Old Vero Ice Age 2017 Ornament

Artist Arun Wijetilleke, Ornament Chairman.
Renae Senn and Founder of the Ornament Program
Nat Jackson

Artist Wijetilleke explains how an
ornament is developed

The Garden Club of IRC
 Presents our 26th Annual
 Christmas Ornament


The 2017 Garden Club Christmas ornament, "Old Vero Ice Age Site", depicts a scene from the late Pleistocene era (10,000 to 20,000 years ago). It includes a mastodon which existed at that time, an extinct tapir (evidence of which was found at the Vero Site) and a human family.

There have been two excavations of the Vero Man Site separated by one hundred years. In 1916 Dr. E. H. Sellards, a Florida geologist, concluded, after an excavation in which human bones were found mixed with the bones of prehistoric animals, that humans had lived in the area since the Ice Age. The scientific community debunked his findings and he abandoned the excavation.

A second excavation of the site was begun in 2014 when, in response to projected plans to build a storm water treatment plant on the site, a group of dedicated citizens established the OVIASC (Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee). Due to their tireless efforts a second excavation has been undertaken in partnership with Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Under the leadership of lead archaeologist Dr. Andrew Hemmings and Dr. James Adovasio, principal investigator, the digging began on January 6, 2014 and has continued annually.

One of the goals of "The Dig" is to find indisputable evidence that humans existed contemporaneously with ice age animals and that Dr. Sellards was right all along.

The Ornament design is from an original sketch by Arun Wijetilleke and the  Brochure is compiled by Nat Jackson. Proceeds from the sale of this ornament will be used by the Garden Club of Indian River County, Inc. for its projects.


Former Garden Club President Kathie Althoff presents Arun with a Pillar of Pride Award for her outstanding art for the ornaments, with Renae Senn looking on

Garden Club Of IRC      "Showcase of Ornaments" 1992-2017
If you wish to view them on one page click here


The ornaments are available for $20.00 at the following locations:

All Thru The House - 1165 U.S. Highway 1


Corey's Pharmacy - 2912 Ocean Drive


Cousineau Jewelers - Ryanwood Shopping Center


Dermatherapy, Inc. - 362 17th Street


Heritage Center - 2140 14th Avenue


John Michael Matthews Fine Jewelry - 645 Beachland Blvd.


Leigh Jewelers - 3401 Ocean Drive


Lorenzo's Hair Design & Spa - 1945 23rd Avenue


Main Street - 2016 14th Avenue, Suite 103


McKee Botanical Garden - 350 U.S. Highway 1


Miller's HealthMart Pharmacy - 777 37th Street


Monti's Flower Market -1163 Commerce Avenue


Paradise Florist & Gifts - 1116 US Highway 1    Sebastian


Poinsettia Groves - 1481 US 1


Royal Palm Frame Shop and Gallery - 52 Royal Palm Pointe


Visage Hair and Nail Designs - 493 22nd Place


Zeran Jewelers - 630 21st Street,  Miracle Mile Plaza


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