Shop Local Ashland - Holiday Issue is FULL OF FUN! 

December 2015/January 2016 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College
MAP Spotlight

Governor's Holiday Tree Ornament Award

Featured Business: 
Sweet Frog Center of the Universe

Featured Artists

Kids and Adults that decorated the Holiday Tree for Light Up The Tracks! 

Upcoming Events

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December 3rd - Ashland Theater Ornament designed by Alvaro and Caroline Coronado will be hung on the Governor's Holiday Tree!  Click HERE to hear the story of the symbolism of this beautiful ornament!  

The beautiful greens on the light poles in town were delivered by Lauren Thompson.  With the help of her garden club comrades the town is all Decked Out for Light Up The Tracks!  

 MAP in the Christmas Parade
Many thanks to Tom and Ellen Wulf for hosting the MAP float!  We hope this encourages everyone to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday! 
Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Ashland for making our Old Time Holiday Parade SPECTACULAR! 
Upcoming Events

Nov 28  SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY- Shop Small Shop Local and support our wonderful merchants!  

Nov 28 Sat   Cinderella comes to the COTU!  Noon til 2pm:  Autographs and visit at Sugar Fix Bakery 2:30pm  Storytime & Movie at 3pm Cinderella (2015 Release Film) Sponsored by Sugar Fix Bakery.  Get your tickets

Nov 28 Sat 2pm  PaintNite – Paint with your family and friends!
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Nov 30 Mon 6-7:30pm  Get your picture taken w/ Speeder Car  
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) Event sponsored by Tiny Tim’s Toys & Ashland Coffee & Tea

Nov 30 Mon 6pm  ONLY Rehearsal for Light Up The Tracks SINGERS (This is a mini-Grand Illumination in front of the Henry Clay Inn)
Ashland Christian Church (South James Street across from Henry Clay Elementary School)


Dec 1 Tues 5:30-7pm Ashland Main Street Board Meeting
Ashland Theater – Public is welcome.

Dec 3 Thurs 5:30-8pm FIRST THURSDAY at Gallery Flux 
Gallery Flux  (307B England St) Opening Miniature Art Show  

***Note:  The winning ‘Ashland’ ornament created by Alvaro and Caroline Coronado for the Governor’s Tree will be on display at the Governor’s mansion from 6-7:30pm on Dec 3, Thursday.  This reception is open to the public.  An adaptation of this ornament is available for purchase and will be on display at Gallery Flux.     

Dec 3 Thurs 8-11pm FIRST THURSDAY  Tunes at The Iron Horse Restaurant- 
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave) Great music by Felix and the Station Masters!

Dec 3 Thurs 5-7pm  John Working of Railside Law Group  Grand Opening Celebration
Railside Law Group Office (104 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 4 Fri 8-11am Breakfast with Santa
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 4-10  R-MC presents A Christmas Carol
Cobb Theatre  $ Ticket Required – call 804-788-1212

Dec 5 Sat 2:30pm Movie: Happy Feet  Sponsored by Kiddie Kingdom
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Dec 5 Sat 5:30pm  LIGHT UP THE TRACKS!  
Ashland Visitors Center; Henry Clay Inn & Corner of England & Railroad Ave (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 5 Sat 6:30pm  Hot Cider and Cookie Reception at the Center! POST LIGHT UP THE TRACKS!  
Ashland Visitors Center; Henry Clay Inn & Corner of England & Railroad Ave (500 S. Center St. )

Dec 6 Sun 8am-7pm  Santa Train Round Trip to Williamsburg
Ashland Visitors Center & The Henry Clay Inn (112 N. Railroad Ave) 

Dec 6 Sun 11:30am-4:30pm  Deck The Halls! Benefit for Hanover Safe Place
Make Holiday Decorations at Pine Grove Farm 

Dec 6 Sun  Christmas Walking Tour in Downtown Ashland
Tour historic Ashland home and learn from Ashland Museum history experts about our downtown district. 

Dec 9  7pm  Play:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Center (500 S. Center St) 

Dec 12 Sat 8-11am Breakfast with Santa
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 12 Sat 1pm & 5pm Movie: The Polar Express  Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from 3-5pm. 
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Town Hall Lawn & Shops around Town (110 Thompson St)

Dec 12 Sat The Nutcracker
Patrick Henry High School

Dec 14  Mon Picture Opportunity with Star Wars VI    The Speeder Car
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) 

Dec 15 Tues  Hanover Concert Band Christmas Concert
The Center (500 S. Center St) 

Dec 16  Wed 7pm  Play:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 18 Fri 7pm Movie: Elf   Sponsored by Sugar Fix Bakery 
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Dec 19 Sat 2:30pm Movie: A Christmas Story   Sponsored by Jake's Place
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Dec 20 Sun 3pm Masterworks Chorale Concert
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church (201 Henry St)
Advance tickets are $10 for adults (or $15 at the door) and $5 for students.  They may be purchased at Cross Brothers’ Grocery in Ashland, or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Dec 22 Tues 8-11am Breakfast with Santa
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 23 Wed 7pm  Play:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Center (500 S. Center St) 


Santa, Movies & More!
 Click HERE for the latest on fun events throughout  DECEMBER 2015 

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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.


