What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - May-June '15
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May-June 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
Mr. John's Emporium

Featured Artists:
Nancy Cozart's Bike Gardens &
the Chalk Walk Artists

Upcoming Events

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Did you know?
James Murray, our town council member is very techie! He brought his own photo booth to support the Hanover Humane Society fund raiser!  

Diane Hale School of Dance will perform their own production of the Wizard of Oz on June 6th at Patrick Henry High School.  

Discover Our BIKE GARDENS!  

Take a stroll in our lovely downtown!  Great photo-ops are in front of our newly created BIKE GARDENS!  
is located in front of the Gallery Flux Annex (302 England St). If you happen to be visiting on First Thursday 5/7 - check out the beautiful artwork inside as well!   
BIKE GARDEN #2 in front of the Ashland Theater.  
BIKE GARDEN #3 at the Visitor's Center
BIKE GARDEN #4 on Thompson St. near Town Hall
BIKE GARDEN #5. in front of the Library.

Many thanks to the citizens and businesses who water our BIKE GARDENS!   OH and if you are in downtown Ashland on Mother's Day..bring your bike for the CLUNKER CRUISE!!!

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!
Upcoming Events

May 7 Thurs 5:30pm 
Gallery Flux & Iron Horse Restaurant (8:30-11pm)
Ashland First Thursday 

May 7 Thurs 5:30pm 
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Play Auditions for Bye Bye Birdie 

May 8 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

May 9 Sat 10am-2pm
National "Amtrak" Train Day - Celebrating Amtrak Passengers! 
Scavenger Hunt at the Visitor's Center, Henry Clay Inn, Ashland Theater, Ashland Museum, Ashland Library & Tiny Tim's Toys

May 9 Sat 10-11am
Ashland Library
Build a Balloon Workshop

May 9 Sat 11am-12pm
Ashland Theater
Hanover Academy presents the play "Character Matters"

May 9 Sat 8am-1pm
Behind the Curtain Studio (Across from the Farmer's Market)
Arts & Crafts Show Every Saturday in May and June

May 10 Sun 3-4pm    
Duncan Memorial Church
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale Spring Concert

May 10 Sun 5pm  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  
Ashland Library
Ashland Clunker Cruise

May 16 Sat 7pm
Library Plaza
Ashland Street Party  

May 30 Sat - Congratulations Graduates! 
Randolph-Macon College

June 4 Thurs 5:30pm 
Gallery Flux
Ashland First Thursday 

June 6 Sat 10am-5pm 
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland Strawberry Faire

June 6 Sat 2pm & 7pm
Patrick Henry High School
Diane Hale School of Dance Performs 'The Wizard of Oz'

June 11 Thurs 6pm 

Gallery Flux
Art Talk: Lisa Freiman, Director of Institute of Contemporary Art

June 12 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

June 17 Wed 6-7:30pm
Ashland Library
Forensics with the Hanover County Sheriff's Dept.  
*Ages 9-16

June 18 Thurs 7-8:30pm
Ashland Library
Musical Evening with Gene and Gayla Mills 

June 22  Mon 1pm
Ashland Library
Zoo Pro Adventures

June 23  Tues 7-8pm
Ashland Library
Murder at the Book Group Discussion with Author Maggie King  

June 26, 27,28  
Hanover Tavern
Play:  Bye Bye Birdie

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland:

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm

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

Behind the Curtain Saturday Arts and Craft Shows  Every Sat 8am - 1pm

Live Music: Ashland Coffee & Tea (Song-Writer Showdown on Tuesday nights), Iron HorseFarmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Craft Beer: Center of the Universe Brewery & Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

Have an event to share, need help promoting this?  mainstreetashland@gmail.com.

Check the Town Calendar for updates!  

Have an event to share? emailmainstreetashland@gmail.com. We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.

