Each year the Connecticut Governor’s Residence is open one weekend before the holidays for the public to tour the “people’s house”.
I attended the tour this year as I had last year. This is Governor Malloy’s first year in office and I was looking forward to seeing how the residence was decorated and his personal touches. I was surprised to find a dramatic difference between this year and last. Decorations were sparse compared to last year. The ambiance was more formal and understated. Last year the residence was welcoming and warm and the decorations whimsical.
The Holiday Tour of the Governor’s Residence is of five rooms/areas:
- The Reception Area where Santa and sometime the Governor greet the public
- The Library
- The Sunroom
- The Living Room
- The Dining Room
If you weren’t able to attend this year’s tour or would like to see it again, please enjoy the virtual tour below of the Governor’s Residence 2011 Holiday Open House.
Each year, a special ornament is designed for the public to purchase for $20. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments are donated to the Governor’s Residence Conservancy. Over the years, these ornaments have become collector items. This year’s ornament features the Governor’s two dogs Zoe and Puck.
One of the traditions of the Governor’s Residence Holiday Tour is to provide guests with a recipe from the Governor and his or her family. This year’s recipe is for “Apple Crisp”, a favorite of the Governor and Mrs. Malloy’s three sons… Dannel, Ben and Sam.
5 cups peeled and sliced apples
3/4 cup floor
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound butter in small pieces
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2 quart baking dish, spread the apples in it and sprinkle 1/3 cup water on top. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and rub it in the butter with your fingers until it resembles course bread crumbs. Spread evenly over the apples. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is browned. Serve with heavy cream.
If you were unable to make this year’s tour, perhaps you will put it on your calendar for next year. Admission is free, however, guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy Toy’s for Tots. Men and women from the U.S. Marine Corp are present to collect the toy and thank you for the donation.