ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan invite Marylanders and their families to join them for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Government House. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required.
The First Family asks that guests consider bringing unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need during this holiday season. On behalf of Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting donations under a tent by the front gate.
The decorations for the open house will include Christmas trees provided by Lowe’s Bayshore Nursery in Stevensville, Maryland and refreshments will include assortments of holiday cookies, brownies and desert bars prepared by Government House chefs. Hot Wassail will also be available for guests waiting in line outside of Government House and live music will be provided by Maryland high school groups with a different performance each hour.
Holiday ornaments provided by the Foundation for the Preservation of Government House of Maryland will be sold inside, proceeds from which will help support and maintain the historical significance of Government House with repairs, remodeling and preservation.
The governor and first lady welcomed members of garden clubs from all 24 Maryland jurisdictions to the State House to personally deliver and decorate a Christmas tree in the rotunda.
The governor and first lady presented a certificate of appreciation and Christmas ornaments to each club.
Menorahs have also been placed in the State House and Government House, the first candles of which were lit Sunday, December 6th at sundown in recognition of the beginning of Hanukkah.