November/December 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College
MAP Spotlight

Governor's Holiday Tree Ornament Award

Featured Business: 
Hickory Creek Antiques

Featured Artists 


Upcoming Events

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Thank You James River Nurseries!   

Mike Hildebrand owner of James River Nurseries donated the live community tree and planted it near the Randolph-Macon sign for Light Up The Tracks - December 5th!  Read more about Team LUTT, our featured artists below.  
First Thursday at Gallery Flux Nov 5th 5:30-8pm - 

Stephanie Joyce will give an 11 minute healing gong bath at 6:30 PM during the Reception of Harmony, deepening and integrating the experience of the artwork of Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong and Lisa Neher.
Many thanks to Alvaro Coronado for creating the Ashland Governor's Holiday Tree Ornament.  Click HERE for all the details!   Enjoy this video that shows how it was made!  
Win $25 and Get Published! 

Calling all photographers: The Town will pay $25 for the most extraordinary, high resolution Train Day photo for the 2016 Events Guide! Bring your camera on Train Day November 7th!
OPEN HOUSE  Dec 3 Thurs 5-7pm

John Working of Railside Law Group invites all to their Grand Opening Celebration!
Railside Law Group Office is located at 104 N. Railroad Ave ( in the Hanover Bank building next to Homemades by Suzanne).
Essay Contest!  
The Virginia Municipal League (VML) invites all Virginia 7th Graders to participate in its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The essays describe what the student would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live.  Click HERE for more information.  
John Friedman - creator of the Ashland Bike Gardens Facebook Page! 

John was recognized at the October 27th Ashland Main Street Board meeting for promoting 'Bike Fever' in Ashland.  He will present at the Library later this year!   Click HERE to read about our Scavenger Hunt Winners!  
Ashland Coffee & Tea on CBS 6

Check out this video and note they have a special offer for Train Day Patrons!   
Sweet Frog is SWEET to the COTU!

Halloween Spooktacular was a huge success thanks to many!    Sweet Frog Center of the Universe, our newest business in town helped to sponsor the first ever Trick or Treat Trolley! Kids and parents loved this AND the Halloween Movies they sponsored too.    Click HERE for more pictures from all the fun at the Halloween Spooktacular! 
Upcoming Events


Nov 5 Thurs 5:30-8pm FIRST THURSDAY at Gallery Flux 
Gallery Flux  (307B England St) Opening Show

Nov 5 Thurs 8-11pm FIRST THURSDAY  Tunes at The Iron Horse Restaurant- 
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave) Great music by Felix and the Station Masters!

Nov 5 Thurs 7-8pm  Presenting the Hanover Tavern
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)  Refreshments provided by Friends of the Ashland Library

Nov 7  Sat 10am-5pm  13th Annual Ashland Train Day 
Celebrate Ashland’s railroad heritage along our tracks.  Trolley rides & family fun!   FREE

Nov 7 Sat 10am â€“ 6pm  Antique Christmas Open House w/ Santa and the original Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen from 11am-3pm
Hickory Creek Antiques (427 England St) Hickory Creek Antiques will be decorated for the holidays and free treats will be provided.  Santa and the original Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen will highlight the event from 11am-3pm-  Bring your camera!


Santa, Movies & More!
 Click HERE for the latest on fun events throughout  NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015.  Note:  Dates may change due to weather.  

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Experience Ashland VA
 Great Food, Music, Art, Shopping & Recreation - there is a lot to do!   
Send us your itineraries &  news!  

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

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14th Annual Ashland Train Day Sat Nov 5th 10am-5pm RAIN OR SHINE
64 SPONSORS are what make Train Day free for our patrons! 
Click HERE to visit our Sponsor websites and be sure to thank them in person! We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this community event!   Rides, music, Railroad Attractions - click HERE to see who sponsored what!   Join us at 11am at the CSX stage to recognize these wonderful sponsors!  

Click HERE for our events guide and map!  We have something for everyone at Train Day- great music, food, rides, historical characters & more!    No need to worry about the weather.  Our Train Stops are weather proof! 

Questions? click
 HERE to see a fun video that tells you all about Train Day. Visit or feel free to call the Train Day HOT LINE # 804.412.7288  

We look forward to celebrating our railroad heritage with you!  
All Aboard the Ashland Express November 7th!  Rain or Shine it will be a FINE FUN TIME!

