Photos: Blowing Rock Chamber Recognizes 2015 Award Winners at Annual Luncheon

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

Story and Photos by Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Snow fell quietly around the Meadowbrook Inn on Tuesday as friends and colleagues celebrated the annual awards luncheon hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

It may have been cold outside, but warm welcomes abounded as entrepreneurs and local leaders convened to recognize the hardworking folks behind some of 2015’s most active projects and campaigns.

Piedmont Federal Savings Bank served as the event’s presenting sponsor.

The Piedmont Federal team is pictured after the chamber's awards luncheon at Meadowbrook Inn and Suites on Feb. 9 in Blowing Rock.

The Piedmont Federal team is pictured after the chamber’s awards luncheon at Meadowbrook Inn and Suites on Feb. 9 in Blowing Rock.

“Piedmont has been in this area of Blowing Rock for over 40 years. We were here back before it was a very popular place to be, and we’re committed to the area,” said Piedmont Federal President and CEO Ric Wagner. “It’s a great group of people and a lot of great businesses. To support the chamber makes sense.”

A team of regional leaders from Piedmont Federal joined the festivities in support of the chamber, its members and this year’s award-winners.

“I just love the entrepreneurial spirit and I think it’s great when these businesses are recognized for working so hard in the community,” said Piedmont Federal’s Ginger Salt. “It’s important to be a role model, and I think it helps other businesses to hear the positive message.”

Blowing Rock Chamber Awards

Chamber Executive Director Charles Hardin welcomed the crowd early in the day and was followed by a message from Wagner and an invocation from Mayor J.B. Lawrence.

Friends old and new caught up over a meal prepared by Chef Jay Nolan as Renaissance II Productions’ Blake Pace provided entertainment from the piano.

Chamber President for 2016 Melissa Pickett delivered an encouraging message, inspiring the group to look forward to continued growth through kindness and care.

The words “Pay It Forward,” which she has chosen as her overarching message for the upcoming year, were displayed on the screen behind her.

Tracy Brown then took to the podium and served as emcee for this year’s awards ceremony, which honored several local businesses and the men and women behind them for outstanding service in 2015.

Jewel, Bill and Caroline Magee show off the Blowing Rock Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 9 at Meadowbrook.

Jewel, Bill and Caroline Magee show off the Blowing Rock Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 9 at Meadowbrook.

“You always want to acknowledge excellence and people that go and achieve above and beyond,” Wagner said. “I think it’s really important, and it gives those of us who are trying to strive for those goals an opportunity to shoot for them.”

Among the award-winners were Bill and Jewel Magee and their daughter, Caroline, owners and operators of The Dulcimer Shop, which has been sharing the rich tradition of the instrument with folks visiting the High Country for many years.

“Bill’s mom and dad started the shop in ’71 and Bill and I have been involved in it for a long time. We were schoolteachers and we would come up in the summers,” Jewel said. “When we retired from teaching, we moved here and took it over. We have really loved it and we meet the nicest people from all over the world.”

The Magees are in the process of closing the store after 45 years of business in order to spend more time with their grandchildren. While closing the shop has been bittersweet, they are grateful for the time they were able to put into it and they were excited to know the chamber has recognized its legacy.

“It’s sort of like mission work, in some ways, in terms of getting the word out about that little instrument. Watauga County is very rich in dulcimer tradition and there have been some very well-known makers since the early late 1800s, mostly mountain dulcimers but some hammered dulcimers, too,” Jewel said. “A lot of people have come through the shop and learned how to play the dulcimer. It’s just a really wonderful gift to have the opportunity to meet these folks and share the instrument and its history.”

For more information on the chamber, visit blowingrockncchamber.com.

Check out this year’s Blowing Rock Chamber award winners below, followed by additional photos from the luncheon.

American Legion Hall

Commercial Renovation Award

Presented by 4 Forty Four, Inc.

Blowing Rock Town Manager Scott Fogleman accepts the chamber's Commercial Renovation Ward on behalf of the American Legion Hall.

Blowing Rock Town Manager Scott Fogleman accepts the chamber’s Commercial Renovation Ward on behalf of the American Legion Hall.

Other nominees for this award, which recognizes an outstanding commercial renovation completed in 2015, included Rustique and Sunny Rock/Foggy Rock.

 High Gravity Adventures

Commercial Construction Award

Presented by United Community Bank

Carson Rivers accepts the chamber's award for commercial construction on behalf of High Gravity Adventures.

Carson Rivers accepts the chamber’s award for commercial construction on behalf of High Gravity Adventures.

Other nominees for this award, which recognizes outstanding new buildings completed in 2015, included the Blowing Rock School Playground and the Memorial Park Rotary Gazebo.

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Cultural Enrichment Award

Presented by Renaissance II Productions

Lee Carol Giduz accepts the chamber's cultural enrichment award on behalf of BRAHM.

Lee Carol Giduz accepts the chamber’s cultural enrichment award on behalf of BRAHM.

This award recognizes the business or organization that has made a significant cultural contribution in the year 2015. Other nominees included the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show and Ensemble Stage.

Rotary Club of Blowing Rock

Service to the Community Award

Presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Basil Kuzyzsyn accepts the chamber's award for service to the community on behalf of the Rotary Club.

Basil Kuzyzsyn accepts the chamber’s award for service to the community on behalf of the Rotary Club.

This award recognizes businesses or organizations that make a positive contribution to the Blowing Rock community through volunteerism, philanthropy and community service. Other nominees for this award included 4 Forty Four, Appalachian Ski Mountain and VPC Builders.

Memorial Park

Winter Wonderland Lighting Award

Presented by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp.

Town Manager Scott Fogleman accepts the chamber's award for Winter Wonderland Lighting on behalf of Memorial Park.

Town Manager Scott Fogleman accepts the chamber’s award for Winter Wonderland Lighting on behalf of Memorial Park.

Other nominees for this award included Samaritan’s Purse and the Inn at Ragged Gardens.

Cathy Robbins

Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award

Presented by First Citizens Bank

Cathy Robbins accepts the Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award.

Cathy Robbins accepts the Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award.

This award celebrates the enthusiasm of the community’s most ardent supporter and is presented to someone who gives selflessly and exemplifies the spirit of the late Jerry Burns. Other nominees for this award included David Rogers and Wayne Underwood.

Robbins also received an award for serving on the chamber’s board for more than seven years.

The Dulcimer Shop

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by Monkee’s of Blowing Rock

The Magee family of The Dulcimer Shop receives the chamber's Lifetime Achievement award.

The Magee family of The Dulcimer Shop receives the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Annette Goudeau

2015 Volunteer of the Year

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 Kilwins

2015 Business of the Year

Cathy WIlliams accepts the Business of the Year award on behalf of Kilwins.

Cathy WIlliams accepts the Business of the Year award on behalf of Kilwins.

 

More photos from the Feb. 9 awards luncheon at Meadowbrook Inn.

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