Get Centered Feb/Mar 2015 - First Thursday 2/5!
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Feb/Mar 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Business Spotlight:  
Henry Clay Inn

Artist Spotlight:  
George Garrett- Furniture Designer

Upcoming Events

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Ashland Theater Movies are scheduled from now until May!  Students are admitted for just $2 for all regular featured films!   Bring your friends and join the fun!  'Guardians of the Galaxy' & 'Dear White People' are playing Feb. 6 & 7.

Bill and Cindy Gatewood
have volunteered for ALL Ashland Theater events and will celebrate 37 years of marriage this month!  Many thanks for all you do for our community!  

The Ashland Musical Variety Show will take place on March 19,20 & 21, 2015 at Blackwell Auditorium. With a cast of over 400 - this show is always SOLD OUT. Click HERE for more information on how to sign up to participate OR sponsor this fabulous community event!  Questions - Call 798-2728.   


The Ashland Film Club has over 125 members!    Sundays at 4:30pm  Feb. 15 & Mar 1, 15- includes discussion led by R-MC professors following each film. THANK YOU R-MC for giving back to our community! 

Students can be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.  HOW?  Be a film critic!    Attend any Ashland Film Club movie and submit an essay response.  Students are admitted FREE to movies showing on 2/15, 3/1 & 3/15.  Click HERE for details!  

Get ready for Valentines Day! Visit Pam and Brian at Off And Dancing! Studio for lessons.  Try some Dirty Dancing- which is showing at the Ashland Theater on 2/14!  

Chick-fil-A of Ashland is having a 'post valentines' event on Feb. 19th.  This is also Ashland's official FOUNDERS DAY!  

Upcoming Events

***Feb 5 Thurs 

Gallery Flux, Iron Hourse & Ashland Coffee & Tea
First Thursday Reception  

Feb 6 Fri 7:30pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Feb 7 Sat 7:30pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  "Dear White People"

Feb 8 Sun 2:30pm
Ashland Museum
Women's Clothing of the 19th Century

Feb 13 Fri 7:30pm
Ashland Library
Teen Movie Night

Feb 14 Sat 4:30-7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4th Annual Thumbs Up Ball

Feb 14 Sat 7:30pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  "Dirty Dancing"

Feb 15 Sun 4:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Film Club Movie & Discussion: "The Searchers"

Feb 19 Thurs 5-9pm
Ashland Chick-fil-A
Night in Paris Valentine Experience

Feb 21 Sat 7:30pm
Ashland Theater
BOND NIGHT!  Movie:  "Goldfinger"

Feb 22 Sun 4-5:30pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Untold Stories - Growing Up in Ashland

Feb 28 Sat 11am-12:30pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  "Thomas & the Magical Railroad"

Feb 28 Sat 1-2:30pm
R-MC Old Chapel 110 College Ave.
Artifacts & Oral History Workshops e-mail reservations required - email  

Feb 28 Sat 7:30pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  "Do the Right Thing"

Mar 1 Sun 4:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Film Club Movie & Discussion: "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Mar 2 Mon 6:30pm
Ashland Library
Dr. Seuss's Birthday Party

Mar 7 Sat 8am
Henry Clay Elementary School
8th Annual Tiger Trot

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

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

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

Mar 18 Wed 7pm
Ashland Library
Spring Garden Seen Giveaway

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

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 .

Have an event to share, need help promoting this?

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.
FIRST Thursday TONIGHT 2/5
Make First Thursday a Date Night!
Here's what's happening for February 5th:

Gallery Flux (307B England St.) 5:30-8pm.  See a live Monotype Art Demonstration by Christophora Robeers.

Great food and great music by Felix & Friends at the Iron Horse (100 S. Railroad Ave)! 

Fantastic McTell Brothers playing at Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) starting at 7pm.

***Grab a bite to eat in downtown Ashland!  Trackside Grill & England Street Tavern & Turners are all walking distance to these events.  Click here for a listing of all our restaurants in town. 
On behalf of the Ashland Main Street Association Theater Committee we are so thrilled with the enthusiasm and turnout for our movies and events.  We have much more planned and we hope you will continue to join us!   Check out our website for our schedule of events. Ask us about renting the theater!    As always - we appreciate your feedback for ideas!  Email:  

Since our last issue of GET CENTERED we have shown the Golden Globe winner: 'Boyhood'.  We also had a packed house for 'Remember the Titans' which included meeting the players and was free to all student athletes and cheerleaders! Kids & Coaches from Patrick Henry, Liberty, Lee Davis, Vikings, Hanover Warriors, Upward, Beaverdam & Chesterfield teams attended this event.  The Titans inspired us!  

(Photo by Nick Liberante)
A special thank you goes to the Henry Clay Inn (our featured business this month) for hosting the Titans and their families and making them feel welcome in the Center of the Universe!  We love this community spirit.    