Ashland is ready for the Holidays!

Nov 30 5:30pm  All Ashland residents, young and old, who want to sing in the Community Chorus at the Grand Illumination on Dec. 5th are invited to the chorus’s one-and-only rehearsal at Ashland Christian Church (301 S. James St).  

Dec 5  5:30pm  LIGHT UP THE TRACKS  Meet at the Ashland Visitor's Center to hear music and enjoy creating our mile long greeting card.  Stroll downtown to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St) after the performance to enjoy cookies and cider.  

Look for more film crews on Dec 3rd!   Many thanks to all the Railroad Ave/Center Street residents and Randolph-Macon College and the Town involved with Light Up The Tracks!    We are officially recognized as one of Virginia's Beautiful Holiday Main Streets!  Click HERE to read about our Live Holiday Greeting Card and recognition from Virginia Tourism.  


Please consider donating to help make 'Light Up The Tracks' an annual Ashland Tradition!  Click HERE to donate online! We appreciate all that have contributed to this first annual event!  
First Thursday and MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE!
4th Annual Miniature Show at Gallery Flux! 
The winning Ashland Ornament designed by Alvaro and Caroline Coronado will be hung on the Governor's Holiday Tree in Richmond on December 3 at 5:30pm.  You can order an ornament for purchase based on this design.  See this at Gallery Flux on First Thursday!   

OPEN HOUSE  Dec 3 Thurs 5-7pm

John Working of Railside Law Group invites all to their Grand Opening Celebration!
Railside Law Group Office is located at 104 N. Railroad Ave ( in the Hanover Bank building next to Homemades by Suzanne).

12th Annual Deck the Halls!  
Get into the Spirit at Pine Grove Farm  

Deck The Halls to benefit Hanover Safe Place will be held at Pine Grove Farm 1 mile from Ashland’s railroad tracks on Sunday Dec 6th! It’s our 12th year!, 11:30 – 4:30.
Parking at Henry Clay Elementary. Our shuttles will bring you ½ mile to the farm!

Join Us for the Annual Walking and
Holiday House Tour

On Sunday December 6, 2015, Ashland Museum will conduct two guided walking tours through Historic Downtown Ashland, some Historic Ashland neighborhoods, and a tour inside 600 S. Center Street, where we will have light refreshments before returning to the Museum. The 90-minute tours will begin at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Ashland Museum, 105 Hanover Avenue.

Cost: $25 in advance, $15 for museum members, and $30 for all at the door on the day of the tour.  Reservations  are encouraged, space is limited.

Theater Schedule includes Santa!
Friday, Dec. 18th 7pm 'Elf' sponsored by Sugar Fix Bakery.  Proceeds will benefit Operation Christmas Child
Ashland Theater Schedule- Go by Sweet Frog Center of the Universe to get your printed copy & a coupon too! 
Live Theater, Music & MORE FUN!
Hanover Concert Band Tues Dec 15th 7pm at
The Center (500 S. Center St)  FREE
Featured Artists: Kids & Adults that contributed to our Ashland Holiday Tree Ornaments

Many thanks goes to Lorie Foley for leading the ornament workshop with the students at Gandy Elementary School.  In addition - many thanks to the children at the library for creating book cover ornaments.  They are outstanding!    Huge shout out goes to Tommy Thomasson for designing our tree topper.  Look closely at the tree on December 5th - Light Up The Tracks!  There are many to thank but these artists deserve a pat on the back for making this a very special tree!  
Featured Business: Sweet Frog Center of the Universe

Sweet Frog Center of the Universe opened their doors on Halloween Eve and we are certainly glad they did!   Ashland Main Street Train Day Bears Cinder and Tender were on hand to greet Scoop and Cookie to the Center of the Universe.   Sweet Frog COTU is  our Featured Business for the month of December for many reasons!  This business truly believes in community spirit and partnership.  They sponsored the Halloween Trolley and cartoons shown that day.  They also sponsored Train Day and even have offered to print out and give our updated Ashland Theater movie schedule. Look for the coupon for Sweet Frog on the back of this and know we always welcome Sweet Frog into the theater!  We also love that their patio has corn hole & outdoor seating!  In the winter they offer hot chocolate & more!     (They are located at 210 England St across from the Ashland Theater) and they are open 7 Days a Week!  Mon-Wed & Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm and Sun 12-6pm.   Thank you Sweet Frog!  

Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
  • Women’s new underwear – all sizes
  • Men’s new underwear – all sizes
  • Men’s coats
  • Men’s jeans – all sizes, especially 32-36
  • Men’s gently used shoes and boots, sizes 9-11
  • Adult’s gently used tennis shoes – all sizes
  • Adult’s new sports socks
  • Boy’s winter clothes – all sizes
  • Boy’s new underwear – sizes 2-10
  • Boy’s new undershirts
  • Boy’s new socks
  • Children’s gently used school shoes

Food Items Needed: 
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned beef stew
  • Instant potatoes
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am
Hats Off to the Ashland Museum for
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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.  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.  

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