What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Apr-May '16
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Apr-May 2016 Issue:

Spring Happenings in the COTU

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
Luck Chevrolet

Featured Artist:
R-MC Dr. James Doering Ph.D.  

Upcoming Events

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'FUN TO DO' in Ashland

Starting at 5:30pm visit Gallery Flux (307B England St) see the lovely furniture and MORE on display in this gem of a Gallery! Gypsy Roots will be playing jazz while you explore.  We love our artsy town! 

After your 'Art Fix' stroll on down to the Iron Horse or The Caboose or The Sports Page for great food or visit England Street Tavern for a game of pool'.  Make your Thursday Date Night in Ashland something worth repeating!  

Let us know your favorite things to do in Downtown Ashland!  'Tweet' - 'Instagram' or send your ideas to mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We like collecting itineraries to share!
Did you know?

Monique's Crepes is at Ashland Coffee & Tea parking lot (100 N. Railroad Ave) every Monday in April from 11:30am - 2pm.  Make 4/11 4/18 and 4/25 be Crepe Date Days in the Center of the Universe!  


Thank You Sweet Frog Center of the Universe for supporting so many community groups!  Support PATS on April 14th Thursday from 4-10pm! 

Look for a new mailbox at the Ashland Visitors Center - read about this fabulous idea which originated from Carmel-by-the-Sea California! 

R-MC Macon a Difference Day is Saturday April 23rd!  Look for students doing projects all over our downtown area to include enhancing bike trails and more!  

We are so lucky to have the LUCK family in the COTU and their 100 year old business!  Read about our featured business and celebrate with them on May 7th

Upcoming Events

Apr 7 Thurs  5:30pm  Gypsy Roots Performing at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse following the show! 

Apr 9 Sat Welcome R-MC Families &  Accepted Students Class of 2020!  

Apr 8 Fri 6-8pm  Teen Movie Night Ages 11-16. Enjoy a great movie on the big screen!
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 9 Sat 3pm & 7pm LIVE MUSIC Tribute to Mother Mabel and the Carter Cash Families & ‘The Winding Stream’
Ashland Theater 205 England St

April 9 Sat 10 am â€“ 6 pm  Hickory Creek Antiques’ popular annual Antique Spring Open House.  Free treats will be provided.
427 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.  Exit 92B off I-95.  804-798-0202

Apr 10 Sun 12-4pm R-MC Spring Youth Games - corn hole and more fun

Brock Center 400 N. Center Street
Sponsored by R-MC, YMCA, Global Services Day

Apr 10 Sun 3-4pm Lecture:  â€œWhat Makes A Great Nation Great” by Charles Bryan
Ashland Library 201 Railroad Ave.
Sponsored by the Ashland Museum

Apr 12 Tues 6-7pm D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Ages 5-10. Reading is more fun and rewarding than almost anything (especially chores!), whether you’re on your own or with friends.  So “drop” what you’re doing and pick up a book instead!
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 12 Tues 7-8:30pm Must Love Words Writers, are you looking for inspiration?  Need readers with a discerning eye?  Join us for constructive feedback and discussion about the craft of writing on the second Tuesday of each month.
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 14 Thurs 4-10pm  PATS Benefit Night at Sweet Frog COTU
210 England St.  
Facebook Sweet Frog Center of the Universe

Apr 16 Sat 4:30pm  Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour 
11310 Hanover Ave. Registration required

Apr 16 Sat 7-10am 9th Annual Tiger Trot Run

Henry Clay Elementary School 310 S. James St.
Register to Run

Apr 16 Sat  10:00am-1pm Country Wide Food Drive ACES, WHEAT, MCEF & Hanover Safe Place Benefit
Martin's, Food Lion, Kroger off of 301.
All donations appreciated!   

Apr 23 Sat 10am-5pm Historic Garden Tour
Downtown Ashland Homes & Art Show & Luncheon at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Apr 23 Sat  Macon A Difference Day
R-MC Students give back to the Community - Service Projects happening all over town! 

