Join us for the 42nd Annual Ashland Railroad Run: Virtual Holiday Edition!
Run 5K, 10K, 15K (COTU Challenge), or the Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run.
Show us your most festive race attire and Jingle All the Way to the finish! Prizes for the best holiday outfits.
If you have safety gear, you can run at dusk and enjoy the beautiful lights of Light Up the Tracks in Downtown Ashland!
All proceeds benefit the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.
Prize for Most Festive Kid’s Attire Photo
Prize for Most Festive Attire Race Photo
In person packet pick up on December 4 at Hanover Arts from 5-7.
Current Randolph Macon students and Staff get $10 off. See details during checkout.
Visit www.tunesonthetracks.com to get your tickets today!
Ashland Theatre and Hanover Arts & Activities Center have announced a new outdoor concert series called “Tunes on the Tracks.” With a kickoff date of Saturday, August 29, the live shows are planned for every other Saturday afternoon through the end of October.
What should customers expect at each event?
This family-friendly outdoor concert series will be held on the front lawn of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, right on the railroad tracks. Each ticket provides admittance for up to five people who will be seated in a dedicated 10’x10’ viewing area. Concessions will be available and will include snacks, soft drinks, and adult (alcoholic) beverages. Patrons are expected to stay within their designated spot except when visiting the restroom or the concession area. Each concert should last about 90 minutes to two hours.
What type of music will be showcased?
Tunes on the Tracks will feature some of the area’s finest local bands, playing music across multiple genres including rock, soul, country, folk, and bluegrass.
Who would enjoy the events?
Plan to bring the whole family! All ages are welcome, although valid photo IDs will be required to purchase or consume alcohol.
How did this collaboration come together?
Ashland Theatre and Hanover Arts & Activities Center are facing many of the same challenges trying to operate safely during the pandemic. With outdoor dining and drive-in movies drawing people back to the community again, each organization realized that customers still feel more comfortable gathering outside rather than indoors. Creating a new event series was made easier by combining the experience and staff of both businesses.
Isn’t Ashland a wonderful community for this type of creativity?
Camp Bloom, Jr. is back! Join Andrea Ferment, owner of Honeygirl Flowers, as she pairs with the Center in our quest to create after-school arts programming for the Hanover Community.
“Fall for Flowers” will be held on four consecutive Thursdays in October from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Campers will explore the beauty of the flowers, the trees, and the natural abundance of the Fall season in a series of fun crafts and activities. Each craft or activity will use a different artistic technique and material, and each will allow participants to explore and appreciate the natural world around us in new ways. Most of these classes will also feature short presentations related to the crafts given by local artists and experts. These sessions are most enjoyable for kids in grades 3-8.
Likely activities include:
-preserving fall leaves in glycerine to create colorful, long-lasting artwork with them
-crafting pretty, delicious edible chocolate flowers to top frosted cupcakes
-making gorgeous, air-dry clay bowls using real leaves as the templates
-making stunning, fresh flower headbands and earrings and modeling them in an outdoor photo shoot
Come to the Center to welcome Fall with us!
Class dates are four Thursdays in October: the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and29th. Cost per camper for all four dates is $80. We must register five campers to hold the classes; no more than 10 campers can register. Camp Bloom events do usually fill quickly, so grab a friend and register soon!
Attendees must commit to attending/paying for all four sessions due to the need to purchase and prep materials in advance. If an absence is necessary, a friend or relative can attend instead.
To view slideshows and pictures of more Camp Bloom fun, check out this link on the Honeygirl…Flowers and More website.
Andrea started her studio florist business two years ago and has made hundreds of arrangements for weddings, holidays, non-profit fund-raising events, holidays and more. She taught in the Virginia public schools for thirty-five years, including the last twenty years at Gandy Elementary in Ashland. Her Camp Bloom events for kids combine her two big work passions perfectly!
