Spring Happenings in the COTU Apr-May 2017!

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Ashland Main Street Sponsors:
Signature Sponsor:

Conductor Level Sponsors:
James River Air Conditioning Co.
The Henry Clay Inn

Engineer Level Sponsors:
Ashland Museum
Edward Jones Investments
Friends of the Ashland Library
Jake's Place
Sweet Frog Center of the Universe
Tiny Tim's Toys

Surveyor Level Sponsors:
Ashland Simply Storage
Chick-fil-A Ashland
Lorie and Jim Foley
Homemades by Suzanne
Hanover Herald-Progress
April Pruitt, State Farm Insurance
WulfTeam Productions

Station Master Level Sponsors:
Bob and Mary Lou Brown
Jen and Brent Chambers
Nancy Cozart
Paul and Karen Davies
Bill Downer, W.D. Realty
Cindy and Bill Gatewood
Tim and Esther McDermott
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
Kelly Thomasson and Clark Mercer
Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory
Railside Law Group
Stone's Throw Studios
Bob and Julie Tuck
Jack and Colette Zemp

Please thank our Sponsors for making Train Day, Chalk Walk, Light Up The Tracks, the Ashland Easter Bunny & MORE happen!  Click HERE to find Sponsorship opportunities!

Starting at 5:30pm visit Gallery Flux (307B England St) see C O N T E M P O & MORE on display in this gem of a Gallery!   We love that we have this amazing gallery in our artsy town! 

After your 'Art Fix' stroll on down to the Iron Horse or The Caboose or The Sports Page or for great food or visit England Street Tavern for a game of pool or to hear some great tunes'.  Make your Thursday Date Night in Ashland something worth repeating!  

Let us know your favorite things to do in Downtown Ashland!  'Tweet' - 'Instagram' or send your ideas to mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We like collecting itineraries to share!
Did you know?

Hickory Creek Antiques Annual Spring Open House - Saturday April 8th!  Lunch and Specials offered all day at 427 England St. 

Save the Date!   Ashland Main Street Supper Club will be at Sports Page Grille on Wed May 10th.  Stay tuned for more details about this fun event that raises funds for Ashland Train Day and MORE!  

Monique's Crepes
is at the  Town Hall parking lot every Monday in April from 11:30am - 2pm.  Make Mondays Crepe Date Days in the Center of the Universe!  


Thank You Sweet Frog Center of the Universe for supporting so many community groups!  Support PATS on April 14th Thursday from 4-10pm! 

R-MC Macon a Difference Day is Saturday April 29th !  Look for students doing projects all over our downtown area to include enhancing bike trails and more!  

Upcoming Events

Apr 6 Thurs  5:30pm  First Thursday Contemporary Art Show Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse following the show! 

Apr 6  Thurs 5pm “Fighting King Coal: The Challenge To Micromobilization in Central Appalachia” 
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room (304 Henry St)

Apr 7  Fri 5-7pm Teen Movie Night (Ages 11-16) 
Pizza provided by Friends of the Ashland Library.  Enjoy a movie on the big screen with friends.
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Apr 8 Sat Welcome R-MC Families &  Accepted Students Class of 2020!  

Apr 8 Sat 10am-6pm Hickory Creek Antiques Annual Open House
427 England St.

Apr 8 Sat  5pm  Woodland Cemetery Tour
Register with the Ashland Museum

Apr 9 Sun 1:30-2:45pm  R-MC Easter Egg Hunt – Pictures with the Ashland Easter Bunny 
Register at the Randolph-Macon FOUNTAIN starting at 1:30pm.  Pictures in Brock Commons starting at 2:30pm.  This event is sponsored by Randolph-Macon & Ashland Main Street Association

Apr 9 Sun 3-5pm ‘Perceptual Painters’ Opening Art Reception – show runs til May 26th
Flippo Gallery (211 N. Center St)

Apr 11  Tues 5:30pm  Ceremonial Unveiling of the Dick Gillis Monument at Woodland Cemetery
Reception following at the Ashland Museum 105 Hanover Ave.

