What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Nov/Dec  2013
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Nov/Dec 2013 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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Ashland Train Day 2013 set a new record for attendance.  It is estimated 7000 visitors came to the Center of the Universe!  

Bill McElroy created the MORSE CODE exhibit at the Ashland Museum.  See it in action!  Visit our friendly museum!  

Ashland Chalk Walk is 6 months away.  Be inspired and create a composition to share with our community. Check out our featured artist who did just that!

FIRST Ashland Train Day Art Mural was sponsored by Home Depot, Vogue Flowers & The Henry Clay Inn.  

 
Upcoming Events
Nov 13-16  Wed-Sat  8pm $5
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St).  804.752.7316 reservations.
Play:  "Woman in Mind" by Alan Ayckbourn

Nov 14  Thurs  5:30pm FREE
Copley Sciene Center Room 100 304 Caroline St). 
Modern Languages International Forum

Nov 15  Fri  6-8pm FREE
The Center  500 S. Center St. 
Contra-Tiempo Dance Company free workshop

Nov 16  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater 201 Duncan St.
Movie: Babe

Nov 21  Thurs  5-8pm 
Waves and b.whimsy  (110 & 111 England St). 
Ladies Night at "The Shoppes On England" 

Nov 21  Thurs  7pm FREE
Duncan Memorial  (201 Henry St). 
Music:  St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble 

Nov 22  Fri  5pm FREE
Brock Commons SunTrust Theater  (304  Henry St). 
Lecture: Guest Artist John Doyle

Nov 22  Fri  7-10:30pm 
Dance Dance Dance   (110 Thompson St.). 
4th Friday Social Dances at Off and Dancing

Nov 23  Sat  3pm 
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St)
Music:  R-MC Concert Choir Winter Concert

Nov 23-24 Sat-Sun
St. James the Less
Heavenly Creations Craft Show featuring Local Artists

Nov 23  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater 201 Duncan St.
Movie: Hugo

Nov 24 Sun 2:30pm
Thompson Street to Gandy Elementary
Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade 

Nov 24  Sun  2pm FREE 
Brock Commons SunTrust Theater  (304  Henry St). 
Lecture by Music Professor James Doering (pre-concert) 

Nov 24  Sun  3pm $
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).Call 804.788.1212 for Tickets
Music: Richmond Symphony Orchestra 

Nov 30  Sat  Business Hours
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY shop local! 

Dec 6, Dec 9-12  7:30pm &  Dec 7-8  2pm  $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Dec 6  Sat  7pm  & Dec 7 Sun 4pm & 7pm $5
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Play: The Gift of the Magi by the Whistlestop Theatre Company: 

Dec 7  Sat  10am-12pm 
Ashland Library
Holiday Movie

Dec 8  Sun  11am-4pm 
Pine Grove Farm 12438 Elmont Rd. 
Deck the Halls

Dec 8  Sun  1-5pm 
13405 Independence Rd. 
Cross Mill Gallery Show

Dec 13  Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library  
Teen Movie 

Dec 14  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Movie: Elf - Fundraiser for PH Model UN

Dec 21  Sat  7pm $2
Ashland Firehouse Theater  201 Duncan St.
Movie: Despicable Me

Dec 22 Sun 2pm 
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church  (201  Henry St).
Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert "Touch the Winter Sky"

Dec 27  Fri  7-10:30pm 
Dance Dance Dance   (110 Thompson St.). 
4th Friday Social Dances at Off and Dancing

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, 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.
Attention all business owners - Randolph-Macon bookstore is making flags available to businesses at cost, $15.80.  R-MC is expecting approximately 10,000 visitors for the Hampton Sydney game on Saturday, Nov. 16th.  Show your support for our college town and display the R-MC flag!   We hope you will get many visitors to your store! 

Please contact Nora Amos, email: namos@town.ashland.va.us or call 798-1073 if your business is interested in purchasing a flag.

