GET CENTERED  June/July 15'  
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June/July 2015 Issue:

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Main Street Happenings
Town Update
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College 
Featured Artists:  
The Center Players performing in "Bye-Bye Birdie"

Featured Business:
Diane Hale School of Dance

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Tickets go on sale June 8th for the ninth musical theatre production of "Bye-Bye Birdie" performed by The Center Players.  

An Old Fashion Flag Day Celebration will take place prior to the  Ashland Street Party on Saturday June 13th. Visit for more information.   


The Lawn Chair Brigade is a signature event at the July 4th parade.  

Ashland Main Street's Theater Committee has organized 43 events since Nov 21, 2014. 5 more events are planned for June 2015.   Ashland Main Street Association is celebrating their 2nd Year as a designated Main Street Community on June 7, 2015.
Upcoming Events

June 4 Thurs 5:30pm 
Gallery Flux & Iron Horse Restaurant (8:30-11pm) 
Ashland First Thursday 

June 6 Sat 10am-5pm 
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland Strawberry Faire

June 6 Sat 2pm & 7pm
Patrick Henry High School
Diane Hale School of Dance Performs 'The Wizard of Oz'

June 6 Sat 7:30pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (Kids 18 & Under FREE)

June 11 Thurs 6pm 
Gallery Flux
Art Talk: Lisa Freiman, Director of Institute of Contemporary Art

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

June 12 Fri 7:30pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  The Sandlot (Benefit for the Ashland Barracudas Swim Team)

June 13 Sat 6-7:30pm 
Ashland Library
Old Fashion Flag Day Celebration

June 13 Sat 8-11pm
Ashland Library
Ashland Street Party (Benefit for Wine for Cures)

June 14 Sun 4-6pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Juneteenth Celebration

June 17 Wed 6-7:30pm

Ashland Library
Forensics with the Hanover County Sheriff's Dept.  
*Ages 9-16

June 18 Thurs 7-8:30pm
Ashland Library
Musical Evening with Gene and Gayla Mills 

June 20 Sat 7:30pm  Doors open at 6pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  Grease

June 21 Sun 4pm  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY- FREE FOR ALL!  Doors open at 3pm
Ashland Theater
Movie:  In the Heat of the Night

June 22  Mon 1pm
Ashland Library
Zoo Pro Adventures

June 23  Tues 6:30-7:30pm
Ashland Theater (For Business & Property Owners)
Ashland Main Street Business/Theater Update

June 23  Tues 7-8pm
Ashland Library
Murder at the Book Group Discussion with Author Maggie King  

June 26, 27,28  
Hanover Tavern
Play:  Bye Bye Birdie

June 26 Fri 7:30pm 
Ashland Theater
Movie:  Back to the Future

June 27 Sat 3pm 
Ashland Theater

June 28 Sun 2:30pm 
Ashland Library
Lecture:  "The Decisions for War in 1914" by Michael D. Krause, PhD

July 4 Fri 11am - 1:30pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Old Fashioned Parade & Patriotic Concert

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

Behind the Curtain Saturday Arts and Craft Shows  Every Sat 8am - 1pm 

Live Music: Ashland Coffee & Tea (Song-Writer Showdown on Tuesday nights), Iron HorseFarmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Craft Beer: Center of the Universe Brewery & Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .

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Check the Town Calendar for updates! 

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

Summer Camps in Downtown Ashland & MANY LIBRARY EVENTS!

Is your child interested in History OR Theater OR Dance? Check out these opportunities by these dedicated & creative organizations:

Hanover Arts & Activities Center Theater Camp - July 20-24.   No auditions required! Visit or call 798-2728 for more information.

Ashland Museum Camps - 2 amazing opportunities!
(1) Boxcar Children Workshops
Nine sessions offered: June 13 -29
A 3-hour workshop of railroad-themed stories, songs, games & crafts led Tiny Tim’s Toys and held at the Ashland Museum. For rising 2nd, 3rd & 4th graders. Registration is now open. $35/$40.

(2) Camp Ashland – History Camp for kids
Mon-Fri, Aug. 3 – 7, 9 am – 12 pm
Learn about life in the 1800’s through games, activities and hikes around town. Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open. $90/$100.

