What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Jan/Feb '14
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Jan-Feb 2014 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
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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Alice Alexander, creator of the Town Seal is turning 99 on January 16th.  Read about this amazing artist and resident in our Featured Artist section.

The Home Energy Store offers educational tours for groups.  Read about Thomas Sprouse in our Business Spotlight section.

Bart Shaw will offer a class on coffee at our local library!  Read about this and other great events offered at Richard Gillis Library  & Friends of the Library. 

Suite 100 of the Henry Clay Inn will house the Black History Museum.  There will be a meet and greet on Feb. 23rd!  Stay tuned for details.

Ashland Coffee & Tea is starting Round 9 of a songwriter showdown event on Tuesday nights - check out 100 N. Center Street  for great entertainment year round!  Save the Date - March 7th for Ploc Madness Weekend.

Upcoming Events
Jan 9 Thurs 5:30-8pm
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
First Thursdays Opening Show: Three Abstract Visions, Reception & Art Talk

Jan 9 Thurs 9-11am
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Genealogy Workshop - register 798-4072

Jan 10 Fri  6-8 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Teen Movie Night & Pizza

Jan 11 Sat  10:30am - 12 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
LEGO Morning Ages 5-12

Jan 13,20,27 Mondays 7-9:15pm

Duncan Memorial Church (201 Henry St)
Masterworks Chorale New Singer Auditions

Jan 15 Wed  7- 8:30 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Make It Yourself: Household Cleaners

Jan 17 Fri 7:30pm
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
R-MC: Blues Musician & Story Teller Scott Ainslie

Jan 18 Sat 10:30 – 11:30 am
Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave)
Children's Program: Spies during the Civil War for  3rd, 4th, 5th Graders  Register:  (804) 368-7314

Jan 25 Sat 10:30 – 11:30 am
Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave)
Children's Program: “Train Songs and Railroad Stories.” Register:  (804) 368-7314 info@ashlandmuseum.org

Jan 26 Sun 7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)
Auditions for Hanover Idols- competition Mar 2nd

Jan 29 Wed 7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)
Play:  Twelfth Night

Feb 12 Wed  10am - 12pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Class: Computer Basics II

Feb 12  Wed  7- 8:45 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Class w/ Bart Shaw: What's in Your Cup? - A Coffee Tasting

Feb. 14 Fri  6-8 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Teen Movie Night & Pizza Ages 11-Up

Feb 16 Sun 4pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Founders Day Celebration

Feb 23 Sun 2-4 pm

Black Heritage Society Museum (114 N. Railroad Ave Suite 100 of the Henry Clay Inn)
Meet & Greet in their NEW Location

Feb. 27 Thurs 6:30-7:30pm

Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Ages 3-12

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 (Song-Writer Showdown on Tuesday nights), Iron Horse, Farmer's Market,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.
Your Voice Matters!
Photo:  National Main Street Association visits COTU Town Hall Jan 6th. 
A huge thank-you to all of the Ashland community stakeholders who participated in this week's "Baseline Assessment" by the National and Virginia Main Street programs, January 6-8.  Your input will help the Ashland Main Street Association prioritize its projects, programs, and initiatives.
We were excited to see Virginia Main Street Program manager (and past Ashland Economic Development Coordinator) Alexis Thompson return to the Center of the Universe.  She was joined by National Main Street Center consultant Teresa Lynch and Virginia Main Street Community Development Specialist Brad Belo. We appreciated the input from our downtown business and property owners, our MAP/HABCC/Hanover Tourism Supporters, our R-MC faculty/students/staff, Town and Hanover County officials, and the cultural arts and nonprofit community.
We heard both positive and constructive feedback from the participants, and we will work hard to improve on our opportunities.  The full assessment report won't be ready for another month or so, but we hope to be able to share some results when we receive it.  In the meantime, please don't wait for another formal "assessment" to tell us what you think.  We value your input anytime!  email  mainstreetashland@gmail.com
Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Executive Director
Streetscape Continues!
We are looking forward to seeing South Railroad Avenue look beautiful this Spring.  The Downtown Streetscape project started back up on January 6th and the estimated completion date is March 30, 2014.  Click on the link below to review a map showing various phases of construction on the south side of Railroad Ave. Visit the town website to receive automatic updates about this and other town events. 

We can't wait to see the south side of Railroad Avenue look like the north side!

