What's Happening in Downtown Ashland - Feb/Mar '14
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Feb-Mar 2014 Issue:


Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Businesses
Nonprofits
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Upcoming Events

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Message from
Tom Wulf Ashland Main Street Association Executive Director
Happy Valentines Day Ashland!    
Visit the Center of the Universe & surprise your valentine with a photo taken by our LOVE sign!  This sign was made by Pam Crisp, our friendly Visitor's Center manager & Ashland Main Street Promotions Committee member.  Look for this sign featured on our FUTURE Ashland Main Street Association website!  
Visit us on the Web: http://www.mainstreetashland.org 
Questions/Ideas email:  mainstreetashland@gmail.com
 PO Box 33 Ashland, VA 23005  
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Suite 100 of the Henry Clay Inn is now the home of the Hanover County Black Heritage Society.  There will be a meet and greet on Feb. 23rd

Jessica Robertson Photographic Artistry is offering photography classes!  Her next class is Mar 3.  They also are doing a special benefit for the Hanover Humane Society on Feb 12-13.  Call their studio 798-7980 for more details! 

Randolph-Macon College will be getting a brand new website which will include a new and improved calendar feature that can be shared with our town and the Ashland Main Street Association.  Stay tuned for updates!   

Hanover Idols started in 2007 and the idea is credited to John Gordon who thought our county had great talent to share!  The 5th Hanover Idol competition will take place on Mar. 2nd.  Read about the exciting careers of our former Idols!

Our featured artist for this month, Clifford Earl, has had his work displayed in the Smithsonian!  Read about his incredible talent in this issue of GET CENTERED.

Pepicelli's Pizza offers a spirit night each month to benefit Henry Clay and Gandy Elementary schools!  Next one is Feb 25th from 4-8pm.  We appreciate businesses who give back to our community! 

Ashland Coffee & Tea is starting Round 9 of a Songwriter Showdown and this competition takes place on Tuesday nights!  Read about this important business in town! 
 
Upcoming Events

Feb 6 Thurs  6pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)

Ashland First Thursda

Feb 9-10 Sun-Mon 3-5pm
Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)

Ethics Bowl with 15 VA College Teams

Feb 12 Wed  10am-12pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)

Class: Computer Basics II

Feb 12  Wed  7-8:45 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)

Class w/ Bart Shaw: What's in Your Cup? - A Coffee Tasting

Feb 13 Thurs  5:30-7pm  
Home Energy Store  (109 England St.)
Seminar:  10 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency RSVP namos@town.ashland.va.us

Feb 14 Fri  6-8 pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)

Teen Movie Night & Pizza Ages 11-Up

Feb 16 Sun 3-5pm
Flippo Gallery (211 N. Center St.)

Opening Reception for Artist Sally Bowring

Feb 16 Sun 4-5:30pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)

Untold Stories: Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover


Feb 17 Sat 
Town of Ashland Award

$100 Town Gift Certificate Awarded

Feb 19 Wed 7pm
Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater 
Documentary & Discussion: The Loving Story

Feb 23 Sun 2-4 pm
Black Heritage Society Museum (114 N. Railroad Ave Suite 100 of the Henry Clay Inn)

Meet & Greet in their NEW Location

Feb 23 Sun 2pm 
Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater 
Richmond Symphony Pre-Concert 2pm (free) 

Feb 23 Sun 3pm 
Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)
Richmond Symphony: Metro Collection Mozart Symphony No. 34 (Ticket $ Call 788-1212)

Feb 24 Mon - May 2 Fri  
McGraw-Page Library
Best of R-MC Study Aborad Photo Exhibition


Feb 25  Tues 4-8pm
Pepicelli's Pizza 208 S. Washington Hwy
Spirit Night for Henry Clay & Gandy 

Feb 27 Thurs 6:30-7:30pm 
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave.)

