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Mrs. Christie announces this year's holiday theme at the Governor's Residence, Drumthwacket on Stage, a partnership with the NJ Theatre Alliance and the Garden Club of NJ.
photoAlt 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.”

“Drumthwacket on Stage” includes the following display presentations located throughout the first floor of the Governor’s Official residence:

FOYER: Decorated by the Dogwood Garden Club of Princeton, the setting is based on a scene from Mame. Styled by a modern day Mame, the display is both chic and eccentric, and truly represents Mame’s motto, “Life is a banquet!”

DINING ROOM: Decorated by the Dogwood Garden Club of Princeton, the long table is set for a holiday dinner for 10, hosted by the stars of the film version of White Christmas: Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Vera-Ellen.

PARLOR: Decorated by Premiere Stages and 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. many of the decorations are repurposed from other sources instead of purchasing new ones.

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.

GOVERNOR’S STUDY: Decorated by East Lynne Theater Company, the room’s theme is It Pays to Advertise (by Roi Cooper Megrue and Walter C. Hackett).   Decorated by the Shrewsbury Garden Club, the scene evokes an English period of time gone by. The fireplace is adorned with a swag of greens, antique ornaments and silver Christmas crackers and ribbon. The side tables add a touch of elegance with caches filled with orchids and greens.

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 field trips and groups of more than fifteen people should contact 609-683-0057, extension #5