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West Virginia State Society’s Annual State Celebration set for June 28 in D.C.

Celebration features ‘Taste of the State’ with food, beverage, entertainment from across W.Va.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22, 2017) – The West Virginia State Society (WVSS) will host its annual State Birthday Celebration – featuring a Taste of the State – Wednesday, June 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The Capitol Hill event observes the day the state of West Virginia entered the Union during the Civil War, June 20, 1863. WVSS members, the West Virginia Congressional delegation and staff, special guests and friends are invited to celebrate the Mountain State’s 154th birthday.

“The State Birthday Celebration is our organization’s signature event,” said society president and Morgantown, W.Va.-native, Pete Deremer. “Each year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and vendors, we are able to put on a celebration that honors the state. West Virginia, with a history and heritage, a shape and spirit wholly unique amongst the nation, continues to be thought of as home for many of us. We are pleased to share some of the best tastes of West Virginia with the nation’s capital as we celebrate 154 years of Almost Heaven.”

The State Birthday Celebration Taste of the State features food, beverage and entertainment from across West Virginia. This year’s list includes:

Bella Gourmet

Black Dog Coffee

Blackwater Falls Brewery

Bloomery Plantation Distillery

Capon Springs and Farms

Chico Bakery

Contemporary American Theater Festival

Doc’s Tea

J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works

Lambert’s Winery

Mountain State Brewing Company

Mountaineer Popcorn Company

Smooth Ambler Spirits

Stardust Café/General Lewis Inn

Swilled Dog Hard Cider

Tin 202

West Virginia University Virtual Reality Project

WVSS events are possible thanks to the generosity and efforts of sponsors and volunteer committee members. The 154th State Birthday Celebration sponsors are Bailey Glasser, LLP, Orion Strategies, TSG Consulting and the West Virginia Division of Tourism. WVSS secretary, and Martinsburg, W.Va.-native, Stephanie Mathias leads the planning committee.

There is no fee to attend, though an online RSVP is requested. Those wishing to join WVSS can pay annual membership dues on the website, which helps defray costs of events like Taste of the State.

About West Virginia State Society: The West Virginia State Society (WVSS) was formed in 1914 by and for people who live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but still call West Virginia “home.” The WVSS is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that provides year-round opportunities for those with roots and pride in West Virginia to have a strong presence in our nation’s capital. WVSS members gather for the Congressional Reception, Cherry Bloom Princess and Festival, state’s birthday party and monthly happy hours to keep in touch with their native st

Media Contacts:

Mike Fulton – [email protected] – 301.651.2508 

Alan Fleming – [email protected] – 304.654.2118



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