Get Centered Nov/Dec 2014 - Theater Opens Friday 11/21!
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Nov/Dec 2014 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Business Spotlight:  Pepicelli's Pizza

Artist Spotlight:  
Samuel Aaron Tolley,
Music Composer for the Whistle Stop Theatre Co. 

Upcoming Events

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The Ashland Theater received over 1000 Facebook likes in less than a week.  Share Facebook Ashland Theater with your friends and let us know what movies you want to see this winter!

Ashland Police Department would like to have coffee with you!   Visit the Iron Horse Restaurant on Nov. 20th from 6:30-7:30pm to have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our police efforts in Ashland's neighborhoods.  Questions - contact Officer Chip Watts (804) 412-0615 or for more information.   Ask him about the Policeman's Ball in January!  

Ashland Main Street Association Volunteer -
Karen Davies pulled the winning Ticket for the Amtrak FREE Raffle.  Volunteers were OUTSTANDING Nov. 1st!

Tiny Tim's Toys is sponsoring a FREE event at the Ashland Library.  Kids can make their own Box Car and can participate in the holiday parade!  Sat. Nov. 22nd 3-5pm.  Call 368-0063 to sign up! 

Approximately 713 participated in the Ashland Train Day 2014 scavenger hunt!  We appreciate all the Train Day conductors that helped punch our tickets!  


Deck the Halls will benefit the local non-profit Hanover Safe Place. This is a wonderful family friendly event. Click HERE to purchase tickets.  Questions - call Carolyn Peart 798-9131.  

The 6th Annual Ashland Chalk Walk is 6 months away- May 2, 2015 - always the first Saturday in May.  Stay tuned for more details on this wonderful community event.
Upcoming Events
Nov 19  Wed  7pm 
R-MC Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room 
Lecture: "The Beatles and a New Internationalism" with Guitarist Kevin Harding 

Nov 20 Thurs 6:30-7:30pm
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave)
Coffee with a Cop 

Nov 21 Fri 7:30pm
Ashland Theater 
Movie: When Harry Met Sally

Nov 22  Sat  3-5pm 
Ashland Library  
Build Your Own Box Car - FREE Sponsored by Tiny Tim's Toys

Nov 22-23 Sat 9am-4pm  Sun 8:30-noon
St. James the Less
Heavenly Creations Craft Show featuring Local Artists

Nov 23 Sun 12-2pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Nov 23 Sun 2:30pm
Thompson Street to Gandy Elementary
Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade 

Nov 29  Sat  Business Hours
Markey Ashland Partnership

Dec 4  Thurs 5-8pm
Ashland First Thursday 3rd Annual Miniature Show
Gallery Flux

Dec 4  Thurs 5-7pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 5  Fri 5-7pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 5, Dec 8-11 7:30pm & Dec 6,7  2pm  $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Dec 6  Sat 10am-12pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 6  Sat  10am-12pm 
Ashland Library  
Holiday Movie Morning! 

Dec 7  Sun  9am-6:30pm 
Ashland-Williamsburg Train Ride & More
Santa Train Holiday Fun 

Dec 7  Sun  11:30am-4:30pm 
Pine Grove Farm 12438 Elmont Rd. 
Deck the Halls (supports Hanover Safe Place)

Dec 7  Sun  1-5pm 
13405 Independence Rd. 
Cross Mill Gallery Show

Dec 12  Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library  
Teen Movie Night 

Dec 14  Sun  2:30  SOLD OUT & 4:30pm 
Ashland Museum 105 Hanover Ave. 
Ashland Holiday House Tour

Dec 21 Sun 2pm 
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church  (201  Henry St).
Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert "Sing Glory"

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 HorseFarmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

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Check the Town Calendar for updates! 

Have an event to share? email We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.
Ashland Theater Lights Up the Town!
Be a part of the Grand Reopening  

Friday Nov. 21st 7:30pm

Last year A.D. and Jean Whittaker generously donated the Ashland Theater to the Town of Ashland. The Town of Ashland is working hard to bring life back to this beautiful theater through a combination of grants and other funding sources. While these plans are being finalized, the Ashland Main Street Association has volunteered to get the theater up and running, and to show movies and other programming. Our goal is to build energy and enthusiasm for the theater so that when it is renovated we have a community of supporters already in place.

The first movie being shown at the theater will be "When Harry Met Sally" on Friday, November 21 at 7:30PM!  Tickets will be $5 and sold at the door.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets on line.
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Thanks for sharing this link with your friends! You can also visit our website for more information.  This is a great date night movie so clear your calendars and book your babysitter now!

Ashland Santa Visits the Ashland Theater! 

Before the Ashland Christmas Parade, the Ashland Santa and Mrs. Claus & Elves will be at the theater on Sunday, November 23 from Noon-2:30pm. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, caroling and picture taking.  Make this a new tradition!  This is a FREE event! Additional visits to the theater by the Ashland Santa will be on Thursday, December 4 from 5-7PM (Ashland’s First Thursday!), Friday, December 5 from 5-7PM, and Saturday, December 6 from 10AM-Noon.  Mark your calendars now and get the kids ready for the Ashland Santa!  