Apr 11  Tues 7:30pm “The Loving Story” Documentary
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater (304 Henry St)

Apr 11  Tues 1-3pm Underground Wonders 
Want to do something fun over spring break?  Join the Hanover County Extension Office and Hanover Master Gardeners for a look at the activities of  ants, worms, plant roots, and all the other life under our feet. Call 804-752-4310 to sign up.
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Apr 13  Thurs 6-7pm Full STEAM Ahead (Ages 3-10)
Make a Penny Spinner and figure out how to fit a person through an index card during a fun evening of experimentation and art.  Don’t miss it!
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Apr 22 Sat 7:30am-noon Railroad Run & Green Fair
500 S. Center St. $

Apr 24  Mon 6pm “The Royal Love Triange of Henri II, Catherine D’Medici and Diane De Poitiers” Women’s Studies Lecture Event
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room (304 Henry St)

Apr 29 Sat  R-MC Macon A Difference Day
Randolph-Macon College

Apr 27-29  8pm  Play: Thyestes By Seneca
Randolph-Macon College Cobb Theatre (205 Henry St)

Apr 30 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium 205 Henry St.
Randolph-Macon College

May 2017

May 4 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street

May 4-6  8pm  Play: Thyestes By Seneca
Randolph-Macon College Cobb Theatre (205 Henry St)

May 6 Sat 3pm  R-MC Concert Choir Spring Concert
Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

May 4 Thurs Discussion on The Lemon Project with Dr. Jody Allen
Ashland Library 201 S. Railroad Ave

May 10 Wed Supper Club at Sports Page Bar & Grille
504 England St

Take them out on the town at one of our amazing restaurants!  

May 20 Sat 2,4 & 6pm Whistle Stop Theatre Co. Presents ‘The Pied Piper’
101 Thompson St.

May 20 Sat 6-11pm Ashland Street Party
Library Plaza 201 Railroad Ave

May 21  Sun 3pm  Central VA Masterworks Chorale 10-yr Anniversary with all Mozart Concert, including Mozarts Requiem
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church 201 Henry St. Ashland VA
www.cvamc.org  Tickets available at Cross Bros. Grocery and on-line.
For more information, call Becky Severin, 804-798-3999.

May 27 Sat  R-MC Graduation
Randolph-Macon College


Ongoing Entertainment

Click HERE to plan your Ashland Experience!  Send news updates to mainstreetashland@gmail.com

Experience Ashland...

Antiques:  Hickory Creek Antiques- open 7 days a week; Sunday 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 (Closed for Renovations); Blackwell Auditorium & Cobb Theater at R-MC

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   

The Caboose Market Cafe    

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

Origin Beer Lab (106 S. Railroad Ave) Great Beer 'experiments' to try out!  Growlers filled too! 

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.

"Ashland, VA Center of the Universe" - Slogan founder honored on April 11th

Thank You Mr. Gillis!

The Ashland Museum will dedicate a monument for Richard S. Gillis on Tuesday, April 11, at 5:30 pm at Woodland Cemetery, 11310 Hanover Ave. A former mayor, Gillis coined the phrase Ashland, Center of the Universe. Mayor Jim Foley and former Mayor and current Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard will speak. Following the dedication, there will be a reception at COTU's Origin Beer Lab, 106 S. Railroad Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Origin’s beer will be available for purchase at the reception.


Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour  
Sat April 8th 5pm at Woodland Cemetery (11310 Hanover Ave) 
Register at www.AshlandMuseum.org

The Lemon Project Discussion with The College of William & Mary Professor Dr. Jody Allen
Thurs May 4th 7pm at the Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Free and open to the public.

Camp Ashland : Fun Kid's History Campy for rising 2nd - 5th Graders
July 31-Aug 4th 9am-Noon at The Center (500 S. Center St)
Register at www.AshlandMuseum.org  Scholarships Available.

Visit our Museum & Red Caboose every weekend! (105 Hanover Ave).  Interested in volunteering?   For more information visit www.AshlandMuseum.org 

The Ashland Easter Bunny is coming to the COTU!

The Ashland Easter Bunny is hopping into town on April 9th Sunday on the campus of Randolph-Macon College starting at 1:30pm. Sign up your children to join the fun!  There is an Easter Egg Hunt and Free Pictures!  In order to make sure we have enough eggs - sign up on-line by Thursday April 6th!  Click HERE:   Easter Bunny Sign Up

COTU Spring Happenings:

Sign Up for the 39th Ashland Railroad Run 
Visit www.HanoverArts.org for more information! 

Race Day Saturday, April 22, 2017
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 'Center' of the Center of the Universe for all you do for Ashland!


April 22nd Railroad Run
May 10-11  Audtions for Shrek The Musical
June 21-25  Shrek the Musical (at the Hanover Tavern)
July 4th Holiday Parade
July 24-28  Under The Big Top Theater Camp 

July 31 - Aug 4th  Camp Ashland History Camp


Ashland Musical Variety Show 2017 DVDs are for sale!  
Visit www.hanoverarts.org  or call 798-2728 to get your own copy of 'Ashland Loves A Parade'!  
These would make great Mother's Day gifts! 
 Thank you Tom Wulf for making memories in the COTU.


