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Governor’s Annual Open House Set for December 8

December 2, 2009, Wrangell, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell welcome the public to the Governor’s Annual Christmas and Holiday Open House at the governor’s residence, to be held Tuesday, December 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. People with special accessibility needs are invited to contact Erika Fagerstrom at 465-3500, to arrange entry from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

“Sandy and I look forward to sharing the holiday spirit with our Juneau neighbors,” Governor Parnell said. “During this holiday season, I urge all Alaskans to remember our brave men and women in uniform serving around the world.”

The Governor's House was built in 1912. On New Years Day 1913, the first Open House was held by Territorial Governor Walter Eli Clark and his family. The tradition has taken place every year since that time, with the exception of two years during World War II.  More than 300 guests attended the first open house and more than 3,000 attended in 2008.

More than 20,000 cookies are being prepared for the event by Abby’s Catering. Fudge and chocolate candies from the Alaska Fudge Company will also be served.  Members of the governor’s cabinet 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 as part of the traditional “Winter Wonderland” scene.

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

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