Ashland in Motion (AIM) prepares for the kick-off of the 2021 First Friday season with a scaled down version of events. The first of many this year will be Friday, May 7th in The District on Winchester Avenue from 5p.m. until 8p.m.
AIM’s focus for this season is the health and safety of community members while they enjoy being outside with family and friends in downtown Ashland. Continuing with tradition, the block party will feature a cruise-in, live music, an outdoor beer garden, extended downtown shopping hours and children’s activities.
“Ashland is beautiful in the Spring and we are looking forward to providing a safe outdoor event. As we reemerge from the distance covid has put between downtown and its people, First Friday is the perfect opportunity to create the experiences we have been missing,” said Ashland in Motion executive director, Holly Stone.
The District in downtown Ashland is from Greenup to Carter Avenue and from 14th to 18th Streets.
Ashland In Motion Hits the Ground Running with Two New Additions For 2021
Ashland in Motion (AIM) is pleased to announce Holly Stone has been named Director of Ashland in Motion and Elizabeth Hensley has been named Director of Strategic Communications for the organization.
Stone, an Ashland native, was most recently a Career Assessment Specialist and Special Educator at Collins Career and Technical Center and has worked in the Greenup County and Russell School systems over the last two decades. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Park and Recreational Programming from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from Morehead State University. Stone is a recipient of the Diederich Scholarship, awarded to local Kentucky students who demonstrate outstanding character and promise as evidenced by work ethic and service to others.
“I am so excited to have been given this opportunity. I am optimistic about our upcoming schedule and cannot wait to bring more engaging events to our area. We know this year will be unlike any other while trying to navigate a pandemic and begin the economic recovery process, but we are certain there is a safe and fun way forward,” Stone said.
Hensley, originally from Huntington, moved to Ashland almost a decade ago. She earned a Master of Arts in Journalism Degree from Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications where she majored in Public Relations. Hensley is currently the Marketing Specialist for Ashland Credit Union where she has specialized in writing, graphic design, advertising, and special events for 13 years.
AIM began as a non-profit organization in 1989, formed by community and civic leaders who saw a need for an organization devoted to the preservation, revitalization, and growth of downtown. The organization was originally known as Ashland Main Street, a division of the National Main Street Center. In 2014 the organization became independent, and despite the name change, the mission and goals of the organization remain the same.
AIM is dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Ashland and maintaining a vibrant environment that fosters and inspires cultural and economic growth. Since its beginnings, the organization acts as an advocate for local business, unites the community in the name of progression and policy change, and proudly hosts downtown events that celebrate business, arts, and culture. AIM is the organization responsible for bringing Firkin’ Fest, The Gravy Bowl, Brunch & Browse, and First Fridays to the streets of Ashland.