Governor’s Residence opens to the public for holiday tours

weston-governor-residenceGov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut first lady Cathy Malloy are inviting Connecticut residents to attend the annual open house and tour of the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, which will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public.

This year’s open house will be held:

Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

“The Governor’s Residence truly belongs to the public, and this is a great opportunity for Connecticut families to stop by and see the house decked out in festive decorations, many of which are from our own personal family collection and others that were generously donated by local organizations,” Mr. Malloy said. “Cathy and I look forward to sharing in everyone’s holiday spirit and continuing this longstanding Connecticut tradition.”

There is no admission fee and tickets are not needed. The Governor’s Residence is ADA-accessible.

Tours will be aided by about 30 volunteer docents, some of whom have volunteered for more than 20 years.

The residence will display four decorated Christmas trees and feature appearances from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus greeting children throughout the weekend.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by members of the United States Marines for the Toys for Tots program.

Live entertainment will be performed as follows:

Friday, Dec. 7

10 a.m. – U.S. Coast Guard Glee Club

 Saturday, Dec. 8

10 a.m. – Erin Vivero, Flute Quartet

11 a.m. – Bandstand, Barbershop Quartet

1 p.m. – Singer Catherine A. Quirk

Sunday, Dec. 9

Noon – Hall High School Choir (West Hartford)

1:30 p.m. – Conard High School Solo Choir (West Hartford)

While at the open house, guests may also purchase the governor’s annual holiday ornament, which this year features the limestone lion’s head fountain located on the south side of the property. It will be sold for $20, and all proceeds benefit the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a nonprofit organization responsible for planning and supervising the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the residence and its grounds.

This is the 22nd year that the holiday decorations, including wreaths, Christmas trees and seasonal plants, have been donated to the residence at no cost to the state. This year, those generous donations come from the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association, and the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 860-524-7355. Information about the history of the Governor’s Residence may be found at governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/.

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