See Lancaster pleased with sales of 2008 ornament

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By The Staff

See Lancaster staff members are tallying the total sales of this year’s Christmas ornament, the ninth in the series of ornaments each depicting a historical location in the county.  

The ornament features Kilburnie, the inn at Craig Farm.

The 15 outlets that sold the ornaments for See Lancaster reported decent sales, despite worries that the economy would have an impact on the shopping habits of customers over the holiday period.

This was the first time that locations in both Heath Springs and Kershaw sold the ornaments, and stores reported a great deal of interest in the ornament.

As a nonprofit organization, See Lancaster, which promotes the county, is always looking for ways to supplement the funding it receives from the city of Lancaster and Lancaster County. The ornament sales each year make up a large part of that fundraising effort.

“So many people make collecting the new ornament a part of their holiday tradition. It really is quite exciting when the new one is released,” said Sylvia Hudson, See Lancaster welcome center and gift shop hostess.

The subject on the ornament is always kept a secret until the official unveiling, which was held at The Artisan Center on Main Street on Nov. 6.

The 10th in the series will be unveiled in 2009, and See Lancaster is hoping to make it an extra special event. Details will be announced later in the year.

Although ornaments are no longer available for sale at the retail outlets, all of the ornaments are available year round at the See Lancaster gift shop at the Springs House at Gay and Main streets.

Mugs, pins, a variety of local books and literature and the newly released Main Street T-shirts are also available.