What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - May-June '16

May-June 2016 Issue:

Spring Happenings in the COTU

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
Heavenly Clips

Featured Artist:
Author Randy Wright- Liberty Middle School Teacher Extraordinaire!

Upcoming Events

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LIVE Art Demo at Gallery Flux!
Starting at 5:30pm visit Gallery Flux (307B England St)  -Enjoy live pastel painting demonstration by artist Dan Michael.  

After your 'Art Fix' stroll on down to the Iron Horse to hear some fun tunes!  Or check out The Caboose or The Sports Page or Track Side Grill for great food or visit England Street Tavern for a game of pool' or get some sweets at Sweet Frog for a game of cornhole .  

Make your Thursday Date Night in Ashland something worth repeating!  

Let us know your favorite things to do in Downtown Ashland!  'Tweet' - 'Instagram' or send your ideas to mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We like collecting itineraries to share!
Did you know?
Homemades by Suzanne made the TOP 13 'Hole in the Wall restaurants that will blow your tastebuds away' in the STATE! We are so thankful Suzanne Wolstenholme, the owner is on our Main Street Board!  Click HERE for more details about this award winning

The Herald-Progress took Best in Show in advertising  for weekly newspapers at Saturday’s Virginia Press Association annual conference in Short Pump.  An ad created by H-P Graphic Artist Julia Wigginton and Ad Rep Judy Gerber was selected from among thousands of entries in the non-daily advertising category. The ad also took first place in the Lifestyles Ad category.  Wigginton and Gerber (photo below) also took first place for an ad in the Professional and Technical Services category. Congratulations and thank you for all you do to promote the COTU!  

Heavenly Clips opened in downtown Ashland (2) years ago!  Read about this featured business that caters to pets of all sizes!  

Randy Wright is a teacher at Liberty Middle School and has recently published a book!  Read about him - our Featured Artist for May and save the date- June 3rd Friday 7pm at the Ashland Theater for his BOOK TALK- All Are Welcome!  

Monique's Crepes is at Ashland Coffee & Tea parking lot (100 N. Railroad Ave) every Monday from 11:30am - 2pm.   Note:  Monique uses LOCAL stawberries!  Make Mondays your Crepe Date Days in the Center of the Universe!  


Congratulations to the Luck Family and their 100 year old business- Luck Chevrolet located on Route 1!  Celebrate with them on May 7th 11am-4pm!

Attention all Star Wars Fans!  Star Wars Episodes I-VI are being "released from the vault" this August and will be shown at The Ashland Theater!  A Star Wars Parade  will take place on Saturday, August 6

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center sponsors MANY fun things in downtown Ashland!  Thank you for yet another successful Railroad Run complete with 'The Green Man' riding Pinkie! 

Fifty-six students and seven teachers from Liberty Middle School worked hard for three months practicing, painting, and writing, to produce 'Peter Pan' -the school's first musical!  Captain Hook (8th grader Elena Hicks) and Peter Pan (6th grader Autumn Just) along with the entire cast did an outstanding job! 

The Farmers Market OPENS this Saturday May 7th! Find something yummy for Mother's Day! 

Upcoming Events

May 5 Thurs  5:30-8pm  First Thursday with LIVE Art Demo 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse afterwards! 

May 7  Sat 10:30-11:30am  The Amazing Mr. B! Magician
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

May 7  Sat 7pm  Big Stone Gap - Meet Actor Paul Wilson
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

May 7 Sat 11am-4pm  Celebrate a Century of LUCK- Party, Moonbounce, FUN for the Family
Luck Chevrolet 516 S. Washington HWY

May 7 Sat R-MC Relay For Life
R-MC Brock Center Field

May 8 Sun 3pm Richmond Symphony
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

May 13 Fri 6-8pm  Teen Movie Night Ages 11-16
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

May 14 Sat Noon-8pm  Castle Glen Estates Annual Food and Wine Festival 
18185 Narrow Bath Train Doswell, VA 23047
Doswell Food and Wine Festival 

May 16 Mon 6pm  Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour 
11310 Hanover Ave. Registration required

May 15 Sun 3pm  Masterworks Chorale Spring Performance
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church (201 Henry St)

May 21 Sat 6-11pm Ashland Street Party
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

May 28 Sat - Congratulations R-MC Graduates!
Randolph-Macon College

May 28 Sat 7pm Movie:  Farewell to Arms - Discount for Veterans!
Ashland Theater 205 England Street 

June 2 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse following the show! 