Visit all 9 stops on the Ashland Express Scavenger Hunt and visit Tiny Tim's Toys to get your prize!   RAIN OR SHINE Train Day has something for everyone!   
CSX & Operation Lifesaver Educates Our Community

CSX met with Cinder & Tender to promote Train Safety and they return again to share safety tips with our Train Day patrons and will have a special program called Operation Lifesaver at Stop #9 as part of the Scavenger Hunt. We are so grateful to CSX for being our signature sponsor and providing this educational program for our community.  
Amtrak Sweepstakes Winner Announced @ 4pm!  
On the back of your Scavenger Hunt Ticket you can be eligible to win your chance at (2) Free round trip tickets on Amtrak for trains originating at Ashland, VA.  Stop by the Visitor's Center to see all the goodies that Amtrak has provided to our Train Day patrons. Sweepstake entries can be turned in at:
Main Street Information Tent 
The Visitor's Center  (Stop # 4a)
Tiny Tim's Toys  (Stop # 12)
Trolleys are FREE!  

Many thanks to April Pruitt, State Farm; James River Air ConditioningGallery Flux, Sweet Frog Center of the Universe; Tiny Tim's Toys & Hickory Creek Antiques for sponsoring our transportation!  Pick up your Trolley at Rose's shopping Center, Martin's Shopping Center or  St. Ann's Church.  The Main Trolley Stop is  at the corner of Railroad Ave. & Rt. 54 (near the Randolph-Macon Sign).  The second Trolley Stop is behind Town Hall at  the Farmers Market.  
Train Rides, Vintage Equipment, Music & History - THIS SATURDAY Rain or Shine!

Rides are a huge hit at Train Day.  Many thanks to our sponsors for making this experience for our Rail fans so special.  Sponsors for the Kiddie Train Ride: Edward Jones Investments & Hanover Herald-Progress.  Sponsor for the Vintage Rail Car-  Community Insurance Group, LLC.    Sponsor for the Speeder Car- Market Ashland Partnership.  Sponsor for the Moon Bounce- Sweet Frog Center of the Universe.  

New and Vintage equipment is being sponsored by:  A Day to Remember; Ashland Simply Storage, Chick-fil-A; Jake's Place/Yohman's Garden; Little Caesar's Pizza; Massey Wood & West Inc. ; Mr. John's Emporium; and Virginia Real Estate & Development.  

The Ashland Museum is sponsoring Engaging History Productions and Train Trivia on our Scavenger Hunt.   Look for characters all around town! 

Music on the CSX Stage is being sponsored by WTJU 91.1 FM (The Stationmasters Band) and WTVR TV- CBS 6 (The Meadow Street Band). Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale is sponsoring the Train Tune Sing-along at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center ; Railside Law Group & Monique's Crepes is sponsoring Singer Jim Duckett at the Train Station.  TSI Promotionals is sponsoring Singer Roger Reynolds.  The Library is sponsoring Singer Matthew Dodd and StyleCraft Homes is sponsoring the Hanover Concert Band.   Ashland Coffee & Tea is sponsoring Silly Bus and the Farmer's Market is sponsoring Southern Engine 615.  There will be music at re*funk*it too! 

Documentary 'A Railroad Runs Through It' and Train Cartoons at the Ashland Theater are being sponsored by The Ashland Museum and WulfTeam Productions.
 Click HERE to see the Entertainment Schedule!  
Many thanks to Pepicelli's Pizza for organizing our Food vendors & providing lunches to all our volunteers.  The Checkosky family is no stranger to giving back to our community.  We are very grateful for their dedication - go by and wish them Happy Anniversary on Nov 9th!
Many thanks to Ed Hutchinson from the Ashland Kiwanis Club  for organizing our volunteer force.  He has recruited students from 4 high schools in the area and Key Club members at Randolph-Macon College.  Train Day could not happen without the entire Kiwanis family. 
COTU is Mascot Town  
Cinder and Tender loved visiting Scoop and Cookie from Sweet Frog Center of the Universe!      The Pink Panther from the Home Energy Store was a hit at the Halloween Spooktacular and you can see him on Train Day too!  We hear rumor that  Mooey & Gooey at Sugar Fix Bakery will be there too!  
Visit our Local Art Galleries!
Flippo Gallery 

(1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)  "Delicate Axis" for artist Katie Shaw.   Show runs until Nov. 20th.  
Gallery Flux 
FIRST THURSDAY Nov 5th 5:30-8pm

(307B & 302 England St) Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm)   

Nov 5 5:30-8pm Stephanie Joyce will give an 11 minute healing gong bath at 6:30 PM during the  Reception of Harmony, deepening and integrating the experience of the artwork of Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong and Lisa Neher.   Show runs until Nov. 28th. 

