UP AND COMING EVENT DATES:

Lt. Governor’s Tourism Summit 2014 – August 26th – 28th
Jesse James Festival – September 19th & 20th (Parade 11:00 am)
Fall Bluegrass Festival–October 1st– 4th (Chamber hosts the Wed. night meal Oct 1st)
Between the Rivers Garage sale October 4th (Linda Alexander & Alisha Owens-Goodwill)
ULM Choir November 20th
Chamber Holiday Dinner November 18th
Shop Small Saturday – November 29th (Parade 2:00 pm)

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday September 16th 5:30 pm

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Jessie James Festival Sept. 19-20 in Oak Grove

Oak Grove Downtown Development is slated to host its 10th Annual Jessie James Outlaw Roundup Festival 2014 Main Street Oak Grove, LA September 19-20, in Oak Grove, La.

Festival Contacts are Shirley Key: (318) 428-4448; or (318) 282-1542 Karen McEntire: 428-1001 or (318) 789-2465; Vicki Clarkson: 428-4819.

Applications for vendors and the parade are available at Lighthouse Graphics, 105 N Briggs in Oak Grove and on our Facebook page, Jesse James Outlaw Roundup Festival.

Anyone setting up a space on city sidewalks in the historical district is required to fill out an application from the festival committee with the exception of merchants who display their own merchandise from their store. Jesse James Outlaw Roundup Festival, P.O. Box 1185, Oak Grove, LA 71263

 

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Media Advisory: OG City Government Ceremonial Inaguration June 30 at Harvest Assembly

Ceremonial Inauguration Slated for June 30th at Harvest Assembly

 

OAK GROVE, La. — The Ceremonial Inauguration for the newly elected Town Council of Oak Grove, Louisiana and Mayor-Elect Adam Holland will take place Monday, June 30, 2014 at Harvest Assembly Church, 404 Hospital Road in Oak Grove, La. at 6 pm.

 

Program details are still begin finalized and an official press release with those details will be released next week. 

 

The event is open to the public and a reception will follow to allow the citizens a chance to meet their newly elected representatives.

 

No public funding is being used to host this event.

 

Though this is not the official release we request that you begin announcing this event in order for our constituents to be able to make schedule arrangements to attend.

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W.C. Chamber and US Small Business Administration Team up for Work Shop

For Immediate Release
W.C. Chamber of Commerce
April 30, 2014
From: Adam T. Holland 318-282-6938

W.C. Chamber and US Small Business Administration Team up for Work Shop

NEW ORLEANS — Please join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 19 at 6 PM at the Thomas Jason Lingo Center meeting room, in Oak Grove, La.

Michael Ricks, District Director of SBA’s Louisiana District Office and Melissa Daigrepont, Economic Development and Public Information Officer, will present information on government contracting certification programs, SBA loans and other resources for small business owners. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register for this event, please email Melissa.daigrepont@sba.gov.

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Sweet Potato Festival and Spring Blue Grass April 3-5 in Oak Grove, La.

Sweet Potato Festival and Spring Blue Grass April 3-5 in Oak Grove, La.

Sweet Potato Festival Contact : Todd Nevels 318-282-1549
Sweet Potato Parade Contact: Linda Sumerell 318-680-9736
Blue Grass Festival Contact: Lingo Center 318-428-5282

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Fiske Offically Named To National Registry of Historic Places

Fiske Offically Named To National Registry of Historic Places

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The West Carroll Chamber of Commerce and Holland Entertainment LLC of Oak Grove, La. were informed Thursday afternoon by the United States Parks Service that the Fiske Theatre has been approved and is now officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

“It is my honor not only the be the United States Representative but also a native of West Carroll to see the theatre I attended as a child be restored to such a stature that it has been over the last few years to be now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.” Congressman Vance McAllister said. “I commend Adam Holland for his leadership and all other community leaders that have contributed not only to restoring it to such prestige to be recognized, but also to what it has given back to a community that works so hard to maintain Louisiana’s core values that I am proud to call my hometown and birthplace.”

Congressman McAllister and Senator David Vitter both wrote letters of support to the National Parks Service on the theatre’s behalf supporting its listing on the National Registry.

“Words cannot express how big of an honor this is not just for the theatre, but for the Town of Oak Grove, our citizens and all of West Carroll Parish.” Adam Holland, W.C. Chamber Director of Special Events, and President of Holland Entertainment said. “This listing brings with it much distinction and prestige for the theatre and the town, as well as, the possibility for grants to preserve the building for our posterity.”