Visit or call 804.368.7314 for more information & register your child TODAY!

Diane Hale School of Dance
Dance Camp & Classes offered throughout the summer.  Visit or call 804.798.3011 for more information.

Ashland Library - Click HERE to see a list of summer activities. There is something for everyone! 
Celebrate July 4th at the Center!  

Many thanks to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center for hosting the Old Fashioned July 4th parade which includes the Hanover Concert Band performance!  Visit for more information!  Look for Main Street's Ice Cream Cart featuring 'Patriotic' flavors! 

Ashland's own Whistle Stop Theatre Company was voted Richmond Style Weekly's (second) Best Theatre for 2015!   Louise Keeton, founder and previous GET CENTERED featured artist was voted Style Weekly's Best Actress!  The Ashland Community is so proud of you!  Many thanks for sharing your talents at the Theater for "Snow White & the Super Dwarves" in April 2015.  


Follow what's next for Louise and the Whistle Stop Theatre Co.!  Visit   
FUN TO DO in Ashland
Sky Gazing before sunset is a beautiful thing in the Center of the Universe.  Take a walk or bike ride along the railroad tracks and remember to take frequent stops to appreciate the gorgeous lighting in our sweet town.  There are paintings at Gallery Flux that capture this beauty!    Photo ops are all over.  The LOVE art at the Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center is very popular. Another favorite spot is at the  Randolph-Macon fountain!  ENJOY the tranquility of summer in our wonderful college town.  Happy Summer Ashland!  
June Means FUN in the Center of the Universe
PRINT THE ASHLAND THEATER SCHEDULE BELOW & JOIN US FOR SHOWS EVERY WEEKEND IN JUNE!   Click HERE to purchase your tickets on-line! Walk-Ups Welcome!    Note:  Kids 18 & Under admitted FREE for 6/1 (Harry Potter) & 6/7 (Magic at the Theater).  ALL are admitted FREE on 6/21 Father's Day!   

150 Years of Freedom, Church and Song:
A Juneteenth Celebration 

Sunday, June 14, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St.) Light refreshments will follow the program.  FREE and Open to the Public. 

Join us as we celebrate 150 years of the long struggle for freedom. This event will include commentary on the crucial roles that churches played as agents of education; and gospel songs, instrumental music, poetry, readings, and other activities. This is our sixth annual program. 

Kevin Pleasants and the Singers will offer a selection of gospel songs and hymns.  Billy Squared (Billy Petito and Billy Smolin) will offer familiar and original instrumental music. This event is sponsored by the Black Studies program at R-MC, and the Hanover County Black Heritage Society.  For more information contact Professor Alphine Jefferson 804.752.3218
Town Update
Photo above: VTC Vice President Chris Canfield presents Main Street's Tom Wulf and Town Planning Director Nora Amos with a framed "Drive Tourism" certificate at the workshop wrap-up.  
Town to Receive $10K for Drive Tourism Workshop

Ashland wants the rest of the universe to know why it is THE CENTER, and is getting a big boost from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). VTC hosted a "Drive Tourism" workshop at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center on Monday, June 1st, to help Ashland forge a five-year marketing/tourism strategy. Clark Mercer, member of Main Street's Theater Committee, was instrumental in getting VTC to bring its work session to Ashland -- only a handful of Virginia communities are selected for the initiative.  Workshop participants included representatives from Ashland businesses, nonprofit organizations, Randolph-Macon College and the Town.  VTC facilitators helped the group identify Ashland's primary lure (trains!), products that could be enhanced (signage, business operating hours), attractions we'd like to have in two-years (outdoor music venue!), and a "game-changer" tourist attraction to build within five years (trolley line bike trail!).  Upon successful completion of a follow-up session, the Town of Ashland will receive a $10,000 grant from VTC to go towards implementation of the plan.  
Attention Business Leaders & Property Owners- JOIN US June 23rd! 
All business and property owners in Ashland's defined downtown and surrounding areas are invited to attend an Ashland Main Street Business Update on Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Ashland Theater.  The one-hour meeting will consist of a 35-minute BRIEFING on downtown initiatives and /Q&A. There  will have time for refreshments and socializing after the briefing.. 
Main Street has several objectives with this session:
  • Provide a brief overview of the Main Street program
  • Share our current projects and initiatives within the downtown
  • Give an update on the theater renovation project
  • Introduce Joe Topham, the Town’s new Business Retention and Expansion Manager.
  • Identify resources for helping make building improvements, including available grant programs for façade enhancement and building revitalization.
  • Share our vision for the town
  • Respond to any questions or recommendations you may have.
Also joining us will be the Town’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Nora Amos, who can provide updates on the Railroad Avenue streetscaping project, Route 1 and 54 enhancements, and additional Town initiatives.
The primary goal of the Main Street program is to drive greater economic activity in our business community.  We hope this meeting will help the Ashland Main Street Association become a more effective partner with our downtown businesses.  All business and property owners within the boundaries of the downtown and surrounding districts are invited to attend.  We hope to see you there!
Relay Food Truck @ COTU

