What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Sept/Oct  2013
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Sept/Oct 2013 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005
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Did you know?
Ashland has a new flower shop in town!  Vogue Flowers will open soon and is located in the Martin's Shopping Center.

Hanover Arts & Activities Center received a matching grant to help repair their building.  Consider donating to ' THE CENTER' .

Beth Royal of Stone's Throw Studios designed our beautiful Train Day logo!  Posters will be for sale on Train Day - Nov. 2nd!

Upcoming Events
Sept 2 Mon 3-5pm Show runs til Oct 11

Randolph-Macon Flippo Gallery

Opening Reception for Artist Sarah Peters


Sept 5 Thurs 6-8 pm
ASHLAND FIRST THURSDAY: Visit Gallery Flux, Jezebels, The Giving Tree, refunkit, Home Energy Store, The Chiffarobe, Ashland Coffee & Tea & The Library! Check out all the details at


Sept 12  Thurs 6-8pm

Ashland Branch Library
Family Game Night

Sept 13  Fri 6pm

Ashland Branch Library

Teen Movie & Pizza Night


Sept 14 Sat  3-5pm
Gallery Flux

Virginia Art Chat with Alex Nyerges VMFA 

Sept 16 Mon 7pm
R-MC Sun Trust Theater Brock Commons
Lecture: NYU Professor Timothy Bromage

Sept 18-19 Wed-Thurs 6am- 6pm
The Amazing Raise

Sept 21 Sat  8:30am
Carter Park
Slay the Dragon 5k Run

Sept 21 Sat  6-11pm
Ashland Library Plaza

Ashland Street Party- Ron Moody & the Centaurs


Sept 21 Sat 9am-TBD
re*funk*it  120 Hanover Ave

1 Year Anniversary Celebration for re*funk*it

Sept 23 Mon 7pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Lecture:  "Hazing, Everyone's Concern"

Sept 25 Wed 7pm
R-MC Aerobics Room Brock Center 
Latin Ballet of Virginia Performance

Sept 28 Sat  1-7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center

'Off the Rails' Craft Beer Festival

Sept 30 Mon 4:45pm
R-MC McGraw-Page Library
French Film Les Perruches

Oct 4-6 Fri-Sun
Parent's Weekend at R-MC
Oct 5 Sat  8:30am
Begins at Ashland Berry Farm
Pumpkin Run

Oct 5 Sat  8:30am
Begins at Carter Park
Ashland CROP Hunger Walk

Oct 5 Sat  11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 8  Tues 6:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

Class: Use Overdrive to check out books with iPad, nook

Oct 11  Fri  6pm

Ashland Branch Library

Teen Movie Night with Pizza too!

Oct 11  Fri 7:00pm

Ashland Branch Library

Adult Program with COTU Brewery

Oct 12 Sat  11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 13 Sun 3pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony Brahams Serenade No. 2

Oct 14  Mon 6:30pm

Ashland Branch Library

Class: Computer Basics

Oct 19 Sat  8am
Begins at Carter Park
Ashland Harvest Walk/Run

Oct 19 Sat  11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 26 Sat  10am-3pm
Ashwood Garden & Nursery
Pumpkin Chuck-A-Thon

Oct 26 Sat 11am
Ashland Visitor's Center
Guided Walking Tour

Oct 31 Thurs 6:30-8:30pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Halloween Fun & Hanover Concert Band

Nov 2 Sat 10am-5pm
Downtown Ashland
11th Annual Train Day

Ongoing Entertainment in Downtown Ashland: 


Ashland Museum is open every Sat 10am-2pm & Sun noon-2pm


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

Save the dates: 
6am Wed, Sept. 18 - 6pm Thurs, Sept 19th

Visit www.giverichmond.com  for more details on how to support non-profits in our community.
Congratulations to Ashland business refunkit who will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary on Saturday, September 21st!  120 Hanover Ave is the place to be to see  their growing bike sculpture OUTSIDE.  Bring a wheel rim and receive 20% off your purchase.   Be sure to congratulate store owners Christiane Riederer and Wendy Doyle INSIDE!  Visit www.refunkit.com for more details! 
First Thursday in Ashland Sept 5th Something for Everyone!
Do you like poetry, ice-cream, music, saving $ or perhaps horses?  There is something for everyone in downtown Ashland on First Thursday- Sept. 5th. Bring your friends and have fun in the Center of the Universe!  

Gallery Flux 307B England St.   
Art of the Horse Opening Reception - over 30 artists!

Home Energy Store 109 England St.    
Organic Coffee Sampling & Sweet treats!

re*funk*it  120 Hanover Ave.
Beatnik Poetry Reading

Ashland Coffee & Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave
Music with Chris Fuller & Frank Coleman -show starts at 7pm

The Chiffarobe 106 S. Railroad Ave
10% off Sale

Jezebels & The Giving Tree corner of Robinson & Railroad Ave.
Old fashioned sidewalk sale & Ice Cream Social

Ashland Library 201 S. Railroad Ave.
Open til 9pm.  Look for the ice cream truck in the plaza!
Check out  www.ashlandfirstthursday.com  for more details on what's happening on First Thursdays!  

