Regardless of when you were married, if you and your spouse exchanged wedding vows at Jackson’s Mill, you are invited to be among the couples honored Saturday, May 31, during Friends Day at WVU Jackson’s MillCenter for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp.


Reserve your space �€and your slice of anniversary cake �€by registering for the program. Send your name, spouses name, address and wedding date to”Friends Day Weddings Celebration,” WVU Jackson’s Mill, 160 Jackson Mill Road, Weston, WV26452 -8011.


Couples from all over West Virginia share the special bond of having been married at”The Mill,”officials claim. Friends Day 2003 will be the first time these couples receive recognition for their appreciation of and contributions to the traditions that keep the retreat facility important to many generations of West Virginians.


Friends Day festivities run from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. May 31, and the Jackson’s Mill couples will be recognized during the”Weddings Celebration”at 2 p.m. outside the All Faith Chapel, behind Harrison Cottage.


Although many couples held their nuptials in or near the chapel, some chose to use larger buildings or the gardens. Those couples are also invited to participate in the celebration. The reception will honor all WVU Jackson’s Mill couples, regardless of when or where they were married at the facility.


The event follows a 1:30 p.m. ceremony honoring the United Methodist Men of West Virginia for their 50 years of service to and support of WVU Jackson’s Mill. That ceremony will be held on the grounds of the All Faith Chapel, an ecumenical sanctuary completed in 1959 through the all-faiths’fund-raising campaign organized by the United Methodist Men’s group.”Mill Couples”also are invited to attend the chapel ceremony.


Other Friends Day 2003 attractions include gristmill demonstrations, heritage craft demonstrations, children’s games, cottage tours, 4-H alumni reunion activities, trail tours, musical performances, West Virginia glass exhibit (with scheduled presentations), Civil War re-enactors’encampment, antique engines and farm equipment, and living history portrayals by presenters speaking as Gen. Thomas”Stonewall”Jackson, Laura Jackson Arnold (Jackson’s sister) and William”Teepi”Kendrick (the first director of WVU Jackson’s Mill).


Admission to all Friends Day demonstrations, receptions and related activities is free.


Friends Day 2003 is the third annual observance organized by the Friends of Jackson’s Mill to celebrate the history of WVU Jackson’s Mill and to spotlight volunteers’efforts to”preserve the past and enhance the future”of the historic 525-acre facility.


The land is the boyhood home of Civil War Gen. Thomas”Stonewall”Jackson and the site of the nation’s first state 4-H camp.


For more information about the Weddings Celebration or any Friends Day activities, call WVU Jackson’s Mill at 1-800-287-8206 or check the Web sitehttp://www.ext.wvu.edu/friends/.