August First Friday in Downtown Cartersville Kid’s activities, farmers market vendors, and free concert


CARTERSVILLE – The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority invites you to the August First Friday event, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local”. The event will take place on Friday, August 7th, and will be held in the Wall Street parking lots in downtown Cartersville.

This event will start at 5pm with free kids’ activities provided by Rhea Lana’s of Cartersville. Coconuts Ice Cream will be on site with their truck to keep everyone cool with ice cream and shave ice. Vendors from the Cartersville Farmer’s Market will be set up offering everything from fruits and vegetables to jams and jellies to arts and crafts. Free musical entertainment will be provided by The Owens Brothers who will be playing from 6-8pm.

“The Owens Brothers also played at our Tomato Festival that took place recently, and everyone loved them, so we’ve asked them to come back and play some more great tunes for us. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy listening to great music,” says Special Events Coordinator Hollie Duncan. “This is such a great opportunity to support our local community, so make sure to stop by our downtown shops and restaurants, many of which will be open until 8pm or later. There is no cost for this fun event, and it is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house with your family and enjoy Friday evening in Downtown Cartersville shopping, dining, and playing,” continued Duncan.

For additional information, visit or call 770.607.3480.

June 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

DDA Board Meeting Minutes

June 18, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Dan Kramer, Jim Ballew & Maureen Kirkland

Board Members Absent: Bill Chandler & Lara Jeanneret

Others Present: Dan Porta, Hollie Duncan & Lillie Read

Meeting was called to order by Earline Burke.  Everyone was asked if they had reviewed the previous meetings minutes. Dan made a motion to approve the May 21st minutes; Jim seconded; all voted in favor.

Financial Report:  Dan Porta discussed the budget and said we were still under budget overall. The City Council will do a 2nd reading this evening and should approve the new budget tonight.   Cuts were made to the proposed budget in the areas of training and funding to the art market, but overall the DDA is showing an increase in the overall operating budget.

B.I.D.:  Earline discussed the budget and the balance for various projects that are underway including the Pavilion.  Further discussion on purchasing a sound system for the pavilion took place including getting estimates for the total cost that will be paid for from the promotion budget.  Further Design projects will be limited until more funds are received as the Pavilion Project is a huge expense to incur.

Committee Reports:

Outreach: Maureen and Jim have been working jointly to arrange the kickoff of new Block Captains which is set to take place by August or September.  They are working on creating better modes of communication including a Closed Merchant/Business Social Media Page that will keep people better informed and create an avenue to relay information.  Supplying the Welcome Center with Coupons and Flyers was discussed as a way to better engage potential customers.  Working jointly with City Offices so that the DDA will be aware of any new businesses at the beginning stages so that they can be welcomed and guided.  Lots of discussion took place on the need for pictures and promotional material that will be used on the website and also be distributed to other organizations so that Downtown Cartersville is properly represented.  Maureen and Jim will concentrate on gathering current contact information from Merchants so that all records are up to date.  It will also serve as a way to meet and get to know the community.

Design:  The partnership with Keep Bartow Beautiful was discussed for the planter project. The boxes have been ordered for each planter.  Using Native Flowers in the boxes and also tying into the Keep America Beautiful Day on Sept. 6th was mentioned. Valerie Gilreath, the city grant writer attended the last design meeting and gave invaluable information on moving forward with design projects.  The Harmony Park project was not a large enough scope for the grant being considered so the scale of the project is being rethought and larger more art and sculpture inspired plans are now being discussed.  A meeting to discuss further design details is set for June 24th at 2:30pm.

Promotion:  The Bluegrass Festival was heavily discussed.  The lack of sponsors and funds to create the festival was brought up as a major concern as well as the festival zone and securing an alcohol vendor. The lack of attendance at the Committee meetings weighed heavily on people.  A conversation about concentrating on 2016 and forgoing the 2015 festival was mentioned.  Mixed opinions on that subject and a strong dissenting opinion arouse. All further Bluegrass Festival talk was tabled until after the Bluegrass Committee Meeting on Monday June 22nd including the signing of a contract for the headlining band.

Economic Development:  No report as Bill was absent.


Old Business

Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee:  This year is moving along well so far.  Several events are in the works including a Zucchini and Tomato Festival.  Attendance has been good.  Discussion took place over restroom availability and the best way to go about providing access to the bathrooms.  Portable Bathroom were deemed not a viable option as the liability and expense was too great.