Olde Time Holiday Parade 
Nov. 23rd 2:30pm

Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Ashland for sponsoring
this downtown tradition!  
Amtrak Sponsors Train Day Award
(Photo by Sharon Evans: Veteran Engine in front of Tiny Tim's Toys.).  

Many thanks to Amtrak for honoring our Veterans with this gorgeous new engine and for being a premium sponsor for Train Day 2014.  The Berman family from Glen Allen, VA was thrilled to receive their free round trip Amtrak tickets via our scavenger hunt/drawing!
On behalf of the entire Ashland Main Street Association - many thanks again to all our Train Day 2014 sponsors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, venue hosts, safety patrol, Ashland Police Department, Town of Ashland and most especially our rail fan patrons!

Cinder and Tom Wulf and Bill Gatewood are making the rounds to personally thank our venue hosts and sponsors.   (Photo Right:  Venue Host Pam Bishop of Off And Dancing! gets a special visit from Cinder)  We appreciate all the business sponsors that help to make Train Day a free community event! 

We have many new subscribers to our newsletter from our first ever Scavenger Hunt.  When our rail fans were asked what they liked most about Train Day 2014  many said they would like to ride a REAL TRAIN.  They also loved the model train displays!
Be sure to visit to see our updated gallery of photos and information for our 13th Annual Train Day. Bill Gatewood, Train Day Chairman, truly values your ideas and feedback. Send your suggestions by calling our hotline #804.412.7288  or post on Facebook - Ashland Train Day.  Many thanks for sharing your Train Day pictures - keep them coming!  Click HERE to see many smiling train enthusiasts. 

We look forward to Train Day #13 Nov. 7th 2015Save the date!

Click HERE to complete a brief survey about your experience at Train Day 2014.  We would love to know your ideas for making this event even better!   
Attention Small Business Owners & Patrons -
Remember to SHOP LOCAL on Saturday, November 29th

On the national front, American Express Small Business Saturday® is once again promoting to support the local businesses we love. The event, always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, will take place on November 29. If you’re a small business owner, you can visit to download free marketing materials to help attract customers to your store on that day.  For patrons - remember to support our local businesses this holiday season!  Stay tuned for more details and a chance to win an Ashland Town Gift Certificates worth $100!  
 Ashland Museum Sponsors Holiday Walking Tour - Sunday, December 14th

Hurry!  Tickets are available for the 4:30 pm tour which begins at the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave) and continues through the old campus of Randolph-Macon College and onto College Avenue.  The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a stop for light refreshments at the home of Tom & Stacy Rowe at 304 College Avenue (picture above).  Note:  the tour at 2:30pm is sold out!  

Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance, $15 for museum members, and $30 at the door (if space is available). But space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are non-refundable.  Click HERE for more information and to register on-line and purchase your ticket for this fabulous Ashland event!   
Masterworks Chorale members warmed us up on Ashland Train Day and even provided their own Ashland Sing-Along Song books! 
Check out the entire Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale for their  2014 holiday concert series "Sing Glory" performing Vivaldi's Gloria on three dates: 
  • Friday, December 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm at  Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond
  • Sunday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm at River Road Church, 8000 River Road, Richmond
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland    
L-R   Wanda Cornwell, Town of Ashland, Pam Crisp, Mgr. Ashland/Hanover Visitor Center, Anne Cross, The Ashland Garden Club, Second Vice President, Garden Club of Virginia, Lauren Thompson, The Ashland Garden Club, Janet Rosser,President, The Ashland Garden Club, Ann Martin, The Ashland Garden Club, George Spagna, Mayor, Town of Ashland

Ashland Train Station,
Ashland Hanover/Visitor Center to have a new look!
Members of The Ashland Garden Club are excited about their project to beautify the Ashland Train Station, Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center.   Starting mid-November 2014, Greenfield Landscaping, LLC. will begin removing hardscape and re-grading the .25 acres that surround the Station/Visitor Center in order to accommodate new plantings, seating and new patio areas.  Justin Flagg, owner of Greenfield Landscaping, expects, weather permitting, that this initial construction will be completed by the first of the new year. The concept for the project is based on a plan provided by Douglas Associates Landscape Architects and then expanded upon by Greenfield Landscaping. The Ashland Garden Club’s dedication to the Station and its’ plantings has been evident since the club chose this site as part of Ashland’s Main Street Association’s “Adopt-A-Spot Program,” in 2010. The first phase of the project is made possible through the donations, in-kind donations, grants, and awards from the following entities:The Ashland Garden Club,The Garden Club of Virginia,The Ashland Main Street Association, The Town of Ashland and Camptown Charities  

For more information about this important project please contact Elizabeth Bickford, at
Business Spotlight: Pepicelli's PIZZA
(Photo Above at Pepicelli's:  Tom & Lisa Checkosky host Market Ashland Partnership & Ashland Main Street Small Business Saturday Brainstorming!   L-R  Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Association, Tom Checkosky, Market Ashland Partnership, Lisa Checkosky, Market Ashland Partnership, Jack Zemp, Ashland Main Street Association & Jean Pollard, Market Ashland Partnership)

