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

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
Coventry Farm & Changing Reins

Featured Artist:
Dennis Winston

Upcoming Events

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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!   
'FUN TO DO' in Ashland
ART & MUSIC DATE NIGHT (First Thursday!)

Starting at 5:30pm visit Gallery Flux (307B England St)  See the incredible 'Marks, Forms, Layers' show.  Artist David Camden will be throwing pots on his wheel! Carol Meese will be creating pastel paintings.  Take in the the main gallery and then walk across the street to the Annex to see even more amazing work.  We love our artsy town! 

After your 'Art Fix' stroll on down to the Iron Horse for your 'Music Fix'.  Enjoy entertainment by the talented 'Tender' band member Felix Stevens.  The atmosphere is fantastic and music will 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?
Thanks to Sue Forbes Watson and Lorie Foley, Ashland got an amazing Valentine this year!  The show was fantastic!!!

The Ashland Museum offers two tours in April that showcase Secretariat's Ashland.Visit www.AshlandMuseum.org for details.  

National Train Day is May 9th.  This is also Bill Gatewood's birthday who is our Train Day Chairman!  Nice coincidence!   

'HOP' is showing on Friday 4/3 at 5pm.  Click HERE to get your tickets today!  


One year ago our Virginia Main Street Signs were installed.  Many thanks to the Town servicemen who re-installed our sign on the west side of town.  A windstorm blew it off and we are happy it is back to greet our visitors!  

The Ashland Theater is HOME to the Whistle Stop Theatre Company!  Louise Keeton began practices for Snow White and the Super Dwarves this week and the show will run April 11 & 12th.
Upcoming Events

Apr 2 Thurs  5:30pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St & Annex)
Ashland First Thursday
*** Music at the Iron Horse following the show! 

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

Apr 4 Sat  1-4pm 
Henry Clay Inn (114 N. Railroad Ave.)  
Meet the Ashland Easter Bunny

Apr 4 Sat  8am-1pm 
118 B Thompson St. 
Behind the Curtain Arts & Crafts Show

Apr 9 Thurs 10am
Ashland Library
Buzzing with the Bees

Apr 10-11  Fri-Sat  
R-MC & All Over Town!

***Welcome R-MC Families &  Accepted Students ***

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 14 Tues 10-11am
Starbucks Ashland/Hanover Shopping Center
Coffee with a Cop

Apr 18 Sat 10am-2pm
Pufferbelly Park
Spring Community Day

Apr 18 Sat 1pm
Ashland Museum
Downtown Walking Tour including Secretariat's Neighborhood

Apr 18 Sat 8am
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Race the Rail 10K

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 12:30pm and 4:30pm 
Ashland Theater
Girl Rising - benefit for Hanover Safe Place

Apr 19 Sun 3-5pm 
Flippo Gallery
Opening Show: Ray Berry, "Hidden Hanover" 

Apr 24 Fri 10pm 
Ashland Theater
Rocky Horror Picture Show

Apr 25 Sat ALL DAY 
Hanover County 
Macon A Difference Day

Apr 25 Sat 4:30pm
Ashland Museum
Woodland Cemetery Tour

Apr 25 Sat 4:30-7pm 
Masonic Lodge 206 England St.
Spaghetti Dinner 

Apr 25 Sat 7:30pm 

Ashland Theater
Bull Durham -benefit for Ashland Little League

Apr 25 Sat 7-11pm 
Library Plaza
Jammin' at Jezebels benefit concert for Wine for Cures 

Apr 28 Tues 7:30pm Doors Open at 6:30pm
Ashland Theater
The Hunting Ground - benefit for R-MC Women's Studies Research

Apr 29 Wed 8-10pm 
R-MC Cobb Theater
Play:  Raisin in the Sun 

May 1 Fri 7:30pm Doors Open at 6:30pm
Ashland Theater
Mars Attacks!- benefit for Hanover Humane Society

May 2 Sat 9am - 3pm 
6th Annual Ashland Chalk Walk

*****May 2 Sat 7:00pm Doors Open at 6:00pm*****
Ashland Theater
Ashland Theater Bluegrass Festival with Commonwealth Bluegrass Band and Balsam Range

May 2 Sat All Day
R-MC Campus Start & Finish
R-MC Relay for Life 

May 3 Sun 3:00 PM
Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony

May 7 Thurs 5:30pm 
Gallery Flux
Ashland First Thursday 

May 8 Fri 6-8pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

May 9 Sat 10-11am
Ashland Library
Build a Balloon Workshop

May 9 Sat 9am - 3pm 
Ashland Hanover Visitor's Center
National Train Day - Celebrating Amtrak Passengers! 

