First Thursday at Gallery Flux TONIGHT! 
First Thursday Opening Show Tonight at Gallery Flux!

Opening Reception is from 5-8pm TONIGHT 11/7/13!

Live RAKU firing


Show runs til Dec. 28th!  
Record Numbers Attended Ashland Train Day!
Wow. I am elated and humbled by the response to Ashland Train Day 2013, hosted last Saturday by the Ashland Main Street Association. 
According to Visitor’s Center Manager Pam Crisp, who dutifully acknowledges each new visitor with a click on her trusty mechanical counter, there were about 5,000 people at the train station alone.  Train Town Toy & Hobby owner Jim Donlon estimated the total number of attendees at nearly 7000.
The Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile staff noted it was one of their top four attendance days ever.  The last reported figure was 1858 visitors to the mobile museum -- coincidentally, the same number as the year the Town of Ashland was incorporated.
More remarkable than the attendance figures were the enthusiastic responses from visitors, residents, R-MC students and business owners that participated.  Katie Kisner, CSX Community Affairs and Safety Manager, wrote:  â€œYour Train Day is among the best train days I’ve participated in throughout the east coast.”   
Alexis Thompson, the new Virginia Main Street (VMS) Program Manager, returned with her family to Ashland for Train Day to reunite with her former Harrisonburg band, “Everyday People.” (see photo below).  Her performance was just another marvel that made the day special.  She wrote afterwards:  
AAAAAAAMAZING EVENT!!!!!!!!!!! I was absolutely blown away by Train Day this year. The activities were amazing, the turnout was amazing.  (VMS Revitalization Specialist) Brad Belo attended with his family and he said that the business participation was extraordinarily high for most Main Street events.  He loved how all the doors were open, sales were being made, balloons were given out, etc.  Please, please, please communicate to the businesses that everyone here is talking about how incredible their community spirit is and to continue that participation.
I LOVE that I can brag about you all so much around here.  Ashland has quite the reputation as a shooting star community ready to explode.
It’s good to know that the Center of the Universe is being noticed by the rest of it.  
A huge thank-you to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, visitors and Main Street Board members who made Ashland Train Day a success.  I won’t dare mentioning names individually because I always forget a few folks.  I’ll leave that to my extraordinarily talented, hard-working and detail-oriented partners, Train Day Chair Bill Gatewood and Promotions Chair Jen Chambers.  They deserve full credit for delivering the best Train Day ever!
We'd love to hear your feedback on Ashland Train Day -- click on this link to complete a short survey:   Your name will be automatically entered into a raffle for one of three $25 Ashland Gift Certificates, valid at participating Ashland locations.  And your input will help us make Train Day 2014 an even better event than this year's!
Tom Wulf, Executive Director
Ashland Main Street Association

P.S.  All Train Day Raffle Winners will be announced on our facebook, website and in the next FULL ISSUE of GET CENTERED - to be published 11-12-13.  

Click HERE to see our GROWING PHOTO GALLERY.  Share your pictures on facebook!  

Thank You Jim & Cathy!

Train Day founder - Librarian, Cathy Bach-McElroy (right) and  Jim Donlon - First Train Day Chairman from 2004-2012(left) were recognized on Train Day.  They received awards made from railroad spikes found on the tracks in Ashland along with other items.  Many thanks to Wendy Doyle and Christiane Riederer of refunkit for donating their time and talent in 'refunking' these trophies.  

Katie Kisner (left) from CSX gave out fun Operation Lifesaver goodies to our Train Day patrons.  Teaching kids about safety on the tracks is so important.  We are so grateful to CSX for being our signature sponsor and providing this educational program for our kids!  

Volunteers organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ashland were AMAZING!
Ashlanders Love their Volunteers!
We had 40 sponsors that madeTrain Day 2013 a huge success!  

*A very special thank you goes out to the Town of Ashland, Ashland Street Parties and Randolph-Macon College for the use of their Stage and use of their trash cans. 
Click HERE to see all the great things are sponsors did for Train Day!   Scroll to the bottom to see pictures next to each attraction that was sponsored!  Thanks for all the SMILES!  
Many thanks to Gallery Flux, WTVR, Train Town Toy & Hobby and StyleCraft Homes for sponsoring our Trolleys!   We had docents on all of the trolleys.  One docent stated that 80% of her visitors were 1st timers for Train Day!  

History LOVERS enjoyed Train Day! 

The Civil War History Mobile was AWESOME!  Thank you Pam Crisp for making this happen for Ashland.    The String-Tyme Minstrels & the dancers of the 12th Virginia Infantry were wonderful and our patrons enjoyed the crowd participation opportunities!  

MORE Photos will be published SOON on our website!  Feel free to send your photos to - let us know if we can publish these on our facebook & website.    
The Ashland Museum was very popular on Train Day!  With their new staircase built to accommodate the Red Caboose - many visitors toured this authentic Caboose and witnessed Morse Code LIVE!  Thank you to all the museum volunteers that made this possible!
All Train Day Raffle Winners will be Announced in our next FULL issue of GET CENTERED 11-12-13!
We look forward to seeing you in ' the Center of the Universe' on Train Day 2014!    Mark your calendar for November 1, 2014.  Click HERE to see our picture gallery.  

Feel free to call our Train Day HOT LINE if you have any ideas or questions:  804.412.7288  

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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  Articles must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be published in the next issue.  

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