What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Aug/Sept  2013
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Aug/Sept 2013 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
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Did you know?
The Hanover Arts & Activities Center ' THE CENTER' will sponsor the first ever "Off the Rails" Craft Beer Fest September 28th!

The New Brock Commons building off Henry Street at Randolph-Macon College has a light in their tower which changes color!  Look for the BLUE light on Bluemont Concert Nights- Aug 4,11,18 & 25!

National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August and has been celebrated since 1984 as a way to promote crime prevention.  See details in our town article!
Upcoming Events
***Start August off right with First Thursday  held on August 1st.  Visit  www.ashlandfirstthursday.com to see what is happening.  Stroll our charming downtown district and consider being a part of this wonderful Ashland event!

August 1 Thurs 5-8pm

Stroll to the H-P, Gallery Flux, re*funk*it & Ashland Coffee & Tea

Ashland First Thursday

August 4 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - The Hula Honeys

August 6  Tues

In Your Neighborhood

National Night Out 30 Year Anniversary


August 7  Wed 1pm

Ashland Branch Library

AWARE Wildlife Ambassadors

August 8 Thurs 11am 
Ashland Coffee & Tea

Children's Music Concert & Story Hour

August 9,10,11 Thurs, Fri, Sat 
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Musical:  Fiddler on the Roof

August 11 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - Hard Swimmin' Fish

August 14  Wed 10am

Ashland Branch Library

"Dig It with Dinosaur Bob!"

August 16  Fri 6pm

Ashland Branch Library

Summer Finale with Diggin' up Bones

August 16 Fri

Randolph-Macon Campus

Move-In Day for R-MC Athletes

August 17 Sat  6-11pm

Ashland Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party- King Edward & the BDs

August 18 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - Matuto

August 21 Wed 11am 
Ashland Coffee & Tea

Children's Story Hour

August 24 Sat 7am (Register by Aug 21st)

Randolph-Macon College & Around Ashland!

Patrick Henry Half Marathon

August 25 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - Daryl Davis Band


August 28 Wed 9am-1pm

Randolph-Macon Campus

Fall Move-In Day for R-MC New Students


August 28 Wed

Waves Hair Studio 105A England Street

1 Year Anniversary Celebration for Waves Hair Studio

August 29-31 Thurs-Sat

Randolph-Macon Campus

Move-In Day for R-MC Returning Students


September 2 Mon 3-5pm (Show runs til Oct 11)

Randolph-Macon Flippo Gallery

Opening Reception for Artist Sarah Peters


September 3 Tues

Hanover County Schools

Welcome Back Students!


September 9 Mon 5-7pm

Randolph-Macon Campus

R-MC Student Activities Carnival 

September 13  Fri 6pm

Ashland Branch Library

Teen Movie & Pizza Night


September 14 Sat  3-5pm

Gallery Flux

Virginia Art Chat with Alex Nyerges VMFA 

September 21 Sat  6-11pm

Ashland Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party- Ron Moody & the Centaurs


September 22  Sun

re*funk*it  120 Hanover Ave

1 Year Anniversary Celebration for re*funk*it

September 28 Sat  1-7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

'Off the Rails' Craft Beer Festival

September 28 Sat  8:30am
Carter Park
Slay the Dragon 5k Run

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 


Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun noon-2pm


Ashland Library is open Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm  Fri-Sat 10am-6pmStory 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 & 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 .  Also on Fridays - the The Iron Horse Restaurant  allows you to bring in a bottle of wine purchased from on the Caboose that you may enjoy with your meal and with no corking fee charges.

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 the back garden oasis of the Home Energy Store in Downtown Ashland!  Visit 109 England Street or check out all the great products they provide at www.homeenergystores.com.
Save the dates: 
6am Wed, Sept. 18 - 6pm Thurs, Sept 19th

Visit www.giverichmond.com  for more details on how to support non-profits in our community.
First Thursdays in Ashland! Stroll Downtown Ashland on Aug 1st
Bring your friends and have fun in the Center of the Universe on Thursday evening August 1st.   We're staying open late! 

