Festivities mark West Virginia’s 153 birthday

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians who want to celebrate the state’s 153rd birthday today have plenty of options. State government offices are closed today because of the holiday.

The state Division of Culture and History will host free West Virginia Day activities at the Culture Center throughout the day. Festivities at the Culture Center, on the Capitol Complex, will begin at 10 a.m. when Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith and Blenko Glass Company president Walter Blenko will introduce a limited edition commemorative Blenko vase. The vases are hand-blown cobalt blue and gold topaz. Only 153 of the pieces were made in keeping with the state’s 153rd birthday. The vases will be available for $54.

Also available will be a special-edition Blenko pitcher designed by Aaron Harvey…

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