Downtown Greensboro Hosts Pickin’ On The Greene
Front Porch Pickin’ on Main Street
(June 29, 2015 – Greensboro, GA) The sounds of live music and tapping toes filled Greensboro’s Main Street for the 4th annual Pickin’ On The Greene on Friday, June 26. Friends, neighbors, and visitors to town gathered for a beautiful summer evening in Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
The event, produced by Greensboro’s Main Street program, is quickly becoming one of the lake area’s summer favorites.
Tables and chairs filled Main Street and many brought blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the music. The Main Stage was set up just in front of Greensboro’s Festival Hall, and twinkling lights were strung across the street.
“This year’s Pickin’ On The Greene was a wonderful night in town,” says Greensboro’s Community Development Director, Cail Hammons. “We were thrilled with the crowd and everyone seemed to have a terrific time.”
As the sun dropped below the buildings on Main Street, Sibley Bryan on banjo and Anthony Porquez on the cello warmed up the crowd with with covers from U2, the Avett Brothers and the Lumineers.
This year’s headliner for the event was local favorite, Pullin’ Strings. Their one-of-a-kind sound features originals and favorites from across multiple genres. Pullin’ Strings features Marvin Payne, Robert Lewis and Sibley Bryan’s unique take on hits that span from Johnny Cash to Nirvana with a good amount of traditional blue grass thrown in the mix.
Downtown was filled with much more than music on Friday night. Greene County Family Connection hosted a bounce house for the kids, and Ray Foster’s tractor-pulled hay rides are always a favorite! The master grillers from Christ City of Faith did not disappoint, as the smell of food cooking on the grill floated through town.
The Greensboro Main Street program would like to thank the Greensboro Business Association, the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, the Greensboro Police Department, and DOCK 103.9 for their support of Pickin’ On The Greene.
Pickin’ on the Greene This Friday
Downtown Greensboro's free summer event.
(Greensboro, Ga. – June 22, 2015) Gather your family, friends and neighbors for a toe-tapping good time in historic downtown Greensboro for the annual summer music event, Pickin’ on the Greene, this Friday, June 26.
Music will sweep down North Main Street during the forth-annual Pickin’ on the Greene with live performances from neighboring Georgia bands this Friday, June 26, from 7-10 p.m. The Greensboro Main Street Program in partnership with the Greensboro Business Association presents Pickin’ on the Greene as the summer’s main event. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities and of course, shopping and dining all in Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
The evening will begin with live entertainment from Friends Pullin’ Strings’ and follow with headliners, Pullin’ Strings from Greene County. With their original southern roots and a bluegrass and rock style, these bands are sure to get you tapping your foot and dancing along.
Opening the show will be some familiar faces as well as some not so familiar faces. The Friends of Pullin’ Strings will kick of the night with a sound unlike any other. Sibley Bryan, banjo, and Anthony Porquez, cello, will take the stage playing some great tunes from The Avett Brothers and Lumineers. Rumor has it that Robert Lewis will join them on stage for a few 90’s rock songs before Pullin’ Strings takes the stage.
Pullin’ Strings, a local group that is no stranger to Greene County and has been a part of Pickin’ on the Greene since its inception, will close the event with live music that can best be described as a bluegrass style with an eclectic fashion of incorporating different types of genres to create their one-of-a-kind sound. With their original southern roots and musical talent, they will feature a set-list of their own originals as well as adding their own flare to American favorites.
In addition to toe-tapping music, Pickin’ on the Greene has something to offer the whole family. The event will feature activities and vendor booths presented by local community organizations. Groups participating in the event will offer goodies such as fresh lemonade, BBQ, shaved ice, baked goods and other summer favorites.
Greensboro Receives $500,000 Grant to Aid in Brewery Financing
Lake Country Brewing Coming to Downtown
(June 19, 2015 – Greensboro, GA) Greensboro will soon welcome Lake Country Brewing to its downtown thanks to financing awarded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The City of Greensboro was awarded a $500,000 Redevelopment Fund Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The funds will be allocated to the Greensboro Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and provided as a low-interest loan to Lake Country Brewing. As loan payments are made back to the DDA, the funds may be used to make additional low-interest loans to future business start-ups in the downtown.
“The City of Greensboro is happy to assist in bringing this exciting new business to downtown,” comments Greensboro Mayor Glenn Wright. “Our city is committed to attracting investment and encouraging economic growth.”
Greensboro’s Downtown Development Authority set its sights on recruiting a brewery several years ago and partnered with developers John and Nathan McGarity to push the project forward.
Lake Country Brewing will occupy the former Chero Cola building on West Street near the city’s old train depot. The building’s unique history as a cola bottling facility spurred the idea that perhaps it could be used for a modern production brewery.
“Breweries are creating exciting spaces in downtowns across the country,” explains Greensboro’s Main Street Director, Kendrick Ward. “After visiting several breweries in North Carolina, I thought that something similar would be perfect for downtown Greensboro.”
“The idea of a brewery in Greensboro really took hold,” says developer Nathan McGarity. “The more we learned about the business of breweries, the more excited we got about developing a brewery in Greensboro.”
Local Band to Headline Pickin’ on the Greene
Pullin’ Strings excited to perform on Friday, June 26
(Greensboro, GA-June 15, 2015) For the local musicians who make up Pullin’ Strings headlining for Downtown Greensboro’s summer event is sure to be a fun time.
For those of us in Georgia’s Lake Country looking for a toe-tappin’ good time, it is an evening in Downtown Greensboro that you simply will not want to miss!