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Ages 3-12

Feb 27  Thurs 6pm
Brock Commons Sun Trust Theater 
Film & Discussion: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (FREE Reservation Required 412-1574)

Mar 2 Sun 3:30pm & 7pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Hanover Idols Competition

Mar 4 Tues  8:15-9:15am  
Henry Clay Inn  (across from the Visitor's Center)
Seminar: Herbert Insurance Agency presents How the New Health Care Insurance Laws Affect Small Businesses & their Employees

Mar 6 Thurs  6pm 
Gallery Flux (307B England St)

Opening Show Ashland First Thursday

Mar 7-9 Fri Noon - Sun Noon
Ashland Coffee & Tea
Phloc Madness

Mar 8 Sat 7-11pm
Hanover Arts & Activities Center (500 S. Center St.)
Mardi Gras at the Center

Mar 8 Sat 7-11pm
Patrick Henry High School Auditorium

Miss Ashland Pageant

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-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 Horse, Farmer's Market,Concerts at R-MC

Wine Tastings: Every Friday Evening at Caboose Wine & Cheese .
Have an event to share? email
mainstreetashland@gmail.com. We encourage you to post events on the Town of Ashland calendar as well.
COTU Restaurant Spotlight: 

Monique's Crepes is located @ Ashland Coffee & Tea on Mondays 10:30am-2:30pm  and  Tompkins Jewelers (266 N. Washington HW) on Thursdays 11:30am-2:30pm.  Savory "Le Vege" crepes is a favorite!  They are always served with a gorgeous fresh salad!   Sweet dessert crepes are SIMPLY AMAZING!  Call ahead for your order:  804-937-2930  www.moniquescrepes.com 

Let us know your favorite restaurant experience! Send your recommendations to mainstreetashland@gmail.com.
Main Street Listens!
Is your voice represented?

Ashland Main Street Association (Main St) can’t thank participants enough for taking the time to attend the National Main Street Center (NMSC) meetings to listen and speak on behalf of their groups.  Without your voice at the table, Ashland can’t build the solid foundation for a future that benefits everyone who lives, works, creates, shops, or visits our unique train town. 
 
The National Main Street Center (NMSC) representative, Theresa Lynch, was tasked with Ashland’s first Baseline Assessment as a designated Main Street Community.  In true COTU style, many voices were represented – business owners, property owners, town and county government staff and elected officials, residents, nonprofit organizations, artists, Randolph-Macon representatives, and Virginia Main Street (VMS) representatives Alexis Thompson and Brad Belo, just to name a few.
 
It is clear that we all have to work together to balance the needs of all those who live, study, and work in Ashland.  Not an easy task for any group - let alone a young nonprofit organization like Main St.  Our job, as we see it today, is to ensure that all voices are being heard and recorded
 
Observations from those who attended the meetings include both the obvious – balancing the various perspectives of Ashland – and the not-so-obvious – recognizing and acting on the challenges and opportunities before us.   Your voice is critical to everyone involved in the conversation about Ashland’s future.  We can’t do our job as a designated Main Street Community unless your perspective is at the table.
 
Is your voice represented?  Let us know what we can do to bring your views to the table.  Email us at mainstreetashland@gmail.com  or call Tom Wulf, Executive Director of Main Street at (804) 496-5914 and let us know how we can help.  We will make time to listen. 

Be on the look out for our new Virginia Main Street signs which will be installed soon!  
Patrick Henry Students Adopt Ashland Theatre for Marketing Project
 On Stage at the Ashland Theatre!

Left to Right:  Town of Ashland Planning Director Nora Amos, Patrick Henry H.S. marketing teacher Beth Markwood, Mayor Faye Pritchard, students Bryce Yancey and Logan Hoffman.
 
The Town of Ashland is still seeking an owner/operator for its historic Ashland Theatre, but when the doors finally re-open, they’ll already have some great ideas for promoting it.   Patrick Henry High School sophomores Bryce Yancey and Logan Hoffman, under the direction of marketing teacher Beth Markwood, plan to build an advertising campaign to publicize the theater as a performing arts venue.  Suggested uses include film screenings (of course), music and theatrical performances, educational presentations, lecture series, and perhaps even Main Street community roundtables!

