The holiday season at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Official Residence in Princeton, has arrived with a unique partnership between the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the Garden Club of New Jersey and the Drumthwacket Foundation, First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today.
“One of my favorite traditions as First Lady is to welcome visitors to Drumthwacket during the holiday season,” said Mrs. Christie. “This year’s theme, ‘Drumthwacket on Stage,’ showcases the tremendous talents of our vibrant theatre community and the breathtaking creativity of New Jersey’s garden clubs.
The Governor and I are delighted that thousands of adults and children will tour the historic residence to experience Drumthwacket dressed for the holidays.”
Garden State theatres support the economic development of New Jersey, contribute to their communities with outreach and arts education opportunities, and offer theatric works that inspire, challenge and entertain close to one million theatre goers annually. In addition, the Garden Club of New Jersey has donated countless hours decorating Drumthwacket in its holiday finery, with many members working since the summer to create the beautiful arrangements, garlands and ornamental accompaniments to compliment this year’s theatrical theme.
"We are grateful to the First Lady and the Drumthwacket Foundation for the opportunity to be part of this holiday tradition. New Jersey's professional theatres bring such enrichment to the state, and it's wonderful that so many people will have the opportunity to visit the residence to see some of the 'backstage' artistry of these theatres at Drumthwacket on Stage," said John McEwen, Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance. (Selected Room Descriptions below).
The Drumthwacket Foundation Holiday Open Houses, which are open to the public, are scheduled for Wednesday December 4; Sunday December 8 and Wednesday, December 11. Reservations are required and can be made at ttp://www.polclients.com/drumthwacket/housetour.cfm. School field trips and groups of more than fifteen people should contact 609-683-0057, extension #5.
PARLOR: Decorated by Premiere Stages and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the theme for the Parlor Room is Madison (by Guillermo Reyes) and The Misanthrope (by Molière).The Keyport Garden Club has used its location on the Raritan Bay to inspire the parlor’s holiday décor. Local greens and oyster shells adorn the arrangements. The costumes in the parlor are reflected in the design elements of colors, feathers, plumes and spiced orange pomander balls.
MUSIC ROOM: Decorated by The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, the theme for this room is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The West Trenton Garden Club welcomes Rudolph all dressed up and updated for the holidays. Rudolph’s whimsical wonderland is filled with sophisticated white orchids and silver mercury glass with red-nosed accents. The Club has also incorporated the environmentally conscious theme of “Choices Make Changes” into the décor.
LIBRARY: Decorated by Centenary Stage Company, the Library’s theme is A Christmas Carol based on the story by Charles Dickens.Adorned by the Shrewsbury Garden Club, the tree is decorated with Marley’s silver chains with natural ornaments and touches of snow to remind us of Christmas past. The fireplace niche has lanterns and greens to lead the way to the village scenes presented on the coffee tables.