Middletown Garden Lovers to Bring “Reflections of the Past” to Stately Morrison Hall This Holiday Season

PHOTO: Holiday Open House at SUNY OrangeMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Holiday “Reflections of the Past” will adorn stately Morrison Hall this December as the Middletown Garden Lovers will once again showcase their award-winning holiday decorations for SUNY Orange’s 17th annual Holiday Open House, slated for the weekends of Dec. 10-11 and 17-18.

Visitors to Morrison Hall those four days will be able to view the mansion’s five first-floor rooms awash in holiday splendor courtesy of the Garden Lovers. Morrison Hall will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Volunteers will be posted in each room to assist in any way they can for this self-guided tour.

The SUNY Orange Madrigal Singers will perform songs of the season in the mansion’s Music Room at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, while the Chamber Ensemble will perform in the Music Room at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. Santa is expected to make an appearance on Sunday, Dec. 18.

The Garden Lovers’ 2009 theme of “Victorian Visions” earned the club a first place citation in the National Historic Preservation Holiday Decorations Award program presented by the National Garden Clubs.

Donations 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.

The Holiday Open House is jointly sponsored by the College, the SUNY Orange Foundation and the Garden Lovers. For more information, contact Pat Cregar at (845) 341-4769.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940