May 10 Sun 5pm
Ashland Library
Ashland Clunker Cruise

May 16 Sat 7pm
Library Plaza
Ashland Street Party  

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.

Main Street Happenings
Join us for the 1st Annual Ashland Theater Bluegrass Festival!  

General Admission Cost:  $25 and this includes 2 drink tickets.  VIP seating options are available.  We are proud to offer local beer from the COTU Brewery. Click HERE to get your tickets today for this exciting event!      

May 2, 2015 marks the 6th Anniversary
of the Ashland Chalk Walk! 
  • Main Street is currently seeking artists to create chalk art on May 2 for this annual family friendly art event.
  • Specifically, 10 + artists are desired to develop and complete chalk compositions that will "wow" the public as they approach the Ashland Theater for the Bluegrass Concert on the evening of May 2 and visit the Ashland Library Concrete Canvas during and after the day long art event.  Artists may be college students, high school students, or community artists.
  • Each chalk drawing composition will be approximately 6 x 6 feet.  4 will be on the concrete on England Street near the theater entrance.  6 + will be on 6 x 6 blocks at the Library.
  • As always, additional 3 x 3 and 6 x 6 block will be available at the library for families, young artists, and adults who wish to participate in Chalk Walk.  (3 x 3 blocks are $5   10 x 10 blocks are $10). 
  • All participants are asked to pre-register and bring plan drawing to make this a day of artful creations.  Details about registration and information about the event can be found on the Ashland Main Street Association website at www.mainstreetashland.org
  • The Ashland Main Street Association provides all chalk.
  • Time:  9 am-4 pm - Pick up you chalks after signing in at the Ashland Library at 9 am on May 2, 2015.
(Photo Above:  Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones presents board president Hugh Joyce and executive director Tom Wulf with the Virginia Main Street Volunteer Investment Award.)

Ashland Main Street & Town of Ashland Receive Milestone Achievement Award

Ashland Main Street Association and the Town of Ashland on March 19 were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of more than 3,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown’s historic commercial district.

“The Virginia Main Street program is a vital part of building a new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The work throughout the 25 Virginia Main Street communities and the many affiliates has created sustainable and vibrant downtowns that make Virginia communities a great place to live, work, play, and do business.

(Photo Below: Ashland was well represented at the awards ceremony.  Garet Prior (right) represented the Town of Ashland.  Ashland Main Street Members from left to right Bill Gatewood, Paul Davies, Karen Davies, Darrell Leftwich, Hugh Joyce, Jack Zemp, Cindy Gatewood, Jen Chambers and Tom Wulf) 
Coffee with a Cop & Spring Community Day

We love our Ashland Police Department!  Thank you Chief Goodman for all you do to keep us informed, safe and ENTERTAINED!  Great job in the Variety Show.

Save the dates for the next Coffee with a Cop:  April 14th 10-11am at Starbucks and the Spring Community Day April 18th 10am-2pm at Pufferbelly Park!  Learn about preventing identity theft & more.   There will be a dunking booth too!  

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
Theater Used to Benefit MANY!
'Animal House' will benefit BARK

April 18th Saturday 7pm

*This event is being organized by Ashland Main Street intern and R-MC Senior Angela Mastellone.
'Girl Rising' will benefit

Hanover Safe Place

April 19th Sunday 12:30pm & 4:30pm

*This event is part of Global Youth Services Day and is being organized by Patrick Henry Junior Sydney Tinker.  
 Saturday, April 25th 
Benefit For:  HANOVER Chapter Eastern Star 
Spaghetti Dinner will be served 4:30-7:00 pm.  
$10.00 and this includes entry to the movie! 
Dinner includes Tossed salad, bread, desert, and coffee/tea.

