SUNY ORANGE COMMEMORATES 20 YEARS OF HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES

12/15/2014

Plaque of Appreciation Presented to Middletown Garden Lovers

Photo Gallery from 2014 Holiday Open House

PHOTO: Holiday Open House plaque presentationMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – To commemorate its 20th annual Holiday Open House event, SUNY Orange and the SUNY Orange Foundation, recently presented a plaque of appreciation to representatives of the Middletown Garden Lovers, the organization responsible for decorating stately Morrison Hall each December.

The Holiday Open House provides an opportunity for members of the community to take free tours of the century-old mansion while it is decorated in a festive holiday theme. The Garden Lovers have earned state and national awards for their Holiday Open House decorations in recent years and have, at times, worked jointly with other local garden clubs on the themes.

The plaque text was as follows: “The SUNY Orange Foundation and SUNY Orange express their gratitude to the many volunteers of the Middletown Garden Lovers, Warwick Valley Gardeners, Goshen Garden Club and Federated Garden Clubs of New York who have provided twenty years of holiday splendor in Morrison Hall.”

This year’s theme was “The Mansion Comes Alive with Children’s Literature” with each first floor room decorated in tribute to a different children’s story, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Mitten,” “I Grew Up on a Farm,” “Candy Cane Celebration” and “Silver Skates.”

During the open house, donations are 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.

Photo caption:
Dr. William Richards (center), president of SUNY Orange, and Vinnie Cazzetta (left), vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the SUNY Orange Foundation, recently presented a plaque of appreciation to members of Middletown Garden Lovers to commemorate the College’s 20th annual Holiday Open House at Morrison Hall. The plaque text included: “The SUNY Orange Foundation and SUNY Orange express their gratitude to the many volunteers of the Middletown Garden Lovers, Warwick Valley Gardeners, Goshen Garden Club and Federated Garden Clubs of New York who have provided twenty years of holiday splendor in Morrison Hall.” Accepting on behalf of the Garden Lovers were, from left, Pat Kind, Josie Pierce, Pat Wilson and Ann Muller. (photo by Steve Hedderton)

 


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