The Checkosky's of Pepicelli's Pizza  
 Give Back To Our Community!  
(Photo Above:  Randolph-Macon athletes having a great day at Pepicelli's)

When you enter Pepicelli's PIZZA located at 208 S. Washington HWY you can immediately see that this store & its owners are connected to the Ashland community.   Their decor includes beautiful "Ashland train town" photos, Randolph-Macon banners, local sports team and school group pictures along with thank you notes from happy patrons who loved the "Pepi" experience!  In warmer weather their outside patio is welcoming and includes a space to promote non-profit events such as Train Day!   Tom & Lisa Checkosky will go above & beyond in getting the word out about events by placing fliers on all of their pizza delivery boxes.  For the past three years, Ashland Main Street Association is grateful for their generosity in providing lunches to all of our Train Day volunteers. Their service with a smile makes our volunteers return year after year!   

Tom and Lisa Checkosky started Pepicelli's 7 years ago and since then they have been active members in many non-profit organizations to include Market Ashland Partnership, CJ's Thumbs Up, The Beaverdam Ruritan Club, HIAPBA, and the Ashland Main Street Assocation.   Some of their activities and sponsorships include:  
  • Food provider and sponsor for the CJ's Thumbs Up Ball
  • Food provider and sponsor for Ashland Street parties since 2008
  • Food provider and sponsor for Main Street's Ashland Train Day since 2008
  • Food provider for Ashland's 150th anniversary
  • Donate 20 pizzas a month to the Lunch bunch program at VCU Children's Hospital (CJ's and Connors Heroes collaboration)
  • Sponsor teams for Ashland, Rockville, and Beaverdam Little Leagues
  • Host pizza night at Ashland Towne Square every month
  • Host Spirit Nights for local Hanover schools, churches, R-MC, and other organizations.
We encourage you to go by and thank Tom & Lisa for doing so much to make the Center of the Universe a great place to live, shop, play & EAT!  They have Gluten Free & more options to please every diet.  Be sure to stop by Pepicelli's PIZZA on Small Business Saturday - Nov. 29th!
Featured Artist: Samuel Aaron Tolley

Music Composer for Whistle Stop Theatre Co. 

Samuel Aaron Tolley (Photo Above, Seated far left), originally from Rochester NH, has felt music running through his veins for as long as he can remember. While writing his first musical in high school - an adaptation of a Christmas Carol - he realized that watching others bring his music to life is a rush like no other and he wanted nothing more than to hone his abilities. He later composed his high school’s graduation anthem, double majored in musical theatre and music education, wrote and directed 16 children’s musical theatre shows and has now seen his first show performed at the Whistle Stop Theatre in downtown Ashland.  He came to Ashland through former "featured artist" Louise Keeton.  Click HERE to listen to his original song from The Little Mermaid performed at the Ashland Firehouse Theater.

Stay tuned to see another Keeton & Tolley original this April with “Snow White and the super Dwarves!”.  Location to be determined!  The contents of the Ashland Firehouse Theater are being repurposed in the Ashland Theater re-opening 11/21/14.
Visit our Art Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

3rd Annual Invitational Miniature Show! 
New works by over 30 Regional Artists- all 8" x 8" or smaller, less the $400  

(Show runs through January 3, 2015)

Cross Mill Gallery (13405 Independence Rd.)  Sunday, Dec. 7th 1-5pm 

Flippo Gallery
(1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
Hanover has wonderful art galleries  and shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. 

Thrill of the Hunt

Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Visit the Ashland Art Alliance website to find out about artists in your community.
Randolph-Macon offers Art, Music, Lectures & Plays & VISITORS!
Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for giving so much to our community!   They have recently updated their website to list all events that are open to the public - there are many!    Click HERE to see a complete listing.

Highlights coming up:

Nov. 19  Wed.  7pm  Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room FREE
Lecture:  The Beatles and a New Internationalism
Guitarist Kevin Harding will discuss the influenceof the Beatles 50 years after their arrival in the U.S. by placing their contribution in the larger context of World Music.  

Dec. 5-11 $2.50 Adults, $1 Children FREE to R-MC Faculty, Staff & Students 
Play:  A Christmas Carol adapted by Marilyn Mattys
This play is a tradition at R-MC.  Get into the holiday spirit with this family favorite playing at the Cobb Theater.  For tickets call 804.752,7316

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for November/December:
Adult Clothing
Men's pants, sizes 29-34
Men's new undershirts
Women's new underwear 
Men & women's - new thermal underwear
Men & women - new socks
Men's shoes, sizes 9 and up
Children's Clothing
Boy's winter clothes, 6 and up
Boy's jeans - especially size 8
Children's winter coats
Children's winter pajamas
Children's lightly used school shoes
Children's new socks and underwear
Our food pantry is once again low on all non-perishable food items. We would appreciate all donations. 

Soap, shampoo, toilet paper
Queen and king sheets sets
Towel and washcloth sets

All donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at 507B Caroline St. on Mon, Wed and Fri from 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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