What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Mar/Apr '15
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Mar-Apr 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
The Tinder Guest House

Featured Artist:
Fred Horn, Music Director for the Ashland Musical Variety Show

Upcoming Events

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Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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The Ashland Theater is proud to support our local businesses.  We offer COTU (beer) & Caboose Wine & Cheese (wine) & Pepicelli's (pizza)!  

8th Annual Tiger Trot will benefit Henry Clay and John M. Gandy Elementary Schools' PTA. The 5K course is flat and will wind you through beautiful Historic Ashland and next to the train tracks that travel through the “Center of the Universe”.  Join the fun on Saturday, March 14 at 8am (310 South James Street). Note the date change due to bad weather! 
Save the date - May 2, 2015 for the 6th Annual Chalk Walk.  We provide the chalk - you provide the Art!  Adults, kids - ALL are welcome to join in the fun!   Stay tuned for more details in the next issue of GET CENTERED!  
Did you know?
Ashland Main Street Association will be recognized for their hours of volunteerism at the  Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award on March 19, 2015.  

Pepicelli's Pizza generously loaned the Ashland Theater their warming oven to use for movie nights.  We are happy to offer their pizza to our patrons!  Have dinner and a movie at the theater!  

The Ashland Museum offers private tours to groups.  Recently Greg Glassner organized his vintage auto-club to visit the COTU.  The cool cars in the town parking lot were fantastic!  

Upcoming Events

***Due to bad weather First Thursday's Opening Reception at Gallery Flux has been rescheduled for Thurs. Mar 12th.  The Tiger Trot was rescheduled for Mar 14th.

Mar 7 Sat 7pm
Ashland Theater
WOODSTOCK - Indoor Street Party

Mar 10 Tues 6pm
R-MC Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room
Lecture:  Was Cleopatra Hot?

Mar 11 Wed 7:30pm
R-MC Brock Center Aerobics Room
Dance:  Latin Ballet of Virginia

Mar 12 Thurs  5:30pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Opening Show Ashland First Thursday

Mar 13 Fri 5:30pm
Ashland Library
CD Art 4 Teens (Ages 11-16)

Mar 14 Sat 8am
Henry Clay Elementary School
8th Annual Tiger Trot

Mar 14 Sat 7pm 
Ashland Theater
Secretariat and Wine&Cheese and Book signing benefit for Thoroughbred Retirement Fund

Mar 15 Sun 4:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Film Club Movie & Discussion: "The Sting"

Mar 18 Wed 7pm
Ashland Library
Spring Garden Seed Giveaway

Mar 19, 20, 21  
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Ashland Musical Variety Show

Mar 21-22 Sat Noon - Sun Noon
Ashland Coffee & Tea
Phloc Madness

Mar 22 Sun 4:30pm 
Ashland Theater
Ashland Film Club Movie & Discussion: "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Mar 23 Sun 6pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Play:Anne of Green Gables performed by the Barter Players

Mar 27 Fri 5pm 
Ashland Theater
Restoration Church Music Concert

Mar 28 Sat 3pm 
Ashland Theater
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Mar 28 Sat 7:30pm 
Ashland Theater
Bird Man

Mar 29 Sun 3pm 
Ashland Theater
Wizard of Oz

Apr 2 Thurs  5:30pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Opening Show & Demo Ashland First Thursday

Apr 3 Fri 5pm 
Ashland Theater
Hop and the Easter Bunny benefit fro Cub Scout Pack 505

Apr 9 Thurs 10am
Ashland Library
Buzzing with the Bees

Apr 10 Fri 5:30pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

Apr 11 & 12 Sat-Sun  2pm & 4pm 
Ashland Theater
Snow White and the Super Dwarves

Apr 18 Sat 8am
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Race the Rail 

Apr 18 Sat 11am-2pm
Ashland Library
Celebrate the Library! Day

Apr 18 Sat 7:30pm 
Ashland Theater
Animal House - benefit for B.A.R.K

Apr 19 Sun 3pm 
Ashland Theater
Girls Rising - benefit for Hanover Safe Place

Apr 25 Sat ALL DAY 
Hanover County 
Macon A Difference Day

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland:

Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm

Ashland Library is open Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Story 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 & Tea (Song-Writer Showdown on Tuesday nights), Iron HorseFarmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Craft Beer: Center of the Universe Brewery & Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

Have an event to share, need help promoting this?  mainstreetashland@gmail.com.

Check the Town Calendar for updates!  

Have an event to share? emailmainstreetashland@gmail.com. We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.