Location:  Ashland Masonic Lodge- right across the street from the Theater! 206 England St.  For tickets for the dinner & movie contact: Valerie Layman Valerie.layman99@gmail.com 804-270-0831

Movie:  Bull Durham starts at 7:30pm.  Note:  All ticket sales and concessions sold at the movie will support the
Ashland Little League.   

Many thanks to the Ashland Little League and the Masons for all you do in our community!  
'The Hunting Ground'
showing & discussion will benefit MANY!

Click HERE to see other communities that are using this award winning film as an education tool to bring awareness of sexual assault on US campuses. Many thanks to Randolph-Macon College for opening this film to the public. 

College/University Students, Faculty and Staff including Class of 2019 Admitted Students : FREE 
Public: $5  Click HERE to purchase tickets on-line. Limited seating.
Featured Businesses: Coventry Farm & Changing Reins

Ashland Main Street Association applauds businesses that collaborate for good causes and that involve our college and non-profit organizations! Conventry Farm and Changing Reins rented the Ashland Theater on March 14, 2015 to show the movie Secretariat. All ticket sale proceeds went to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).  Cindy Carson Downing, owner of Coventry Farm contacted the Randolph-Macon equestrian team who assisted at the event. Leeanne Ladin, author of Secretariat's Meadow, held a book signing before the movie and donated to TRF.  In addition, the Ashland Museum provided photo displays and information about Secretariat's Ashland events featured this month.  Visit www.AshlandMuseum.org for details!.   
Featured Artist: Dennis Winston
April Artist Spotlight
Dennis R. Winston, Printmaker
Dennis R. Winston, born in Hanover County, is a Virginia artist and educator who has received numerous honors for his work both locally and nationally.   One conversation with Dennis about his art and its content validates his love of life, childhood experiences, the land, rural venues, and cultural experiences.  His handsome woodcuts are finely crafted moments in time that include people and places. Many of the pieces are visual narratives or stories that document ordinary events, personalities or special places.  
Dennis can often be found at Gallery Flux for 1st Thursday openings.  His work is often included as part of the featured exhibits.  It is clear that his woodcuts and monoprints represent the hand of the artist with no question about originality.  Ask Dennis about his inspiration and he may share that a piece originated from a particular view driving past a field or grove of trees on his way home to Mechanicsville.  Others may be a treasured relative or a memory from a Sunday afternoon.   All represent urban or rural experiences.
Dennis is an extremely generous artist and educator always willing to share his knowledge and skills through Artist-in-Residency programs in Hanover County Schools, a NEA Community Engagement Grant at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, workshops and lectures.  Perhaps he learned to value the power of education in his early years going to school in a one-room schoolhouse in the Gum Tree area of Hanover.  He fondly remembers his teacher, Ms. Penn who caught the Greyhound in Richmond and got off on Rt. 1 as she made her way to the school each day.   

After high school he graduated from Norfolk State University (magna cum laude) and receive a Master of Humanities from the University of Richmond.   He has served on the faculties of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University.  In June 2005, he retired as the Coordinator/Supervisor of Arts Education (K-12) and the Humanities Center for Richmond Public Schools.
Visit our Downtown Galleries - NEW Farm 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

Upcoming Show:  Ray Berry, "Hidden Hanover"
Opening Reception April 19, 3-5pm.  

“This selection of works from the last three years displays sites in the county that are hidden from plain view and represent special areas of resurgence and change in the landscape,” says landscape painter and R-MC Studio Arts Professor Ray Berry. His normal oil painting process has expanded to include encaustic—paint that is wax-based and heated with a blowtorch for a very immediate and rich surface.  Berry’s work is done onsite throughout Hanover County respecting the changing seasons and subtle imagery of the land.
Show runs until May 31st. 
Ashland "Farm" Gallery - Coventry Farm
Thanks for all the great comments about last month's featured Gallery -Railside in Ashland OR LocoART.    Here's another great entry seen on the town's ILOVEASHLAND instagram- Coventry Farm!    Ashland Main Street loves pictures of train inspired art and our beautiful Hanover sites. Keep on sharing!   We will continue to 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 April 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.  

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 Approachâ„¢ 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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