Main Street Happenings
Ashland "BIKE GARDENS" Grow!
Ashland Main Street Association is excited for the UCI Road World Championships which takes place September 19-27, 2015.  The race itself will be on Route 301 in front of Hanover Tavern and go to Richmond City.  We can expect many visitors!  This will be like the Olympics coming to Hanover County and Richmond!    Five Bike Gardens were created by our featured artist Nancy Cozart (see article below) and these have been placed around Downtown Ashland. Can you find them all?  HINT:  You may see one at Gallery Flux for Ashland First Thursday 5/7.  Are you interested in a BIKE GARDEN for your business or organization?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.com for more information!   We are excited to watch the BIKE GARDENS grow in our 'bike friendly' Center of the Universe!  

Chalk Walk 2015 OVER THE TOP!
Many thanks to our sponsors that made it possible for our concrete canvas to expand to the Ashland Theater. Over 50 artists participated in Chalk Walk 2015  including professionals: Jen Stackpole, Betsy Taylor, Derrell Nester, Dennis Winston and Nancy Cozart.  Many OUT OF TOWN visitors could enjoy their artwork on May 2, 2015 for the Ashland Theater Bluegrass Festival! Special.  A special shout out goes to Pepicelli's Pizza who brought pizza to our volunteers & advertised the Chalk Walk on their pizza boxes!  

When you visit these stores/organizations & businesses - please say thank you for supporting the Ashland Chalk Walk!  
Special thanks to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center who sponsored our Chalk Walk and have advertised another wonderful artistic event!  The play Bye Bye Birdie will be performed at the Hanover Tavern on June 26,27 & 28th.  Auditions are on May 7th. Visit www.hanoverarts.org for more information.  We can't wait for another Foley production!  
Town Happenings
Amtrak "National Train Day"
Saturday, May 9th 10am-2pm  

Model Train Scavenger Hunt  & MORE!

Join the fun and see the Ashland Train Day Bears too!  Pick up your scavenger hunt tickets at the Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center, Henry Clay Inn, Ashland Museum, Ashland Library, Ashland Theater OR Tiny Tim's Toys.    Ashland Main Street will have their Ice-Cream cart at the Visitor's Center.  Amtrak Vanilla & CSX Chocolate will be for Sale!    In addition - Jim Duckett will entertain us with his fun train tunes at the Train Station!  

Ashland Clunker Cruise 
Sunday, May 10th 5pm
Meet at the Ashland Library Plaza

The Ashland Clunker Cruise is a fun bicycle cruise around historic Ashland, VA. It's a super fun event and everyone is welcome. The pace is slow and social and the ride will take an hour, maybe a little more.  Meet at the Ashland library parking  (201 Railroad Ave.) lot on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10th at 5:00 pm.  Looking for a special gift?  Ashland Clunker Cruise has T-shirts for sale!  Click HERE for more information about this wonderful family event!  
We Love Our Farmer's Market!  

Thank you Denise Hayes for organizing all the bands and 'extra' fun each Saturday!  Take a look at the event schedule Saturdays behind Town Hall:  

May 9
- Paul Bakeman with the all faculty ukelele band Also - VA Master Naturalists - Riverine Chapter. Teacup Flower Arrangements w/the Town & CountryGarden Club for Mother's Day
May 16 - Old Man Jam Band - (ages vary)
May 23 - Bike to Market Day. Pamela McCarthy - songwriter & guitarist

May 30 - Open mic for Hanover Co. music students
June 6 - Pamela McCarthy - songwriter & guitarist.  Virginia Master Naturalists - Riverine Chapter Hanover Master Gardeners
June 13 - Jim Duckett - guitarist & singer
Featured Business: Mr. John's Emporium

The Center of the Universe officially welcomed new business Mr. John's Emporium  on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Mr. John Halterman retired from Bon Secours Health System in October 2014 and decided to open a business with friends. We're glad he did!   He has bubblers, bird houses and more to make your home and yard beautiful!    Visit 202A England Street (across the Street from the Ashland Theater) in downtown Ashland or online www.mrjohnsemporium.com  to see what's the latest in his store!  
Featured Artist: Nancy Cozart
May Artist Spotlight: Nancy Cozart
Bike Garden creator & Chalk Walk Founder & an inspiration to many! 
We’re sure you’ve noticed the colorful bicycles with flower-basket accents that now punctuate our downtown.  Did you know they’re the brilliant work of Main Street’s resident artist, Nancy Cozart?  Nancy has served on the board for five years and brings a wealth of artistic talent and experience to Main Street and the community.  For many years, she was an art teacher in the elementary schools of Hanover and at Patrick Henry High School.  She served as the art specialist for Hanover County Public Schools from 1988 - 2010.  She worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art Education at VCU from 2011 - 14 and currently works part time at Lee-Davis High School.  Her personal works – both drawings and raku pottery are featured regularly at Gallery Flux in Ashland.

