What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Mar/Apr '17
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Our 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!   
Did you know?

Many thanks to Roscoe Walker of Hickory Creek Antiques and all who purchased Ashland Theater Seats last weekend.  Renovations are underway! Stay tuned for updates- visit  www.AshlandTheaterVA.org

Ashland Theater Seats are still available and must be cleared out ASAP!   Call Kay Landry at 804.690.3511 to purchase and make arrangements to purchase and pick up your seats.  $100 for a row and transportation assistance is available. Note:  Rows can be modified to fit any size room!  

***Help is greatly appreciated to help remove our Ashland Theater seats and theater equipment.  email cotutheater@gmail.com if you have time on Monday evening 3/6/2017 to help out!  Bring your power tools!  

Trackside Grill
hosted the third Supper Club on Feb 28th.  We appreciate this fine business & thank you to all the patrons who came out to enjoy great dining and supporting our downtown! 
Sean Kennedy is performing at the Iron Horse Restaurant on Friday, March 17th - the official St. Patrick's Day! The Henry Clay Inn is offering fun options on St. Patrick's Weekend! Breakfast Brunch 8 am - 2 pm AND Everyone wearing green on March 18th and 19th, 
will receive a "Shamrock Shake" complimentary with the price of your meal! Call 804.798.3100 to reserve your table!
Upcoming Events

Mar 2 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street  *** Music at the Iron Horse following the show!

Mar 4  Sat 7:30pm “Wind, Water, and the Moon” Piano Recital 
R-MC St. Ann’s Performing Arts Building  (216 England St)

Mar 7 Tues 7pm Public Meeting regarding WaWa 
Town Hall

Mar 8  Wed 6pm “Socializing Spouse in Gavon: The Women of the Petroleum Wives Club” Women’s Studies Lecture Series Event
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room (304 Henry St)

Mar 8  Wed 2-4pm (Doors Open at 1:30pm)  “At Home In Ashland”  – Discussion Group
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)
 jrshalf@gmail.com or Call 804-399-1844 to register

Mar 9  Thurs 6:30-7:30pm  QR Code Scavenger Hunt (Ages 11-18)  
Bring your smartphone or tablet to our fun QR code scavenger hunt in the library.  Part of Teen Tech Week.
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Mar 10 Fri 9-10am  Coffee with a Cop at Ashland Food Mart 

All are welcome! Opportunity to share concerns, build relationships & drink coffee too!  
Contact Chip Watts (804) 412-0615 or cwatts@ashlandpolice.us.

Mar 11  Sat 9:30-11:30am Hanover Master Gardeners  
The Hanover Master Gardeners will share tips and tricks on a variety of gardening topics. See www.hanovermastergardeners.org for more information
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Mar 12  Sun ALL DAY International Students Scavenger Hunt in the COTU
20-30 Students and the Host Families will be touring the COTU and participating in a Scavenger Hunt

Mar 16  Thurs 6pm “First Class Citizenship: African American Women and the Struggle Against Segregation in Virginia” Women’s Studies Lecture Series Event
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room (304 Henry St)

Mar 23  Thurs 6pm “The Science of Transgender” Women’s Studies Lecture Series Event
Randolph-Macon College Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater (304 Henry St)

Mar 25 Sat 10th Annual Tiger Trot 

Henry Clay Elementary School
Facebook:  10th Annual Tiger Trot

Mar 27-31  R-MC Spring Break
Randolph-Macon College

Mar 28 Tues 6:30pm Information Session on New Solar Co-Op VA-SUN Learn how to save using Solar! 
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Mar 30 Thurs, Mar 31 Fri 7:30pm  Ashland Musical Variety Show
Blackwell Auditorium

April 2017

Apr 1 Sun 7:30pm Ashland Musical Variety Show
Blackwell Auditorium

Apr 1  Sat 9:30-11:30am Hanover Master Gardeners  
The Hanover Master Gardeners will share tips and tricks on a variety of gardening topics. See www.hanovermastergardeners.org for more information
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)

Apr 6 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street

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  R-MC Accepted Students Day
Randolph-Macon College

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

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



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.


Happy 4th Anniversary, GET CENTERED!

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since Ashland Main Street published our first Get Centered newsletter!  Many thanks to the following news sources who routinely provide events and happenings that make Ashland a great place to live, shop, dine & experience: 
  • Randolph-Macon College: Anne Marie Lauranzon 
  • Ashland Library: Cathy Bach 
  • Hanover Arts & Activities Center: Sara Holloway, Lorie Foley, Sue Forbes Watson 
  • Black Heritage Society: Alphine Jefferson 
  • Ashland Museum: Betsy Hodges 
  • Town of Ashland: Pam Novak, Garet Prior, Kathy Abbott 
  • Ashland Police Department: Doug Goodman,  Chip Watts
  • ACES Wish List: Bonnie Hoskin 
  • Ashland Street Parties: Marnie Triscari 
  • Ashland Theater Foundation:  Clark Mercer
  • Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale: Rebecca Severin 
  • Market Ashland Partnership: Jean Pollard, April Pruitt
  • Ashland Kiwanis Club:  Ed Hutchinson
  • Ashland Garden Clubs & Adopt-A-Spot:  Ann Martin
  • Businesses that share their fun events!  
We are proud to recognize our list of Ashland Main Street Sponsors in this edition  and will continue to recognize them in future issues of Get Centered and all of our events and in future publications and on our website www.mainstreetashland.org. Ashland traditions such as Train Day, Chalk Walk, Light Up The Tracks and more cannot be accomplished without our Sponsors generous support!    Thanks for sharing your news with Ashland Main Street Association at mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  
BIG NEWS: Ashland Easter Bunny & HUNT at R-MC

Ashland Main Street Association

Randolph-Macon College Partner To Celebrate Easter! 

