What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Aug/Sept  2014
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Aug/Sept 2014 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Featured Business: 
Caboose Wine & Cheese

Featured Artist:
Prop Designer Arthur Brill

Upcoming Events

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Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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The Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp 2014 created the production of  "The Amazing Race - Finding Nemo" . Click HERE to watch this entertaining video.   It includes some friendly town officials and store owners too!  Many thanks to Lorie Foley for inspiring the kids & Kathy Abbott for this wonderful video! 

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center ' THE CENTER' will sponsor the 2nd Annual "Off the Rails" Craft Beer Fest September 27th!

The Ashland Museum is offering a camp on Saturday, August 23rd.  Learn how to use a Telegraph machine!  Click HERE for more details.  

Did you know that Bluemont also does outreach performances which give residents, who may not be able to attend otherwise, a chance to enjoy the music and even meet the musicians! Paige Christy organizes these special concerts for the residents of Hanover Manor, OmniPark Place Senior Center, Alpha House & the Ashland Convalescent Center.   
Barracudas' Video Captures Town Spirit! 

Ashland Barracuda Swimmers & Patrick Henry rising Juniors Annika Cline, Johnny Edelman, and Allyson Flinn entered the Greater Richmond Aquatic League's video contest and WON!  It truly depicts our small town spirit and shows our Barracudas at our schools, Randolph-Macon, downtown businesses & our wonderful pool. Perhaps this is another reason Ashland was listed as #9 in the top 10 Small Towns in America.  Click HERE to enjoy the creative talents of our COTU young citizens!  

FYI  In case you missed the article about Ashland placing #9 in Best Small Towns in America- click HERE!  Not long ago - Ashland was voted the Friendliest town in Central Virginia!   Indeed, the COTU is very proud!
Upcoming Events

*** Remember to put out your Yellow Jacket Flags and Swag to welcome our R-MC Students this month!  Aug 15th Move-In Begins.

August 7  Thurs 5:30pm
Gallery Flux: Plein Air & Big Skies
Ashland First Thursday Opening Reception

Aug 8  Fri 6pm

Ashland Branch Library

Teen Movie & Pizza Night

August 10 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - Matuto

August 15 Fri

Randolph-Macon Campus

Move-In Day for R-MC Athletes

August 15 Fri 6-7pm
Ashland Library
Summer Finalee & Ice Cream Social

August 16 Sat  6-11pm

Ashland Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party- King Edward & the B.D.s

August 17 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium
Bluemont Concert - The Hot Seats

August 23 Sat  7am 
R-MC & all around Ashland
Patrick Henry Half Marathon

August 23 Sat 10am
Ashland Museum
History Camp – The Telegraph- Texting in the 19th Century

August 24 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Outside Blackwell Auditorium

Bluemont Concert - Hard Swimmin' Fish


August 24 Sat 7am (

Randolph-Macon College & Around Ashland!

Patrick Henry Half Marathon

August 28 Thurs 9am-1pm

Randolph-Macon Campus

Fall Move-In Day for R-MC New Students

August 31 Sun 7pm

Randolph-Macon College, Brock Commons

Welcome Back R-MC Bluemont Concert - Daryl Davis Band


September 2 Tues

Hanover County Schools

Welcome Back HCPS Students!


September 3  Wed 9-11am

Ashland Branch Library

Geneology Class

September 4  Thurs 5:30pm
Gallery Flux
Ashland First Thursday Opening Reception

September 6 Sat 11am
Ashland Museum
Walking Tour of Ashland

September 12  Fri 6pm
Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie & Pizza Night


September 13  Sat 10:30am - Noon

Ashland Branch Library

Lego Morning

September 17 Wed-18 Thurs

The Amazing Raise

September 20 Sat 4:30pm

Ashland Museum
Woodland Cemetery Tour

September 20 Sat  1

Gallery Flux

Virginia Art Chat with Lisa Freiman 

September 20 Sat  6-11pm

Ashland Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party- Ron Moody & the Centaurs


September 27 Sat  1-7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

'Off the Rails' Craft Beer Festival

September 27 Sat  8:30am
Carter Park
Slay the Dragon 5k Run

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 


Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave.) is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 12:30-2pm


Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.) 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 (behind Town Hall) is open every Sat from 9am-12pm May-Nov

Live Music:  Ashland Coffee & TeaIron HorseFarmer's Market, Ashland Street Parties in the Plaza , Bluemont Concerts at R-MC


Wine Tastings:  Passport Series runs for 14 weeks on Fridays at  Caboose Wine & Cheese .  Also on Fridays - the The Iron Horse Restaurant  allows you to bring in a bottle of wine purchased from on the Caboose that you may enjoy with your meal and with no corking fee charges.

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

Community Garden Explodes with Growth! 

