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Palestine Main Street unveils 2017 commemorative ornament

PALESTINE, OCTOBER 23, 2017 – The annual Palestine Main Street ornament, featuring the Texas Theater, goes on sale Saturday, Oct. 21 at various downtown locations.

Each year, Palestine’s Main Street Department releases a commemorative Christmas ornament for sale featuring a historic building from downtown.

The buildings featured are all historic, some that have been featured are no longer standing while others still are. Examples of past ornaments are the Anderson County Courthouse, the historic 1906 train depot, the old Palestine YMCA, the Carnegie library and the Old Temple Opera House, last year’s ornament selection.

"The main street advisory board looks forward to selecting which building will go on these ornaments each year," says Greg Laudadio, Palestine’s Main Street manager. "They take great pride in the selection and keep it a secret until the announcement is made to the public.

“The selection process can be tedious and after a building is agreed upon we must locate a high quality image that is suitable to be etched on to the glass ornament,” Laudadio said.

The ornaments are glass with an etched image of the building and all are individually hand numbered. There are only 300 ornaments available in this limited edition. They will be available for purchase for $10 each. Sale locations will include the Palestine visitor center and other Main Street retailers.

The proceeds from the sale of these ornaments go to beautification projects for the Main Street District and Historic Downtown Palestine. For more information call the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.

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