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May/June 2014 Issue:

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

You've Been Noticed Award
Historic Preservation Forum
New Main Street Signs
Town Update
Great Events for Great Causes
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College 
Featured Artist:  
Carson McNamara

Featured Business:
Recycling Perks

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See You This Saturday May 3rd at the Chalk Walk!  9am-3pm  Library Plaza (201 S. Railroad Ave)

We got the chalk - you bring the art! 
Sign Up - we have a few blocks available! 

Did you know?
We have a LOCAL BAKERY!   La Bella Vita Bakery delivers fresh breads and cookies to Caboose Wine & Cheese on Friday afternoons.  Perfect thing to shop for before their Wine Tastings! 

Ashland Main Street Association will debut their ICE CREAM CART on National Train Day- May 10th.  Amtrak Vanilla and CSX Chocolate will be the flavors!   Come by for a sweet treat!

Louise Keeton's play "Cinderella The Fair Godmother's Tale"  will show in NYC on Mother's Day Weekend!  She will do a special performance in Ashland on May 7th - Wed 7pm.  We are so proud of our 5/13' featured artist- playwright!  

Upcoming Events
May 1 Thurs 5:30-8pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Ashland First Thursday

May 1 Thurs 7-8pm 
Town Hall Lawn
National Day of Prayer

May 1-3 Thurs - Sat 8pm
R-MC Cobb Theatre 
Play:  Dark of the Moon Drama Presentation  

May 3 Sat  11am 
Ashland Museum
Walking Tour of Ashland

May 3 Sat  9am-3pm 
Library Plaza (201 Railroad Ave)
5th Annual Chalk Walk

May 3-4 Sat-Sun
R-MC Football Field 
Relay for Life 

May 4 Sun 3pm
Blackwell Auditorium 
Richmond Symphony: Ravel’s Le Tombeau De Couperin 

May 4 Sun 6pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater (201 Duncan St.)
Documentary Film:  "A Place At The Table"

May 5 Mon 7:30pm
Copley Science Center, Room 100 (304 Caroline Street)
Film & Discussion: â€œThe Education of Auma Obama”  

May 7 Wed 7pm
Ashland Firehouse Theater (201 Duncan St.)
Play:  Cinderella The Fairy Godmother's Tale

May 9 Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night for Ages 11-up

May 10 Sat  11am-2pm 
Visitor's Center
National Train Day 

May 10 Sat 3pm
Blackwell Auditorium
Spring Choral Concert: R-MC Concert Choir  

May 10 Sat  4:30pm
Ashland Museum
Woodland Cemetery Tour

May 10 Sat
Discover R-MC 
Junior Open House

May 11 Sun 3pm
Duncan Memorial Church 
Masterworks Chorale Spring Concert "Alleluia: A Choral Celebration"

May 11 Sun 5pm
Start at the Ashland Library Plaza 
Ashland Clunker Cruise

May 14 Thurs & May 15 Fri 6pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Auditions for Theatre Performance:  Once Upon a Mattress

May 15 Thurs 6:00-7:30pm 
Town Hall
Public Forum on Historic Tax Credits

May 15  Thurs  6:30-7:30pm
Ashland Library
Children's Book Week Celebration

May 17  Sat  6:30-11pm 
Ashland Library Plaza
Ashland Street Parties

May 24 Sat  10am
Ashland Museum
History Camp – Scavenger Hunt

May 31 Sat   
Randolph-Macon College
Graduation - Guest speaker Brit Hume

June 7 Sat 10am-5pm  
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland Strawberry Faire

June 14 Sat  11am 
Ashland Museum
Walking Tour of Ashland

June  28 Sat  10am
Ashland Museum
History Camp – Food & Cooking during the Civil War Era

June 27,28,29  
Hanover Tavern
Play:  Once Upon A Mattress

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland:

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 12:30-2pm & 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, need help promoting this? email

Check the Town Calendar for updates!  

Support A.C.E.S!  Dine at Ruby Tuesday
(805 England St.)
May 5,12,19,26  & June 2,9,23,30 
20% of Sales given to ACES.
Click HERE for a flier you need to present to your server!    Make Monday night a date night and help others!  

Senior Rides program is looking for Volunteer Drivers.  Insurance is provided to the driver while the rider is in their vehicle and the drivers are reimbursed 25 cents a mile. Call 804-798-2784 for more information. 

Donations of clothing and food are greatly appreciated.  
507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am 
Giving Tree Depot Needs Consignments!
113 S. Railroad Avenue
Ashland Souvenirs on sale at Cross Bros. Grocery!
Postcards, cups, lanyards, pins, magnets are just a few of Ashland things you will see on sale at Cross Bros.Grocery (107-109 S. Railroad Ave).  They even have BEARS!  Look for the TSI Promotionals table at National Train Day! 
Shops on England Street are 'Noticed'!
The four new businesses on England St., just around the corner from Railroad Ave. have dramatically come to life as “The Shops on England Street”. Those four businesses – Wave Hair Studio, b.whimsy gifts, James River Air Conditioning, and the Home Energy Store – have brought a vibrant variety in extending the small town pedestrian activity of the heart of our Downtown. They not only have created new businesses here, but have activated a long dormant section of England St. with signs, plants, seats, sculptures, and so on – a true transformation that is making the historic Downtown grow in surprising ways.

