Annual “Do 6” Awards
Meet Our 2022 Annual “Do 6” Award Winners!
Each year at the Annual Meeting & Educational Workshop, the Alliance recognizes and celebrates just a handful of those outstanding individuals and groups through their annual “Do 6” Awards Ceremony.
These individuals, organizations, businesses, and corporations exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect, preserve and enhance the scenic, cultural, historical, and recreational resources of Pennsylvania’s northern tier.
The 2022 Annual Meeting & Educational Workshop was September 21-22 in the Heritage Community of Mansfield, PA, where we had two action-packed days of fun and learning. The theme was “Growing Together through Outdoor Recreation” and featured a variety of talented guest speakers, networking opportunities and, of course, outdoor recreation!
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Presented to a person or agency who exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances our mission through heritage development.
WINNER – Dan Glotz, Warren County. In his role as Warren County Planner and Vice President of PA Route 6, Dan is a champion of heritage tourism and the impact of outdoor recreation on the economy and quality of life throughout the Route 6 Corridor. Dan has served as chair of our Tourism and Infrastructure Committee, leading the way in the PA Route 6 Façade Program, bicycle tourism, and our effort for Byway designation. Dan currently sits on the Executive Committee of PA Route 6 Alliance and will assume the role of President following the Annual Meeting.
(Photo from left: Executive Director of PA Route 6 Alliance Candace Hillyard, Board Vice President Dan Glotz, Board President Kevin Abrams, and Board Treasurer Randy Heller.)
HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD – Presented to a group, person or organization that has demonstrated excellence in historic preservation, cultural preservation, interpretation, and/or education through cross-corridor thinking and interagency cooperation.
WINNER – Erie Arts and Culture, Erie, PA. Under the leadership of Patrick Fisher, Erie Arts & Culture helped plan and implement the first-ever Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, a year-round outdoor exhibition of art that features 15 sculptures representing 13 artists from throughout the U.S. The walk provides a way for visitors and local residents to engage in the visual arts while exploring downtown Erie and the Bayfront and has become a popular outside attraction.
(Photo from left: Patrick Fisher from Erie Arts & Culture, Christine Temple from VisitErie, and PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams)
HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD – Presented to a business or project that furthers economic and tourism development while respecting the heritage and cultural resources of the PA Route 6 Corridor.
WINNER – Lackawaxen River Trails, Wayne County. The Lackawaxen River Trails Project grew out of a grassroots movement to build on an interconnected trail system through the Heritage Communities of Honesdale, White Mill and Hawley. The River Trail concept uses the river, railroad and Rt. 6 corridor to interconnect key community resources, existing trails, recreational facilities, economic hubs and cultural opportunities.
(Photo: James Hamill of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, center, receives the Heritage Tourism Award on behalf of Molly Rodgers and the Lackawaxen River Trails. Also pictured are the Mayor of Honesdale Derek Williams, left, and PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams.)
ARTISAN OF THE YEAR AWARD – Presented to an artist or artisan group that exemplifies the goals of the PA Route 6 Artisan Trail program showing regional thinking and cooperation while promoting the arts along the corridor.
WINNER – Highland Chocolates, Wellsboro, Tioga County. Highland Chocolates is a non-profit chocolate factory and retail store that provides vocational training and employment for adults with disabilities. Highland Chocolates has worked hard to grow their facilities into a larger attraction for visitors and local residents which positively impacts tourism and the local economy.
(Photo: Representative Clint Owlett with the staff of Highland Chocolates (left to right) Kelly Irwin, Irene Morgan, and Erin Roupp, and PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams and Deb Rudy, field rep for Senator Cris Dush.)
HERITAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD – Presented to a person(s), business or organization for meaningful contributions and/or through partnerships, by enriching our communities through landscape initiatives or historic preservation.
WINNER – Lisa Glover, Honesdale, PA. Lisa has served with the Honesdale Borough Parks and Recreation Commission and has been a major supporter of the Wayne County Arts Alliance and its programs. In 2022, Lisa worked with various partners to spearhead a mural project that took a Wayne County-owned tunnel in Honesdale along Route 6 and transformed it into an amazing mural depicting what students wanted to see in their community.
(Photo: Lisa Glover with PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams.)
HERITAGE COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR – Presented to the designated Heritage Community, who are embracing their Heritage Tourism Work Plans and implementing worthwhile projects, and showing impacts and results.
WINNER – Corry, Erie County. The Corry community works to honor the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future through recently completed and ongoing projects to transform their city into a four-season destination, enhancing its small-town charm. Corry also boasts a National Historical Designation registration, announced in 2022. Corry flourishes as groups work together for the greater good to complete meaningful projects. The visible results and sustained energy from community members and groups have drawn attention to Corry as a welcoming and engaging place to live, work, and visit.
(Photo from left to right: Chuck Gray from Impact Corry, Wendy Neckers from Painted Finch Gallery in Corry, and PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams.)
See highlights from the 2022 PA Route 6 Annual Meeting & Educational Workshop.
Past “Do 6” Award Recipients:
Press Release for 2022 PA Route 6 Annual Meeting & Educational Workshop in Mansfield
Annual Meeting and Educational Summit
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