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Coffee and Donuts in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Story Narrative:

"I tell you what, we do is stroll through town in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and we see people we know, and we run across the street and greet them as virulently as we can, and they start screaming, and they run across the street and great whomever we're with, and in a few minutes, the whole town is screaming in anticipation and joy of seeing each other that morning, and then we all go have coffee at the local cafe and bakery, and get donuts and hand them out for free. And, somebody goes down to the Food Lion (grocery) to half-and-half cream, and they hand that out for the coffees, and sometimes people get milk for the donuts, and every morning it's quite and event.

It's almost like a Baptist revival, I would say, but it's not a rightest Christian group, it's just the whole town celebrating life and the moment and being together and free in the small enclave of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. So, that's very, very exciting to all of us, and we hope--anyone is welcome to join any morning, of any day, or any year and come by for coffee and donuts and screaming!"

Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.

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