GET CENTERED  June/July 16'  

June/July 2016 Issue:

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Main Street Happenings
Town Update
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College 
Featured Artist:  
Bob Brown - Architect, Town Planner
& Artist

Featured Business:
Union Bank & Trust

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Tickets are on sale for the tenth musical theatre production "The Wiz" performed by The Center Players at the Hanover Tavern. Email to reserve yours today.  Show is June 23,24 at 7pm.  June 26 at 2pm. June 28,29,30 & July 1 at 7pm. 


Breakfast is DELICIOUS at the beautiful Henry Clay Inn!  OPEN: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 7:30-10:30am AND Brunch Sat & Sun 8am-2pm!  Paige Christy gave it a 5 Star Rating!!!

Cinder and Tender the Train Day Bears along with more friends welcomed the Ride 2 Recovery Veterans on June 1st at the Visitors Center! 
Upcoming Events

June 2 Thurs 5:30-8pm 
Gallery Flux & Music at the Iron Horse Restaurant (8:30-11pm) 
Ashland First Thursday 

Jun 2 Thurs 6pm  Play: Character Matters performed by Hanover Academy Students
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Jun 3 Fri 7pm  Book Talk “I’m Running For President Too” with Randy Wright 

Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Jun 4 Sat 10am-5pm Ashland Strawberry Faire
R-MC Campus

June 7 Tues 7pm  Town Council Meeting - Theater Committee Presentation
Town Hall

June 7 Tues Hanover Humane Society Fundraiser- get your Pet’s Portrait
Jessica Robertson Photographic Studio 307 England St.  Call to book an appointment!   798-7980

June 10 Fri 6-8pm Teen Movie Night -(Ages 11-16) Free Pizza provided by Friends of the Ashland Library
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

Jun 10 Fri  7pm Movie:  Die Hard (Alan Rickman Tribute) 

Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Jun 11 Sat  7pm Movie:  Labyrinth (David Bowie Tribute) 

Ashland Theater (205 England St)

June 11 Sat 2pm & 7pm  Diane Hale School of Dance performs ‘Peter Pan’

Patrick Henry High School
Diane Hale School of Dance Facebook

Jun 12 Sun 4-6pm Juneteenth Celebration with The Diamond Sisters
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

June 15 – Aug 3  Wed 6-7pm  Your Best Self Yet – local nutritionist presents this series
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

Jun 17 Fri  7pm  Fundraiser Concert with Susan Greenbaum
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

June 18 Sat 6am-2:00pm  HUGE COMMUNITY YARD SALE
12540 Elmont Rd. $10 a space - bring things to sell - treasures to others! 

June 18 Sat 11am-12:30pm  Read for the Win! Kick-Off Carnival
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

***June 19 Sun   Happy Father's Day to all the COTU Dads! 

June 22 Wed 11am The Dance Company –
 join the fun high energy movement & music program!
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

June 23 Thurs 1pm  Zoo Pro Adventures 
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

Jun 23,24,26,28,29,30 & Jul 1 Center Players present “The Wiz’ at the Hanover Tavern
Hanover Tavern

July 2016

July 1 Fri 2-4pm  Summer Break Movie Matinee
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 4  Mon  4th of July Parade & Pie Contest
500 S. Center St. $

July 7 Thurs 1:30pm  Jesse Joyner, Juggler
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 9 Sat  3pm & 7pm  Movie:  Shooting the Prodigal Sponsored by First Baptist Church
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

July 14 Thurs 6:30-7:30pm  (ages 5-18) Life Sized Board Game
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 21 Thurs 11am  Mother Nature’s Travelin’ Road Show – Virginia Living Museum
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 25-29  Inside Out Theater Camp
The Center 500 S. Center St.

July 29 Fri 4pm  â€œAladdin” presented by the Hampstead Stage Company
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland Library

July 30 Sat  7pm  Rock & Roll Jubilee AND Teenager from Outerspace
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

July 30 Sat  noon-10pm  CJ The DJ's Boogaloo
The Center, Ashland Coffee & Tea and Center of the Universe Brewery

Ongoing Entertainment

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? 

We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well and submit news to our local Herald-Progress and the Hanover Local.  

Summer Camps in Downtown Ashland 

Is your child interested in History OR Theater OR Dance OR Music? Check out these opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp - July 25-29.   No auditions required! Visit or call 798-2728 for more information.

Ashland Museum CampsCamp Ashland – History Camp for kids
Mon-Fri, Aug. 1-5, 9 am – 12 pm
A National Park Ranger will lead campers on a 19th century kid's adventure. Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open. $90/$100.

