Small Business Saturday coming November 30
We all know about Black Friday. And there’s even Cyber Monday. But Downtown Greensboro is most excited about Small Business Saturday, the day we all shop small and support small business around the country.
Small Business Saturday is November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it is quickly becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year for small business.
“Small Business Saturday is a national promotion spearheaded by American Express,” explains Greensboro Main Street Director, Cail Hammons. “The movement has carved out a niche for small businesses in the busy opening weekend of holiday shopping, and Greensboro is happy to take part in the excitement.”
Small Businesses Saturday encourages consumers to go out and celebrate small businesses in force. This helps local entrepreneurs offer more jobs, which in turn invigorates the economy. Shoppers go out and support their favorite small business and search for savings on unique merchandise while experiencing spectacular service – a cornerstone of many small businesses.
Consumers are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at a small business throughout the year, you’re showing your support for all the small businesses in your neighborhood and reinvesting in the community you call home.
American Express cardholders can even register for a one-time $10 statement credit when you shop during Small Business Saturday.
“Greensboro is a terrific place to shop year-round,” says Hammons. “But our shop owners are especially looking forward to showing off Greensboro’s famous small town service to our customers this holiday season.”
For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.shopsmall.com. For more information about Greensboro’s plans for the holidays visit www.GreensboroHoliday.com.
Greensboro Readies for Trick or Treat and 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.
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, Genuine Georgia, Greensboro City Hall 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 9. 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 Main Street 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.
The Downtown Tree Lighting celebration will take place from 6-8 pm on the evening of Friday, December 6. 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 Main Street 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.
Rain did not hamper Cruise In
For the first time in a long time, rain hit the streets of North Main Street during the annual Rock and Roll Cruise In. Despite the rain, cars and spectators still attended the event.
The event, produced by the Georgia Classic Cruisers Car Club and the Main Street Greensboro program is a downtown favorite each year. Car Club event co-chair, Barney Ross reports that there were 28 visiting cars and 4 club cars in town on Saturday. The turn out, due to the wet weather, may have been small. However, visitors traveled from surrounding towns, and entered their cars in the popular Rock ‘n Roll 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 Union Point native Ronnie Yearwood’s John Deere Tractor, with the Big Block Chevy Engine.
“Despite the weather, we were still pleased with the small turn out,” states Barney Ross, Georgia Classic Cruiser member. “The Cruise-In is one of Greensboro’s most anticipated event of the year, and many people around the county still came out with umbrellas to view the few cars we had in the show.”
Event sponsors Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC showed support by having a host of brand new cars and trucks on display for spectators.
On the Court House lawn stage The Grains of Sand Band performed hits from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s live for the first part of the event. Guests were havin’ a good time, as the band crooned favorites like “Carolina Girls” and “I Love Beach Music”. A few children enjoyed hula-hoops on the courthouse lawn, in the rain, as the band played.
The shops of downtown Greensboro were open late, and ready to meet the 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 Main Street Café offered spectators special “Race Car” desserts and even to go boxes in the shape of classic cars. 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 for a short time this year. For more information about the Georgia Classic Cruisers, visit www.GeorgiaClassicCruisers.com.
Next up in Greensboro will be Downtown Trick-or-Treat from 5-7 pm on Thursday, October 31.
Downtown Greensboro will venture back in time as classic cars line North Main Street on Saturday, September 21 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 The Grains of Sand band from Athens, Georgia.
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 Main Street 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 The Grains of Sand, dancing, shopping, restaurant specials, and food concessions to enhance the street-side Cruise-In.
Registration fee for the vehicles is still only $15.00. 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 The Grains of Sand. The band will play all your favorites from Motown, Beach, Soul and of course the 50’s, 60’s and more!
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 21st , from 4-8 pm on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Greensboro.
For more information about Rock n’ Roll Cruise-In, contact the Greensboro Main Street 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.
(Greensboro, Ga. --- September 9, 2013) The word is out: Grains of Sand Bandfrom Athens, Georgia will be performing at this year’s Rock ‘n Roll Cruise-In, September 21st , 4-8 pm! It’s time to party in historic downtown Greensboro!
