With carols, cookies, wassail, Gov. Schaefer greets visitors

December 13, 1993

Gov. William Donald Schaefer took a break from football stadium wars to welcome visitors to the annual Governor's Mansion open house yesterday.

As the St. Mary's College Choir sang Christmas carols on the front stairs, Mr. Schaefer and his companion, Hilda Mae Snoops, welcomed about 1,000 guests.

Visitors toured the first floor of the mansion and helped themselves to cookies and wassail in the dining room, said Page Boinest, the governor's spokeswoman. That's about the same number of guests who attended the open house last year.

Children took rides on a miniature train set up in Lawyer's Mall, next to the mansion.

Ms. Boinest said some visitors wanted to discuss Mr. Schaefer's opposition to Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's plan to move the team to Laurel. Most, however, just came to look around and say hello.

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