TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, will be holding its 40th annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-5 p.m. each day. The event is free and open to the public. Nine decorating groups will each take over a room of the house and transform the three story Edwardian mansion into a breathtaking statement for the holidays. The theme for this year’s holiday spirit is “Christmas Legends.”
Dec. 3 is Children’s Day at the Hayner. The day begins at 1 p.m. with a ballet demonstration by the students of Ballet Shreffler. Madcap Puppets will be in the ballroom at 2 and 3:30 p.m. to tell a charming story about a baby monster’s adventures called, “Jumping Over the Moon.” Free tickets for the two shows will be available at the Hayner beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the performance. No advance or telephone reservations will be taken. Santa Claus himself will be in the study from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. There are refreshments and arts and crafts activities for the children while they wait for their turn with Santa. Suzy Kalmar will be at the piano all day to set the mood with holiday music.
Dec. 4 is the grand opening of the Hayner décor. It is an elegant way for family, friends and neighbors to launch the holiday season with refreshments and music in the house all day. The day begins at 1 p.m. with The Troy Tones, which is Troy High’s Pop A Cappella group. 1:30 p.m. will be Mary and Reta with an accordion duet. At 2 p.m. visitors will hear the barbershop melodies of the Back to School Quartet. At 3 p.m., will be Krissy McKim-Barker to vocalize her favorite holiday numbers. The Mountain Dulcimer Society group Country Strings will play hammered dulcimer, auto harp and guitar at 3:30 p.m. Award-winning local high school flutist Sunao Masunaga will play at 4 p.m. and Terry Penkal will close the day with his own samples of holiday rock, country and folk.
The holiday décor will be on display through Jan. 1. The public is welcome to enjoy this Hayner décor and tradition free of charge during open hours. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.TroyHayner.org.