My girls absolutely loved Camp Bloom!! Every day they came home with some sort of fresh flower arrangement or flower-themed craft. I don’t know how they did everything they did in just three hours a day.
Everything Andrea and her sisters did was top-notch! It was a very well thought out and well done camp. My girls are ready to go back now! They blew my mind with all the activities, and opportunities for the girls.
Pay for class HERE:
Join us as we at Center Players Summer Theatre Camp: Theatre Through the Decades!
No auditions required
Rising 1st-5th Grades
Camp Week: July 27-31
Monday through Thursday
Friday Showcase 7:00PM
Acting, Singing, Dancing,
Original Movie & More!
Camp will be a half day this year due to COVID-19-please click on our summer camps page for all guidelines we are following.
All campers will be required to wear masks indoors.
Camp will be limited to 15 participants.
Campers must agree to a health check upon arrival each day.
Campers will provide their own water bottles & snacks/lunch (nothing with peanuts please).
Pay for Camp Here:
Due to COVID-19 we will be holding our celebration of July 4th virtually on our social media pages and hosting a scavenger hunt!
DOWNLOAD/PRINT 4th of July Scavenger Hunt Checklist or pick up a form at Center of the Yarniverse or Yoga on Center
Tune in to Facebook or Instagram on the 4th for some videos, photos, and music to celebrate the day!
Ashland July 4th Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate our nation’s birthday in your favorite small town with a 4th of July Scavenger Hunt! Participating businesses in Downtown Ashland will have a patriotic item on display. Just match the item to its clue. Are you up for the challenge?
Pick up your Scavenger Hunt Checklist outside of Yoga on Center or Center of the Yarniverse beginning Tuesday, June 30th. Checklists will also be available to print at home on our website.
Return your completed Checklist to Center of the Yarniverse by July 4th. All completed Checklists will be entered for a prize drawing!
Ashland July 4th Photo Contests
Get creative and show us your best patriotic photos!
Since we can’t be together at our traditional parade and celebration, we would love to see how you are celebrating the 4th.
Patriotic Yard-who has the best flags, bunting, and decor?
Patriotic Pet-Any kind of pet, any kind of costume. We want to see your furry (or feathered, or scaly) friends in their 4th finest
Patriotic Pie-we can’t taste your best bakes this year, but make one that is as photoworthy as it is delicious! No restrictions on ingredients but patriotic theme is a must!
Most Patriotic Costume-Pull out your red white and blue, spangles, stars, and stripes or your best Americana and show us what you’ve got!
Patriotic Bike Contest-you don’t have to miss decorating your bike and taking it for a spin through the neighborhood. Just snap a picture and send it to us!
Patriotic Pose-Stop by Yoga on Center and strike a pose with their special homage to the USA!
Each winner will receive a prize and you MAY enter more than one of the photo contests.
RULES & INSTRUCTIONS:
You must tag @hanoverarts on your picture on Facebook or Instagram.
You must use the hashtag #ashlandvirtualjuly4
Write which category you are entering in the caption.
Message your entry to The Center on Facebook or Instagram so we can make sure we don’t miss it!
Winners will be announced on July 5.
Camp Bloom is now FULL. Please email us at email@example.com to be placed on a wait list and to receive information about future workshops!
Camp Bloom: Bloom where you are planted!
July 6-July 10. 9AM-12PM
Join Andrea Ferment, owner of Honeygirl Flowers, at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center for the return of Camp Bloom, a week of flower fun! In this second year, sessions will run the week of July 6th from 9 a.m.-noon. Register soon, because this year we are limiting campers to 7 lucky kids, and camp will fill up fast! Campers (rising third through eighth-graders) will learn the basics of creating beautiful fresh flower arrangements, of course, but flowers can be used for so much more!