Pavilion Update:  The planning of the Pavilion is still underway.  The lighting design is being finished then bidding will commence on the project.  Breaking ground is set for July and the project is set to be complete in September now instead of August as previously thought.

Firehouse Update:  Some information on the Carpet in the firehouse was located.  After talk with the Fire Marshall the project will either be cleared or the carpet will be replaced.  With either outcome there will be progress made by the end of June.

Cameras:  Security Cameras have been purchased for the Train Depot.  They should be installed sometime in July and the expected cost should come under budget.

New Business

Welcome Reception: Tuesday June 23rd is set for the Welcome Reception for Lillie.  The Event will take place at the City Loft at 5:30pm.  Light Refreshments and a Cash Bar are available.

Annual Chamber of Commerce Cookout:  The Chamber is planning on having their annual cookout in the Downtown area this year.  The Firehouse is a possible location and a Festival Zone will be set up.  The proposed date is the 2nd Thursday of October.

DDA Website Updating & Mobile App Updates:  Discussion took place on the need to update various aspects of the website and the mobile app.  Closed Businesses need to be removed and information and links need to be current.  Lillie will contact Tara for some information on how to proceed with certain updates.  Maureen also mentioned it was a good time to get all updated information from Downtown Merchants so that all contact information is current and correct.

Manager, Special Event Coordinator & Welcome Center Report:  Hollie reported that she has been kept busy with various activities and press releases for the upcoming Welcome Reception, the multiple farmer’s market festivals and the WBHF Radio Spots.  Handling all Social Media relations, the Downtown Lowdown and the Merchant of the Month were discussed.  Hollie proposed that we extend the contract to create the Downtown Lowdown videos that feature Downtown Merchants at the cost of $125 per video.  Funding for the July video was approved.  Jim made a motion; Nancy 2nded.  The board discussed a wider distribution of the video, including using it on the website and as a promotional material to share with other organizations.  The board did request feedback on the current numbers the video reaches to make sure that it is a wise expense.

Meeting was adjourned. Next regular scheduled meeting  is July 16, 2015 @ 8:30am.



Third Annual Tomato Festival at the Cartersville Farmer’s Market


CARTERSVILLE- The Cartersville Farmer’s Market is well underway for the 2015 season and our big event this month is the Third Annual Tomato Festival, which will take place on Saturday, July 25th, from 7 AM to 12 PM at the Founder’s Oak Parking Lot across from City Hall.


Activities will begin around 10 AM and will include a tomato contest for the local farmers. The categories will be: the biggest, the tastiest, and the most unusual tomatoes. Voting will be open between 10 AM and 11 AM, and the winner of each category will be announced after all of the votes are counted. There will also be a kids’ coloring and painting station set up, along with a tomato planting activity, next to the judging table.


The Owens Brothers will be providing live music entertainment, and The City Cellar and Loft will be joining the Farmer’s Market and serving their famous Fried Green Tomatoes from 10 AM to 12 PM! The Cartersville DDA will be giving away tomato sandwiches made with fresh tomatoes from our local farmers.


“We’d like to encourage the entire community to come out to the Farmer’s Market to help us judge all of these locally produced tomatoes,” says Special Events Coordinator Hollie Duncan. “These beautiful, ripe tomatoes are finally in season, and what better way to enjoy them than at the Tomato Festival. After tasting all of these delicious tomatoes, you are sure to want to take some home with you. So bring the whole family to the Cartersville Farmer’s Market on July 25th and Buy Fresh, Buy Local.”


Bartow History Museum’s 6th Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser


Come out and support the Bartow History Museum on Saturday, August 1, 2015, during the 6th Annual Old Fashioned Bake Sale! The sale will include a tasty assortment of baked goods ranging from whole and sliced cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, baked breads, and much more. Proceeds will help the Bartow History Museum continue to preserve Bartow County’s history, and share it through our programs, lectures, and exhibits.

The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. Baked items have been donated by volunteers, museum staff, and local businesses such as: Grand Oaks, Jefferson’s, Flavorful Events at Stonewall Manor, Moore’s Gourmet Market, Gilbert Farms, Louie’s Café, Adam’s BBQ, Aroma Mills Bakery, E-Street Tavern, Sweets by Chy, Sweet Pea’S, and others.

This year’s fundraising event will also include a Vintage Car Show to complement our feature exhibition, “Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station.”  The car show will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include hot dogs, music, Kona Ice, raffle, rides on a barrel train, and more.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to vote on their favorite vintage car.