Beth Markwood is the DECA advisor at Patrick Henry H.S.  DECA is an Association of Marketing Education Students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  Logan and Bryce will present the project at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference held in Virginia Beach February 27-March 1st.  They plan to share their promotional strategy for the theater with the Town and Main Street once it’s completed.
Photo Above:  Students Logan Hoffman and Bryce Yancey inspect the theater’s original carbon arc lamp projector which still resides upstairs in the projection booth.
Town News
For the Love of Shopping Local Raffle! 

Spend at least $10 at Ashland local businesses between February 5th and February 15th and you could win a $100 town gift certificate!   Click HERE to see a list of participating businesses.  Take a picture of your receipt and email it to shoplocal@town.ashland.va.us or drop it off at Town Hall to enter the raffle. Be sure to include your name and phone number on the receipt or in your email. The winner of the raffle will be selected in a random drawing on February 17th. A maximum of 5 entries per person will be allowed. Shop Local, Shop Ashland!
FREE Seminars!  

The town is coordinating the following two FREE seminars as a way to help our downtown businesses during the Street Scape construction. 

Thomas’ Top 10 Ways to Improve Efficiency
Thursday, Feb 13 5:30-7:30pm
Location: The Home Energy Store 109 England Street 
Thomas Sprouse from The Home Energy Store is providing the following free seminar on ways to make your business and home more energy efficient. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided.  Please RSVP to namos@town.ashland.va.us  if youcan attend. 

How the New Health Care Insurance Laws are affecting Small Businesses and their Employees 
Tuesday, March 4th 8:15-9:15am
Location:  Henry Clay Inn 
Herbert Insurance AgencyMichele Herbert will conduct a seminar on how the new Health Care Reform changes have affected small businesses.  They will provide education & resources on options available & how to follow proper guidance on the new plan offerings.  A continental breakfast is included!
Street Scape Update

The work on the downtown streetscape project continues with the first phase being delayed with rain, snow and cold temperatures. Let’s hope for some warmer days in our future. The construction and weather have impacted our local businesses, so please make an extra effort to support them and shop local this winter.
LOTS To Do in the COTU!
Visit Gallery Flux for Ashland First Thursday Feb 6th @ 6pm!  Speak individually to artists while they discuss and demonstrate their creative process and tools.
“Untold Stories: Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover — Black and White Experiences” will be shared at
4-5:30pm pm Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Center Street in Ashland. 
 
Join us to hear stories of starting school in a 2 room private home, to going to Randolph-Macon College with World War II soldiers, to being a part of segregated and then integrated schools--all of these personal tales will inspire, teach, and move  listeners. There will be a panel discussion with participants from around our county – including Beryl Carter, John Gordon, Earl Hunter, Hilda Kelly, Eloise Piccolo and Woody Tucker – and moderated by Anthony Keitt. Tom Wulf will provide a video overlay. Dr.Jamelle Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, will bring concluding remarks.  And Lenora Davis, Minister of Music at Shiloh Baptist Church, will lead the Community Gospel Choir for a musical finale. 

This event is proudly sponsored by the Ashland Museum, the Hanover Black Heritage Society, the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, and the Ashland Main Street Association.
The Finalists for the 2014 Hanover Idols’ Competition will perform on Sunday, March 2 at 3:30pm & 7:00pm  at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center at 500 South Center Street. All profits will benefit the Center. Six friendly judges faced difficult choices from 45 candidates who auditioned to be a part of the Finals.  The variety of music was impressive--from rap, to religious, to pop, to Broadway, to country, to original compositions. 

