TOP WEEKEND EVENTS–  Check out our local restaurants!  Richmond Symphony plays at R-MC Blackwell Auditorium this Sunday!   Enjoy all these Top Weekend Events:

Jan 19 Thurs Harry Gore & Friends perform at The Mainline – dancing, milkshakes & more fun!  
The Mainline at Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)
Facebook Mainline at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Jan 20 Fri  5-7:30pm Free Wine Beer Tastings at The Caboose Market & Cafe
Caboose Market Cafe  (108 S. Railroad Ave)

Jan 20 Fri  9pm Second Hand Souls perform at England Street Tavern
England Street Tavern  (407 England St)
Facebook England Street Tavern

Jan 21 Sat 12pm-9pm  Check out the Origin Beer Lab
Origin (106 S. Railroad Ave)

Jan 22 Sun 1-3pm Tour a Real Caboose & Learn Some History Too!  
Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave)

Jan 22 Sun 3pm  Richmond Symphony 
Randolph-Macon Blackwell Auditorium (205 Henry St)
Randolph-Macon College

Ashland, VA is a great place to beat the Winter Blues!


Washington Post Article on December 22, 2016

Washington Post article "Ashland’s gift to train travelers: a holiday light spectacular along the tracks" By Andrea Sachs December 22, 2016  TEXT: Five nights before Christmas, Mary Hayden Stehle is so deep into her Kindle jigsaw-puzzle game, she barely registers the racket of the train as it hurtles southward from Washington. Across the aisle, her brother, Will, sits on his grandfather’s lap, playing Minecraft. Neither child notices the dark forest outside, one seemingly filled with Wild Things. But then, just beyond the woods, lights start to appear like fallen constellations. The youngsters set down their gadgets and drift over to the window. “See the candy canes?” asks their mother, Michele Stehle. The Northeast Regional pulls into the Ashland, Va., station, in the bull’s-eye center of town, and the Amtrak train becomes an insurmountable median on Railroad Avenue. Boarding passengers are privy to only one half of town (the section with the depot draped in white lights). Travelers already on board, however, can delight in the holiday display illuminating both sides of the iron rails. “Oh, look! There’s a train made out of trash cans,” says Michele, pointing at a metal sculpture decorated with fir trimmings and ornaments designed by schoolchildren. The [...]

Ashland’s Magic Mile – Ch 6

Check out Mark Holmberg's report on "Ashland's Magic Mile!" TEXT: ASHLAND, Va. -- Long before Ashland became known as "the center of the universe," it has been proud of being a quaint, picture-postcard railroad town. "We would feel like our heart stopped beating if (the trains) didn't come through," said Ashland resident and writer, Phyllis Theroux. That would be 62 of them a day, freighters and passenger trains. Rail fans flock there from far and wide to lovingly snap photos and shoot videos. A year ago this close-knit and quite proud community decided to add holiday lights to their rail show - a mile-long "seasonal gift for all these thousands of people" rolling through their town, said Dan Bartges, a board member of the Ashland Main Street Association. Any cool idea in this increasingly hip little destination and residential town is immediately embraced, said town council member Kathy Abbott. And so businesses and homeowners along this mile of lights jumped right in. For the second year now, a nearby nursery donated a big Christmas tree. The garden club got busy. And up, up, up went the holiday lights, window candles, wreaths and bows. And no, don't expect eye-frying "Tacky Tour" light [...]

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