Children sing "Happy Birthday" during
Town of Ashland Arbor Day - April 2008
R-MC students, President Robert Lindgren
and family plant first tree commemorating
Ashland 150th birthday - April 2008
(far right) Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard and
Ashland 150 Steering Committee President Rob Stiles
join President Lindgren (2nd from left, back row)
and R-MC students during Town of Ashland
Arbor Day - April 2008
Randolph-Macon College will host Ashland’s 150th Grand Celebration on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event
open to the community.
The celebration kicks off at R-MC’s Day Field with a performance by the Hanover
All-County Marching Band, made up of all four of the county’s high schools. Gates
will open at noon. An opening ceremony follows which will include singing of the
town song, “Ashland, Ashland,” a time capsule presentation, unveiling of the birthday
cake sculpture and the singing of “Happy Birthday.” Everyone will then walk to the
Fountain Plaza and enjoy 150 birthday cakes made by many local bakers.
“Ashland’s 150th birthday year has been a labor of love for hundreds of people.
How fortunate we are to live in such a vibrant community,” said Sue Watson and Lorie
Foley, members of the Team 150 Steering Committee and co-chairs of the Ashland 150th
Grand Celebration. “People who may not necessarily see each other have come together
during the year and worked on committees and events. Now it’s time to celebrate
our community on October 18th — our past, present and our very bright future.”
Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard and Randolph-Macon College President Robert Lindgren
are honorary co-chairs of this historic event. They will be among the many special
guest speakers during the opening ceremony.
“This is an important historic occasion for Ashland and Randolph-Macon and I am
honored to co-chair this community celebration with Mayor Prichard,” said President
Lindgren. “I am also deeply appreciative for the enthusiastic support that our faculty,
staff, students and alumni are providing to organize and volunteer for many of the
activities planned for this historic occasion. This is going to be a terrific event
and we invite everyone to this grand celebration!”
There will be a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Radio Disney!
for the children, food vendors, an exhibit hall and music performances ranging
from bluegrass to Motown. In addition, you can bring your small antiques for a free
assessment, provided by Ashland, Richmond, national and international antique experts.
To commemorate this grand occasion, you can purchase the Ashland Yearbook which
includes stories and photos of families who have called Ashland home during its
150 years. This wonderful, historic yearbook will be on sale all day for $55.00.
“We are blessed to be able to celebrate what is so good about our Ashland/Hanover
community and to learn about our past and celebrate our present,” said Watson.
To learn more about the planned activities, click on
Ashland 150th Grand Celebration. Here is a schedule of events for Saturday,
October 18, 2008:
Ashland’s 150th Grand Birthday Celebration
On the campus of Randolph-Macon College
Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Rain or Shine!
OPENING CEREMONY (Day Football Field at Randolph-Macon College, 12:30pm – 2:00pm)
12:00 noon – Gates open at Day Field on Henry Street, Randolph-Macon College
12:30 pm – Hanover All-County Marching Bands perform on Day Football Field
Jay Beville, Hanover County Public Schools. Band Directors: Amy Birdsong--Hanover
High School, Duane Coston---Lee Davis High School, Paul Rozecki--Atlee High School,
and Amanda Peters--Patrick Henry High School.
• Patrick Henry ROTC Color Guard and Ashland Police Honor Guard
• Kelly West, Hanover Idol 2008 sings the “National Anthem”
• Children’s Chorus-- 200 children led by Gandy music teacher, Susan Winckler
• Singing of our town song, “Ashland, Ashland”—led by Charles Waldrop, Deborah Shannon,
Fred Horn, Carter Flippo, the Ashland Community Chorus and the Children’s Chorus
• Special Guest Speakers -- Honorary Chairs—Mayor Faye Prichard and President of
Randolph-Macon College, Robert Lindgren
• Introduction of Special Guests by 150 President Rob Stiles
• Randolph-Macon College Choir presentation led by Chris Ryder
• Time Capsule Presentation—led by Ragan Phillips
• Dedication of the Birthday Cake Sculpture by Hanover County School art students
and teachers—led by Nancy Cozart with AC Bruce and Cathy Bach McElroy
• Presentation of the special Ukrops’ cake, designed by Chef Jim Goodman and presented
by Benny Meads and Carlene Bass
• “Happy Birthday” introduced and led by Michael Shannon and the All-Hanover County
Marching Band and Mrs. Shelton
2:00 pm – Enjoy 150 birthday cakes made by many local bakers led by Carlene Bass—at
the Randolph-Macon Fountain Plaza on Henry Street.
