Special Edition GET CENTERED  Welcome R-MC Accepted Students! Apr '14
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Special Edition R-MC
April 2014 Issue:

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Welcome R-MC Students!

Places to Stay
Dine in the COTU
Art, Antiques & Eclectic Shops
Featured Artist:  
R-MC Prof. Joe Mattys

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
Reminder to ALL businesses!  
Be sure to display your R-MC gear on April 4-6 to welcome our newest members to the community!  To purchase a
Yellow Jacket flag for $15 - contact Nora Amos 
namos@town.ashland.va.us or call 804-798-1073.
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5th Annual Chalk Walk will take place on May 3rd 9am-3pm in the Library Plaza.  We provide the chalk - you provide the art!  Sign Up!  We will sponsor student artists again this year.   Click HERE to see more photos of this wonderful event.
Did you know?
The Hanover Herald-Progress is our town newspaper which is published on Thursdays. 

The same street can have two names in the COTU!  Center Street and Railroad Ave. are the same.  Thompson St. and England St. are the same. 

R-MC Blackwell Auditorium is the 2nd home of the Richmond Symphony and hosts the Ashland Musical Variety Show.  Next show will be in March 2015!   

The Ashland Museum is offering Woodland Cemetery Tours - Secretariat's owner is buried there....  Find out about others resting in Woodland including some of Ashland’s founding fathers and Randolph-Macon College founders and presidents. 

Great Photo Spot!  The Plaza in front of our Ashland Library is a great place for a photo opportunity!  OUR COTU fountain is a favorite!   We have great Ashland Street Parties there starting in May!    The Library will be open 10-6pm Fri & Sat.  Enjoy this wonderful venue in town! 

Upcoming Events
R-MC Accepted Students Day Weekend  Apr 4-6

Apr 3 Thurs 11am-7pm
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Ashland First Thursday & Community Art Mural Event

Apr 4  Fri 5-8pm
Caboose Wine & Cheese
Wine Tasting

Apr 4 Fri 8pm
Ashland Coffee & Tea
Band:  Matuto

Apr 5  Sat 2:30pm & 4pm
Start at R-MC Thomas Branch
Tours of Downtown Ashland

Apr 5 Sat 11am-4pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Community Art Mural Event

Apr 5 Sat 8pm
Ashland Coffee & Tea
Band: Sarah Borjes

Apr 5 Sat  10am 
Ashland Library
American Girl Children's Program

Apr 9 Wed  7pm 
Ashland Library
Poetry Reading Night

Apr 11 Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night for Ages 11-up

Apr 12 Sat  4:30pm 
Ashland Museum 
Woodland Cemetery Tour

Apr 19 Sat  1pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)
Virginia Art Chat

Apr 22 Tues  4-8pm 
Pepicelli's Pizza 208 S. Washington Hwy 
Spirit Night for Henry Clay and Gandy 

Apr 26 Sat 8am
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Race the Rail 

Apr 26 Sat 10am-2pm 
Ashland Library
Spring Book Sale

Apr 26 Sat all day
All Around Town
Macon A Difference Day!

Apr 26 Sat 11-5pm 
204 S. Washington HWY
2nd Annual Ashland Wine Festival

May 3 Sat 9am - 3pm
Library Plaza
5th Annual Chalk Walk

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland:

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 12:30-2pm & 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 (Song-Writer Showdown on Tuesday nights), Iron Horse, Farmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .
Have an event to share? email

Check the Town Calendar for updates!  

Cross Bros. Grocery is a MUST SEE!   101 years old & is still  family operated.   Check out the historic marker of this quaint icon located right on the tracks!   (107 S Railroad Ave).
Support Patrick Henry High School!  
Online PTSA Auction 
Mar 30 - Apr 3rd.  LOTS Of great things to bid on!  
Photo Credit:  'Spring at the Station' and 'Dining along the Tracks' by Nick Liberante.  Check out his website. We love TRAIN pictures!  
Spring into the Center of the Universe! 
Welcome R-MC Accepted Students!  

This special edition of GET CENTERED is in honor of the Randolph-Macon class of 2018 students and their families who will be visiting the Center of the Universe (COTU) starting Friday April 4th through the weekend.  Be on the lookout for BLACK and LEMON!   We WELCOME you! Businesses and alumni proudly will display Randolph-Macon flags. Remember to ask about R-MC Discounts!  Tell the hotels, stores and restaurant staff that you are a newly accepted student at R-MC - show your orientation materials!  Businesses LOVE to offer deals to our newest community members.    Yellow Jackets are always appreciated in the COTU!!!