Starting June 11th & every Thursday from 3:30-7pm  the Relay Food truck will be located on Duncan St. behind the Town Hall building in the Farmers Market Lot between Thompson St and Hanover Ave. (121 Thompson St). : For more information visit
Arts & Culture
Bike Gardens & MORE are Sprouting Up-  HELP US GROW! 

Since May 2nd, Bike Art & Bike Gardens continue to SPROUT in Ashland!   Ashland Main Street is excited to see this happen in readiness for the UCI World Bicycle Championships Sept 19-27th.  We are publishing a bike garden 'art' scavenger hunt to welcome our town visitors and would love to feature your bike 'art' garden design.     Email for ideas for creating a bike garden and to tell us where your art is displayed.  We can't wait to see what you create!  Use your imagination!  If you don't have time - visit refunkit (120 Hanover Ave).  They have lots of 'bike art' options available!  Let's show the world how much Ashland loves the biking community!  
Ashland Museum teams with Tiny Tim's Toys! 
GREAT FUN for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Graders!

(9) Workshops are available each weekend starting June 13th at the Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave) in downtown Ashland.  Kids share a story from series 'The Boxcar Children' by Gertrude Chandler Warner and take home a copy of their  favorite episode.   They will learn about the history of Ashland and its important link to the railroad. Play railroad games. Climb aboard a real C&O red caboose and learn favorite railroad songs. Create your own cardboard boxcar. Participants are invited to wear their boxcar creation in the Ashland Fourth of July Parade.  The cost to attend a Workshop is $35 for a child of Ashland Museum members; $40 for non-members. A child needs to be pre-registered to attend.  Visit for more details & to sign up TODAY! 

More Exciting Museum Events! 

Lecture:  The Decisions for War in 1914
Speaker: Michael D. Krause, PhD
Sun., June 28, 2015, 2:30 pm
Ashland Library, 201 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005. Free.  Attendees are invited to gather at the Ashland Museum at 1:30pm to view the Museum’s new exhibit, Bringing in a New Century: 1900-1940.Krause
(Photo Above:  Guest Speaker Michael D Krause is a former deputy commander of the US Army Center of Military History and instructor and the National War College. He retired as a colonel from the Ordnance Corps.  Colonel Krause received his PhD in modern European history from Georgetown University in 1968. He coauthored Theater Logistics and the Gulf War and co-edited On Operational Art)

Camp Ashland – History Camp for kids

Mon-Fri, Aug. 3 – 7, 9 am – 12 pm
Learn about life in the 1800’s through games, activities and hikes around town. Held at Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, VA. For rising 2nd to 5th grade history buffs. Registration is now open. $90/$100.

