What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - May-June 2013
May/June 2013 Issue:

Ashland Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:
Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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Upcoming Events May/June 2013

May 1-3 Wed-Fri  
R-MC McGraw-Page Library
Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photos

May 1-4 Wed-Sat 8pm 

R-MC Cobb Theater Call 752-7316 for Tickets

Comedy:  Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer 


May 2 Thurs 5-9pm

 Gallery Flux & re*funk*it  with Ashland Music Academy

1st Thursdays - Downtown Arts Walking Tour


May 2 Thurs 7pm

Lawn of Town Hall

National Day of Prayer

May 4 Sat 9am-3pm

The Ashland Library Plaza

4th Annual Chalk Walk

May 4 Sat 11am

In front of the Iron Horse Restaurant

D.B. Cox Building 100th Year Dedication


May 4 Sat 11am

Visitor's Center

Free Downtown Walking Tour


May 5 Sun 2pm Thomas Branch Atrium & 3pm 

Blackwell Auditorium Call 788-1212 for Tickets

Richmond Symphony Orchestra:  Metro Collection Beethoven's Pastorale

May 7 Tues 7pm

R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

Lecture:  "Economic Challenges for Millenials" presented by journalist Steve Moore who is the senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal

May 10 Fri 6pm

Ashland Library

Teen Movie & Pizza Night 


May 11 Sat  ALL DAY

Train Station & Visitor's Center

National Train Day Celebration


May 11 Sat 11am

Visitor's Center

Free Downtown Walking Tour


May 11 Sat 3-6pm

Gallery Flux

Virginia Art Chat:  Pam & Bill Royal


May 11 Sat 12 & 2pm May 12 Sun 2pm

Ashland Firehouse Theater

Cinderella - Play by Louise Keeton at the Firehouse Theater


May 12 Sun 5pm

Ashland Library Parking Lot

Clunker Cruise


May 13 Mon 6:30pm

Ashland Library - Call 798-4072 to Sign Up

Computer Basics Course 


May 15  Wed 6pm

Ashland Library

Children's Book Week Family Storytime


May 16 Thurs 5-8pm

Companion Extraordinaire

10 year Gala Celebration


May 18 Sat 11am

Visitor's Center

Free Downtown Walking Tour


May 18 Sat 5pm

Ashland Museum

Woodland Cemetary Walking Tour


May 18 Sat 6-11pm

Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party:  Music by Ron Moody & The Centaurs with Steve Bassett


May 18 Sat 12pm-12am

Gandy Elementary School

Relay for Life 


May 23 Thurs 4-8pm


Spirit Night for Gandy & Henry Clay Schools


May 25 Sat 11am

Visitor's Center

Free Downtown Walking Tour


May 25 Sat 

Carter Park Pool

Town Pool Opens


June 6 Thurs 5-9pm

Various Downtown Shops: Gallery Flux, Thrill of the Hunt, re*funk*it

1st Thursdays - Downtown Arts Walking Tour


June 8 Sat 9-5pm

R-MC Campus

Strawberry Faire


June 13 Thurs 6pm

Gallery Flux

MAP/Main Street Social 


June 15 Sat 6-11pm

Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party - Music by Sons of Zebedee



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


Wine Tastings:  every Friday at  Caboose Wine & Cheese


Click on the links for each event for more information.  We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Ashland!  Have an event to share?  email mainstreetashland@gmail.org.  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well. 

Did You Know?
Pepicelli's donates 20% of their earnings from 4-8pm on the third Thursday of every month to Henry Clay and Gandy Elementary.  They also sell gluten free pizza!

Ashland’s very own Craig Keeton had a very visible role in the movie “Lincoln” as a member of the Legislature. More importantly, he is the father of this month’s featured artist, Louise Keeton. Guess the apple does not fall far from the tree!

Two buildings in downtown Ashland have a historic marker.  Cross Bros. celebrates its 101st birthday AND  the D.B. Cox Building turns 100 years old in May 2013!  

The new issue of the  Herald-Progress Inside Hanover magazine! The Arts & Culture section is awesome!  Thank you Lee Francis!  

Join Us!  CHALK WALK - Saturday - May 4th
9am-3pm at the Library Plaza    

Many of our Chalk Walk artists return year after year!  This will be our 4th Chalk Walk and we hope you will join in the fun!  Click HERE to see more great art.  Registration Deadline extended til May 2nd!  Invite your friends! We provide the chalk - you provide the Art!   All proceeds go to support the Ashland Arts & Culture District.   Registration Deadline extended til May 2nd!  Click here to register for a 3'X3' block $5  or 6'X6' block $10!     Questions?  Contact Nancy Cozart  ashlandchalkwalk@yahoo.com  or call  804.242.1125 
Ashland Main Street Association
Supports Local High School Artists!

