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W.Va. Culture Center to host governor's holiday parties, celebrations include mansion tours


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — About 5,600 West Virginians have been invited to attend the governor's annual holiday parties.

The guest list includes constituents, public officials and journalists.

The invitation-only events will be held Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at the Culture Center in Charleston. There also will be tours of the Governor's Mansion.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Tomblin moved the parties from the mansion to the Culture Center last year.

Governor's office spokeswoman Shayna Varner tells the Charleston Daily Mail ( ) that many attendees of last year's events expressed appreciation of the setting.

Tomblin previously had held the parties in a 2,000-square-foot rented tent on the mansion's grounds.

Information from: Charleston Daily Mail,

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