Greensboro readies for Trick or Treat and the Christmas Season
Fall is here, the holidays are near, and Greensboro is busy preparing for plenty of excitement over the next few months in Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
Hay bales, corn stalks, and pumpkins don the streets of Greensboro for the fall season. Just around the corner is the annual Downtown Trick or Treat from 5-7 pm on October 31. Downtown Trick or Treat provides families with a safe environment to participate in the tradition of Trick or Treat. The event is made possible by the participation of generous downtown Greensboro merchants including Dreamcatcher’s Art, Antiques & Collectibles, C. W. Smith Insurance and The Yesterday Café; just to name a few! Be sure to stop in at these and other downtown businesses for treats and goodies for children age twelve and under.
Soon after the pumpkins are removed, Greensboro will decorate with garland and lights since there are only thirteen weeks until Christmas. Downtown Greensboro is already working to help you and your family enjoy the holidays in your hometown!
The downtown businesses will kick off the season with the Merchant’s Holiday Open House on November 10. Get a head start on your shopping in Lake Oconee’s Hometown. Expect to find complimentary gift-wrap, hot cider, and other surprises to make your shopping experience more enjoyable. You will not want to miss the great items our local stores will have to share.
The search is on for the perfect tree to help Downtown Greensboro celebrate the holidays. City leaders and downtown business owners are looking for a tree that will serve as the town tree this holiday season.
“In the past, Greensboro has been fortunate to have a tree donated from someone in the community,” explains Better Hometown Event Coordinator, Kendrick Harris. “The tree serves as the centerpiece for all of our holiday activities in downtown and helps to create a festive mood during the Christmas shopping season.”
Greensboro’s tree is typically a fresh cut evergreen. Past trees have ranged from 20 to 30 feet in height. The selected tree will stand on the Court House Lawn in historic Greensboro throughout the holiday season. Organizers hope to have the tree in place by late November. To suggest or offer a tree, please contact Kendrick Harris at the Greensboro Better Hometown Office at (706) 453-7674.
The Downtown Tree Lighting celebration will take place from 5-7 pm on the evening of Friday, November 30. Mark your calendars! Santa will be available for children to visit, there will be an old-fashioned hay ride through town, and your favorite holiday tunes will be sung ‘round the tree! Come early and enjoy “Soups & Sammies” by Washington Grass Inn while local choirs and choral groups preform throughout the evening.
Local organizations and non-profits are invited to participate in the event by offering winter goodies such as hot chocolate, baked goods, or other holiday favorites. Choirs and choral groups are invited to carol the historic downtown throughout the evening. To register your organization, please contact the Better Hometown office at (706) 453-7674.
Downtown Greensboro invites you to join us for fun and excitement in Lake Oconee’s Hometown throughout the fall and holiday seasons. For more information about downtown Greensboro or for upcoming event information call (706) 453-7674 or visit www.downtowngreensboroga.com.
Best in Show winner Steve Asby with his 1957 Chev Bel-Air.
Last Saturday's Downtown Event Drew Large Crowds to Greensboro
Wow! What a Cruise-In!
There was a touch of fall in the air last Saturday as thousands of spectators spent the evening “remembering when” at downtown Greensboro’s Rock ‘n Roll Days Cruise-In. Classic, antique, and vintage cars as well as hot rods and collectibles lined the streets of downtown.
The event, produced by the Georgia Classic Cruisers Car Club and the Greensboro Better Hometown program is a downtown favorite each year. Car Club event chair, John Smith reports that there were 97 visiting cars and14 club cars in town on Saturday. The large turn out of vehicles made this Greensboro’s best Cruise-In’s in recent years. Visitors traveled from surrounding towns and even neighboring states to enter cars in the popular Greensboro Cruise In.
