BUZZ: Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House set for Dec. 9

Posted by ADAM BEAM on December 6, 2013 

Caroline Matthews, co-chairman of the decorations committee with The Columbia Garden Club, seeks input while decorating the top of the Christmas tree in The Governor's Mansion. The members of the club have been decorating the Governor's Mansion since 1981. The house is open to the public Monday (Dec 9. 2013)


— Monday is your chance to see a gingerbread replica of the Governor's Mansion.

The Governor's Mansion will have its annual Christmas Open House on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is free and reservations are not required.

From the news release:

The Haley children, Rena and Nalin, will help decorate the tree displayed in the Charleston Garden. Governor’s Mansion Executive Chef Steven Jankowski will build a gingerbread house modeled after the First Family’s residence, and wreaths within the Mansion Complex will be made and hung by the Horticulture Division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Carillon Carolers of Columbia, S.C. will be performing for guests along with saxophone player Dante Lewis.

The Columbia Garden Club has decorated the Governor's Mansion every year since 1991. This year's decorations include five Christmas trees from the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by the Lexington Technology Center's chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

This open house will also include tours of the Lace House on the Governor's Mansion grounds, decorated by the Iris Garden Club with gingerbread houses made by the Lake Murray Elementary School Special Education classes.

Can't make it on Monday? The Governor's Mansion will offer free guided tours Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-19 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For reservations, call Nancy Bunch at (803) 737-1710.

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