Heiner is planning a holiday open house

TROY – The Holiday Open House is a signature event for the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The event begins with Children’s Day on Saturday, December 2. Children’s Day is a bustling and happy day with refreshments and activities around the house. The event begins at 1:00 PM with arts and crafts all day long in the East Room. The Ballet Schreffler demonstration also begins at 1:00 p.m. The “Hungry, Hungry Bookworm” puppet show with River City puppets will begin at 2:00 PM and then again at 3:30 PM. Santa will arrive at 2:30 to listen to all wishes and distribute candy canes. All activities are free, but the puppet show requires free tickets available at the Hayner reception beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 2.

Sunday, December 3 is the grand opening of holiday decor with refreshments and music in the East Room all day. Hayner welcomes families and friends to tour their state-of-the-art holiday decor facility. Each room in the house has been approved by a local designer and transformed into a holiday wonderland. Our designers this year are Mary Nielsen and crew for the courtyard, east room, lower hall and stairway; The folks at David Fair on the Square are designing the study; Solarium reimagined by Towne Valley Gifts; StoryPoint Troy features top drawer decor and window seat; Artists Kelly Rank and Ginger Godfrey transformed the art gallery; Your personal florist will recreate the parlor; The boardroom features new designs by Sheila Fowlkes and James Novotny; Georgia Byman adds her touch to the Boardroom and West Room; The Hayner Exhibition Committee and the Upper Valley Fiber Guild are leaving their marks on the exhibit areas, and Hayner’s own Zoe Darner has designs for the ballroom.

The East Room will also feature a distinguished lineup of musicians this year. These musicians, bands and groups are local to the area, bringing a sense of family and community to the day. The event begins at 1:00 pm with Rachel Sagona’s wonderful Troy tunes. The A Capella Choir comes from Troy High School and promises to lift the day with its harmonies and bright energy. At 1:30 p.m., Ron Velaire, music teacher and Hayner employee, shares the enchanting vocal talents of his granddaughter Rhea Clark. Riya is also a middle school student of Ms. Sagona! At 2 p.m., Josh Bledsoe and his brother-in-law Brian Linjang share some of their favorite holiday songs on guitar and percussion in a pop-rock style. At 2:30 p.m., Jay Collis brings his effervescent warmth to the East Room. He’ll be sharing his Christmas favorites in a roots-based style. Drew Ell has an American folk perspective on Christmas. Starting at 3 p.m., expect some of his originals as well as some special holiday numbers. Chris Aldridge’s exceptional Trojan City Music students share some strings and vocals at 3:30 p.m. Senior Music Connection performs at 4 p.m. This collection has some favorite bells and hymns to share under the lively direction of Chrissy O’Malley. The Riverside Bell Choir plays its songs at 4:30 p.m. This inspiring and fun group works under the direction of Diane Cerbus.

The Holiday Open House is a great way to experience the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. You are sure to meet your neighbors and friends wandering through the rooms and enjoying this holiday experience. Hainer hopes it will be part of your family tradition. This weekend at no cost to you, thanks to the magic of Santa, the holiday miracles of our 25+ designers, our 35+ community of musicians, the generosity of Troy taxpayers, our loyal sponsors and our partner Friends of Hayner Members. Learn more about Hayner’s cultural events and the good people who support them at www.TroyHayner.org.

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