“New Harmonies” Exhibit Continues in Toccoa

A traveling Smithsonian exhibit remains open to the public for the next couple of weeks in Toccoa.

The “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit will remain on display at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room through January 26.

The exhibit, which is free to view, covers the history of American music. It was brought to Toccoa through a joint effort of the Georgia Humanities Council, Stephens County Historical Society, and Main Street Toccoa program.

It opened to the public in Toccoa last month and Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that it has been very well received so far.

“In fact, we have had over 3,000 visitors and many of those have been our local school children and high school kids,” said Crosby. “Also, some of our regional schools have been there as well.”

Through January 26, the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Mitchell Allen Meeting Room is located at the historic train depot on Alexander Street in downtown Toccoa.

Meanwhile, a number of concerts and musical events have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit.

According to Crosby, two of those are coming up within the next week.

She said the first is this coming Friday, when the Corduroy Road visits Toccoa for a concert.

“It is an Athens group and many people in our area are very familiar with the group,” said Crosby. “Garrett Chism is a member and he is a Stephens County High School graduate. Actually, they played this summer for our Ida Cox Music Series and (they) were very well received. They will be here Friday night at 7 o’clock at the Schaefer Center. We invite everybody to come. It is a free concert and I am sure it will prove to be a very interesting and a very good one.”

Crosby went on to say that the second free concert is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 15, and features the Pinnacle Brass.

“It’s a brass ensemble from the Toccoa Symphony Orchestra and they have also been very popular in this area, so we invite everybody to come. It will also be at 7 o’clock at the Schaefer Center.”

The Schaefer Center is located at the corner of Broad and Doyle Streets in downtown Toccoa.

For more information on the “New Harmonies” exhibit or events surrounding the exhibit, contact Crosby at 706-282-3309 or the Stephens County Historical Society at 706-282-5055.