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June 11, 2008
Governor's Residence to Open Doors
to Public on Saturday
Among State Tourist Attractions to Hold Open House on June 14
Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today that on Saturday, June 14, the Governor's Residence will join hundreds of Connecticut tourist attractions in opening its doors to the public during the fourth annual Connecticut Open House Day.
The Governor's Residence, located on 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Governor Rell's recipe for grilled summer vegetables will be distributed to visitors and lemon ice will be served on the patio. The Residence's dining room will be decorated by Lux Bond and Green, and Moscarillos of West Hartford and the Vernon Garden Club will provide flower displays.
"This house truly belongs to the public, and I urge the public to stop by on Saturday to see this historic and beautiful property," Governor Rell said. "At the Residence and throughout the state, we are rolling out the welcome mat, so bring your families, see what our state has to offer and have some memorable experiences."
The Residence is a Georgian Revival-style home built in 1909 that has served the state's governors since 1945. The Governor's Residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
During this one-day event, sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the state's attractions will offer a variety of special incentives, such as discounted/free admission, free gifts and/or special exhibits and activities.
More than 230 arts, history and tourism properties, from world-renowned museums and major tourist attractions to smaller galleries, theaters and historic properties, are participating in the Open House Day.
"Many families are planning seasonal getaways close to home this summer," Governor Rell said. "This event provides the perfect opportunity for state residents to discover - or rediscover - the exciting culture and attractions that are all less than a two-hour drive away."
"Connecticut Open House Day has become one of the state's most popular events because residents and their visiting friends and families have the unique opportunity to discover these treasures and hidden gems at little or no cost. We want to raise awareness among Connecticut's residents of all the state has to offerfrom our world-class art and rich history to our outdoor adventures, family activities and opportunities for rest and relaxation. We also want to encourage them to become Connecticut Ambassadors who share their findings with visiting family and friends."
In its fourth year, Connecticut Open House Day has grown from 120 participants in 2005 to more than 230 this year. Participants include museums, galleries, historic properties, Connecticut River ferries, theaters, farms, vineyards, amusement parks, nature centers, shops, hotels, inns and B&Bs. A full list of participants is attached.
For more information, call 1-888-CTvisit or go to www.CTvisit.com to sign up to become a Connecticut Ambassador.