Monday, March 5, 2018

Oscars in Toccoa Films Announced

Date: 03.05.18

Contact: Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator

Release: Immediate

RE: The Ritz Presents… Oscars in Toccoa

Toccoa, GA, March 5, 2018- Main Street Toccoa is proud to announce the winning films of its upcoming movie event series, The Ritz Presents… Oscars in Toccoa.

Taking place at the Historic Ritz Theatre, Oscars in Toccoa will showcase three Oscar Best Picture Winners over the storied history of Oscar winners. During the month of February, votes were cast to determine the films that will be showcased at the upcoming event series. The winning films are, in first place, Gone with the Wind, in second place, Casablanca, and in third place, The Sting. Gone with the Wind alone received over 40% of the first place vote.

Dates and showtimes will be held at:
·         April 6: The Sting, 7pm
·         April 20: Casablanca, 7pm
·         April 27: Gone with the Wind, 7pm

The week of each film, spend at least $5 at participating downtown retailers or restaurants to receive an Oscars in Toccoa voucher good for admission and concessions for two at the Oscar film of your choice.

For more information about The Ritz Presents… Oscars in Toccoa, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street Office at 706.282.3309 or via email at


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tourism Product Development Grant Awarded

Main Street Toccoa Awarded Georgia Tourism Product Development Grant  
New grant will provide financial support for Historic Depot Railway Viewing Platform

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2018 – Main Street Toccoa announced today that it has been awarded a Georgia Tourism Product Development Grant to fund the construction of a railway viewing platform at the Downtown Historic Train Depot. The grant awarded by the Georgia Department of Economic Development is a new grant created to support the development of new tourism product.

In 2017, the Georgia Department of Economic Development sent a Tourism Product Development Resource Team to Toccoa to catalogue existing and possible tourism resources in the city. This resource team presented a report in August 2017, cataloguing Toccoa’s potential tourism products. This report may be found at

Mayor David Austin, on the announcement of the receipt of the Tourism Product Development Grant, said, “The construction of a railway viewing platform at the downtown depot was recommended by the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a potential tourism resource to increase economic vitality in the region. We see its construction serving as a necessary addition to develop the infrastructure of our historic depot and in Downtown Toccoa.” Mayor Austin further added that the City of Toccoa appreciates the support of the Georgia Department of Economic Development in realizing Toccoa’s tourism vision.

In an effort to further tourism product development within the state, Georgia Tourism offered this inaugural grant to communities who have participated in a Tourism Product Development Resource Team program. This program works to evaluate a community’s potential for tourism growth and development through innovative, unique experiences based on a community’s local culture and heritage.

“One of the greatest needs in creating new tourism product is funding,” said Cindy Eidson, Director of Tourism Product Development with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “By assisting these projects financially we have the opportunity to support the implementation of new product and programs to bring more visitors to a community.”

Main Street Toccoa is one of 11 communities who was awarded funding Tourism Product Development grant. This funding allows the local community to build new product resulting from the recommendations made by the Tourism Product Development Resource Team members or projects the community has developed as an expansion of the original resource team report.

Main Street Toccoa is a municipal organization formed to make the downtown district the economic and cultural center of the community. The overall objective is to improve the viability and appearance of the downtown district and to stimulate the long-term reinvestment through business recruitment and retention, all within the context of historic preservation.

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.

For more information regarding the awarding of this grant or the construction of the railway viewing platform, please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton by email at or by phone at 706.898.5777.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

South Arts Scholarship Grant Awarded

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact: Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 02.14.18

RE: South Arts Scholarship Grant Received

TOCCOA, GA, February 14, 2018- Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that it has received a Scholarship Grant from South Arts for attendance at the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take place on March 14 – 16.

Funds from this grant will be used to send Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton to attend classes and network at the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, presented in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Creative placemaking, according to the official description from the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, is “about partners working together, engaging the arts and local culture to shape, revitalize, and rejuvenate places.” Main Street Toccoa looks forward to developing valuable skills to strengthen creative placemaking in Historic Downtown Toccoa.

