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Oct/Nov 2014 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Featured Business:  

BIDSMITH AUCTIONS

Featured Artist:
Mel Titus

Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
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The Kiwanis Club of Ashland will be volunteering for Train Day! They also have a fund raiser on October 4th - 6-11pm  Casino Night at the Supply Room which they co-sponsor with MAP. Great food and entertainment - Tickets:  $50 a Couple, $35 Single.  Click HERE to purchase your ticket on-line or call  804-883-6118. 




1 year ago the Town of Ashland received the generous donation of the Ashland Theater.   We love that the marquee lights up with messages!  Stay tuned for updates on what is happening with the theater.




Downtown Ashland has its own Auction House!  Read about BIDSMITH AUCTIONS - our featured business! this month.

Mel Titus, our featured artist for this month will be showing her work at Train Day this year at the Farmer's Market.  Take a look at some of her beautiful work in this issue.


re*funk*it is getting into the Train Day Spirit!  Tommy Thomasson has created a rail road crossing sculpture that will be auctioned off!  Look for this at the new Trolly Stop on Nov. 1st.  



Caboose Wine & Cheese is now a part of a tech savie AP called "Stuff To Do"  Check out the options that Ashland downtown businesses should consider! 
Upcoming Events
Remember to show your Lemon and Black on Oct. 23-26th R-MC Homecoming Weekend! 

Oct 2  FIRST THURSDAY Reception: Marilyn Hageman Borglum  
equestrian artist
Gallery Flux (307B England St.) 5:30-8pm – Show runs til Oct. 31
*Music at Iron Horse after the show starting at 8:30pm.

Oct 3,4,5  R-MC Movie “Tammy”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 3,4 Behind The Curtain Show “Ashland Haunted History Tour" 
Tour Begins at 114 N. Railroad Ave. Henry Clay Inn; 6-8pm Every 15 minutes $10  www.haunted ashland.com

Oct 4 Sat  Pumpkin Run  5K or 1 mile walk
Race begins at Ashland Berry Farm, Benefits Hanover Safe Place www.hanoversafeplace.com

Oct 4  Sat  Ashland Crop Hunger Walk 3 miles
Race begins at Carter Park 8:30am  Benefits Ending Hunger

Oct 4 Sat   Ashland Old Time Jam & Irish Session
Ashland Coffee & Tea 10am-1pm
www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com

Oct 4  Sat  Casino Night sponsored by MAP & the Kiwanis Club
Supply Room Company; 6-11pm.  Call 883-6118 or Get tickets online www.shopashlandfirst.com

Oct 5 Sun R-MC Pre-Concert Lecture  &Richmond Symphony Orchestra: Metro Collection
Lecture:Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room 2pm FREE
Symphony: Blackwell Auditorium, 3pm  $ Ticket Required – call 804-788-1212

Oct 7 Tues R-MC Poetry: Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey 
Blackwell Auditorium, 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 8 Wed R-MC Latin Ballet of Virginia Performance
Brock Center Aerobics Room 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 10 Fri  Library Program:  Scavenger Hunt
Ashland Library  201 S. Railroad Ave.  6-7:30pm Ages 11-16  Refreshments provided

Oct 10 Fri  Masterworks Chorale & Hanover Concert Band
The Center  500 S. Center St.  7pm  Free - Donations Appreciated

Oct 10-11  Behind The Curtain Show “Something Wicked's Slash Coffin Factory" 
118 B Thompson St.  9pm, 10pm & 11pm  $20  www.seesomethingwicked.com

Oct 10,11 Behind The Curtain Show “Ashland Haunted History Tour" 
Tour Begins at 114 N. Railroad Ave. Henry Clay Inn; 6-8pm Every 15 minutes $10  www.haunted ashland.com

Oct 17,18,19 R-MC Movie “Jersey Boys”
 Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 17 Fri R-MC Quartet: “An Evening of Bossa Nova with Quatro Na Bossa”
Blackwell Auditorium, 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 17-18  Behind The Curtain Show “Something Wicked's Slash Coffin Factory" 
118 B Thompson St.  9pm, 10pm & 11pm  $20  www.seesomethingwicked.com

Oct 17,18 Behind The Curtain Show “Ashland Haunted History Tour" 
Tour Begins at 114 N. Railroad Ave. Henry Clay Inn; 6-8pm Every 15 minutes $10  www.haunted ashland.com

Oct 18 Sat   Ashland Old Time Jam & Irish Session
Ashland Coffee & Tea 10am-1pm
www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com

Oct 18 Sat  Sat Virginia Art Chat with Mr. Duane Keiser 
Gallery Flux (307B England St.) 1pm.  Learn about the new Institute of Comtemporary Art.

