All Things Bright and BAC
Journal: November - December 2003
Washington D.C. was the setting for a celebration of all things BAC, including the long-awaited Finals of the BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, a national museum exhibition, a masonry festival for family and kids, and a tribute to BAC President and IMI Labor Co-Chair John J. Flynn and IMI Management Co-Chair Eugene George. The rich program even prompted Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams to proclaim October 18th as “BAC/IMI Masonry Appreciation Day.”
The centerpiece was the BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, held October 18, with 29 top BAC apprentices competing in brick, stone, tile, marble, plaster, and cement finishing. The event culminated in an emotion-packed Awards Dinner that evening, with each winner taking home prizes, including new Ford F-150 pick-up trucks for the first place winner in each craft category.
Other BAC crafts – terrazzo, mosaic, and restoration – were featured in demonstrations conducted alongside the concurrent Masonry Mania Family Festival, which included hands-on activities and educational exhibits about BAC and the masonry crafts, and the “Masonry Variations” exhibit.
All of these events were held at the National Building Museum, America’s premier cultural institution dedicated to architecture, design, engineering, and construction, and a masonry masterpiece. It was packed with members of the BAC Executive Council, IMI Board of Trustees, BAC and IMI staff, and the general public, including lots of amazed craftworkers-in-the-making.
On October 17, friends and colleagues gathered to honor the innovators behind such remarkable accomplishments, IMI Co-Chairs John J. Flynn and Eugene George, and to advance the development of the National Training Center and Masonry Camp in Fort Ritchie, Maryland.