Apr 24 Sun 3-5pm  Opening Show: Artist Diego Sanchez
Flippo Gallery

Apr 30 Sat 7:30am-noon Railroad Run & Green Fair
500 S. Center St. $

Apr 30 Sat 3-5pm R-MC Concert Choir
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium


May 3 Tues 2-3pm  Bingo for Books 
Ages 18 & Up 
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

May 5 Thurs  5:30pm  First Thursday 
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse following the show! 

May 7  Sat 10:30-11:30am  The Amazing Mr. B! Magician
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

May 7  Sat 11am-4pm  Celebrate a Century of LUCK
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

May 7 Sat 11am-4pm  Celebrate a Century of LUCK- Party, Moonbounce, FUN for the Family
Luck Chevrolet 516 S. Washington HWY

May 7 Sat R-MC Relay For Life
R-MC Brock Center Field


Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

May 8 Sun 3pm Richmond Symphony
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

May 8 Sun 5pm Clunker Cruise
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

May 13 Fri 6-8pm  Teen Movie Night Ages 11-16
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

May 16 Mon 6pm  Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour 
11310 Hanover Ave. Registration required

May 15 Sun 3pm  Masterworks Chorale Spring Performance
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church (201 Henry St)

May 21 Sat 6-11pm Ashland Street Party
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave


Ongoing Entertainment

Antiques:  Hickory Creek Antiques- open 7 days a week; The ChiffarobeSunday Historical Treasures 

Art Galleries:  Gallery FluxR-MC Flippo Gallery

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 HorseEngland Street TavernOff And Dancing! StudioAshland Street Parties,  Bluemont Concerts at Randolph-Macon,  Farmer's Market.

Theater:  Ashland Theater

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   The Caboose Market Cafe    

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

Check out our Ashland Insiders Guide & Map

***Have an event to share? 
 email mainstreetashland@gmail.org

We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well and submit news to our local Herald-Progress and the Hanover Local.  

Spring Happenings in the COTU
Stroll through the Center of the Universe

Ashland Home and Garden Tour 

April 23rd Saturday from 10am - 5pm

The amazing Victorian home depicted in the painting above is on the corner of Racecourse and Duncan Street and will be on the Ashland Home and Garden tour.  It is also interesting to note that this home was the former home of Secretariat's owner!  You will be able to tour the gardens and inside the home!  5 homes in total are on the tour in the historic downtown Ashland district. 

Special Activities include:  
  • Marketplace on the Lawn of the Hanover Arts & Activities Center
  • Local Art Exhibition
  • Ask A Master Gardener
  • Complimentary Trolley to Downtown Ashland
Get your tickets so you do not miss out on this amazing event! To purchase your tickets locally visit Cross Bros. Grocery, Thrill of the Hunt and Ashwood Gardens and Nursery.  Box lunches are available if ordered in advance.  Visit www.vagardenweek.org for more information.  Business owners are encouraged to contact Sharon Stiles, Chair of this event by April 10th to let her know of specials or discounts you offer on April 23rd!  Many thanks to the Ashland Garden Club for organizing this wonderful event!  

(Photo Above:  The Hanover Arts & Activities Center is located at 500 S. Center Street and will host a MARKETPLACE and luncheon and Art Exhibition on April 23rd) 
Calling All Country Music Fans!!!

Fundraiser for the Ashland Theater
April 9th - TWO SHOWS!  

Meet the director of 'The Winding Stream' and hear Mother Maybelle's granddaughter SING!  It's going to be an awesome show and all to benefit the historic Ashland Theatre!  

General Admission Cost:  $15 and this includes 1 drink ticket.  Hugh's famous BBQ will be fore sale and the theater is proud to offer local beer from the COTU Brewery and wine from the Caboose Market!   Click HERE to get your tickets today for this exciting event!      
Over 6K Donated to the Ashland Theater!
(Photo Above:  Ashlander at the Jazz Preservation Ball benefit for the Ashland Theatre)

As this year’s benefactor of the annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball, the Ashland Theater Foundation is proud to announce the donation of $6,270 from the Art Deco Society of Virginia.  In the photo below, Olivia Lloyd, president of the Art Deco Society of Richmond received an Ashland Theatre poster as a thank you for this generous donation.

