News for Immediate Release
Dec. 6, 2013
Harrisburg – Visitors to the Governor’s Residence this holiday season will enjoy a “Celebration of the Arts,” First Lady Susan Corbett announced today.
The annual open house and holiday tours are free and open to the public.
“As longtime supporters of the arts in Pennsylvania, the governor and I wanted to celebrate the importance and vitality of the arts this holiday season,” Mrs. Corbett said. “It is our hope that visitors enjoy and appreciate the festive, art-inspired decorations.”
Christmas trees donated by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association adorn the building’s public areas. Each tree has a specific theme showcasing a different art form, such as dance, theater and visual arts.
In keeping with tradition, each tree also has two Airedale Terrier ornaments in honor of Penny and Harry, the Corbetts’ dogs. The ornaments are hidden on the trees so that children and adults can try to find them.
The Residence, located at 2035 N. Front St., Harrisburg will be open for holiday tours from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 11, and 16, 17, 18.
A holiday open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 8. The event is part of Historic Harrisburg Association’s annual Candlelight House Tour and will feature musical entertainment by local artists.
Individuals planning to attend the open house are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Local Marines will be on site to collect donations.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to send holiday greetings to servicemen and women as part of the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.
Greeting cards will be available during each tour and will be distributed to veterans, military families and active duty service members by the American Red Cross.
There is no cost to attend the holiday tours or open house and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted.
For more information, contact the Residence tour line at 717-772-9130. Learn more about the Governor’s Residence online at www.pa.gov/residence.
Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office; 717-787-1965
The Governor’s Residence 2013 Christmas tree themes are as follows:
Theater Arts – Located in the Grand Hall Entrance, this tree pays tribute to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Caroler figurines and famous quotes from this novella, which has been adapted countless times for radio, television, film and theater, are featured throughout the room.
Dance – The Erie Room tree showcases one of the most popular ballets ever written or performed, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Sugar plums, candy canes and snowflakes adorn this festive tree.
Literary Arts – Located in the Governor’s Library, this tree pays tribute to the American poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ Clement Clarke Moore’s literary work is responsible for some of the popular conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-19th century to today.
Visual Arts and Film – This tree, located in the State Entrance, honors the 1946 American classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The bell is one of the most iconic elements of the movie and inspired the tree décor.
Culinary Arts – The Family Dining Room tree highlights the artistry of the culinary arts. Gingerbread houses, designed by students at The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts, depict the Governor’s Residence and other historic buildings in Pennsylvania.
Musical Arts – This tree, located in the Mellon Parlor, is inspired by George Frederick Handel’s “The Hallelujah Chorus.” Now a fixture of the Christmas season, Handel’s Messiah is one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
Folk Art – The Folk Art Tree, located in the State Reception Room, celebrates the traditions and culture of Pennsylvanians. The tree features ornaments designed by students from the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg. A train display around the tree is on loan from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth's official railroad museum.