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!
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
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.
At the Hanover Arts and Activities Center on Tuesday, December 18, the Hanover Concert Band is conducting a Holiday Concert with refreshments afterward. The concert is free to the public. Join us to get in the Holiday spirit!
Come join the spooky night celebration with the Hanover Concert Band playing wild music starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be treats for all so come in costume and watch out! BOO!
Rockin’ off the Roof for The Center
An Instructed Zumba® Hip-Hop Dance Party
100% Proceeds Benefit the Hanover Arts & Activities Center and Their Need for a New Roof!
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.
▪FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 at 7:00 pm CHECK-IN at 6:30pm (come early to get a front spot)
▪$10 per person (100% Proceeds to Benefit The Center)
▪THE CENTER is located at 500 S. Center St. on the Railroad Tracks in Ashland
▪Make it a FAMILY AFFAIR – GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT — OR COME SOLO!
▪Bring a water bottle and small hand towel – you will sweat!
▪We want to know you are coming! Register in Advance before 11/23
by e-mailing Instructor Christie Tripp at email@example.com.
▪Questions? Call The Center at 804-798-2728.
Raise the Roof Benefit
The Hanover Concert Band will offer a concert to benefit the Hanover Arts and Activities Center roof repair fund on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The “Raise the Roof” concert will be held at 6 p.m. on the Center’s Lawn, 500 Center Street in Ashland. Concert goers should bring a chair or blanket. Refreshmentswill be available. In the event of rain, the event will be held inside the Center.
The concert will feature big band, show tunes and marches.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Additional contributions will be accepted.
For more information, please call 804-798-2728.
Ashland Plans 4th of July Celebration
Ashland, Virginia –
It’s an Independence Day tradition! The Ashland 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (the Center), will include a walking parade, patriotic concert, lawn games, an apple pie contest and the ever-popular patriotic pet contest. All events will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Ashland’s quirky, nonmotorized walking parade is a small-town favorite. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will feature bicycles, basset hounds, a lawn chair brigade, and a few new surprises. The parade follows Hanover Avenue and winds through shady, tree-lined streets toward the Center, 500 S. Center Street. Participants in the walking parade will line up at the Henry Clay-War Memorial Parking lot at 10:15 a.m.
The Hanover Concert Band will perform a rousing patriotic concert and sing-a-long on the lawn of the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic, or purchase food from local vendors on the lawn.
Watermelon seed spitting and a host of other fun, free games for children will be held on the Center’s lawn.
What’s more American than Apple Pie? To enter the Apple Pie Contest and win culinary bragging rights, drop off homemade apple pies at the Center between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on July 4. Prizes will be awarded. Winning pies will be auctioned to benefit the Center and its programs.
Think you have the most patriotic pet in the Center of the Universe? Dress and decorate your pet and gather at the corner of S. Center Street and Cox Lane at 11:45 a.m. Pets will be judged and prizes awarded. If you are interested in the pet contest click here.
For more information, please call 804-798-2728. The Hanover Arts & Activities Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote arts, education and community building
Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. How is the Center green? In conjunction with our 34th annual 2012 Railroad Run, we will once again features a Green Fair – free to the public. This year’s Green Fair will be Saturday, April 21, 2012. Vendors who support green/organic initiatives are being solicited. Click here to download a Green Fair vendor form. Our race is a Virginia Green event, certified by the Virginia Deparment of Environmental Quality. Clicking on the Virginia Green link will feature lots of photos from the 2011 Ashland Railroad Run.
How else is the Center Green? In addition to hosting the Green Fair, we use recycled products – copy paper, hand towels, and tissue. We recycle at our events, and we collect aluminum cans for Habitat for Humanity. If you have CFL (compact fluoresent light bulbs), we have a collection bin just inside the ramp door at the Center, and we are happy to recycle your bulbs – they must not go in the landfill. As a fundraiser, we recycle ink cartridges from your desktop prints (for cash).
The doors to the Center will creak open to welcome all starting at 6:30 p.m. as trick or treaters begin to roam the streets of Ashland.
The Center will echo with the sounds of the Hanover Concert Band’s Classical Spooky Music Concert. According to long-time Center board member Paige Christy, “What really highlights the whole evening is the eerie and haunting music being performed by the Hanover Concert Band. They do such a good job and really get into the spirit of the spookiness to create the perfect atmosphere for the evening.” While at the Center families can enjoy free apple cider and baked goods and vote for the best carved pumpkins.
Families should come ready to show off those costumes, too, as there will be a costume contest for both humans and pets. Christy adds, For more information call the Hanover Arts and Activities Center at (804)798-2728 or please visit www.hanoverarts.org.