This event will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. Please call Tiffanie Buchberger at 770-382-3818 x 6284 with any questions regarding the bake sale or visit our website at

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The Pumphouse Players Named July 2015 Merchant of the Month

Located on 114 W Main Street is the Legion Theatre where The Pumphouse Players perform. They just wrapped up their 40th season and are now beginning their 41st season. We hope you all will support them and consider attending one of their amazing shows this summer. Click here to view the July 2015 Merchant of the Month video segment featuring these guys.

In April 1975, Don and Ollene Kordecki, Mimi Collins, and Roger Hilton were discussing the lack of an organized theater group in Cartersville, Georgia. After an evening spent discussing various names for the new group, a decision was made on The Pumphouse Players. The first show produced was Mary, Mary, a comedy. For three nights in July the store-front offices of the former First National Bank loan office on Main Street were converted into a make-shift theater with chairs and a platform borrowed from the civic center and the Episcopal church. The play was brought back as a dinner theater event at the Ramada Inn Restaurant in September and October of that year.

Over the next two years The Pumphouse Players performed at several venues in the area, including the American Legion, Elk’s Club, and a park recreation hall. Beginning in September 1977 with Arsenic and Old Lace the PHP found a home at the Grand theatre in Cartersville, where they remained until the early 1990s. In 1991 and 1992 the theatre group relocated to a facility Under The Bridge, just down from the Grand. The PHP moved to the historic Legion theatre started in 1993 with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. For over 20 years and into the foreseeable future this is our home and we have made it our own.

Since 1975, The Pumphouse Players has produced nearly 200 plays and has involved hundreds of people in all aspects of theater. We have maintained the historic aspects of the Legion while making it into one of the best and longest-running theaters in northwest Georgia.

Local author discusses his Appalachian childhood



Bartow History Museum




The Bartow History Museum welcomes local author, Ben Garrison, to the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  Garrison’s book, Sugar in the Gourd: An Appalachian Reminiscence, gives a glimpse into Appalachian culture as he details his life growing up in the North Carolina mountains.

Garrison was one of nine children who grew up on a 40 acre hardscrabble farm in rural North Carolina. He and his family used horses and hand tools and grew their own food. Sugar in the Gourd is an inspiring and often tender chronicle of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. It’s pure Americana. The author describes things that are forever lost, but which should be passed on, and definitely not be forgotten.

Lunch & Learn will take place on July15, at noon.  Guests are invited to bring a lunch and the doors will open at 11:45 a.m.    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 BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

Save the Date for the Third Annual Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is pleased to announce plans for the Third Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 17, in downtown Cartersville. For the past two years, this event has featured several bands on two stages, a Kids’ Corner, complete with a bounce house, and various games and activities, and has drawn more than 2,000 attendees. The event is free of charge to attend. Last year, Cartersville DDA received the 2014 Award of Association Excellence for having the Best Event with attendance of 2500+ from the Northwest Georgia Historic High Country.

The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be held from 11 AM to 9:00 PM. Cloggers will kick off on the Depot Stage at 11 AM. Held in Friendship Plaza, next to the train depot, the Depot Stage will feature a different band every hour on the half hour. Located in the bay area of the former fire station, the Firehouse Stage will feature a different band at the top of each hour beginning at Noon.

If businesses or individuals are interested in getting involved with the event, sponsors of all levels and volunteers are greatly needed to ensure the success of the Third Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

Additional information is available on the website at, or feel free to contact DDA Manager Lillie Read at 770-607-3576.
Be sure to check the website,, often for updates and news on the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, or call 770-607-3480.

DDA Board Meeting Minutes May 21, 2015

May 21,2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Lara Jeanneret, Dan Kramer & Maureen Kirkland, Jim Ballew

Board Members Absent: Bill Chandler

Others Present: Dan Porta, Hollie Duncan, Tara Currier, Dwight Hale, Matt Santini

Meeting was called to order by Earline Burke who made a motion to declare an executive session.  Dan seconded; all voted in favor. All regular board business was suspended until after the conclusion of the executive session.

Update on New DDA Manager: Dwight Hale spoke about the amount of applications received, which was between 75-80.  He has narrowed down the applicant pool to 6 potential candidates.  Each candidate was briefly discussed.  Further discussion on the qualifications desired for a candidate took place.

A motion was made to close the executive session and open up regular Board business.