For more information about grant funds received, please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Ritz to Host Survey-Chosen Oscar Best Pictures

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Main Street Toccoa/Sharon Crosby
Date: February 5, 2018
Re:  The Ritz Presents Best Picture Oscars

Historic Ritz Theatre announces April Oscar Best Picture Series
 & Downtown Toccoa Promotion

Toccoa, GA - February 5, 2018 - The Historic Ritz Theatre will screen three classic “Best Picture” Oscar winners, selected by the public in an online vote, choosing from ten different Best Picture-winning films. The ten Best Picture choices are:

Gone With the Wind                           1939
Casablanca                                          1942
On the Waterfront                               1954
Bridge over River Kwai                      1957
Patton                                                  1970
The Sting                                             1973
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest      1975
Out of Africa                                       1985
Gladiator                                              2000
Spotlight                                              2016

Throughout February, movie fans can go to either the Ritz Theatre website, or the Main Street Toccoa website, and vote for their top three choices out of the ten movies listed above. The leading three vote-getters will be shown in reverse order of the vote tally over three different Friday evenings in April. The screening dates are April 6th, 20th, and 27th at 7 PM. The winning movie choices will be announced March 1st

“We’ve always wanted to screen great classic movies at the Ritz Theatre and now we can tie our restored 1939-era theatre with a great Historic Downtown experience”, said Main Street Toccoa Special Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby

Movie-goers who spend at least $5 at any participating downtown shop or restaurant on the day of the movie screening can also get a voucher for two free admissions and two free concession items at the Ritz Theatre that evening.

The Ritz Presents promotional vouchers are available at the following downtown businesses:
·        Spa & Salon Anastasia  
·         Downtown Flowers  
·         All Things Currahee  
·         Ginger & Company  
·         Victoria’s Sweet Treats  
·         Ionosphere Travel  Agency
·         C.K. Morgan & Company  
·         X-Factor Grill/Cornerstone Restaurant
·         Threads
·         B.J.’s Family Restaurant
·         Southern Roots Salon
·         Whistle Stop Antique Market
·         Troup’s Studio & Gifts
·         Details Salon 73

Vouchers are only available at participating downtown businesses the Friday that the movie is shown, while supplies last, limit one voucher per purchase.

Tickets will also be sold at the door for $1 and concessions will be $1.

For more information, contact Sharon Crosby, Main Street Toccoa, at 706.282.3232.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Truett McConnell University String Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at the Ritz Theatre

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Keith Kozicki, (706) 282-3232

Date: 1/29/2018

RE: Truett McConnell University String Orchestra to perform free concert at the Ritz Theatre

Truett McConnell University String Orchestra

Toccoa, GA, January 29, 2018

Main Street Toccoa, in conjunction with Truett McConnell University’s Felix Manz School of Music, will present a free concert of classical music at the Historic Ritz Theatre on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM.

The Truett McConnell University String Orchestra (TMUSO), under the direction of Heather Strachan, will be performing works by Corelli, Handel, & Telemann.

This ensemble is a mix of Truett McConnell University students, as well as Piedmont College students, Ms. Strachan's private and former private students, and some of her colleagues and their students.  Strachan is Adjunct Strings Faculty at TMU, (teaching Applied Violin and Viola, as well as String Chamber Music and String Orchestra).  She is also Adjunct Strings Faculty and Artist-in-Residence (founding member of the piano quintet, "Piedmont Camerata") at Piedmont College.  Ms. Strachan is in her twenty-third season as member of the "GAMAC" Orchestra, (Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium), seventeen of which she has served as concertmaster.   

“It’s always been the Ritz Theatre’s goal to offer a wide range of musical genres to the people of Toccoa and the surrounding area,” says General Manager Keith Kozicki. “We are particularly pleased to be able to present this talented group of musicians in a free concert,” added Kozicki.

The February 3rd program lineup features the following three works:  
  •          Concerto Grosso No. 7, in D Major by Arcangelo Corelli
  •          Concerto for Four Violins and String Orchestra, in G Major by George Philipp Telemann
  •          Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 5, in D Minor by George Frideric Handel

For more information about the TMUSO concert, contact Keith Kozicki, General Manager, Historic Ritz Theatre at (706) 282-3232, or Heather Strachan at