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Heritage and Horizon Awards honor pair of businesses

The Inter-Mountain photos by Dan Geohagan The Old Brick Playhouse was represented at the Heritage and Horizon Awards Thursday by, from left, Deb Smith, education associate; Cate Blumenfeld, art associate; Katie Varchetto; Missy McCollam, director; and Phil Smith, assistant director.

ELKINS — Elkins Main Street hosted its annual Heritage and Horizon Awards reception Thursday evening at Graceland Inn on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

The awards given out recognized two businesses for their service and selflessness to the community.

This year’s Heritage Award recipient was The Old Brick Playhouse and its owner, Missy Armentrout McCollam. The Old Brick has provided arts education locally, regional and internationally since 1991.

The Playhouse offers quality productions at the theater on Davis Avenue, original shows that tour the local elementary schools, afterschool programs and job opportunities for local actors, while hosting a variety of functions to encourage community involvement.

” I think it’s a challenge to maintain a small non-profit in rural America and the fact that we have been able to do it for over 30 years is exciting for us,” McCollam said. “We were really excited and honored to win this award and frankly just proud of ourselves to be able to stay open that long. We are also proud of every student that has ever come through, because without them our success would not be possible.”

S&T’s Bees owners Stephanie and Tim Bender were honored at the Heritage and Horizon Awards Thursday.

The Horizon Award was presented to S&T’s Bee’s and its owners, Stephanie and Tim Bender. S&T’s Bee’s has supplied the community with premium bee keeping products, quality homemade product, and exceptional gifts for five years downtown.

“This is our fifth year and we started in about a 200-square foot area in Mill Creek and moved to Elkins within a year,” Bender said. “Once we got in to Elkins we got bigger space.”

Bender creates opportunities for education, crafts and fun with the variety of events, demonstrations and classes offered at the store at 119 Third Street. Customers come back again for the welcoming environment and unique local crafts.

“I don’t do anything in this community to receive an award,” Bender said. “I do this because this is my community and it is always good to give back.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Elkins Main Street and support programming to grow the vibrant downtown experience. For more information, call 304-637-4803 or follow Elkins Main Street on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.