The Grains of Sand Band, an energetic, experienced group of musicians whose charisma and enthusiasm packs the dance floor while keeping their audience groovin’ to the beat, will delight attendees this year! Strong vocals added to the driving rhythm of the percussion and brass give the band a full sound and allows them to play a wide range of memorable tunes from beach, soul, Motown and of course the favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s. So, dust off your dancing shoes, practice your “cool moves” and plan to dance the night away under the stars in downtown Greensboro!
Over 150 classic, antique, hot rod, streetrod, muscle cars and special interest vehicles from across the state will be lining the historic streets, stories of “I remember when…” and plenty of laugher and “oohs and ahhhs” will be the tone of the night . While enjoying these vehicles, remember that the owners have spent long hours turning that broken down, rust bucket into a “work of art” just for the love of the car and the memories it brings back. They all have a story, so take the time to ask them about their cars!
The evening is perfect for a family outing or a gathering of friends. Bring your lawn chairs and quilts or enjoy the bales of hay set out for your convenience. Food galore is available at our local restaurants. For your shopping pleasure, downtown businesses are open and offering specials for the evening.
The city streets close at 2:00 p.m. to get ready for the event and cars begin arriving at 3:00 p.m. Registration fee for the vehicles is still only $15.00 and registrants receive a dash plaque. Jimmy Britt Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and The Yesterday Cafe in Greensboro sponsor the top 25 awards again this year. The Georgia Classic Cruisers of Greensboro and the Greensboro Main Street Program are sponsoring the event. See you Saturday, September 21st, 4-8 p.m.!
Popular Downtown Event Scheduled for 4-8 pm, September 21
On September 21st downtown Greensboro will host the annual Rock and Roll classic car cruise-in. This very popular event, which draws over 100 cars and 1000 spectators each year, will take place in the historic downtown area. It will feature awards and door prizes for participants, live music by theThe Grains of Sand band for both participants and spectators and plenty of food at local restaurants. The Cruise-In will run from 4-8 pm, so come join the fun on what is expected to be another great evening in Greensboro.
All spectators are free and will enjoy classic cars from the pre-50’s, muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s and a variety of sports cars. The shops of Downtown Greensboro will stay open late to welcome visitors from as far away as Macon, Atlanta and Augusta.
The Grains of Sand Band, based out of Athens, GA, is an energetic, experienced group of musicians whose charisma and enthusiasm packs the dance floor while keeping their audience groovin’ to the beat! The band’s strong vocals added to the driving rhythm of the percussion and brass gives the group a full sound and allows them to play a wide range of memorable tunes like Beach, Soul and Motown. So, dust off your dancing shoes, practice your “cool moves” and plan to dance the night away under the stars in downtown Greensboro!
The Georgia Classic Cruisers Car Club has been hard at work planning this event along with the help and support of the Greensboro Better Hometown Program and are looking forward to another successful cruise-in. The Cruise-in is sponsored byJimmy Britt Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac and The Yesterday Café. Support from these sponsors make possible the much anticipated Cruise In awards for participants.
Please add September 21st from 4-8 pm to your calendar and plan to support another great community event. For questions you can contact Greensboro Main Street program at (706) 453-7674 or Ron Hazzard at (706) 467-9306.
Audience Delighted by Live Music
(Greensboro, Ga. – July 1, 2013) Despite the weather forecast on June 28, a record crowd attended the second annual Pickin’ on the Greene.
Just as the road closures began that afternoon, the dark clouds rolled into Greensboro with the idea of heavy rain, thunder and lightening. However, just as the event started the skies began to clear and the music began filling the streets of downtown.
People from near and far drove to Greensboro, Ga. to enjoy music by local favorite, Pullin’ Strings and Dahlonega natives, The Fiddleheads. The courthouse lawn and most of North Main Street were filled with people who came out to see a great performance.