We are proud to be an 'extraordinary' college town!  Many thanks for all you do to bring great art and culture to the Center of the Universe!   Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for sponsoring the Vintage Railroad Equipment for Train Day & being instrumental in helping with Light Up The Tracks!  
Casino Royale
MAP would like to thank everyone who participated in the "Casino Royale" event which was held on October 3rd. This was a wonderful evening of food, fun and prizes and it would not have been possible without the support of the many area businesses who sponsored games and donated prizes, the wonderful volunteers who gave so generously of their time and, of course, those who bought tickets and attended this special event.  Thanks again and we hope to see everyone back next year!
Train Day
Train Day is on November 7th and MAP will have a booth at this great event!  We are in need of MAP members to volunteer for a 2-hour shift at the booth, so if you are a member and have some time to help out, it will be greatly appreciated!  Please contact Lisa Checkosky or any board member to volunteer.  We hope that everyone will stop by the booth and show their support for our wonderful local businesses!
Christmas Parade
The annual Ashland Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, November 22nd at 2:30p.m.  This will be a fun family day and MAP will again have a float in the parade.  MAP members will meet the morning of the parade to decorate a float that will represent Ashland businesses in the hopes of encouraging everyone to "Shop Local"!

Click HERE for Market Ashland Partnership (MAP) Spotlight News!   Ashland Main Street Association is proud to be a member of MAP.  We will post a new item each month.
 (Above Left to Right:  2nd Place:  Tracy DuFresne;  1st Place:  Kendra Grimes & family; 3rd Place:  Owen Wright) 

Congratulation to our Bike Garden 'BG'
Scavenger Hunt Winners

For fun, AMSA created an on-line Scavenger Hunt to encourage exploration and for folks share pictures and email or post with the #AshlandBikeGardens.  Many thanks to all that participated.  Winners received Gift Certificates in the amount of $300, $200 & $100 to spend in Downtown Ashland Businesses to include restaurants,shops and galleries.

Bike Garden Scavenger Hunt Winners
1st Place:  Kendra Grimes â€“ who posted over 91 Bike Garden Photos
2nd Place:  Tracy DuFresne â€“ professional photographer who shared amazing photos featured in our posters
3rd Place:  Owen Wright â€“ Randolph-Macon Student who emailed over 45 Bike Garden Photos
What’s the future of the Bike Gardens? 

Bike Gardens continue to sprout and some now have various seasonal decor!  Ashland Main Street Association will continue to decorate the five original bikes located at the Library, Theater, Gallery Flux, Ashland Visitors Center and Town Hall with holiday decor and will change them with each season and to welcome our growing bike community.   We thank everyone for your enthusiasm and participation.   If you are going to discard your bike – please let us know email   Congratulations again to our Scavenger Hunt winners and for all our participants!  

Bike Garden Posters

Two poster designs were created and are available at Gallery Flux to purchase for $5.  Store owners that created Bike Gardens will receive a complimentary poster.  

Featured Artists: TEAM LUTT 'Light Up The Tracks'
This month's Featured Artist is actually a composite of many inventive Ashlanders (dubbed "Team LUTT") who are collaborating to create a very exciting holiday project called "Light Up the Tracks."  The project has one goal: To transform Ashland into a mile-long holiday greeting card for train travelers, residents and visitors. From the Grand Illumination ceremony and choral recital for all Ashlanders on Dec. 5th (5:30 pm, from the front porches of the Henry Clay Inn, next to the train station) until New Year's Day, the trackside homes, businesses and Randolph Macon College will be strung with twinking white lights from one end of town to the other.  All residents and businesses of the town and county are encouraged to expand the festive fun by stringing lights outside their homes and shops, too.  At the center of town, where Rte. 54 crosses the tracks, a 20' community tree will be adorned with colored lights as well as decorations crafted by local schoolchildren from recyclable materials.  (Photo below)