Check out the 'new growth' of the community garden near Pufferbelly Park - behind the Police Station.   Interested in Gardening?  Contact Tracie at the Home Energy Store 109 England Street  www.homeenergystores.com.  
Save the dates: 
6am Wed, Sept. 17 - 6pm Thurs, Sept 18th

Visit www.giverichmond.com  for more details on how to support non-profits in our community.
Many thanks to the Ashland Library for providing so many wonderful summer programs!

Be sure to stop by August 15th Fri. 6-7pm for their Summer Finalee and Ice Cream Social! 

Look for the Ashland Main Street Ice Cream Cart in August!  We have an official mobile license and great icecream will be served at the Visitor's Center & Bluemont Concerts at R-MC.  FYI You will see Cinder the Train Day Bear on November 1st- at our 12th Annual Train Day.
FIRST THURSDAY @ Gallery Flux August 7th
'Ashland First Thursday' Opening Reception
Plein Air & Big Skies
August 7th 5:30-8 pm  307B England Street
Artists Amy HR Donahue & Dan Michael will have their easels & will speak about their artwork! 6:00 pm 

On Track for Train Day - Nov. 1st!

It's full speed ahead for the 12th Annual Ashland Train Day celebration on November 1, 2014 10am-5pm!  Main Street's Train Day committee invited CSX and Town officials to lunch at the Iron Horse restaurant in late July to review event logistics and safety precautions.  Ashland Train Day Chairman, Bill Gatewood expects this year's Train Day to be the biggest and best ever, drawing thousands of visitors into the downtown district to shop, dine, and enjoy the numerous train-related attractions and performances.  Information about vendor and sponsorship opportunities will be available in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to Get Centered!

 (Photo:  Town, Ashland Main Street and CSX met to discuss plans for Train Day 2014 (L to R): Jen Chambers, Main Street Vice President and Promotion committee chair; Katie Kisner, CSX Community Affairs and Safety Manager; Brian Rhode, CSX Regional Vice President - state government affairs, Virginia; Janie Kaplan, Ashland Economic Development Coordinator; Bill Gatewood, Ashland Train Day Chairman)

Would you like to volunteer or have an idea to share?  We want Train Day to appeal to everyone!  Feel free to email  AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com. or call the HOTLINE Number  804.412.7288
WHAN Radio offers great Town Gift Certificate Deal! 

Love to shop local?  Well get ready to double your buying power with a special Ashland Gift Certificate promotion!  Main Street, the Market Ashland Partnership, and the Town are partnering with WHAN radio to offer half-priced Ashland Gift Certificates for a limited time, valid at participating Ashland businesses.  Listen to WHAN 1430AM/ 102.9 FM, or visit the Town's, MAP's or Main Street's Facebook pages for details.

While the gift certificates are half-priced, they're worth full face-value to both the consumer and the participating Ashland business!  If you're an Ashland business and would like to participate, you can sign up here:  http://www.town.ashland.va.us/FormCenter/Business-7/Gift-Certificate-Business-Sign-Up-51  
Here's a list of participating businesses that link to website/contact information:
      Â·        Alvaro Coronado, Inc.
·        Ashland Coffee & Tea
·        Ashland Feed Store
·        b. whimsy
·        The Caboose Wine and Cheese
·        Changing Reins
·        Country Inn & Suites
·        Companion Extraordinaire
·        CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation
·        Cross Bros. Grocery
·        Custom Upholstery
·        Home Energy Store
·        Haskins Collision & Auto
·        Haskins Collision & Auto
·        Henry Clay Inn
·        Hickory Creek Antiques
·        Homemades by Suzanne's
·        Indulgence Salon & Boutique
·        Iron Horse Restaurant
·        Jezebel's Boutique
·        Mac's Service Center
·        Monique's Crepes
·        Off And Dancing!
·        Pepicelli's Pizza
·        Piano Works Studios
·        Re*Funk*It
·        Salon Atlantis
·        Salon Valentino
·        Salon Van Haren
·        Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast
·        Stepping Stone Chiropractic
·        Thrill of the Hunt
·        Tompkins Jewelers
·        TSI Promotionals
·        We Think in Ink
·        Wagner Jewelers
·        Waves Hair Studio
Lots Happening at Randolph-Macon!
Welcome Back Yellow Jackets! 
Moving In Starting August 15th! 
Put out your Black and Lemon Swag & Flags to welcome the newest members of our community! Note the dates below!  If you see a new student/family in town - be sure to welcome them to the Center of the Universe.  Open to the Public - 1st Annual Welcome Back R-MC  Bluemont Concert which is open to the public.   
Important R-MC Dates - Traffic may be affected in the COTU!