Click HERE to read the full PRESS RELEASE April 4, 2016   

What Makes A Great Nation Great? 
Join the Discussion with Dr. Charles Bryan
Sun April 10th 3pm
Ashland Library 201 S. Railroad Ave

Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour - Sat Apr 16 4:30pm & Mon May 15 6pm

For more information visit www.AshlandMuseum.org 

Sign Up for the 38th Ashland Railroad Run 
Visit www.HanoverArts.org for more information! 

Race Day Saturday, April 30, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5k Race & Fun Walk
8:15 a.m. – Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
9:00 a.m. – 10k Race

 Get Ready For Fun in the Plaza!
Ashland Street Party May 21st

Pat Russell Band
Visit www.AshlandStreetParties.com for more details!

Four new bicycle routes are featured in the latest and greatest Bicycle Brochure spearheaded by the Ashland Main Street Association.  All the routes start at the historic Ashland Visitors Center (Train Station) and vary in length to appeal to families with small children as well as those wishing to get some exercise.  Check out the names of the new bicycle routes:
  • Horses & Trolleys (1.5, 4.6, or 5.6 miles)
  • Trains & Brains (2.0 miles)
  • Town & Country (5.3 or 9.3 miles)
  • History & Heroes (2.8 miles)
The Ashland Museum has provided fun historical facts that add interest to your journey.  Look for this brochure SOON at the Visitors Center, the Ashland Museum and hotels and businesses throughout downtown Ashand.  We are excited to showcase our love of bicycling and welcome all visitors!  Note:  A Bicycle Race is scheduled to go through Ashland on July 23rd.  Click HERE to read about the RVA to DC event!   


Save the Date - The Annual Clunker Cruise will take place May 8th Mother's Day at 5pm!  Race begins behind the library.  Many thanks to Joel Street for organizing this wonderful event!  

Many thanks to John Friedman who recently did a talk about the Ashland Bike Gardens at the Ashland Library. The Ashland Main Street original (5) Bike Gardens will be replanted in time for the Garden Tour - April 23rd!   Questions - email MainStreetAshland@gmail.com. 

Photo Above:   Ari Brothers of Princess Cleaners(left) receives 'website tips and tricks' from Ally Jensen, R-MC Intern (right)

Ally Jensen is a senior at Randolph-Macon College and has helped many downtown businesses enhance their web presence while working as an intern for the Ashland Main Street Association.  Throughout the winter months she took time to offer hands on consulting at various business locations and will continue to do so this Spring.   Specifically Ally shows business owners a few simple steps to make their website more visible to visitors.  The steps include sign ups for a Google + and Google business account. This ensures web presence on Google Maps as a verified business, with correct hours and information. In addition she shows Apple Maps, Waze and Trip Advisor options.  As a result of this effort she has helped our downtown district as a whole.  If you are interested in receiving assistance with your business web presence - email mainstreetashland@gmail.com.   


Drop A Line at the Ashland Visitors Center

Photo Above:  Master Carpenter Bill Artiglia installs a special mailbox at the Ashland Visitors Center.

On a recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Ashland resident Phyllis Theroux took a walk with a local friend on the scenic drive that surrounds the town. There was something that her friend wanted her to see. Years ago, she had installed a bench by the ocean in memory of her parents . As an afterthought, she shoved an ordinary mailbox beneath the bench with a notebook and plastic bag full of pens and colored pencils inside. Twenty five years later, that single notebook has turned into a dozen more - all of them anonymously supplied - chock-full of messages, left behind by the occupants on the bench.

The mark of a superior idea is that it is easily understood and duplicated. When Theroux got home she immediately called up Pam Novak at the Visitors Center and told her she wanted to put a mailbox under one of the outside benches. Pam thought that was a great idea and quickly got the go-ahead from Wanda Cornwell in Town Hall . The last stop, for a mailbox, was at Ashland ACE hardware where owner, Robert Traweek said she could have the mailbox at cost. But by the time he had walked her to the cash register, he changed his mind. Put this under 'donation' he told the cashier.

