What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Mar/Apr '16
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Mar-Apr 2016 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College
Historic Garden Week

Summer Camps at The Center

Featured Business & Artist 
Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas; Owner Cate Hawks
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www.AshlandTheaterVA.org 

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The Ashland Theater is proud to support our local businesses.  We offer COTU (beer) & Caboose Wine & Cheese (wine) & Pepicelli's (pizza)!    Come to our fundraisers this April BEFORE Construction Begins!  



Many thanks to all that attended the Jazz Preservation Ball as a benefit to the  Ashland Theater.  A special shout out goes to Alvaro and Caroline Coronado (photo above) for donating $450 to the Ashland Theater for ornaments made as a fundraiser to this historic venue!  Stay tuned for details regarding ALL contributions made on behalf of the Ashland Theater. 
Below is a sneak preview of the new Ashland Bicycling Guide to be published this spring!  Many thanks to bicycling enthusiasts Joel Street and Bruce Torrence for volunteering to help with this project!  Read below about efforts to refresh our bike gardens in town in this issue of Get Centered!

Did you know?
One Year Ago on March 19th Ashland Main Street Association was recognized for their hours of volunteerism at the  Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award.  We have exceeded our hours this year and are looking forward to more great things to come!  


5 Types of Vehicles have been parked under the marquee of the Ashland Theater.  Can you name them all and the events associated with them?  Visit the theater to find out!




This time last year 20 events occurred at the Ashland Theater since 'reopening' November 21, 2014.  Hanover Idol will be the 101st event at the Ashland Theater!  Find out who wins on Sun March 6th 3:30pm (Hanover Junior Idol) and 7pm the next Hanover Idol  will be chosen!


Secretariat was born on March 30th and has strong ties to Ashland. Visit the Ashland Museum to find out more details. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River will show 'The Wound and the Gift' on March 13th at 4pm at the Ashland Theater.  


 
The Ashland Library is Energized for Spring!   
Check out all the fun activities our library has for Mar-Apr 2016!  

Save the Date!  Apr 5 Tues 7-8pm  A Look At The Ashland Bicycle Gardens discussion will take place at the Ashland Library.  Explore the bicycle gardens of Ashland with John Friedman and celebrate our town's bicycle connections. Read on to find out Ashland Main Street's plans to refresh our Bicycle Gardens!
Upcoming Events

Mar 3 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux  (307B England Street)
Gallery Flux

Mar 3 Thurs 7-8:30pm  Thrill of the Hunt folks will show you how to UpCycle! 
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Mar 3 Thurs 7pm  Lecture: "Chocolate, Sex and Disorderly Women"
Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room
www.rmc.edu

Mar 3 Thurs 8-11pm  Great Music at the Iron Horse
100 S. Railroad Ave
First Thursday Facebook

Mar 5 Sat Grand Opening of  Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas
113 S. Railroad Ave
Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas

Mar 6 Sun 3:30pm & 7pm  Hanover Idols 
Ashland Theater 205 England St
www.hanoverarts.org

Mar 6 Sun 2pm  Panel Discussion on Standing Together and Valuing Religious Diversity 
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
www.rmc.edu

Mar 8 Tues 7-8:30pm  Must Love Words Writers Workshop
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Mar 9 Wed 7-9pm  Music Performance "The Star Spangled Girls" 
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
www.rmc.edu

Mar 10 Thurs 5:30-7pm  Third-annual Kesler Lecture: Actor Becky Ann Baker and Actor-Director Dylan Baker will share their thoughts, advice, and reflections on a career in the theater.  
Brock Commons, SunTrust Theater
www.rmc.edu

Mar 11 Fri 6-7:30pm  Mini-Maker Faire  Ages 11-18. Enjoy tinkering, exploring, and seeing how things work? Visit the library to see a 3-D printer in action, explore wind & solar energy, play with Little Bits electronic blocks, and more. Sign-ups requested.
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Mar 13 Sun 3pm Documentary:  ‘The Wound and The Gift’  Benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation  Richmond Chapter
Ashland Theater 205 England St
www.hanoverarts.org

Mar 16 Wed 6-7:30pm  â€œThe White Queen’s Rival: Presenting Jane Shore, the Mistress of Edward IV"
Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room
www.rmc.edu

Apr 2 Sat 7:30pm Antony & Cleopatra: The Silent Epic  Original score performed! 
Ashland Theater 205 England St
www.hanoverarts.org

