Pinnacle Awards Recognize Arts-Related Tourism Development and Promotion05.28.2005
Several arts-related organizations and events won top awards at the 2005 Pinnacle Awards ceremony held May 11 at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN.
James Bryant of Blountville, TN won the Volunteer Award, presented to an individual who impacts the tourism industry through time, expertise, experience, and financial support or community involvement.
Bryant helped create the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum (BCMA) at the Bristol Mall in 1999, as well as the renovation of the A.P. Carter Birthplace Cabin and its relocation to The Carter Fold near Hiltons, VA in 2004. Through his company, Bryant Label, he donates printing to the BCMA and The Carter Fold and underwrites the BCMA museum gift shop.
Also receiving Pinnacle Awards were:
— - The Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, VA for its 2004 "Highland Kaleidoscope" marketing campaign.
— - The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum for the exhibition catalogue, "The Pottery of Charles F. Decker: A Life Well Made."
Merit awards were presented to the following:
— - BCMA for its website, www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
— - Barter Theatre in Abingdon for the CD, "Keep on the Sunny Side: The Songs & Story of the Original Carter Family"
— - William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon for its 2004 Mistletoe Market
— - The Exchange Place in Kingsport, TN for the picture book, Lydia's Gift
— - Sterling Graphics in Kingsport for the Symphony of the Mountains 2004-05 season brochure
— - Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN for the poster, "The Museums of Tusculum College"
Held by the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association (NETTA) to mark National Tourism Week, the annual program pays tribute to individuals, businesses and organizations for exemplary quality and performance in tourism development and promotion.
The region is defined as the counties of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington in Tennessee and Lee, Scott, Washington and Wise counties in Virginia.
For more information, go to www.netta.com.