Greensboro’s Rock ‘n Roll Cruise-in is known for the wide array of vintage vehicles it draws from across the state and this year’s Best of Show was a 1957 Chev Bel-Air Convertible. Steve Asby, owner of the convertible, traveled all the way from Marietta, Georgia. This Bel-Air has a crate LS-3 Cammer engine 480HP, a 4L60-E Transmission, Pro- Link rear 4 Bar suspension, Fat Man frame and coilovers and Rocket Wheels. Recently he won Best of Show at the O’Reilly’s World of Wheels in Atlanta.
“We were really pleased to have such a great turn out of cars this year,” states Barney Ross, Georgia Classic Cruiser member. “ The Cruise-In is one of Greensboro’s most anticipated event of the year and we had a wonderful sections of cars from all over the state of Georgia. We had cars travel as far as two hours away.”
Other favorites of the evening were a turquoise blue Chevy Bel-Air, 1936 Chevrolet 5 Window Coup, 2009 dragster, and many more.
New this year, event sponsors Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and The Yesterday Café sponsored photos for each car participant. This folder included a photo of each car owner and their car. Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC was even on hand with a host of brand new cars.
On the Court House lawn stage Terance Lonon and the Untouchables performed hits from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s live throughout the event. Guests were havin’ a good time, as the band crooned the old “Doo Wop” favorites. Children of all ages hula hooped on the courthouse lawn as the band played the night away.
The shops of downtown Greensboro were open late and ready to meet the scores of visitors in town for the Cruise In. Many shops featured window decorations especially for the event! Diners at the Yesterday Café stepped back in time as they were waited upon by a host of pink ladies, girls in poodle skirts and boys wearing saddle oxfords. The styles around town were suited to match the classic cars that lined the streets!
The Cruise-In is always one of Greensboro’s most popular downtown events and was enjoyed by all again this year. For more information about the Georgia Classic Cruisers, visit www.GeorgiaClassicCruisers.com. Next up in downtown will be Downtown Trick-or-Treat from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 31.
Don’t Miss the Rock n’ Roll Days Cruise-In on Saturday, September 15 from 4-8 pm
Downtown Greensboro will venture back in time as classic cars line North Main Street on Saturday, September 15 from 4-8pm at the Rock n’ Roll Days Cruise-In. The free event will feature over 100 classic and antique cars and entertainment by Terence Lonon and The Untouchables.
The Annual Rock n’ Roll Days Cruise-In event is sponsored by Jimmy Britt Chevrolet- Buick-GMC dealership of Greensboro and hosted by Greensboro based Georgia Classic Cruiser Car Club and the Greensboro Better Hometown program.
“The Rock n’ Roll Days Cruise-In is on the best events in downtown Greensboro,” states John Smith, Georgia Classic Cruiser member. “This event brings thousands of people to town and I’m glad our local car dealership, Jimmy Britt, is such a huge supporter of this event and our car club.”
For car enthusiast, the event will feature antique, classic, vintage, street rods and special interest cars. In addition, the event boasts live music from Terence Lonon and The Untouchables, dancing, shopping, restaurant specials, and food concessions to enhance the street-side Cruise-In.
Registration fee for the vehicles is still only $15.00 and registrants will be entered for door prizes. The top 25 awards are sponsored again this year by Jimmy Britt Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Greensboro.
Wear your party hat and dancing shoes, as you will enjoy the sounds of Terence Lonon and The Untouchable. The band will play all the favorites from the 50’s, 60’s and more! Last year guests had a good time, as the band crooned the old favorite “We’re havin’ a party…”.
The shops of downtown Greensboro will be open late and ready to meet the scores of visitors in town for the Cruise-In. Many shops will have window décor especially for the event! Diners at the Yesterday Café will step back in time as they will be waited upon by a host of pink ladies, girls in poodle skirts and boys wearing saddle oxfords.
“I remember when…” is the talk of the night and stories will be swapped by friends, new friends and family alike as the thousands attending the event enjoy a true Southern gathering in this historic rural hometown!
The city streets close at 2:00 p.m. to get ready for the event and cars begin arriving at 3:00 p.m.
