CARTERSVILLE, GA-NOVEMBER 20, 2015: It’s that time of year again; decorating the house, shopping for gifts and enjoying the sounds of the season. There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday classics than to hear the performance by the Big Chicken’s a cappella chorus.


Mark your calendar now and buy your tickets before they sell out.

The Big Chicken Chorus will perform their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 5, 2015 at 3:00pm in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Cartersville. 


Proceeds from the performance will benefit Advocates for Children.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 4-12, no admission fee for children under three. Tickets may be purchased through the Advocates for Children website,, The Big Chicken Chorus website,

or by contacting Alan Bowen, 770.846.4465 or Bill Devine, 770. 606.1222.


Santa and Mrs. Claus got wind of the wonderful celebration of the season and decided to join the group for the event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photographs with little ones (and adults too) before and after the concert. There is no cost to have your photograph made with Santa, but you will need to bring your own camera to take photographs.


The Big Chicken Chorus has over fifty members ranging in age from high-school age to late 80’s. The singing group is made up of men from many walks of life including business owners, retired military, politicians, financial consultants, first responders and many others with one thing in common, they all love to sing, especially a cappella – four part harmony.


The Christmas performance will include all types of Christmas music, traditional classics like “Silent Night” and “Oh Holy Night”, up-beat contemporary like “Marvelous Toy and “We Need A little Christmas” and even Christmas with a calypso beat in “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”.  In addition to “The Big Chicken Chorus”, the performance will include numbers from four barbershop quartets.


Each of us can make a huge difference in the lives of children through the giving of our time and support of events like the Big Chicken Chorus.


Advocates for Children strengthens our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms. To learn more about Advocates and the services they offer, call 770.387.1143 or visit

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Christmas & Kids @ Tonsmeire Studio


December 4, 5, and 7th
Packages range from $65-$125
Appointments are limited
Call 770-386-2702


29 N. Wall Street      Cartersville, Ga 30120




CARTERSVILLE, GA-NOVEMBER 13, 2015: In less than three weeks Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be riding their sleigh through the streets of downtown Cartersville for the annual Cartersville-Bartow County Cartersville Exchange Club Christmas Parade.


The parade will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6:00pm with line up beginning at 4:00pm. Weather permitting, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be returning as participants in the parade. “The Clydesdales are a wonderful addition to the parade and everyone is excited to have them as part of the parade including children, adults and Exchange Club members”, said Kevin Cooney, Parade Chair for event.


The parade is the largest in Northwest Georgia with over 100 floats annually.  It is led off by members of the Exchange Club in the “Bucket Brigade” collecting donations from the crowd for local charities.  Following closely behind will be Santa and Mrs. Claus who look forward to the parade each year as they talk with kids, big and small, finding out what is on their Christmas wish list and reminding them to be good all year long.


One change this year is the early deadline of November 20, 2015 for parade entries. In order to ensure all entries have their parade registration information in advance of the parade, the Exchange Club is asking all interested in participating to have their application and fee turned in by November 20, 2015. There will be an additional $50.00 fee for any applications turned in after November 20, 2015.


Having safety serve as their number one priority, the Club strongly encourages parents and participating organizations to have a drop-off site for participants and float riders at a different location away from the line-up area at Tabernacle Baptist.


All money raised from entry fees and the Bucket Brigade goes directly to four local children-related charities here in Bartow County.   Each year, the Exchange Club is able to donate almost $20,000.00 to Advocates for Children, the Boys and Girls Club of Bartow County, Etowah Scholarship Foundation and the Bartow Christmas Coalition thanks to the participation and support of the annual parade.


Entry applications and information about the logistics of the parade are available at the Exchange Club Website: Those with questions, may call Exchange Club Treasurer, Josh Brock, 770.608.7009           


The Cartersville Bartow County Exchange Club’s mission is to create greater public awareness of the seriousness of Child Abuse and what can be done to prevent it by partnering with like-minded organizations and to make our community a better place to live.  We meet every Thursday at noon at Mellow Mushroom and welcome visitors interested in joining.

