I also just finished a carving right under the wire for when it is due to be delivered. It is a carving for the 100th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Forestry celebration. This year the Governor's Mansion's Christmas tree will feature forestry in the Commonwealth. Wood carvers are donating hand carved ornaments for the tree and I have carved one for the occasion. Here is my forestry elf ready to celebrate Christmas at the Governor's Mansion. At the end of the season he won't come home to me, instead he will go to his new home at the Va. Dept. of Forestry headquarters where hopefully he will come out every Christmas to be placed upon their tree.
You may have noticed that pieces of the forestry logo have been incorporated into the carving, such as the trees on either side of the elf's cap. I also tried my best to match up with the colors of the logo for the forestry department.
In case you’d like to see the Christmas decorations…
Open House on December 5th – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grand Illumination. (There will be two choirs singing.)
Open House on December 14 – Noon to 5 p.m. (again, music is likely) Court Side Christmas. This is an event that the Mansion participates in with other historic sites downtown and is sponsored by the Richmond History Center. There is a hop-on shuttle that takes visitors to all the different venues, but you can go only to the Mansion if you prefer.
Regular tours: Mansion closed Mondays. Tuesdays (Dec. 9, 16), Wednesdays (Dec. 10, 17) and Thursdays (Dec. 11, 18): 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For the holidays, the Mansion will also offer tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. (These will be more of a “walk-through” rather than a formal guided tour.)
as always happy trails
Carpe diem 4 carving