Apr 5 Tues 7-8pm  A Look At The Ashland Bicycle Gardens Explore the bicycle gardens of Ashland with John Friedman and celebrate our town's bicycle connections.
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 7 Thurs 5-8pm  First Thursday at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux  (307B England Street)
Gallery Flux

Apr 8 Fri 6-8pm  Teen Movie Night Ages 11-16. Enjoy a great movie on the big screen!
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 9 Sat 3pm & 7pm LIVE MUSIC Tribute to Mother Mabel and the Carter Cash Families & 'The Winding Stream'
Ashland Theater 205 England St
www.hanoverarts.org

April 9 Sat 10 am - 6 pm  Hickory Creek Antiques' popular annual Antique Spring Open House.  Free treats will be provided.
427 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.  Exit 92B off I-95.  804-798-0202
hickorycreekantiques.com

Apr 10 Sun 3-4pm Lecture:  "The History Crisis in America - Myth or Reality" by Charles Bryant
Ashland Library 201 Railroad Ave.
Sponsored by the Ashland Museum

Apr 12 Tues 6-7pm D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Ages 5-10. Reading is more fun and rewarding than almost anything (especially chores!), whether you're on your own or with friends.  So "drop" what you're doing and pick up a book instead!
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 12 Tues 7-8:30pm Must Love Words Writers, are you looking for inspiration?  Need readers with a discerning eye?  Join us for constructive feedback and discussion about the craft of writing on the second Tuesday of each month.
Ashland Library  (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Ashland Library

Apr 12 Tues 7pm  â€œThe Science of (Trans) Gender"
Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room
www.rmc.edu

Apr 16 Sat 5pm  Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour 
11310 Hanover Ave. Registration required
www.ashlandmuseum.org 



Apr 23 Sat 10am-5pm Historic Garden Tour

Downtown Ashland Homes & Art Show & Luncheon at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center
www.vagardenweek.org

Apr 24 Sun 3-5pm  Opening Show: Artist Diego Sanchez
Flippo Gallery
www.rmc.edu

Apr 30 Sat 7:30am-noon Railroad Run & Green Fair
500 S. Center St. $
www.hanoverarts.org

Apr 30 Sat 3-5pm R-MC Concert Choir
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
www.rmc.edu

 

....more 


 

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.  

Sign Up for the 38th Ashland Railroad Run 
Visit www.HanoverArts.org for more information! 

Race Day Saturday, April 30, 2016

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5k Race & Fun Walk
  • 8:15 a.m. – Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10k Race
Thank You Randolph-Macon College for all the free programs you offer that are OPEN to the public.  We appreciate all you do for our community!

March/April Events

Mar 3 Thurs 7pm  Lecture: "Chocolate, Sex and Disorderly Women"
Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room

Mar 6 Sun 2pm  Panel Discussion on Standing Together and Valuing Religious Diversity
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

Mar 9 Wed 7-9pm  Music Performance "The Star Spangled Girls" 
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

Mar 10 Thurs 5:30-7pm  Third-annual Kesler Lecture: Actor Becky Ann Baker and Actor-Director Dylan Baker will share their thoughts, advice, and reflections on a career in the theater.  
Brock Commons, SunTrust Theater

Mar 16 Wed 6-7:30pm  â€œThe White Queen’s Rival: Presenting Jane Shore, the Mistress of Edward IV"  Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room

Apr 12 Tues 7pm  â€œThe Science of (Trans) Gender" 
Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room

Apr 24 Sun 3-5pm  Opening Show: Artist Diego Sanchez  
Flippo Gallery

Apr 30 Sat 3-5pm R-MC Concert Choir
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

Visit Randolph-Macon College  website to see sporting events & be sure to visit their incredible bookstore too!   
Many thanks to all that attended the "leap day' BIG IDEA meeting hosted by Sara Holloway at the Hanover Art & Activities Center.  We are excited to include your business/organization as part of the Ashland Wedding Event Collective!  If you were unable to attend the meeting - please email info@hanoverarts.org. 
 
Theater Update &
Happy 3rd Anniversary, GET CENTERED!

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we published our first Get Centered newsletter!
It is a pleasure to recognize all that our community offers to make Ashland a great place to live, shop, dine
& experience!  Thanks for sharing your news.  