COTU Date Night!
RVA Family Magazine 'tweeted' that the Ashland Theater and Jake's Place as a  'date night'.  Thanks for sharing your itinerary! Our Main Street intern 'instagrammed' that Jake's Place offers student discounts for their yummy food!  

Let us know your favorite restaurant/foodie experience! 'Tweet' - 'Instagram' or send your recommendations to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.
Ashland Library & Friends of the Library are Energized for Spring! 

Check out all the fun activities our library has for Mar-Apr 2015! Click HERE

Registration is now open for the 37th Ashland Railroad Run
BE GREEN! Register online at https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=32087

Register by April 10, 2015 to be guaranteed a shirt.  Online registration closes Thursday at midnight on April 16, 2015

Race Day Saturday, April 18 2015

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5k Race & Fun Walk
  • 8:15 a.m. – Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10k Race
Make History at the Ashland Theater!  

Join Us for the FIRST EVER Indoor Street Party featuring WOODSTOCK (The Documentary)
Saturday - March 7th @ 7pm.  
***Tickets available at Cross Bros. Grocery, Caboose Wine & Cheese & on-line
Dress:  "Woodstock" apparel encouraged.  Go to Jezebel's (107B Robinson St) or The Giving Tree Depot (113 S. Railroad Ave.) located in downtown Ashland for suggestions!  We love these downtown gift & clothing shops...all are located within walking distance to the theater! 
Theater Update &
Happy 2nd Anniversary, GET CENTERED!

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we published our first Get Centered newsletter! It is a pleasure to recognize all that our community offers to make Ashland a great place to live, shop, dine & explore!   So much has happened this year to include the Ashland Theater grand re-opening & our new "Spotlight" news.   Woodstock (March 7th) will be our 20th event at the theater since opening in November and we have many more events scheduled. Here's some highlights from recent events & what's ahead:

Bond Night &  'Dirty Dancing' were a blast. The Ashland Theater partnered with local businesses Pepicelli's for pizza and appetizers and COTU Brewery and Caboose Wine & Cheese for 'golden' beverages!  

Edward Jones
and Tiny Tim's Toys teamed together to sponsor a free 'Thomas the Tank' movie day on Feb. 28th. Our own Main Street Train Day bears joined in the fun and entertained a packed house & lots of new faces!

Changing Reins and Coventry Farm are sponsoring a Wine & Cheese reception & book signing before showing the movie"Secretariat" on March 14th.  Proceeds will benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

On March 12th R-MC Delta Zeta will be hosting their annual Big Man on Campus competition to raise money for their national philanthropies. All proceeds benefit Starkey Hearing Foundation and The Painted Turtle Camp

Ashland Film Club is offering free entry for students who are assigned to critique their films. Teachers get in free too! The film club is also sponsoring an essay contest to win a $50 dollar Barnes & Noble gift card.  All Hanover County students are invited to participate. Click HERE for more details.  

Restoration Church will be sponsoring a FREE concert featuring 3 music groups on Friday, March 27th at 7pm. All are welcome to attend!  

Capital One is sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 505 who will be showing  'Hop' on Friday, Apr 3rd for their fundraiser. The Easter Bunny will be there too- more details to come! 

The Whistle Stop Theatre Company will perform 'Snow White and the Super Dwarves' on April 11th & 12th at 2 & 4pm each day. This will be our first live theater performance. Local artist Louise Keeton has written this play!

Visit www.AshlandTheaterVA.org for more theater updates! If you are interested in renting the theater - please email cotutheater@gmail.com.  We are proud to serve the Center of the Universe!

Many thanks to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, Ashland Museum, Ashland Library,  R-MC and the Town for providing great news for GET CENTERED!  Please forward this edition to your friends and colleagues and encourage them to subscribe. We love to promote your events. Send your news to mainstreetashland@gmail.com. Thanks again to all of Main Street’s constituents and supporters. We are doing great things together! 
Town News

(Above:  LOVE Art is a favorite photo spot in the Center of the Univserse)

Virginia Tourism recently recognized Ashland as one of 22 great small towns to visit in their tourism guide.  A big thanks goes to Pam Crisp at the Visitor's Center and her wonderful volunteers that made this happen! Click HERE to read the blog that features SOME  fun things to do in Ashland.  There is so much more!  Ashland Main Street Association will feature Ashland favorite 'itineraries' in our next issue of GET CENTERED.  Share your ideas with us - send to MainStreetAshland@gmail.com.  

