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Cartersville DDA/Main Street Program Seek New Board Members

Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is now accepting applications to fill at least two upcoming vacancies on their board of directors. Please see the link to the form below which has information about the commitment of being a board member, and feel free to complete the application if interested. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Manager Tara Currier at 770.607.3480.

Cartersville DDA Board Application

Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet

Main Street Promotions Chair and DDA/Main Street Board member Lara Jeanneret has created a Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet to be made available to all downtown restaurants. Offering a coloring activity, crossword puzzle, and other fun, the Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet will not only keep children occupied as they wait on their food, but will help teach kids about downtown Cartersville. On one side of the sheet, will be various activities that can be completed in the restaurant. The other side of the activity sheet will feature a downtown scavenger hunt. Children will need to visit at least 10 participating businesses to have their sheet stamped or signed. Once all 10 spaces are filled, the child may bring the sheet to the Cartersville Welcome Center and receive a small prize! While there will be some prizes purchased, if a downtown business is interested in offering a prize (small gift certificate; cookie; etc.), please let us know. We will collect several and place everything into a large bin for children to select their prize.

In order to bring this Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet to fruition, we are currently seeking sponsors. It is the desire of the Main Street Program to print 2,500 copies per quarter, plus purchase enough crayons and prizes to go along with the Activity Sheet. Lara J Designs has generously donated the design of the coloring sheets, and It’s About Time Boutique, Meg Pie and The Olive Branch have already committed to monetary sponsorship. Please review the sponsorship opportunities by clicking here, and help us make the Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet a reality!

 

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Georgia’s Historical Markers

 

 

 

Bartow History Museum welcomes David Seibert, researcher and historian, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at noon. Seibert’s topic will be the historical marker program in Georgia, including a number of markers in Bartow County.

David Seibert has spent the past 40 years locating and documenting historical markers in Georgia. The database created from this effort was published on the Internet by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and has been adopted by the state’s GeorgiaInfo website.

His illustrated presentation will discuss the history of marker programs in the state, various types of markers and who has erected them, historic markers in Bartow County, and where Georgia’s marker programs stand today.

            Lunch & Learn will take place on November 19, 2014, at noon, and guests are invited to bring a lunch. 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 www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Christmas & Kids at Tonsmeire Studio

December 5, 6, & 8th

Packages range from $65 – $125

Call 770-386-2702 for your appointment.

These make great gifts and cards for the holidays.

Louis Tonsmeire Jr.

29 N. Wall Street      Cartersville, Ga 30120

  770-386-2702       www.tonsmeirestudio.com

Santa Claus visits the Bartow History Museum!

 

 

On Saturday, November 15, the Bartow History Museum is hosting a special holiday event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will include storytelling, crafts, tasty treats, and a visit from Santa Claus. Come check out the holiday traditions and decorations on display throughout the Museum and create some to take home. Also, get your photograph taken with Santa by Tonsmeire Studio.

Reservations are now being taken for photographs with Santa. Please call Bartow History Museum at 770-387-2774 or email  kellys@bartowhistorymuseum.org to reserve your time slot today! Photo packages range from $25 to $50.

The Bartow History Museum is located in downtown Cartersville at 4 E Church Street, under the bridge. Parking is available next to the museum. For more information on this and other Museum events, please visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or call 770-382-3818.

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October 2014 Monthly Recap

MEDIA ATTENTION:
– WBHF Radio interview on October 1
– WBHF Radio interview on October 15
– Article in October 1 issue of the Bartow Neighbor on First Friday event
– Photo with description in October 4 Daily Tribune News on Sample Our City
– Article in October 7 issue of The Bartow Trader on October “Second” Friday event
– Mention in October 8 issue of Today’s Fax on the October “Second” Friday event
– Front cover and article in October 14 issue of The Bartow Trader on Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival
– Article in October 14 issue of The Daily Tribune News on Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival
– Article on October 14 on Patch.com on Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival
– WBHF Radio interview on September 5
– Mention in September 24 Hometown Headline about Sample Our City
– Mention in September 24 Today’s Fax about Sample Our City
– Article in September 27 The Daily Tribune News about Sample Our City

SAMPLE OUR CITY:
A total of 137 tickets were sold for the 3rd annual Sample Our City event. A survey to all the downtown businesses who participated in the event is currently being circulated for feedback on whether or not this event should continue and/or ways the event should be improved moving forward.

FIRST FRIDAY:
The postponed October First Friday event was held on Friday, October 10. Sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors, the event featured a corn hole tournament, DJ, kid’s activities, and downtown business displays.
The November First Friday will be held on Friday, November 7. The “Giving Thanks” event will feature various local nonprofit groups set up around downtown highlighting their services and needs. November 7 is also our downtown Candlelight Shopping event.

CARTERSVILLE BLUEGRASS & FOLK FESTIVAL:
The second annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival was held on Saturday, October 18. The full day event featured 13 bands, including two popular headliners; more than 20 vendors; and a variety of children’s activities. It is estimated more than 3,000 people attended the event. Huge thanks to all the sponsors who made the free-to-attend event possible: Cohutta Fishing, Coosa Valley Credit Union, Lara J Designs, Robert Loehr, Johnny on the Spot, Fusion Dance, Bartow History Museum, Hotel Meeting Match, and Georgia Highlands Medical Services.

DOWNTOWN DESIGN PLAN:
The board of the Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville met on Tuesday, October 21, to discuss the Downtown Design Plan and their recommendations for implementation. Items discussed included a new covered pavilion in Friendship Plaza; a possible readjustment to parking along Wall Street and Museum Drive; added green space to Friendship Plaza and Founder’s Oak Park; an interactive play area added near the fountain, across from City Hall; and the trees/planters along Wall Street. Additional information about the plan will be forthcoming.