The unique celebration has attracted the interest and participation from both CSX and Amtrak.   Both plan to help promote the event and to shoot nighttime footage along the tracks, then provide news clips to the media.  Ashland organizers predict lots of regional coverage and the growing possibility of national exposure -- all designed to delight area residents, to attract visitors and shoppers during the holidays, and to increase overall awareness of Ashland, "Center of the Universe."
"Light Up the Tracks" was conceived by Dan Bartges, a board member of the Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA) and co-chairperson of the event's steering committee.  The idea was proposed to AMSA, then to the Town of Ashland staff, town council, CSX and Amtrak and has sparked their enthusiastic support.  Lauren Thompson, the ad hoc committee's other co-chairperson, has enlisted the talents and participation of the college, homeowners and specialty experts such as Sue Watson , Lorie Foley and Ann Martin, who are spearheading the Grand Illumination and choral performance on Dec. 5th.  Town Manager Charles Hartgrove and Police Chief Doug Goodman are leading the town's various efforts such as decorating the train station with lights and controlling traffic during the Grand Illumination.  Town councilman Steve Trivett suggested the idea of the community tree, and longtime resident Phyllis Theroux came up with the event's name.    Ashland attorney Bill Hamner provided legal guidance for the event. Tommy Thomasson has crafted the tree-topper ornament, and ACE Hardware's Robert Traweek provided a discount for the strings of lights.  Glenn Terrell of Terrell's Tree & Lawn Service is stringing the lights on all the commercial buildings along the tracks, and Mike Hildebrand of James River Nurseries is donating the live community tree and planting it. Steve Tribble of Tribble Electric has donated his technical expertise, and Paul Davies is orchestrating Randolph Macon's participation.  Carolyn Peart is mounting the media publicity efforts, and Jen Chambers is in charge of public relations. The list goes on and on of the many talented residents and business people who are donating their time, energy, creativity and love of Ashland to help Light Up the Tracks!

Click HERE for details about Ashland's first 'mini' Grand Illumination!  Note the time line below and stay tuned for details about film crews and more!  
Nov 5: Lights will be strung on the tree and surrounding shrubs/trees.  
Nov 8-10: Lights will be strung on all commercial buildings along the tracks as well as on the  Ashland Library and Train Station.  Residents along Center Street are encouraged to light up their properties in readiness for potential filming the week of November 16th.  Stay tuned for details!
Nov 11:  The Ashland Public Library will hold an ornament-making class for kids 5-10 years old to help decorate the holiday tree.
Nov 30: All Ashland residents, young and old, who want to sing in the Community Chorus at the Grand Illumination on Dec. 5 are invited to the chorus’s one-and-only rehearsal at Ashland Christian Church (301 S. James St) at 5:30pm.
Dec 5: 5:30pm  LIGHT UP THE TRACKS!  
Featured Business: Hickory Creek Antiques

Hickory Creek Antiques (located at 427 England St in Ashland Town Center) is open 7 Days a Week!  Mon-Wed & Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm and Sun 12-6pm.  Owners Jan and Roscoe Walker are great friends to many in Ashland and can be called 'the other Ashland Visitors Center' since they greet and direct many visitors crossing Route 1 since they opened 6 years ago.  Jan believes in true southern hospitality and will even provide homemade refreshments on the weekends!  Their store destination has been popular before they were officially opened.  Jan and Roscoe shared the story that while they were still setting up their store, a woman came in and asked to buy something.  The money from that purchase hangs on the wall by the register. Click HERE to hear from Jan and Roscoe about how they got started in the Antique business!.     

Through the promotion efforts of GayDonna Vandergriff of Vandergriff Consulting their store was recently visited by  I-95 Welcome Center officials from Fredericksburg.   These folks loved what they saw at Hickory Creek Antiques and will continue to direct people to this popular antique spot!   We love that Hickory Creek generates so much foot traffic!  

unnamed (5)Jan and Roscoe's sense of creativity and community spirit can be seen in many ways.  In the recent Bike Garden promotion in Ashland - they crafted two unique bikes.  One was a three car Train Bike complete with a lantern and smoke stack!  Their vintage Antique Bike (photo right) was featured in the Richmond-Times Dispatch.   They sponsor many activities in town including Ashland Strawberry Faire, Ashland Train Day and recently they offered Trick or Treating with Belle for the Halloween Spooktacular.  
Antique Christmas Open House - Train Day November 7th 10am to 6pm unnamed (1)

Hickory Creek Antique's shop will be decorated for the holidays and free treats will be provided on Train Day!   Santa and the original Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen will highlight the event from 11 am until 3 pm.  Bring your camera!  Plenty of free, convenient parking right outside their door.  Visit for more information.  

Be sure to go by and wish Jan and Roscoe a Happy 6th Anniversary in the Center of the Universe - December 12th  is their store's anniversary!  Ashland Main Street Association applauds businesses that make Ashland a 'destination' for visitors! Thank you for all you do for our town.  

Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
  • Women’s new underwear – all sizes
  • Men’s new underwear – all sizes
  • Men’s coats
  • Men’s jeans – all sizes, especially 32-36
  • Men’s gently used shoes and boots, sizes 9-11
  • Adult’s gently used tennis shoes – all sizes
  • Adult’s new sports socks
  • Boy’s winter clothes – all sizes
  • Boy’s new underwear – sizes 2-10
  • Boy’s new undershirts
  • Boy’s new socks
  • Children’s gently used school shoes

Food Items Needed: 
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned beef stew
  • Instant potatoes
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
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.  

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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