POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:15pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will sponsor a community open house during the holiday festivities planned in downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, December 2. The public is invited to visit the Old Governor's Mansion for a free Holiday Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Downtown Festival of Lights.
A donation of non-perishable items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be collected at during the open house. A FHL membership recruitment drive is underway and FHL members are invited to come early from 4 to 6 p.m. New members and renewing members are encouraged to come at that time.
Of special interest to parents and grandparents will be a visit from the Mansion's own Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Children may relay their wishes and have a color photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus against the back drop of the East Room fireplace for a cost of $10. The photos will be printed and families may pick them up within minutes. Children (and adults!) will also be able to participate in sponge shape face painting and creating a card for the less fortunate.
As is tradition, FHL will offer visitors a unique and distinctive selection of heritage and holiday gifts for early gift buying. Special shopping discounts will apply this evening. The lovely formal dining room of the 1930s mansion will be turned into a Museum Shop with a range of items-jewelry, Christmas collectibles, books, and Louisiana specialties, many with fleur-de-lis motifs.