New this year is the $100 50/50 Chalk Walk sponsorship option where a designated artist will receive $50 for their design and $50 will support the Arts & Culture District.  The following talented Hanover County students were sponsored and their chalk designs will be on display this Saturday 5/4 by late afternoon in the library plaza.

From Left to Right:  Bethany Allen is a Senior at Hanover High School and will be attending VCUarts in the fall.  She plans to major in Sculpture & Extended Media.  She likes to work BIG installations and sculptures. Carson McNamara is also a Senior at Hanover High School and will be attending VCUarts this fall.  She plans on double majoring in Graphic Arts and English and her favorite medium is paint.  Charlotte Torrence is a Junior at Patrick Henry High School and her favorite medium is clay.  Not pictured  Betsy Taylor, an artist in our community is being sponsored by WulfTeam Productions.  Ashland Main Street applauds our artistic communty!  We can't wait to see our 'Chalk Walk' gallery!  
D.B. Cox Building Joins Cross Bros.
in Receiving Historic Marker

The Ashland Main Street Association and the Ashland Museum invite you to celebrate the importance of the D.B. Cox Department Store and the family that made it all possible.  All are welcome to join us in front of the Iron Horse Restaurant at 11am on May 4th as we hear from the Cox family as they unveil a historic marker that honors the 100th anniversary of this building.   Cake will be served!     Click HERE to learn about the history of this Ashland icon! 

Main Street 'notices' the new town parking lot!
We are so grateful to our town for creating the new 'green' parking lot that was used recently for the 1st Ashland Wine Festival hosted by Wine for Cures.  We love this venue and look forward to many Ashland events that utilize this space.  The Ashland Main Street Association presented the You've Been Noticed Award to the Town for this accomplishment on April 19, 2013. 
Ashland Gift Certificates are available for purchase at Town Hall beginning May 1, 2013.  Contact Alexis Thompson  at 798.1073 or email athompson@town.ashland.va.us for more information.  With this program you always have a perfect gift that supports our LOCAL businesses!  Click HERE to see a listing of participating businesses.   
Train Lovers of All Ages - Join us at the Visitor's Center
to Celebrate National Train Day on Saturday May 11th!  

Bring the family to watch trains and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Ashland Visitor's Center & Historic Train Station.  Bring your own lunch or purchase from local restaurants - Trackside, Iron Horse, Homemades by Suzanne, Ashland Coffee & Tea are all within site of our Visitor's Center. Cross Bros. Grocery has lots of great take out items as well.  Amtrak goodies will be given out while they last!  Check out the fun bumper sticker that was designed by Pam Crisp - our Visitor Center coordinator!  We hope you will go home with one for your car!   For more information call 798-1479.  All are welcome!    
Make plans to stroll in downtown Ashland on the first Thursday of every month.   Businesses will keep their doors open til 8pm on these nights to welcome patrons and offer goodies to enjoy.  All Businesses Are Welcome to participate in 'First Thursdays'! Email Hugh Joyce at haj@jamesriverac.com if your business would like to join in the fun and perhaps let a musician or artist share their talent while you greet your patrons.  Ashland Main Street will spread the word via GET CENTERED & on our website and Facebook posts!

Look Who Is OPEN LATE on First Thursday,
May 2nd:
Visit re*funk*it!  - 120 Hanover Ave.  Let your garbage take flight at re*funk*it! Bring your plastic recyclables bottles, caps, plastic bags, take out containers, rags..... and such to the store at this First Thursdays May 2nd (...and beyond) and help feather your favorite bird of our growing flock. "Put a bird on it Ashlandia".....or not!  
Visit Gallery Flux  - 307B England St.   Enjoy the closing reception for the show Meandering from 6-8pm 

*Next issue of GET CENTERED will list participating Downtown Businesses for June 6th!  Look for updates on Facebook and on our website too! 
Businesses Offer Unique Classes
Thrill of the Hunt (315 England St.) offers Chalk Paint® Workshops that are designed to teach anyone how to begin painting their furniture or other projects.   The workshops are an “Intro to Chalk Painting” and are 3 hours long for the cost of $95.  Classes offered 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23.  The store's classroom studio is available for special events.  For more information call 804.368.0184.
Chifferobe Antiques (106 S. Railroad Ave.) is not your average antique & gift shop.  Store owner Carol Hofer is offering Mahjong classes in her beautiful store.  Contact Carol at 496-6318 for more information.  Stay tuned for updates on other special events in this wonderful store. 
May 1st is MOVE IN DAY for the Herald-Progress!  

Many Ashlanders think that Jay Pace would be very happy that the H-P is returning to this historic downtown location!  This photo of Jay, former editor of the Herald-Progress, was provided by Ashley Neville who has an office in this building.  Stay tuned for a celebration date to honor our favorite downtown newspaper!  
Stepping Stones Chiropractic has moved into Ashland Town Center!  Their new address is 403 England St. (804) 798-7575.  Click here to visit their website.  

