TOP WEEKEND EVENTS– It’s the Ashland Musical Variety Show Week!  GET YOUR TICKETS at Cross Bros!  Enjoy these Top Weekend Events:

Mar 28 Tues 6:30pm Information Session on New Solar Co-Op VA-SUN Learn how to save using Solar!  
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)
VASUN.org

Mar 30 Thurs, & Mar 31 Fri & Apr 1 Sat 7:30pm  Ashland Musical Variety Show
R-MC Blackwell Auditorium – Get your Tickets at Cross Bros. or call 798-2881
www.HanoverArts.org

Mar 31 Fri 5:30-8pm Wine Tasting at the Caboose Market Cafe
Caboose Market Cafe (108 S. Railroad Ave)
www.caboosewine.com/

Apr 1 Sat 7:30pm Ashland Musical Variety Show
Blackwell Auditorium
www.HanoverArts.org

Apr 1  Sat 9:30-11:30am Hanover Master Gardeners  
The Hanover Master Gardeners will share tips and tricks on a variety of gardening topics. See www.hanovermastergardeners.org for more information
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)
www.pamunkeylibrary.org/ash_programs.htm

Apr 2 Sun 1-3pm Tour a Real Caboose
Ashland Museum (105 Hanover Ave)
www.ashlandmuseum.org

Enjoy the COTU SPRING Happenings!

News

Ashland residents take over the town’s Instagram page

WRIC VIDEO LINK TEXT: By Kristin Smith Published: February 21, 2017, 6:26 pm Updated: February 21, 2017, 6:26 pm ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — Ashland is getting a boost on social media from the people who know it best, its residents. Members of the community have taken over the town’s Instagram account. But it’s not a hostile hijacking: Ashland town officials want it that way. “The idea is to give citizens a view of Ashland from any citizen or resident who’s interested in basically publishing what its like to live in Ashland from their point of view,” explains Ashland Management Analyst Joe Collins. Countless people have signed up for the opportunity to host and post their favorite Ashland shots on the iloveashlandva Instagram account. Julia Kinder is one of them. Last week, the Randolph-Macon sophomore posted pics from campus along with photos of her favorite town hangouts. “I loved it,” says Kinder, “I thought it was a great idea because it shows the perspectives of just everyday people and just the different types of people that live in the town. And I just enjoyed getting to know the community in a personal way like that.” By enabling people like Kinder to [...]

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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