The Junior Hanover Idols’ Finalists are as follows:  Kennedy O’Hanley, Emma Potts, Audrey Kate Taylor, Alexis Tillman, Kendall Wilkinson, Jean Woodrum, Caroline Heaton, Sarah Saponara, Dana Kelleen Slayton, Madeline Stanley, Brooke Walker, and Molly Strange-Boston.  They will perform at 3:30pm on March 2 at the Center.

The Hanover Idols’ Finalists are as follows:  David Callahan, Carrie Cauthorne, Sarah Hopkins, Max Cook, Sara Newcomb, Kaitlyn Tate, Joseph Sandler, Julie Ross, Lisa Williams, Garrett Reese, Chance Johns, and Melissa Hoban.  These Finalists will perform at 7:00pm on March 2 at the Center. 

Tickets for each performance are a $7.00 donation.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Center at 500 South Center Street.  Call 798-2728.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Space is limited, so please come early—30 minutes before the shows. 

Click HERE to learn the full History of Hanover Idols.
Miss Ashland Pageant Benefits
Cancer Research
 

 
The Miss Ashland Pageant - a scholarship program will be held at Patrick Henry High School.  The purpose of this program is to provide education and training scholarships for the winners and a fundraiser for cancer research through the non-profit (501c3) organization – Wine For Cures.   The program provides an opportunity for young ladies to develop poise, confidence, stage presence, enhance conversation and interview skills and public speaking ability. This fun, natural, personality scholarship pageant is open to all Hanover County young ladies – Miss (ages 18-21) – Teens (ages 13-17) – Preteens (ages 9-12) and Little Miss (ages 5-8).  

Entry Deadline: Friday Feb 14th  
Pageant:  Saturday March 8th 3-5pm at Patrick Henry High School

Click HERE for more information and obtain entry forms.  Call Sue Cox 804.746.2018 if you have questions. Email: info@missashland.org
 
Lots of Variety at our Library this month- INCLUDING COFFEE TALK!  

There is alot of variety to choose from in classes at our local library.   Samplie coffee made by Bart Shaw,  celebrate Dr. Seuss & so much more.    We love that local businesses like The Caboose Wine & Cheese & COFFEE BAR will offer a coffee tasting too!  See the events below:

Computer Basics II Wed, Feb. 12, 10am - 12pm Learn how to do basic tasks with Microsoft Word and how to surf the web with Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 798-4072 to sign up for this class.

What's in Your Cup?: A Coffee Tasting Wed, Feb. 12, 7- 8:45 pm Bart Shaw, of the Caboose Wine and Cheese Shop, talks about the different varieties of coffee.  Sample some new coffees you might enjoy, too. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Teen Movie Night Fri, Feb. 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Thurs, Feb. 27, 6:30-7:30 pm Ages 3-12. I like to eat cake, do you?  We do like cake and juice, we like them Bruce!  Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with stories, crafts and a guest reader or two.  Join us, oh please, won't you?  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
Business Spotlight: Ashland Coffee & Tea
Music is a big draw for Ashland visitors and luckily we have Ashland Coffee & Tea to thank for this.  They provide music 5 days a week!  We love that they promote local and new talent. Their “Homegrown Wednesday” features local Virginia talent and they have a “Songwriter’s Showdown”, a songwriting and vocal performance competition every Tuesday! And that's not all - they have FREE wireless and book exchanges.  Their food menu now includes great breakfast options offered from 7:30am-2pm. Check out the menu and their 'rockin' cool coffee mugs as well.  

Save the dates for their Phloc-Madness celebration on March 7-9!  This includes music all day long and great dinner and brunch options.  Click HERE to read about various package options and consider staying overnight in the COTU!  Hotels nearby offer great rates!   We love COTU visitors!

 Visit Ashland Coffee & Tea to find out what's playing at our music HUB in downtown Ashland!  
Featured Artist: Clifford Earl
Clifford Earl
Making Smiles with Serious Art

Clifford Earl grew up in Annandale, VA. He attended Ringling School of Arts in Sarasota, FL. Then transferred to VCU (originally RPI) in Richmond, VA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He did graduate work at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. After teaching at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, Richard Bland College in Petersburg, and the Jewish Community Center in Richmond, he finally settled in Hanover County near Glen Allen.

