Middletown Garden Lovers Will be “Celebrating the Holidays in America” This Holiday Season

PHOTO: Morrison Hall Dining Room as it was decorated in 2011MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange and the Middletown Garden Lovers will be “Celebrating the Holidays in America” during the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and 15-16 when the Garden Lovers decorate stately Morrison Hall on the College’s Middletown campus for the 18th annual SUNY Orange Holiday Open House.

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 award-winning 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. 8, while the Chamber Ensemble will perform in the second floor foyer of Morrison Hall at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. Santa will be on hand to greet visitors from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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, call Mary Roth at (845) 341-4179.

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940