VALENTINE TOWN Special Edition! 

February-March 2016 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College
MAP Spotlight

Featured Business & Artists: 

Gallery Flux & 'After Rodin' Participating Artists

Upcoming Events

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The First Thursday of the month is considered 'date night' in Ashland!  Start at Gallery Flux First Thursday Reception  'After Rodin: The Contemporary Figure'  February 4 from 5:30-8pm.  Show runs from January 14 - February 27, 2016
Newfound Gathering Place

We have a new gathering spot in the COTU!  Opens 2/12 Saturday

Check out 113 S. Railroad Ave on Feb 12th.  The former 'Giving Tree' has a new cozy look and feel!  Shop and relax in this beautiful space! 
Many thanks to Alvaro and Caroline Coronado for donating an Ashand Ornament silent auction item at the Art Deco Jazz Preservation Ball. The Ashland Theater was the beneficiary for this event held in downtown Richmond. 
The Iron Horse Restaurant hosts Sunday Supper from 5:30-8pm.  End the week with a special tasty treat - relax in this beautiful space! 
Congratulations to Jean Pollard who is the newly elected President of Market Ashland Partnership (MAP).   Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month the Supply Room Companies.  Next meeting will be held Thursday Feb 11th 8:30-9:30am at the Supply Room Co. 14140 North Washington HWY  (map)
Upcoming Events
 What movies would you like to see in March?
 We have the following 'weekend' days OPEN at the moment!    

Mar 12th Saturday
Mar 18th Friday
Mar 19th Saturday
Mar 25th Friday
Mar 26th Saturday

 Email your 'movie' suggestions to  Let us know if your business is willing to sponsor the licensing fee for this event.  Check website for the latest schedule.   
TOP Weekend Events are published every Tuesday!  Click HERE to see what we suggest to do in the Center of the Universe!  Below are events listed 

Feb 4 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street
Feb 4 Thurs 5:30-8pm First Thursday Music at the Iron Horse - THAT 70's One!
100 S. Railroad Ave
First Thursdays at the Iron Horse 
Feb 6 Sat 7pm  'The Big Green'  Fundraiser for Ashland Soccer League
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 7 Sun 3-5:30pm  Richmond Peace Foundation Program With PH Students
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 9 Tues 7-8:30pm Library Program:  Must Love Words
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library
Feb 10 Wed 10-noon Library Program:  Learning Microsoft Word
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library
Feb 10 Wed 7pm  Circles Ashland Lecture and Discussion
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 12 Fri  6-8pm  Teen Movie Night   
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library
Feb 12 Fri  NEW SHOP:  Newfound Gathering Place & MARKETeas OPENS! 
Formerly The Giving Tree Depot  (113 S. Railroad Ave)
Newfound Gathering Place & MARKETeas Facebook
Feb 13 Sat 2-4pm  Valentine Movie and Craft   
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library
Feb 13 Sat 2pm & 7:30pm  Documentary ‘UNBRANDED’ with Guest Speaker Tom Seay Benefit for United States Equine Rescue League, Inc.
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 14 Sun 7pm  Movie  'Pretty Woman' & Champagne too! 
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 15 Mon 6pm  R-MC Women's Studies Speaker Series: "A Jealous Mistress and an Abused Slave Girl"
Randolph-Macon Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 16 Tues 6pm  R-MC Women's Studies Speaker Series: "The Life and Times of Elizabeth Keckly"
Randolph-Macon Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 17-20 Wed-Sat 6pm  Play "Steel Magnolias"
Randolph-Macon Cobb Theatre
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 20 Sat 7pm  Movie: Ladder 49 - Benefit for Ashland Volunteer Fire Department
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 21 Sun 2pm  Movie: Peter Pan - Benefit for Diane Hale School of Dance
Ashland Theater 205 England St
Feb 21 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium 205 Henry St.
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 22-Mar 6 9am-5pm   Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photo Exhibition
Randolph-Macon McGraw -Page Library
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 26 Fri 7pm  R-MC Robert Jospe Express Quartet
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium
Randolph-Macon College
Feb 28 Sun 4pm   Untold Stories - Sharing Black and White Experiences in Ashland/Hanover
Ashland Theater 205 England St


 Movies & More--this calendar is updated daily!
 Click HERE to plan your Ashland Experience!  Send news updates to

Experience Ashland...

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  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.


Make First Thursday DATE NIGHT!
Here's what's happening February 4th:

Gallery Flux (307B England St.) 5:30-8pm.  Experience 'After Rodin: The Contemporary Figure'. This show is not to be missed!  Gallery Flux has wowed us once again! 

That 70's One - Enjoy great music by Felix & Friends at the Iron Horse (100 S. Railroad Ave)!  Dress up is encouraged! 

Grab a bite to eat or something sweet in downtown Ashland!  We recommend the following restaurants which are all a SHORT DRIVE/WALK from Gallery Flux:
  • Trackside Grill
  • The Caboose Wine & Cheese
  • England Street Tavern 
  • Iron Horse Restaurant
  • Sports Page Grille 
  • Virginia Barbeque
  • Sweet Frog Center of the Universe
  • Jake's Place Restaurant and Market
  • Pepicelli's Pizza 
Click here for a listing of all our restaurants in town. 
Enjoy your date night in the Center of the Universe! 