CSX Visits Train Day Organizers
CSX representative, Katie Kisner met with Tom Wulf, Ashland Main  Street Association Executive Director (left) and Bill Gatewood, Ashland Train Day Chairman (right) to discuss plans for an exciting Train Day  Nov. 2, 2013.   We are so grateful to CSX for being our signature sponsor!  This year we will have MORE TROLLEYS, MORE MUSIC, MORE RIDES, the 150th Civil War HISTORY MOBILE along with our phenominal train exhibits. We are excited about the many ways the community can be involved. Sponsorships and vendor opportunities help to keep this event FREE to the public. 

Become a sponsor!  Main Street, the Town and the Herald-Progress have worked together to come up with levels that offer advertizement opportunities along with booths.   Click HERE to sign up on-line! 

Vendors are welcome! - we have limited spaces available.  For-profit Vendors:  $100
Non-profit Vendors selling merchandise or services: $50
Non-profit Vendors not selling anything: $25
Email AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com  if you are interested. 

Volunteer!  We love community support.  Feel free to email Bill Gatewood, Ashland Train Day Chairman, at AshlandTrainDay@yahoo.com or call our Train Day HOT LINE # 804-412-7288    

Stay tuned for our finalized Entertainment Schedule &  more details in the October Issue of GET CENTERED! 

Tom Wulf,
Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association
NEW Sidewalk Construction Starts Sept. 3rd
After many months of preparation, new sidewalks are on the way! Construction will begin on  Tuesday, September 3rd on the north side of Railroad Ave.. Not only will this project improve the sidewalks, the town will also be improving drainage systems and run-off problems. Although construction may be frustrating at times, the town believe that the end product is worth the trouble.

Wally Denton will be the project manager and he will meet regularly with Alexis Thompson to discuss any business concerns.  The town plans to do the following to lessen the burden during this work:
  • Provide days and hours of operation of the businesses adjacent to the work site, to the work crew. If they can, they will do their best to avoid peak business hours.
  • For businesses who rely on walk-in traffic, they will be providing a yellow “We are open” banners for use throughout the construction.
  • Coordinate a full-page newspaper ad in the Herald Progress for all of the businesses on the construction block and remind customers/clients that businesses are open throughout the construction.
  • Post a sign on England Street reading “Businesses open during construction”, including a sign directing clients to back door entrances and parking
  • Provide “Detour” signs by public works, and post a-frame signs as needed to direct the public to parking and back entrances.
Please feel free to send ideas or suggestions to Alexis Thompson 798-1073  athompson@town.ashland.va.us.
Non-Profits do great things!
Ashland Main Street Association applauds 'The Center' of the Center of the Universe for all they do to support the arts.  "Fiddler on the Roof" was AMAZING - many thanks to Lorie Foley for another spectacular year in running the Theater Camp!   We are excited that The Center will be hosting Ashland's FIRST Craft Beer Festival on Sept. 28th!  The Center has been awarded a 1 to 1 matching grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to help repair the 154 year old building.  They are now working on replacing siding and painting the outside of this historic gem in downtown Ashland.  Please consider a donation to help. You can write a check to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center and send to 500 S. Center St. Ashland, VA 23005. The contribution is entirely tax-deductible.  We hope to see you at the festival this month!   Questions?  Contact Tayloe Moore at 798-2728 or visit www.hanoverarts.org
Rehearsals Begin for Ashland’s Masterworks Chorale
Do you enjoy singing with a group? The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale invites new and former singers to join the chorale for the 2013/14 season. Fall rehearsals begin Monday, September 9, from 7–9:15 pm, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, in Ashland. The first rehearsal is free and open to all interested singers.
Sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses are all welcome in preparation for the December concert of Festive music, with performances in Ashland and Richmond. Formal musical training is not a requirement, although some experience with choral singing is encouraged.
To learn about our organization, please visit http://www.cvamc.org. If you have questions about the fall program of music, please contact our new director David Sinden at 804/545.5406 or cvmc.director@gmail.com.

Don't miss the End of Summer Street Party with Ron Moody and the Centaurs Saturday, September 21st 6-11pm in the Library Plaza.  Visit www.ashlandstreetparties.com for more info! 
Enjoy History? 
Have some time to spare?
How about volunteering for the Ashland Museum? 
Click HERE to submit your contact information or visit us at 105 Hanover Avenue in downtown Ashland.  The museum is open Sat 10am-2pm and Sun Noon-2pm.
The current Ashland Museum exhibit “From Antebellum Resort to Civil War Town: 1836-1865” is receiving great reviews! After October 3rd  the museum will have an additional exhibit "Ashland Reborn: 1865 to 1899".  It will cover Reconstruction, The Freedmans Bureau in Ashland, Schools & Churches founded in the second half of the nineteenth century, and residences & businesses that came after the war.
The Ashland Library is offering a new Adult Program on how to make beer.  Come and listen to the folks from the The COTU Brewing Company who will share their expertise on Friday, October 11 at 7pm.  After the discussion - the Caboose Wine & Cheese across the street will offer samples of COTU beer!  We love that our library has unique programs for all ages!  Click HERE to see what other classes and programs are being offered at our downtown library. Questions?  Contact Cathy Bach at 798-4072.   
Business Spotlight: Off and Dancing!

