July 2014 Monthly Recap

Check out all the great media coverage and other news and happenings downtown by reading the July 2014 Monthly Recap.

- WBHF Radio Interview on July 2
- Article in July 6 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Farmer’s Market
- Article in July 7 Hometown Headlines regarding National Main Street Program designation
- Article in July 9 issue of The Daily Tribune News about the People’s Choice Voting (several downtown businesses mentioned/interviewed)
- Article in July 9 issue of the Rome News Tribune about Cartersville Main Street National Accreditation
- Article in July 9 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Cartersville Main Street National Accreditation
- Article in July 15 issue of The Bartow Trader about the Tomato Festival
- Article in July 19 Daily Tribune News about the Tomato Festival
- Radio interview on WBHF regarding the Tomato Festival
- Article in July 22 issue of Bartow Trader regarding First Friday
- Article and several photos in July 23 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding the Farmer’s Market
- Article in July 23 Daily Tribune News about the First Friday event
- Article on July 24 Hometown Headline regarding free Wi-Fi downtown
- Mention in July 25 Today’s Fax about the free Wi-Fi downtown
- Radio interview on WBHF regarding the Wi-Fi downtown
- Extensive coverage of various events and downtown work plan items in July 27 ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section of The Daily Tribune News
- Mention in July 29 Hometown Headline regarding First Friday event
- Article in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding First Friday event
- Article in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding free downtown Wi-Fi
- Several photos with captions in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor from the Farmer’s Market Tomato Festival

After receiving feedback from DDA board, downtown stakeholders, City elected officials, City Department Heads and survey responders, City Planner Richard Osborne has completed a Downtown Parking Management Report. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact the DDA. The board will be reviewing the document and making recommendations about parking based on feedback which has been received. In the meantime, it is still requested that all able-bodied business owners and their employees park away from their storefront as much as possible.
The August 1 First Friday event, “Summer of Love” has been postponed to Friday, August 15. City Council did approve the August 1 First Friday event as being a Community Festival, which would allow for the sale of beer and wine at the event. DDA Manager Tara Currier will be requesting that the August 15 be a Community Festival at the August 7 City Council Meeting.

The promotions committee did not formally meet, though various members communicated with each other regarding the August First Friday, and plans for the upcoming Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

The design/outreach committee met on July 10 and was attended by Earline Burke, DDA/Design Chair; Jim Haigler, Haigler Architecture Systems; Trey Gaines; Bartow History Museum; Linda Evans, Booth Museum/Master Gardner; Lisa Stone; and Tara Currier and Catherine Woods, DDA. Three grants were reviewed; an update of the Downtown Design Plan was given; and a recap of the Art Committee efforts was shared. Much conversation centered around the idea of having a competition between downtown business owners to plant flowers in small pots near their storefronts. Linda Evans will take the lead on this, and arrange meetings with the City and County Extension Agent on other ways to get more plants put in downtown.

With the recent approval of the amended Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) budget, downtown Wi-Fi was one of the first projects DDA board wanted to see implemented, based on feedback from downtown business and property owners, as well as survey responders and key stakeholders during our Downtown Master Plan process. The Wi-Fi accessibility is mostly available from Church Street to Main Street, and Public Square to Wall Street. You may be able to see it and join the network, which is titled ‘Free City Wifi’ from other areas. It is on the 2016-2017 B.I.D. Budget to install more antennas in other areas of downtown to offer broader accessibility.

The July Monthly Mixer was held at The City Loft on July 23. Those in attendance included: Dan Kramer, It’s About Time Boutique; Nancy Jackson, Jax Supply/DDA Board; Jill Mitchell, Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse/DDA Board; Pat Taff, Bartow History Museum; Robert Adams, Cartersville Antique Gallery; Bob Smith and Julie Putz, The City Cellar; L.B. Berry, Mellow Mushroom; Nancy Childs and Deborah Ballew, Meg Pie; Kathy Bibbings, Cartersville Florist; Earline Burke, GMI/DDA Board; Jim Ballew, The Olive Branch/DDA Board; and Catherine Woods and Tara Currier – DDA. Information about upcoming events and activities were shared. The next Mixer will be Wednesday, August 13, from 5:30-7:00 PM at The City Cellar.

**Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 5-8 PM; Saturday from 7AM-Noon in Founder’s Oak Parking Lot**
August 5 – Design Committee Meeting at 2 PM at Bartow History Museum
August 7 – Promotions Committee Meeting at Train Depot at 8:30 AM
August 13 – Monthly Mixer at The City Cellar from 5:30-7:00 PM (drop in as able)
August 14 – DDA/Main Street Board Meeting at 8:30 AM at train depot
August 15 – “Summer of Love” festivities in Friendship Plaza from 5-9 PM

Keep informed on all things happening downtown by visiting the website at

Downtown Cartersville is located just a few miles north of the new LakePoint Sport & Town Center in Emerson, GA. Conveniently located off I-75, it’s a short 45 minute drive to downtown Atlanta, and 50 minute drive to downtown Chattanooga. Come see us in downtown Cartersville to shop, dine and play!

“War at Every Door: Bartow County, 1864”




Bartow County Civil War Bus Tour


Have you ever wondered what happened to the civilians in Bartow County during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign?  While there have been numerous books published about the battles of the Atlanta Campaign, less attention has been paid to the civilians who suffered at the hands of both Confederate and Union armies.


Join Bartow History Museum on Saturday, August 23 as Dr. Keith S. Hebert, Bartow County native and Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University, leads a guided bus tour of historic sites in Adairsville, Kingston, Cassville, Cartersville, and stops in between that tell the story of how Bartow County civilians endured many hardships during the Atlanta Campaign.  Come hear stories of women such as Julia Barnsley and Susan Jett Howard who watched as retreating Confederates passed their homes leaving them vulnerable when the invading Yankees arrived soon thereafter. Also, come learn about the experiences of slaves such as Easter Brown and Sarah Jane Patterson who welcomed the Federal Army as liberators.  Participants will learn about countless numbers of deserters, partisans, criminals, and bushwhackers who operated in the county preying upon soldiers and civilians alike.  These stories as well as countless others come from extensive nationwide archival research that has yet to be shared with the public.  Sign up now for this opportunity to see the Civil War in your community from a whole new perspective.

Tickets are $45 for BHM Members and $50 for non-members and are on sale now. Ticket price includes charter bus transportation, admission fees, lunch, snacks, and a special souvenir. Ticket holders are asked to meet at Bartow History Museum by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 23. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. and return to the Museum around 3 p.m. Bus transportation is provided by Leisure Time. Space is limited. Stop by Bartow History Museum Gift Shop or call 770-387-2774 to purchase tickets.

Late Night at Willow day Spa Thursday JULY 25TH

Late Night at Willow day Spa   Thursday JULY 25TH



50% OFF Candles, Pevonia skin care , Techniche skin care

50% Off waxing services

20% off any products with purchase of facial or massage 30 or 60 min

10$ gift card with purchase of a service !!!!


Please call us at 770-334-2132 today or Thursday to book your appointment

This is only good for Thursday July 24th


Payne Pottery Lecture and Raffle Drawing



Bartow History Museum welcomes Ronnie and Brhonda Payne, Bartow County artisans, to the upcoming Evening Lecture on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ronnie and Brhonda will discuss the history of pottery in Bartow County, potters in Northwest Georgia, as well as their lives and careers in pottery and jewelry making. They will also show examples and photographs of their work.

Ronnie got an early start in pottery, making his first piece at age 17 at Cass High School. Over the years he has developed his art and skills, and he apprenticed with Ron Cooper for several years. He opened his business in 2001 and began creating pottery full time in 2004. Brhonda designed jewelry for Stein’s Department Store for a number of years. After the store closed, she began incorporating pottery into her jewelry.

The lecture will take place at the Bartow History Museum on Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. Following the presentation, winners will be drawn in the museum’s fundraising raffle. Tickets are available now for $15 or 3 for $40. Raffle prizes include a Sony digital camera, a ticket for the upcoming Civil War bus tour, and three pieces of Payne pottery. All proceeds benefit the programming and exhibitions of Bartow History Museum.