GET CENTERED is our monthly newsletter that will keep you up to date on Ashland events.  Each month we spotlight artists, restaurants, businesses and non-profits that are doing great things in our community.  Click HERE to subscribe to our newsletter and encourage your family and friends too.  We want to make your visit to Ashland the best it can be!   Send your news/questions/ideas to mainstreetashland@gmail.com
DISCOVER Our College Town!
We have it ALL in the Center of the Universe--fun eclectic shops, art, antiques, music & history & don't forget THE TRAINS

Click to see the full view of our latest Downtown Map! Use this to explore our many dining options, shops and much more.   Be sure to stop by our historic Train Station: Ashland Hanover Visitor's Center 112 N. Railroad Ave. 1-800-897-1479.

Click www.DiscoverAshlandVa.com for a complete listing of our COTU businesses and our town events calendar. 

Need a place to stay?   Click HERE.   When registering at any hotel be sure to let them know you are with R-MC - Discounts are available!  Show them your R-MC orientation packet.

The Hampton Inn North-Ashland  offers a 15% discount Sunday - Thursday and 10% discount Friday & Saturday.

The Henry Clay Inn is right across from our historic Train Station and R-MC! They offer discounts to shows at Ashland Coffee & Tea. 
Dine in the COTU!
Click HERE to see all of our GREAT FOOD choices in the Center of the Universe!  Our map has 23 additional restaurants right off of Exit 92! The following are within 1 mile walking distance to R-MC:)   

Dine along Railroad Ave. for an unforgettable experience with your student!  Get a picture as you watch the trains go by!  ***R-MC Discounts Offered at these dining spots!  Simply tell the staff that you are a newly accepted R-MC student and show them your orientation packet folder.  In general - always show your college ID around town.  Our store owners love to offer deals to our Yellow Jacket community. 
Tours, Tastings & Tunes!
Take a TOUR of Downtown Ashland!  Our wonderful Ashland Museum docents will take you on a walking tour of the COTU!  Call 804.368.7314 for more information.  Our museum is open every Sat 12:30-2pm & Sun noon-2pm 105 Hanover Ave.  Look for the Red Caboose!     
*Accepted Students Day Town Tours are offered on Saturday 4/5 at  2:30 & 4pm.  Tours will begin at R-MC Thomas Branch building(below)


Wine Tastings - Friday Nights from 5-8pm at the Caboose Wine & Cheese.  They offer non-alcoholic options too- coffee, scones, cheeses, olives -simply amazing!   

Center of the Universe Brewing Co. is open Mon-Fri 4-9pm Sat 3-9pm & Sun 1-6pm. They offer live music and great craft beer choices! 

*Our 2nd Annual Ashland Wine Festival will be April 26th! 

Music Listening Room at Ashland Coffee & Tea!

Click HERE to see bands playing on Accepted Students Day Weekend!  AC&T offers music 5 days a week!

*If you are staying at the Henry Clay Inn you will get a discount for tickets to the shows! 
Art & Antiques & Eclectic Shops
Visit Gallery Flux!  

Located right across the street from R-MC!   Gallery Flux (307B England Street is open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm).  Current show:  'Structures Brought to Light'. Show runs until April 26th.  

Join Us First Thurs April 3  11am-7pm  and  Sat April 5 11am-4pm for our Community Mural event!  

even more Art ... Hanover has even more wonderful art galleries and stores.   Cross Mill Gallery is owned by an R-MC graduate and is just outside of town.  Visit the websites below for more information.  Make Hanover & Ashland be your "art adventure" town.

Cross Mill Gallery
Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education
Jessica Robertson's Photographic Artistry
Thrill of the Hunt
Coronado Studio

antiques... We have two wonderful antique shops within walking distance of R-MC.  Hours this weekend:

Chiffarobe Antiques and Gifts  Fri 11-6pm Sat 10-5pm
Hickory Creek Antiques  Fri & Sat 10am-6pm Sun 12-6

eclectic 'fun' shops ...clothing, jewelry & so much more.  Find unique gifts that make Ashland a great place to shop! 

