Governor's annual open house set for Dec. 8

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The annual Christmas open house at the Governor's mansion will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell announced Monday. The event will last until 6 p.m.

Visitors will get cookies and other treats as well as hot apple cider and will be able to meet the state's first couple.

"Sandy and I look forward to seeing our Juneau neighbors and sharing the holiday spirit with them and any Alaskans visiting the capital city," Sean Parnell said in a statement announcing the annual event.

"And, we encourage all Alaskans to help those in need with their time, talent and resources," he said.

This will be Parnell's second holiday open house as governor, but the first as the state's elected governor, following his strong election victory to a full term of his own in November.

More than 24,000 cookies are being prepared for the event, and more than 100 pounds of fudge and chocolate candies will be served. Members of the governor's cabinet and staff will serve hot apple cider and holiday treats to guests waiting in line outside the residence.

Entertainers from local community and school groups will perform both inside and outside the residence. Gingerbread houses made by students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be on display.

Capital City Republican Women volunteers decorated the interior of the Governor's House. Department of Administration grounds and maintenance crews decorated the exterior.

People with special accessibility needs are invited to contact Erika Fagerstrom, manager of the Governor's House, at 465-3500, to arrange entry from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Governor's House was built in 1912. The first open house was held by Territorial Guard Governor Walter Eli Clark and his family on New Years Day 1913. The traditional event has been held every year, with the exception of two years during World War II. The Parnell family is the 11th family to live in the Governor's House since statehood.



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