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Governor’s Holiday Open House Set for December 10

December 2, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell invite Alaskans to the Governor’s Annual Christmas and Holiday Open House at the Governor’s House, to be held Tuesday, December 10, from 3-6 p.m.

“Sandy and I always look forward to this special time of the year – when we welcome all Alaskans to come celebrate,” Governor Parnell said. “As we enjoy the holiday season with our neighbors and loved ones, we should take a moment and remember all of our men and women in uniform serving around the world.”

The Governor’s House was built in 1912. The first open house was held by Territorial Governor Walter Eli Clark and his family on New Year’s 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 10th family to live in the Governor’s House since statehood.

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 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.

Volunteers from the Capital City Republican Women 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, at (907) 465-3500, to arrange entry from 2:30-3 p.m.

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