All Are Welcome!  
Companion Extraordinaire Celebrates 10 Years!

For ten years Dawn Beninghove's  has provided widows/widowers, seniors & young adults with the best possible home health care service.  Join them on Thursday, May 16th 5-8pm for their Gala Celebration.    
2 Summer Camps for Kids in Downtown Ashland!  Is your child interested in History OR Theater?  Check out these two opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp:  3 Weeks from July 8-25 Mondays – Thursdays (12:00 – 2:30pm)  Campers will be given the opportunity to do an ensemble number in “Fiddler on the Roof”.  No auditions required!  Camp is for Elementary school students (rising 1st – rising 5th grades).  Visit www.hanoverarts.org  or call 798-2728 for more information.  

Ashland Museum History Camp:   August 12-16 for rising 5th and 6th graders.  Among the other activities planned are a telegraph and Morse code demonstration and trips to the North Anna Battlefield Park and to the Smithsonian Museum. The cost is $150 per child, and $125 for members with an Ashland Museum Family Membership or higher.  Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org to register for these events.
Congratulations to Gil Miles and the entire Wine for Cures team for hosting our first Ashland Wine Festival!   We appreciate all you do for downtown Ashland!  
Arts & Culture
Featured Artist:  

Louise Keeton
Louise’s love of children's theatre began with an album filled with production photos - of her father, Craig, as the Mad Hatter, her mother, Barbara, as Cinderella, along with countless other show photos.  It became a little dream of Louise's to one day be in that album. 

Skip ahead a few years, to when Louise moved to Ashland as a seventh grader. It was an Ashland Musical Variety Show year, so of course, she signed up! There she met Lorie Foley, Sue Watson, and many more new friends. Not only did she find a home in Ashland, she found a home on stage. 

During her junior year at Patrick Henry High School, Louise was asked to play a part at St. Ann's Vacation Bible School. In one sketch, her character asked one of the students for a hug. The little girl gave her a hug and the scene was supposed to continue – but a little boy in the back of the audience decided he wanted a hug, too. He ran up on stage and hugged her around the knees. Then all the children in the audience crowded on stage to get hugs. It was in that moment Louise realized that children's theatre has a profound effect on its audience. If she wanted to have an effect on the world, she would focus on children. 

Louise went to Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester as a Theatre for Youth major. Her professor, Dr. Wade Fransen, asked her write a play for the university’s touring children's theatre company. She wrote the show, acted in the show, toured the show, and loved the experience of creating a work of theatre from start to finish. 

After she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Louise had her first professional job as a writer and actress in New Hampshire, at Papermill Touring Children's Theatre.  She is currently touring with Theatre IV in Richmond.  For more about her professional activities, visit:  www.LouiseKeeton.weebly.com

While acting and touring is challenging and fun, Louise's ultimate goal is to write, produce, and perform her own works of children's theatre right here in Ashland. That dream begins May 11-12 at The Ashland Firehouse Theatre, where she is producing and starring in her new play, Cinderella: The Fairy Godmother's Tale, with her friends and family. For more information, or to reserve tickets, e-mail whistlestoptheatre@gmail.com.
~Louise Keeton
"good, classic sparkle"
LIVE THEATER at the Ashland Firehouse Theater!

Rehearsals are underway for Cinderella:  The Fairy Godmother's Tale.  This play was written by our featured artist/actress Louise Keeton and is directed by Lorie Foley.   This play will be a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend.  Performances are SaturdayMay 11th 12pm & 2pm  and Sunday, May 12th 2pm.  Visit www.ashlandfirehousetheater.org for more information.  

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof will be held on Sun, May 5th (3-5pm)  & Wed, May 8th (6-8pm).  Middle and High School students (rising 6th - rising 12th graders) can audition.  Come prepared to sing a song acappella & to read from a script.  Rehearsals run Jul 8-Aug 8 Mon-Thurs from 3-5pm.  Performance will be Aug 9,10 & 11, 2013.  Visit www.hanoverarts.org for more information or call 798-2728.

Back by popular demand ...The Ashland Museum is offering a walking tour on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 5:00pm of Ashland’s historic Woodland Cemetery. Woodland was founded in 1862 as a burial site for Confederate dead.  Find out about others resting in Woodland including some of Ashland’s founding fathers and Randolph-Macon College founders and presidents.

What is happening at our Downtown Art Galleries?  
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)
May 2nd 6-8pm First Thursdays & Closing Reception Meanderings:  paintings by Leonette Adler, Kathleen Walsh, Carol Anna Meese and Cri Kars-Marshall

May 9th 5:30-8pm  Opening Reception An Exhibition in Black and White
 Natasha Karpinskaia and Helene Roberts; Painting, Collage & Figurative Sculpture.  Show runs until June 29th

May 11 3-6pm Virginia Art Chat  featuring Pam and Bill Royal who will speak about their collection of contemporary art. 

