Ornament celebrates Quassy's 100th Holiday piece features rides, view of lake

BY MATTHEW O'ROURKE, REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

MIDDLEBURY — Although Quassy Amusement Park may be closed for the season, residents can find a lasting way to celebrate the park's centennial year — on Christmas trees.

The park is featured on the Middlebury Lions Club 2008 town holiday ornament. The ornament features the Quassy carousel, other rides and a view of Lake Quassapaug.

The Lions began to order the handcrafted ornaments five years ago as a fundraiser, according to Health Director Raymond Sullivan, a club member.

Proceeds from ornament sales go to charitable organizations in town like the Boy and Girl Scouts and Southbury- Middlebury Youth and Family Services.

Sullivan hand sketches each design, then sends it to Hestia Creations of Marblehead, Mass., which specializes in handmade acrylic ornaments.

Past designs have included children sledding down the hill next to Shepardson Community Center, ice skaters at Fenn's Pond off Route 64 and a view of the Town Green for Middlebury's bicentennial celebration last year.

"Their designs are so classically different from a lot of ornaments," Sullivan said. "We've just been very impressed with the quality of their products."

Each ornament costs $25 with a display stand, and $20 for the ornament alone.

The ornaments are available at Sullivan's Fine Jewelers and Larry's Discount Liquors on Middlebury Road, the tax collector's office in Town Hall on Whittemore Road and the Parks and Recreation Department in the Shepardson Community Center.