The final indispensable Ashlander involved was Bill Artiglia, a master carpenter who not only volunteered to install the mailbox, but said he would make a nice little plywood box that he painted black to go around it. On Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2 pm Bill sank the final screw into bench. Beneath it, is a black mailbox, containing a notebook with a plastic bag full of pens and crayons inside. Drop by. Drop a line.

Many thanks to Phyllis Theroux for making this idea a reality for Ashland Visitors to enjoy. A special shout out goes to Robert Traweek of Ashland ACE Hardware for his generosity and Bill Artiglia for his time and talent.  


Featured Business: Luck Chevrolet
(Photo Above: First LUCK Family Dealership)

Ashland So Grateful for a Century of LUCK!  

Congratulations to Luck Chevrolet who is turning 100 years old, and they’re throwing a party for the town!  Come help them celebrate “A Century of LUCK in Ashland” on Saturday, May 7th, from 11am to 4pm at the dealership. Enjoy the sounds of the Felix Stevens Band, help yourself to some good food and drink, and let the kids play on the bounce house and giant slide. Feel free to bring your antique Chevy for an impromptu car show, or simply show off the good “Luck” horseshoe on the back of your vehicle! For more information, contact them at 804-798-9261, or online at www.luckchevrolet.com.

Featured Artist: Dr. Jim Doering, Randolph-Macon College
April Artist Spotlight
Jim Doering, Pianist Extraordinaire 
James Doering is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Arts at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he teaches music history, music theory, and organ. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Music in Piano from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano from The College of Wooster. In 2007, he received the United Methodist Church Award for Excellence in Teaching at Randolph-Macon College. His research interests include film music and the American orchestra, and his work has appeared in American Music, Notes, and The Musical Quarterly.

In 2008, his scholarship on silent film accompaniment was featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he performed the complete original score to Enrico Guazzoni’s Antony and Cleopatra as part of the Gallery’s Roman Ruins Rebuilt exhibit. As a pianist, his training includes private studies with Ruth Edwards, Daniel Winter, Barbara Hill, and Seth Carlin, as well as master classes with Robert Weirich, Rob Kapilow, and Roger Muraro. His recent book, The Great Orchestrator (University of Illinois Press, 2013), is a biography of the powerful American music manager Arthur Judson. It received an AMS-75 award and was selected by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) as a 2014 finalist for Best Historical Research in Classical Music.

On April 2, 2016 Professor Doering donated his time and talent in a fundraiser for the Ashland Theater.  He performed the original score to 'The Silent Epic: Antony and Cleopatra' to a crowd of over 150.  Patrons included members of the Art Deco Society of Richmond who did a benefit for the Theater that raised over 6K in January 2016.  We are so grateful to Jim for his generosity and becoming the first 'Silent Film' entertainer at the historic Ashland Theater. 

Visit our Downtown Galleries!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 

First Thursday Apr 7 5:30-8pm includes Live Jazz Music with Gypsy Roots

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs until April 30

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
R-MC Alumni Exhibition  

Show runs until April 9th. 
more Art... Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and has shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. Make Hanover & Ashland be your "art adventure" today!

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 our community.

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  ACES recently installed security cameras.  They have found that that donations left they are closed are either stolen or the bags are gone through. When the bags are torn open, the donations are exposed to the weather and they cannot use dirty and/or wet items.  We ask that, until we have installed a storage container, you bring your donations during our business hours. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) If you are unable to do so, please call us at 798-2784 or contact us via email: youraces@verizon.net and we will try to make arrangements to get those donations. Arrangements should be made for large items, such as furniture and appliances, as well. Yard good items should be taken to Goodwill.  Many thanks.  Here is their Wish List for April 16':

Adult's shoes - sizes 9 and up
Men's pants - sizes 32, 34, 40
Women's underwear - especially the larger sizes

Baby wipes

Beef stew, Brunswick stew, Canned meat
Pork and beans, Baked Beans
Oatmeal, Cereal
Spaghetti sauce
Peanut Butter

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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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 National Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1949 by congressional charter  to support preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods through a range of programs and activities.  Its mission is to provide leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities."

The National Main Street Center, Inc. is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Center is committed to advancing the preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.  For the past 33 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 buildings.
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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