Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Edgar Loudermilk to Perform at the Ritz

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Danita Gaudette
Date: October 8, 2018

RE: Historic Ritz Theatre Welcomes the Return of Edgar Loudermilk featuring Jeff Autry

Toccoa, GA – October 8, 2018 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to continue the second annual Night at the Ritz series with a performance by local favorite Edgar Loudermilk featuring Jeff Autry on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7pm.

Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Having experienced a long tenure of performing, including several industry awards, with IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, and Marty Raybon, in 2015 he stepped out forming his own band with the highly acclaimed guitarist, Jeff Autry. Edgar’s band has released two projects, with the 2016 release of “Georgia Maple” debuting at #4 on the Billboard charts (July, 2016). A highly anticipated new release on Pinecastle Records is scheduled for the summer of 2018.

The musical styling of the band encompasses bluegrass, swing, gospel, and Americana genres.
Night at the Ritz, a regular event series at the Historic Ritz Theatre, is funded, in part, by a generous
grant received from the Georgia Council for the Arts. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online, at the Toccoa Welcome Center, or at the theatre box office before showtime. Adult tickets are $10,
children under 12 are $5, and students with an ID are also $5.

For more information on Edgar Loudermilk’s performance or Night at the Ritz, please contact Ritz Theatre General Manager Danita Gaudette at dgaudette@cityoftoccoa.com or 706.244.0039.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Historic Plaque to Be Placed on the Star Theater


Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777
RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, Star Theater, October 4, 2018


TOCCOA, GA – The second historic plaque in the 2018 – 2019 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings will be unveiled on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 5 p.m., at the Star Theater on West Doyle Street.

The Star Theater was constructed between 1913 and 1917 as a single-screen movie theater. The first theater in Downtown Toccoa, it opened in the early days of silent pictures. The theater closed down around 1950, and later opened as both a dry cleaner and a barber shop. In 2016, new owner Chris Irvin meticulously restored the theater to its original look, including through preservation-minded work on the floors, ceiling, and façade. More information will be available at the Historic Plaque ceremony this Thursday.

 The historic plaque program highlights 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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Monday, October 1, 2018

Festival of Trees Applications Online

News Release

Release: Immediate
Re: 2018 Festival of Trees
Date: October 1, 2018
Contact: Sharon Crosby

2018 Festival of Trees

Tocccoa, GA – October 1, 2018 – For the 11th year, Main Street Toccoa is working
together with local businesses and organizations to help non-profits through the Festival
of Trees on November 29 – December 1. This event offers opportunities to help raise
money for the non-profits and charities in the community. Last year, over 900 visitors
came to view the beautiful trees and to give to the charities.

Businesses, civic groups, schools, individuals, families, or non-profit organizations are
invited to decorate and display a tree. The trees will be on display Thursday, November
29 from 8 am – 5 pm in the courtroom of the historic courthouse. They will also be open
for display on November 30 from 8 am – 9 pm. Voting will take place November 30, 5 –
9 pm and Saturday, December 1 from 12 pm – 4 pm. The public will vote on their
favorite Christmas tree for one dollar a vote. All proceeds will go to a non-profit
organization which is designated by the designer. The tree with the highest amount
earned will receive the Grand Prize of $500 for the non-profit organization they
represent.

Applications can be found at www.mainstreettoccoa.com . “This is a great way for our
local businesses to show their support for those doing a wonderful service in our
community. It is also a great way for our non-profits to give information about their
organizations. Many don’t know about the many services our community has and how
they can help,” stated Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator for Toccoa.

For more information or for an application, please call the Main Street office at 706-282-
3309 or go to www.mainstreettoccoa.com to download an application.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Joe Gransden to Perform at Night at the Ritz

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039
Date: September 24, 2018
RE: Joe Gransden Brings Big Band to the Historic Ritz Theatre

Toccoa, GA – September 24, 2018 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to present Joe Gransden as part of its Night at the Ritz series on Thursday, October 4 th at 7pm. Performing in conjunction with CurraheeMilitary Weekend, Gransden and his Big Band-style of music will showcase Songs of Sinatra and Friends.

According to the January 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine, Gransden, a trumpet virtuoso, vocalist, and
band leader, regularly tours the country and performs at Atlanta and New York City clubs. Based in
Atlanta, he also runs a jazz camp for young musicians, gives private lessons, and collaborates with
musicians as diverse as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Kenny G. As evidence of his rising star,
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood reportedly enthused, “Joe is a young man with an old soul and a
classic voice. He is a great new talent with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don’t forget, he
plays a hell of a trumpet!”

Night at the Ritz, a regular event series at the Historic Ritz Theatre, is funded, in part, by a generous
grant received from the Georgia Council for the Arts. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online, atthe Toccoa Welcome Center, or at the theatre box office before showtime. Adult tickets are $10, and
children under 12 are $5.

For more information on Joe Gransden’s performance or Night at the Ritz, please contact Ritz Theatre General Manager Danita Gaudette at dgaudette@cityoftoccoa.com or via phone at 706.244.0039.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Main Street Toccoa Awarded 2018 TPD Grant


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Stefanie Harper
Georgia Department of Economic Development
404-962-4075
sharper@georgia.org


Georgia Tourism awards funding to 16 tourism projects
Grant program provides financial support for new and expanding tourism projects 

ATLANTA, September 11, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division announced today that it has awarded $116,744 in product development grants to 16 new and expanding tourism projects across the state. 

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding for communities that have participated in our Tourism Product Development Resource Team program,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The grant recipients reflect a variety of exciting and creative tourism projects that will attract and serve visitors throughout the state.”

Since its inception, Georgia Tourism’s Product Development team has served 60 counties, cities, private for-profits and non-profits throughout the state in areas ranging from agritourism to downtown development.

“Funding is one of the greatest needs in fortifying tourism product development,” said Cindy Eidson, Director of Tourism Product Development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “By making grants available to support projects that our Resource Teams help inspire, we are investing in the growth of tourism and jobs in communities across the state.”

Recipients of the Cycle I 2018 Tourism Product Development Resource Team Grant Funding Program include:

·         Athens Downtown Development Authority—Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle
·         Brooks County Development Authority—A Camellia City Festival: Winter in the Garden Event
·         Chattooga County—Paradise Gardens Foundation Air BnB
·         City of Cuthbert—The Magic of Murals
·         City of Darien—Kumbaya Book and Marketing Materials
·         City of Kingston—The City of Kingston Heritage Tourism Project
·         City of Stockbridge—Green Front Café Identification Project
·         City of Toccoa—Downtown Wayfinding Signage: Phase II
·         Dublin Downtown Development Authority—Telfair Street Building Renovation (Gallery, DIY Painting Event Space & Youth Arts Outreach Program)
·         Eatonton Putnam Downtown Development Authority—Briar Patch Pocket Parks Phase 3
·         Liberty County Development Authority—Dorchester Kiosks – telling MLK, Jr.’s connection to Dorchester
·         Pike County Board of Commissioners—Pike County Map
·         Sandersville School Building Authority—Fall Movie Series
·         Senoia Downtown Development Authority—Senoia Tourism Branding Initiative
·         Washington County Board of Commissioners—Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center Improvements
·         White County Board of Commissioners—Yonah Preserve Trails

The Georgia Tourism review panel consists of members from the public and private sector as well as fellow professionals who are experienced in the tourism industry or the type of grant being reviewed.
  
About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. www.georgia.org

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