City Council Feedback: Mayor Matt Santini spoke to the Board about what the City Council sees as the objectives and roles of DDA. He addressed the fact that   o many applicati.ons for the Manager Position were indicative of a fact that the DDA has a good engaged Board with established lead  rship and credibility. It was said that the Council would like the DDA to continue on the four patt approach of Outreach,  Design, Promotion and Economic Development as set forth by the Main Street Program.

Other Council feedback mentioned was to continue to grow the Downtown festivals.  To continue to build and sustain economic vitality. To further create a central   pot that foster  a positive and prosperous atmosphere.  To expand on the Farmer’s Market.  To work to obtain a larger volunteer pool and to seek out a Boutique Hotel for the Downtown area.

Financial Report/B.I.D.: Dan Porta and Earline Burk  statted  th  discussion on the ctment budget and gave an overview of the financials.  The  ound system forth  upcoming Pavilion proj  ct will b  paid for with the promotion budget.  The Lake Point advertising campaign has been delayed but is expected to start up soon.  The proposed budget and operating expen es were dis  ussed. The proposed budget does show an increase for the coming year.

Committee Reports:

Outreach: Maureen Kirkland and Jim Ballew plan on working jointly to establish Block Captains. Other plans include adding to the Downtown Awards and giving more accolades and  ·ecognition to deserving businesses.  Maureen attended a Convention and Vi itors Burea u meeting and is excited about future partnership opportunities.  Otb  r futur  efforts includ   a Front Desk Program to keep those working with the public fully aware of all the events and a  tivitie  that are taking place. A private Facebook page for merchants to gather information  and provide feedback was mentioned a  well as a list of areas and communities that would be focused on for increased marketing.

Design: Nancy Jackson and Earline Burke spoke about going forward with the planter boxes for Downtown that mimic the planter in front of 10 S Wall Street.  The Design Meetings will now be held the 2nd Tuesday of the  month at the Bartow History Museum. Lisa Stone is working with the Design Committee to look into plans for Harmony Park.

Promotion: With the Pavilion Project set to begin, First Friday Activities have been suspended  until completion in August.

Economic Development: No report as Bill was absent.

Old Business:

Farmer’s Market  Update: Great things are planned for the Farmer’s Market. The last Saturday of eve1y month asp cia] event will take place and Berry College will be selling cheese. 45 v ndor · are registered.  Chef          emonstrations will hopefuUy take place every Satmday with the potential Chef pool coming from various Downtown businesses, Independent establishments and culina1y  alleges. Wednesday Nights will be open to volunteer musicians.  May 3oth is the kickoff party with a Punch Card incentive for a free gift basket.

Pavilion Update: The latest rendering of the Pavilion was shown.  Construction is set to start soon with a completion date around the beginning of August.

Firehouse Update: Work is being made to get the carpet up to fire code. If progress can’t be made quickly then the carpet will be pulled up and replaced. The end of June is the goal for having the Firehouse ready.

New Business

Elect Committee to Assist with New  Manager Interview Process:  Maureen Kirkland, Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke and Lara Jeanneret were the four people selected to be part ofthe  New Manager Interview Process.  Lara Jeanneret will act as a fill in if needed.

Old Business

Depot Security Cameras: Dan Porta discussed the installation and placement of four security cameras that would be set up on the exterior of the Depot. The project w uld co t around $4,000 and the cost would be offset by the salary saving of the vacant Manager position.  Earline motioned. Lara s  conded and all approved.

Meeting was adjourned. Next regular scheduled meeting June 18, 2015 @ 8:3oam

DDA Board Meeting Minutes April 16, 2015

DDA Board Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Lara Jeanneret, Dan Kramer & Maureen Kirkland

Board Members Absent: Jim Ballew & Bill Chandler

Others Present: Dan Porta and Hollie Duncan

Meeting was called to order by Nancy Jackson. Asked if everyone had reviewed the two previous meetings minutes. Earline made a motion to approve the March 19th minutes; Lara seconded; all voted in favor. Lara made a motion to approve the April 6th special meeting minutes; Earline seconded; all voted in favor.

Financial Report:  Dan Porta discussed the budget and said YTD was still trending and budget looked good at this time.  Dan and Tara had previously talked about installing security cameras.  A $2600 option for cameras that focused on the breezeway and the pavilion were discussed. A maintenance fee of roughly $1200/year would be additional and police would monitor cameras.  Discussion of manager’s salary initially offsetting the startup cost.  Locks were changed and deadbolts were added to the Welcome Center.