Congratulations Train Day 2013 Winners
Many thanks to all our Train Day 2013 volunteers & patrons.  A special thanks goes to all  who completed our survey.  On Train Day, Nov. 2, 2013  prizes were awarded to the following survey participants:   

Angela Oliver from Ashland won a Pepicelli's Pizza Party  
Alba Gill  from Stafford  won $25 Town of Ashland Gift Certificate
Felix Stevens from Ashland won (2) Round Trip Amtrak Virginia Tickets 

We randomly chose three additional winners from our on-line survey participants.   Each of the following folks received a $25 Town of Ashland Gift Certificate: 

Linda Baker from Ashland 
Valerie Dixon from Richmond 
Rachel Hudgins from Chesterfield
 
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone for providing this wonderful feedback. Train Day Chairman Bill Gatewood  is already ON TRACK  for planning Train Day 2014! Save the date - November 1, 2014.  If you have ideas to share  - please feel free to call the Train Day Hotline 804.912.7288 or email AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com.

Enjoy our growing Train Day 2013 photo gallery.  Click HERE to see many smiling train enthusiasts.  If you have a photo to share - please post on our Ashland Train Day facebook page!

Many thanks to everyone for making Train Day 2013 a spectacular event!

Tom Wulf
Ashland Main Street Association, Executive Director
Inspiration for the Train Day Community Art Mural
Nancy Cozart, President of the Ashland Main Street Association and Artist by trade sketched out the initial concept for the Train Day Community Art Mural based on a historic train photo.  She and Betsy Taylor, her long time friend and art teammate added storybook detail and enlarged the sketch to share with the community on Train Day.  With the help of paint donations from Home Depot and sponsorship from Vogue Flowers & The Henry Clay Inn -   parents, community supporters, and children made their marks with paint and added to the mural.   This was a very popular event.  Many smiles later from young and old Train Day patrons - the storybook mural was transported to Thrill of the Hunt where it awaits to be framed.  If you are interested in the mural - please email MainStreetAshland@gmail.com. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Ashland Train Day Community Art Mural.  
Attention Small Business Owners & Patrons -
SHOP LOCAL on Saturday, November 30th

On the national front, American Express Small Business Saturday® is once again promoting to support the local businesses we love. The event, always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, will take place on November 30. If you’re a small business owner, you can visit ShopSmall.com to download free marketing materials to help attract customers to your store on that day.  For patrons - remember to support our local businesses this holiday season! 
Many thanks to the Ashland Firehouse Theater for hosting cartoons and movies ALL DAY on Train Day.  
 
5th Season Schedule Movies &
LIVE THEATRE:

November 16 - Babe
November 23 - Hugo
 
LIVE Theatre: The Whistle Stop Theatre's - "The Gift of the Magi" $5 at the door.  Email to make your reservations: whislestoptheatre@gmail.com
December 6 at 7pm
December 7 at 4pm and 7 pm 

December 14 - Elf (sponsored by Patrick Henry Model UN)
December 21 - Despicable Me
 
Note: All movies begin at 7pm and the charge is $2.  HOT POPCORN & more treats available each night.  

Masterworks Chorale members entertained many at Ashland Train Day and even provided their own Ashland Sing-Along Song books! 

Check out the entire Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale for their  2013 holiday concert series "Touch the Winter Sky" on three dates: 
  • Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond
  • Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond
  • Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland    

Waves and b. whimsy will be hosting a Ladies Night at "The Shoppes On England" (105 A & B England Street) to kick off the holiday season on Thursday Nov 21st from 5-8pm.

Waves will be giving gifts to everyone (while supplies last) and offering 20% off products, discounted gift certificates and you will get a discount on your next service just for coming. We will also be doing demos on achieving great holiday hair, free mini makeup sessions and offering Ionic foot baths.

b. whimsy will be helping with all of your holiday gift ideas including creating the perfect gift basket, free gift wrapping, special pricing and gourmet food tastings.

Both businesses will be offering refreshments. So come out and bring a friend and help support small businesses in Ashland!



Nov. 15 Friday, 6-8pm FREE Contra-Tiempo Dance Company Workshop at the Hanover Arts and Actvities Center.  
Kiwanis Club of Ashland will be hosting the Olde Time Holiday Parade on Sunday, Nov. 24th at 2:30pm.  Join the fun in Downtown Ashland! 
Business Spotlight: Breneman + Braggs


Ashland welcomes Breneman + Braggs, civil litigators and criminal defense lawyers that have their new office at 112 Thompson St. Suite D - in back of the Herald Progress building in what was formerly the old Ashland Jail.   Many thanks for sponsoring our newest Train Day ride - the Hand Crank Train!  Our patrons loved this!    