June 3 Fri 7pm  Book Talk with Author/Teacher Mr. Randy Wright
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

June 4 Sat 10am-5pm   It's Berry Time! 
On the Campus of Randolph-Macon College
 Ashland Strawberry Faire

June 4 Sat 10am-5pm Ashland Museum Inside Out Tour Launch

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

June 10 Fri 6-8pm Teen Movie Night
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

June 15 Wed 6-7pm Your Best Self Yet
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

June 18 Sat 11am-12:30pm Read for the Win Kickoff Carnival
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

June 22 Wed 11am Dance Company Performs - Audience Participation encouraged
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

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

June 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30 and July 1

Hanover Tavern
The Wiz performed by The Center Players


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? 
 email mainstreetashland@gmail.org

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.  

Foreign Exchange Host Familes Needed at Patrick Henry High School

Students will be here for the full school year, arriving early September and departing mid-June, '17. They are self sufficient ans speak English! Anyone can host!- traditional families, single parents,working parents, empty nesters, etc.   This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about another country and culture while sharing our own. 

For information contact Welby Whiting at 1-800-263-2936 or southeast@iseusa.org

Website is www.iseusa.com  for International Student Exchange

Enjoy a ride with Mom

UPDATE:  The Ashland Clunker Cruise will NOT  take place this Sunday, Mother's Day. GOOD NEWS:  Clunker Cruise founder Joel Street assures us there WILL be more cruises in the future - so stay tuned!   MORE GOOD NEWS:   For the bike enthusiasts that want to keep the tradition of biking with mom on Mother's Day - YOU ARE IN LUCK!  The Ashland Main Street Association along with the Town of Ashland and the Ashland Museum  has a new 'Center of the Bicycling Universe' brochure available TODAY at the Visitors Center!  Wrap one up and let mom choose a fun ride for Mother's Day!  Each route is family friendly and has some fun facts to learn along the way!  Take a look at the 'Horse & Trolleys' route below which appeals to all age levels:


More  'Mom Date'  Gift Ideas:
  • Take a walk to check out the 'refreshed' bike gardens around town!  Bike Garden Posters are for sale ($5) at Gallery Flux!  They have other gift options too!
  • Treat Mom to a gift basket from Caboose Wine & Cheese Market Cafe.  You can rent a FILLED GOURMET TO GO picnic basket and blanket! 
  • Take mom out to the movies at the Ashland Theater- Saturday night 5/7 'Big Stone Gap' is playing at 7pm.   She can even meet actor Paul Wilson!  Doors open at 6pm.  

  • Enjoy the Richmond Symphony (Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony) Sunday 3pm at Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium.  Click HERE to get tickets.    Take a stroll around this gorgeous campus!  
All our merchants have great ideas for mom! 
The Town of Ashland offers gift certificates to shops and restaurants.  Click HERE for a complete listing!   
Enjoy Mother's Day in the Center of the Universe!  
(Photo Above:  Ashland Museum Board Member Greg Glassner showcases the new Ashland Museum sign!)

Museum Creates Inside Out Mobile Tour and does so much MORE! 

Many thanks to the Ashland Museum for all you do to promote the Center of the Universe.  Your new sign is eye-catching and will add to the COTU charm!  We encourage everyone to pick up  a copy of the new 'Center of the Bicycling Universe' brochure at the Visitors Center- the Museum has added many fun 'historical' facts to this publication!   The Museum has also offered additional times on Mondays to be open for holiday weekends. Woodland Cemetery tours occur throughout the year  (next one is May16th).  The Ashland Museum also runs a fun kids history camp (August 1-5 from 9am-noon for 2nd-5th graders)  There is still time to sign up - visit www.AshlandMuseum.org.  

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!  June 5th is the official PUBLIC launching of Ashland Museum Inside Out, a mobile tour of Ashland!!  The tour will be a simple to follow GPS-enabled 'app' with a map, routes, and stops.  At each stop the 'app' will provide text, photographs, and, where available, audio commentary.  It will tell stories of the characters, businesses, and architecture that created Ashland, Virginia.    For now, the tour encompasses 20 locations within the town’s very large historic district, including John M. Gandy School, the Historic Downtown Business District, parts of Randolph-Macon College, and a portion of the residential historic district.  Other locations will be added, including, with the help of the town, information for visitors and tourists about Ashland’s restaurants and unique shops.    The general public is encouraged to go to the Ashland Visitors Center for  instructions and a link for downloading the 'app'  from the Museum's App Store or Google Play, and online at www.ashlandmuseum.org/tour.   

BRAVO and Thank You Ashland Museum for creating more reasons for visitors and residents to enjoy the Center of the Universe!  Consider joining this wonderful organization!  For more information visit www.AshlandMuseum.org

Photo below is a sample 'marker' that is placed outside of a historic home.  Look for these markers in front of historic homes and buildings around town! 
COTU is for MUSIC LOVERS...save the dates!

Masterworks Chorale Spring Concerts
May 8th AND May 15th 
Visit www.cvamc.org for more details and get your tickets online!

 Get Ready For Fun in the Plaza!
Ashland Street Party May 21st

Pat Russell Band

Visit www.AshlandStreetParties.com for more details and get your tickets online!