B.I.D.:  Earline spoke with the mayor about the board wanting clarification on the expected roles of the DDA.  The mayor will attend the next board meeting to discuss the issue.  Earline discussed an overview of the General Funds on reserve balance.  Spending in line with the ratios placed on the budget, the board discussed purchasing a sound system for the proposed pavilion as part of downtown promotion and certain fees associated with the pavilion would fall under Admin.  Other promotion talk centered on a billboard and the downtown Wi-Fi.

Committee Reports:

Outreach: Maureen has been actively utilizing and other avenues to find out what other towns are doing.  She is planning on attending the CVB meeting next Tuesday and also has a meeting scheduled with Diane from the Cobb CVB to chat about building relationships with other areas and their squares.  Earline offered to supply a list of previous block captains and brought up the Main Street pamphlet that may be of use.  Dan advised that accolades and certificates should be provided for years in service and other contributions that deserve recognition.  Lara talked about her Main Street conference session that focused on the annual awards ceremony and how it was utilized as a great tool for certain communities.

Design:  A partnership with Keep Bartow Beautiful was discussed for the planter project.  $1,500 more are needed to get to the $3,000 amount to complete the project.  The Founders Oak project was put on hold for future budgeting.  The Design meetings will now be held the 2nd Tuesday of the Month @9:00am at the Bartow History Museum.

Promotion:  Meetings have been moved to the 2nd Friday of every month to better allow for First Friday planning.  Hollie talked about the May First Friday and getting clues for the scavenger hunt.  Several names were given of people that would be of help in creating the clues.  Ladies Fitness will be doing a demonstration that night and the Bartow History Museum has kids activities planned.  Coconuts is planning to be on site for refreshments. 

Economic Development:  No report as Bill was absent.

Other Committee Reports:

Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee:  The flyer has been designed.  Hollie talked about themed events like the Tomato and Zucchini Festivals. She will begin planning on those soon. Punch Cards are in the works for the Farmer’s Market.  $100 cards are broken into $5 increments and are good for an entire month.  Talk of an early market that would capitalize on live plants and crafts was mentioned.

Bluegrass & Folk Festival Committee:  Praise was given to the Bluegrass Festival as it was recently awarded as the Best Event in NW Georgia with attendance over 2,500 by the HHCTA. Hollie and Lara will be doing an interview at WBHF about the award. For 2015, many of the bands have been decided on but sponsorship is still greatly needed.  The $1500 vehicle sponsor is claimed but the Kid’s Area Sponsor has backed out pending approval of the new DDA manager.  The stages have been officially named the Depot Stage and the Firehouse Stage.  All non-headlining bands will be paid a uniform fee of $200. Headliners and possibly headliners will be paid more. Jamie Henderson was acknowledged as a huge help and a great positive force on the committee.

Old Business

Discussion of Vision/Mission Statements:  Discussion was tabled until a further date.

Update on Lease Agreement & Intergovernmental Agreement/Meeting with City:  The mayor will be attending the next DDA Board meeting.

May 19th Meet and Greet:  Invitations have been approved. With the venue not holding more than 60 people the discussion on who to invite was brought up and will be soon finalized.

New Business

Update Banner Policy:  Earline is working on updating the existing policy to include a permit that must be submitted for approval.  Fees were discussed.  A proposed $25.00 fee for Non-Profit Groups that would be returned with a timely removal of the banner (3 days).    A proposed $50.00 non-refundable fee would be charged for banners of For-Profit business.  Discussion of the fees for downtown businesses was tabled for further discussion.

Elect Committee to Assist with New Manager Interview Process:  60-70 applications have been received for the DDA Manager position.  Once the applicants are narrowed down to a select group then the DDA will set a meeting to discuss who from the board will sit in on the interview process.  A new manager should be named sometime in June.

Manager, Special Event Coordinator & Welcome Center Report:  Hollie reported that she will help continue the two radio slots per month.   It was suggested that different people fill in on occasion and help promote various activities. Hollie and Cindy will jointly help with the Farmer’s Market and other tasks until a new manager is named.

Other Business:  Welcome Center hours were mentioned. Upon analyzing statistics from the Welcome Center, a plan of action will be discussed as to whether changing the days and hours is necessary.   

Meeting was adjourned. Next regular scheduled meeting May 21, 2015 @ 8:30am.