ST. PAUL — The 2012 Holiday Season at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence kicks off Tuesday, with the Residence open for public tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
No reservations are required. The tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seven local designers have created signature looks for the public spaces in the interior of the Residence. These designers, from Digs Studio, Kate and Company, Linder’s, Pomegranate Design Ltd, Studio Emme, Ten Thousand Villages and Twiggs, have generously donated the design, materials and installation of the holiday decorations. In the Drawing Room, there is a live eight-foot tree, donated by Happyland Tree Farm of Sandstone, Minn.
During the tours, Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society volunteer docents are on hand to answer questions in each room on the First Floor and Lower Level of the Residence. The 1006 Summit Avenue Society will offer a selection of merchandise available for purchase at each tour. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the historic Residence.
The following performers will be volunteering at the holiday tours: pianist Paulette Day on Tuesday; the Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers Dec. 4; Cecilia Chamber Singers on Dec. 11, and Partners in Praise Choir on Dec. 18.
A 25-foot white spruce is displayed on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested from the Chengwatana State Forest by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Corps Minnesota members. Rocket Crane Co. donated services to help install the tree, and it is decorated by Warner’s Outdoor Solutions with more than 6,000 LED lights, which will be lit for the first time Tuesday evening.
The Residence outside gates are decorated with fresh spruce garland and LED lights, and wreaths are hung on the front doorway, all donated by Mickman Brothers. Four holiday baskets are hung under the porte-cochere, donated by Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden. The main entrance is decorated with selections from Linder’s Home and Garden center.
For more information on the tours, please call 651-201-3464 or email [email protected]. Additional details on the holiday season at the Residence can be found at http://www.admin.state.mn.us/govres/holidays.html.