December 2016/January 2017 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Artists & Businesses: 

ReFunkIt, Kiddie Kingdom, Ashland Library & ALL who decorated the Holiday Tree for Light Up The Tracks! 

Upcoming Events

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Louise Ricks plays Jo in the The Whistle Stop Theatre Co. performance of  'Little Women' starting Dec. 3rd at 3pm - same day as Light Up The Tracks!  There are more shows as well!  Dec 8,9 15, & 16.   Get your tickets at 
December 3-31 - Follow the Ashland Gingerbread Trail!  Enter your name at each location for a chance to win $50 to spend in downtown Ashland.  Winner will be announced Jan 1st!  Pick up your Gingerbread Trail card at the Visitor's Center! 
Premiere of Mercy Street Season 2 will take place on Sunday, Dec 11th at Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium at 3pm.  There will be a fun reception prior to the premiere at The Center (500 S. Center St).  Your guaranteed ticket to the premiere is included in the reception ticket purchase!  This is a benefit for the Ashland Museum and the Center and the Community Idea Station!  
What's Happening with the Ashland Theater? Architecture Drawings are in the works and will be finalized soon.  The Ashland Theater Foundation will be sending out a newsletter with the latest information on YOUR community theater!  Stay Tuned!  Are your interested in a Neon Room Tour?  email  
Happy Anniversary to Hickory Creek Antiques!    Go by and wish Jan and Roscoe Walker a Happy 7th 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.  
***Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Ashland for making our Old Time Holiday Parade SPECTACULAR! 


Sugar Fix Bakery (105B England St)
Dec 3rd Sat 10am-Noon

Light Up The Tracks Grand Illumination (500 S. Center St)
Dec 3rd Sat 5:30pm

Visitor's Center
Dec 4th Sun 8am

Deck the Halls - Pine Grove Farm 
Dec 4th Sun 11:30am-4pm

Jake's Place (511 Thompson St)
Saturdays in December
Farmer's Market (Behind Town Hall riding on a Fire Truck)
Dec 17 Sat 6:30-8pm 
Upcoming Events


Dec 1 Thurs 7pm Light Up The Tracks Choir Rehearsal
Hanover Arts & Activities Center AND Downtown Ashland – More Details to be posted soon!

Dec 1 Thurs 5:30-8pm  First Thursday Reception at Gallery Flux
Gallery Flux 307B England Street

Dec 3 Sat 3pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 3 Sat 5:30pm Light Up The Tracks Holiday Tree Lighting
Hanover Arts & Activities Center AND Downtown Ashland – More Details to be posted soon!

Dec 4 Sun 8am – 7pm  Santa Train Ride to Williamsburg with Snow Queen & Legendary Santa
Amtrak Station

Dec 4 Sun 11:30am-4pm Deck the Halls – Make lovely holiday greenery to benefit Hanover Safe Place
Pine Grove Farm

Dec 4 Sun 2pm & 4pm  Christmas Walking Tour and Reception at Historic Ashland Home – Ashland Museum Docents will lead this event!
Tour begins at the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave)

Dec 4 Sun 1-5pm  Cross Mill Gallery Holiday Show
Cross Mill Gallery  (13405 Independence Rd)

Dec 7  Wed  2-4pm At Home In Ashland Educational Series Lecture
Ashland Library (201 Railroad Ave) Reservations Recommended:  Call 1-804-399–1844

Dec 8 Thurs, Dec 9 Fri, Dec 10 Sat  8pm  Play:  R-MC Holiday Tales
Randolph-Macon College Cobb Theatre (205 Henry St)

Dec 8 Thurs 7pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 9 Fri 7pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 9 Fri 5-6:30pm Make a Photo Magnet at the Library – Ages 11-16
Ashland Library (201 Railroad Ave)

Dec 11 Sun Ashland’s Own Mercy Street  Reception (Noon-2pm) AND Premiere of PBS Series Mercy Street at R-MC from (3-5pm)
Center (500 S. Center St) & R-MC Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

Dec 13 Tues 7pm Hanover Concert Band Holiday Concert
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Dec 13 Tues 5-6pm Make a Perler Bead Ornament – Ages 5-10
Ashland Library (201 Railroad Ave)

Dec 15 Thurs 7pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 16 Fri 7pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 17 Sat 7pm Ashland Volunteer Fire Dept Present SANTA 
Ashland Farmers Market (Behind Town Hall)

Dec 17 Sat 6:30-8pm Play:  Little Women
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St)

Dec 18 Sun 3pm Concert:  Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert
Duncan Memorial Church (201 Henry St)


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

Jan 15 Sun 3-5pm ‘IN PLACE’ Opening Art Reception – show runs til Feb 3rd
Flippo Gallery (211 N. Center St)

Jan 16 Mon 12pm  Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Randolph-Macon College Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

Jan 22 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony 
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Jan 28 Sat 6pm Ashland Policeman’s Ball
Randolph-Macon Brock Center
Town of Ashland Police Department

Experience Ashland...
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 - Closed for Renovations.  Follow our progress! 

