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November 25, 2013
For immediate release

Open House Features Christmas Trees

Lieutenant Governor's Office

Their Honours, Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis and Mrs. Dorothy Lewis gladly announce the annual Fanningbank Christmas Open House. The doors to Government House will be open for visitors on Monday, December 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome and Their Honours will be greeting all visitors at the door.

This year's decorating of Government House highlights Christmas trees. There are five in all with a range of styles and ornamentation. The fireplaces will be lit to add to the warmth and atmosphere as visitors enjoy their walk through the main floor of the house.

Visitors will also enjoy live music during their visit. Frances McBurnie will be on the piano for the afternoon portion of the open house. In the evening, the Canada Remembers Chorus will be singing seasonal favourites.

Decorating again this year is under the creative direction of Christopher Gillis and Rachel Brookins of local interior decorating and design firm, The Ottoman Empire.

Government House will be 180 years old in 2014 and the character of the Lieutenant Governors' official residence is much as it was in 1834. It is not known for certain when the Christmas Open House tradition first began.

Visitors are reminded that parking is limited in the area, especially in the afternoon. The main floor of Government House is accessible for people with limited mobility and non-powered wheelchairs.

Media Contact: Cindy Cheverie
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