer's Market is open every Sat from 9am-12pm May-Nov

Live Music: Ashland Coffee & Tea, Iron Horse, Farmer's Market, Ashland Street Parties in the Plaza , Bluemont Concerts at R-MC

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

Have an event to share? email mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.
Ashland Theater donated to the Town!
The Town of Ashland gratefully acknowledges a gift of property from Jean and A.D. Whittaker of Hanover County. Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker have graciously donated the Ashland Theater to the town. This historic theater, at 203 England Street, is one of Ashland’s most cherished landmarks. The Ashland Town Council will vote on Tuesday, October 1st to accept this gift.

At this time no details are available as to the restoration and redevelopment of this building, however town officials and community partners are hopeful that this building will be restored to a thriving entertainment venue. The town will attempt to secure a combination of grant funding and private investment for this project.

The Ashland Theater is in the heart of Ashland’s historic downtown district, which also shares boundaries with Ashland’s Arts and Cultural District. This area of town has received considerable attention when, in June of 2013, Governor McDonnell designated Ashland as a Virginia Main Street community. This donation of the Ashland Theater, along with local and state programs, will further Ashland’s redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
First Thursday Oct 3rd
Fall evenings are a beautiful time to stroll in downtown Ashland- especially on FIRST THURSDAY October 3rd 6-8pm:

Start off by visiting Gallery Flux Opening Show for Dr. Richard Bay.  Stop by refunkit to see their new inventory. Head over to Ashland Coffee & Tea to get a bite to eat and see The Stray Birds band - show starts at 8pm.  We have lots of great restaurants & remember our library stays open until 9pm!   Check out www.AshlandFirstThursday.com  for more details! 
NEW Main Street Office is OPEN & is ON TRACK for TRAIN DAY Nov. 2nd!
Cinder the Train Day Bear met with Executive Director, Tom Wulf at the new Ashland Main Street Office located at 210 Railroad Avenue to help distribute posters and visit sponsors and vendors for the 11th Annual Train Day.  There is still time to sign up to become a sponsor for this family friendly eventOctober 7th is the Deadline - Click HERE to sign up on-line or call our Train Day HOT LINE # 804-412-7288All sponsors will be featured in our Train Day brochure, website, facebook & in GET CENTERED.

Drum Role Please!  Train Day Entertainment Schedule has been posted at www.ashlandtrainday.com.  There is literally something for everyone to do on Saturday Nov. 2nd from 10am - 5pm.  Highlights include:
  • Amazing Train Displays
  • More Trolleys & More Rides
  • CSX Stage with the Everyday People Band sponsored by Chick-fil-A and local Ashland band The Tender
  • Community Train Day Art Mural
  • Mathew Dodd Story Teller & Railroad Singer
  • Don Shappelle Musician
  • String-Tyme Minstrels & the dancers of the 12th Virginia Infantry
  • Civil War 150th History Mobile
  • Virginia Tourism Mobile
Many thanks to CSX our signature sponsor for making this event possible.  Be on the lookout for a TRAIN DAY SPECIAL EDITION of GET CENTERED published on October 22nd which will include all our sponsors and vendor information.   

Tom Wulf,
Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association



Don't miss the End of Summer Street Party with Ron Moody and the Centaurs Saturday, October 5th 6-11pm in the Library Plaza.  Visit www.ashlandstreetparties.com for more info! 
Ashland Library ROCKS! 

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Richard S. Gillis Library in Ashland will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Library.  This meeting will immediately preceded the Library Program, "The Art of Brewing Beer", which starts at 7:00 pm. We love that our library has unique programs for all ages!  Click HERE to see what other classes and programs are being offered this month!

Ashland Main Street is so thankful to our downtown librarians for creating the concept of Train Day 11 years ago.  Be sure to visit the Library on Nov. 2nd to hear wonderful musical entertainment by Mathew Dodd, participate in arts & crafts and enjoy cider and cookies provided by our Train Day founders! 
Whistle Stop Theatre Company and
Train Day Films Kick Off the 5th Season!

