Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festival of Trees Winner



News Release

Release: Immediate
Date: December 6, 2016
Contact: Sharon Crosby

Re: Festival of Trees Winner

TOCCOA, GA – December 6, 2016
– The ninth annual Festival of Trees was held on December 2 – 3 in the Historic Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Nine trees were on display receiving a total of over 500 total votes. For $1 visitors were able to vote for their favorite tree. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and local citizens decorated the trees, many with themes that reflected their organization. Each group received the proceeds from their votes. In addition to the money received from the vote, the tree with the most votes won a $500 grand prize.

The groups participating this year were; Deborah’s Magic Mirror for Meals on Wheels, City of Toccoa for Stephens County 4 H Club, Stephens County Government for Open Arms Clinic, Toccoa Stephens County Chamber of Commerce for Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Toccoa Stephens County Literacy Council for the Literacy Council, First Alliance Church for the Salvation Army, 1st Franklin Financial for Reins for Life, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group for Power House for Kids, Toccoa Rotary Club for Coins for Alzheimer, and Valley Farm at Toccoa Falls College for Food 2 Kids.

The tree with the most votes over the two - day display was Valley Farm at Toccoa Falls College. The money will go to help the Food 2 Kids program in Stephens County. The program aims to bridge the weekly weekend hunger gap by providing free sacks of child friendly and child specific foods that are easy to open, nutritious, and do not require any cooking. The Food 2 Kids program provides approximately six meals and two snacks each weekend that school is in session (40 weeks) to previously identified school children

Although much of the food the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia receives is donated, the majority of food for the Food 2 Kids program is not. Purchase of the food for this program is required to ensure a balanced, nutritional, child friendly, reliable source of food for the growing and developing children this program serves. For less than a dollar a meal, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia can provide 240 meals to a child each school year.

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia relies on community partners to prevent malnutrition during the critical stages of development. Each week volunteers pack and deliver these bags to various schools throughout the community. School officials then distribute the sacks to the students. To learn more about this program or how to become a participating Partner Agency contact the Programs Coordinator, Beegee Elder at kidsmeals@foodbanknega.org.

“Congratulations to Valley Farm for winning the most votes. All the trees were beautiful and each group worthy of the money that was raised,” said Sharon Crosby, City of Toccoa Special Events Coordinator. “We would like to thank each organization and business that put up a tree. Each one was beautiful and reflected the group they represented.”

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blumenthal's Historic Plaque Ceremony

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, All Things Currahee, December 1, 2016


TOCCOA, GA – The second historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings will be unveiled on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5 p.m., at All Things Currahee, located at 46 Doyle Street. This location is the previous home of Blumenthal’s Department Store.

The location was constructed in 1905 and, as Blumenthal’s, provided for much of Toccoa’s residents’ needs. After Blumenthal’s closed, the storefront was owned by Mr. John Mullinax, owner and operator of Gem Jewelry, also located on Doyle Street. Later, the storefront housed many businesses, including Sonshine Bibles, Books, & Gifts, a local Christian business.

Today, this location houses All Things Currahee, a unique shop carrying local and regional handcrafted merchandise from artists and entrepreneurs in Stephens County and surrounding areas. This building is now owned by Mr. Rick and Mrs. Letha Philips.

 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.

Everyone is invited to attend this event! The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

ChristmasFest 2016 Information




News Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Sharon Crosby/City of Toccoa
Date: November 14, 2016

Re: Christmas Fest


Toccoa, GA November 14, 2016 - Main Street Toccoa will sponsor the seventh annual Christmas Fest and Festival of Trees on December 2 – 3, 2016 in historic downtown Toccoa. Many activities will take place during this special weekend.

The downtown streets will be turned into a magical place Friday night December 2 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. as Santa will greet the young and old alike. He will be there to talk with the children and for the children to get their pictures taken with him. Santa’s Express train, a horse and carriage ride, and a live nativity will be a part of this special evening.

Christmas entertainment will begin at 5:00– 8:00 and will be located at the intersection of Tugalo St. and Sage St. under the city’s Christmas tree. The lighting of the tree will be at 8:00 p.m.

For those who like to shop, several downtown businesses and restaurants will be open with special sales and refreshments during the evening.

The Christmas Sage Market will be located in the Star Theater at 47 W Doyle St. It will be open on Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Over twenty local artists and crafters will have Christmas decorations as well as Christmas gifts.

Beautifully decorated trees will be on display at the Festival of Trees located in the Stephens County Historic Courthouse. Beginning on Wednesday, November 30 until Thursday, December 1, visitors will be able to view the trees from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Visitors may vote on their favorite tree Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday morning, December 3, the X-Factor Grill will be offering a Breakfast with Santa from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Price is $5.00. The Christmas Sage Market will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There will be ice skating again this year during the Christmas Fest and throughout the entire month of December. The rink will be located on Tugalo St in the parking lot. Starting on Dec. 2, 3pm- 9pm, it will continue throughout the month of December. Each Friday it will be open from 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm – 8 pm. The fee is $10 per hour.

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Historic Plaque Ceremony- DDS Building

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Completed Installation of Historic Plaque at Department of Driver Services


TOCCOA, GA – On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) received the first historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings. The ceremony took place at 5:00 p.m. in front of the DDS building to celebrate the history of the Martha Park Dress Shop.

This Doyle Street location was originally constructed in 1900 and may best be known for its vast, open bay windows. The Martha Park Dress Shop is also unique in that its storefront was partially made up of a corrugated, blue-and-white patterned tile not usually seen in a typical downtown landscape dominated almost entirely by brick facades. Throughout the latter half of the 20th Century, this dress shop catered to only the finest in women’s fashion. A landmark in the history of Downtown Toccoa, many citizens have fond memories of their times in the Martha Park Dress Shop.
The ceremony was brief and memorable, with a crowd drawing from the Toccoa Historic Preservation Commission, Promotions Committee, downtown business practitioners, community members, and Main Street staff. Pictured from left to right are Ms. Vicky King, Ms. Nicole Isom, Mrs. Connie Tabor, Mr. Thurston Estes, and Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Marilyn Hall.


For further questions, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street Office in City Hall at 706.898.5777. 

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Festival of Trees for 2016


News Release

Release: Immediate
Re: 2016 Festival of Trees
Date: November 7, 2016
Contact: Sharon Crosby

2016 Festival of Trees

Tocccoa, GA – November 3, 2016 - Local businesses and civic groups are already busy planning
their entries in the 2016 Festival of Trees. This year will be the 9 th year that businesses and civic
groups have helped local charities through decorating a Christmas tree during the Festival of
Trees. “This is a great way for our local businesses to give back to the community through
helping our local non-profits,” stated Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator for Toccoa.
The trees will be on display November 30 th through December 3 rd in the Stephens County Historic
Courthouse. Businesses, civic groups, schools, individuals, families, or non-profit organizations
are invited to decorate and display a tree. The public will vote on their favorite Christmas tree for
one dollar a vote. All proceeds will go to a non-profit organization. The tree with the highest
amount earned will receive the Grand Prize for their non-profit organization.

The decorated trees will be on display in the Courthouse starting Wednesday, November 30 –
December 3, 8 am – 5 pm. The voting will take place in conjunction with the 2016 Toccoa
Christmas Fest, held the evening of December 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday,
December 6 th from 12 noon to 4 pm.

The public will then cast a vote for their favorite Christmas tree, for a cost of $1 per vote. Each
non-profit organization will keep their proceeds. The tree receiving the most votes will win the
“grand prize” of $500.

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.