(Photo:  Left-  Carolyn Peart (Ashland Main Street Association) and Right: Terri Manual (Henry Clay Inn) welcomed the Titans their families.)

The Ashland Film Club began on Feb. 1st with the film screening of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'.  Many thanks to Ragan Phillips for organizing this effort - we currently have over 125 members!  Tickets are available at the door for the Film Club and we are offering student discounts and they may enter for  FREE when assigned to critique the films by a Hanover County teacher.  Join us for John Wayne in 'The Searchers' (Feb. 15); 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (Mar 1) and 'The Sting' (Mar 15).  All Hanover County students are invited to participate in an essay contest which allows students to be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.  Click HERE for details.

This month we have fantastic movies and SPECIAL EVENTS including---

- showing 'Dirty Dancing' on Feb. 14th.  Enjoy Champagne with your sweetheart!  Visit Off And Dancing for dance lessons! 

ASHLAND FILM CLUB - featured John Wayne 'The Searchers'.

- showing 'Goldfinger' on Feb. 21st  Includes a 007 style martinis and appetizers!  Dress as your favorite Bond Character!  

THOMAS & THE MAGIC RAILROAD - FREE FAMILY FUN EVENT on Feb. 28th 11am - 12:30pm  sponsored by Edward Jones (Railroad Ave. Office - Dan DiCandilo & Tiny Tim's Toys)  Includes door prizes, Thomas play area and Train Day Bears too!  Fun for everyone!  

WOODSTOCK - Mar 7th  7pm-  
 Celebrate the 60's with you friends! Join us for an 'inside' Ashland Street Party!   Just $10!  Beer & Wine- Cash Bar!  

Click HERE to see our schedule and to buy tickets to all movies and events ON-LINE!

 STUDENTS ARE JUST $2.00 to attend our regular featured movies!   
Thank you for supporting the Ashland Theater!
More Events to Beat the Winter Blues...

19th Century Women's Clothing @ the Ashland Museum
Sunday, Feb 8th, 2:30pm

Rosanne Shalf, President of the Ashland Museum, and Sherry Graves, member of the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble, will present a program about 19th Century Women’s Clothing  at the Ashland Museum, located at 105 Hanover Avenue in Ashland, Virginia.  The talk will include pictures and examples of women’s clothing from 1800 to 1900, with examples from the Ashland Museum collection and the collection of Sherry Graves.

Tickets are $10 for Ashland Museum members, $15 for non-members. Register online here or by mailing a check to Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland, Virginia 23005. Please indicate name of program on the check. This program benefits the Ashland Museum.

The Thumbs Up Ball is a family event for all ages and was started by local residents Roger and Rachel Reynolds.  It includes the following: 

  • Live music by Triple Scoop
  • Family friendly food
  • Pizza from Pepicelli’s
  • Cakes by Kelly
  • A special visit from the Dancing Fairy and her friends
  • Crafts
  • Princesses from Dream Entertainers
  • Silent Auction and Raffle with items for every budget

Event takes place Saturday, Feb. 14th  4:30-7pm
4200 Cary St. Richmond, VA

Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door.  Under 3 FREE.  Get your tickets online!

Sunday, February 22nd
 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Untold Stories – a panel of elder citizens tell stories about growing up in Ashland. At Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland. Sponsored by Ashland Museum, Ashland Main Street Association, Hanover Black Heritage Society and The Center.  This event is FREE and open to the public.   

Saturday, February 28th

The Black Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College
The Hanover County Black Heritage Society
    Present Two Workshops to Celebrate Black History Month 

Register now to Enroll in one of these two Workshops
“Using Artifacts and Documents to Write Church History”
Join the Reverend Dr. Jerome C. Ross as he demonstrates how to use artifacts, audio, office and recording equipment as well as furniture and pictures as useful tools in writing church history. In addition, Dr. Ross will discuss how articles, bulletins, documents, journals, legal papers, newsletters, and programs are important resources for revising and writing the history of religious and secular organizations. (Old Chapel 209)
“Oral History as a Tool to Collect Family History”
Professor Alphine Jefferson will give teach the audience the basic oral history methods, skills and techniques to conduct a successful family oral history interview. As the oldest historical method, oral history can affirm and validate valuable legends, stories and tales which are essential parts of ancestral and family history. Come join us! (Old Chapel 207)
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1:00- 2:30 PM
The Old Chapel at Randolph-Macon College
110 College Avenue Ashland, VA 23005
Reservations are required; to reserve a space call: Alphine Jefferson at 804-752-3218 or (RMC faculty, staff and students are welcome)
After the Workshops, come to a “Meet and Greet” Reception (Old Chapel 212)

Join the Fun!  8th Annual Tiger Trot Race 

Sat. March 7th @ Henry Clay Elementary.  Race Starts at 8am!
 Click HERE for more details.    
With a cast of over 400 THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT for each performance March 19, 20 & 21.   Please consider placing an ad in the playbill to support this wonderful community event. Contact Sara Holloway at 798-2728 for more information!  
Business Spotlight: The Henry Clay Inn
The Henry Clay Inn GIVES BACK to our Community!  
(Photo Above:  The Henry Clay Inn and our Ashland Visitor's Center - a beautiful duo in our town!)