See you Saturday, September 15th, from 4-8 pm on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Greensboro.
For more information about Rock n’ Roll Cruise-In, contact the Greensboro Better Hometown office at (706) 453-7674 or visit www.downtowngreensboroga.com. For questions regarding the Georgia Classic Cruisers, please contact John Smith at (706) 759-3794.
Program would provide technical assistance to the city in addressing neighborhood concerns
(Greensboro, GA – September 7, 2012) Greensboro City Council voted in its regular session on September 4 to support an application to the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program. If accepted into the program, the city would benefit from technical assistance provided by a variety of state agencies.
GICH is a partnership of the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association. The Initiative offers communities in Georgia a three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance in addressing their housing and neighborhood revitalization needs.
Acceptance into the program is competitive; only five cities are selected each year. Across the state, more than twenty communities have completed the program. These towns have benefited from strengthened city ordinances, beatification programs, and infrastructure improvement grants.
“We are hopeful the GICH program can provide Greensboro with the guidance needed to address the challenges identified within our neighborhoods,” explains Better Hometown director, Cail Hammons. “Many areas of the city struggle with aged or failing infrastructure. Others are far from atheistically pleasing. These issues hurt our town as a whole and ultimately hinder the growth and development of our business community.”
Community involvement is a critical part of the GICH program. The city is seeking volunteers who are interested in working to address neighborhood challenges within the city. Greensboro residents who are interested in being part of the city’s GICH Team may contact Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic Cars fill the streets of Downtown from 4-8 pm on Saturday, September 15
Downtown Greensboro will welcome back the Rock n’ Roll Dayz Cruise-In on Saturday, September 15 from 4-8pm on the Courthouse lawn as classic cars line both sides of North Main Street and visitors enjoy the sounds of the popular Terence Lonon & The Untouchables. The event is free for all attendees!
The Annual Rock n’ Roll Dayz Cruise-In event is hosted by Greensboro bases Georgia Classic Cruisers Car Club, and the Greensboro Better Hometown Program. The event will feature antique, classic, vintage, street rods and special interest cars. In addition, the event boosts live music, dancing, shopping, restaurants specials, hula-hoops and food concessions to enhance the street-side Cruise-In.
For car participants, a registration fee of $15.00 includes door prizes, plus the opportunity to win one of the awards graciously sponsored by Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC. Vehicle registration starts at 4:00pm and awards will be distributed later that evening.
Approximately 100 specialty cars will grace the streets of Greensboro, including everything from stock antiques to highly modified Hot Rods. There will be an abundance of 60’s-70’s “muscle cars” to include GTO’s, Corvette’s, Chevelle’s, and Camaro’s, plus Ford Mustang’s, and Chrysler products including Barracuda’s, Belvedere’s and Road Runners. There will be something for every car enthusiast to enjoy.
Dust off your dancing shores and prepare to dance the night away in historic Downtown Greensboro, listening to the sounds of the Terence Lonon & The Untouchables. The band delights listeners and dancers by performing an extensive collection of Motown hits, golden oldies, Carolina Beach music, timeless Rhythm & Blues favorites, and much more.
Join the fun as historic downtown Greensboro takes a step back into the past as attendees who “remember when” swap stories. Bring your lawn chairs and quilts, or sit upon the bales of hay with family and friends as you enjoy a good ole’ southern family outing.
Many downtown businesses and restaurants will remain open for you shopping and dining pleasure. For the evening, there will be food concessions from the Christ City of Faith Church, returning with the popular BBQ chicken, plus the Boy Scout Troup number 567 who will bring their famous hot dogs and sausage dogs with peppers and onions.
See you Saturday, September 15, from 4-8pm on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Greensboro. For more information about the Rock n’ Roll Dayz Cruise-In, contact the Greensboro Better Hometown office at (706) 453-7674 or visit www.DowntownGreensboroGA.com.
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