What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - July-August 2015
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July/August 2015 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Artist:  

Karen Altman-Music Composer for Documentary 'Magical Universe' 

Featured Business:  
Sugar Fix Bakery- GRAND OPENING July 4th

Upcoming Events

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Relay Foods
visits Town Hall between 3:30-7pm on Thursday afternoons.  


One Year Ago - R-MC unveiled their new logo.  


Karen Altman is the composer to the award winning documentary "Magical Universe". Read about our featured artist and her amazing resume!  


Ashland Train Day KICK OFF meeting will take place Thurs. July 9th at 5:30pm at the Ashland Theater.    


Kenny Owen of Owen's Barber Shop brought his 1955 Classic Fordomatic to the Theater on the night they showed Grease!  Paige 'Pink Lady' Christy thanked him for his generosity! 


Randolph-Macon Mary Branch Hall is the new location for Bluemont Concerts this August.
Upcoming Events


Top Weekend Events are posted by Wednesday of each week on the Main Street Website (www.MainStreetAshland.org)  This is linked to our Town Website (town.ashland.va.us).  Click on the icon below to plan your weekend!  Send your news to MainStreetAshland@gmail.com














July/August 2015 Events

July 2 Thurs 5:30-8pm
Gallery Flux  (307B England St.)
First Thursday Opening Receptions at Gallery Flux

July 2 Thurs 8:30pm
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave)
First Thursday Music at the Iron Horse

July 4 Sat  8am 
Sugar Fix Bakery (105B England St)
GRAND OPENING

July 4 Sat  Celebrate in the COTU! 
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Parade, Patriotic Pets & Concert Band- events til 1pm

July 4 Sat 9am-2pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)
Friends of the Library Book/DVD/Movie Sale

July 8 Wed 2-4pm
Ashland Library
Summer Break Movie Matinee

July 9 Thurs 11am
Ashland Library
Jesse Joyner Juggler 

July 9 Thurs 5:30pm
Ashland Theater
Train Day 2015 KICK OFF MEETING

July 16 Thurs 11am
Ashland Library
Rythms 'Round the World

July 16 Thurs 6-7:30pm
Ashland Library
Martial Arts Demo for Teens (Ages 11-18)

July 18 Sat 2pm
Ashland Library
Charlotte's Web presented by Chesterfield Children's Theatre

July 18 Sat Noon- 11pm
Ashland Coffee & Tea
CJ the DJ's Bluegrass Boogaloo

July 24 Fri 7pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  Singin' in the Rain 

July 25 Sat 10:30-11:30am
Ashland Library
Zumba Kids:  A Music & Motion Party (Ages 3-10)

July 26 Sun  2-3pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Hanover Concert Band & Ice-Cream Social

July 30 Sat 7-8pm
Ashland Library
What's On Your Plate? Healthy Foods Chat

August 1 Sat 
Hometown Realty & 1st Captial Bank
Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale

August 2 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Silver Tones Swing Band

Aug 3 Mon 11am
Ashland Library
Chris Campbell, Musician

August 3-7 9am-12pm
Ashland Museum & Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Camp Ashland 

Aug 7 Fri 6-7pm
Ashland Library
Summer Finale & Ice Cream Social

August 9 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Matuto

Aug 15 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

August 15 Sat  6:30-11pm
Ashland Library Plaza
Ashland Street Party- King Edward & the BDs

August 16 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Circa Blue

August 23 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Knicely Jazz Trio 

August 30 Sunday 7pm
R-MC Mary Branch Hall
Bluemont Concert - Pan Masters- Welcome Back R-MC Students & Staff
 

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 

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:  Ashland Coffee & TeaIron HorseFarmer's Market, Ashland Street Parties in the Plaza , Bluemont Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings:  Passport Series runs for 14 weeks on Fridays at  Caboose Wine & Cheese .  

COTU Brewing Co. (11293 Air Park Rd) Craft Beer & great music every weekend.

Have an event to share?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.org.  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.

Check out what's in the Ashland Town safe!  Visit the Ashland Museum 105 Hanover Ave.  Sat 10am-2pm and Sun 1-3pm.
Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale - August 1st!   

Santa Train Round Trip Ashland to Williamsburg is December 5th. Click HERE for more information.  
Bike Gardens and the  Ashland Community Garden next to Pufferbelly Park are SPROUTING! 
Love the new WHAN Sign!  
Happy 4th of July Everyone!