The Henry Clay Inn has been the host of many Ashland events under the new ownership of Beth Mason of Hoboken, NJ.  She and her sister Terri Manuel define the term 'hospitable' in the many ways they have welcomed our community. Below are examples of events they have recently hosted at 'the Inn'.  
  • Open House for Santa Train (Dec. 7, 2014)
  • Open House for Ashland Museum Walking Holiday Tour (Dec. 14, 2014)
  • Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 21, 2015)  (Photo Below:  Prof. Foster Solomon reciting "I Have a Dream")
  • Host to 'Remember the Titans' players & their families (Jan. 31, 2015) 

 (Photo Above:  Titans and their families along with Ashland Theater volunteers enjoy Virginia BBQ at the Inn!)
Featured Artist: George Garrett - Designer
Photos Above:  Furniture & Woodworking Projects by George Garrett

It was while attending Virginia Commonwealth University from 1978 to 1980 as a student in the Painting and Printmaking Department that George Garrett began a part time job in a respected reproduction furniture shop and a lifelong love of designing and creating with wood. He soon became the shop foreman at Harrison Higgins Inc., and began building pieces that he designed or helped to design including a “three legged chair” purchased by noted furniture art collector Francis Lewis. This new original work was done while he was continuing to do restoration work and reproduction of museum quality antiques.  

In 1986 George decided to start his own furniture studio. With one partner and little more than a bandsaw, they built the business and soon expanded Garrett/Black Furniture Studios into a large building in Richmond, Virginia’s “Jackson Ward”. All types of work were commissioned including custom office pieces for large corporations, retail store fixtures, reproduction furniture, and his own original designs. The studio was awarded the Baskerville prize for architectural application at the Richmond Hand Workshop show in 1987.

George decided to scale down his shop and work from home when his first child was born in 1989. For the next 12 years, his original furniture was mainly created for established clients, neighbors, friends, and relatives while he was devoting much time to parenting and playing music. In 2002, he moved to Hanover County in Virginia and resumed woodworking full time. George Garrett Furniture Studios specializes in “high end” cabinetry and other architectural/construction related projects along with the “artist designed furniture” that he enjoys most.

To contact George and to see more of his incredible work visit  

(Photo:  Left- Angela Mastellone, Ashland Main Street Association Intern, & Right- Tom Wulf, Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association)

Meet the Ashland Main Street Association Intern!
Hi! My name is Angela Mastellone. I am currently a senior at Randolph-Macon College and on track to graduate with a degree in Communications in the Spring. You might ask yourself what I’m doing in Get Centered? Well, I am actually Ashland Main Street Association’s first ever intern! It has been an exciting couple of months thus far with Ashland Main Street Association and I’m looking even more forward to the Spring! The purpose of this non-profit organization is to preserve, enhance, and promote downtown Ashland through cooperative efforts among businesses and the community – like the GET CENTERED newsletter! My purpose as an intern with Ashland Main Street is to not just help the mission of promoting and preserving prosper but I also have a responsibility to facilitate and advertise this mission to my peers at Randolph-Macon! By using social media outlets like facebook, twitter, and Instagram I hope to excite and entice my peers about all that downtown Ashland has to offer! I also am planning an “Animal House” movie night at the Ashland Theater! (times and dates to be determined). I am excited about working with Ashland Main Street Association; so far they have all been so welcoming and remarkably astonishing with how much these folks accomplish! If you have any suggestions on more ways to get Randolph-Macon students active throughout the town of Ashland please feel free to email me at follow Ashland Main Street’s Instagram account for cool pictures and updates on Downtown Ashland happenings! Instagram: AshlandMainStreet.

Angela Mastellone 
Visit our Art Galleries Here & Near the COTU
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm) & Annex 302 England St (by appointment)

Reception & Artist Monotype Demonstration  Thurs, Feb. 5th 5:30-8pm.  

Mixed Media, Oil Paintings, Bronze Sculptures, and Monotypes

Show runs until February 28, 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 February/March:

Adult Clothing
Men's shoes - including steel-toed shoes, sizes 9 and up
Men's undershirts, all sizes
Men's heavy coats, all sizes

Children's Clothing
Children's winter pajamas 
Children's school shoes
Girl's winter clothing, size 3
Boy's winter clothing, sizes 6 through 18, especially size 8 jeans

Food & Other
Instant mashed potatoes
Canned meats
Canned fruit
Baked beans, pork and beans
Canned ravioli and spaghetti
Canned spaghetti sauces
Toilet Paper 
All donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at 507B Caroline St. on Mon, Wed and Fri from 8:30-11:30am.  
Become a friend of the Ashland Main Street Association!
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 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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