The Giving Tree Depot- clothing consignment & nonprofit
b.whimsy - monogramming & personalized gifts
Jezebel's - clothing boutique & unique gifts
Home Energy Store- unique gifts
Changing Reins - Equestrian Consignment Horse Lover Store!
refunkitfunky re-purposed art & furniture by regional artists
Thrill of the Huntantiques, furniture and unique gifts
Bell, Book and Candle - book store
Tompkins Jewelers
Wagner Jewellers
Coronado Studio - jewelry & art
Tiny Tim's Toys - Opening Soon! 

*** These stores offer R-MC Discounts!  Our Beauty Salons, Auto Services & Banks offer discounts for students too! 

Art Exhibit:  Works by Sally Bowring

 Flippo Gallery,Pace-Armistead Hall (211 N. Center Street)  Show runs until Apr 4th  Bowring’s paintings are reflections and active processes of work that involve her domestic life and its rhythms as well as subtle connections to gardens and ancient geometry. Her lyrical work speaks to our hidden need to find structure and cyclical strength in an unpredictable world. The show runs until April 4, 2014.

Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photo Exhibition 
McGraw-Page Library  Show runs until Fri May 2 
Students and faculty who have captured their experiences abroad in pictures submit their digital photos in February, and the winning images are displayed in McGraw-Page Library. The exhibition illustrates moments of connection across the globe: being exposed to the history and culture of Japan while exploring its innovative film music or political system, examining the history of the Holocaust and Jewish culture in Germany and Austria, discovering the Christian heritage of Italy, and more. 

Macon a Difference Day
Saturday April 26, 2014  R-MC students, staff, and faculty volunteer along with citizens of the Town of Ashland on a variety of earth friendly and service projects in the Randolph-Macon Community and the Town of Ashland. Click here to find out about details of how R-MC makes a difference!. 

Keeble Observatory is Open to the Public on Wed Evenings during Spring Semester 
For more information call the Keeble Information line (804-752-3210) or contact Prof. George Spagna (804-752-7344).  This is a teaching laboratory of the Physic Dept. of R-MC.  


Thank You Randolph-Macon for sharing your resources and bringing great culture to our community!  
Featured Artist: R-MC Drama Professor Joe Mattys
“There are moments when a student has a flash of insight about a role, or a student-director experiences an ‘ah-ha’ moment,” says Joe Mattys when asked to share some career highlights. Mattys, who began teaching at Randolph-Macon College in 1990, says there have been dozens of such highlights throughout the years. There have also been turning points.

“The first was the granting of my tenure in 1993—when the stress was lifted, I became a better teacher,” says Mattys. “The second was becoming chair of the Drama Department in 2005. The third and perhaps most meaningful was when I received the 2009 Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award—a recognition that I found most affecting.”

Actor, Director, Writer
Mattys has played about 50 roles as an actor and directed nearly 100 productions. He has also written two pieces for the theatre. But picking a favorite out of these is like asking a parent to pick his favorite child. 

“A Christmas Carol—with more than 100 performances over the past 24 years—holds a special place in my heart,” says Mattys. “My wife Marilyn wrote the version we do, and our children have played roles in it almost every year. Ashland townsfolk have participated in it for years. The show has become a holiday tradition for families in Ashland and surrounding areas, some of whom have been coming for decades to the show.”

Community Connections
Mattys is very active in the community. He served on a committee that was dedicated to saving the Ashland Theatre, and on the Board of the Ville Players, a community based theatre group in Mechanicsville. He recently went off the Board after three years of service on CJSTuf, a non-profit headed by Roger and Rachel Reynolds, begun in memory of their daughter Charlotte.  In addition, he served six years on the Board of the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 

“I serve in less formal ways as a liaison between the college and the Town of Ashland when the Ashland Variety Show returns every other year,” says Mattys, also a member of R-MC’s Arts Council, a group of friends of the arts.

The Next Stage
In fall 2014 Mattys will retire from R-MC, and he looks forward to continuing a role that is dear to him.  â€œMarilyn and I are eager to continue in the delightful process of spoiling our two-and-half-year- old grandson, Joey,” he says. “Fortunately, our son Patrick, his wife Monica and their children Shaun and Joey live locally—as does our daughter Devon—and so we are looking forward to a long, happy retirement with the family nearby.”
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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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