EXHIBITION HALL (Crenshaw Gym, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm) on Randolph-Macon College Campus
Do you own a small treasure and would like to know more about it? Come to the Exhibition
Hall on October 18th for a FREE assessment!
Guidelines for Antique Assessments:
• Only small items that can be carried in hand by one person! You may bring photographs
of a large treasure!
• One item per person (or one set of items, such as a tea set)
• Participants are responsible for items brought
• Assessments may not be used for insurance purposes - for information only
Assessments will be provided by Ashland-Richmond-national-international antique
experts (with Ashland/Hanover connections) –Sumpter Priddy, III, Bill Irvin of Motley's
Antiques, and Mary Beth Rabung.
There will also be an assortment of displays / presentations including, but not
limited to, photographs, video, power point presentations, and more:
Ashland area Artists & Writers, Organizations, Businesses, Churches, Ashland
Birthday Celebrations throughout the Year, Fashions Through the Ages, Ashland Musical
Variety Show, Ashland 150th Memorabilia Sale, Hanover County Black Heritage Society,
Photos of Old and New Buildings in Ashland, Oral History, Hanover Arts & Activities
Center, History of Ashland – Video, Did You Know? and Where in Ashland? Randolph-Macon
College, Trains, Old Dominion Barn Dance (Sunshine Sue & the Workman Twins),
Ashland Yearbook, un-veiling of the Ashland Hall of Fame, Wall of Fame, Gone But
Ashland Yearbook committee members will be on hand at the Exhibition Hall from 2:00pm
– 5:30pm taking yearbook orders. Cost is $55.00 per book and checks may be made
payable to “Ashland Yearbook.” Books will be available in spring 2009. The cost
of the Ashland Yearbook goes up after October 31st!
ON STAGE AT THE EXHIBITION HALL (Crenshaw Gym)
2:15 pm – City Singers and Neighborhood Singers
3:00 pm-- Ashland History in Drama and Song with R-MC's Barclay DuPriest and Company
3:30 pm – Central Virginia MasterWorks Chorale led by Duncan Memorial Church Music
Director, William Gorton
4:00 pm – Ashland History in Drama and Song with R-MC’s Barclay DuPriest & Company
CONCERT STAGE SCHEDULE (by R-MC Fountain Plaza, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
2:00 pm – 2:25 pm – God Fearin’ Snakehandlers
Did you know that our Town is loaded with talent? Even our own Town Manager,
Charles Hartgrove can sing and play the mandolin!
2:25 pm – Hanover Idols --Kelly West, duet with Ryan Gary, and Patrick Warren
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Ashland Community Chorus – led by Shiloh Baptist’s Lenora Davis
This ever–popular group with singers from all over the community will wow you with
gospel and rock and roll.
3:00 pm – 3:25 pm – The Workman Twins and special guest Ginger Stanley
Does anyone remember Sunshine Sue and the WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance?
Starting around 1946, the show was aired LIVE over radio station WRVA every Saturday
night at 7:30pm and again at 9:30pm. Sunshine Sue, of Sunshine Sue and the Rangers,
was one of the best known stars back then and was actually one of the emcees and
producers. One of the highlights of the show was that it helped CBS launch a hillbilly
music series from coast to coast.
Ginger Stanley, Sunshine Sue’s daughter, will join Dick and Don Workman (nephews
of John and Sue Workman and sons of one of the Rangers) for a trip down memory lane.
Also, did you know that in 1958 Dick and Don Workman won the Ashland Talent contest
when they were 15 years old and went on to win in the state contest and then a record
contract in Nashville? They are the only descendents of the Workman family who have
continued to perform professionally.
3:30 pm – 3:40 pm – Hometown Boys
Back by popular demand, Rob DuPriest, Woody Tucker, and Jim Smith will sing you
the straight truth! Based on the music from the Tucker Wightman Ashland shows (1917-1938)
3:45 pm–4:15 pm – Traveling Jubilees
No one sings gospel like Ashland’s own George Gray and his band!
4:15 pm – Special Edition Band
Join us as we dance to Motown Music with Special Edition!
PARENTS' AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES AREA (on the McGraw-Page Library grounds, on
Henry Street across from Estes Dining Hall) 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
There are many wonderful activities planned for the Children’s Area.
Children should not be left un-attended.
• Join Radio Disney! as they lead a dance-off through the ages. Diane Hale’s Dancers
will help with the dancing.
• Play old-fashioned games including: cake walks, carnival games, etc.
• Face painting with R-MC’s Phi Mu Sorority
• Play hoops with the Randolph-Macon Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Carroll LaHaye
• Make crazy party hats!