Ashland Main Street's featured artist/actress Louise Keeton returns to the Ashland Firehouse Theater to kick off their 5th Season with the play "Whistle Stop Spooktacular".  Get into the Halloween spirit and make plans to see Louise perform with the Whistle Stop Theatre Company on Sat. October 26 at 6pm and Sun October 27th at 2pm & 4pm

Did you know last spring Louise's original play, "Cinderella - a Godmother's Tale" was performed at the Firehouse to a packed audience.  Her original script was recently accepted  for the  2014 New York Children's Theatre Festival!  What an incredible honor.  Congratulations Louise! 

Sat. Nov. 2nd Train Day will kick off their film series with Thomas the Tank cartoons shown at 10am & 12pm.  In addition, the Ashland Museum Documentary "A Railroad Runs Through It" will be shown at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Pick up your Season 5 Film Schedule &  fresh hot popcorn which will be sold all day! 

New!  The Ashland Farmers Market is seeking local artisan crafters for our 3 holiday season markets.  Train Day, November 2nd  is the first one! We have reasonable booth fees and  this is a GREAT opportunity. This is a new and exciting venture for our market!      Please contact: Denise Hayes - Market Manager for application and information farmersmarket@town.ashland.va.us.
Ashland Museum adds New Exhibit and
provides 'unique' Train Day Entertainment!

Red Caboose tours will take place all day!  You may see Cinder and Tender the Train Day bears there as well. Remember to take time to see the current exhibit “From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865” which is receiving great reviews! After October 3rd  the museum will have an additional exhibit "Ashland Reborn: 1865 to 1899" which will include a demonstration of morse code in action as used by railroad engineers.  As an added treat for Train Day they have arranged for  String-Tyme Minstrels & the dancers of the 12th Virginia Infantry to show us authentic Civil War period dance moves.     That's not all -  book signings for James Scanlon for his books on Randolph-Macon and Bentley Boyd of Chester Comix  will be signing his history comic books.  There is something for everyone at our friendly museum!
Business Spotlight: Vogue Flower Market & b.whimsy


Ashland welcomes Vogue Flower Market to the Center of the Universe!   Cinder, The Train Day Bear made a special visit to their store, located in the Martin's Shopping Center to thank them for being a Train Day sponsor!  With Homecoming &  Holidays coming up - visit Vogue to get flowers that are perfect for every occasion! 

Visit their Website:  www.vogueflowers.com

b. whimsy is located at 105B England St. in the heart of downtown Ashland next to Waves Hair Studio!   They have gifts that can be customized for everything!  Hours are  Tues - Friday  10am - 6pm  & Saturday - 10am - 2pm.  Grand Opening is October 1st - 5th!   Visit them on Facebook and stop by and welcome our newest business to the Center of the Universe. 
Featured Artists: Chuck Burnette & Elizabeth Royal




What do all of these downtown signs have in common?  They were all made by the talented team at Stone's Throw Studio!  Read on to discover the philosophy of Elizabeth Royal and Chuck Burnette:

One of our favorite books is, Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. It discusses the importance of  “WHY” you do what you do. Since we’ve been doing graphic design, display and signage work for 25+ years each, it seems that we must love our trade. That’s the heart of it. We do. We love helping our clients look great, through bringing their vision to life in the designs we create for them. Sounds simple, and on some levels it is. Truth is though, we’ve worked hard at achieving the experience we have. We constantly work hard at it. We go past it being just a job and literally immerse ourselves in all that is creative and cultural (in both our personal and business lives) every opportunity we get. Heck, we want to have a great work day too!! It feeds our collective soul and clients benefit from that energy. It’s inspiring to be around all that stuff and the people who participate in it. That’s what you want right? Inspiration. Along with the design work we do for you we try to help you be nothing less that completely invested in your logo, or your sign, your vehicle graphics, your brochure-whatever it is that we do for you. That investment in what you do, that energy, is at its strongest when it flows from you full throttle. That’s what makes you your most authentic, most powerful self. That’s what brings the best possible scenario to fruition when you pass through that door of the place you work at each day. Passion. Growth. Knowledge. REPEAT.

What that translates to is us investing in you. We work on your design as though it is our own baby. We can start from scratch or finesse an idea or concept you already have. For us, the emphasis on strong design is key. We can work with any budget and various materials - but investment in the design saves the day.  We love working with clients who are serious about their business and their brand. Stone’s Throw Studios offers Impeccable Graphic Design · Passionately Designed Signage · Eloquent Results.

