OLEAN, N.Y. — Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, a depiction of the Beef ‘n’ Barrel Restaurant.
Through the ornament sales, holiday lights are funded and can be lit in Olean from November to early January. The ornament, in a series created by artist Kathleen McDonald, is $25.
Many of the previously made ornaments are still available with a limited inventory. The first to be unveiled was the Olean Municipal Building. In 2000, the Fannie E. Bartlett House was depicted, followed in 2001 with St. Mary of the Angels Church. Olean High School came next in 2002, St. Stephen’s Church in 2003 (sold out), St. Bonaventure University in 2004, and in 2005, a depiction of Santa Claus Lane. In 2006, the Olean General Hospital was created, in 2007, the ornament was the Olean Post Office, 2008 was Community Bank, NA with 2009 Ivers J. Norton.
The next ornaments are 2010 Castle Restaurant, 2011 St. Francis Hospital, 2012 Chuck Wagon Restaurant, 2013 Palace Theater, 2014 Boardmanville Elementary and 2015 Reds and Trudys. There were two in 2016 a depiction of North Union Street and of Olean Class Cars; 2017, the ornament was Cloud 9 Amusement Park, and in 2018, the ornament was Bradner Stadium. These past ornaments are available at the Chamber office and can be purchased online at https://shop.oleanny.com/.
Every year, the Santa Claus Lane committee chooses the landmarks to be designed on the 3 1/2 inch circular resin ornament. The artist sketches the layout from photos provided by Chamber officials and a prototype is created. Once the prototype is approved, work begins with the process of pouring and hand-painting each piece. The ornaments arrive in Olean, individually boxed and numbered, with a brief description of the ornament.
The GOACC event committee decided to do two ornaments this year — Archbishop Walsh Academy is the next ornament to be unveiled in a few weeks. The new ornaments are available at the Chamber office at 301 North Union Street.
Ornaments can also be shipped outside Olean for an additional $6 for shipping/handling charges per ornament. For more information on the ornament or Santa Claus Lane activities, please call GOACC at 716/372-4433, stop in the office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.