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Alaskans Invited to Attend Governor's Open House
Open House: Wednesday December 3, 2003 from 3 to 6 p.m


November 28, 2003
Friday - 12:45 am

Juneau - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski and First Lady Nancy Murkowski announced Wednesday that the 90 year-old tradition of the annual holiday open house at the Governor's Mansion in Juneau will be held on December 3, 2003. More than three hundred guests attended the first open house in 1913, and more than 3,000 have attended in recent years.

The public is invited to the holiday party on Wednesday, December 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m. According to the news release, those with special accessibility needs are invited at a special time from 2:30 until 3:00 pm. Those with special accessibility needs are requested to call Karen Newton, in advance, at 465-3500.

"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. "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."

The Lodge Pole Pine donation was a joint venture between Thorne Bay Business Association; Thorne Bay Ranger District, USFS; City of Thorne Bay; Northland/Boyer Barge Line; and Alaska Forest Association.

Staff and volunteers have been organizing the event for months, and have been decorating and baking holiday treats nonstop for the last few weeks.

"Our table will be filled with mounds of more than 13,285 holiday cookies, 2,000 slices of assorted breads, 2,600 tarts, and 12,500 pieces of homemade candies," said First Lady Nancy Murkowski. "Gingerbread houses created by students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be on display in the Governor's House dining room. There is a wonderful winter gingerbread scene for viewing, as guests make their way from the dining room table to the beverages of warm apple cider and holiday punch."

Entertainers will perform inside and outside the residence. Juneau Magician Jeff Brown will perform his sleight-of-hand for guests waiting in line to enter the open house, while commissioners from various state departments will serve cookies and warm apple cider to those guests waiting in line outside. Holiday music will be performed by the Juneau Christian School Carolers, directed by Freddy Cummins; Glacier Valley Baptist Messengers, directed by Lorraine Marshall; JDHS Instrumental Ensembles and JDHS Brass Ensemble, both directed by Ken Guiher; JDHS Jazz Choir, directed by Alice Tubley; Victorian Carolers; Alaska Youth Choir, directed by Missouri Smyth; Celebration Ringers, directed by Lucy Merrill; Floyd Dryden's Thunder Mountain Quartet and Harmony Wind, both directed by Brian VanKirk; Ursa Major, directed by Guo Hua Xia; and Juneau Jubilee, directed by Jane Mulready.

The interior decorating team consisted of Capital City Republican Women volunteers, while the Department of Administration grounds and maintenance crews decorated the exterior of the House. Volunteers assisting during the open house are the Capital City Republican Women; Valley Chapel Elves, supervised by Ann Mattson; and Governor's Office staff and family.

Source of News Release:

Office of the Governor
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