The Downtown Merchants Association decided to celebrate DOWNTOWN Cape Girardeau’s historic structures and DESTINATIONS through a series of collectible ornaments starting in 1997. When the DMA merged with Old Town Cape, Old Town Cape continued the tradition, Toni Eftink, project manager, said. [Toni’s the one who wanted me to capitalize DOWNTOWN and DESTINATIONS, so I guess there’s something special about that phrasing.]
This year’s ornament depicts Schultz School, the old high school on Pacific that has been turned into Schultz Senior Apartments.
How to order
The ornament sells for $30 with a display stand like the one pictured or for $25 without the stand (not including shipping). This link will take you to an order form.
If you have any questions, you can call Old Town Cape at 573-334-8085 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org . Here is the Old Town Cape website.
If you decide to buy an ornament, let my OTC friends know you heard about them here.
2009 was The Glenn House
Toni said that each ornament is hand-crafted and painted by Hestia Creations in Massachusetts, so no two ornaments are exactly alike. About 400 to 500 ornaments a year are ordered. It’s turned into one of the most popular and largest fundraisers for the organization.
It’s a good fit. The ornaments recognize and promote landmark buildings in Cape; Old Town Cape’s goal is to revitalize the downtown area.
Some ornaments are sold out
Some of the ornaments in the photo gallery have been sold out, so don’t wait too long to place your order. The ornaments that aren’t available as of this writing are 1997 Clock and Courthouse, 1998 Academic Hall, 1999 Old Mississippi River Bridge, 2003 Emerson Bridge and 2005 Southeast Missourian Building.
Photo gallery of Old Town Cape ornaments
Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.