Beat the Winter Blues in Ashland!
Visit Gallery Flux for FIRST THURSDAY Jan. 9th at 5:30pm.  New Show:  Three Abstract Visions.   Artists (Amy Harris, Paul Germain & Nol Putnam) talk will be from 6:30 - 7pm.  Show runs until March 1st. Three artists featured:
Amy Harris applies oil paint to synthetic paper.
Nol Putnam is a blacksmith and photographer
Paul Germain investigates our connections to the natural world using gestural, multi-directional brushstrokes, mark-making and surface texture on gessoed mould-made paper.

Masterworks Chorale Invites New Singers for Spring

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale kicks off its 2014 spring season with three free open rehearsals Mondays, January 13, 20, and 27 from 7–9:15 pm, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, in Ashland.  New singers are welcome, and all voice parts are needed for the chorale’s performances on May 4 and 10, 2014. The spring music program will feature choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten, and others.  No audition or formal vocal training is necessary. Some choral singing experience is encouraged. To learn more about singing with the chorale this spring, please contact the group’s artistic director, David Sinden, at (804) 545-5406 or cvmc.director@gmail.com. Also, visit www.cvamc.org to learn more about the chorale.
There is something for everyone at the CENTER of the Center of the Universe (500 S. Center St.)  this winter!  Shakespeare & Hanover Idols - you can't get much better than that!   Check out the January events  & stay tuned for more details on their website www.hanoverarts.org and Facebook pages.

Thank You Ashland Library for offering our community so many fun things to do!

There is alot of variety to choose from in classes at our local library.  From learning how to make our own household cleaners to sampling coffee made by Bartlet Shaw - we love that our library services our community!   We love that local businesses like The Caboose Wine & Cheese & COFFEE BAR will offer a coffee tasting too!  See the events below:

Genealogy Workshop Thurs Jan 9, 9-11 am Find out what's on your family tree using our family history databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  You must call (804) 798-4072 to sign up for this class.

Teen Movie Night Fri  Jan 10, 6-8 pm Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

LEGO Morning Sat  Jan 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm\Ages 5-12.  Get your imagination going with building challenges, share design ideas, and make new friends. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Make It Yourself: Household Cleaners Wed, Jan 15, 7- 8:30 pm Find out how to make your own laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner. Make & take dishwashing powder, too. Save money, and be good to the environment at the same time. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Computer Basics II Wed, Feb. 12, 10am - 12pm Learn how to do basic tasks with Microsoft Word and how to surf the web with Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 798-4072 to sign up for this class.

What's in Your Cup?: A Coffee Tasting Wed, Feb. 12, 7- 8:45 pm Bart Shaw, of the Caboose Wine and Cheese Shop, talks about the different varieties of coffee.  Sample some new coffees you might enjoy, too. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Teen Movie Night Fri, Feb. 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Thurs, Feb. 27, 6:30-7:30 pm Ages 3-12. I like to eat cake, do you?  We do like cake and juice, we like them Bruce!  Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with stories, crafts and a guest reader or two.  Join us, oh please, won't you?  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
Ashland Musem Offers Unique Children Programs

The Ashland Museum will sponsor a series of one hour children’s programs on Saturday mornings this winter. Shake off the January doldrums with an outing to the Ashland Museum! These programs are free, but registration is requested because space is limited.  The Museum is located at 105 Hanover Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005. For more information and to register for the event, call (804) 368-7314, email info@ashlandmuseum.org, or visit our Event Registration page. Register early – space is limited!

January 18, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30 am
On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 am, Leslie McClammy of Petersburg National Battlefield will present a one-hour program on Spies During the Civil War. Children will create a cipher wheel, write and decode messages and send messages with signal flags. They will also examine reproduced examples of photography and newspapers from the civil war. Appropriate for kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.

January 25, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30 am
On Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 am, musicians Glenn and Ellen Birch will present a one-hour  program of “Train Songs and Railroad Stories.”  Learn about famous engineers, freight train disasters and mysterious events along the rails. All ages welcome. The Museum is located at 105 Hanover Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005.  For more information and to register for the event, call (804) 368-7314, email info@ashlandmuseum.org, or visit our Event Registration page. Register early – space is limited.