Gallery Flux 
307B England St.
120 Hanover Ave.

112 Thompson St.

Ashland Coffee & Tea 
100 N. Railroad Ave
Check out  www.ashlandfirstthursday.com  for more details on what's happening on First Thursdays! 

Ashland Main Street Association invites you to join us for a 'Welcome Back' reception for the Herald-Progress during First Thursday - August 1st from 6:00 -8:00 pm!  

Check out this historic building at 112 Thompson Street, enjoy refreshments and chat with Lee Francis, Editor of the H-P and his talented team!  There will be a short presentation at 6:15 - we look forward to seeing you there!
Ashland attends 1st workshop as a Designated Virginia Main Street! 

Ashland Main Street Association members Darrell Leftwich, Jen Chambers, Nancy Cozart, Tom Wulf and Town representatives Dennis Rabon and Alexis Thompson attended a workshop hosted by Virginia Main Street Association for designated main street communities on July 17-18 in Waynesboro, Virginia .  (Pictured above, Darrell Leftwich and Nancy Cozart stand in front of a Pavilion in downtown Waynesboro that was funded by corporate sponsors).  Many resources were shared at the conference for the new streetscape initiatives and ideas for promoting outdoor recreation spaces that will benefit  our businesses and citizens in downtown Ashland.  We are excited to have our designation - look for our new signs that will be installed this fall! 

Imagine our NEW Streetscape
"Ashland will be setting a precedent for small towns and shopping streets everywhere" stated Arthur Brill, member of the Ashland Main Street Design committee, regarding the new streetscape landscape design.  He along with Lauren Thompson, Pat Morris and Bob Brown, have submitted suggestions to the town for plantings that will be successful for our new streetscape project.  The graphic above shows the 'new' GREEN parking lot with 'quality' trees and shrubs for this key location in downtown Ashland.  The design committee is excited to work with the town to make sure that the contractors decisions will delivery a quality landscape. Bob Brown, Ashland Main Street Design Committee Chair, created the design for Winston Salem, NC which is a model community and received numerous awards.  His expertise is truly appreciated!
Train Day Sponsorship Opportunities
No doubt about it...Ashland Loves Trains!  The Train Day Bears are particularly grateful to CSX for being a signature sponsor for Train Day 2013 - Nov. 2, 2013.   Save the Date! 

The Ashland Main Street Train Day Committee is looking forward to a record turnout for the exciting entertainment, rides and phenominal train exhibits.  We would love for your business/organization to help sponsor this signature town event!   Visit www.mainstreetashland.org for more details.  

Would you like to volunteer or have an idea to share?   Feel free to email Bill Gatewood, Ashland Train Day Chairman, at AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com

Stay tuned for more details in the Sept Issue of GET CENTERED! 

Bluemont Concert series begins August 4th @ Randolph-Macon
Get Ready Ashland - Bluemont Season 9 begins Sunday, August 4th on the steps of Blackwell Auditorium and features the Hula Honeys!  Pre-show starts at 6:45pm.  Join us on the gorgeous campus of Randolph-Macon.  Wear Luau Attire if you wish!  Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy an evening of great music in the Center of the Universe! 

Did you know that Bluemont also does outreach performances which give residents, who may not be able to attend otherwise, a chance to enjoy the music and even meet the musicians! Paige Christy organizes these special concerts for the residents of Hanover Manor, OmniPark Place Senior Center, Alpha House & the Ashland Convalescent Center.   
Did you also know that Bluemont provides a venue for LOCAL community groups to earn money for their cause?  CJ Thumbs Up, Basic Needs Program, Ashland Barracudas Swim Team and the Hanover Arts & Activities Center will be selling goodies this season! 

Save the dates for great music on the steps of Blackwell Auditorium!

