OLEAN, NY – The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to the community for ideas for its 2020 Santa Claus Lane ornament. Ornament sales fund the holiday lights downtown, which are lit from November to early January. The 2020 ornament will be the 25th in a series created by artist Kathleen McDonald.
Every year, the Santa Claus Lane committee chooses the landmark to be designed on the 31/2-inch circular resin ornament. The artist sketches the layout from photos provided by chamber officials and creates a prototype. Once the prototype is approved, work begins with the process of pouring and hand-painting each piece. The ornaments arrive in Olean, individually boxed, with a brief description of the ornament.
Below is a list of several buildings that have been suggested to be an ornament: Rock City Park; Bartlett Country Club; Christopher Columbus Lodge; Dal Tile Plant; Downtown Deli; Governor Higgins Mansion; Lincoln Diner; Olean House; Paul's Steakhouse; PickUps; St. Mary's School; Thatcher Plant Factory and Warner's Pizza.
Past ornaments include (starting in 1999) the Olean Municipal Building; the Fannie E. Bartlett House; St. Mary of the Angels Church; Olean High School; St. Stephen’s Church; St. Bonaventure University; a depiction of Santa Claus Lane; Olean General Hospital; Olean Post Office; Community Bank; Ivers J. Norton; the Castle Restaurant; St. Francis Hospital; Chuck Wagon Restaurant; Palace Theater; Boardmanville Elementary; Red and Trudys; North Union Street street scape (1st hundred block west side); Olean Class Cars; Cloud 9 Amusement Park; Bradners Stadium; Henry H. Hill; Archbishop Walsh and Beef ‘n’ Barrel Restaurant.
“The committee wants community input on this ornament – what do you want to see in the ornament,” GOACC Chief Operating Officer Meme K. Yanetsko stated.