“It is really a wonderful thing when the local community bears the threat of bad weather to come support a local event” states Kendrick Harris, Event Coordinator for the Greensboro Better Hometown program. “I was thrilled with the turnout and believe this event will continue to be a summer favorite for the residents of Greene county and other surrounding areas.”
Pullin’ Strings kicked off the entertainment line-up for Pickin’ on the Greene at 7pm. The band’s music spans different genres, such as folk, bluegrass, rock, country and gospel. The group is made up of Marvin Payne, Sibley Bryan, Brian Doty and Robert Lewis, who all live, work and play in Greene County.
The Fiddleheads are based out of Dahlonega, Ga. and blends bluegrass and urban sound, which entertained the crowd with great music and unique cover songs. The band found national acclaim as contestants on the hit reality show, America’s Got Talent.
“The Fiddleheads delighted the audience for a solid two hours,” comments Harris. “I believe their younger style was a fresh look at today’s bluegrass music.”
In addition to the great live music, Pickin’ on the Greene highlighted area community and non-profit groups. The Circle of Friends Humane Society brought dogs up for adoption, 4-H had a bake sale, Relay for Life had a “make your own” trail mix bar, Liberty United Methodist Ladies sold homemade ice cream and Christ City of Faith had barbecue ribs and chicken.
“We have outstanding charities and community groups that help make Greensboro a vibrant city,” adds Harris. “I was glad Greensboro could showcase some of our wonderful local organizations. “
This was also the first year Pickin’ on the Greene had a T-shirts for sale and a cash bar outside of Festival Hall. T-shirts sold for $15 the night of the event and if you didn’t get a chance to pick up an event T-shirt they are still available in the Chamber of Commerce for a limited time.
Greensboro Better Hometown and the Downtown Merchants would like to thank DOCK 103.9 and Lake Country 94.7 for supporting Pickin’ on the Greene.
Up next for downtown Greensboro is the 6th Annual Back to School Bash on August 3. For more information, please visit www.greeneb2sb.weebly.com.
Downtown Greensboro's Family Friendly Evne
(Greensboro, Ga. – June 21, 2013) Gather your family, friends and neighbors for a toe-tapping good time in Downtown Greensboro this Friday. The Greensboro Better Hometown Program in partnership with the Greensboro Business Association will present Pickin’ on the Greene from 7-10 pm on Friday, June 28 in the streets of Downtown Greensboro. Don’t miss this free family friendly event!
Pickin’ on the Greene is the newest event in downtown’s line-up. The free family-friendly event will feature live entertainment by The Fiddleheads and special guest Pullin’ Strings in North Main Street along with children’s activities, tractor pulled hay ride, official Pickin’ on the Greene T-Shirts, festival food and of course shopping and dining; all set against the backdrop of Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
Pullin’ Strings will kick off the entertainment line-up for Pickin’ on the Greene at 7pm. The band’s music spans different genres, such as folk, bluegrass, rock, country and gospel. The group is made up of Marvin Payne, Sibley Bryan, Brian Doty and Robert Lewis who all live, work and play in Greene County.
“I am excited to participate in Pickin’ on the Greene again this year,” remarks Marvin Payne, doghouse bass player for Pullin’ Stings. “ It is a great community event with lots of activity and great music!”
The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega, Georgia. The band began in 2009 and wows audiences with their renditions of traditional bluegrass ballads, modern rock, and songs from the pinnacle of 80′s pop music.
In 2011, The Fiddleheads performed for millions of people on America’s Got Talent TV show and made it all the way to the quarterfinals with their version of “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
“The Fiddleheads are sure to put on a lively show for Greensboro,” comments Better Hometown Event Coordinator Kendrick Harris. “Their take on popular music turned bluegrass is a lot of fun. They are upbeat and great entertainment for people of all ages.”
In addition to great live music, Pickin’ on the Greene will highlight area community and non-profit groups. Several groups will be around selling great items. Christ City of Faith will have a booth selling great BBQ, Greene County 4-H will have wonderful baked goodies, and Liberty United Methodist Church will be selling homemade ice cream. Also expect to see Paw Paw’s peanuts selling boiled and roasted peanuts and Cool Treats selling popsicles and shaved iced. Circle of Friends Animal Society will have pet items for sell as well as their pet adoption. There will also be an old fashion hayride for kids and adults alike. In addition, Festival Hall will provide a cash bar for the evening on its outdoor plaza.
