Get Centered Jan/Feb 2015 - Theater News & First Thursday 1/8!
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Jan/Feb 2015 Issue:

Main Street Happenings

Featured Downtown Spotlight On:

Our Town
Arts & Culture
Randolph-Macon College

Business Spotlight:  
Jake's Place Restaurant and Market

Artist Spotlight:  
David Camden 

Upcoming Events

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January 8th is Elvis Presley's birthday!  It is also FIRST THURSDAY in the COTU.  Enjoy the fun at Salon Valentino, Gallery Flux, Iron Horse Restaurant & Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Rehearsals for the Ashland Musical Variety Show begin Jan 14th.  The show will take place on March 19,20 & 21, 2015 at Blackwell Auditorium. With a cast of over 400 - this show is SOLD OUT.  Click HERE for more information on how to sign up to participate OR sponsor this fabulous community event!    Questions - Call 798-2728.   

Jake's Place Opens
Jan. 16th!

The Town of Ashland's Instagram account continues to showcase our sweet town.   Visit #IloveAshlandVa to see how you can share your "Ashland experience" with others! 

The Ashland Theater  begins their Ashland Film Club series on Feb. 1st.  Four Decades of Film and Music will include exclusive screenings followed by exciting film discussion with theater enthusiasts.  Sundays at 4:30pm  Feb. 1, 15 & Mar 1, 15.  Visit for more information. 

Randolph-Macon has many events that are open to the public!   Click HERE for their calendar.  

Check out the Ashland Library for fun things to do this winter!. Click HERE for their calendar of events. 
Upcoming Events
Jan 8 Thurs 
Gallery Flux, Salon Valentino, Iron Hourse & Ashland Coffee & Tea
First Thursday Opening Reception, Ribbon Cutting & Music Galore! 

Jan 11 Sun 3pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Richmond Symphony 

Jan 14 Wed
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
Rehearsals Begin for the Ashland Musical Variety Show!

Jan 15 Thurs 12-1pm
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium
Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 Thurs 11am - 9pm
Jake's Place Restaurant and Market
511 Thompson St. 
Jake's Place Restaurant & Market OPEN to the Public!

Jan 16 Fri  
Happy 100th Birthday to Alice Alexander- Ashland Mural Artist!

*Send Alice a card 602 Duncan St. Ashland, VA

Jan 17 Sat 6pm
R-MC Brock Center
Ashland Police Officers' Ball

Jan 22 Thurs 4-8:30pm
Ashland Chick-fil-A
Frosted Night-Snow Crafts+ (reservation required)

Jan 31 Sat 3pm
Ashland Theater
Remember the Titans Event  

Feb 1 Sun 4:30pm
Ashland Theater
Ashland Film Club Movie & Discussion: "That Yankee Doodle Dandy"

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

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

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

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 1/8 Celebrating Art & Music & YES Another New Business in the COTU!
Make First Thursday a Date Night!  
Here's what's happening for January 8th:

Gallery Flux (307B England St.) 5:30-8pm.  Opening Reception "Subtle Reality" by Christophora Robeers. Art Talk at 6:30pm.

Welcome to the COTU Salon Valentino (105 England Street) Stop by to say hello.  They are  having a Grand Opening Celebration from 6-8pm.  Ribbon cutting is at 6:30pm.

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

Fantastic Bluegrass Band Walker's Run playing at Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) starting at 8pm.

***Grab a bite to eat in downtown Ashland!  Trackside Grill is open for dining along Railroad Ave and is in walking distance to all of these events.  Click here for a listing of all our restaurants in town. 
Thank You Ashland Theater Patrons & Volunteers!
On behalf of the Ashland Main Street Association Theater Committee MANY THANKS  to our patrons and volunteers for supporting the Ashland Theater.Since November 21st we have been action packed!  
Movies: 'When Harry Met Sally', 'The Goonies', 'The Polar Express', 'Elf', 'Christmas Vacation' & 'Jaws'!.  We also showed 'It's a Wonderful Life' to our incredible Volunteers.  

:  The Ashland Jazz Showcase featured 3 local Hanover County high school jazz bands and the turnout was fantastic!  The talent was incredible.

Special Events:178 groups visited the 'Ashland Santa', Mrs. Claus, Elves & The Snow Queen on 4 separate dates to accommodate busy schedules. Photographers volunteered their time to capture this event. 'Frosty the Snowman' was shown to 260 Hanover Country preschoolers & teachers and family members. Santa, the Elves & Mrs. Claus cam back for this too! 

What's Next?

Your membership includes reserved seating and the opportunity for Q&A with other theater enthusiasts and Randolph-Macon Film Studies experts. Make this a fun date in the Center of the Universe!
Click HERE to join the Ashland Film Club!  

Our event schedule will be published soon on our website & Facebook.  

Stay tuned for details on  'Remember the Titans' which will include meeting members from the actual team!   Save the date - Jan. 31!  

Thank you for supporting the Ashland Theater!
Best the Winter Blues...
Tickets are still available to purchase at various locations for the 1st Annual Ashland Police Officers' Ball. Click HERE for more information & how to purchase your tickets on-line or at a local shop.  Note:  Cost is $60 and you can pay on-line as well.  HURRY!  This is an event you do not want to miss!!!

We love that our local Chick-fil-A gives back to our community!  Join the fun on Thurs. January 22nd 4:30-8:30pm.  Click HERE to make a reservation!  


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.  Refreshments will be served.  

Business Spotlight: Jake's Place Restaurant and Market
The Wait is Over!   