August 4th The Hula Honeys  - Hawaiian Swing
August 11th  Hard Swimmin' Fish -Funk Infused Blues
August 18th Matuto -Appalachian Brazilian Funk
August 25th  Daryl Davis -Boogie-Woogie Rock & Roll
   Lots Happening at 

'The Center'
Musical:  Fiddler on the Roof
August 9, 10 & 11

 'Off the Rails' Craft Beer Fest
September 28th 1-7pm

Visit www.hanoverarts.org
or call 798-2728 for more info!

Ashland Main Street Association applauds 'The Center' of the Center of the Universe for all they do to support the arts.  Did you know that 'The Center'  sponsors  the Ashland Musical Variety Show, the 4th of July celebration for the town of Ashland, and holds camps and productions?  The Center has been awarded a 1 to 1 matching grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to help repair the 154 year old building.  They are now working on replacing siding and painting the outside of this historic gem in downtown Ashland.  Please consider a donation to help.  You can write a check to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center and send to 500 S. Center St. Ashland, VA 23005. The contribution is entirely tax-deductible.  Questions?  Contact Tayloe Moore at 798-2728.

Congratulations to Ashland Street Parties and Shiloh Baptist Church for their wonderful benefit concert to help Nicole Fleming receive a kidney transplant! Save the dates for more street parties in the Plaza August 17th & September 21st!
The current Ashland Museum exhibit “From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865” is receiving great reviews! Come see it at 105 Hanover Avenue, Ashland, VA.  The museum is open Sat 10am-2pm and Sun Noon-2pm.    Click HERE to submit your contact information if you are interested in volunteering at the museum. 
National Night Out - August 6th

National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out is held annually, on the first Tuesday of August.  Ways you can participate on August 6th:   You can take a walk through your neighborhood, sit out on your front porch, or simply turn your front porch light on to show your support for this event.  If your neighborhood would like to participate in National Night Out, please contact Crime Prevention Officer Chip Watts at 412-0615. 
Have you seen the new Town Sign board on 54?  It's awesome!  The banners displayed are 4'X10' and feature events happening in the Center of the Universe.  Contact the Town at 798-9219 if you have a sign you wish to be featured on this definite 'town enhancement'! 
Featured Artist & Business Spotlight: Waves Hair Studio

Waves Hair Studio artist and owner Stacey Cole created this creative hair design for the Wine for Cures Art Walk in downtown Ashland.   Note the use of lighting to add to this creative style!

Ashland Main Street Association recognizes talented and unique hair designers as part of our 'featured artist' recognition in GET CENTERED.  
Ashland Main Street would also like to congratulate Waves Hair Studio in celebrating their one year anniversary Wednesday, August 28th. Stop by 105 A England St. and say hi to owners Stacey Cole (left) and Shante Lee (right)  to wish them well and continued success in the Center of the Universe.  They accept walk-ins and offer discounts to Randolph-Macon students.  In addition they offer Senior portrait make-up sessions!    Visit their website www.waveshairstudiova.com for more info! 

Visit Ashland's Arts & Culture District
What's happening at our Downtown Ashland Art Galleries?

Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

August 1st 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Show

Aug 1-24   New Works by Gallery Artists

Sept 14   3-5pm  Art Chat  “Virginia is Our First Name” featuring Virginia artists from the VMFA collection and contemporary Virginia artists will be presented by Mr. Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Sept 2  3-5pm Opening Show for artist Sarah Peters (Show runs til Oct 11)

*We have wonderful galleries outside of Downtown Ashland as well.  Visit http://www.town.ashland.va.us/  for more information.
Welcome Back Randolph Macon Students & Parents!


If you see a new student/family in town - be sure to welcome them to the Center of the Universe.  Save the dates to welcome them in our community:

Fall Athletes Move In  August 16
New Student Move In August 28 from 9am to 1pm
Returning Student Move In  August 29, 30, 31
Activities Carnival
September 9 from 5 to 7pm
Message from Main Street

On Track for the BEST Train Day Ever!