On behalf of the entire Ashland Main Street Association, we hope you have a wonderful holiday surrounded by family and friends.  We encourage you to visit  The Hanover Arts & Activities Center and the Ashland Library for a patriotic experience you will never forget!   Also, take time out to visit the Sugar Fix Bakery (105 England St.) and welcome or newest business owner Melinda Foster to the Center of the Universe.  She will definitely appreciate your business!  Her Grand Opening begins at 8am and she will be open til 5pm.  Here is a suggested itinerary for Saturday, July 4th based on the itinerary of some grandparents in town we know:

1) Get into the spirit of the holiday and make an apple pie.   Drop this off at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center  (500 S. Center St.) between 9-10:30am. COTU pies are always wonderful to see & smell!   Say thank you to Paige Christy who organized all the fun activities for the 4th! 

2)  Visit the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave.  Look for the Red Caboose).  The Museum will be open on the 4th from 9am-12pm. Before the parade have family or friends stop by.  Ask about Camp Ashland which will be held in August.

3) Head across the tracks to the Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave) and check out all the great books, DVDs and movies for sale. The Friends of the Library do GREAT THINGS for our community and all proceeds benefit their mission. Sale goes from 9am-2pm.   Stop by Cross Bros.  (they are open til noon) and wish them a Happy 4th & pick up some goodies to enjoy.

4) At 11am The Parade begins - get ready to smile and wave at the trains going by too! The route starts at Henry Clay Elementary and ends at The Center. Bring some chairs or take a blanket. It's so much fun to see what our community has to offer - the Lawn Chair Brigade is a HOOT!  

5) 11:45am... If you have a pet - decorate it!  You can enter them in the Patriotic Pet Contest.   Meet on corner of the lawn and look for red white and blue canines and others pets.  There have been hamsters in the past.  

6) NOON...Kick back on a blanket or bring a chair and enjoy listening to the Hanover Concert Band! It's a tradition for all to enjoy. The pie  and pet contest winners will be announced.  Get some ice-cream from the Ashland Main Street Ice Cream Cart which features Klondike & Italian Ice!

7) Later...visit some of our fun shops in town...OR....check out the cool BIKE GARDEN when you  go back by the Library.    You and your family can stock up for great summer reads. The sale stays open til 2pm.  Later...enjoy the Library Plaza benches or set up a blanket somewhere green along the tracks and read, relax and enjoy the Center of the Universe.   Be sure to visit Sugar Fix!  

The Ashland Visitor's Center/Amtrak Station is always a great place for a photo op!  The Visitor's Center now has and umbrella and new tables.  We LOVE the sign there. 

Fireworks - you will need to travel for the big displays.  Sparklers are always fun in your own backyard. 

Be safe and enjoy your time in Downtown, Ashland!  We would love to hear and see what you did to celebrate your 4th.  Send us your patriotic photos at mainstreetashland@gmail.com or post on our facebook page!
First Thursday TONIGHT July 2nd 5:30-8pm
Make First Thursday a DATE NIGHT starting at Gallery Flux!  

It's time for the  Annual Gallery Artist Group Show from 5:30-8pm. In the main gallery (103B England St), there will be a collection of new work by over 30 artists. Also, during the reception, Linda Hollett-Bazouzi will be demonstrating painting  en plein air.  Show runs until August 1st.   


Next Up:  

Afterwards - head on down to the Iron Horse for great entertainment provided by Felix Stevens and more talented folks!  You can't beat the atmosphere and enjoy great food too!  Outside seating is also available for these nice summer nights.  

OR

Dine along Railroad Ave.  Order take out (some options below) and grab a bite rail-side.  Get a picture as you watch the trains go by! Many thanks to Pam Crisp and the Garden Club for making our Visitors Center so quaint!  Check out the new umbrella (see picture below)!
KICK OFF Meeting July 9th Thursday 5:30pm  
Ashland Theater (205 England St).
  

We're just four short months away from the 13th Annual Ashland Train Day.  Can you believe it?  Join us for a KICK OFF Brainstorming Meeting on Thurs. July 9th 5:30pm at the Ashland Theater.   Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to share ideas!  We want to feature your business or organization for this 'Downtown Event' !  Be a part of the fun!   Email us at AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com. Feel free to call our Train Day HOT LINE if you have any questions:  804.412.7288.   Remember to save the date- Saturday, November 7th Ashland Train Day 2015!  
Ashland is ALL ABOUT THE BIKES! 

Ashland Street Parties will host a KICK OFF EVENT for the UCI World Bicycle Championship visitors on September 19th.   This party will be epic and is appropriately called â€œThe World is Coming to the Center of the Universe”.   This party  is being sponsored by the Ashland Edward Jones Financial Advisors.    Tickets will go on sale August 17th and seat licenses will be limited.  There will be plenty of standing, dancing and wandering around room.   Tickets will be $10 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  Ron Moody and the Centaurs will be our featured entertainment and our host will be Bill Bevins.  Food and beverages will be available.  Stay tuned for details - You don’t want to miss this!