Fall Athletes Move-in:
Friday, Aug. 15th-Wednesday, Aug. 20th

Patrick Henry Half Marathon:
Saturday, Aug. 23rd

New Students & Non-Athletes Move-in
Thursday, August 28th

Welcome Back R-MC Bluemont Concert
(Open to the Public)

Sunday, August 31st 7pm at Brock Commons

First Day of Classes
Monday, September 1st (Labor Day)

Bluemont - Every Sunday In August! 

Bluemont Season 10 started off with New Orleans Jazz by the Dixie Power Trio which entertained a packed lawn in front of Blackwell Auditorium.   Bluemont is expanding their concert series this season to include a Welcome Back R-MC Community Concert which will take place on August 31st 7pm in front of  R-MC Brock Commons which is located across the street from Blackwell Auditorium - look for the Blue Light in the Cupola!  The concert is open to the public.  All are encouraged to join R-MC staff and students for an evening of Boogie Woogie dance music by Rock & Roll favorite Daryl Davis.  Door prizes will be given
August 10th Matuto -Appalachian Brazilian Funk
August 17th The Hot Seats - Old Fashioned Strings Band
August 24th  Hard Swimmin' Fish -Funk Infused Blues
August 31st Daryl Davis -Boogie-Woogie Rock & Roll

Did you  know that Bluemont gives out door prizes during intermission at each concert.  Local businesses and organizations provides great prizes!  Many thanks to Caboose Wine & Cheese, Ashland Street Parties, Ashwood Garden & Nursery, Pine Grove Farm and Fin & Feather for generously contributing to our community.  
More Parties in the Plaza  

Music Lovers Weekend August 16-17!

Save the dates for two more street parties in the Plaza:

August 16th King Edward and the B.D.s  (Presented by Kiwanis Club of Ashland and MAP)

September 20st Ron Moody and the Centaurs! (Presented by Ashland ACE Hardware)

Visit www.ashlandstreetparties.com for more information! 

***Door Prize of 4 tickets to Street Party Aug. 16th King Edward and the B.D.'s party will be given out at the Aug. 10th Bluemont Concert at Blackwell Auditorium, at 7pm.  Winner will be announced at intermission! 
COTU Loves Runners! 

Patrick Henry Half Marathon  
Aug. 23rd

The Patrick Henry Half Marathon starts & ends on the beautiful campus of Randolph-Macon College on Saturday, August 23, 2013.  Runners will find out first hand why the Center of the Universe is a great place to live and play when they run 13.1 miles around town.  Race starts at 7am and pre-race pickup is on Friday 8/22  and early Saturday morning.    Click HERE for more details.   Many thanks to our Police force and volunteers that make this popular event 'run' smoothly! 
8th Annual Slay the Dragon Walk/Run
September 27th @ Carter Park 

For more information visit:  http://www.slaythedragon5k.com/register.html
Volunteers Needed!

2nd Annual Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival -
Saturday, Sept. 27th
'The Center' 
Visit www.hanoverarts.org
or call 798-2728 for more info!

Ashland’s Masterworks Chorale
To Begin Fall Rehearsals
Have you sung in a chorus or choir in the past and miss the joy of learning music and creating harmony with other voices? If so, please plan to join Ashland’s Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale when rehearsals begin for their 8th year on Monday, September 8.  Music for Fall 2014 will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria along with holiday songs and carols that the singers will perform at Ashland and Richmond concert venues in December.
Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7 – 9:15 pm, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland. The first three rehearsals (September 8, 15, and 22) are open to all interested singers. Some past choral experience and basic sight-reading are encouraged. No competitive auditions are required, although the director reserves the right to audition individual singers for part placement.
If you have questions about the upcoming rehearsals, or if you would like to attend one or more open rehearsals in September, please give David Sinden a call at (804) 482-0432. He is beginning his second year with the chorale and is looking forward to a repeat of the highly successful December 2013 Ashland concert, which drew nearly 200 community members. 

Visit the Ashland's Museum!   105 Hanover Ave - Look for the RED CABOOSE! Open Sat. 10am-2pm and Sun. 12:30-2pm or by Appointment. Call 798-7314 for more information.

Current Exhibit: Historic Ashland Homes, Then and Now:  Learn about some distinctive, historic Ashland houses and the families who have called them home.

Upcoming Exhibits
Ashland 1900-1940 exhibit is coming in October 2014. If you have photos or stories of Ashland events, businesses, or families that might help us tell the story of this era, please get in touch. Send an email (info@ashlandmuseum.org), or call us at 804-368-7314.

Save the Dates!
Sat., Aug. 23, 10:00 am – History Camp – The Telegraph: Texting in the 19th Century
Sat., Sept. 6, 11:00 am – Walking Tour of Ashland
Sat., Sept. 20, 4:30pm – Woodland Cemetery Tour
Sat., Oct. 4, 11:00 am – Walking Tour of Ashland

Featured Business: Caboose Wine & Cheese
The Caboose Wine & Cheese Celebrates 17 Years
in the COTU!