We will create:
fresh flower wristlets; graceful centerpieces for our own homes and for Ashland restaurants; mini-arrangements to add to tabletop vignettes; floating flower arrangements; fresh flower pieces for our hair; bouquets to cheer local nursing home residents; and more…
clay bowls and jewelry impressed with floral stamps and natural material; leaf prints; giant paper flowers; hand-painted vases; pop art flowers created from recycled materials; long-lasting wreaths; and more…
We will also delve into the science of flowers by learning how to identify different types of bark and leaves, learning about their functions for plant health, and using that knowledge in art projects to appreciate their beauty, too!
We may also leave the Center behind for several walking field trips to local gardens and businesses, and we will hear from local experts and business owners about how they work with flowers.
“My girls absolutely loved Camp Bloom! Every day they came home with some sort of fresh flower arrangement or flower-themed craft. I don’t know how they did everything they did in just three hours a day. Everything Andrea and her sisters did was top-notch! They blew my mind with all the activities and opportunities for the girls. It was a very well thought-out and well-done camp. My girls are ready to go back now! I wish they had an adult version!”
-Kasey Buckland, mom to campers Addy & Katey Grace
Andrea taught full-time in the public school system for 35 years, including the last 20 as a fifth-grade teacher in Ashland. She still teaches science resource classes at Gandy Elementary on a part-time basis. Her fabulous sisters, who are also veteran teachers, will assist her daily at Camp Bloom.
Cost of the week-long camp is $125. To learn more about Andrea and her studio floral business go to www.honeygirlflower.com
Pay for camp ahead of time here! We will accept checks up to the first day of camp. If you had signed up for our Spring Workshop, you can write a check for the difference or pay by credit card on the first day of camp.
The Hanover Arts and Activities Center has partnered with the American Red Cross to save lives by hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, June 23rd from 10-3pm. If you are healthy and willing, please consider donating life saving blood to someone in need. Several precautions have been added to the blood donation process in order to prioritize the safety of both donors and staff. Please wear a mask when you come to the blood drive, if you do not have one, you will be provided with one. Appointments are required to donate, we will not accept walk-ins in order to properly follow social distancing rules. You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by simply clicking this link – https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=hanoverarts
We are proud to sponsor and host one of Ashland’s most beloved traditions; The Ashland July 4th Parade and Celebration.
Due to ongoing restrictions on event sizes and gatherings during the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Center will be unable to host our usual event. However, we are glad to announce that we will be hosting a virtual celebration via social media. You will still be able to catch the spirit of our favorite small town USA tradition, take part in contests, participate in a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt around Ashland, and celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence.
YOU can help us celebrate! We would love to have a picture, video, or video message to add to our July 4th Virtual Celebration video. Send your most patriotic pics of your, your children, pets, pies, etc. Create contests and play lawn games with your family and send us a video! We will combine the video into a presentation that we will share on July 4th. Please email all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2020.
We will have the following PHOTO contests on July 4th:
*Patriotic Yard Contest
*Patriotic Pet Contest
*Patriotic Pie Photo Contest
*Most Patriotic Costume Contest
*Patriotic Bike Decoration Contest
**Rules and information will be posted on our social media and website in JUNE.**
We will also feature the following:
*Town Wide Scavenger Hunt-info and instructions to be posted before July 4.
*JUNE 23 American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Center-registration required. NO walk ups. Please click HERE to make an appointment!
Though we are so disappointed to not be able to get our community together in one place on July 4th, we hope very much that you will contribute to, and enjoy, this alternative to the real thing.
Due to the stay at home guidelines set forth by the State of Virginia, Hanover Arts and Activities Center will be closed to the public until further notice.
Please EMAIL email@example.com for information or if you need to contact us.
The following programs are cancelled:
Ashland Railroad Run: will be rescheduled in 2020. Please email us for further information
Women’s Suffrage History Day
Center Players Production: Sound of Music
All meetings are cancelled.
All rehearsals are cancelled.
We are offering FREE packets of chalk on our front porch until supplies run out. Please take the opportunity to be creative and have a little family fun! Be sure to tag us in anything you create.
We are still planning July 4th. Please stay tuned to our social media for updates and changes.