Oct 18 Sat Saturday Harvest Run 10K & Pumpkin Walk 5K
Race begins at Carter Park $

Oct 19 Sun R-MC  Flippo Gallery Opening Show  Reception “Earth, Sea and Sky”  by Chris Palmer
Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall  3-5pm – Show runs til Nov 14

Oct 22 Wed R-MC Debate “British Debaters vs. R-MC
 Washington-Franklin Hall 7:30pm FREE

Oct 24 Fri  Library Program:  Boo to You Too! 
Ashland Library  201 S. Railroad Ave. 6-7:30pm Ages 4-10 & Families too!   Refreshments provided
 
Oct 24-26  R-MC Homecoming Weekend  Welcome Students and Families Around Town. 

Oct 25 Sat & Oct 26th Sun  
Whistle Stop Theatre Presents "The Little Mermaid"

201 Duncan St.  Ashland Firehouse Theater 
Performances at 2pm & 4pm  $10  
www.WhistleStopTheatre.weebly.com

Oct 24,25,26 R-MC Movie “Captain America 2”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 24-25 Behind The Curtain Show “Something Wicked's Slash Coffin Factory" 
118 B Thompson St.  9pm, 10pm & 11pm  $20  www.seesomethingwicked.com

Oct24,25  Behind The Curtain Show “Ashland Haunted History Tour" 
Tour Begins at 114 N. Railroad Ave. Henry Clay Inn; 6-8pm Every 15 minutes $10  www.haunted ashland.com

Oct 27  Mon R-MC Women’s Studies Lecture Series “Why Isn’t Anne of Cleves Ugly”? Based on Henry VIII
Old Chapel  Room 212  7pm   FREE

Oct 28  Tues R-MC Women’s Studies Lecture Series “Mary Magdelene, The Da Vinci Code, and History”
Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room 7pm FREE

Oct 28,29,30  Behind The Curtain Show “Something Wicked's Slash Coffin Factory" 
118 B Thompson St.  9pm, 10pm & 11pm  $20  www.seesomethingwicked.com

Oct 28,29,30 Behind The Curtain Show “Ashland Haunted History Tour" 
Tour Begins at 114 N. Railroad Ave. Henry Clay Inn; 6-8pm Every 15 minutes $10  www.haunted ashland.com

Oct 31  Fri  Halloween At The Center & Hanover Concert Band
 The Center 500 S. Center St. 6:30-8:30pm  FREE  www.hanoverarts.org

Oct 31, Nov 1, 2 R-MC Movie “Quiet Ones”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Nov 1  Sat 12th Annual Ashland Train Day  
Celebrate Ashland’s railroad heritage along our tracks.  Trolley rides & family fun! 10am - 5pm  FREE www.AshlandTrainDay.com 
ON TRACK for TRAIN DAY Nov. 1st!
Saturday, Nov. 1st will be our 12th annual Train Day and promises to be the biggest and best Train Day yet.  Some of the features this year include: 
  • A Train Day Scavenger Hunt for rail fans who visit all of the model railroad venues.
  • Music and performing arts all day long sponsored by Chick-fil-A
  • Civil War 150 History Mobile
  • Richmond Region Tourism Mobile Visitors Center
  • More Train Day vendor booth spaces, many of which can be reserved for your business/organization through one of our sponsorship levels.  Click HERE for details. 
  • Returning attractions: kiddie train rides, moon bounce, railroad storytellers, antique vehicles, and screenings of the Ashland documentary “A Railroad Runs Through It.”
Thanks to our sponsors, Ashland Train Day is FREE to the public.  It is the only Ashland event that is specifically designed to benefit our downtown business community, and we expect more visitors this year than ever before!   There is still time to sign up to become a sponsor for this family friendly event.  October 8th is the Deadline - Click HERE to sign up on-line or call our Train Day HOT LINE # 804-412-7288.  All sponsors will be featured in our Train Day brochure, website, facebook & in GET CENTERED.    We look forward to celebrating our railroad heritage with you!  