MONTHLY MIXER:
The October Monthly Mixer was held at It’s About Time Boutique on October 14. Information about upcoming events and activities were shared, with much of the discussion centering around the recent pruning and planter installation of the tree in front of It’s About Time Boutique. The next Mixer will be Tuesday, November 11, from 5:30-7:00 PM at The Olive Branch Boutique.

NOVEMBER DOWNTOWN CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
November 5 – Economic Development Committee at 9 AM at train depot
November 6 – Promotions Committee at 8:30 AM at train depot
November 7 – Hometown Thanks First Friday, plus downtown Candlelight Shopping from 5-8 PM
November 11 – DDA Offices/Welcome Center Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day
– Monthly Mixer at The Olive Branch Boutique from 5:30-7:00 PM
November 13 – Design Committee Meeting at 2 PM at Bartow History Museum
November 20 – DDA Board Meeting at 8:30 AM at train depot
November 27 & 28 – DDA Offices/Welcome Center Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 29 – Small Business Saturday

Keep informed on all things happening downtown by visiting the website at www.downtowncartersville.org.

The Burning of Cassville

On Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m., Bartow History Museum welcomes guest speaker and local historian, Dale Black.  Mr. Black, a member of the Cassville Historical Society and Sons of Confederate Veterans (Stiles-Akin Camp), will discuss the burning of Cassville, Georgia during the occupation of Atlanta by the Union troops.

It was on November 5, 1864 when the city of Cassville was destroyed by fire at the hands of the Fifth Ohio Regiment of the Federal Army under the command of Colonel Heath and Major Thomas.  Only churches and three residents were left untouched.   Mr. Black will also discuss how the city of Cassville commemorates this anniversary each year. 

Evening Lecture will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  Parking is available next to the building.  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 www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

September 2014 Monthly Recap

MEDIA ATTENTION:
– WBHF Radio interview on September 3
– Article in September 2 issue of The Bartow Trader on September First Friday event
– Ad in September/October Northwest Georgia Living for Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival
– Mention in September 4 Today’s Fax about September First Friday event
– Article in September 5 The Daily Tribune News about September First Friday event
– WBHF Radio interview on September 5
– Mention in September 24 Hometown Headline about Sample Our City
– Mention in September 24 Today’s Fax about Sample Our City
– Article in September 27 The Daily Tribune News about Sample Our City

FIRST FRIDAY:
The September 5 First Friday event was sponsored by Cartersville Medical Center, and featured vendors of the Cartersville Farmer’s Market, as well as several artists, set up around downtown. Free lemonade was provided courtesy of Chick-Fil-A Cartersville, and at 7 PM, the band Rolling Nowhere performed a free concert.

The October First Friday is being postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. Additional details will be made available as they are finalized.

DOWNTOWN DESIGN PLAN:
Over the course of the past 9 months, DDA has been working with the Department of Community Affairs Design Studio on a comprehensive downtown design plan. The plan looks at landscaping, signage, improvements to Friendship Plaza and more. A presentation by DCA was held on September 9. The board will meet on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 9 AM, to fully discuss the plan and come up with recommendations for downtown beautification and enhancement.

MONTHLY MIXER:
The September Monthly Mixer was held at Coconut’s on September 17. Those in attendance included: Dan Kramer, It’s About Time Boutique; Robert Adams, Cartersville Antique Gallery; Deborah Ballew, Meg Pie; Jim Ballew, The Olive Branch/DDA Board; Darin and Jennifer Capes, Coconuts; Lara Jeanneret, Lara J Designs/DDA Board; Will Sprague, Louie’s Café; Sherry Payne, Pinky Toes; and Hollie Duncan and Tara Currier – DDA. Information about upcoming events and activities were shared, including information about a co-op advertisement in the November/December Northwest Georgia Living magazine promoting downtown holiday shopping. The next Mixer will be Tuesday, October 14, from 5:30-7:00 PM at It’s About Time Boutique.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:
The first meeting of the new Economic Development Committee was held on October 1. Led by Chair Bill Chandler, those in attendance included Charley Harper, H & H Realty; Calvin Evans, Augsburg Investments; Franke Kenney, Mellow Mushroom; and Tara Currier, DDA. Discussion took place on how the committee could help potential entrepreneurs and current business downtown. The group wants to establish a ‘guide to opening a business’ pamphlet, and have various city department heads come and speak to the group about what it is each look for when inspecting a new business. Their next meeting will be on November 5, at 9 AM.

OCTOBER DOWNTOWN CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
October 3-4: Sample Our City (Fri. 2-7 PM; Sat. 12-6 PM)
October 4 – Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruise Presented by Cartersville Shrine Club (4-8 PM)
October 8 – Town Hall Meeting re: Cartersville Farmer’s Market in Council Chambers (5 PM)
October 9 – Design Committee at 2 PM at train depot
October 10-11 – Dixie Olds Car Cruise (Fri. 5-9 PM; Sat. 8 AM-5 PM)
October 14 – Monthly Mixer at It’s About Time Boutique (5:30-7:00 PM)
October 16 – DDA Board Meeting at Train Depot at 8:30 AM
October 18 – Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival (11 AM – 9 PM)
October 21 – DDA Board Meeting at Train Depot at 9 AM (downtown design plan discussion)
October 23-26 – 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at Booth Western Art Museum

Keep informed on all things happening downtown by visiting the website at www.downtowncartersville.org.