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Juneau, Alaska â€“ Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell welcome the public to the Governorâ€™s Annual Christmas and Holiday Open House at the Governorâ€™s House, to be held Tuesday, December 6, from 3-6 p.m.
People with special accessibility needs are invited to contact Erika Fagerstrom at 465-3500 to arrange entry from 2:30-3 p.m.
“Sandy and I look forward to this wonderful Juneau tradition and invite everyone in the community to the open house,” Governor Parnell said. “During this special time of the year, we keep our service members and their families in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of my family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
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 11th 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 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.