Visitors to Opening Weekend Treated to Award-Winning Middletown Garden Lovers’ Decorations

PHOTO: The salon of Morrison Hall is decorated with a Hawaii theme for the holidaysMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Awash in the spirit of the season, SUNY Orange’s stately Morrison Hall will host the final weekend of its annual Holiday Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16 as visitors will have one last chance to take a “Holiday Stroll Through the States.”

Steady waves of visitors toured the College’s century-old mansion, located on the Middletown campus, this past weekend to view the decorative creativity of the award-winning Middletown Garden Lovers. Admission is free. Volunteers will be on hand again this weekend to offer information on the Garden Lovers and the College.

In each room of Morrison Hall, visitors will be treated to holiday scenes depicting landmarks, landscapes and traditions specific to the states of Texas (foyer), California (dining room), Alaska (library), Louisiana (Music Room) and Hawaii (salon).

The SUNY Orange Chamber Ensemble will perform at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 and Santa Claus will be greeting guests on Sunday, Dec. 16. 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 Dawn Ansbro at (845) 341-4337.

Photo caption: Aloha! The Middletown Garden Lovers have brought a taste of Hawaii to SUNY Orange’s Morrison Hall as part of the College’s annual Holiday Open House. Decorations. This year’s theme is “Holiday Stroll Through the States,” and visitors are welcome at Morrison Hall (115 South Street, Middletown) from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. Admission is free. Other rooms feature the states of California (dining room), Alaska (library), Louisiana (Music Room) and Texas (foyer).

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Mike Albright
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