Earl’s work has been described as witty, whimsical, quirky, funny, and tongue in cheek. People often ask him, "What happened to you as a child to make you create art like this?" He says he was just born with a peculiar sense of humor that comes out in his work. When they view his work at shows people usually smile, sometimes chuckle, and every now and then react with a good old-fashioned belly laugh. Says Earl, “This is serious art, but it's not meant to be viewed seriously!”

It was in 1972 that he created the first of his flying machines. His first four pieces were very well received at a Roanoke art show and demand for the machines eventually became so great that he found he had little time for anything else. After a couple of years of non-stop production, he returned to wood carving, which was always his first love. His sense of humor and whimsy is evident in the carvings.  He has always had a great fondness for mechanical toys. Although the wheeled sculptures aren't really meant to be used as toys, the connection is certainly obvious. Most of them are more than strong enough to allow a small child to ride aboard though and children seem to enjoy them as much as the adults.

Earl’s sculptures have been exhibited at The Smithsonian, Arts in the Park (Richmond), 43rd St. Art Festival (Richmond) and in numerous other shows over the years.  For more information and photos of his work, visit his website:  www.cliffordearl.home.mindspring.com.

Visit our Downtown Galleries
Gallery Flux (307B England Street, Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm)

Current Show: 'Three Abstract Visions': Works by Paul Germain, Amy Harris, and Nol Putnam - Show continues til Feb 28th

First Thursday Reception Feb 6th  6pm  Speak individually to the artists while they discuss and demonstrate their creative process and tools.  

Future Show:  'Structures Brought to Light'- A Juried Exhibition of works that represent structures in their artwork.   Gallery Flux has asked artists to submit pieces for consideration. The theme of this show is based on Structures such as trains, cars, busy streets, tractors, buildings, monuments, bridges, etc. throughout Virginia, preferably, that are highlighted in your artwork. Visit http://www.galleryflux.com for more information.  

Opening First Thursday Reception: Thurs March 6th - Show runs until April 26th
Flippo Gallery (1st floor of Pace-Armistead Hall at Randolph-Macon College (211 N. Center St) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Opening Show for Artist Sally Bowring:  Sally Bowring’s paintings are reflections and active processes of work that involve her domestic life and its rhythms as well as subtle connections to gardens and ancient geometry. Her lyrical work speaks to our hidden need to find structure and cyclical strength in an unpredictable world.

Opening Reception Sun Feb 16 3-5 pm  on view until April 4, 2014.  Note:  R-MC is closed the last week of March 21-30, 2014 for Spring Break.
 
more Art... Hanover has wonderful art galleries just outside of Downtown Ashland and has shops that include fine art.  Visit the websites below for more information. Make Hanover & Ashland be your "art adventure" today!

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 our community.

Check out these wonderful  events that are open to the public in Feb 14': 

Ethics Bowl 

Feb 9-10  Sun-Mon  Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St.)
Roger Mudd, author and former journalist for CBS and The History Channel, and Ken Garren, president of Lynchburg College will co-chair the Ethics Bowl at R-MC for this 2 day event. The theme of this year’s Ethics Bowl is Ethics and Health Care. Student teams from 15 of Virginia’s leading independent colleges and universities will participate in the competition and debate a variety of case studies highlighting potential ethical dilemmas in medical situations. Winners will be announced at 12:15pm at 2/10.

Art Exhibit by Sally Bowring
Feb 16 Sun 3-5pm Opening Reception Flippo Gallery,Pace-Armistead Hall (211 N. Center Street) Bowring’s paintings are reflections and active processes of work that involve her domestic life and its rhythms as well as subtle connections to gardens and ancient geometry. Her lyrical work speaks to our hidden need to find structure and cyclical strength in an unpredictable world.  The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment, and will be closed Friday, March 21- Sunday, March 30 for Spring Break.  The show runs until April 4, 2014.

