‘Celebrate West Virginia’ Full of Free, Family-Friendly Events Eliza Newland June 19, 2017 On Tuesday, June 20, West Virginia will celebrate her 154th birthday. Museums and historic sites in north-central West Virginia invite you to “Celebrate West Virginia” with us! “Celebrate West Virginia” is a weekend-long celebration of West Virginia Day! A kickoff celebration, held Thursday June 22 from 4-7 PM at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, will feature live music and food. Representatives from museums and historic sites in the community will present family-friendly activities and information about their organization. Throughout the weekend, area museums and historic sites will have special, family-friendly events (all of which will be free). Old Hemlock Foundation; Curious Kids on Saturday, June 24, 8AM-3PM West Virginia Botanic Garden; Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, June 24, 10AM-4PM; Young Birders Walk (must register in advance) on Sunday, June 25, 10AM WVU Library/WVRHC; Scavenger hunt and WVU craft on Saturday, June 24, 10AM-4PM Arthurdale Heritage; Learn about play in the 1930s and visit with goats on Saturday, June 24, 11AM-3PM and Sunday, June 25, 1-5PM Watts Museum; Shapes and patterns in glassmaking on Saturday, June 24, 1-4PM Art Museum of WVU; Blanche Lazzell activity on Saturday, June 24, 1-4PM Easton Roller Mill; Tours of historic grist mill on Sunday, June 25, 2-5PM Pick up a passport at the kickoff event (or at any participating location) and get it stamped when you participate in a “Celebrate West Virginia” event. Participate in three and be eligible to win a prize! Prizes include tickets to a West Virginia Black Bear baseball game, jump passes for Launchpad Trampoline Park, a birthday party at the WVU Student Rec Center, and more! The back page of passports must be turned in at a participating location by July 2 to be eligible for prizes. Celebrate West Virginia is organized by Mountaineer Country Museums, whose mission is to support, promote, and develop local historic sites and museums, and to increase community awareness of their value. For more information about the event or Mountaineer Country Museums, like “Mountaineer Country Museums” on Facebook or email MountaineerCountryMuseums@gmail.com.