Visit or call 804.368.7314 for more information & register your child TODAY!

Diane Hale School of Dance
Dance Camp & Classes offered throughout the summer.  Visit or call 804.798.3011 for more information.

Ashland Library - Click HERE to see a list of summer activities. There is something for everyone! 
First Thursday at Gallery Flux 6/2
(5:30-8pm 307B England St) View Plein Air painter Kathleen Walsh on site! Enjoy music after the show at the Iron Horse! 

Keepin' the Lights On at the Ashland Theater

Upcoming Events

June 2:  Play:  Character Matters by Hanover Academy 6pm
June 3:  Book Talk w/ Author Randy Wright "I'm Running for President Too" 7pm  
June 4:   Documentary  "A Railroad Runs Through It"  11am-3pm
June 10:  Alan Rickman Tribute:  "Die Hard" 7pm
June 11:  David Bowie Tribute:  "Labyrinth" 7pm
June 17:  Fundraiser Concert with Susan Greenbaum 7pm  
Visit for updates!

The Ashland Theater Committee will present at Town Council meeting on 6-7-2016.  

"Juneteenth: Escape to Freedom in Drama and Song"
Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St.)

Light refreshments will follow the program.  FREE and Open to the Public. 
For more information contact Professor Alphine Jefferson 804.752.3218.

Celebrate July 4th in Ashland!
Many thanks to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center for hosting the Old Fashioned July 4th parade which includes the Hanover Concert Band performance!  Visit for more information!  Look for Main Street's Ice Cream Cart!  
(Photo:  Ashland Museum Board)

Ashland Museum Promotes Ashland! 
The Ashland Museum is getting techie!!!  Starting Friday 6/3/2016 visit to find out about a new tour that takes you all over town using your cell phone! 

SIGN UP!  Camp Ashland – SUPER FUN History Camp for kids

Mon-Fri, Aug.1-5, 9 am – 12 pm
Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open. $90/$100.

Whistle Stop Theatre Wants Your Vote!  

The Whistle Stop Theatre Company is giving us a real treat this summer.  Come on out for the first annual Ashland Summer Theatre Festival is August 13, 2016! "Beauty and The Beast Tamer" will perform at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center and "Peter Pan: When Wendy Grew Up" will perform at Ashland Coffee and Tea.  Place your vote for what play you would like to see at the historic Ashland Theater!  

Pick the play you would like to see:
  • The Secret Garden
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Cinderella: The Fairy Godmother's Tale (Remounted Production)
Click here to vote!  

Each play will be 30 minutes long and the festival is designed so you can take in all three productions in lovely downtown Ashland.  More details will be out soon for this fun family event!   
Town & Main Street Update

Main Street Awarded 3K from REI

The Ashland Main Street Association has been awarded a $3,000 grant from REI to help support improvements to the trails in DeJarnette Park, the Stony Run Trail, and trail signage to complement new local bike circulatory routes. We are excited to partner with outdoor 'bike' friendly organizations that bring Richmond visitors to downtown Ashland.  REI has on display our bike brochure which showcases our cool little bike town and  4 distinct bike routes in/around Ashland  that suite every age level.  Look for this at the Visitors Center, Ashland Coffee & Tea, The Henry Clay Inn, The Caboose Market Cafe, Olde Towne Bicycles, and at Town Hall.  We hope the grant improvements recommended by Town liaison Garet Prior will keep rollin' more visitors to the Center of the Universe!  

Center of the Universe receives
Main Street America Designation
Ashland Main Street Association received their 2016 Main Street America accreditation at the Milwaukee National Conference May 23-25, 2016.   Jen Chambers and Tom Wulf accepted this award on behalf of the entire Ashland Main Street Association. Also in attendance from Ashland was Ellen Wulf, representing the Ashland Museum and Edward Jones.  Fredericksburg and other Virginia designated community representatives were also in attendance to network and share ideas.   Look for updates about Small Business Saturday and other main street initiatives.

We would like to thank the Town of Ashland, VirginiaRandolph-Macon College, all of our non-profit organizations, local businesses, volunteers and citizens of the COTU for this recognition. This award is evaluated annually- the COTU is ON THE MAP as a great 'main street' destination because of these strong partnerships.  

June 7, 2016
Ashland celebrates 3 years as a designated Main Street America community! 

(Photo:  Ellen and Tom Wulf  at the National Main Street America Conference)   

Help Us Create A Community  YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Ashland Chalk Walk has been rescheduled for September 17th 9am-4pm  


Our 7th Chalk Walk will be held throughout the downtown district including the Ashland Library Plaza

Yellow Brick Road Theme will be used and we are seeking artists that create original 3-D designs! 