Visit: to discover more fun facts about our family friendly museum.
Featured Artists: Senior & Young Adults performing in "Bye-Bye Birdie" The Center Players
(Pictured Above: Chance Johns, Atlee senior, Cody Hall, CNU Musical Theatre Major, Kaitlyn Tate, Patrick Henry senior, Dustin Pegram, CNU Music Major and Joseph Sandler, Patrick Henry senior. Not pictured: Carleigh Luck, Patrick Henry senior. Photo credit: Meredith Rigsby, Mechanicsville Local News Editor)
Ashland Main Street is excited to recognize (6)  talented seniors and young adults performing in 'Bye-Bye Birdie' as the featured artists for this issue of GET CENTERED.  The Hanover Arts & Activities Center, in partnership with the Hanover Tavern, is sponsoring “Bye Bye Birdie, the Center Players’ ninth musical theatre production which takes place June 26, 27 & 28th at the Historic Hanover Tavern. The lead roles in Birdie will be played by area seniors.  Conrad Birdie will be played by Chance Johns, an Atlee senior, who is heading to Roanoke College this fall.  Joseph Sandler, a Patrick Henry senior, is playing Albert Peterson, a role made famous by Dick Van Dyke.  Joseph is going to Carnegie Mellon this fall to study music.  Kaitlyn Tate, a senior from Patrick Henry, will play the comedic role of Mae Peterson.  Kaitlyn is joining VCU’s Theatre program this fall.  Carleigh Luck, who debuted as Dorothy in the The Center Player’s production of the Wizard of Oz in 2008, will play Alice and also perform in the Hundred Ways Ballet.  Carleigh is heading to High Point University this fall. The Center Players is excited that Cody Hall is returning from his first year at Christopher Newport University as a musical theatre major to play Mr. MacAfee.  And Dustin Pegram is returning to be understudy for Mr. MacAfee and to play bass in the pit.  Dustin is a music major at Christopher Newport University.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 26 at 7:00pm, Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 and 7:00pm and Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm at the Bradley Theatre in the historical Hanover Tavern.  The Tavern is also home to Virginia Repertory Theatre (Va Rep). Tickets will go on sale June 8.  For more information, please visit or call 804-798-2728.  You don't want to miss seeing these talented performers!  
Featured Business: Diane Hale School of Dance
(Photo:  Students from Diane Hale School of Dance who will perform at Patrick Henry High School on Saturday, June 6th. )
New Owners- Energized & Carry the Torch!  
Brenda Rath and Nancy Terrell became the new owners of Diane Hale School of Dance on July 1, 2014.  Both have known and been friends with Diane Hale for 40+ years and have been teaching there since the early 90's.  With their love of Diane Hale's school they are proudly carrying on their love of dance at this Ashland landmark!   They are so excited about their first end of season production, "The Wizard of OZ" which takes place on Saturday, June 6th at Patrick Henry HS. Shows are at 2 & 7pm. This is not your average dance recital!  Come on out to enjoy this wonderful show. Visit to find out about summer camps, classes & even birthday parties!  
3rd 'Amtrak' National Train Day
 Scavenger Hunt SUCCESS!

Many thanks to Pam Crisp, our Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center manager for coordinating 'Amtrak' National Train Day which took place on May 9th.  Visitors had fun seeing model trains and more at the Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center, Henry Clay Inn, Ashland Museum, Ashland Library, Ashland Theater & Tiny Tim's Toys.   Cinder and Tender, our Train Day Bears organized a scavenger hunt which included seeing a great performance by the Hanover Academy students at the Ashland Theater. The Visitor's Center included an incredible Lego Train display created by Connor Olin and the volunteers at the Ashland Main Street Ice-Cream cart which served Amtrak Vanilla & COTU Chocolate & Gatewood Strawberry to our rail fans. Bill Gatewood, our wonderful Ashland Train Day Chairman celebrated his birthday on this day too! Many thanks to all who came out for this fun event. Stay tuned for details about more TRAIN TOWN fun on Nov. 7, 2015  Ashland Train Day!  
Support A.C.E.S!  
Donations of clothing-toiletries and food are greatly appreciated. 
Clothing/Toiletry Items Needed:  
  • Men's new white undershirts, all sizes
  • Women's sleepwear, all sizes
  • Adult's gently used work shoes and tennis shoes, sizes 9 and up
  • Boy's summer tops and bottoms, sizes 8-10-12
  • Children's summer pajamas
  • Children's gently used shoes for summer
  • Children's new socks and underwear
  • Boy's belts
  • Diapers and pull-ups, sizes 5-6
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
Food Items Needed: 
  • Instant rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables (we have an abundant supply of green beans, corn and peas)
  • Cereals
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
Location for drop off:
 507B Caroline St. Mon,Wed,Fri  8:30-11:30am
Email for ideas on how to create a BIKE GARDEN!
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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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