Inside & Out
Decorating with a world of inspiration
This year, "Colorado's Home" at East Eighth Avenue and Logan Street is "decorated to reflect the diverse heritages and history that have shaped" the state, Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement.
The mansion opens for free holiday tours today.
In addition to paying homage to the American winter holiday melting pot, this year's decorations draw from Asia, Africa, Europe, American Indian and Latin American traditions.
First lady Helen Thorpe chose the "Holiday Heritages" motif.
Bozik enhanced the mansion's modest permanent holiday-decoration collection with donations from the likes of the Mizel Museum, the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, the Denver Kwanzaa Committee, and her own handmade ornaments.
Visitors are now greeted at the door by Bozik's paper snowflake and icicle tree display. And a table of collectible dolls selected to interpret the song "It's A Small World (After All)" stands near the grand staircase, opposite the Kwanzaa-themed family game room.
That room is punctuated by works from the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild and a kinara, or Kwanzaa candelabra, that once belonged to the well-known, late storyteller (and Denver Kwanzaa Committee co-founder) Opalanga Pugh. The decorations underscore that "there is diversity in 'Colorful Colorado'," said Thedora Jackson, executive director of the Denver Kwanzaa Committee.
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