Because of this transforming work, the Ashland Main Street Association is pleased to recognize them with our “You’ve Been Noticed” award. Main Street is proud of all of them and sees them as part of the growing energy and variety in Ashland’s historic and lively Downtown.  ...more

What business owners or residents have you noticed that have enhanced downtown Ashland?   Send your recommendations to
Photo Below L to R:  Nancy Cozart, President, Ashland Main Street Association, Bob Brown, Main Street Design Committee Chair, Shante Harris Lee (Waves Hair Studio) Tracie Sprouse (Home Energy Store), Stacey Cole (Waves Hair Studio), Hugh Joyce (James River Air Conditioning), and  Julie Whittington (b.whimsy).

Photos contributed by Nick Liberante.
The Benefits of Historic Tax Credits 

Public Forum:  May 15th 6-7:30pm Town Hall

The Ashland Main Street Association, in conjunction with the Town of Ashland and Coldwell Banker Dew Realty will host a presentation on using historic tax credits to revitalize historic Ashland properties.  The program will be held Thursday, May 15th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ashland Town Council Chambers and is open to the public.

Guest Speakers:  Sonja Ingram from Preservation Virginia will speak on the basics of qualifying for historic credits: the process and requirements for both homeowners and commercial developers..  Bob Adams from Virginia Community Capital will address the structuring of commercial credit-based transactions and how tax credits are used to generate equity in a project.  Click here for more details.  
Join us and learn how preservation can mean profit!

Take a look at this transformation!  Before...

 & After
Ashland Loves Visitors! 

"Visit Downtown!" exclaim the two new Virginia Main Street signs at the east and west Rt. 54 entrances to the Center of the Universe.  The signs were installed in mid-April, and their double-sides communicate to visitors both coming and going that Ashland is indeed an important, historic place.  They are gifts from the Virginia Main Street program in recognition of Ashland's official VMS designation in June 2013.  Congratulations once again, Ashland!    
We welcome all visitors and would love to hear about your Ashland ExperiencesSend your itinerary ideas & pictures to or stop by the Visitor's Center.    
Family from S.C. & DC Meet in Ashland!

Many thanks to the Pool family from South Carolina & Washington DC who trained to meet in Ashland for a family reunion Fri-Sun April 25-27. They stopped by the Ashland Main Street Tent and emailed us to share their experience:

"We did some research on-line and thought Ashland was a great midpoint for meeting up with our family from DC and we love train travel.  We love festivals and read that Ashland had the Green Fair and the Ashland Wine Festival. We enjoyed both events!   We rented a car to explore and discovered James River Winery & the COTU brewery where we enjoyed great music too. We stayed at the Henry Clay Inn which was fun--friendly staff.  We really enjoyed our time in Ashland. Everybody we met was so pleasant and fun to talk with. Really liked the creativity of "". We hope to come back again for our next reunion."
Steve Pool & Family
Marion, SC 
Town Update
Sidewalk project is looking good!  

Final touches are in the works!  Thank you Town of Ashland!  We love seeing more cafe tables outside to welcome our visitors!
Welcome Janie Kaplan! 
Town Economic Development Coordinator  

Ms. Kaplan comes to Ashland after serving as a Marketing Analyst for Hanover County’s Department of Economic Development. Ms. Kaplan received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

We look forward to working with you!
Ashland Community Garden Begins!

Volunteers are needed for the Ashland Community Garden in Pufferbelly Park. Contact Tracie Sprouse at  Stay tuned as we watch our garden grow! 
Featured Business: Recycling Perks
Tom Wulf, Executive Director of Ashland Main Street Association and met with  Shannon Freeman, Local Manager of  Recycling Perks  at the GREEN FAIR 4/26/14.  Recycling Perks, which is also an active MAP member is our chosen Business Spotlight for May.  Recycling Perks is excited to be working with the Town of Ashland to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling, to save the town revenue, and increase customer traffic for local businesses.  Did you  know that residents of the Town of Ashland can save up to $25 a month just for recycling? It is free to participate!  Click here to read more about this exciting opportunity! 

Great Events in the COTU

First Thursday @ Gallery Flux! 

May 1st 5:30-8pm
Silent Auction to benefit the Hanover Humane Society starts at 5:30pm. Opening Reception 'Gallery Artist Group Show' features animal inspired work.  Enjoy refreshments as you see beautiful art in a gorgeous gallery!  Located right across the street from R-MC!   Gallery Flux (307B England Street is open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm).  
Create on our concrete canvas - May 3rd!  
Come with a picture or sketch in mind.  
We have a few blocks left - Sign Up for the Chalk Walk today! 

"A Place at the Table" 
April 30th & May 4th 

“A Place at the Table” is a documentary that examines the issue of hunger in America. It will be shown at R-MC SunTrust Theater Brock Commons Wed, April 30 at  7:00pm and at the Ashland Firehouse Theater (201 Hanover Ave.) on May 4 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.  This is sponsored by Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
Louise Keeton's Play in Ashland
May 7th then NYC! 