(Photo Above:  Bubba Johnson leads the Community Choir at 'Untold Stories' event at the Ashland Theater)

February 28, 2016 'Untold Stories: Growing Up In Ashland/Hanover, the Black and White Experience' marked the 100th event at the Ashland Theater since opening in pop-up mode. Last minute ceiling repairs, curtains cleaned and hung, some painting done marked the historic event with standing room only (350+) in attendance! The Ashland Theater committee is excited for the future and having many events that serve the Ashland Community!   Mark your calendars for these exciting Ashland Theater events:

Mark Your Calendars!


March 6th Sunday Hanover Idol.  This is a benefit for the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.




Mar 13th Sunday 4pm Benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River



 
Two Fundraisers for the Ashland Theater:  
 
Apr 2nd Saturday 7:30pm The Silent Epic: Antony and Cleopatra and original score by Randolph-Macon College Professor Jim Doering. A baby grand piano will be delivered to the theater! 



 
April 9th Saturday  3pm & 7pm  Live Music and Documentary 'The Winding Stream' Tribute to the  Carter Cash Families.  Two opening bands and meet the director of this exciting documentary! 
 
 
The Future

Many thanks to all that attended the Ashland Theater community meeting on January 28, 2016.  Stay tuned for information about a 'Friends of the Ashland Theater'  effort that will be formed to help.  If you are interested in joining please email cotutheater@gmail.com or call 804-304-5588.  

Are you interested in renting the theater? - please email cotutheater@gmail.com.  The Ashland Theater committee is currently accepting rental agreements until May 2016.  Visit www.AshlandTheaterVA.org for updates regarding construction plans and more!  
 
HIGH SPEED RAIL UPDATE

For the Record...

To clarify Ashland Main Street's position on high-speed rail the following statement was presented to Town Council on Mar 1, 2016: "our organization does NOT favor a western route for the DC2RVA initiative. We have only stated our opposition to the destruction of Center Street with a third rail. We suggested two other alternatives not reported in the Times-Dispatch article: (1) an eastern bypass using the current Buckingham branch, and (2) utilization of the I-95 easement for a third rail."

Further, AMSA advocated resident Ian Sutton's request for a Task Force to be formed to provide focus and structure to the Town's response to the issue of High Speed Rail.  We await to hear Town Council's response to this request and we encourage all citizens to voice  concerns.   Town Council meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm.  AMSA plans to stay actively involved. 
 
Feel free to share your ideas with us - send to MainStreetAshland@gmail.com.  

For more information we encourage you to read Ian Sutton's blog.  
Enjoy Easter in the COTU!



















 



Ashland Easter Bunny Returns! 


Hop on over to The Henry Clay Inn 114 N. Railroad Ave on Easter Eve - Saturday March 26th from 1-4pm to see the Ashland Easter Bunny. FREE PICTURES!.  While you are in town - we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at one of our nearby restaurants.  The Visitor's Center has rail-side seating so bring a picnic or order take out!  

5 restaurants within a 5 minute walk from the Visitors Center:
Click HERE  to see all of our GREAT FOOD choices in the Center of the Universe!  

SWEET TOOTH?  be sure to visit Sugar Fix Bakery  OR  Sweet Frog Center of the Universe both are only 5 minutes away!

Other fun things to do:  

Tour a real caboose at the Ashland Museum
Step back in time and visit Cross Bros. Grocery - over 100 years old! 
Check out Tiny Tim's Toys - there is something fun for all ages
Check out the Ashland Library - great books and toy trains too!
Expose your family to gorgeous art - visit Gallery Flux or the R-MC Flippo Gallery
Check out the trains!  The Visitors Center is always a good place to hang out!

Enjoy Easter Weekend in the Center of the Universe! 

 

 
BIKE GARDENERS UNITE!
Main Street Prepares to Renew its Bike Gardens
 for the Spring Bloom and the April 23 Ashland Garden Tour

The Ashland Garden Tour in historic downtown Ashland opens for the public on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am-5pm. Many visitors will walk the streets of the Center of the Universe!  The Hanover Arts and Activites Center will have an art show and luncheon.  If your business/organization has something special happening on this day please notify Sharon Stiles who will be publishing an information guide for visitors that check in for the tour.  Email  ashland@vagardenweek.org.  





