Our camp is full! Please consider joining us for next year’s camp. Don’t forget to check out www.ashlandmuseum.org for information on History Camp!
Join us for our annual July 4th parade and celebration featuring loads of patriotism and small town pride!
Parade Line Up: 10:15AM at Henry Clay Elementary School
Parade Step Off: 11:00AM (Parade begins at Henry Clay and ends at The Center)
Patriotic Concert with Hanover Concert Band will immediately follow the parade
Patriotic Pet Contest!
Apple Pie Baking Contest!
Make plans to join us for this year’s Ashland Musical Variety Show, “Ashland Loves a Parade” as we celebrate FIFTY years of arts, community and education in the Center of the Universe!
A cast and crew of over 400 folks from all over the area will entertain you with this hilarious, quirky and sweet show on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2017.
Reserved Tickets are available by calling 798-2881. General admission tickets are available at Cross Brothers Market.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience one of Ashland’s favorite and most charming traditions while supporting Hanover Arts & Activities Center in the heart of town.
The Center Players are proud to offer the musical “Shrek” for their 2017 production!
Auditions will be on May 10 and 11, 2017 at 6PM. Please come prepared to sing an a cappella piece for your audition. Forms for the production will be filled out at auditions.
Big Top Summer Theater Camp for elementary schoolers form is available under “Summer Theater Camps”
Join us for the 39th running of the rails on April 22, 2017 starting at 8AM! Go to https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=39991 for information and registration.
Come race the rail at one of Central Virginia’s longest established road races! This certified 10k race is a favorite spring ritual among runners from across the Commonwealth and beyond! This is our 9th year as a GREEN race – and the Green Fair will be back again this year on the lawn! Start and finish “on the tracks” in our picturesque railroad town, known as the “Center of the Universe”! Other events include a 5k Walk/Run,1 Mile Kid’s Fun Run, and the COTU Challenge-race both the 5k and 10k!
Race Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Online registration closes Thursday at 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2017
T-SHIRTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED IF YOU REGISTER AFTER APRIL 10, 2017
5K Race / Fun Walk – 8:00 a.m. Start Time
Registration Fees: $25/per person for registrations through April 21, 2017
$35/per person day of the Race – April 22, 2016
Kids 1 Mile Fun Run (ages 3-12) – 8:15 a.m. Start Time
Registration Fee: $10.00 per child (includes a t-shirt with registration) – Parents may accompany children at no additional charge for the Kids 1 Mile race
10K Race – 9:00 a.m. Start Time
Registration Fees: $25/ per person for registrations through April 21, 2017
$35/per person on race Day April 22, 2017
COTU Challenge Fees: $35 per person for registrations through April 21, 2017
$40 per person on race Day April 22, 2017
Do you know a Hanover, Ashland or Richmond business that might like to advertise in our Ashland Musical Variety Show playbill?
Over 1800 folks will have this playbill in their laps during the show and to take home with them so it is a GREAT way to highlight your services and to support community building through the arts.
Hanover Arts & Activities Center is turning 50 this year and through that time we have served our community faithfully by providing education, community events, arts events, meeting space, music rehearsal space, a special events venue and so much more. Help us make the most of our biggest fundraiser of the year by placing an ad in the playbill so that we can carry on being “The Center” of the Center of the Universe for another 50!
Information on sponsorships and what your sponsor dollars provide you is included in the picture below. For a form you may click on the link to the PDF and print it out to send to us at PO Box 486, Ashland, Virginia 23005. To ask any questions you may have please email Sara Holloway at email@example.com.
Please join us for one of Ashland’s most entertaining, charming and community oriented events!
UPDATED Rehearsal Schedule. Changes in RED.
We have SO many opportunities for enjoying the holiday season this year at Hanover Arts & Activities Center.
Join us Saturday, December 3, 2016 for Light Up the Tracks where Ashland transforms into a mile long Christmas Card. Featuring singing by the Community Chorus, a visit from Santa and more! The festivities begin at 5:30PM.
Rehearsal for the Community Chorus is on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7PM at The Center. Lend your voice to the fun!
“Little Women, a Holiday Story” a play adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” and presented by the talented Louise Ricks & her Whistle Stop Theatre Company will begin on December 3, 2016 at 3PM. Visit http://www.whistlestoptheatrecompany.weebly.com to buy tickets today! Shows will be on December 8, 9, 15 and 16.
The Community Idea Stations will be hosting the Mercy Street Season Two premiere at the Blackwell Center for the Performing Arts at Randolph-Macon College on Sunday, December 11.
Before the premiere, we invite you to join us for a reception to benefit the Ashland Museum, The Hanover Arts and Activities Center (The Center) and the Community Idea Stations. The reception will be held at The Center, 500 S. Center St., Ashland, 12:00-2:00 pm. Take a step back to 1862 when Ashland Baptist Church, now
At the reception, you will be able to visit with some of Mercy Street’s actors, producers and program staff at PBS, and learn about the area’s history during the Civil War. Along with costumed characters, Robert Szabo will be here with his wet plate collodion photography equipment. There will be festive fare and music.
Your purchase of a ticket to the Mercy Street reception at The Center includes a reservation for the 3:00 pm free screening of Mercy Street at the Blackwell Center for the Performing Arts at 205 Henry Street on the R-MC campus. This screening will include a Gospel music performance and a chance to watch the first episode of season two of Mercy Street with the cast and crew who filmed the series in the Richmond and Petersburg areas. At the screening, you will get a behind-the-scenes look from co-creator and executive producer Lisa Wolfinger, producer David A. Rosemont and Audrey Davis of the Alexandria Black History museum. Davis is one of the on-set historians whose expertise is in the contraband slave movement. You will be given your ticket to the screening at the event.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for middle and high school students.
Use our online registration form and pay by PayPal or by mail at Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland, VA 23005.
Questions? Contact Ashland Museum at 804-368-7314, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hanover Concert Band presents its annual Christmas Pops Concert with music and refreshment at 7PM on December 13, 2016. Come support Ashland/Hanover’s favorite music makers as they entertain us with the sounds of the season! The concert is FREE!
The Center is gearing up for some fun this fall and holiday season. Check out all of the great programs below in partnership with all of our favorite Ashland Institutions.
Join us for some spooooooky fun on Halloween night! Trick or Treat on the tracks and stop by to hear some Halloween entertainment by the Hanover Concert Band and to enjoy some refreshments.
Train Day is almost here! Our friends at Ashland Main Street Association have been working hard to bring you all things train, all day on November 5 from 10-5. The Center will feature some great train sets for old and young to enjoy together.
You don’t want to miss Ashland lighting up the tracks to become a mile long holiday card! The Center will be where you want to be to enjoy entertainment by our Community Chorus and to watch the lights go on. Then stop by our wonderful businesses to see what they have on offer for the season and to have a treat or two.
A tender Christmas adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” by super talented Ashlander and Director of the Whistle Stop Theatre Company, Louise Ricks. Showing before Light Up the Tracks and for four additional shows over the holiday season.
For more than 45 years, the Hanover Arts & Activities Center has been committed to being the “Center” of the “Center of the Universe,” as the town of Ashland is affectionately called. Located on the railroad tracks that run through the heart of Ashland, Virginia, the Center is dedicated to the enrichment of our community through cultural, educational and community activities.