Visit their Website:  www.brenemanbraggs.com

Featured Artist: Gary Henley
Henley’s chalk painting at the 2012 Chalk Walk

An Artist’s Journey

Gary Henley is an architect and a painter living in downtown Ashland.  A Richmond native, he loved drawing since he could first hold a crayon or pencil and took mechanical drawing in high school.  That’s when he began painting in oils as well.  He later studied painting with Richmond-based landscape artist, Joan Elliott, in classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and continues to be inspired by her work.  After graduating with his architectural degree from UVA, he worked for a private firm for ten years before striking out on his own in 1992. 

Art and architecture have a close, but distinctly different relationship with the artist.  According to Henley, “Architecture is the union of all arts – painting, sculpture, writing, and music.  One has to wear many hats in the architecture world: artist, designer, coach, cheerleader, businessman, mathematician, and politician.”  Painting is Henley’s release from these multiple roles – a bit like cleaning his brain through the intense focus that it requires.

The beauty of nature is what inspires Henley’s work.  He’ll see something – colors in the landscape, light and shadows – and has to paint it.  From that initial idea he searches for the “aha” moment and the magic starts to happen as he follows the path that the painting presents.  He loves the process of creating depth of field by exaggerating the foreground and flattening it out with color, as well as the other things painters must do to fully express their vision.  That vision is what Henley believes attracts a person to a particular painting – for a viewer to see through their own eyes what the artist saw. 

He loves oils because of the rich colors and how he can blend them to produce endless variations.  Even the challenges of painting provide opportunities to grow as an artist.  Sometimes it is difficult to know when to be finished with a piece.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep going when something with the painting is not quite right.  Henley explains, “It’s easy to fall out of the mood at that point, so I have to press myself.  Then the journey starts again as I enter the river of thought and flow with it to my final destination.”  
Visit our Downtown Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

2nd Annual Invitational Miniature Show and LIVE onsite Raku Firing! 
New works by over 30 Regional Artists- all 8" x 8" or smaller, less the $400 and LIVE on-site Raku Firing!  (Show runs through December 28)


 
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Show for artist Mitchell Johnson  runs until Dec 13.

Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. 

refunkit
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 your community.
Randolph-Macon offers Art, Music, Lectures & Plays & VISITORS!
Flippo Gallery 211 N. Center Street
Art Show:  Exhibit by Mitchell Johnson
Show runs through Dec 13.  Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Nov 13-16  Wed-Sat  8pm $5
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St).  804.752.7316 reservations.
Play:  "Woman in Mind" by Alan Ayckbourn

Nov 14  Thurs  5:30pm FREE
Copley Sciene Center Room 100 304 Caroline St). 
Modern Languages International Forum

Nov 21  Thurs  7pm FREE
Duncan Memorial  (201 Henry St). 
Music:  St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble 

Nov 22  Thurs  5pm FREE
Brock Commons SunTrust Theater  (304  Henry St). 
Lecture: Guest Artist John Doyle

Nov 23  Sat  3pm 
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St)
Music:  R-MC Concert Choir Winter Concert

Nov 24  Sun  2pm FREE 
Brock Commons SunTrust Theater  (304  Henry St). 
Lecture by Music Professor James Doering (pre-concert) 

Nov 24  Sun  3pm $
Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).Call 804.788.1212 for Tickets
Music: Richmond Symphony Orchestra 

Dec 6, Dec 9-12  7:30pm &  Dec 7-8  2pm  $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for giving so much to our community!  We appreciate your student volunteers at Train Day AND your sponsorship of the ever popular Moon Bounce!


A.C.E.S. WISH LIST

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for November:

Adult Clothing
new socks
T-shirts  -  all sizes
sweat shirts
men's shoes  -  size 10 and up
 
Children's Clothing
school shoes
boys socks  - new
boys underwear
boys shirts and pants  -  large sizes 12 to 18
 
Food
canned meats & stews
canned vegetables
canned fruits
baked beans
cereal
jelly
instant potatoes & rice
mac & cheese
toiletries

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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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.  

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