“We have outstanding charities and community groups that help make Greensboro a vibrant city,” adds Harris. “One goal for the event is to showcase local non-profit organizations as vendors. “
New this year is official Pickin’ on the Greene merchandise! This year we will have shirts for sell for only $15! Stop by our tent to receive your official Pickin' on the Greene shirt.
Also, be sure to check out our local merchants in the official Pickin’ on the Greene shirt. Many merchants will be open late, such as, Traditions Old and New, Genuine Georgia, Main Street Café, Los Torres Mexican grill, The Yesterday Café, Dreamcatchers Antiques, and many others.
Pickin’ on the Greene is a free community event that you will not want to miss! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy live music, great food from community organizations, and relax with your friends, family and neighbors, all in Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
Greensboro Better Hometown and the Downtown Merchants would like to thank DOCK 103.9 and Lake County 94.7 for their continued support for Pickin’ on the Greene.
For more information about Pickin’ on the Greene, please contact the Greensboro Better Hometown Office at (706) 453-7674. Pickin’ on the Greene is online! Search for DowntownGreensboroGA to find our Facebook page and keep up with all of the latest updates from Lake Oconee’s Hometown.
Pullin' Strings Excited to Perform June 28
(Greensboro, GA-June 13, 2013) For the local musicians who make up Pullin’ Strings, sharing the stage with the Dahlonega band The Fidlleheads, 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 second annual Pickin’ on the Greene will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, June 28 with headliner The Fiddleheads and special guest Pullin’ Strings. The free event will showcase historic downtown Greensboro as Americana and Bluegrass tunes fill Main Street.
Dahlonega-based The Fiddleheads band is widely known for their appearance on “America’s Got Talent” TV show. The band is known for their bluegrass rendition of Brittney Spear’s “Toxic” as well as other well-known current pop, 80’s and 90’s songs turned bluegrass.
Opening for The Fiddleheads is local favorite Americana group, Pullin’ Strings.
“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.”
Pullin’ Strings will kick off the entertainment line-up for Pickin’ on the Greene. The band’s music spans different genres, such as folk, bluegrass, rock, country and gospel. The group is made up of Marvin Payne, Sibley Bryan, Brian Doty and Robert Lewis who all live, work and play in Greene County.
In addition to great live music, Pickin’ on the Greene will highlight area community groups and non-profits. The 4-H will be selling baked goods and PawPaw’s Peanuts will be on hand selling everyone’s favorites such as boiled peanuts. In addition, Festival Hall will provide a cash bar for the evening on its outdoor plaza.
Local groups can register to participate in the event by contacting the Greensboro Better Hometown Office, 706-453-7674
“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 Better Hometown Office at (706) 453-7674.
(Greensboro, GA-June 9, 2013) All Greene County community organizations are invited to be a part of Downtown Greensboro’s summer event, “Pickin’ on the Greene”.
Greensboro’s second annual “Pickin’ on the Greene” will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, June 28 with headliner The Fiddleheads and special guest Pullin’ Strings. The free event will showcase historic downtown Greensboro as Americana and Bluegrass tunes fill Main Street.
The Better Hometown 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 Better Hometown Event Coordinator, Kendrick Harris. “One goal for the event is to showcase local non-profit organizations as vendors. “
Several groups are already slated to participate. PaPa’s Peanuts will be on hand selling boiled and roasted peanuts. Circle of Friends Animal Society will have pet items for sell as well as their pet adoption. In addition, Festival Hall will provide a cash bar for the evening on its outdoor plaza.
The "Pickin’ on the Greene" planning committee still needs organizations to sell hamburgers and hotdogs, sponsor a jump house for the event, 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 Better Hometown 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 Harris. “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 Better Hometown Office at (706) 453-7674 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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