Holiday Open House

Blue Sky 2015

Canopy and Write! Downtown Open House

 Be sure to check out Canopy and Write! Downtown’s Holiday Open House on Saturday 10A- 4P and Sunday 1-4P. There will be special vendors, book signing, and holiday gift shopping! canopy open house

Bartow History Museum, November 18, 2015, at Noon


Cartersville, GA – November 5, 2015 – Bartow History Museum announces author S. Carlisle May will be at the museum on Wednesday, November 18 at noon to discuss her new book, A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story, which chronicles the life and service of Dr. Lam Myhr. Dr. Myhr served as a flight surgeon during WWII treating pilots and crew members that faced numerous health issues. His service took him to places such as Morocco and Germany. The book provides insight into the war and the important role of the flight surgeon.

An avid history buff and devoted writer, S. Carlisle May is fascinated by the sites and history of World War II. Through the National WWII Museum’s travel program, May followed the United States victors’ path from England to Normandy and into Germany. Separate from that trip, May visited Malta and Sicily, Italy, following in the footsteps of the Allies.

May, an active member of the Auburn Alumni Association, graduated with a bachelor of science in political science and with minors in history and literature. She worked at the East Alabama Medical Center in medical records; assisted the Bartow County School system as a high school substitute teacher; and has written two nonfiction books and over ten books of fiction.

Since her son Nick received a heart transplant at twenty-three months old, May has been a dedicated advocate of organ donation and transplantation, speaking to civic, church, and school groups and on radio and television.

A frequent traveler, May has visited forty-nine of the fifty states and took her four teenagers backpacking through Europe in 2001, living in Wales and Germany. In her spare time, May enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching James Bond movies, working with her church, and snow skiing. She and her husband, Andy, live in Cartersville, Georgia, and they have four grown children: Drew, Mary Beth, Zach, and Nick and twin grandchildren.

More information about A WWII Flight Surgeon’s Story can be found at

The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit


Canopy & Write Downtown Open House

nov 2015

The Century Bank Entertainment Series at the Grand Theatre begins with Journey Tribute Band

7 North Wall Street – Cartersville, GA 30120



The Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre begins on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. when the Journey Tribute Band, DSB returns to Cartersville.


Grand Theatre Administrator, Matt Santini, commented on selecting DSB to kickoff the series, “They were here in 2013, and played to a sold out theatre. It was one of the most enthusiastic crowds that we have had at the theatre, and we have had numerous requests to have them back.  Their energetic and dynamic performance made a return engagement a must.”


Since 2009, DSB’s high-energy stage production and accurate recreations of Journey classics have made DSB the #1 Journey tribute show in the world.


DSB has been highly revered as the “next best thing” to Journey.  They have captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime. Complete with a band of world-class musicians, DSB remains true to Journey’s musical legacy and delivers the nostalgic concert experience that will keep you believin’! Videos of their performances can be found on and


Orchestra level tickets are $25 and balcony level seats are $20 for individual events. Season ticket purchasers get a ten percent discount on their seats. All events are reserved seating.  Purchase your tickets at The Grand Theatre ticket office, located at 7 North Wall Street in downtown Cartersville, or by calling 770-386-7343. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express are accepted. The ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are also available online at


The remaining shows for the Century Bank Entertainment Series include The Atlanta Pops with featured local soloist, Ryan Brideau, on December 12th, bluegrass band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, on February 6th, comedian, Henry Cho, on March 5th, and country music artist, Collin Raye, on April 16th.


More show information and video samples can be found by visiting The Grand Theatre website at or on Facebook at “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre”.




About Century Bank

Century Bank of Georgia provides a complete line of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses through its full-service banking offices. Century Bank of Georgia is Cartersville’s only locally owned community bank with offices in Cartersville, Rockmart and Calhoun. Century Bank of Georgia is insured by the FDIC, member Equal Housing Lender.