Wine/Craft Beer Tastings:   The Caboose Market Cafe (108 S. Railroad Ave); Origin Beer Lab (106 S. Railroad Ave)    

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

Check out our Ashland Insiders Guide & Map

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email  We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.


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Ashland Main Street Association collaborates and shares events with the Town of Ashland!  The Town's website includes events for the entire county.  Check out!  Their new website is awesome and mobile friendly too!  Post your events there too!  Thank you for sharing your news!  

Click HERE for the latest on fun downtown events DECEMBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2017.  Note:  Dates may change due to weather.  

WaWa Update:

Community meeting to be held by the Applicant on December 7th from 7:30-8:30pm at R-MC’s Brock Commons SunTrust Theater. 

Public hearing before the Planning Commission on December 14th in Ashland Town Hall at 7pm.
Ashland is ready for the Holidays!

Dec 1 Thurs 7pm Grand Illumination Choir Practice   All Ashland residents, young and old, who want to sing in the Community Chorus at the Grand Illumination on Dec. 3rd are invited to the chorus’s one-and-only rehearsal at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St).  

Note:  Residents On Center Street/Railroad Ave - Please do your best to make your house "bright and festive" by Dec 3rd. This will add to our mile long greeting card!

Dec 3  5:30pm  LIGHT UP THE TRACKS Meet at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St) to hear music and enjoy creating our mile long greeting card.  After the Grand Illumination and musical performance -explore all around town!  Our shops and businesses have specials!   

Dec 3-31 -Enjoy Our Lights & Gingerbread Trail

Avoid the Mall!  Shop Small!    Get into the holiday spirit by shopping & dining in downtown Ashland!  There is so much to do - including our GINGERBREAD TRAIL! From Dec 3-31 enjoy our lights and visit Gingerbread displays (15 locations).  You can enter a drawing at each location for your chance to win $$ to spend in our sweet town!  Pick Up your Gingerbread Trail Card at Light Up The Tracks & the Visitors Center!  

Many thanks to all the Railroad Ave/Center Street residents and Randolph-Macon College and the Town involved with Light Up The Tracks!   Big shout out goes to ReFunkIt, Kiddie Kingdom, the Ashland Library and The Center for helping with decorations and James River Nursery for providing our Town Tree and the Ashland Garden Club for decorating throughout downtown Ashland!   Because of you and our Ashland Main Street Sponsors we are officially recognized as one of Virginia's Beautiful Holiday Main Streets!  


Click HERE to read and see LIGHT UP THE TRACKS - our Live Holiday Greeting Card video!   Thank you Richmond-Times Dispatch for this wonderful article.  

***Ashland's mile-long display of 55,000 lights along the RR tracks will remain on every night through the holidays! 
Shop for ART this holiday season!

Opening Reception and Artwork Unveiling for the '5th Annual Miniature Show' at Gallery Flux (307B England St) Thursday, December 1st from 5:30-8pm! This highly anticipated show offers a chance to invest in Fine Art at affordable prices from compelling artists, local and regional. All artwork featured in this show is priced $400 or less and 8" x 8" or smaller!  Show runs til Dec 31st. 

Enjoy shopping in this amazing gallery! Show includes work by artists Jeremy Witt, David Camden, Brad Camden, Nancy Camden Witt,  Clifford Earl, Sue Rosenberg and Mel Titus.  Sunday Dec. 4, 2016 1-5pm at Cross Mill Gallery (13405 Independence Rd).  
Live Theater, Music & MORE FUN!

Join Us for the Annual Holiday House Tour  Sunday 12/4 2pm & 4pm 

On Sunday December 4, 2016 Ashland Museum will conduct two guided walking tours through Historic Downtown Ashland, some Historic Ashland neighborhoods, and a tour inside 708 S. Center Street, where we will have light refreshments before returning to the Museum. The 90-minute tours will begin at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Ashland Museum, 105 Hanover Avenue.

