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Apart from happy hours, inaugural balls and receptions for both state delegations and Cherry Blossom Princesses (many of which occur in the next three weeks), each state society has trademark events to re-create a bit of home away from home.

Alabama. In the fall, the group joins forces with the Florida society to host Florabama, a fundraising party that has benefited hurricane relief the past two years. http://www.alabamastatesociety.org/, alabamastatesociety@yahoo.com.

Alaska. The society holds a summer barbecue and a holiday reception, plus a golf outing in September with the Oregon, Idaho and Washington societies. alaskastatesociety@yahoo.com.

American Samoa. Cricket games and crab feasts are just part of what's on tap at the society's recurring picnics. amsamoasociety@webtv.net.

Arizona. On the docket are a Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks April 5, a Cinco de Mayo party and a Potomac River cruise in November. statesocietyofarizona@gmail.com. Treasurer Katie Vlietstra: 202-657-7184.

Arkansas. The annual catfish fry (with all the fixings from home) is Sept. 15. President Glenn Mahone: gmahone@sa-techinc.com, 202-329-6711.

Colorado. After the April 12 reception for its Cherry Blossom Princess, the society is planning a trip to the Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase on May 5. President Brandi Pensoneau: gopbrandles@aol.com.

Connecticut. On the rebound after a couple of years of inactivity, the society is planning to go to the Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase on May 5. http://www.ctsociety-dc.org/, CTSocietyDC@gmail.com.

District of Columbia. The small society's only activity comes at cherry blossom time, when it presents a princess. President Chief B. Three Feathers Kazemi: featherz115@aol.com, 202-575-7773.

Florida. Hundreds of pounds of crab are flown in from Miami Beach for the society's annual Stone Crab Stomp on April 19, which also serves as its Cherry Blossom Princess reception. http://www.floridastatesociety.com/.

Georgia. Its annual Pig Jig in October is a bonanza of bluegrass and barbecue. http://www.georgiastatesociety.org/.

Guam. The yearly itinerary boasts Pacific Night on May 8 (featuring performances by locals with Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds), a picnic to celebrate Guam's Liberation Day in July and a golf tournament in September. http://www.guamsociety.org/.

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