Many thanks to Ian Kirkland for serving the Ashland community with quality service, food and beverages of all kinds!   September 2014 is their 17 year anniversary!  Congratulations!  Your store and the atmosphere you and your employees create make 'The Caboose Wine & Cheese" simply a wonderful place to 'hang out' in the Center of the Universe.  The coffee bar was a great add!  We love your 'Passport Series'  that lets us explore the world of Wine, Beer & Cider tastings on Friday evenings. Travel to Italy this Friday 8/9!   Ashland Main Street Association applauds that you stock qualilty Virginia items - especially those made in Hanover County!  Check out the following wonderful items next time you visit 108 S. Railroad Ave. 

COTU Beer   Ashland
La Bella Vita Bread (delivery is Friday afternooons)   Elmont/Ashland
Yohman's Garden Sauces & Salsa  Ashland/Richmond
Hog Wash Soaps   Hanover
Just Desserts scones & baked goods   Mechanicsville
Blue Bee Cider   Richmond
Red Eye Cookie Company   Richmond
Gearhart's Chocolates   Richmond, Charlottesville

Gunther's Gourmet Salsa & Dips  Richmond  
Forrest Green Farm Dips & Spreads   Louisa 
Plantation Peanuts   Wakefield
Williamsburg Coffee & Tea   Williamsburg
Biscotti Goddess Charles City
Firehook Baked Crackers  Chantilly

(Photo below:  Collage of some Virginia goodies you can find at Caboose Wine & Cheese)

Happy 17th Anniversary Caboose Wine & Cheese!   We wish you many more great years in the Center of the Universe!   

Featured Artist: Arthur Brill
 Arthur Brill
Prop designer & Founder of "Behind the Curtain",  
Ashland's First Designated Art Studio

Ashland artist Arthur Brill began making props when he was 8 years old. He attributes his love for Halloween to the ability to mix a diversity of disciplines, from writing and directing to designing and building props, sets, and complex special effects. Growing up in Brooklyn, he was also enamored by Christmas windows each year, including Macy's on 34th Street.
His dedication to fulfilling his imagination has led him to become an expert in a broad range of materials and fabrication techniques. His body of work includes designing for Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens.  In addition he played the role of shop foreman for The Spoon Group, where he oversaw production of props for Broadway shows including "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".  His passion had come full circle, as the Spoon Group had done Macy's “Yes Virginia” Christmas windows. His projects have also included 3D murals for children's Sunday school classes (one of which incorporates a 12 foot sculpture of Noah's Ark), and a rotating fountain in partnership with Richmond sculptor Tom Wright and International Fountain Company Kusser Fountainworks. (See Photo Below)
Mr. Brill is now the owner of Ashland's first designated Artist Studio “Behind the Curtain”, where he will be creating custom art, as well as offering other local artists the opportunity to work in the 4000 square foot industrial space in the heart of Ashland's Arts and Culture District. He will be offering figure study open sessions starting August 16th.
After renovations in August-September, “Behind the Curtain” will have an art gallery and performance space open to the public. He will be producing two shows in October, Ashland's “Haunted History Tour”, which will launch at dusk from the steps of the Henry Clay Inn, and the “Slash Coffin Factory”, a spooky séance inspired by early 20th century “spiritualism” where rooms were rigged with special effects to convince participants that ghosts were present.
Future projects include photos with Victorian Santa, and a winter wonderland inspired by the Christmas displays of his childhood and his own family tradition of having a village and train set under the tree. The spring will introduce his Easter Bunny character, Patrick O'Hare, to the public.
Mr. Brill chose “Behind the Curtain” for the name for his studio not only because of his behind-the-scenes work in theater and film, but because of the “wizardry” associated with the fantasy environment he creates. Brill's slogan is, “Pay attention to the man behind the curtain!”


“Behind the Curtain" is located at 118B Thompson Street, in the alley between Ashland Feed & Seed and the Herald-Progress Building. Interested artists can contact Arthur at abrill@experientialdesigns.net, or call 540-205-5629. Gallery and show times will be announced in late summer. 

Do you know an artist you would like recognized in GET CENTERED?  Email your suggestions to  mainstreetashland@gmail.com.  Thank you for supporting the arts in our community!  

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for August:
Food Pantry:
Canned meats
Canned beans
Canned vegetables, except corn and green beans
Canned fruits
Instant potatoes
Instant rice
Paper products
Adult clothes:
Underwear, men and women
Men's sports socks
Men's coats and jackets
Men's work boots, 9, 10 and 11
Children's clothes:
Girl's underwear, sizes 12 and up
Girl's and boy's tennis shoes
Boy's winter pants, sizes 8, 10 and 12

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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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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