Cost: $25 in advance, $15 for museum members, and $30 for all at the door on the day of the tour.  Reservations are encouraged!  This house is GORGEOUS!   Tickets:

13th Annual Deck the Halls!  
Get into the Spirit at Pine Grove Farm  

Deck The Halls to benefit Hanover Safe Place will be held at Pine Grove Farm 1 mile from Ashland’s railroad tracks on Sunday Dec 4th! It’s our 13th year!, 11:30am – 4:30pm.  Rain or Shine - make this a fun way to kick off the holidays!
Parking at Henry Clay Elementary. Our shuttles will bring you ½ mile to the farm!

NEW THIS YEAR! Randolph-Macon Presents:  
Holiday Tales
Dec 8, 9, 10 Thurs-Sat  8-9:30pm

An evening of theatre and songs, featuring the holiday classics:  A Child's Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Memory. Join us to hear these beautiful stories, told by R-MC theatre students, and hear our Chamber Singers and Choir students sing some favorite holiday tunes, followed by an audience sing-along! Fun for the whole family.Directed by Professor Janet Hayatshahi, with musical direction by Professor Chris Ryder. Tickets are $5 per person (free for R-MC faculty, staff and students with I.D.). Call the Box Office to make reservations: (804) 752-7316.

Join Us for Mercy Street Season 2 Reception 
Sunday, December 11 12-2pm  Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Ticket to the Viewing of Premiere of Season 2 is INCLUDED in the Reception Ticket Purchase!  

The Community Idea Stations will be hosting the Mercy Street Season 2 premiere at the Blackwell Center for the Performing Arts at Randolph-Macon College on Sunday, December 11. 

Before the premiere, we invite you to join us for a reception to benefit the Ashland Museum, The Hanover Arts and Activities Center (The Center) and the Community Idea Stations. The reception will be held at The Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, 12:00-2:00 pm on 12/11/16. Take a step back to 1862 when Ashland Baptist Church, now The Hanover Arts and Activities Center, served as a Civil War hospital for the soldiers fighting in the area.

At the reception, you will be able to visit with some of Mercy Street’s actors, producers and program staff at PBS, and learn about the area’s history during the Civil War. Along with costumed characters, Robert Szabo will be here with his wet plate collodion photography equipment. There will be festive fare and music.

Click HERE to purchase your Mercy Street Season 2 Reception Ticket (Includes Premiere Showing at R-MC)!   
Hanover Concert Band
Holiday Concert

Tues Dec 13th 7pm at
The Center (500 S. Center St)  FREE
Adopt-a-Spot Garden Program
A Call to All
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 quickly follows winter, so planning should begin now! 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. 
Featured Businesses & Artists: ReFunkIt & Kiddie Kingdom Decorate Our Town Tree
A BIG THANK you to Wendy Doyle of ReFunkIt and Kathy Thomasson of  Kiddie Kingdom for partnering with the Ashland Library to create unique ornaments out of recycled toys for our Town Tree!  Tommy Thomasson, artist at ReFunkIt, designed the train sculpture at the base of the tree & the Tree Topper! !  Lorie Foley led an effort to decorate the Center for Light Up The Tracks Grand Illumination!  In addition, Lorie Foley, Sue Forbes Watson and Fred Horn organized the choir to entertain many!  James River Nursery donated the lovely tree and the Ashland Garden Club decorated throughout downtown Ashland for all to enjoy!  We are so lucky to have such talented people in the Center of the Universe.  
Support A.C.E.S!  

Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 

Men's gently used shoes (especially athletic shoes) and boots - sizes 10 and larger
Women's gently used shoes (especially athletic shoes) and boots - size 8 and larger
Men's jeans - sizes 34 and larger
Women's and Men's new undergarments (underwear, undershirts, bras, etc.) - all sizes but especially "plus" sizes
Women's and Men's socks (especially athletic socks)
Women's and Men's winter coats -  size XL and larger

Boys gently used tops and bottoms - size 12 - 20
Boys gently used coats - size 12 - 20
Boys gently used shoes - size 5 and 6
Boys new underwear - larger sizes

Toiletries (especially toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors and shave creme)
Toilet paper
Can openers

Jelly - we have lots of peanut butter, but no jelly :( 

Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  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 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.
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