Athens AL Main Street

The Heart & Spirit of Limestone County

Awards

2016 Main Street Alabama Awards
• Excellence in Fundraising for the event A High Cotton Homecoming with Roger Murrah and Friends, which netted about $7,000 for Athens Arts League to support its downtown non-profit art incubator called High Cotton Arts. Murrah, an award-winning songwriter and Athens native, hosted the concert.

• Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships for projects done with Lowe’s of Athens. The local Lowe’s store donated Christmas trees to the City of Athens in 2015, and in turn, the city worked with Spirit of Athens, Athens-Limestone Tourism, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and Limestone County Archives to create the inaugural North Pole Stroll. Lowe’s also donates the use of plants to decorate for downtown events and helped improve the Limestone County Farmers Market in downtown Athens.

• Excellence in Business Promotions for Fridays After Five, a merchant driven event where downtown businesses stay open later on the second Fridays of each month from July through September. Spirit of Athens coordinates the event and has music, artists and vendors.

• Excellence in Architectural Design for the City of Athens and its new City Hall, which opened this year in downtown and replaced a 1955 structure. City Hall’s design is based on the Greek revival architecture prevalent in the downtown area and historic districts. City Hall will include a tribute to the late Judge James Horton who presided over a Scottsboro Boys defendant’s re-trial and overturned a guilty jury verdict, leading to the end of his political career. Horton’s home was at the City Hall site in the 1930s during the trial and was later moved to Greenbrier. The Horton family donated the land to the city for public use. In addition, iconic sites, many from the downtown area, are showcased at City Hall on canvas prints photographed by local artist Randal Peek.

• Community Award for Athens-Limestone Community Association, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving and promoting the Trinity/Fort Henderson historic site near Downtown Athens. Fort Henderson was a Civil War fort built by ex-slaves and later served as the site of Limestone County’s only all-black high school. Trinity School closed amid integration in 1970 and fell into disrepair. The association has worked with the community to restore part of the school and open the Pincham-Lincoln Community Center. Spirit of Athens works with ALCA to promote its events held in Downtown Athens.


Other Awards…
2015 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Business Promotion” for Fridays After Five
2015  Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Fundraising” with Athens Arts League for High cotton homecoming with Roger Murrah and friends
2015 Main Street Alabama “excellence in Private/public partnerships for work with Lowe’s
2015 Main Street Alabama community award for community partner Athens-Limestone Community Association
2015 Peak Award for  “Organization of the year” by Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association
2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Saturday Market 
Received State Certification for Athens Saturday Market in 2014
2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Fundraising” for Dinner in the Orchard event featuring Alabama Shakes
2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Volunteer Development” 
2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Private/Public Partnerships” for work with H.C. Blake on High Cotton Arts 
2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Business Promotion” for Sippin’ Cider 
2014 SOA Director, Trisha Black, Main Street Alabama Leadership Award
2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Grease Festival 
2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships” for collaboration on downtown improvement projects with Athens Rotary 
2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Grease Festival
2012 Athens Grease Festival  Named “one of Alabama’s oddest festivals” by al.com

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