New Harmonies Coming Next Month

The city of Toccoa is preparing to welcome the “New Harmonies” exhibit next month.

The Currahee Military Museum and Toccoa Main Street, in cooperation with the Georgia Humanities Council, are bringing the “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit.

“New Harmonies” is a traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution.

Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said it covers the history of American music.

“You see a history of American music throughout the display,” said Crosby. “It is a very interactive display with a lot of spots where you can stop and listen. It has a lot of pictures. It is a really interesting exhibit. It is something that is appropriate for children as well as adults.”

She went on to say that the exhibit does have some direct Toccoa ties.

“There are two of our local musicians featured in it,” said Crosby. “They are Ida Cox and the Famous Flames and James Brown and Bobby Byrd.”

The “New Harmonies” exhibit will arrive in Toccoa on December 8 and remain open to the public at the Currahee Military Museum through January 26, 2013.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Crosby said organizers are planning a number of musical events.

“While the exhibit is here, we are spotlighting music, not just from here in Toccoa, but from the region as well,” said Crosby. “Every Friday night and Saturday, we will be having special performances at the Schaefer Center.”

She said Friday nights will be performances, while Saturdays at 2 p.m., there will be some type of workshop related to music.

The exhibit will be free to the public and be on display in the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room at the Currahee Military Museum, located at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa.

The grand opening will be on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Allen Room.