The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

Bartow History Museum’s 5th Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser



Come out and support the Bartow History Museum on Saturday, August 2, 2014, during the 5th 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 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Baked items have been donated by volunteers, museum staff, and local businesses such as: Grand Oaks, Swheat Market, City Cellar and Loft, Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse, Jefferson’s, Flavorful Events at Stonewall Manor, Moore’s Gourmet Market, Gilbert Farms, Cody J’s, Louie’s Café, Dunkin Donuts, and others.

This year’s fundraising event will also include a used book sale with a variety of books available at very reasonable prices! Add to your book collection on subjects including history, fiction, crafts, and more.

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

The Bartow History Museum welcomes Robert Jones



Innovations of World War I


The Bartow History Museum welcomes Robert Jones, author and president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at noon. Jones’ topic will be how World War I radically changed warfare and the 20th century.

As July 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, Jones will discuss his book The Top 10 Innovations of World War I. These innovations, ranging from technological to strategic to political, include the use of U-boats, poison gas, trench warfare, and more. WWI served as a testing ground for these weapons and ideas that affected the rest of the 20th century. His book contains over 50 illustrations and maps and is available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.

In addition to serving as president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, Robert Jones is a prolific author, having written books on the Civil War, railroads, ghost towns, and Christian history.

Lunch & Learn will take place on July 16, 2014, 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

June 2014 Monthly Recap

Summer is already proving to be a busy time in downtown Cartersville! Click here to read about the various events and activities that occurred in June, and mark your calendar for the upcoming events and meetings.

The Owens Brothers Patriotic Music Show with Michael C. Smith

Join us July 5th at 8PM for some patriotic music at the Legion Theatre! The Owens Brothers have been writing songs and performing since their youth, and have performed with the likes of B.J. Thomas, Mickey Dolenz, and Mark Lindsey, to name a few. Believing that freedom is not free, they are proud to perform some of your favorite patriotic songs in the Owens Brothers style, also highlighting some of their best original songs. Come join them and their special guest, Michael C. Smith, to celebrate our freedom and our country’s heritage.

Michael C. Smith is a songwriter’s songwriter, creating lyrically-driven slices of the American experience uniquely rooted in the veins of each great vision of wanderlust that has come before him. Whether you hear Dylan, Waits, Williams, or Cash when you listen to his work, you will pick out the pieces of the country that you know, feel its history under your feet, and know the goodness of music crafted with heart and soul.


Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through our website, Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information, check out our website or call 770-387-2610.


Photos courtesy of the Owens Brothers and Michael C. Smith.

DDA Seeks Part Time Special Events Coordinator

Cartersville Downtown Development Authority is currently seeking an eager, energetic part-time employee to serve as Special Events Coordinator. Duties include, though are not limited to, planning and implementing events; coordinating downtown merchant outreach programs including meetings, various contests, downtown beautification and more; and assisting in the logistical support and planning of non-DDA sponsored events in the downtown business district. For more information, including where and how to apply, please click here.

Round the World Tales Opens This Friday!

 Round the World Tales is an entertaining cycle of three plays based on folklores from around the world that focus on the important themes of generosity and greed.  The plays show how greed throws people out of balance with their land and traditions, with each other and with themselves, and how generosity – the sense that one has gifts to share – can re-establish balance and connection between people and their world.  In the Swedish tale, The Old Woman and the Tramp, a happy-go-lucky rhyming wanderer ingeniously brews up an outrageous soup to show a woman how to enjoy life again.  The Japanese Tongue-Cut Sparrow tells how a wife’s cruelty to her husband’s pet ignites magical forces of good and evil to prove that people get what they deserve.  In the third play, The Invisible Hunters, from Nicaragua, two hunters gain the power of invisibility, but instead of using it to feed their village, they upset their tribe’s traditional balance with nature. This play is directed by Olivia Cantrell and features Vincent Ramsey, Isabella Hale, Devon Kirkpatrick, Matthew Renner, Grey Olsen, Sierra Kirkpatrick, Chris Reaves, Lili Womack, Piper Spivey, Autumn LeRoy, and Brandy Arnold. The show dates and times are June 20 and 21 at 7:00PM and June 22 at 3:00PM. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through our website,, or by calling 770-387-2610.