Governor's House open today for annual Christmas party

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Juneau residents will get a chance to ring in the holiday season with the traditional open house at the Governor's House today.

From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors can peruse the lavish decorations, see tens of thousands of holiday treats and shake hands with Gov. Frank Murkowski and first lady Nancy Murkowski.

Treats will include more than 13,000 cookies, 2,000 slices of assorted breads, 2,600 tarts and 12,500 pieces of homemade candy. Warm apple cider and holiday punch also will be served and gingerbread houses created by students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be on display.

"This is our second holiday season in the Governor's House, and Frank and I look forward to welcoming our friends and neighbors into our home," said first lady Nancy Murkowski in a prepared statement. "Those who visit our open house will notice a bit of a change in the interior decorations from previous years. The beautiful holiday decorations are elegant in green, gold and ivory, and we are especially proud of the Christmas tree, which is the first Alaskan tree in many years to grace the ballroom of the Governor's House."

Holiday music will include performances by Juneau Christian School Carolers, Glacier Valley Baptist Messengers, JDHS Instrumental Ensemble, JDHS Brass Ensemble, JDHS Jazz Choir, Victorian Carolers, Alaska Youth Choir, Celebration Ringers, Floyd Dryden's Thunder Mountain Quartet and Harmony Wind, Ursa Major and Juneau Jubilee.

The Governor's House will be open to those with special accessibility needs from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Those with accessibility needs can call event organizer Karen Newton at 465-3500 for more information.

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