• Enjoy Deborah Feldman from “Balloon Entertainment” as she makes your wildest balloon
ASHLAND 2008-2058 TIME CAPSULE
On December 31, 2008, the 2008 Ashland Time Capsule will be sealed and put away,
not to be opened until 2058. The above inscription will be placed on the Time Capsule
to identify its contents. Everyone in Ashland is encouraged to share ideas and contributions
for the 2008 Ashland Time Capsule.
The Time Capsule itself is a medium-sized container, so we are limited on the size
and amount of contents. Photographs, letters, documents, etc. are definitely items
to be included. The use of CDs and DVDs would certainly serve to save space (we
do have to consider the availability of playback devices in the year 2058!).
The items should be directly related to Ashland and represent our life here in this
year 2008. Your grandchildren or great grandchildren may very well be present in
2058 when the Time Capsule is reopened. It would be a wonderful moment for them
if the capsule contained an item that you had contributed.
We intend to inventory and number each item and leave a record of its source. When
the 2008 Time Capsule is opened fifty years from now, the folks will have that inventory
list and your descendents will be delighted to know of your gift from 2008.
Below are some ideas for content:
• 2008 Graduation Photos
• Ashland school contributions
• Church Bulletins from all Ashland churches
• 2008 Directories or information about civic organizations, e.g. Kiwanis, Women’s
• Flyers/Advertisements from Ashland businesses
• Baby pictures (2008 births)
• Announcements of special 2008 anniversaries, weddings, etc.
• Photographs of Ashland …both places and people…circa 2008
The 2008 Ashland Time Capsule will be sealed at midnight, December 31, 2008. We
strongly encourage you to send or deliver your 2008 Ashland Time Capsule items…
or your ideas… being certain to leave a name (for the inventory list) and a phone
number (for contact) to: Time Capsule Committee, Town of Ashland, 101 Thompson Street
(PO Box 1600), Ashland, VA 23005.
Or contact any of us on the Time Capsule Committee: Ragan Phillips (Chair), Cathy
Bach McElroy, Fan Cox Etienne, Gwen Strane, Carolyn Hemphill, Phyllis Theroux and
Please contact Ragan Phillips at 798-9721, firstname.lastname@example.org or Phyllis Theroux
at 798-3429, email@example.com with ideas for the Ashland 2008 -2058 Time Capsule.
WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
We are celebrating Ashland’s Birthday for all of 2008. We have more in store after
the Grand Celebration!
October 23, 2008 - Capitol Steps at Randolph-Macon College. Enjoy a show by this
nationally known comedic group, $. Crenshaw Gymnasium, Randolph-Macon College. 804-752-7213.
October 25 & October 26 - the Ashland Community Theater (ACT) Foundation will
be showing "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" movie at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.
October 25, 2008 - Ashland Harvest Run. The 5th Annual Ashland Harvest Run, a 10Krun/5KRun/Walk.
This certified 10K race course (#VA04034RT) and pending 5K course is completely
on the east side of the railroad tracks beginning and ending at Carter Park, located
on Maple Street near the intersection of Ashcake Road. Benefiting ACES and the St.
James the Less Free Clinic, $. Carter Park, 9:00 a.m. (804) 752-4915 or (804) 798-9341.
October 23-26, 2008 - Randolph-Macon College Homecoming Weekend. 804-752-3111. www.rmc.edu
October 31, 2008 – the Hanover Arts & Activities Center will be hosting an outdoor
trick or treat stop including a costume contest and band. www.hanoverarts.com (804)
November 8, 2008 - 6th Annual Train Day Celebration. Celebration of the Town’s railroad
heritage. Trolley rides, stores and music, free. Downtown Ashland, along the railroad
tracks, 10:00am–4:00pm. (804) 798-0330. www.traintowntoyandhobby.com. 9:30 am. Dedication
of the new town clock at the Train Station. Ashland’s Birthday Gift to the Town
given by generous friends and neighbors.
November 23, 2008 - Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade. Start your holiday season
with some hometown merriment. The Parade starts at Thompson Street and ends at John
Gandy Elementary School. Organized by the Ashland Kiwanis Club, free. Route 54 &
Henry Street, 2:30pm. (804) 798-7134.
December 7, 2008 – Deck the Halls to benefit the Hilliard House, a transitional
home for women and children in central Virginia. Pine Grove, an early 20th - century
farm at 12438 Elmont Road invites visitors to create their own wreaths using freshly
cut evergreens. The grounds will be open from noon to 4:30pm. A minimum donation
$25 per person, $35.00 per family is requested. (804) 798-9131.