The Fiske is the first building in the City of Oak Grove to be listed on the National Registry. There are other buildings in town that may qualify for listing including the Legion Hut, OGHS Old Gym, and both the First Baptist and United Methodist Church to name a few.

“We are proud of Adam for all he has put into bringing the theatre back to her prime and this listing is just one more testament to the work he has done and the support that we as a chamber have received from countless people to make restoring the theatre possible.” W.C. Chamber President John Elliott said. “By having the theatre now officially listed on the National Registry we as a Chamber and the City can capitalize on this distinction and the theatre can become even more of an economic engine for our town than she already is by drawing tourist who travel the country side visiting historic places.”

The process of having the theatre listed on the National Registry began when the Chamber received the Tulane School of Architecture’s Dean’s Fund for Excellence grant in April of 2013 which funded a group of students and professors to travel to Oak Grove and study the architecture and cultural impact the theatre has had on Northeast Louisiana. The students published a book and used that information throughout the application process. Adam Holland, Doug and Rita Ainsworth along with Donald B. Fiske Jr. then represented the theatre at the November hearing of the Louisiana Historic Registry Commission where they voted unanimously to forward the nomination on the NPS.

“I’m very proud of the Fiske Theatre and the entire Oak Grove community for receiving this recognition. It’s a great tribute to Mr. Donald Fiske and all of the local leaders who have worked so hard to restore, update, and maintain such an iconic structure, and I’m pleased that it will be enjoyed for generations to come,” Senator Vitter said.

The current Fiske Theatre was built in 1950 featuring the Ultra-Moderne Art Deco style that was prevalent in movie theater construction of the time. It was designed by the late B.W. Stevens who also designed the Joy Theatre on Canal Street in New Orleans which is an almost replica of the Fiske. In 1951 it was named “The Most Modern and Well Equipped Theatre” in the United States that was constructed in 1950 by the Motion Picture Exhibitors Catalog.

The Fiske Theatre was donated to the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce in 1988 by its founder Donald B. Fiske and is currently operated by Holland Entertainment LLC. The Fiske is open each Thursday-Sunday showing a different first-run film each week.

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Fiske Gets Nomination From State Now on to NPS for Final Approval for Registry

Fiske Gets Nomination From State Now on to NPS for Final Approval for Registry

(Photo Caption: Left to Right: W.C. Chamber President H. Doug Ainsworth, Tulane School of Architecture Professor Dr. Andrew Liles, Donald B. Fiske Jr. and Adam T. Holland, Presient of Holland Entertainment at the Nov. 21 Louisiana State National Registry Review Board Hearing in Baton Rouge, La.)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Oak Grove’s own Fiske Theatre was approved in a unanimous decision for nomination to the National Registry of Historic Places, November 21 by the Louisiana State National Registry Review Board and is now waiting for notification from the United States National Park Service for final approval and listing to the National Registry.

“This is huge not only for the theatre, but for the Town of Oak Grove and everyone in West Carroll Parish,” Adam T. Holland, President of Holland Entertainment who operates the theatre for the W.C. Chamber said. “Being included on this list brings with it much prestige for the theatre and our town, along with possible grants for Historic Preservation.”

Holland was accompanied to the hearing in Baton Rouge, La. by Donald B. Fiske Jr., Chamber President H. Doug Ainsworth, Chamber Director Rita Ainsworth along with Dr. Andrew Liles and Gabrielle Begue from the Tulane School of Architecture at the hearing on Thursday.

He presented to the review board a presentation entitled “The Fiske Theatre: ‘The Anchor Holds’,” which gave a brief history of the theatre, its architecture features and its story of overcoming the odds to become once again the No. 1 Independent Movie Theatre in North Louisiana.

“In 1988 Mr. Donald Fiske entrusted the chamber with the theatre so it would be preserved for our posterity,” Chamber President H. Doug Ainsworth said. “By getting it on the registry not only will it bring his pride and joy the national prestige it deserves for its architectural and cultural contributions to West Carroll Parish and the industry, but this will protect its integrity for the generations that will follow us.”

The Fiske Theatre is being nominated on the criteria of its Architectural Contributions to Mid-Century Theatre Construction and the historical cultural impact it has had for the citizens of Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas.

The Fiske Theatre was designed by the late B. W. Stevens of New Orleans and was named the “Most Modern and Well Equipped Theater” constructed in the nation in 1950 by the Motion Picture Theatre Exhibitors Catalog. The Fiske and her almost twin The Joy on Canal Street in New Orleans are the only two remaining theatres still in operation that were designed by Stevens. Though in a state of unrepair you can also see resemblances of Mr. Stevens work and the Fiske Theatre in the Joy theatre on US 80 in Rayville.

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