Attention Wine Lovers....

Castle Glen Estates Annual Food and Wine Festival 
May 14th Noon til 8pm

18185 Narrow Path Trail
Doswell, Virginia 23047 

Click HERE for more details and get your tickets online!


New Date and Theme for Chalk Walk 2016 
SAVE THE DATE:  September 17th 9am-4pm

What's New?

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

More details will be posted in a special edition of GET CENTERED later this month!

We encourage you to think of designs to add to our community 'Yellow Brick Road'!   
Featured Artist: Author Randy Wright
Teacher Wright is Running For President Too!

Randy Wright, M.Ed., has been a civics teacher at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia for over 25 years.  He has been selected by the students as an “Honored Educator", received an R.E.B. Award for teaching excellence, was selected by Richmond Magazine as one of Richmond’s top teachers and was commended by the Virginia House of Delegates for “creativity, vision and leadership.”  
In in 1997, he originated the Liberty Bill which would require an outline of the U.S. Constitution, including the Preamble, the seven Articles, and the 27 Amendments to be superimposed on the back of one-dollar bills.  The Liberty Bill, has been introduced in a number of Congresses and his students testified before the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on its behalf.  Click HERE to read more about The Liberty Bill Act.  

 In 2014, he founded Teaching Tours, a nonprofit which provided kids in need with free, educational, small group, teacher-led field trips to the D.C. monuments and a college campus.  Teaching Tours has become part of a larger nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia. (www.teachingtours.org)

That's not all!  Mr. Wright and is an author and has recently published his book called  'I'm Running For President Too'.

Below is the book description:  

"Why is Randy Wright running for President? Simple. He’s got unusual, compelling, better answers to the tough questions Americans are asking of today’s candidates. In his first book as a presidential candidate, Randy Wright, an award-winning teacher and business person, explains why he is running, offers real reforms to the election process, unravels the Second Amendment conundrum, offers overdue Constitutional amendments, and opens a dialogue about diversity. 

He also proposes economic, military, transportation, and environmental policies, as well offering his views on education. 

Finally, Wright expounds on the Liberty Bill, a bill he wrote for Congress, one in which his students testified before a House subcommittee on the bill’s behalf. The Liberty Bill will fundamentally change America’s standing in the world and will inspire you to call Congress yourself and fight for the cause. 

You will laugh, cry, and ultimately ponder as you glide through the comfortable cadence of Wright’s prose."

As of April 26, 2016 'Im Running For President Too'  is available on-line  (Kindle) and has received glowing reviews.  Visit his website www.randywrightbooks.com  for updates! 

Exciting News!  Mr. Wright will be having a book talk at the Ashland Theater  on Friday June 3rd at 7pm to discuss his ideas and welcomes anyone to attend.  We applaud great teachers in Hanover County.  Thank you Mr. Wright for inspiring our students and making teaching an art form!  
Featured Business: Heavenly Clips
(Photo Above: Ashland resident Connor Olin with Phineas - new client of Heavenly Clips  

Heavenly Clips Serves Pets of ALL Sizes! 

Heavenly Clips moved to the Center of the Universe two years ago and is conveniently located at 202 England St. Suite C (across from the Ashland Theater). Owner, Pam Knight has been a pet stylist since 1997 and opened Heavenly Clips in 2004.  She and her caring staff offer professional pet grooming while treating pets with tender loving care, enhancing their appearance, comfort and most importantly the health of the pet. The COTU loves their pets and we are certainly glad  Heavenly Clips moved to the Center of the Universe.  Call 804-798-7805 or visit www.heavenlyclipsgrooming.com  for an ultimate pet grooming experience for your cat or dog!  Phineas the Irish Wolfhound recommends you see Gillian-she is a gifted groomer!
Visit our Downtown Galleries!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 
Live  pastel painting demonstration by Dan Michael First Thursday May 5th 5:30-8pm 

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Diego Sanchez Exhibition   Show runs til May 27th

Visit the R-MC Flippo Gallery Facebook Page for more information.

more Art... Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and has shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites -- Make Hanover & Ashland your "art adventure" today!

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 our community.

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: youraces@verizon.net 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 May 16':

Adult's shoes - sizes 9 and up
Men's pants - sizes 32, 34, 40
Women's underwear - especially the larger sizes

Baby wipes

Beef stew, Brunswick stew, Canned meat
Pork and beans, Baked Beans
Oatmeal, Cereal
Spaghetti sauce
Peanut Butter
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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 National Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1949 by congressional charter  to support preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods through a range of programs and activities.  Its mission is to provide leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities."

The National Main Street Center, Inc. is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Center is committed to advancing the preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.  For the past 33 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 buildings.
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.

If you have questions or wish to submit an article for review - please email mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  Articles must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be published in the next issue.  

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