December 7, 2008 - Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale Holiday Concert. This acclaimed
event will feature Bach’s Magnificat and other wonderful selections to put you in
the holiday spirit. William Gorton conducts, with players from the Richmond Symphony,
$ Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, two performances: 2:30 and 7:00pm. (804)
368-7276. For news and ticket information, visit www.cvamc.org.
December 13, 2008 -Santa Train. Holiday fun and a train ride too. Bring the kids
for a train ride, games and holiday fun with Santa. Tickets sold in advance, $.
Leaves from the Ashland Train Station, 9:00am–6:30pm. (804) 798-0330. www.traintowntoyandhobby.com.
March 19, 20 and 21, 2009 - Ashland Musical Variety Show sponsored by the Hanover
Arts & Activities Center at Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC. Join the fun, sign up
to participate, as we celebrate the best of Ashland, Virginia (past, present and
future). Lorie Foley and Sue Watson. www.hanoverarts.com. 804-798-2728.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Without the generous donations from the following, the 150th Grand Celebration would
not have been possible. A huge thank you to the following:
Town of Ashland • CSX (Assistant Vice President of CSX, Jay Westbrook) • Hanover
County • Randolph-Macon College
ACB Construction • Ashland Community Chorus • Ashland McDonalds • Ashwood Nursery
• Ashland Police Department • Ashland Town Council • Ashland Police Department •
Chartwells • Colesville Nursery • Hanover Arts & Activities Center • Hanover
County Board of Supervisors • Hanover County Parks and Recreation • Hanover County
Public Schools • Herald-Progress • Homemades by Suzanne • Luck Motor Company • Nelsen
Funeral Home • Market Ashland Partnership (MAP) • Radio Disney! • Slipped Disc •
Special Edition Band • Fun-Filled Balloons, Inc. * TownHound.com • The Supply Room
Companies • TSI Promotionals • Ukrop’s • Walmart * WHAN Radio
To all of the Team150 Committee Members--too numerous to mention--thank you for
sharing your time and talents for Ashland's 150th Birthday Year.
Below are the leaders for specific areas:
Team150 Steering Committee – Rob Stiles, President
Ashland Yearbook – Susan Tucker, Betty Carol Stevenson, Sara Dyer, Pam Stiles, Robin
Ashland 150 Events – Deborah Shannon, Ellen Wulf
Train Clock – Jim Cox, Gaillard Owen
History – Ann Martin, John Hodges
Special Speaker Series – Cathy Bach McElroy
Oral History Project – Dale Talley, Amy Goodwin, Alva Hughes, Judee Showalter, Laurie
Preston, Alphine Jefferson
• R-MC Student Interviewers:
Justine Armes • Jessica Barber • Amanda Bass • Kristen Bischoff • Emily Chilton
• Morgan DeAmicis • Alexa Durnwirth • Kim Dutton • Lauren Eng • Alicia Fetrow •
Mancini Grant • Joseph Haddon • Daniel Jones • Emily Kight • Kelley Lewis • LaMartha
Martin • Jessee Perry • Erin Pusey • Stephanie Serena • Sascha Shahramfar • Meylena
Spencer • Amanda Steinagel • Kasie Taylor • Alexa Tellez-Mansy • Brittany Thomas
• Lianne Valenza • Brandy Washington • Jessica Woods • Tian Xu • Plamena Zamova
Ashland Hall of Fame – Meriwether Gilmore, Sandra Lynne, Lucinda Jones, Jen Chambers
Ashland’s 150th Grand Celebration – Sue Watson, Lorie Foley
• Opening Ceremony – Carolyn Peart, Jerry Peart, Frank Hargrove, Jr., Jay Beville
• Exhibition Hall – Mary Wiblin, Carolyn Hemphill, Barbara Boor, Betty LaPlace
• Children’s & Parent’s Area – Corinne Luck, Margaret Henry, Karen Lynne, Chris
Dull, Rebecca Cline, Sarah Pontynen, Arlene Unger, Karen Lipscomb
• Concert Stage – Sue Watson, Lorie Foley, Bill McElroy, Carl Sloppy
• Logistics – Eddie Thomas, Tom Dwyer, Lorraine Kenny, Maurice Kiely, from Randolph-Macon;
Chief Doug Goodman and Lieutenant James Shelhorse from the Ashland Police Department
• Special Invitations – Jen Chambers