Help represent the "Center of the Universe" in the "Big Apple!" Book tickets now forAshland's own"Cinderella:  The Fairy Godmother's Tale," to be performed May 9-11 at the New York Children's Theater Festival (  
Louise Keeton's original play debuted last year at the Ashland Firehouse Theater, and is now one of only four plays (world-wide) to be invited to the nation's foremost children's theater festival.  For more information, visit to get to know the show, the cast, and more about The New York Children’s Theater Festival.  
A special one-night-only, free-of-charge “New York Preview” presentation of the show will be given in Ashland on Wednesday, May 7, at 7:00 pm at the Ashland Firehouse Theater (201 Duncan Street, Ashland, VA 23005), with a reception and cast meet-and-greet to follow.  Reserve your ticket at before May 4. Thank you, Ashland, for making fairy tales come true!

National Train Day  
Saturday, May 10th  11am – 2pm

Join Us @ the Visitors Center for Food, Fun, Tunes,Trains...& Bears!

Music:  Jim Duckett, Roger Reynolds (The Singing Conductor)
Food:  Pepicelli’s Pizza,  Ashland Kiwanis Club,
Ashland Main Street Association & The Henry Clay Inn

Thank you Ashland Rail Fans for showing off the wonderful  FREE banner provided by Amtrak!  

Masterworks Chorale Spring Concert, Sunday May 11th

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present its 2014 spring concert series "Alleluia: A Choral Celebration" on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland. For information on purchasing tickets, please click here to purchase tickets.  
Ashland Clunker Cruise
Sunday, May 11 5pm

 This fun bicycle cruise around Ashland is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. The pace is slow and social and the ride will take an hour, maybe a little more.  We will gather in the public parking lot behind the Ashland library at 5:00 pm.  Join us for an after ride celebration at 904 Center St.

Camps & More @ the Ashland Museum!  

Current Exhibits
From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865
Ashland Reborn: 1865 – 1900
Red Caboose â€“ an authentic 1926 C&O Railroad train caboose

Upcoming Events
Sat., May 3, 11:00 am – Walking Tour of Ashland
Sat., May 10, 4:30 pm – Woodland Cemetery Tour
Thurs., May 15, 6:oo pm (at Town Hall) – Historic Tax Credits
Sat., May 24, 10:00 am – History Camp – Scavenger Hunt
Sat., June 14, 11:00 am – Walking Tour of Ashland
Sat., June 28, 10:00 am – History Camp – Food & Cooking during the Civil War Era

 Call 804.368.7314 for more information.  Our museum is open every Sat 12:30-2pm & Sun noon-2pm 105 Hanover Ave.   Look for the Red Caboose!   

It's Party Time in the Plaza!
Saturday, May 17th 
Click below to see hear the great music of:

Steve Bassett & Robbin Thompson

Tickets will be $10 in advance and $20 at the gate if still available.  Tickets available at Cross Bros. & many other locations - Click HERE  for details and note you can also purchase on-line.
Great Music @ Ashland Coffee & Tea 

Click HERE to see bands playing - some from NYC! AC&T offers music 5 days a week!

*Note:  If you are staying at the Henry Clay Inn you will get a discount for tickets to the shows! 
Randolph-Macon College Gives Back To the COTU!

Many thanks to Randolph-Macon for 'Macon a Difference' on Saturday April 26th. The students at the International House used Ashland Main Street funds and plant donations from the Ashland Garden Club for landscaping around their house. We loved seeing R-MC students cheering on the kids in the 5k Railroad Run!  (Photo by N. Liberante)

Events Open to the Public:

May 1-3 Play: Dark of the Moon Drama Presentation  Cobb Theatre 8pm
May 3-4 Relay for Life Football Field 24 hours
May 4 Richmond Symphony: Ravel’s Le Tombeau De Couperin Blackwell Auditorium 3pm
May 5 Film & Discussion: â€œThe Education of Auma Obama” Copley Science Center, Room 100 (304 Caroline Street) 7:30pm
May 10 Spring Choral Concert: R-MC Concert Choir Blackwell Auditorium 3pm
May 10 Discover R-MC Junior Open House

Thank You Randolph-Macon for sharing your resources and bringing great culture to our community!  
Featured Artist: Carson McNamara
Carson McNamara

Hanover High School Graduate & VCU Art Student

Carson McNamara graduated from Hanover High School in 2013 and now attends Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Art and Journalism. We saw her talents in action last year where she was sponsored as an artist for Chalk Walk.   Featured above is a project she completed at VCU this fall.   

Ashland Main Street Association is excited to recognize and reward talented artists in our community.  Additional students will be sponsored this Saturday, May 3rd at the 5th Annual Chalk Walk. Come see what they will create on our concrete canvas.  

We look forward to seeing more of Carson's work in a Gallery someday along with other talented Hanover County students!  Many thanks to all the art teachers that have inspired these young people. 

Many Thanks to the CENTER for hosting the 36th Annual Railroad Run & Green Fair!
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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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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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