State officials' offices sparkle with holiday cheer
SALEM — The decorations and entertainment in the Oregon Capitol rotunda are a major attraction during the holidays.
Lesser known are the festooned corner offices of some of the state's elected officials.
The bedecked, twinkling lobby of Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office may be the hardest to miss when entering the east entrance of the Capitol.
"That's our goal to let people know we're here and they're welcome," said Doris Halpin-Reyes, Richardson's executive assistant.
Halpin-Reyes has revived themes from Christmases past in her home and repurposed the decorations for the lobby. Sections of the office feature ceramic houses, snowmen and bows, which belong to Halpin-Reyes and would otherwise be languishing in her garage.
Each window in the lobby is wrapped with different textile paper and ribbons and named for one of the Secretary of State's Office divisions: Archives, Information Services, Elections and Business Services.
The divisions that didn't fit on the windows are depicted as wrapped Christmas gifts: Audits, Human Resources, Corporations, the Executive Office and the Kid Governor.
It took her and special assistant Marc Miller about a week to decorate the lobby, she said.
Gov. Kate Brown's lobby on the second floor of the Capitol is more nonchalant. It has a traditional Christmas tree in the ceremonial office, and sparse, but strategic, holiday touches in the public lobby.
Probably the most entertaining touch is a Barbie-size Santa hat balancing on the head of a statue of former Gov. Tom McCall casting a fishing rod.
State Treasurer 's office decorations were more reserved than usual as his staff prepares for a temporary move out of the Capitol for renovations.
While the usual artificial Christmas tree bedecked with money-themed ornaments was missing, the staff did decorate the office's popsicle-stick miniature of the Capitol for Christmas.