The Main Street Bike Garden project began with Main Street’s Design Committee, initiated by Lauren Thompson who sourced the old bicycles.  Nancy and her sons welded base-plates to the bikes along with various found objects, covered the wheels, and spray-painted the frames along with area artist, Betsy Taylor.  They were careful not to paint the tires as painted rubber is not recyclable. Nancy and Randolph-Macon students Dashonte Temony and Megan McGowan assisted with the planters that adorn each bike as part of their volunteerism for Macon A Difference Day on April 25.  The bike gardens not only serve as public art, they send a clear welcome message to our international visitors participating in the UCI World Cycling Championships this fall. 

You could see Nancy’s work all over the downtown this past weekend, as she not only created the beautiful Bike Gardens, but also transformed the theater sidewalk into an art gallery as part of her trademark “Ashland Chalk Walk.”  Nancy founded the event six years ago to raise awareness of the Ashland Cultural Arts District.  The event brings a community of artists and families together for an enjoyable day of creativity.  About 50 artists created chalk masterpieces out of squares of concrete canvas at both the library plaza and theater.  A big thank-you to Nancy Cozart for filling our community with color and beauty!

Photo Above:  R-MC students Dashonte Temoney and Megan McGowan volunteered to help with the bike planters on “Macon A Difference Day.”
Photo Above:  Nancy Cozart recruited artists Betsy Taylor and Dennis Winston to create on the concrete canvas in front of the Ashland Theater - a new expanded location for Chalk Walk 2015!  Many out of town visitors enjoyed their creations prior to the Ashland Theater Bluegrass Festival the evening of May 2, 2015.  
Visit our Downtown Galleries and 'artsy' spots!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street and Annex Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 

Opening Reception May 7  5:30-8pm  New Paintings & Ceramics by Amy H R Donahue, Dan Michael, Kathleen Walsh, & Fonda Cody

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs until June 27
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Current Show:  Ray Berry, "Hidden Hanover"

“This selection of works from the last three years displays sites in the county that are hidden from plain view and represent special areas of resurgence and change in the landscape,” says landscape painter and R-MC Studio Arts Professor Ray Berry. His normal oil painting process has expanded to include encaustic—paint that is wax-based and heated with a blowtorch for a very immediate and rich surface.  Berry’s work is done onsite throughout Hanover County respecting the changing seasons and subtle imagery of the land.
Show runs until May 31st. 
Behind the Curtain Saturday Arts and Crafts Shows
8am to 1pm, Saturdays in May and June
Ashland's art scene has expanded!  Behind the Curtain Studio is hosting a weekly craft show featuring various artists.  The May and June shows focus on outdoor, functional, and spring themed art. Previous shows so far have featured Rock and wood art by Suzanna Wagner-Merritt, Cat houses and bird houses by Russell Bonovitch, glass art by Kristy Short, paper mache art by Chip Wells, etched and carved glass by Jim Cantelmo, and wood art and felted art by Ronda Loyer, with special commissioned pieces by studio owner Arthur Brill.
Behind the Curtain is located in the alley with Ashland Feed Store, and across the street from the Ashland Farmers Market.  For more information visit www.behindthecurtainstudio.com 540-205-5629.  
more Art... Hanover has wonderful art galleries and eclectic shops just outside of Downtown Ashland and 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

Coronado Kingdom
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.  Please 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 May 15':

Men's gently used shoes, sizes 9-11
Adult's shorts
Men's undershirts, small through extra large
Children's summer pajamas
Children's new underwear and socks, all sizes
Children's gently used shoes, all sizes


Instant potatoes
Canned meats
Pork and bens
Spaghetti sauce
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.

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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