• Parking – Maurice Kiely (special thanks to Henry Clay Elementary, Hanover County
School Board and First Baptist Church for use of their parking lots)
• Photography and Videography – Rick Gran, Duane Berger, Nick Liberante, Tom Wulf,
Ellen Wulf, Stacey Sizemore, Jen Chamber, Doug Buerlein,
Existing Events – Lauren Thompson, Steve Thompson
150 Branding – Vedys Mills, Ken Mills
Town Anniversary Posters – Christiane Riederer
Birthday Cake Sculpture – Nancy Cozart
150 Birthday Cakes – Carlene Bass
Time Capsule Committee - Ragan Phillips, Cathy Bach McElroy, Fan Cox Etienne, Gwen
Strane, Carolyn Hemphill, Phyllis Theroux and Quentina Kinney
Spring Choir Festival – George Gray, Sharon Stiles
PLANT150 and Ashland’s Arbor Day Event – Monica Klisz
Great Trees of Ashland – Liz Scarpino
Publicity and Website – Lorie Foley
Ashland Foundation – Charles Hartgrove, Josh Farrar, Sue Watson, Rob Stiles, Lorie
In addition, we would like to thank the following individuals for their contribution(s)
to Ashland’s 150:
Faye Prichard • Robert Lindgren • Sue Forbes Watson • Lorie Foley • Rob Stiles •
Charles Hartgrove • Josh Farrar • Billie Raines • Ellen Wulf • Sumpter Priddy, III
• Mary Beth Rabung • Bill Irvin • Nancy Cozart • Tom Clark • Chief Doug Goodman
• Lieutenant James Shelhorse • Anthony Callahan • Rev Michael Shannon • Deborah
Shannon • Barclay DuPriest • Fred Horn • Don Boor • Christiane Riederer • Jim Donlon
• Jay Beville • Susan Winckler • Harold Wright • Jen Chambers • Sheree Shaw • Carter
Flippo • Ginger Stanley • Lenora Davis • Dick Workman • Don Workman • Ed Barlow
• Rob DuPriest • Jim Smith • Woody Tucker • Stewart Roberson • Ragan Phillips •
Chris Ryder • Faith Boyle • Phyllis Theroux • Kelly West • Ryan Gary • William Gorton
• Rick Gran • Tom Wulf • Nick Liberante • Doug Buerlein • Duane Berger • Chip Mitchell
• Andy Lynne • Sue Kaukas • AC Bruce • Anthony Keitt • Brenda Gilman • Terri Abri
• Carl Sloppy • Greg Glassner • Michele Holleran • Bill Doran • Lois Smith • Karen
Harris • Charlotte Parish • Sharon Stiles • Cheryl Lindgren • Ukrops Chef Jim Goodman
• Benny Meads • Bill McElroy • Cathy Bach McElroy • Jim Cox • Harry Kollatz • Chris
Dovi • Stacie Sizemore • Dale Theakston • Leigh Barnes • Vedys Mills • Ken Mills
• Lauren Thompson • Lee Chambers • John Hodges • Ann Martin • Betty Carol Stevenson
• Susan Tucker • Jim Cox • Gaillard Owen • Mary Wiblin • Barbara Boor • Don Boor
• Betty LaPlace • Carolyn Hemphill • George Gray • Billy Martin • Rosanne Shalf
• Kevin Damian • Lorraine Kenney • John Mingus • Amy Goodwin • Judee Showalter •
Laurie Preston • James Scanlon • Ritchie Watson • Elys Hall • Charleita Richardson
• Reber Dunkel • Jeff Burns • Bill Roberts • Denis Kanach • Carroll LaHaye • Ellen
Stack • Patrick Warren • Rhu Harris • Jack Luck • Charles Waldrop • Fan Cox Etienne
• Gwen Strane • Quentina Kinney • Sara Dyer •
Charlotte Parrish • John Mingus • Kevin Smith • Lindsey Harper • Tom Bass • Kim
Fox • Melissa Mowry • Bill Allen • Jerry Kelly • Joe Wimbush • Heather Hincher • Madeleine
Forrest • J.D. Jump • Dre’ McLaughlin • Sally Gudas • Bill Roberts •Mr. & Mrs.
Harry Orell • Andrea Lindgren • Pam Stiles • Robin Stiles *
In addition, we would like to thank the following groups for their contribution(s)
to Ashland’s 150:
Boy Scout Troop 700 • Brothers 4 Change • Carroll LaHaye’s Randolph-Macon Women’s
Basketball Team • Phi Mu Sorority • Diane Hale School of Dance • God Fearin' Snakehandlers
• The Traveling Jubilees• R-MC Chamber Singers • R-MC Football Team • Patrick Henry
ROTC Color Guard • Ashland Police Honor Guard • Ashland Community Chorus • Central
Virginia Masterworks Chorale • R-MC FYE Students • City Singers / Neighborhood Singers
• Randolph-Macon College Choir • Gandy Elementary Children’s Chorus • Ashland Garden
Club • Town & Country Garden Club • Clay Spring Garden Club * Ashland Kiwanis