Thursday, May 18, 2017

County Line to Premiere at the Ritz!

May 16, 2017
Contact: Tara Brown
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.
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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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Toccoa Train Day

Press Release
May 9, 2017
Contact: Sharon Crosby
706-282- 3309

Toccoa Train Day

Toccoa, GA, May 9, 2017 – The railroad has been an important part of the history of
Toccoa. To honor this history, the City of Toccoa will be welcoming the Amtrak Crescent
Line again this year at 6:15 a.m. on May 13.

The rail line was completed in the town of Dry Pond, later changed to Toccoa City, in
1873 to connect Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina. In 1878 it became
known as the Elberton Air Line Railway connecting Toccoa to Elberton.

The rail line through Toccoa City created a conducive environment for development,
allowing for buildings to be constructed downtown. In 1917, a double rail track was laid,
eventually giving permit for trains to travel every 15 minutes day and night during World
War II. Over the years, thousands have come to Toccoa by way of the rail road.
Today, the City of Toccoa is serviced by Amtrak and Norfolk Southern Railway and is
one of three stops in Georgia along the Crescent line.

AM630 WNEG Radio will broadcast live as the train arrives. A drawing for several prizes
including round trip tickets to Atlanta, will be held at the event. Attendees can register
that morning at the depot. Again this year, the Athens Bend Track, will have a display set up in the Mitchell Allen Memorial Hall from 10 am – 3 pm.

For more information, contact the Main Street office at 706-282- 3309.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Historic Plaque Ceremony: Greyhound Bus Station

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, Greyhound Bus Station- 05/04/17

TOCCOA, GA – The seventh historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings will be unveiled on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5 p.m., at the former Greyhound Bus Station, located at 99 Railroad Street.

One of the last Greyhound bus stations of its kind, the Toccoa station was unique in that its upstairs served as a hotel to provide overnight passengers with a place to stay without having to venture outside of the terminal. This was not usually incorporated into the typical design of the Greyhound stations. The bus station still has its original oak countertop preserved, which once served as a ticket counter. Additionally, the bathrooms retain their original black-and-white tile from their days in use for the Greyhound bus station. After serving as a bus terminal, the building has been used for multiple businesses, including most recently as a restaurant. It is now owned by Mr. Alden Parker, a local entrepreneur.  

 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.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Ritz Theatre Receives Honor

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 05/01/17

RE: Ritz Theatre Wins Award

TOCCOA, GA, May 1, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that it was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at their 2017 Preservation Awards in Gainesville, Georgia for renovations done to the Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center.

The Chairman’s Award is the highest award in the category of Rehabilitation offered by the Georgia Trust. It is awarded solely at the discretion of the chairman of the board of directors for the Trust.
Regarding the awarding of this honor, Community Development Director Connie Tabor said, “This award serves to showcase the dedication to preservation that the City of Toccoa has given to the Ritz Theatre. The city has the philosophy that historic preservation should not only honor the past, but also serve as an economic driver for the future. We are thankful for the recognition from the Georgia Trust that the Ritz Theatre leads as an example for successful renovation and rehabilitation work completed to an historic structure.”

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is the largest statewide non-profit organization in the United States. Most recently, they held their annual Spring Ramble in Northeast Georgia, which included a visit to many local historic sites, including the Ritz Theatre.

For more information about this award, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street office at 706.898.5777


Monday, April 10, 2017

Toast of Toccoa #1

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Sharon Crosby, 706.282.3309

Date: 04/10/2017

RE: The Inaugural Toast of Toccoa

TOCCOA, GA, April 10, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to remind the citizenry of Toccoa that the inaugural Toast of Toccoa will occur on May 6th, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Toast of Toccoa, Northeast Georgia’s premier craft beer, wine, and arts festival, will showcase many different activities, including live music all day, food from local vendors, a classic car show, and much more.

Each week before the event, Main Street Toccoa will publish a press release detailing a specific feature of Toast of Toccoa to provide greater awareness of the event. This week, attention will be given to the art aspect of the event. Presented in conjunction with the Currahee Artists’ Guild, Toast of Toccoa will feature over 50 artists showcasing their works. Art will also be available for purchase. In addition to a children’s arts show, there will be an adult competition held. Artists will line Doyle Street in booths, showcasing the great quality of artistry in Northeast Georgia. Visitors are free to admire or purchase the artwork while enjoying the quality craft beer and wine that Toast of Toccoa will bring to Stephens County.

There is no cost for admission to Toast of Toccoa. For more information about Toast of Toccoa, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street office at 706.282.3309