The Ashland Main Street Association is on track and picking up speed as a Designated Virginia Main Street community!  We are establishing an office at 210 S. Railroad Ave in August; we’re working with Randolph-Macon faculty, staff, and students to improve outreach and engagement with our downtown businesses; and we’re assisting the Town with the implementation of its new streetscaping project this fall. 
We’re also on track to organize and host the best Ashland Train Day ever!!!  We expect to welcome the incredibly popular Virginia Civil War History Mobile to our downtown as part of the event on November 2nd, thanks to the efforts of Visitors Center manager Pam Crisp.  CSX returns this year as our generous signature sponsor, and we’re hoping to add Amtrak Virginia as a major sponsor as well.  Chik-Fil-A is helping us bring a new element to Train Day:  a Main Stage with music and performances throughout the day, featuring the acclaimed contemporary band, “Everyday People.”
We have a couple of minor changes/enhancements to allow for more community participation in 2013:
  • In the past, some local businesses were not allowed to have a vendor booth at the event.   This year, we want all of our Ashland-Hanover businesses and organizations to capitalize on the 5000+ visitors we expect to draw, so we will make vendor booths available to ALL local businesses and organizations on a first-come, first served basis.  There will be a modest fee for booth participation which will help offset our event costs.  Here’s the proposed fee structure:
                  -Non-profit organizations not selling anything:  $25
                  -Non-profit organizations selling food, merchandise
                    or services:  $50
                  -For-profit businesses selling food, merchandise or services:  $100
            We hope everyone understands that this is the only fair way to administer a vendor      
            booth program at an event of this magnitude.
  • Main Street will be footing the bill for all of the Train Day expenses this year.  The Town has helped us pay for trolley rides and kids’ attractions in the past, but we believe Main Street now has the capacity and community support necessary to pay its own way.  As we would like to ensure that Train Day remains a free event for our residents and visitors, we will be relying on sponsorships and the modest vendor fees mentioned above to offset our additional costs.
Train Day sponsorship and vendor opportunities will be announced in the next couple of weeks.  Sponsorships will include opportunities for businesses to put coupons in the Train Day Brochure, and be recognized in a variety of media for their support.  Our premium sponsors will also be offered the booth spaces on the 100 block of S. Railroad Ave.  Details are coming soon.
Be assured that any extra revenues that Main Street generates through Train Day sponsorships, fees, or donations will go right back into preserving, enhancing and promoting our community.  Efforts are already underway with the Town to revise the Ashland-Hanover Visitors Guide to create an attractive, compelling brochure.  
Let us know how YOU think Main Street can help our community.  We’d appreciate your suggestions.
Tom Wulf,
Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association

Ashland is truly a Runner Friendly Town!   The Patrick Henry Half Marathon starts & ends on the beautiful campus of Randolph-Macon College on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  Runners will find out first hand why the Center of the Universe is a great place to live and play when they run 13.1 miles around town.  Race starts at 7am and pre-race pickup is on Friday 8/23  and early Saturday morning.    Click HERE for more details and to pre-register by August 21st.  

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for August:

Beef Stew
Brunswick Stew
Spam (canned meats)
Canned Chicken Breast
Instant Potatoes
Instant Rice
Assorted Jellies (preserves)
Peanut Butter
Instant Oatmeal
Pasta Sauce
Soup (Any Flavor!)
Canned Ravioli
Canned Spaghetti

Men's small pants - sizes 29-34
Men's belts
Women's plus sizes underwear and socks - new
Men's white undershirts - new
Children's summer pajamas
Children's new underwear and socks - especially boy's
Diapers and pull-ups - sizes 4 and up
Toiletry Items
Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes
Toilet Paper

All donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at 507B Caroline St. (behind Haskins) on Mon, Wed and Fri from 8:30-11:30am.
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About Ashland Main Street Association & '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.  GET CENTERED is our monthly newsletter that highlights events in the Center of the Universe.  

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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