Morrison Hall Mansion to Be Decorated by Middletown Garden Lovers; Open for Tours Dec. 8-9 and 15-16

PHOTO: Image of snowmen from 2006 Open HouseMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange’s Morrison Hall will once again be “dressed up” for the holiday season thanks to the efforts of the award-winning Middletown Garden Lovers, who will decorate the historic mansion in support of the College’s 13th annual Holiday Open House, planned for the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and 15-16.

The century-old building will be open for free, self-guided tours from 1 to 5 p.m. during each of the four days of the Open House. The Garden Lovers have selected “Peace and Joy Around the World” as the theme for this year’s event. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the mansion’s first floor to answer questions about the unique history of the building. Morrison Hall is located at 115 South Street in Middletown.

Decorations this year will feature the holiday traditions of various countries from around the world. In addition, the foyer will showcase a tapestry of decorations from countries not included in one of the mansion’s five main first-floor rooms.

Last winter’s decorative theme, entitled “Holiday Celebration,” earned the Garden Lovers a pair of prestigious awards. The Federated Garden Clubs of New York issued its top historic decorations award for public buildings—the Historic Building Holiday Decorating Award—to the Garden Lovers in June. Then in September, the group learned it had won first prize nationally, accepting the National Historic Preservation Holiday Decorations Award presented by the National Garden Clubs.

The SUNY Orange Madrigal Singers will perform in the Music Room at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 while the College’s Chamber Ensemble will be featured at 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

PHOTO: Image from Morrison Dining RoomDonations will be accepted for the Peter Alberghini Inspirational Scholarship. Alberghini, a long-time SUNY Orange employee and advocate for Orange County residents through education, civic work and mental health programs, originated the Holiday Open House as a way for the local community to enjoy Morrison Hall. In addition, a limited supply of Morrison Hall replica ornaments, featuring a relief image of the mansion in brass and green enamel, will be available for sale at $25 each.

The Holiday Open House is jointly sponsored by the Educational Foundation of SUNY Orange and the College’s Alumni Association.

Shown are photos from last year's Open House

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940