Ashland Theater Committee
Appreciates R-MC Volunteers

Students & Faculty at Randolph-Macon give back to our community through volunteer work & training.  (Pictured below:  Delta Zeta helped cater for 'Bond Night' at the Ashland Theater).  


R-MC Donates Computer and
Database to the Ashland Museum 

Dr. John McManus, RMC Computer Science professor, teaches Rosanne Shalf, president of the Ashland Museum on how to use the new Access Membership database developed by his student Caroline Young.  In addition, Dr. McManus donated his Apple computer system to be used for scanning historical documents.

(Photo:  Left: Rosie Shalf, President of the Ashland Museum and Right: Dr. John McManus R-MC) 


Macon a Difference Day - Sat April 25th 

R-MC students will be doing service projects for the entire community on April 25th.  Stay tuned for details in our next issue of GET CENTERED.  
R-MC EVENTS Open to the Public

Check out these wonderful FREE events sponsored by Randolph-Macon College that are open to the public in Mar 15':

Lecture:  Was Cleopatra Hot?  History Talk by R-MC Women's Studies
Tues. March 10, 2015 at 6pm Brock Commons (Dollar Tree Community Room)   

Dance:  Latin Ballet of Virginia
Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:30pm Brock Center Aerobics Room (400 N. Center St.)  Free performance!  

Art Exhibit:  Works by Don Crow: New Work 
Flippo Gallery,Pace-Armistead Hall (211 N. Center Street)  Show runs until March 20th.  

Click HERE to see R-MC Events that are open to the public. Visit Randolph-Macon College  website for the schedule of sporting events & visit their bookstore too!   Many thanks to R-MC for giving so much to our community!  
Ashland Musicial Variety Show 
March 19, 20 & 21
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium

Get your tickets TODAY!   Ticket are available at Cross Bros. or call 798-2881 to reserve your seats. This is a MUST SEE EVENT!    All proceeds benefit the beautiful Hanover Arts & Activities Center.  Visit  www.hanoverarts.org for more information.
Featured Business: The Tinder Guest House
(Photo Above:  Foosball Fun in the Tinder Guest House game room over looking the tracks at 106 S. Railroad Ave. )
What’s new on the Tracks?  On the second floor of the Hughes’ drug store building, Sharon McKenna recently opened “The Tinder Guest House”.  Named for the “Tinder box”  which carried the coal to fuel the large steam engines, the Guest House is just what the conductor ordered.  It is filled with antiques and southern charm.  Aside from its furnishings, it is also unique as it is leased as one unit.  It’s a perfect place for friends and family to gather and relax.  The Hanover Arts & Activities Center loves to suggest this venue for out of town wedding guests!  

The guest house features three large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a reading room, game room and an eating “nook”.  Each of the bedrooms is equipped with a smart t.v as well as a queen sized bed.  The game room has a foosball table and a game table which supports other entertainment.  The eating “nook” features a refrigerator with freezer compartment, a microwave, and a Keurig coffee machine.  Both the reading room and game room overlook the railroad tracks so guests are free to wave at the trains as they pass. Cable tv, Wifi and free parking are also included. 

However, the building was not always a guest house.   In 1898, J.G. Hughes constructed the building at 106 So. Railroad Avenue for his drug store.  The Hughes’ Drug Store served the community for 84 years.  The second floor of the drug store was used for offices and files.   Town Council even used the second floor for meeting space after a fire at Town Hall.  In 1993, Sharon McKenna purchased the building and restored the second floor into upscale office space while retaining the original floor plan.  For twenty years, the offices were highly sought after with some folks waiting years to occupy the offices which overlook the railroad tracks.  Unfortunately, the economic downturn caused the offices to slowly become vacant.  The owner needed a new idea, a guest house, why not?  Guests can feel like they are living in a turn of the century home, but with all the modern conveniences.  It’s a place where guest can become part of “The Center of the Universe”, even if it is only for a few days!

Click HERE to see more pictures of The Tinder House Guest House".  

Ashland Main Street applauds your efforts for welcoming more visitors in the Center of the Universe.  This unique space adds to our 'southern hospitality' rating!  

Call/email Sharon McKenna to book your reservation for this charming inn located 'on the tracks'!(804) 937-9148 | Sharon@tinderguesthouse.com
Featured Artist: Fred Horn - Music Director for the Ashland Musical Variety Show
Thank You Fred Horn!