Prizes: (5) $100 cash awards - 1 per category based on age level and experience

 Adults and children are encouraged to make a sketch of a design to use this fall.  Work together!  

More details will be posted in a special edition of GET CENTERED!
Featured Artist: Bob Brown - Architect, Town Planner & Artist
Ashland Main Street is excited to recognize one of their own talented members of the board as the featured artist for this issue of Get Centered.  Bob Brown (photo above)  never really thought of himself as an artist but his love for drawing buildings began at an early age and transported him into a distinguished career as an urban planner and architect.  While his career may not be that of a traditional working artist, one look at his body of work in design shows his great talent and imagination.

Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Cynwyd on the Main Line, Bob first discovered his interest in drawing buildings on a family trip to the Shenandoah Valley when he was 12 years old.  Inspired by the beautiful views from the valley floor and by a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Bob realized he wanted to draw buildings.  Drafting classes in middle and high schools honed that interest and he entered architecture school at Princeton University where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in 1958 and with his architecture degree in 1960.

He began as an architect with Geddes, Brecker, Qualls and Cunningham Architects where he was a partner and designed a hospital for the University of Pennsylvania.  He discovered during that time that he enjoyed the process of urban planning and that he was “better at that than architecture” and went on to found Brown and Keener out of Philadelphia.  His projects there included a redesign and plan to rehabilitate the waterfront in Hoboken, NJ, Downtown Winston-Salem, NC and the waterfront of Hartford, CT. His efforts transformed the way each city used their public spaces, increasing foot traffic, retail businesses and creating community gathering spaces.  

Bob and his wife Mary Lou lived happily in Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia but decided on a move to the Richmond area to be closer to family and to their son who attended the University of Richmond.  When deciding on a place to live, they chose to look at Ashland after seeing it from the train because of its similarities to their beloved neighborhood of Chestnut Hill.  They moved to Francis Street where they have lived for 18 years, and where Mary Lou has created beautiful gardens and Bob has become very involved in the community. Bob has lent his talents in urban design as a member of the Ashland Planning Commission where his drawings were integral to the 2008 Comprehensive Plan and also to the Ashland Main Street Association.

Most recently, Bob’s pen and ink drawings were featured as part of the Art Show during Historic Garden Week in Ashland at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Bob also enjoys watercolor painting and has taken classes from Ellie Cox. Mary Lou says that Bob’s skill for drawing is also used to entertain the grandchildren since he can sketch a firetruck from memory.  Given his major talent for design, pen and ink and painting, we are thrilled to share Bob’s work and details about his fascinating career.  

Featured Business: Union Bank & Trust
(Photo:  Union Bank & Trust Smile Team presented coupons to Veterans for the Memorial Day weekend showing of 'Farewell to Arms')
'Smile Team' Greets Veterans at the Ashland Theater

Many thanks to Alicia Howard of Union Bank & Trust and her team who presented coupons to veterans on Memorial Day weekend at the Ashland Theater.  The veterans who attended 'Farewell to Arms' on May 28th each received a coupon for a free popcorn and a drink compliments of this caring business.  We also found out that they believe in education and have provided training to students on financial literacy.  Click HERE for more information about Union Bank & Trust!   Thank you for supporting our community! 

Support A.C.E.S!  
Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in downtown Ashland at 507 B Caroline Street in a long metal building behind the Diamond Plaza on Rt. 1.  (We’re halfway down the alley.)  Donations may be dropped off on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (During the months of July and August we are closed on Fridays.) Please bring your donations during our business hours. If this is not convenient, please call us at 804-798-2784 or contact us via email: and we will try to make arrangements to get those donations. We found, after installing security cameras, that if donations are left when we are closed they are either stolen or gone through. When the bags are torn open, the donations are exposed to the weather and we are not able to use dirty and/or wet items. Due to health regulations, we are unable to take upholstered furniture and/or mattresses. We would also ask that yard sale items be taken elsewhere. We have very little storage space and what we do have needs to be reserved for essential items.

  Here is the ACES Wish List for June 16':

Men's jeans - all sizes
Men's summer shorts - sizes 30-34
Adult's gently used tennis shoes - all sizes

Children's summer pajamas - all sizes
Children's summer shirts and shorts - sizes 14-18
Boy's new underwear, socks and t-shirts - all sizes

Toiletry items: toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner
Can openers
Gently used small appliances
Gently used pots and pans
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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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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