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

May 1-31 Arthur Hash & Susannah Starr will exhibit works metalsmithing and sculpture. 

May 1-3 R-MC McGraw-Page Library has a display of "Best of Study Abroad Photographs" 

*We have wonderful galleries outside of Downtown Ashland as well.  Visit http://www.town.ashland.va.us/  for more information.

Visit our fun artsy shops and dine in our fabulous restaurants.  Click here for a complete listing of our Cultural Arts District.  
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave.) is a popular venue for live music AND they also  display artwork in their listening room.  Many art pieces are available for purchase.  Call 798-1702 for more information. 
Visit Ashland's Arts & Culture District
Randolph-Macon College

Downtown Ashland benefits from 
Macon A Difference Day

Many thanks to the students of Randolph-Macon College who assisted with many projects in our cultural arts district.  On Saturday, April 27th R-MC students along with R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren and Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard planted trees in front of Blackwell Auditorium.    In addition, eleven R-MC students assisted the Ashland Garden Club with mulching and gardening at the Visitor's Center which is an Adopt-A-Spot initiative of Main Street.  

Click here to see what other wonderful things R-MC students accomplished!  

We love that our college includes our community!  Take advantage of the following R-MC Lectures & Cultural Arts Events that are open to the public:  

May 1-3 Wed-Fri  R-MC McGraw-Page Library
Photography Exhibit: Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photos 

May 1-4 Wed-Sat 8pm Cobb Theater Call 752-7316 for Tickets
Comedy:  Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer 

May 5 Sun 2pm Thomas Branch Atrium Free 3pm Blackwell Auditorium Call 788-1212 for Tickets
Richmond Symphony Orchestra:  Metro Collection Beethoven's Pastorale

May 7 Tues 7pm Blackwell Auditorium 
Lecture:  â€œEconomic Challenges for Millennials”  presented by Journalist Steve Moore who is the senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal and is also a member of its editorial board. 

June 8 Sat 9-5pm Streets surrounding the R-MC Campus
Strawberry Faire-  great music, food, art & much more!  

Message from Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Executive Director

Tom’s Top Ten List

So many great things happening in Ashland… I couldn’t decide which one to write about for this edition of Get Centered.  So, with a nod to Letterman, from the home office in Ashland, Virginia, here’s Tom’s Top Ten List of what’s going on in the Center of the Universe.
Number 10:  Get Centered!   Please forward to friends, family, and colleagues and have them subscribe.  Send your news - We are glad to promote Downtown Ashland!  
Number 9:  The Hanover Herald Progress is moving back into the Hanover Herald-Progress building!  We’ll celebrate properly in mid-May.  Stay tuned.  
Number 8:  The new Municipal Parking Lot:  Yes, you’ve been noticed!
Number 7:  The Ashland Musical Variety Show DVD.  Coming soon.  It’s one of the best shows ever – wait ‘til you see the Synchronized Swimmers (if you haven’t already).  A portion of the proceeds will help “Raise the Roof” for our most historic downtown building, the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.
Number 6:  Ashland Street Parties are back!  MAY 18TH – RON MOODY AND THE CENTAURS WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE BASSETT  http://ashlandstreetparties.com
Number 5:  New Way-finding Signage for Ashland!  Hopefully, the Town’s new signs will give I-95 travelers a reason to cross Route 1 and visit our terrific Arts & Culture district.
Number 4:  Streetscaping on Railroad Ave!  We should see a draft of the plans from the AMT Design group in the very near future.  Look for another Main Street Roundtable announcement in the very near future as well.
Number 3:  The dedication of the new Historic Marker on the D.B. Cox Department Store building!  Be there Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m.  It’s a joint project of the Ashland Museum, the Ashland Main Street Association, and the Cox Family.  A big shout-out to owner Art McKinney for making it all possible.
Number 2:  The Ashland Main Street Association’s 4th Annual Chalk Walk!  There’s still time to sponsor an artist and get your name associated with this wonderful event.  Click on this link to reserve your concrete canvas and/or become a sponsor:  http://mainstreetashland.org
And the number one thing I’m excited about is… the real possibility that Ashland will finally earn a Virginia Main Street Designation!  We should hear something about the status of our application within the next few weeks.  I’m thinking positive.  I’m also thinking about the tourism dollars that the designation can bring.  Here’s a great article by Richmond Region Tourism president and CEO Jack Berry in Sunday’s RT-D.  http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/berry-we-are-all-tourism/article_2c323152-30bc-5831-8b86-55c35fe243a9.html

Think: “America’s Best Railroad Town!”

Tom Wulf
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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.  GET CENTERED is our monthly newsletter that highlights events in the Center of the Universe.  

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