June 19--Tamarack and the "West Virginia Welcome Center" in Greenbrier County are throwing parties Friday to celebrate the state's June 20 "birthday."
Tamarack will be celebrating with a "Birthday Cake with Stonewall Jackson" and The Songcatchers performing live bluegrass in the theater, both at 1 p.m.
Metro News will be broadcasting live from Tamarack from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by WJLS The Big Dawg crews from noon to 2 p.m., according to Cindy Whitlock.
Local artisans Rezin Hudkins (turkey calls), Ginger Danz (fine art) and Marty Schaerer (agate jewelry) will be giving demonstrations at Tamarack from Friday through Sunday, said Whitlock.
Whitlock reported that Tamarack will be hosting "West Virginia Day Weekend" on Saturday and Sunday, too.
James E. Martin, author of several books including "And Then You Die," "The Mercy Trap," and "The Flip Side of Life" will be at Tamarack on Saturday, and musician John Wyatt will perform "strolling music."
On Sunday, Little Sparrow will perform at the Sunday @ Two series, and author Rose McGillis will be at Tamarack.
The current exhibit in the art gallery is "Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition," said Whitlock.
At the location of the 1-64 Westbound White Sulphur Springs rest stop near Lewisburg, guests will be treated to a performance by the American Heritage Music Hall and will have chances to win several prizes from vendors who will be on the site to greet visitors.
Robin Crower, supervisor of the rest area, said staff of Fairfield Inns and Suites in Lewisburg will hand out white chocolate popcorn, and Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and other vendors will also be present.
New River Jet Boats donated a door prize of two free rides, Rivers Adventure Resort will be giving away a rafting trip and ACE Outdoor Adventures will be offering two tickets for rafting trips, said Crower.
Visitors will also get a sample of the locally famous pecan pie from the General Lewis Inn, added Crower.
The events are part of a statewide West Virginia Day celebration by the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Rest stop areas at Falling Waters, Huntington, Bruceton Mills, Williamstown, Wheeling, Inwood and Morgantown will be hosting similar celebrations.
All celebrations at rest areas will be held from 1-4 p.m.
More information is available at wvtourism.com/statehood.
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