A partial list of our clients:
Ashland Coffee & Tea, Firehouse Theater, Companion Extraordinaire, Changing Reins, Iron Horse, Chalk Walk, Train Day, Coronado Jewelers, Thrill Of The Hunt, Gallery Flux, Jessica Robertson, HomeLife Access Realty, AMSA, HABCC, MAP, Ashland Museum, Diane Hale, Absolute Stone Design, Brookmeade Sod Farm, Hanover Arts & Activities, Hanover Community Services/Hanover Cares, Indulgence Salon, Tompkins Jewelers, Haskins Collision, WHAN, Wine For Cures, Monique’s Crepes, Friends Of The Ashland Library, Creative Conservation, The Chiffarobe Fine Antiques, Re-Funk-It, Ashland Street Parties, Ashland Breakfast and Lunch, Moore Garrison Financial Partners, Virginia Favorites/B. Whimsy . . . and more!

Website: StonesThrowVA.com
Facebook: Stone’s Throw Studios, VA



Ashland Main Street thanks   Elizabeth Royal for designing our Train Day logo, brochure & poster!  Look for this wonderful design in downtown Ashland and for sale at the Main Street tent on Nov. 2nd!

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

Oct 3   6-8pm   First Thursday Show  'STUFF:  Like it, Hate it, It's what I MAKE! A lifelong Story!' Dr. Richard Bay  (Show runs through Nov 2)

Oct 4   11am  Art Talk  Dr. Richard Bay will talk about his artwork and creative process & life story.  Open Discussion to follow.
 
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Oct 1-11 Show for artist Sarah Peters

Oct 19 10am-noon Opening Reception for artist Mitchell Johnson Show runs until Dec 13.


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

refunkit
Thrill of the Hunt
Cross Mill Gallery

Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education


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

Ongoing:  Visit the lobby of the R-MC Copley Building to see the gorgeous sculpture designed by Math Professor Eve Torrence!  

Oct 1 Tues 7-9pm FREE
SunTrust Theater Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Film:  Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North  Documentary by James Dewolf Perry which follows 10 DeWolf cousins as they discover their family history.

Oct 2-5 Wed-Sat  8pm $5 Reservations: Call 804.752.7316
Cobb Theater 205 Henry St.
Play:  The Lonesome West
*Play contains strong language, not recommended for younger audiences.

Oct 4 Fri 7:30pm FREE
St. Ann's Performing Arts Bldg.  216 England St.
Piano Recital: Concert with Gregg Kallor

Oct 6 Sun 3:30pm FREE
Blackwell Auditorium
Music Concert: Classical Revolution RVA

Oct 13 Sun 2pm FREE
SunTrust Theater Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Lecture:  R-MC Music Professor James Doering will discuss Brahms Serenade No. 2

Oct 13 Sun 3pm $ Reservations: Call 804.788.1212
Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony performs Brahms Serenade No. 2
 
Oct 17 Thurs 7pm FREE Ticket Required www.rmc.edu/eventrsvp
Blackwell Auditorium
Lecture:  Evening with Michael Steele

Oct 19 Sat 10am-Noon FREE
Flippo Gallery 211 N. Center Street
Opening Art Show:  Exhibit by Mitchell Johnson
Show runs through Dec 13.  Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Oct 28 Mon 7pm FREE
Dollar Tree Community Room Brock Commons 304 Henry St.
Lecture:  "Home is Where the School Is" by Jen Lois

Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for giving so much to our community!  
3 Run/Walk Events for October!  
Click on the links below for more details & to register!

Pumpkin Run
Saturday, October 5th  Begins at Ashland Berry Farm
Benefits:  Hanover Safe Place

Ashland CROP Hunger Walk
Saturday, October 5th  Begins at Carter Park
Benefits: Ashland Christian Emergency Services

Ashland Harvest Walk/Run
Saturday, October 19  Begins at Carter Park
Benefits:  Hanover Habitat for Humanity, Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, Patrick Henry Family Y, ACES, WHEAT & The RAFT House


A.C.E.S. WISH LIST

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for October:

Adult Clothing
new socks
T-shirts  -  all sizes
sweat shirts
men's shoes  -  size 10 and up
 
Children's Clothing
school shoes
boys socks  - new
boys underwear
boys shirts and pants  -  large sizes 12 to 18
 
Food
canned meats & stews
canned vegetables
canned fruits
baked beans
cereal
jelly
instant potatoes & rice
mac & cheese
toiletries

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