Save the Date!  Founders Day February 16, 2014

Stay tuned for details on our Founders Day Celebration – Feb. 16, 2014 The Ashland Museum will co-sponsor “Untold Stories: Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover — Black and White Experiences” at 4pm Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Center Street in Ashland. Residents who experienced the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, School Integration and the Vietnam War will present their unique experiences in an entertaining and educational program. This program is a joint effort of the Hanover County Black Heritage Society, the Hanover Arts & Activities Center and the Ashland Museum.
Miss Ashland Pageant Benefits Cancer Research

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 the Miss Ashland Pageant - a scholarship program will be held at Patrick Henry High School.  The purpose of this program is to provide education and training scholarships for the winners and a fundraiser for cancer research through the non-profit (501c3) organization – Wine For Cures.   The program provides an opportunity for young ladies to develop poise, confidence, stage presence, enhance conversation and interview skills and public speaking ability. This fun, natural, personality scholarship pageant is open to all Hanover County young ladies – Miss (ages 18-21) – Teens (ages 13-17) – Preteens (ages 9-12) and Little Miss (ages 5-8).

Entry Deadline: February 14, 2014

Click HERE for more information and obtain entry forms.  Call Sue Cox 804.746.2018 if you have questions. Email: info@missashland.org

Business Spotlight: Home Energy Store

Ashland loves the fun foam sculptures outside of the Home Energy Store and that's not all!  We love that the owners give back to the community!    Last month owner Thomas Sprouse led an educational tour of his store to Girl Scout Troop #3235 from Our Lady of Lourdes Church.  The girls had a great time learning about energy and water conservation. Contact Thomas if you have a group that would be interested. 

Not only does their store offer fantastic options for insulating your home or business - it's a great place to find unique and earth friendly gifts too. 
Be sure to stop by 109 England Street and thank them for being an awesome addition to our community! 

For More Information: Visit http://www.homeenergystores.com/
Featured Artist: Alice Alexander - Celebrates her 99th Birthday Jan. 16th
Photo:  Alice Alexander beside print of "Old Ashland" mural on June 5, 1998

Creator of the Town Seal and So Much More -
Alice Alexander

Our featured artist for January 2014 is Alice Alexander who will celebrate her 99th Birthday on January 16, 2014.  Ashland Main Street is proud to recognize Alice for her many artistic contributions to our community to include creating our town seal.    In addition, Alice was a major contributor in creating  the original mural "OLD ASHLAND" in 1953.  The mural was painted over a three year period by twenty members of an Ashland Women's Artist Guild and was presented at an unveiling ceremony to the War Memorial Association in 1953.  Alice Alexander's name is on top of the list!   The painting was given to the Town of Ashland in 1983 and hangs in the Town Council Chambers today.  It is representative of Ashland before the turn of the century.  Her town seal design was on the cover of the 125th Anniversary Celebration flier as depicted below. 

Feel free to send Alice a card (602 Duncan St. Ashland, VA 23005)  to wish her a happy birthday and to thank her for her many artistic contributions to the Center of the Universe.

***Many thanks to Terry Alexander for providing the photo and newspaper clippings from the Herald-Progress written by Jay Pace in honor of her mother's achievements. 

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

'Three Abstract Visions': Works by Paul Germain, Amy Harris, and Nol Putnam

Opening Reception January 9th at 5:30 pm and Artists' Talk 6:30-7 pm & 'Ashland First Thursday' Reception: Feb. 6th, 6:00PM. Exhibit on view until March 1, 2014.

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
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.
Randolph-Macon offers FREE fun events this Winter!

Check out these wonderful FREE events that are open to the public in January 14': 

River City Taiko 

Jan 10 Fri 7pm Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St.)
River City Taiko will present an evening of Japanese drumming.  Taiko means "drum" in Japanese, and taiko have been part of Japanese culture for over 1000 years.  The performance is an exciting combination of rhythm and movement. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Jan 15 Wed  12pm Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St.)
Program will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will feature R-MC's Ujima Choir.

Blues Musician & Story Teller Scott Ainslie
Jan 17  7:30pm Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer, and a masterful storyteller.

Visit Randolph-Macon College  website for the schedule of sporting events & visit their bookstore too!   Many thanks to R-MC for giving so much to our community!  

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.   Note:  When we are closed, items left for ACES are often pilfered through – leaving them strewn about the lean-to and onto the asphalt.  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 since we no longer give them out.  Many thanks.  Here is their Wish List for January 14':

Adult Clothing
Adult’s sports socks
Adult’s large size underwear - size 2X and larger

Children's Clothing
Girl's shirts  - size 14,16,18
Girl's pants (no jeans) - size 7 - 14
Girl's shirts and pants size 1- 3
Children’s pajamas - size 8 - 16
Boy's underwear - all sizes
Boy's jeans - size 8 and 10
Boy's shirts and pants - 9 month through 12 months
Boy's shirts and pants - size 4 through 18

Jelly and jam
Canned meats
Canned spaghetti & ravioli
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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