(Photo Contributed by Nick Liberante: Rail fan at Off And Dancing! Studio)
THANK YOU ASHLAND!
A huge thank-you to the volunteers, vendors, and visitors who braved the cold and rain to celebrate Ashland Train Day 2014, hosted last Saturday by the Ashland Main Street Association.
While the weather didnâ€™t cooperate, everyone else did. Our model railroad enthusiasts brought marvelous layouts to display in new venues like Off And Dancing! and Tiny Timâ€™s Toys, as well as familiar spots like the Center and the Henry Clay Inn. As one survey respondent commented, â€œItâ€™s all amazing!â€ Our Train Day Scavenger Hunt was a new feature this year, and was so well-received we found ourselves scavenging for enough punch cards to meet the demand. The Ashland Museum participated in the scavenger hunt and said they enjoyed seeing more visitors in the museum building this year. They had a model train in the back.
(Photos Contributed by Diane Stoakley: Ashland Museum Rail Fans & Key Club Volunteer Scavenger Hunt Ticket Puncher)
The rain didnâ€™t dampen the spirits of our performers, either. Local talent like The Tender, The Buckville Hootnanny Band, Rockfish, MasterWorks Chorale, The Hanover Concert Band, Jim Duckett, and Roger the Singing Conductor kept the crowds entertained throughout the downtown. The Ashland Friends of the Library brought back the music and storytelling of perennial favorite Matthew Dodd.
Train Day was once again a free event thanks to our wonderful sponsors. There was no charge for admission, parking, trolley rides, kiddie trains, exhibits or performances. That meant visitors could spend their dollars with our vendors and local businesses instead. One of the key measures of our success is the amount of revenue we bring to our businesses on Train Day, and most of our downtown denizens seemed pretty happy at the end of the day. We appreciate the generosity of CSX, Amtrak, Chick Fil-A, and dozens of local businesses who continue to sponsor Train Day and keep it free to the public.
Ed Hutchinson and the Ashland Kiwanis mustered an army of nearly 100 volunteers to assist the Main Street Board in staffing the event. Tom and Lisa Checkosky of Pepicelliâ€™s pizza fed them all. We are so grateful to the many charitable souls who give their time and resources to our community events.
(Photo Above: Left-Ed Hutchinson, Volunteer Coordinator & Volunteers- Donna Roberts & Ranny Robertson)
Saving the highest praise for last, Train Day could not have happened without the incredibly hard work exerted by Train Day Chair Bill Gatewood (Photo Below: Bill on the left wearing train engineer hat, bandanna & overalls!) He deserves full credit for delivering the best Train Day ever!
Ashland Main Street looks forward to planning Train Day 2015! Save the date - Nov. 7th for our 13th Annual Train Day in downtown Ashland.
In yellow vests, Melvin Jones & Katie Kisner from CSX participated in our scavenger hunt and gave out fun Operation Lifesaver goodies to our Train Day patrons. Teaching kids about safety on the tracks is so important. We are so grateful to CSX for being our signature sponsor and providing this educational program for our kids!
Some of our amazing musicians include: The Tender (Top) can be heard at the Iron Horse on First Thursday. Mathew Dodd (Middle Left) is a favorite at our library. Roger Reynolds- The Singing Conductor (Middle Right plays at National Train Day as well) Jim Duckett (Bottom Left) can be heard at the Farmer's Market as well. Buckville Hootenanny (Bottom Right) play at the COTU Brewing Co.
More Photos are being gathered to recognize all our special entertainment on Train Day. Look for these in our next FULL issue of GET CENTERED! Please post on our Facebook Page!
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