Your Voice Matters!  

The Ashland Theater Community meeting held on Thursday 1/28/2016 was well attended (approximately 59)  to include new residents, volunteers, regular patrons, R-MC faculty and students and a strong showing of town staff and council members. The Theater committee welcomed attendees to share ideas for theater usage and fundraising.  A brief written survey was distributed, collected and comments are being reviewed for forming committees & making plans.  In case you missed the meeting it's not too late to become involved!   CLICK HERE  to take a brief survey- please complete by 2/14/2016.


The committee expressed their sincere thanks to the town and all volunteers that have helped to keep the lights on since November 2014.  They will be working with the town to re-submit a proposal to receive funding from the State.  Regardless of the outcome the Ashland Theater will be run as a non-profit 501(c)3. Your support and ideas are greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for details.    Visit for schedule updates the community's theater! 
Ashland Theater Update

Generation Dream 2016  
February 7th Sunday 3-5pm   FREE
 Bring the entire family for music, dance and spoken word from talented young artists from all over Central Virginia.
Truly inspirational, FREE and open to the public!
Calling All Horse Lovers!
Documentary 'UNBRANDED' w/
Guest speaker Tom Seay - author of
'Best of America by Horseback'
Feb 13 Sat 2pm & 7:30pm
Benefit for the
United States Equine Rescue League

Happy Valentine's Day!

'Pretty Woman'

February 14th Sun 7pm;   Doors open at 6pm 

Champagne, Beer, Wine & Pizza will be sold-  
Make this a Valentine that is special...and that won't break the bank!  
'Ladder 49'
February 20th Sat 7pm Doors open at 6pm
Benefit for the Ashland Volunteer Fire Company

Come support those that risk their lives for our community! 
'Peter Pan'
February 21st Sun 2pm
Benefit for Diane Hale School of Dance

Support the Arts! 
Sunday, February 28th
 4:00 – 5:30 pm
NEW LOCATION:  Ashland Theater 205 England St.

Untold Stories – a panel of elder citizens tell stories about working in Ashland.  This event is sponsored by Ashland Museum, Ashland Main Street Association, Hanover Black Heritage Society and The Center.  
This event is 
FREE and open to the public.   

Tales from last year's program- click HERE->  Untold Stories 2015 Highlights 

Sunday, March 6th
 3:30 pm & 7 pm
NEW LOCATION:  Ashland Theater 205 England St.

Mark Your Calendar! 

Featured Business : Gallery Flux & Participating Artists
Thank You Gallery Flux!  

Ashland Main Street Association applauds businesses that bring visitors into our downtown district.   Gallery Flux gets an A+ for making Ashland an 'Art' destination for many.  The First Thursday venue is incredibly popular and consistently brings the community and 'Richmond' together for outstanding shows.  

Gallery Flux Current Exhibit:  After Rodin: The Contemporary Figure  runs from Jan 14- Feb 27.  This show was inspired by the current exhibit at the Virginia Fine Arts Museum.   Eleven artists were selected to participate, interpreting the human figure in a unique way, whether representational or impressionistic, using a wide variety of mediums including bronze, limestone, steel, plaster, paintings, and drawings. The vision for this show is to highlight how, After Rodin, artists have found inspiration in the beauty of his pieces and the splendor of the human figure.

Participating Artists:
Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Robert Bricker, Bob Clyatt, Frederic A. Crist, Paul DiPasquale, James Hubin, Raymond Kaskey, Nol Putnam, Helene Roberts, Maggie Siner, Charles Sthreshley, Morgan Yacoe, and Richard Weaver
Get Centered would like to recognize the participating artists of this show as our featured artists.  Take time to experience Gallery Flux this month.  This show is a gift to our town.   Visit to see the exciting work presented by each participating artist- or better- go see it for yourself.  You'll be glad you did.  Thank you Gallery Flux! 

April 2 Saturday at 7:30 pm, the Ashland Theater will present A Silent Epic: Antony and Cleopatra (1914) and Its Original Score, featuring pianist and musicologist James Doering.  Ticket details will be posted soon!  Dress up encouraged! 


Apr 9 Sat 3pm & 7pm  Opening Band:  Ronnie Williams and the Carter Family Sound  & The Hendersons

Documentary: 'The Winding Stream' - with Director Beth Harrington!  

If you love Johnny Cash - this event is not to be missed!  
Thank You Art Deco Society of Richmond!  Ashlanders enjoyed the Jazz Preservation Ball held at the Bolling Haxall House is Richmond, VA.  The historic Ashland Theater was the beneficiary!  
Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
Women's sports socks (not anklets)
Women's pajamas, plus sizes
Men's boots, sizes 10 and up
Women's boots, sizes 8 and up
Boy's winter clothing, sizes 8-18
Boy's underwear
Children's winter coats
Children's shoes
Baby wipes

Food Items Needed: 
Peanut butter
Canned meats
Canned vegetables
Canned fruits
Canned beef stew
Instant potatoes
Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  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 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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