This year, we are informed that the Mansion has mold which has to be eradicated, so they have closed it for the forseeable future in order to repair the damages and shoo the mold away.
This makes me very sad; the mansion is a wonderful place to work. As soon as you arrive in the morning, they set out coffee, tea, fresh lemonade, water, ice, still warm muffins and some of the best freshly baked cookies you could ever have (especially the white chunk macadamia nut cookies!).
A crew of men trustees from Central Prison are at your beck and call; if you need anything you will receive it pronto. The greenery and flowers we use in the decor are provided by the mansion gardeners and once again, if you need it, you have only to ask and they will go somewhere and cut it if it doesn't grow on the grounds of the mansion.
When lunch time rolls around, we are called to the kitchen, where a veritable smorgasboard is laid, including several types of desserts. We eat around a beautiful table in the main state dining room, pretending we are dignitaries (though we are dressed in jeans and sneakers). This goes on for 3-4 days, until we complete the decor.
The capper of our decorating season is the Governor's party for NC State employees; and while we are not strictly employees, we are included in this party, to thank us for our labors. I am missing it already!
Note: the temporary mansion will not need to be prefessionally decorated because it will not be open to the public for tours. The Governor and his family go to their private home for the holidays.