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Martinsburg's own Mardi Gras comes late, promises fun

February 28, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A full three weeks have passed since Mardi Gras celebrations came to an end in New Orleans, but a family-style event billed as the largest of its kind in the Eastern Panhandle aims to continue the bead and moonpie fun a little longer on Sunday in Martinsburg.

"Mardi Gras 2008 - Celebration of the Family" will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Moose Lodge 120 at 201 Woodbury Ave. Tickets are still available and more information can be obtained by contacting the Family Resource Network of the Panhandle Inc., one of the sponsors, at 304-264-1554 where tickets can be purchased.

"The best (event) is right here at home," said Judith J. Boykin, executive director of the Family Resource Network.

Along with the magic of Michael T and puppetry by Joe Santoro and plenty of beads and traditional moonpies, disc jockey Michaal G also was booked for entertainment.

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The event's annual auction will feature a Svarowksi crystal necklace by JJ Jewelry and a Dale Earnhardt Jr. collectible model race car. Food will be served by Ramon's Catering, Boykin said.

Established in 1998, the Family Resource Network is a non-profit corporation managed by a board of directors representing Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties. The corporation has acted as a clearinghouse of information for the community in the areas of child and family services and community activities, according to its Web site.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $2 for children age 12 and younger for the alcohol and drug-free event.

More information about the Family Resource Network is available on the Internet at www.familyresourcenetworkotp.org.

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