Tom Wulf   
Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association
LOVE HORSES? -Visit Gallery Flux First Thursday Oct 2nd 5:30-8pm
Calling All Equestrian Lovers - Join us TONIGHT 10/2  for this 'must see' event:   Gallery Flux Opening Show: 'Portrait of the Horse' Fine Art by Marilyn Borglum features equine art and urban drawings.  After the show stroll in downtown Ashland and enjoy our great restaurants & live music.    

Felix Stevens' Band - 'The Tender' will be playing at the Iron Horse restaurant starting at 8:30pm.   Chris Fuller and Frank Coleman will be playing at Ashland Coffee & Tea starting at 7pm.  Ashland has wonderful talent!    Our Arts & Culture District has so much to offer- Enjoy!
Whistle Stop Theatre at the Firehouse Announces 6th Season!
The Whistle Stop Theatre Company is proud to announce their 2014-2015 season which includes two plays written by Ashland's talented Louise Keeton with music composed by Samuel Aaron.   Join us in the Center of The Universe and enjoy these inventive re-tellings of classic tales your whole family will love!   NEW THIS YEAR - *Auditions to participate in the Fall Production!  See details below.

Play #1:  The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid longs to know the world above and to gain an immortal soul but when she makes a bargain with the sea witch, she gets more than she bargains for. Experience Hans Christian Anderson’s original story and all its wonder at The Whistle Stop Theatre Company this fall!  

Saturday October 25th -2:00pm and 4:00pm
Sunday October 26th- 2:00pm and 4:00pm
 
Play #2:  Snow White and The Super Dwarfs
When her father, President Dack, is held hostage by super villain, Repella, it is up to Snow White to save her Dad and the country. She teams up with the Daring Warriors Against Freaky Superheroes (DWARFS) she discovers that friendship is the greatest superpower of all. 

Saturday April 20th -2:00pm and 4:00pm
Sunday April 21th- 2:00pm and 4:00pm


***  $10 Admission for each play.  Performance location: The Ashland Firehouse Theatre, 201 Duncan Street, Ashland VA 23005
Reservations can be made at whistlestoptheatre@gmail.com
 
*Auditions for The Little Mermaid!

The Whistle Stop Theatre Company is holding auditions for its fall production of The Little Mermaid.  Auditions will be held at The Ashland Firehouse Theatre (201 Duncan Street, Ashland VA 23005) Saturday October 4th 12:00-2:00pm

Please arrive promptly at 12:00. Bring your head shot, resume and 16-bars of music.

All actors 14 years old and up are encouraged to audition. All positions are volunteer. Any questions can be directed by email to whistlestoptheatre@gmail.com

Theater Open on Train Day - Nov. 1st
 
Sat. Nov. 1stTrain Day will kick off their film series with Train cartoons and movies throughout the day.  In addition, the Ashland Museum Documentary "A Railroad Runs Through It" will be shown 1pm & 2pm.  Fresh hot popcorn which will be sold all day! 
Ashland Museum Has the TRAIN DAY Spirit
VOLUNTEERS Needed!  

 
Many thanks to the Ashland Museum for being a 'true' partner for Train Day.  They have arranged to have a Civil War Ranger program and will also have dancers from Off And Dancing! Studio to entertain the crowd outside their doors on Nov. 1st.   Red Caboose tours will take place all day  & animal crackers will be sold - remember the Circus Train!  Volunteers are needed to help at our friendly museum.  Visit www.ashlandmuseum.org for more information about their latest exhibit and volunteer opportunities.  
 