When the Ashland Musical Variety Show comes to town as the Hanover Arts and Activities Center presents  “Ashland, Our Valentine Town” on March l9, 20, and 21, few folks in the usually sold-out audience will realize the leadership and talent that has been at work for many months behind the scenes.  One of those generous, talented, and good-spirited people who is responsible for the Ashland show is Fred Horn.  Along with Carter Flippo, Fred Horn is the Music Director responsible for enabling a cast of 400 children, teens, and adults to sing and dance together on the stage at Blackwell Auditorium on the Randolph-Macon College campus—much to the delight of three enthusiastic audiences. 

Fred’s day job is working as Minister of Music for Berea Baptist Church.  On his free nights, Fred generously gives his time and talent to teach the cast how to sing together during 30-minute rehearsals for each number.   Rehearsals take up a great deal of Fred’s free time, as they are scheduled from mid-January until opening night, March 19.   Choruses learn to sing different parts, often while managing to dance or do motions that make the singing even more entertaining.  For this show, Fred wrote a Barbershop version of the doo-wop hit, “Book of Love,” for an enthusiastic men’s chorus to sing before they launch into The Monotone’s favorite.  This same men’s chorus will be joined by some women singers who will tackle the Broadway show A Chorus Line’s hit, ”One,” while 25 adults manage to perform the original Broadway dance steps, choreographed by Karen Lynne.   Some in the number even manage a tap dance, all while Fred’s singers remember and sing the tricky lyrics of this favorite Broadway song.
Fred is especially good at working with children and teenagers, who may be shy about singing unfamiliar music in front of their friends and neighbors.  He manages to make everyone feel good about his or her roles in a particular number.  And in the process of rehearsing and improving, cast members are brought together and new friendships are made.  We call it “community building through the arts.” 

Fred works with other impressive talented musicians who play in the pit for each performance.  The “Pit Vipers,” as they are known, manage to reproduce the original back-up music for a wide-variety and styles of music.  The amazingly talented and creative Jim Jones and Ned Henson also lead these musicians.   Carter Flippo, the show’s fabulous long-time drummer and co-Music Director, worked to select and plan the entire show, before he faced a health challenge.  Carter’s experience, musical instincts, and impressive musical talent –not to mention his sense of humor—have always enabled Carter to understand, plan and lead our successful Ashland show.

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center, also known as “The Center,” surely fulfills its mission when the cast and audiences conclude each show by singing together our Ashland song written by Dougee Zeno and Marion Herget affectionately called “Ashland, Ashland.”   At the end of each show, everyone in the cast and the audience enthusiastically sings, “It’s my town, It’s your town, It’s our Valentine town.”   Thus, the title of this year’s show, “Ashland, Our Valentine town.” Ashland LOVES Fred Horn!  
Visit our Downtown Galleries - NEW Rail Side Gallery Featured!
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4) 

Opening Reception Mar 12  5:30-8pm  & First Thursday Apr 2 5:30-8pm
Marks. Forms. Layers. This exhibition will feature landscape oil paintings by Carol Anna Meese, mixed media paintings by Patte Ormsby, and mixed media and clay sculptures by David Camden

Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  Show runs until May 2nd
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Current Show:  Don Crow: New Work
Show runs until March 20, 2015.  
Ashland "Rail Side" Gallery 
Ashland has a 'rolling art show' go by at least once a day!  LocoART - call it what you want! Take a seat by the tracks and enjoy! We suggest the library, dining outside at Homemades by Suzanne,  The Iron Horse or Ashland Coffee & Tea as great "rail side" locations!   Many thanks to the iloveashlandva Instagrammer who shared this photo.  We love great train shots and will add to our Ashland Main Street photo gallery.  Send to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  
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.

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  ACES recently installed security cameras.  They have found that that donations left they are closed are either stolen or the bags are gone through. When the bags are torn open, the donations are exposed to the weather and they cannot use dirty and/or wet items.  We ask that, until we have installed a storage container, you bring your donations during our business hours. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) If you are unable to do so, please call us at 798-2784 or contact us via email: youraces@verizon.net and we will try to make arrangements to get those donations. Arrangements should be made for large items, such as furniture and appliances, as well. Yard good items should be taken to Goodwill.  Many thanks.  Here is their Wish List for March 15':

Adult's shoes - sizes 9 and up
Men's pants - sizes 32, 34, 40
Women's underwear - especially the larger sizes

Baby wipes

Beef stew, Brunswick stew, Canned meat
Pork and beans, Baked Beans
Oatmeal, Cereal
Spaghetti sauce
Peanut Butter

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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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.  

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'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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