SO exciting!  Before the Street Party on September 19th,  there will be another wonderful Clunker Cruise around Ashland starting a 5pm.  This event is being organized by Joel Street, founder of the Ashland Clunker Cruise! The event will start at the parking lot next to Caboose Wine & Cheese.  Stay tuned for more details!


Have you noticed all the bike gardens & bike Art in the Center of the Universe? MORE are sprouting up like the one created by Lauren Thompson of Coldwell Banker/Dew Realty.  Ashland Main Street is creating a scavenger hunt to give to our many visitors for the bike race that showcases this creative 'bike' art.  Let us know where your bike garden/art is located and we will get you ON THE MAP!  If you need a 'how to' guide for creating a bike garden-  email mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  Let's show the world how 'bike friendly' we are!  
Summertime MUSIC in the COTU!
CJ the DJ's Mostly BLUEGRASS BOOGALOO! 
Ashland Coffee & Tea is the place to be to hear great music and to benefit CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation.  Be there - SaturdayJuly 18th from Noon to 11pm!  Great Bluegrass for a Great Cause! 
AC&T will host Songwriter's Showdown on July 14th at 7pm.  This is their 6th year!  
 
Visit http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/ to find out about other wonderful musicians coming to the Center of the Universe,  They have an amazing summer lineup!   
We LOVE the Hanover Concert Band!  
Join us for music and ice-cream too!  

Bluegrass  + A Beautiful Stage for Bluemont 2015

Join us for fantastic music under the stars at beautiful Randolph-Macon College!  NEW this year - we are excited to be located at Mary Branch Residence Hall which is near the fountain and nice and shady! We are so excited to have more Bluegrass this season as Matuto returns and Circa Blue will entertain us.  We are also excited to have Off And Dancing!  participate in showing us how to Swing!    Bring a picnic and enjoy wonderful music under the stars with friends & family.   Bluemont veteran volunteer extraordinaire Paige Christy, has scheduled outreach concerts prior to all shows to benefit the Hanover Manor, OmniPark Place Senior Center, Alpha House & the Ashland Convalescent Center.  These outreach performances give residents, who may not be able to attend otherwise, a chance to enjoy the music and even meet the musicians before each show!  We love that Bluemont gives back to our community!   Let us know if your organization would like to sell concessions at one of our concerts.  Sponsors are greatly appreciated.   Visit www.Bluemont.org for more information.

2015 Bluemont Concert Schedule
Sundays at 7pm  Mary Branch Residence Hall at Randolph-Macon College:

August 2, 2015
August 9, 2015
August 16, 2015
August 23, 2015
August 30, 2015

Silver Tones Swing Band - big band and swing 
MatutoAppalachian-Brazilian bluegrass 
Circa Bluebluegrass 
Knicely Jazz Trio - acoustic jazz 
Welcome Back Concert/Dance 
for Randolph-Macon Students & Staff 

Featuring Pan Masters Carribean Steel Drum Orchestra 

A Midsummer's Night - Saturday, August 15th - come on out to listen to King Edward and the B.D.'s!  

This party is presented by Market Ashland Partnership & the Kiwanis Club of Ashland.   Music, dancing, food and fun will be held from 6:30 – 11 p.m., at the plaza behind the Ashland Library.  Tickets go on sale August 1st.  Cost:  $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.  Buy tickets on-line or  at all First Capital Bank Branch Offices, Hometown Realty offices, Minuteman Press (Kings Charter), EVB (Ashland Office), Ronald Toombs Insurance Agency, Caboose Wine & Cheese, Dew Realty, Ashland Ace Hardware & Cross Bros. Grocery.  
'Singin in the Rain' & MORE @ the Ashland Theater!

Did you know the Ashland Theater hosted 50 events since November 21, 2014. We are grateful to the town to be able to use the theater for more fun community events.  Look for the July/August  FULL schedule at  www.AshlandTheaterVA.org next week.  
 
 

 SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, July 24th at 7pm 'Singin in the Rain' Tickets are $5.00.  Proceeds help fund CVDA’s Nutcracker Backdrop.
 

Are you interested in renting the theater for your business or organization?  email cotutheater@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Business Spotlight: Sugar Fix Bakery - OPENING July 4th
FullSizeRender (35)Melinda Foster from Rockville, Virginia  is so excited to be opening up the Sugar Fix Bakery this Saturday, July 4th at 8am!  Come on by to check out this cute little vintage bakery at 105B England Street located in downtown Ashland.  It's located right next to Salon Valentino (corner of England & Railroad Ave).  

Ashland Main Street Executive Director, Tom Wulf got a sneak preview of this 'oh so sweet' shop which is our featured business for July 2015!  At first glance you cannot help but be wowed by the creative decor when you see this store! FullSizeRender (37)(Photo Above:  Tom Wulf and owner Melinda Foster hold up a clever Center of the Universe Logo).  This logo and other creative touches such as this fun pink bike were inspired by designer Rachel Messenger of Creative Project Girl.  (Photo Right:  Designer Rachel at work!)  

