Click HERE to read about what is happening in downtown Ashland for December 13′/January 14′. Photographer Jeremy Witt is our featured artist. We have lots to do this holiday season! Do you have an event to share? Send information to email@example.com.
We would love to hear about your experience at Train Day 2013. Click HERE to complete a short survey - all feedback is greatly appreciated. Your information will be kept private. Always feel free to call the Train Day HOT LINE 804-412-7288 if you have a question or a suggestion. Bill Gatewood, our Train Day Chairman is busy planning for Nov. 1, 2014. Visit our Ashland Train Day facebook page to keep up to date and feel free to share your photos!
Check out the website www.ashlandfirstthursday.com to see where to stroll for great music, art, design & more in the Center of the Universe! Ashland Main Street applauds all businesses that stay open a little later on the first Thursday of the month. Below are frequent participants:
Ashland Coffee and Tea- 100 North Railroad Avenue
Gallery Flux - 307B England Street -
Re.Funk.It - 120 Hanover Avenue -
Remember – if your business wishes to participate – contact Tammy Teefey-Conti firstname.lastname@example.org who lets us know what is happening on First Thursday!
On behalf of the Ashland Main Street Association – Happy 4th of July to All – especially our veterans and those serving to protect our great country! We hope you enjoy your holiday in the Center of the Universe – here’s a suggested itinerary:
1) If you have made a pie for the Center’s Apple Pie Contest – drop this off at The Center between 9-10:30am. (500 S. Center St.). COTU pies are always wonderful to see! 2) Walk on over to the Ashland Library and check out all the great books for sale. The Friends of the Library do GREAT THINGS that benefit our entire community!!! Sale goes from 10-2pm. 3) 11am the parade begins – get ready to smile and wave as the trains go by! The route starts at Henry Clay Elementary and ends at the Center. Brings some chairs or take a blanket to get your spot. It’s so much fun to see what our community has to offer – Lawn Chair Brigade is a HOOT! 4) 11:45… Have a pet – decorate them and enter them in the Patriotic Pet Contest. Meet ‘on corner of the lawn’ ….look for red white and blue canines and other friendly beasts…..YES…we have had hamsters in the contest.
5) NOON…Kick back on a blanket or bring a chair and enjoy listening to the Hanover Concert Band! It’s a tradition for all to enjoy. The pie and pet winners will be announced too. 6) Later…visit some of our fun shops…OR….go back by the Library – There are sure to be some more books you need for summer reading. In fact – set up a blanket somewhere along the tracks and read, relax and enjoy the Center of the Universe. The Library plaza is a great spot and there is no better photo op than in front of the Visitor’s Center. 7) Fireworks later…you will need to travel for the big displays…but you never know what next year will bring! Sparklers are always fun!
We would love to hear how you spent your 4th of July in the Center of the Universe. Send your pictures and email YOUR itinerary to email@example.com. Be safe and enjoy your time in Downtown, Ashland!
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
NEWS FLASH! Wouldn’t you love to see Ashland, Virginia be one of the 20 cities selected for Benjamin Moore’s “Main Street Matters” initiatives? The Center of the Universe should certainly be a contender! Please leave a comment on the Benjamin Moore website below and ask them to put Ashland, VA on their list of towns to consider for a makeover! Deadline is June 30th. Website: http://www.paintwhatmatters.com/main-street-matters/
Many thanks to all participants & sponsors for the 4th Annual Chalk Walk which took place Saturday, May 4th from 9am to 3pm in the Library Plaza. Below is our Chalk Walk Sponsors poster designed by Beth Royal of Stone’s Throw Studios. Note: We had some last minute support! Many thanks to Hank Lowry of Ashland Street Parties who also contributed to our High School artists AND Ashland Simply Storage who was a Gold Level Sponsor. All proceeds benefit our Arts & Culture District!
New This Year…Sponsored Artists display their talent at Chalk Walk! Check out these photos & more – click HERE to see the beautiful Chalk Walk Gallery.
Ashland Main Street Association is publishing GET CENTERED – a monthly electronic publication that highlights what is happening in downtown Ashland. Articles featuring our town, Arts & Culture District, non-profits, businesses and Randolph-Macon College will be in each issue. We will list upcoming events with links to websites for more information. We would love to know your news – send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st of each month to be featured in the next issue. Click here to subscribe to ‘GET CENTERED’. We look forward to publishing your news!
There is no need to travel to Richmond to appreciate great art! Ashland’s Arts & Culture District has many things to offer. Make plans to stroll in downtown Ashland on the first Thursday of every month — Gallery Flux and other businesses will stay open til 9pm to demonstrate why Ashland loves art! We hope to see you on May 2nd to kick off this wonderful event. All downtown businesses are welcome to participate! Questions? e-mail Hugh Joyce.