Ashland welcomes the newest dance studio in town - OFF AND DANCING!  Owner Pamela Bishop is excited to share her talent with the Center of the Universe.    Located next to the HP building, at 110 Thompson St. stop on by to learn something new this Fall!
Featured Artist: Pat Morris
Jewelry Inspired by Nature
Patricia Morris grew up on several eastern beaches from Newport, Rhode Island to Florida and has a strong connection with the Atlantic landscape, especially the Outer Banks.  In her work as a jewelry designer, she takes inspiration from the ever-changing forms and colors in the sky, sand and surf, and in the birds and plants that are able to thrive in this somewhat hostile environment.  Then there are the swampy woodlands of Ashland where she settled in 1983.  She watches the course of nature throughout the seasons – from the first peek of daffodils in February to the decaying leaves and branches on the forest floor in winter.  At the base of all of this is the earth – clay, sand, loam – that provide the nutrients to sustain plant life.  She loves to “get her hands dirty” – gardening and playing with clay.  Over the years, her childhood mud pies became clay pieces for her nature inspired jewelry. 
Morris says, “As a designer, my first thoughts are always of color.  Every color evokes its own feeling.  Every ray of light magnifies or changes that feeling and suggests to me the line, form, and texture elements needed to make a design work.”   She creates affordable pieces for real women like herself who love fashion and jewelry.   The materials she uses include porcelain and stoneware clays finished in a variety of glazes and firing techniques from low-fire to Raku.  All of the findings are sterling, Turkish, Thai, and Bali silver, pewter, and Vermeil.  Beads include modern and vintage freshwater pearls, shells, glass, semi-precious stones, metals, and wood. 
She sells her clay jewelry at Thrill of the Hunt and her pieces with vintage materials can be found at re*funk*it.  Visit www.morrisdesignjewelry.com to view examples of her work.
Visit our Downtown Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)

Sept 5   6-8pm   First Thursday Show  "Art of the Horse"  (Show runs through Sept 28th)

Sept 14   3-5pm  Art Chat  “Virginia is Our First Name” featuring Virginia artists from the VMFA collection and contemporary Virginia artists will be presented by Mr. Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Sept 2  3-5pm Opening Show for artist Sarah Peters (Show runs til Oct 11)

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

Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland. Visit the websites below for more information. 

Cross Mill Gallery
Art Studio at 301
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education

Randolph-Macon Gives Back to Community

Sept. 16, Mon 7pm  Sun Trust Theater, Brock Commons
Lecture by Timothy Bromage, NYU Professor of Biomaterials and Biominetics:  Lecture combines two topics: â€œWhat Cells Will Do For Global Climate Change” and “Being Nearly Human.” 

Sept. 23, Mon 7pm  Blackwell Auditorium
Lecture: "Hazing: Everyone's Concern"

Sept. 25, Wed 7pm Aerobics Room, Brock Center Aerobics Rm.
Performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia

Sept. 30, Mon 4:45pm Audio Visual Room McGraw-Page Library
French Film:  Les Perruches

Oct 4-6 Fri-Sun R-MC
Family Weekend for R-MC college students.  If you see parents & students around town - welcome them to the Center of the Universe!

This August Randolph-Macon hosted the Bluemont Music Concert Series on the Steps of Blackwell Auditorium  and offered an indoor retreat due to bad weather.   R-MC Students, Staff along with members of the community enjoyed the last show of the Daryl Davis Band on August 25th, 2013.  The steps make a fantastic venue!  Many thanks to Randolph-Macon for giving so much to our community!
Ashland is truly a WALK/RUN FRIENDLY town!  

Many events are  planned for this Fall that will benefit many! Click on the links below for more details & to register! 

Slay the Dragon Walk/Run
Saturday, September 21st   
Begins at Carter Park 
Benefits:  National LeioMyosarcoma Foundation

Pumpkin Run
Saturday, October 5th  Begins at Ashland Berry Farm
Benefits:  Hanover Safe Place

Ashland CROP Hunger Walk
Saturday, October 5th  Begins at Carter Park
Benefits: Ashland Christian Emergency Services

Ashland Harvest Walk/Run
Saturday, October 19  Begins at Carter Park
Benefits:  Hanover Habitat for Humanity, Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, Patrick Henry Family Y, ACES, WHEAT & The RAFT House


The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for September:

Adult's new underwear and socks
Children's pajamas
Children's new underwear and socks
Children's lightly used tennis shoes
Diapers and pull-ups - size 4 and up
Baby wipes

Canned meats
Canned corn
Canned mixed vegetables
Canned pork and beans
Canned soup
Instant rice
Instant potatoes
Instant oatmeal
Toilet tissue
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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About Ashland Main Street Association & '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.  GET CENTERED is our monthly newsletter that highlights events in the Center of the Universe.  

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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