On opening day look for the OPEN sign made out of a vintage suitcase that Rachel  painted!  Sugar Fix is ready for the BIKE ART movement in Ashland.  Sugar Fix has a full commercial kitchen and will offer cookies and candy initially.  They will also sell other Virginia products including Homestead Creamery milk in many flavors along with breads and cinnamon rolls from Harvest Hill Bakery.   They will also offer gluten free products from Let's Nosh RVA  as well.

 It's wonderful to think that this mom of 6 who created cookies for her kids events now has a huge business in our downtown district.  Her first contact with Ashland was delivering cookies as part of a 3500 cookie order!   Visit the Sugar Fix Facebook site and share and comment on their post for a chance to win a FREE SUGAR FIX BAKERY T-SHIRT!!!  Let's show Sugar Fix Bakery a warm welcome from our community - Come out & get your Sugar Fix on!   
 
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Featured Artist: 'Magical Universe' Composer-Karen Altman
Ashland resident Karen Altman,  composer of a film score for the award winning documentary, 'Magical Universe' is our Featured Artist for July 2015.  This film is a Sundance Release and has won several awards and is officially available for streaming or rental on Netflix.   Karen's director asked her to promote the film locally so she contacted Ashland Main Street Association.  We are delighted she did and encourage each of you to view this exciting film.   Note:  The film is not currently rated but it's PG, and Karen even lets her 7- and 9-year olds watch it!  Check out the film's website at  http://magicaluniversefilm.com or look it up on Netflix 'Magical Universe'.
 Quote below - Karen describes how she met the film director:
 
"I met Jeremy Workman, the director, a few years ago when he was making an official holiday video for Etsy.  He originally contacted me because he was featuring wreaths in the video, and he noticed one of my crocheted wreaths in my Etsy shop.  I sent him a few samples of my music, and not only did he include it in the video, he later asked me to audition to score his upcoming film.  He had been working on "Magical Universe" for 10 years, so I knew it was a labor of love and a very dear project to him.  I was honored that he asked me to take part and help portray this man, Al Carbee, as more than a strange hermit living in a big, bizarre house with Barbies, guppies, cameras, and a cat.  While scoring the film, I probably watched bits and pieces at least 100 times, to get everything just right.  It became a labor of love for me too, and it was awesome getting to see the film on the big screen with an audience sitting around us, reacting, laughing, crying... truly amazing! "
 
Karen is  originally from Martinsville, Virginia, and  lived in Charlottesville for several years (college and beyond) before moving to Durham, NC with her husband.  They eventually moved back to Virginia a few years ago with their two daughters to beautiful Ashland.  She is a full-time mom and a part-time artist and composer, with a small art business called Twig Studio.  As the name indicates, most of her artwork involves trees. She enjoys volunteering at her kids' schools, often engaging in fun art projects like forest backdrops for plays and displays for special events.  She loves nature and enjoys sharing that passion, presenting it as something magical and exhilarating.  When she taught high school biology several years ago, she had several students who were actually quite horrified of nature.  She took them outside for field studies as often as possible, attempting to prove that forests are not full of deadly snakes, rivers are not scary, and bees, for the most part, do not attack.  We are happy that Karen and her family moved to the Center of the Universe.  We love that Ashland's Arts & Culture district has such talented people.

Here is an interview   Karen did a few months ago with more details about her film project.   Click HERE to see a trailer for the film.  We hope to see 'Magical Universe' in the Ashland Theater someday and encourage you all to check it out! 
 
 
Is your child interested in Sewing, Art, History or Dance? Check out these opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

 
Ashland Museum 
Camp Ashland – History Camp for kids
Mon-Fri, Aug. 3 – 7, 9 am – 12 pm
Learn about life in the 1800’s through games, activities and hikes around town. Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open.  $90/$100. Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org or call 804.368.7314 for more information & register your child TODAY!
 
















Diane Hale School of Dance
Dance Camp & Classes offered throughout the summer.  Visit www.dianehaleschoolofdance.com or call 804.798.3011 for more information.

Bloom LLC - Sewing Camp for Girls 8-14
See flier below and click HERE to check out their Facebook page! 
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Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
  • Men's new white undershirts, all sizes
  • Women's sleepwear, all sizes
  • Adult's gently used work shoes and tennis shoes, sizes 9 and up
  • Boy's summer tops and bottoms, sizes 8-10-12
  • Children's summer pajamas
  • Children's gently used shoes for summer
  • Children's new socks and underwear
  • Boy's belts
  • Diapers and pull-ups, sizes 5-6
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
Food Items Needed: 
  • Instant rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables (we have an abundant supply of green beans, corn and peas)
  • Cereals
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am
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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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