Join us at The Center on October 10, 2014 at 7pm for a concert with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale and the Hanover Concert Band! Complimentary light refreshments will be provided by the band and Chorale members to enjoy during this "Boston pops" style performance. Admission is free but donations are welcome!
Business Spotlight: BIDSMITH AUCTIONS
Auction House in Downtown Ashland!  

Cool, eclectic fun things are constantly being brought to BIDSMITH AUCTIONS - our own downtown auction house located at 204 S. Washington HWY (next to Pepicelli's where ACE Hardware used to be).   The auctions take place on-line but you are encouraged to come by to see the merchandise at this unique space.  A variety of items come in as seen in the photos above.  The tea kettle and stand is from the early 1800s.  Dishware, midcentury modern furniture, slot machines - you name it - BIDSMITH's gets variety.    

Just in time for Train Day - BIDSMITH's is having a PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES Auction which closes on Tuesday, November 4th at 2pm.  You can preview all items to include R.C. Airplanes, Model Trains & more on Train Day , Nov. 1st from 10am-2pm.   

BIDSMITH's accepts consignments (30%) and  is open from 10am-5pm Mon-Thurs and Sat 10am - 2pm.  Auctions are held every week and close on Thursdays.  All items can be seen on-line and you are welcome to go by an see the items prior to bidding on them.  
Questions, Do you have something you want to consign?
Contact co-owner, Rob Silliman at 368-7752 or email Rob@bidsmith.net

To bid on the latest and greatest at BIDSMITH AUCTION...visit    www.bidsmith.net
BIG MOVES for
b. whimsy and WAVES Hair Studio

b. whimsy is moving right next to Gallery Flux Annex & the R-MC Visitor's Center -Visit  302A England St. (where Salon Atlantis used to be)  The extra space will show off all of their latest and greatest creations! Move In Date- October 7th!

Waves Hair Studio is moving to 604 England St. Ashland (in the old pet groomers building "Heavenly Clips")  They are excited to offer more services in their new location. Move in Date - October 1st

Visit them on Facebook and stop by and see their new locations in the Center of the Universe.   
Featured Artist: Mel Titus
Pottery Inspired by Nature and Friendship

'Organic, earthy, natural' are words to describe pottery created by local Ashland artist, Mel Titus.   When visiting her studio she shared that she enjoys watching people examine her creations.   "It's like a 3-D treasure hunt when they discover all the details",  Mel said when showing a large clam shell piece with several small starfish on the front and back of the piece. She has turtles laying their eggs in others!  

Mel is inspired to help others.  A percent of the profit she makes on her "shell angels" (photo below)  is donated to benefit Breast Cancer research.   Photo Left:   Mel shows her latest work which reflects her love of Great Blue Herons; a passion she shares with a close friend.   
 
Mel's work is on display at art shows and galleries in Virginia throughout the year.  She will do special orders and customers are welcome to call her for a studio appointment.   Look for her gorgeous creations at these local upcoming shows:  
  • Sat Nov.1 (Ashland Train Day) & Sat Dec.6  Ashland Farmer's Market   Behind Town Hall, Ashland VA
  • Fri Nov 21-Sat Nov 22 Heavenly Creations Art and Craft Show  St. James the Less Church, Ashland VA
Contact Mel's Pottery to discover her next creation!  
Phone:  804.752.1086
Studio:  203 Race Course St. Ashland, VA
Website: melspottery.wordpress.com
email:  melspottery@gmail.com
Visit our Downtown Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm)  Fine Art by Marilyn Borglum features equine art and urban drawings.  Show runs until Nov. 29th. 

 
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Paces Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College, Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Oct 19  3-5pm Opening Reception "Earth, Sea and Sky" for artist Chris Palmer.   Show runs until Nov. 14th.  
 
Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. 

refunkit
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 your community.
Caboose Wine & Cheese is on board with a new Hanover phone app called Stuff To Do!  The Stuff to Do app,  is geared towards "helping small business compete in a big way." By this designer Jamie Grant, an R-MC graduate wants to help people realize what is being offered nearby, by local businesses, non-profits, and artists. The Stuff to Do app is easy to download via Google Play and later Amazon, and is completely free to consumers. There is no need to pay for, download, or stress about coupons. When business owners have specials or events going on, users will be notified by the app and can simply show their smart phone or tablet to receive special perks. For business owners the app is affordable, and predominantly hands-off. Design, distribution, and promotion of ads and the app are taken care of by designer Jamie Grant. 
 
