Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Movies Continue in Toccoa!

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Sharon Crosby/Main Street Toccoa
Date: June 12, 2018
Re: Summer Movies at the Ritz

New Season of Summer Movies

Toccoa, GA – June 12, 2018 – The 2018 season of Summer Movies at the Ritz started with a big bang.

The first showing, The Greatest Showman, was seen by a full house last Thursday. In its fifth year, the movies are becoming a part of Toccoa’s families’ summer plans. Movies will be shown each Thursday at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm throughout June and July. Admission is $1 and all concessions are also $1.

Paddington 2 will be shown Thursday, June 14 at 10:00 am and 7:00 am. This sequel to the first
Paddington movie finds the lovable bear settled in with the Brown family. Paddington the bear has now become a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration. This is a movie that the whole family will enjoy.

The summer movie lineup includes:
June 14 – Paddington 2
June 21 – Wonder
June 28- Spider-Man: Homecoming
July 5 – Darkest Hour
July 12 – Captain Underpants
July 19 – Ferdinand
July 26 – The Lion King
As an encore showing, Black Panther will be shown on August 2.

Movies will be shown each Thursday at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm throughout June and July and August 2. Admission is $1 and all concessions are also $1. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

David Church to Perform at Ritz


Contact: Sharon Crosby
Date: 6/12/18
Re: David Church Concert

RFDTV Star to Perform at the Ritz

Toccoa, GA – June 12, 2018- The Ritz Theatre will be presenting David Church, “RFDTV’s” most requested artist for years, in concert June 15 at 7:00 pm. Church will be singing with his talented wife, Terri Lisa Church.

From the iconic “Hank Williams” to his “roots/retro” country music, the Churches have been lighting up the TV sets and stages throughout the US. The show will include songs like George Jones “White Lightning” to Hanks “Moanin’ the Blues” and a little bit of Rockabilly with Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes”. They always include a tribute to veterans with “The Old Red White & Blue”, an original song by Church. They perform with their Nashville based band, “Straight UP Country”, featuring some of the best “A” grade players in Nashville.

There has been much excitement taking place for this dynamic couple over the past year. David recently signed a recording deal with Spotlight Records, a veteran of over 30 years in the music business. They just released the first CD titled, “Keepin’ Tradition” a compilation of 13 of the best of and most popular of David’s songs. It includes many popular originals, with a couple of his popular covers. And it has hit the ground running with requests coming in from all over the world for copies and airplay on broadcast radio and internet radio. And another new CD is in the works for the next year. “David is one of the most honest and prolific songwriters I have ever heard, with a voice that reaches out above all the others you will hear. His show is sensational”, James Bruce, the owner of Spotlight Records stated. Another long time industry veteran, Tim Michaels, a producer out of Western MN stated, “I’ve been to the concerts of almost every artist coming and going out of Nashville since the 70’s, and David Church has the best show I’ve ever seen. His voice is simply
mesmerizing! This is the only, that I just could NOT GET ENOUGH OF.”

Nielson ratings in the top 3 on the RFD-TV network David & Terri Lisa have reignited a passion for traditional “RETRO” country music. David Church has gained both national and international acclaim. From the iconic “Hank Williams” to his own “roots/retro” country music, Church has made a huge impact on music enthusiasts all over the world. He is recognized for his authentic rendition of “Hank Williams”. And he is recognized by music historians, celebrities, and family members as the “#1 tribute to Hank”.

The show is June 15, at 7:00 PM. For tickets go to the website at: https://www.ritztheatretoccoa.com or call: 706-282-3232.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Main Street Toccoa Recertified as 2018 Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) Community

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Toccoa Recertified as a GEMS Community

TOCCOA, GA, April 17, 2018 – The City of Toccoa is proud to report that Main Street Toccoa has been recertified as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) community for 2018.
The Main Street Program is a downtown economic development program run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In the State of Georgia, it is overseen by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development. To be certified as an official participating Main Street community, a city must follow a four-point approach to downtown development characterized by Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring, and Promotions.

There are currently 114 participating Main Street communities in the State of Georgia, of which 29 are Affiliate communities, 69 are Classic Main Streets, and 16 are GEMS communities. GEMS designation is the highest designation awarded by the State of Georgia for participating Main Street cities. To qualify as a GEMS community, a Main Street must participate in a lengthy accreditation process that evaluates the effectiveness and economic successes of that community over a large period of time.

Regarding the recertification of Main Street Toccoa as a GEMS community, Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton said, “We are proud once again to be designated a GEMS community by the State of Georgia. We completed the accreditation process in December of last year, and since that time, have continued to work toward downtown development here in Toccoa. Our recertification as a GEMS community just goes to show the support that Main Street Toccoa receives by residents of this great city. Every year, it seems as if we gain a record number of visitors to our downtown district, and it certainly shows by how thriving beautiful Historic Downtown Toccoa is today. We encourage everyone to come downtown and shop, and, of course, to participate in and enjoy our Main Street events downtown and at the Ritz Theatre. We are a GEMS community because of the people we represent here in Toccoa.”

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding its recertification as a GEMS community. Please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Friends of the Ritz Meeting Scheduled

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Keith Kozicki, (706) 282-3232
Date: 4/16/2018
RE: Friends of The Ritz Initial Meeting

Friends of The Ritz to hold its initial meeting

Toccoa, GA, April 16, 2018

The Friends of The Ritz, a new organization dedicated to raising funds for additional
programming and building enhancements for the Historic Ritz Theatre, will hold its initial
meeting on Tuesday, April 24 th at 5 PM at the Ritz Theatre.

This new group will be under the guidance of the Currahee Arts Council and will file the
appropriate paperwork to qualify as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The purpose of the meeting is to select volunteers who would be willing to serve as board
members. Specifically, individuals with skills in marketing, legal affairs, publicity, sponsor
development, and membership are urged to attend.

“It’s a great way to have a hand in guiding the future of the Ritz Theatre and influence
programming decisions” according to Ritz Theatre General Manager Keith Kozicki. “Most
other historic theatres have similar groups in place and we see this as the logical next step
in the growth and development of the Ritz Theatre as a regional cultural programing

For more information about the Friends of The Ritz organization, contact Keith Kozicki,
General Manager, Historic Ritz Theatre at (706) 282-3232.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Customer Appreciation Day Coming Up

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Sharon Crosby/Main Street Toccoa
Date: April 18, 2018
RE: Georgia Cities Week

City of Toccoa Customer Appreciation Day

Toccoa, GA – April 18, 2018 – The City of Toccoa will celebrate Georgia Cities Week sponsored
by the Georgia Municipal Association the week of April 22 - 28. This year’s theme is “Cities in
the Spotlight”. This week is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate cities and the services
they provide.

This is the 19th year Georgia Cities Week has been celebrated in the state. Each year the City of
Toccoa has celebrated it with special events.

This year there will be a special Customer Appreciation Day to be held on Thursday, April 26,
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the lobby of City Hall. The community is invited to come.
“We’re very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents
and visitors,” said Mayor David Austin. “Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help
businesses grow, and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a

Cities across Georgia will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia
Municipal Association (GMA), to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they
provide. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative
advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

The community is invited to come visit City Hall April 26 from 10:00 – 12:00.
For more information about City of Toccoa services, go to www.cityoftoccoa.com.