Greensboro’s fourth annual Pickin’ on the Greene will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, June 26 with headliner Pullin’ Strings. The free event will showcase historic downtown Greensboro as Americana and Bluegrass tunes fill Main Street.
Greene County-based Pullin’ Strings band is widely known for their unique sounds of Americana and Bluegrass feel. Marvin Payne, Robert Lewis and Sibley Brian all know how to wow the crowd with their three-part harmony. Their crowd favorite is always Johnny Cash’s I’ve Been Everywhere with the Greene County verse.
Opening for Pullin’ Strings is a laid back group called Friends of Pullin’ Strings. This group is a few local and out of town friends who pick and play instruments with some of the band members. Their song selections will include 90’s rock, folk and bluegrass.
“We are humbled to have the opportunity to play at ‘Pickin’ on the Greene’ again,” remarks Sibley Bryan, five-string banjo player for Pullin’ Stings. “It is a great community event that draws the local community as well as people from neighboring communities to downtown Greensboro.”
In addition to great live music, Pickin’ on the Greene will highlight area community groups and non-profits. Christ City of Faith will be selling BBQ, Yesterday Café will have an outside cash bar, and there will be snow cones and Greene County Family Connections will a bounce house for the kids.
“We hope to see the whole community out for this event,” says Robert Lewis, lead vocals and rhythmic guitar for Pullin’ Strings. “We think this is a night in downtown that our friends and neighbors will really enjoy!”
For more information about Pickin’ on the Greene or to register an organization to participate please contact the Greensboro Main Street Office at (706) 453-7674.
Calling all Community Organizations
Be a part of Downtown Greensboro’s event on June 26
(Greensboro, GA-May 29, 2015) All Greene County community organizations are invited to be a part of Downtown Greensboro’s summer event, “Pickin’ on the Greene”.
Greensboro’s forth annual “Pickin’ on the Greene” will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, June 26 with headliner Pullin’ Strings and special guest Friends of Pullin’ Strings. The free event will showcase historic downtown Greensboro as Americana and Bluegrass tunes fill Main Street.
The Main Street program would like to extend the opportunity for community organizations to be involved in the event. Vendors are encouraged to sell food items or offer children’s activities.
“We have outstanding charities and community groups that help make Greensboro a vibrant city,” adds Main Street Manager, Kendrick Ward. “One goal for the event is to showcase local non-profit organizations as vendors. “
Several groups are already slated to participate. Family Connections will have a bounce house and snow cones for the little ones. Christ City of Faith will be on hand selling delicious food. In addition, The Yesterday Cafe will provide a cash bar for the evening on its outdoor plaza.
The Pickin’ on the Greene planning committee still needs organizations to sell ice cream or other festival food like fresh lemonade or baked goods, and offer family-friendly event activities. Local groups can register to participate in the event by contacting the Greensboro Main Street Office. There are no fees for vendor spaces only a charge for electricity.
“Our hope is that local groups and non-profits can benefit from this downtown event,” explains Ward. “This is a wonderful opportunity for community organizations to raise funds.”
For more information about “Pickin’ on the Greene” or to register an organization to participate please contact the Greensboro Main Street Office at (706) 453-7674 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Merchants to Stay Open Late During Summer Event
Greene County native group, Pullin’ Strings, kicks off entertainment
(Greensboro, Ga. – June 5, 2015) Downtown Greensboro merchants offer extended hours for the third annual Pickin’ on the Greene music event on Friday, June 26.
Numerous downtown shops and restaurants will keep their doors open for continued shopping and dining throughout the evening of the third annual Pickin’ on the Greene. The Greensboro Better Hometown Program in partnership with the Greensboro Business Association presents Pickin’ on the Greene as the summer’s main event. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors and of course, shopping and dining.
Whether guests dine at one of the local establishments, picnic on the lawn or shop in Lake Oconee’s Hometown, visitors will be able to enjoy the sounds of live music from performances by Pullin’ Strings and from 7-10 p.m. on North Main Street.
The event will open with live music from Pullin’ Strings, a local group that is no stranger to Greene County and has been a part of Pickin’ on the Greene since its inception. In fact, the band bills itself as Greene County’s favorite string band and has been playing together since 2009.
With their original southern roots and musical talent, the group’s sound can best be described as a bluegrass style with an eclectic fashion of incorporating different types of genres to create their one-of-a-kind sound. Featuring a set-list of their own originals and adding their own flare to American favorites, this all acoustic band is sure to get you tapping your foot and dancing along.
“We are looking forward to performing for locals and visitors from near and far,” said Marvin Payne, Pullin’ Strings upright bass player and community member. “We always have a lot of fun with it and are anticipating a good turn out.”
Pullin’ Strings is made up of Marvin Payne, Sibley Bryan, Brian Doty, Robert Lewis and their string instruments of the upright bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals.
For more information about Pullin’ Strings, please visit www.pullinstrings.org or Facebook.
For more information regarding the event, please visit www.downtowngreensboroga.com.
About Pickin’ on the Greene
Pickin’ on the Greene is a summer music event that takes place in the heart of historic downtown Greensboro. Pickin’ on the Greene is produced by the Greensboro Better Hometown Program and the Greensboro Downtown Development Authority with support from the City of Greensboro. Since its beginning in 2012, this annual summer event has been downtown Greensboro’s main summer community event, attracting musical artists and visitors from across the state. The event’s goal is to attract people to the town with the hope that they will return to the community and future events.
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