Summer camps are still planned until otherwise noted.
Camp Bloom: July 6-10
Visual Arts Camp with Whitney Hale: July 20-24 (this is a change)
Center Players Theatre Camp: July 27-31
Camp Ashland History Camp with Ashland Museum: August 3-7
Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for the most up to date information.
We miss our community SO MUCH and we cannot wait to gather again!
Draw, paint, and sculpt your way into summer with JGES art teacher Whitney Hales. Join Mrs. Hales on an art exploration as we create giant papier-mâché sculptures, draw and paint en plein air with watercolors, and put a fun twist on matryoshka dolls by painting your own- turn them into animals if you’d like! Ages 8-11. July 20-24, 9-12am, cost $150. Only 10 slots available.
Please click HERE for information on social distancing and procedures The Center will be following during camps.
Thank you for your interest in Summer Visual Arts Camp 2020. Unfortunately camp is now full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to place your child on a waiting list.
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Camp Bloom is back! Join Andrea Ferment, owner of Honeygirl Flowers, at The Center for the latest Camp Bloom, Jr. Workshop. Participants for this new “Hello, Spring!” workshop should sign up in pairs…think “mom and daughter” or “big sis and little sis” or “father and son”…the combinations are endless, but one person should be old enough to occasionally help the younger person if needed. In this two-hour workshop, campers will create three nature-inspired pieces to help us all look forward to Spring. Campers will work together to make:
-one spring fresh-flower centerpiece
-cherry blossom watercolor paintings
-one fresh and one long-lasting piece of floral jewelry
Each piece will use a different artistic technique and material, and each will allow us to explore and appreciate the natural world around us in new ways. Come to the Center to Welcome Spring with us! To view slideshows and pictures from last summer’s week-long camp and this past December’s first junior camp workshop, check out this link on the Honeygirl…Flowers and More website.
Add an additional person to your pair for $30!
Please fill out the form below:
PAY ONLINE HERE
Do you have what it takes to be Hanover Idol 2020/21? Start practicing those scales and your favorite performance songs to vie for your place as the best singer in the county! Idols perform at various community events such as the Ashland Strawberry Faire and Ashland Fourth of July Parade & Celebration.
SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME HERE
Please prepare a short a cappella selection for your audition.
Junior Idol Age Notice-Participants must be aged 10-15 before January 1, 2020.
IMPORTANT! Junior Idol Auditions are from 10-12:30 and Idol Auditions are from 1:00-4. We can be flexible so contact us if you have a scheduling issue between 10-4.
Arrive 5 minutes early to fill out your audition form.
Hanover Idol Competitions: March 8, 2020 at the Ashland Theatre
Email Lorie Foley at email@example.com with additional questions.
Thank you all so much for your interest in attending the New Year’s Eve Gala at The Center. The Center has unfortunately found some construction issues that are being remedied over the winter holidays however, the space will NOT be ready in time for our big celebration for the New Year. This year we will NOT be able to hold the gala. If you have purchased tickets already, please check your email for a message. If you are looking to help The Center as we rebuild, please make a donation at www.hanoverarts.org. There you can help us to make 2020 sparkle. Hope to see you all around in the New Year!
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Camp Bloom is back! Join Honeygirl Flowers at The Center for our Camp Bloom, Jr. Holiday Gift-Making Workshop. In this two-hour workshop, campers will create three nature-inspired gifts to give to friends and loved ones during holiday celebrations. We will also create handmade gift bags and tags, so these gorgeous creations will be completely ready to give away. Each piece will use a different artistic technique and material, and each will allow us to explore and appreciate the natural world around us in new ways. The best gifts are always those that are made with the hands and come from the heart!
Please fill out the form below to register. Space is limited.
Payments for this workshop are due no later than December 14, 2019.
Pay online! Click on the link and you will be redirected to PayPal. You may also send a check made out to HAAC to PO Box 486, Ashland, 23005.