The Ashland Easter Bunny has partnered with Buzz, the RMC Yellow Jacket mascot, to have a community wide Easter Egg Hunt and FREE Photo Shoot.  More details will be posted in a Special Edition of GET CENTERED.  Be sure to make Friends with the Ashland Easter Bunny on Facebook and watch for more details!   Registration will be required to make sure we have plenty of eggs!  We are so grateful to Randolph-Macon College for all they do for our community!  
Thank You Center of the Center! Mark Your Calendar:

Ashland Musical Variety Show
March 30,31 & April 1st 7:30pm

Tickets on Sale at Cross Bros. Grocery Call 798-2881
For more information visit www.HanoverArts.org

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
First Thursday Fun: Gallery Flux + The Iron Horse
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) First Thursday Opening Reception Mar 2nd  5:30-8pm  Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs through March 31st

 After the show - go to the Iron Horse (100 S. Railroad Ave) for fun entertainment with Felix & Friends!  

(Photo Above:  Street Scape on West Side.  
Note:  Look for the East side Street Scape near Trackside Grill to begin soon!)


Have you noticed the new gardens and plantings that have been developed in downtown Ashland?  Through the efforts of several civic organizations who have partnered with the Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA) and the Town of Ashland, these garden spots are enhancing the aesthetic beauty of our town and making Ashland a more pleasant place for citizens and visitors.
The Ashland Garden Club continues to develop and maintain the area around the Visitor’s Center/Train Station.  The Ashland Rotary Club and friends adopted the “rain garden” in front of 201 Center St.  The youth of the Circles Program partnered with Colesville Nursery to plant the small triangle close to Ashland Coffee & Tea.  Lastly, the box near the Ashland Theatre has been adopted by “CJ Thumbs Up”.  We hope you have noticed these areas and appreciate the efforts of the various groups.
But so much more could be accomplished with your help.  By joining the Adopt-a-Spot program, civic associations, businesses, clubs and individuals agree to “adopt” a public space.  Working together with the town and AMSA, you choose your spot, plan the project (in coordination with the Design Committee of AMSA), purchase and install all materials and maintain the area for a minimum of two years.  A sign, publicly acknowledging who adopted the spot, will be placed on site.  Just think how much more beautiful and inviting Ashland will be with the help of you and others who are willing to lend a hand and Adopt a-Spot.
 Already planted public spaces may also be adopted, as the Town would be most grateful for your help in maintaining these existing areas.  Pulling weeds, dead heading spent blooms,, and possibly adding additional plant material would help town staff and keep downtown beautiful while demonstrating your love for the town.
Spring into Action! To participate or learn more about the program, a brochure/application is available at Town Hall or call Ann Martin at 752-6477 for further details. 
Sign Up for Theater Fun & SUMMER CAMPS!

Do you know the difference between string and yarn? Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit or sew, but didn’t know where to start?  Want to create art that is wearable and versatile?  Experience fiber crafts that are rich in history yet practical and portable.  Learn how to spin your own yarn, dye it in a variety of colors, read a pattern, knit and sew.  Supplies are included, and campers can bring projects home at the end of the summer camp.
Theater, History and Art - The Center is the place to go for Camp!  Sign Up TODAY!

Featured Artists & Organization: Untold Stories Committee & Community Choir

Thank You for Sharing Your Stories! 

Duncan Memorial Church hosted the 4th Annual Untold Stories: Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover Black and White Experiences on February 26, 2017.  People from all over Hanover came together and enjoyed stories and entertainment by the Ashland Gospel Community Choir.  Many thanks to Sue Forbes Watson and all that helped to organize this amazing event.  The event is sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, The Hanover County Black Heritage Society, the Ashland Museum, and the Ashland Main Street Association.


The Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for March 17':

Men's work shoes and boots - all sizes
Men's athletic shoes - all sizes
Men's undershirts - plus sizes
Men's pants - sizes 28 - 34
Women's new underwear - all sizes
Women's bras - all sizes
Women's socks 
Women's athletic shoes - all sizes
Girl's shirts and pants - sizes 8 and larger
Boy's shirts and pants - sizes 8 and larger
Diapers - sizes 2, 5 and 6
Non-perishable food (specifically spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned meat, boxed potatoes and oatmeal)
Toiletry items (soap, shampoo, shaving crème, toothpaste, toothbrushes and razors)
Vinyl or cloth grocery totes
Small kitchen appliances - crock pots, toaster ovens, electric skillets, etc.
Gently used pots and pans - skillets and sauce pans
Tableware (forks, spoons, knifes, plates, glasses, bowls)
Can openers (manual)

ACES Senior Rides program is growing! We need drivers! If you’re interested in giving a few hours monthly to this very worthwhile program, please contact us at youraces@verizon.net or 804-543-6115. The Montpelier, Beaverdam, Rockville areas need drivers as well. ACES will be coordinating drivers and riders for the western Hanover for now.

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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All About Main Street  & '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.  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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