The Loving Story - Documentary & Panel Discussion 
Feb 19 Wed 7pm Sun Trust Theater, Brock Commons 
HBO documentary “The Loving Story.” The film chronicles the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, from Caroline County, Virginia, who could not live together as man and wife in Virginia because of laws forbidding interracial marriage. Their case led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning the Old Dominion’s miscegenation laws. It is also a landmark in the history of civil rights in America. Pizza will be served before the film, and a panel discussion will follow the film. Please Note: Seating is limited to 100 seats and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free and open to the public

Richmond Symphony Orchestra: Metro Collection
Mozart Symphony No. 34

Feb 23 Sun 2pm Pre-Concert Lecture, Sun Trust Theater, Brock Commons (free)  3pm Concert Blackwell Auditorium (Ticket Required, call 788-1212)
Conductor Erin R. Freeman. Symphony 34 is a bright, sunny symphony that pairs well with the celebratory nature of Handel’s regal anthems. The Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus will accompany the RSO.

Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photo Exhibition 
Feb 24 Mon – Fri May 2 McGraw-Page Library 
Students and faculty who have captured their experiences abroad in pictures submit their digital photos in February, and the winning images are displayed in McGraw-Page Library. The exhibition illustrates moments of connection across the globe: being exposed to the history and culture of Japan while exploring its innovative film music or political system, examining the history of the Holocaust and Jewish culture in Germany and Austria, discovering the Christian 
heritage of Italy, and more. 

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (film and discussion)
Feb 27 Thurs 6:00 pm SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons -Reservations Required - call 412-1574
For more than 1200 years, millions of world travelers have embarked on a historic 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain that is spiritually, emotionally and physically challenging. Participants cannot predict how  their paths will unfold, what personal demons or angels they will face, or  what transformations they will undergo by trail’s end. Called“a brilliant documentary” by actor Martin Sheen, “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” follows in the footsteps of six determined strangers on a life-changing journey that ultimately concludes in a profound reawakening for both viewers and adventurers alike. A discussion, led by R-MC Religious Studies Professor Timothy Brown, will follow in the Dollar Tree Community Room. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact Jane Nucup, janenucup@rmc.edu, (804) 412-1574.

Visit Randolph-Macon College  website for the schedule of sporting events & visit their bookstore too!   Many thanks to R-MC for giving so much to our community!  
A.C.E.S. WISH LIST

The Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is located in Downtown Ashland.  Please help others in need.  ACES recently installed security cameras.  They have found that that donations left they are closed are either stolen or the bags are gone through. When the bags are torn open, the donations are exposed to the weather and they cannot use dirty and/or wet items.  We ask that, until we have installed a storage container, you bring your donations during our business hours. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) If you are unable to do so, please call us at 798-2784 or contact us via email: youraces@verizon.net and we will try to make arrangements to get those donations. Arrangements should be made for large items, such as furniture and appliances, as well. Yard good items should be taken to Goodwill since we no longer give them out.  Many thanks.  Here is their Wish List for February 14':

Clothing
Boy's winter clothing - sizes 6-18
Girl's winter clothing - sizes 14-18
Boy's new underwear and new socks
Men's shoes - sizes 9-11
Women's shoes - sizes 9-11
Work boots - sizes 11-13
Men's dress shirts - all sizes

Food
Canned meats
Canned carrots
Canned white potatoes
Canned mixed vegetables
Canned ravioli
Canned spaghetti & meatballs
Jelly
Oatmeal
Cereal

Other
Toilet paper
Adult toothbrushes
Shampoo

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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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 National Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1949 by congressional charter  to support preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods through a range of programs and activities.  Its mission is to provide leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities."

The National Main Street Center, Inc. is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Center is committed to advancing the preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.  For the past 33 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 buildings.
 
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 and town events in each issue.

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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