Monday, June 19, 2017

RBDG Grant Awarded

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 06/19/17

RE: Rural Business Development Grant Awarded


TOCCOA, GA, June 19, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is happy to officially announce that it has been awarded a Rural Business Development Grant in the amount of $50,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for infrastructure upgrades at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Funding for this project will be used to complete balcony upgrades, plaza upgrades, and dressing room upgrades.

Upon receipt of the grant, Community Development Director Connie Tabor said, “The City of Toccoa has made it a 2017 goal to complete infrastructure improvements at the Ritz. This additional seating and renovation work will continue to promote the Ritz Theatre as the economic anchor for Downtown Toccoa.”

In 2016, the Ritz Theatre held 123 shows with 19,444 in attendance. This doubles 2015 show numbers and triples 2015 attendance numbers. Continued renovation work at the Ritz Theatre has contributed to the quality of life and economic vitality of Historic Downtown Toccoa. Upon completion of these infrastructure upgrades, patrons of the Ritz Theatre will be able to use the renovated balcony to view performances. It is expected that approximately 90 seats will be added to the capacity of the Ritz Theatre, which is currently able to hold 362 individuals.

For more information regarding the receipt of the RBDG grant, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street office at 706.898.5777

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Historic Plaque Dedication: Andrews-Hamby Men's Store

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, Andrews-Hamby Men’s Store- 06/05/17


TOCCOA, GA – The eighth historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings was unveiled on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5 p.m., at the former location of the Andrews-Hamby Men’s Store, located at 20 Doyle Street.

The plaque ceremony was short and memorable, drawing downtown business owners, local citizens, and city officials. Several poignant stories were shared regarding this historic downtown storefront. Main Street Toccoa is honored by the attendance of Mrs. Margaret Andrews, the wife of Jim Andrews, owner of the Andrews-Hamby Men’s Store, at the historic plaque dedication.

 The historic plaque program highlights ten historic buildings in Toccoa, and the remaining plaques are set to follow each month. Once all plaques have been installed, they will be added to Main Street Toccoa’s Historic Walking Tour Guide.

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding the Historic Plaque Program. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.

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From Left to Right: Jonah Yang, Connie Tabor, Amber Nedreberg, Tony Andrews, Margaret Andrews, David Austin, Michelle Austin, Vicky King, Gary Cortellino 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Summer Movies at the Ritz Begins!

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 05/30/17

RE: 2017 Summer Movies at the Ritz Begins!


TOCCOA, GA, May 30, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is happy to announce that the 2017 Summer Movies at the Ritz event series begins this Thursday, June 1, 2017 and will run every Thursday through July 27, 2017.

The Summer Movies at the Ritz will take place every Thursday at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Downtown Toccoa. Showtimes are at 10:00am and 7:00pm. Tickets and concession are only $1. The event series will premiere with The Secret Life of Pets on June 1, and continue throughout the summer season with other hits, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sing, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, and more.

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding Summer Movies at the Ritz. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.



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2017 Ida Cox Music Series Begins!

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 05/30/17

RE: 2017 Ida Cox Music Series Begins with Toccoa Jazz

TOCCOA, GA, May 30, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is happy to announce that the 2017 Ida Cox Music Series begins this Saturday, June 3, 2017. The headlining act for the first week of the 2017 Ida Cox Music Series will be Toccoa Jazz, a local favorite.

Toccoa Jazz is known within Toccoa and throughout Northeast Georgia for their venerable selection of jazz classics and their excellent performance. Toccoa Jazz has opened the summer concert series for several years in a row. Main Street Toccoa is pleased to bring them back to headline the 2017 Ida Cox Music Series

The Ida Cox Music Series, named after famed Toccoan Blues musician, Ida Cox, features free music in Downtown Toccoa every Saturday in June, July, and beginning in 2017, August. The music starts at 7:00pm and the series lasts until approximately 10:00pm each Saturday night. Bring a lawn chair to Downtown Toccoa and enjoy live music, food, and drink in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding the first week of the Ida Cox Music Series. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

County Line to Premiere at the Ritz!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2017
Contact: Tara Brown
tara.brown@inspfilms.com803-448-2698
The Historic Ritz Theatre at The Schaefer Center to Host the First Theatrical Release of “County Line”
INSP Films debuts its newest movie in Toccoa, GA June 16-18
Indian Land, SCINSP Films has chosen Toccoa, GA, to host the premiere of its newest release, County Line.  The action-packed crime drama was shot in Toccoa in 2016.  The announcement comes from Gary Wheeler, Vice President of Original Movies at INSP Films.
“The city of Toccoa provided the perfect backdrop for County Line,” said Wheeler.  “We needed rural landscapes, a racetrack, a small-town diner, a courthouse and other unique shoot locations.  Toccoa provided these and more.  It’s fitting that the townspeople, many of whom played extras in the film, will be one of the first audiences to see it.”
County Line tells the story of Alden Rockwell, an aging ex-sheriff dealing with the recent death of his wife and forced into retirement after losing a re-election bid.  When his old war buddy, closest friend and neighboring sheriff, Clint Thorne, is shot, Rockwell finds himself in the middle of a non-sanctioned investigation.  Amidst a dangerous threat to his own life, Rockwell refuses to stand by while a ruthless element takes over the town.
Cast in the leading role as Alden Rockwell is Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard, Longmire, Django Unchained). Sheriff Clint Thorne is played by Jeff Fahey (Texas Rising, Justified, Lost, Under the Dome). Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement, The West Wing) plays the spunky diner owner, Maddie Hall.  Dendrie Taylor (Saving Mr. Banks, Out of the Furnace, True Blood) plays Clint’s straightforward but fiery wife, Jordan Thorne.
County Line is produced by INSP Films and distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment.  The film was written by Jon Nappa (When Calls the Heart, Super Snoopers), Shea Sizemore (Not Forgotten, A Sailor’s Song) and Jason White (Christmas on the Coast).  The producers are Jason White and Gary Wheeler.  David Cerullo, Dale Ardizzone and Doug Butts are the executive producers.
For additional information, please visit www.countylinemovie.com.

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About INSP Films
INSP Films is a theatrical motion picture production company owned by television network INSP.  Founded in 2015, it produces films that are inspiring, heartwarming and family-friendly.