So many individuals have embraced the bike garden craze that began in 2015 with positive responses from a broad number of supporters in the region.  By popular demand, the Ashland Main Street Association is planning to renew its own bike gardens with fresh plantings in April. We encourage ALL to update their bike  gardens so that they can be shared with our visitors, businesses, citizens, runners, walkers and bicyclers who enjoy Ashland.  Are you new to the 'bike garden' world?  Click HERE to learn more about it and we encourage you to attend the Ashland Library presentation on April 5th at 7pm.

 AMSA's joint marketing effort with the Town to produce a "Bicycling in Ashland" full-color brochure will be published this spring. This will be available at our Visitors center and throughout the Richmond Region to include Olde Towne Bicycles, REI and Agee's,  We look forward to showcasing the Center of the Bicycling Universe!  
 
Questions?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.org
Sign Up for SUMMER CAMPS!

Do you know the difference between string and yarn? Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit or sew, but didn’t know where to start?  Want to create art that is wearable and versatile?  Experience fiber crafts that are rich in history yet practical and portable.  Learn how to spin your own yarn, dye it in a variety of colors, read a pattern, knit and sew.  Supplies are included, and campers can bring projects home at the end of the summer camp.

String Theory Camp
For Whom: Children ages 8 & Up
Dates: Monday-Friday August 8-12th
Time: 1-4 PM
Cost: $135 – including all materials and supplies

Next Step Needle Craft Camp 
For Whom: Children ages 10 & Up
Dates: Monday-Friday August 22-26th
Time: 1-4 PM
Cost: $135 – including all materials and supplies
 

Theater, History and Art - The Center is the place to go for Camp!  Sign Up TODAY!


www.HanoverArts.org 
Featured Business & 'work of art': Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas
 
Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas GRAND OPENING  Mar 5th Saturday!  

Ashland Main Street applauds businesses that welcome more visitors in the Center of the Universe. The Newfound Gathering Place and MARKETeas located at 113 S. Railroad Ave. is truly unique and offers an artsy relaxing retreat that will make you and your friends want to return again and again. Refreshments are offered to include organic teas and sodas and you are welcome to bring in your own lunch to enjoy.    Do you need a great place to have a meeting? - use Newfound!  The atmosphere is welcoming and the seating is flexible to accommodate various groups.  Do you have a local organic product to sell? - Newfound offers consignment opportunities.  Special events are in the works to include Tuesday Art Club (TArt Club) where a local artist will lead you in painting a small creation or making an artisan soap.  Meditation, wellness seminars - check the calendar for updates for this exciting space that will serve many needs! 

Newfound's owner, Cate Hawks is truly gifted in interior design and has set the stage for all who gather to feel pampered and rejuvenated.  She listens to her customers and is willing to make their experience at Newfound worth repeating!   To schedule an event or meeting time or to find out more about the non-profit that benefits from this business venture call 804.496.6012 and be sure to like Newfound Gather Place and MARKETeas on Facebook!   (Photo Below: Visitors from Leesburg & Berryville VA enjoyed their Newfound experience in the COTU!)




 
Visit our Downtown Galleries - NEW Rail Side Gallery Featured!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 

Opening Reception Fine Art & Furniture  Mar 3  5:30-8pm 

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs through April 30th
 
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Current Show:  R-MC Landings Alumni Exhibition 
Show runs until April 9th  
 
Ashland "Rail Side" Gallery 
 
Ashland has a 'rolling art show' go by at least once a day!  LocoART - call it what you want! Bike on up and take a seat at the Visitors Center and enjoy! We also suggest the library, dining outside at Homemades by Suzanne, The Caboose Market Cafe, The Newfound Gathering Place,  The Iron Horse or Ashland Coffee & Tea as great "rail side" locations!    We love great train 'LocoART shots and will add to our Ashland Main Street photo gallery.  Send to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  
more Art... Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and has shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. Make Hanover & Ashland be your "art adventure" today!

refunkit
Thrill of the Hunt
Cross Mill Gallery

Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Note:  Wonderful Art is on display and for sale at the following locations:

The Caboose Market Cafe
Newfound Gathering Place &  MARKETeas

Visit the Ashland Art Alliance website to find out about artists in our community.
A.C.E.S. WISH LIST

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for March 16':

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

Other
Baby wipes

Food
Beef stew, Brunswick stew, Canned meat
Pork and beans, Baked Beans
Oatmeal, Cereal
Spaghetti sauce
Peanut Butter
Jelly

All donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at 507B Caroline St. on Mon, Wed and Fri from 8:30-11:30am.   
Become a friend of the Ashland Main Street Association!
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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