After days, months and years of anticipation, Jake’s Place (formerly, the “old BP Station” at 511 Thompson Street, Ashland, Virginia) will open on Thursday, January 15, 2015, serving up Southern Comfortable cuisine with fresh, local and seasonal offerings.  The menu includes John’s mouth-watering barbecue, brisket and chicken, freshly smoked on premises; seafood and grits, smoked meatloaf wrapped in bacon, southern pimento cheese and buffalo burgers.  The menu will also feature Yohmans’ Garden specialty foods, like “John’s Secret Marinara Sauce,” “Original Garden Salsa,” and “Jumpin’ Jalapeno Pepper Jelly,” all currently found on retail shelves in Virginia and North Carolina.  Specialty foods, gift baskets and other local products that proudly bear the Virginia’s Finest logo are ready for purchase in the lobby at Jake’s Place.
            Rich in personality, Jake’s Place has had a way of bringing folks together.  From the late ‘20s, the husband and wife team of Jake and Rosalie Spears sold everything from groceries to guns, and operated a successful auto service business that ran night and day.  Jake and Rosalie always seemed to be open to local residents, serving the community not only with their business, but also through their generous donations to children and people in need of food and clothing.  Ashland Christian Emergency Services, a thriving non-profit organization serving the needs of the less fortunate in Hanover County, traces its roots to Rosalie Spears. 
            Over time, Jake and Rosalie both passed, and without having children or any remaining family members, the building fell into disrepair and became uninhabitable.  It took another special couple, Sumpter and Robin Priddy, to breathe life back into this historic and charming building.  During her teenage years, Rosalie babysat Sumpter and he had a special love and fondness for the Spears and the property. In July, 2012, Sumpter and Robin purchased the building and the surrounding land.
            The Priddys had a vision and a passion to restore this gem so that the community could once again be served.  Investments of patience, love and an awful lot of hard work have now returned life to 511 Thompson Street.  The “BP” sign no longer hangs in front of the building; it’s been replaced with a “Jake’s Place” sign that honors the original owner.  No longer will you be able to purchase gasoline or guns; but now the doors welcome you to come in and enjoy a fresh, scratch-cooked meal.  Jake and Rosalie are no longer there to meet and greet the community, but John and Wendy Yohman will be, because they too share a special love and passion for Jake’s Place. 
            Serving lunch and dinner during the weekdays; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays, Jake’s Place will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00  a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Find their hours and menu on the web at  The “old BP Station” - a part of Ashland’s fabric since 1926, has been reborn with love, vision and appreciation for what once was.  See Y’all Soon at Jake’s Place!  For more information, contact Wendy Yohman at, or by phone at (804) 539-4664.  The telephone number at Jake’s Place is (804) 798-3287. 
Featured Artist: David Camden- Potter & Instructor
Photo Above:  Soda Fired Pottery by David Camden
David Camden is a professional potter and instructor.  David Camden grew up in Hanover County at Cross Mill Gallery just outside of Ashland on Independence Road.  He graduated FROM Patrick Henry High School in the early 1970's. Growing up in a family of artists, it was natural for him to pursue a career in the visual arts.  While still in high school he gravitated toward ceramics and became a staff member at both Earthworks in Richmond and at Falling Creek Pottery in Ashland.  After graduating from high school, he received his undergraduate degree at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont where he was a teaching assistant.  For over thirty years, he has continued to teach and share his knowledge with ceramic students at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the Hand Workshop now known as The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, high school students as an Artist in Residence in various metro school divisions, graduate students as an Adjunct Professor at VCU, an "Artist in Action" at the Montpelier Center for the Arts and Education during their 2013-14 National Endowment for the Arts Community Engagement Grant and as a demonstrating artist at the Annual Rassawek Spring Jubilee in Goochland County.
While David exhibits his pottery at the family home, Cross Mill Gallery in Ashland, VA, he regularly participates in the Craft and Design Show sponsored by the Visual Arts Center yearly at the Science Museum of Virginia. In 2013 he as was named Best in Show at An Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg, VA.  David is a regular at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Show, 43rd Street in Richmond, Arts in the Park, Gallery Flux in Ashland, in addition to galleries in the Mid-Atlantic and on national levels.
While he is best know for his raku fired pottery, David also works with Stoneware and fires to cone 6 and 10 in his hand built outdoor kilns in the Glen Allen area of Western Hanover.  His studio, known as Camden Clayworks, has rapidly become known for his work with Soda Ash.  Soda firing began in the 1970's as an alternative to salt glazing.  Its surface qualities have unique characteristics and the high temperatures used in the long soda firings are suited to a vapor-glazing process that is less polluting than the salt firings.   David's soda pieces often have a natural forming orange peal texture or rich gray surface quality along with additional glaze color applications.  Unlike the raku, the soda pieces are food and microwave safe.   Because these pieces are fired to approximately 2200 degrees, they can also be used outside year round. 
We are fortunate to have this acclaimed ceramic artist and teacher in our community.  Visit his work at Camden and at Cross Mill  David may be contacted at


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)

Opening Reception:  'Subtle Reality - New Work by Christophora Robeers Thurs, Jan. 8th 5:30-8pm.  Artist Talk: 6:30pm

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 January/February:

Adult Clothing
Adult's shoes and work boots - gently used
Men's winter coats

Children's Clothing
Girl's winter clothing - sizes 12 months to 3 years
Boy's winter clothing - size 8 and up, especially boy's sizes 8-10 jeans
Children's winter coats
Children's gently used school shoes and tennis shoes

Canned meats
Macaroni and cheese
Instant potatoes and rice
Pork and Beans and Baked Beans
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.  
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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.  

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