The "time saving factor" is what attracted Ian, at the The Caboose to the Stuff to Do app. For just $199.99 a year (Premium Package), Ian can advertise The Caboose's location, hours, website, on-going specials, and up to three app-exclusive  deals per year. These deals are comparable to those offered by Groupon and Livingsocial, but are completely free to users. Even more, the business owner does not require a percentage of income made from the coupons. All of this is covered in the one year subscription.
 
The Stuff to Do app launches the first week of November.  As an incentive, Stuff to Do is offering 15% off of any advertising package. This can be combined with the 10% discount off of any two year subscription. To view examples of the app, ads, and to learn more, please visit https://squareup.com/market/ApzaarApps, email Jamie Grant via jgrant8956@gmail.com, or call  (804) 445-3134.
 
To receive 15% off online enter PROMOTETHECENTER at checkout. This offer is is valid from til October 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
 
Randolph-Macon offers Art, Music, Lectures & Plays!
Upcoming October R-MC Events - (Open to the Public)


Oct 3,4,5  R-MC Movie “Tammy”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 5 Sun R-MC Pre-Concert Lecture  & Richmond Symphony Orchestra: Metro Collection
Lecture:Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room 2pm FREE
Symphony: Blackwell Auditorium, 3pm  $ Ticket Required – call 804-788-1212

Oct 7 Tues R-MC Poetry: Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey 
Blackwell Auditorium, 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 8 Wed R-MC Latin Ballet of Virginia Performance
Brock Center Aerobics Room 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 17,18,19 R-MC Movie “Jersey Boys”
 Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 17 Fri R-MC Quartet: “An Evening of Bossa Nova with Quatro Na Bossa”
Blackwell Auditorium, 7:30pm   FREE

Oct 19 Sun R-MC  Flippo Gallery Opening Show  Reception “Earth, Sea and Sky”  by Chris Palmer
Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall  3-5pm – Show runs til Nov 14

Oct 22 Wed R-MC Debate “British Debaters vs. R-MC
 Washington-Franklin Hall 7:30pm FREE
 
Oct 24-26  R-MC Homecoming Weekend  Welcome Students and Families Around Town. 

Oct 24,25,26 R-MC Movie “Captain America 2”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Oct 27  Mon R-MC Women’s Studies Lecture Series “Why Isn’t Anne of Cleves Ugly”? Based on Henry VIII
Old Chapel  Room 212  7pm   FREE

Oct 28  Tues R-MC Women’s Studies Lecture Series “Mary Magdelene, The Da Vinci Code, and History”
Brock Commons Dollar Tree Community Room 7pm FREE

Oct 31, Nov 1, 2 R-MC Movie “Quiet Ones”
Brock Commons Suntrust Theater   Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 2pm Free for R-MC, $2 Public

Many Thanks to R-MC for giving so much to our downtown community!



Ashland Harvest Run & Pumpkin Walk
Saturday, October 18  Begins at Carter Park
Benefits:  Hanover Habitat for Humanity, Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, Patrick Henry Family Y, ACES, WHEAT & The RAFT House
A.C.E.S. WISH LIST

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  Here is their Wish List for October:
 
Adult Clothing
Gently used tennis shoes
Winter coats - all sizes
Men's jeans and Docker style pants (sizes 28-50)
 
Children's Clothing
Winter coats
Gently used school shoes
Winter pajamas
Girls: new underwear (sizes 12-16)
Boys: new underwear and socks (sizes 8-12)
Boy's winter clothes (sizes 6-12)
 
Food
canned meats & stews
canned vegetables
canned fruits
baked beans
cereal
jelly
instant potatoes & rice
mac & cheese

Other
Can openers
Toiletry Items
Towel sets
Queen and king sheet sets
    
Any donation of non-perishable food would be welcomed and encouraged. Our food pantry is extremely low.  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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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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