Ashland Street Party May 20th
Band:  Kings of Swing

Visit www.AshlandStreetParties.com for more details!

(Photo Credit Below:  Katie Cartwright)

Save the Date!  Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale performs Sunday, May 21st 3pm at Duncan Memorial Church (201 Henry St).  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requieum with Orchestra!  Tickets available at Cross Bros. Grocery and online www.cvamc.org.  You don't want to miss this wonderful event!   

What's Happening with the Ashland Theater?

Getting Ready for Renovation!  

You can’t tell a book by its cover and that is true for theaters, too.  From the street, it doesn’t look as if much is happening , but inside  work is well underway to turn the old Ashland Theater into the new town jewel .

The old theater seats are now gone, some of them sold to Ashlanders who wanted a little bit of the old theater in their  homes. This added $2500 the Ashland Theater Foundation coffers.   This will help offset other costs down the road.  Volunteers have helped us all along the way and we are so grateful.

The next step;  to remove all traces of asbestos from floors, ceilings and walls, is very near completion.   After that,  the  work of renovation begins.  Hammers will swing.  We are excited.   We hope you are, too.

As the project moves forward, we will be providing you with frequent updates.   This is your theater.  Your enthusiasm and questions are welcome.  Please feel free to e-mail the Ashland Theater Foundation if you have any suggestions or concerns. 

The Ashland Theater Foundation

New Look at the Ashland Visitors Center!

New Lights and Fresh Paint make our Visitor Center Sparkle!  

Many thanks to Pam Novak & all the volunteers for all you do to make our Visitor Center a great place for people and pets!  Did you know dogs are greeted with treats?  They also love to hang out in the shade & watch the trains go by with their humans!   The "museum" side of the visitor center has a great place to read 'Rail Fan' magazines and has an awesome 'look out' spot!  Go check it out!  

Featured Artist: Community Gospel Director Bubba Johnson
Photo Above: Ashland Musical Variety Show Community Gospel Choir  let by Director Bubba Johnson.   Photos below:  Bubba and soloist & a solo shot!    

Ashland is So Grateful for Bubba Johnson!  
The Ashland Musical Variety Show was a great success due to the leadership of Lorie Foley and Sue Forbes Watson.  Thank you for bringing together so many wonderful acts!  A BIG Shout Out for this issue of Get Centered goes to the community Gospel Choir director - Bubba Johnson. Bubba led over 30 singers and organized musicians to accompany this group. Bubba's enthusiasm and talent inspired many!  Ashland is lucky to have you lead Gospel events in the Center of the Universe!  Thank You Bubba!   

Featured Business: Sugar Fix Bakery
Fun Events at Sugar Fix Bakery!  
Thank You Melinda Foster, owner of Sugar Fix Bakery for all the fun you bring to downtown Ashland.  Your kid friendly events make our town another reason to enjoy the COTU.   Check out the Ashland Easter Bunny on Saturday April 8th from 9-11am at Sugar Fix Bakery 105B England St.  FYI The Ashland Easter Bunny will be at Randolph-Macon College on Sunday April 9th from 1:30-4pm.  This event is FREE and open to the public!  
Visit our Downtown Galleries!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 

First Thursday Apr 6  5:30-8pm CONTEMPO

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs until May 26th

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Perceptual Painters Opens April 9th 3-5pm!  

Visit Facebook The Flippo Gallery at R-MC. Show runs until May 26th. 
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!

Thrill of the Hunt
Cross Mill Gallery

Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Visit the Ashland Art Alliance website to find out about artists in our community.
Here is the ACES Wish List for April 17':

Boys and Girls new underwear - all sizes
Women's new underwear (bras and underpants) - all sizes
New or gently used Women's athletic (tennis) shoes - sizes 8 and above
Men's and Women's sport socks - all sizes
New or gently used Men's athletic (tennis) shoes - sizes 8 and above
New or gently used Men's jeans - all sizes (28 and larger)

Boxes potato flakes
Baked beans

Gently used pots and pans
Gently used drinking glasses (especially unbreakable)
Gently used table utensils (forks, knives, spoons, serving spoons)
Small kitchen appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, electric skillets crock pots, hot plates, etc.)

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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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 Approach™ 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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