Friday, June 22, 2018

Railway Viewing Platform Ribbon Cutting

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Christian Hamilton
Date: June 20, 2018
RE: Railway Viewing Platform Ribbon Cutting

Toccoa, Georgia – June 20, 2018 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that the official ribbon cutting for the Historic Train Depot Railway Viewing Platform will be held on June 30, 2018 in conjunction with Toccoa Train Day.

Occurring at 11am at the Railway Viewing Platform, the ribbon cutting will celebrate the installation of the viewing platform as a new tourism product in Historic Downtown Toccoa.

The idea for the construction of the Railway Viewing Platform came from a report presented in September 2017 by a Resource Team from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Because the City of Toccoa received a visit and report from GDEcD, it is eligible to apply for Tourism product Development (TPD) grant funding on a regular basis, which was successfully awarded earlier this year.

“We are thankful to have the support of GDEcD in the implementation of our vision for Historic Downtown Toccoa,” said City of Toccoa Main Street Manager, Christian Hamilton. “Their report and grant funding has allowed the City of Toccoa to invest in valuable tourism resources in the community, which began with the installation of Downtown Wayfinding Signage in 2016 and continues with the official ribbon cutting for our new Railway Viewing Platform on June 30.”
Main Street Toccoa and the City of Toccoa will continue to utilize the information presented in the Resource Team’s Report in the planning for future beautification efforts in Downtown Toccoa. This report may be found in its entirety online at

For more information about the ribbon cutting or Railway Viewing Platform, please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777.


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: or call: 706-282-3232.