Get Centered Dec 2014/Jan 2015 - Santa & First Thursday 12/4!
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Dec 2014/Jan 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Business Spotlight:  
Salon Valentino

Artist Spotlight:  
R-MC Drama Department 

Upcoming Events

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Read on to find out who won the first round of #ShopLocalAshland!  HINT: One posted a picture on Facebook of shopping at Fin & Feather.  The other posted a picture on Instagram of shopping at b.whimsy.    

The Sugar Fix Bakery in scheduled to arrive in 2015!  This store is located next to our featured business:  Salon Valentino!  Read about this 'dream come true' shop! 

Congratulations to Waves Hair Studio (604 England Street) who is having a Grand Opening Celebration on Dec. 8th, Monday from 5:30-7:30pm.  All are welcome! 

The Town of Ashland's Instagram account has had 4 guest hosts.  The current host is Roger Reynolds, founder of CJ Thumb's Up and you may also know him as ' the Singing Conductor'. Visit #IloveAshlandVa to see how you can share your "Ashland experience" with others! 

The Ashland Theater SOLD OUT for their Grand Re-Opening on 11-21-14.

93 Groups visited the Ashland Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Ashland Theater before the Holiday Parade.  There are 3 more visits scheduled 12/4, 12/5 & 12/6!  Many thanks to Lorie Foley & her incredible volunteers for making this happen!

Randolph-Macon Drama Dept. has performed "A Christmas Carol" for 23 years! Read about our featured artists for Dec/Jan. 

Tickets are available to purchase at various locations for the 1st Annual Ashland Police Officers' Ball. Click HERE for more information & how to purchase your tickets on-line or at a local shop.  Note:  Cost is $50 per ticket through 12/20 & $60 after 12/20.  This would be an awesome holiday gift! 
Upcoming Events
Dec 4  Thurs 5:30-8pm
Ashland First Thursday 3rd Annual Miniature Show
Gallery Flux, Ashland Theater & Home Energy Store

Dec 4  Thurs 5-7pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 4  Thurs 5:30-8pm
Home Energy Store 109 England St.
Holiday Open House 

Dec 5  Fri 5-7pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 5, Dec 8-11 7:30pm & Dec 6,7  2pm $
Cobb Theater in Blackwell Auditorium  (205  Henry St).
Call 804.752-7316 for Tickets  $2.50 Adults, $1 Children 
Play:  A Christmas Carol

Dec 6  Sat 10am-12pm
Ashland Theater 
Ashland Santa visits the Ashland Theater

Dec 6  Sat  10am-12pm 
Ashland Library  
Holiday Movie Morning! 

Dec 7  Sun  9am-6:30pm 
Ashland-Williamsburg Train Ride & More
Santa Train Holiday Fun 

Dec 7  Sun  11:30am-4:30pm 
Pine Grove Farm 12438 Elmont Rd. 
Deck the Halls 

Dec 7  Sun  1-5pm 
13405 Independence Rd. 
Cross Mill Gallery Show

Dec 8  Mon  5:30-7pm 
604 England St. 
Waves Hair Studio Grand Opening

Dec 12  Fri  6-8pm 
Ashland Library  
Teen Movie Night 

Dec 13  Sat  11am & 3pm  
Hanover Arts & Activities Center  
Ballet:  The Nutcracker

Dec 13  Sat  7:30pm  
Ashland Theater. 
Movie:  The Goonies 

Dec 14  Sun  3:00pm  
Ashland Theater. 
Movie:  The Polar Express 

Dec 14  Sun  2:30  SOLD OUT & 4:30pm 
Ashland Museum 105 Hanover Ave. 
Ashland Holiday House Tour

Dec 15  Mon  7:00pm  Doors open at 6:15pm 
Ashland Theater 
Music Lovers - Stay Tuned for Details on this Holiday Concert! 

Dec 21 Sun 2pm 
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church  (201  Henry St).
Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert "Sing Glory"

Jan 1 Thurs

Jan 11 Sun 3pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony 

Jan 17 Sat 6pm
R-MC Brock Center
Ashland Police Officers' Ball

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

Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

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Check the Town Calendar for updates! 

