The Sampson County History Museum will be the beneficiary of more than $3,000 in proceeds from last week’s “It’s a Wonderful Christmas in the City,” a combination of the money raised through the Chamber-sponsored silent auction, as well as horse-drawn carriage and hayrides that went on throughout the night.
The event featured everything from carolers to carriage rides, gingerbread decorating to a visit to Christmases past. Kris Kringle himself even made a visit as part of the festivities in downtown Clinton last Thursday, which organizers said proved a success.
The History Museum was open to the public the whole night, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, for its Christmas open house. Luminaries and old-fashioned lanterns guided the way as guests explored events in history in the many buildings on the museum property, all of which were decked out in holiday attire. A reception, free to the public, and silent auction also took place on the museum grounds.
“This year, we raised $1,070,” said Janna Bass, executive director for the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the auction. That was just under the $1,250 raised last year, but Bass said she was pleased, thanking everyone who donated and submitted bids as part of the auction.
“We hope to continue to give the History Museum money to help them get exhibits and draw people in,” said Bass. “I think it was a great experience.”
As the auction and open house was held at the museum, just down Lisbon Street there were horse-drawn carriage and hay rides running throughout the night. Hubb’s Corn Maze and the Sampson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) sponsored hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides, respectively, both of which served not only to ring in the season but also raised funds for the History Museum.
CVB director Vickie Crane said the outcome of the rides, which stayed busy during a balmy December night, was a great success.
“We will be presenting a check for the History museum after the first of the year for $2,000,” Crane said. “We did very well with the hayrides and the carriage rides and the red wagon rides. So we were very pleased with the results.”
That check is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the History Museum in February.
Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.