Have an event to share? email We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.
Ashland Santa & FIRST Thursday TONIGHT!
The very popular Ashland Santa & Mrs. Claus return to the Ashland Theater for 3 more visits starting tonight December 4th  which is also “First Thursday" in Ashland, where some retailers are open late.   Bring the entire family & Shop where it's Fun!

 Here's what's happening:
 Ashland Santa at the Ashland Theater! (5-7pm  205 England St.) Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while the kiddies or YOU take pictures with the Ashland Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves and there is rumor a Snow Queen will be there too!  It will be snowing on stage! This is a FREE public event.  (The Ashland Santa will also be here on Friday night 12/5 from 5-7pm &  Saturday morning 12/6 from 10am – noon.) What a great way to get into the holiday spirit!   

Visit Gallery Flux for their 3rd Annual Miniature Show! (5:30-8pm  307B England St.)   Over 30 artists will be exhibiting works 8" x 8" or smaller and priced $400 or less. Come by and begin your art collection, add to your current one, and buy some holiday gifts! Show runs til January 3, 2015

Home Energy Store Open House
(5:30-8pm 109 England St.)  This shop has amazing unique gifts that meet most price points.  They will have goodies & giveaways too. Oh - and ask about the cool community garden they started!  You have to love businesses that give back to our community! 
Holiday Happenings in the COTU!
Deck the Halls!  Dec. 7th  11:30am-4:30pm

Imagine sipping hot cocoa in a big red barn and then making as many fresh holiday decorations that you can carry.  No experience is necessary - experts are there to guide you through the process.  You can also purchase ready made items!  All the proceeds benefit the local non-profit Hanover Safe Place.  Click HERE to purchase tickets. Pine Grove Farm is located in Ashland at 12438 Elmont Rd.  Questions?   Call 804-798-9131.  
Cross Mill Gallery Show Dec. 7th 1-5pm 
Ashland Main Street Association is a proud supporter of featured artist & R-MC alum Jeremy Witt who organizes the annual Cross Mill Gallery art show.   Many talented artists are gathered in this amazing space. This is a perfect place to shop for the holidays!   Visit 13405 Independence Ave. this Sunday!  
Central Virginia Dance Academy @ The Center Dec. 13th

Hanover Arts and Activities Center is proud to host Central Virginia Dance Academy's production of "The Nutcracker" again this year on December 13, 2014. Two shows at 11AM and 3PM. Tickets will only be sold at the door and are $2 per person. Doors will open 1/2 hour before show time and seating is limited so arrive early! Space will be available for small children to sit on the floor in front of the stage so they can see the beautiful dancing up close. Make this one of your Ashland holiday traditions!  Questions?
Movies & MORE @
the  Ashland Theater 

Movie:  The Goonies  
Dec. 13, Sat. 7:30pm.  Doors open at 6pm.
Click HERE to get your tickets on-line!  Spread the word and get your tickets now- last movie was sold out! And, we encourage you to dress up as your favorite Goonie- Sloth, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Mama Fratelli, Brand, Andy- come decked out for this 80's classic! The Goonies is rated PG so it's a fun movie for the whole family.
Movie:  The Polar Express  
Dec. 14, Sun. 3pm.  Doors open at 2pm.  
This movie is rated PG and is being sponsored by Kiddie Kingdom. 
Admission:  Donation of hats, mittens, scarves or $5.00 
Email to reserve your seats. (Limit of 4 tickets per group).  
(Note:  Kiddie Kingdom is paying for the movie, all donations will be given to local families in need and / or the Hanover Christmas Mother.)  Rated PG, this movie will get your entire family in the holiday spirit.

Stay tuned for details about a Music Concert you do not want to miss!  Check our website & facebook for the latest & greatest happenings at our community theater!  
 Ashland Museum Sponsors Holiday Walking Tour - Sunday, December 14th

Hurry!  Tickets are still available for the 4:30 pm tour which begins at the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave) and continues through the old campus of Randolph-Macon College and onto College Avenue.  The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a stop for light refreshments at the home of Tom & Stacy Rowe at 304 College Avenue (picture above).  Note:  the tour at 2:30pm is sold out!  

Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance, $15 for museum members, and $30 at the door (if space is available). But space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are non-refundable.  Click HERE for more information and to register on-line and purchase your ticket for this fabulous Ashland event!   
Holiday Music by
Masterworks Chorale 

Check out the entire Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale for their  2014 holiday concert series "Sing Glory" performing Vivaldi's Gloria in downtown Ashland:
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, Ashland    
Shop Local & Win Big! #ShopLocalAshland
Small Business Saturday Patrons - THANK YOU for supporting our local businesses!  YOU ROCK!    Ashland Main Street in cooperation with Market Ashland Partnership AND the Town are all about applauding those that "SHOP LOCAL"! 

 A big shout out goes to shoppers that posted pictures using the hashtag #ShopLocalAshland to kick off our "Shop Local In Ashland" campaign.   
Winners for WEEK 1 $25 Shop Local gift certificates:  


Congratulations goes to James (Jim) Foley who shopped at Fin & Feather and posted this picture on Facebook with #ShopLocalAshland!   

This store has everything for every pet & amazing customer service!  Go by with your pet - and post your photo!  


Congratulations goes to S. Jones who shopped at b.whimsy and posted this picture on Instagram with #ShopLocalAshland!   

This store can monogram anything! They sell peanuts too and so much more!  Go by and get some ideas to finish off your Xmas shopping!    

It's Your Turn to WIN!   

You have 3 weeks for a chance to win a $25 Shop Local gift certificate by sharing your “Shopping Local in Ashland” photos on Facebook or Instagram! Just include the hashtag â€ª#shoplocalashland in the caption section in a photo of you, your friends, family and even the dog(!) shopping in downtown Ashland. Winners will be selected randomly from photos submitted each week. There is no limit on the number of posts! Winners will be announced each week until Dec. 31st.  Shop where it's Fun - starting tonight First Thursday!!! 
Business Spotlight: Salon Valentino
Welcome Salon Valentino! 
Owner Stephanie Valentino has made a gorgeous spa retreat at her new space Salon Valentino, located at 105A England St.- near the Home Energy Store. (This space used to be Waves Hair Studio which has moved down the road to 604 England St.)  To experience this wonderful oasis in the COTU - email Stephanie at  We wish you great success.
Featured Artists: The Randolph-Macon Drama Department
R-MC Performs "A Christmas Carol" for 23 years!  

Ashland Main Street Association applauds the entire Randolph-Macon Drama Department for continuing a holiday tradition of performing "A Christmas Carol" since 1990 - all but one year!  Ashlanders are grateful to this dedication! This has allowed our families affordable entertainment year after year.  Get your ticket today! 
Cost: $2.50 Adults, $1 Children FREE to R-MC Faculty, Staff & Students 

Where:  R-MC Cobb Theater.  
For tickets call 804.752,7316

Dec. 5, 8-11 at 7:30 p.m.  Dec. 6 and 7 at 2 p.m..

Contact: Box Office (804) 752-7316

Many Thanks to R-MC for all the cultural events you bring to Ashland! 
Visit our Art Galleries Here & Near the COTU
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm) & Annex (by appointment)

3rd Annual Invitational Miniature Show! 
New works by over 30 Regional Artists- all 8" x 8" or smaller, less the $400  

(Show runs through January 3, 2015)

Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
Hanover has wonderful art galleries  and shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. 

Thrill of the Hunt

Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Visit the Ashland Art Alliance website to find out about artists in your community.

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for  December/January:
Adult Clothing
Men's pants - sizes 28-32
Adult's plus size underwear and sleepwear
Adult's gently used tennis shoes
Adult's winter coats

Children's Clothing
Children's winter coats
Children's gently used shoes
Boy's pants - size 8

Canned meats
Instant potatoes
Soap, toilet tissue, shampoo

King and Queen size sheet sets
Towel and washcloth sets
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.  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 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.
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