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June 21-22

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Ashland, KY
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July 12-14
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Waynesboro, VA
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August 2-4
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Blacksburg, VA
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June is Great Outdoors Month!


Dear Friends,


My heart goes out to all our friends, families, neighbors and communities who have been adversely affected by this unprecedented spate of tornadoes and floods across the United States. While the weather continues these daily challenges, we must all take appropriate shelter and provide shelter and comfort for those in need. Ralph Waldo Emerson had this to say about lending a helping hand, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 

The 2019 Moss Society trip to Italy is underway and I have a few stories to share. We experienced a little difficulty with flights and connections on our travel over. Missing bags and delays did not dampen the expectations and excitement for our Italian journey together. My daughter Becky had arrived before us and was a welcoming and comforting sight to see once we finally arrived in Rome.


Tour guides (and family) Roberto and Becky Ghezzi, me and my daughter Mary.


Society members gathered for happy hour Italian style at the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli.


Renowned for being the home of the Pope’s summer residence, Castel Gandolfo was one of our first stops. This lovely town of less than 10,000 people is located approximately 16 miles SE of Rome in the Lazio region of Italy and overlooks Lake Albano. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 13th century. While the main structure has been a museum for some time, it was only in the last few years that the magnificent gardens have been opened to the public.


Welcome to Castel Gandolfo.


It was observed by my daughter Mary that these magnificent gardens provided inspiration for new quilt designs. I quite agree.


Even the growth of the trees that lined the drive looked as though they had been sculpted.


As you know it gives me such pleasure to share Italy with everyone. It doesn’t even matter if it rains. Pictured with me and Becky are P.E.O. Sisters Teresa Leonetti and Sue Taylor.


Our next stop took us to Fattoria di Fiorano, a recently restored farmhouse and winery owned by the prestigious Antinori family. Twenty-six generations of this family have been making wine for over six centuries. Well known throughout the world, their wines are innovatively made with respect to tradition as well as the environment. The farm has an interesting history. The story is far too lengthy for me to include here, so I am sharing a link to their history page.


Fattori di Fiorano farm combines form and function with beauty that is typical of the area. It made it such a wonderful stop for lunch with a wine and cheese pairing.


In next week’s newsletter I will have more stories to share with you. I would like to take a moment and extend an invitation to you to come to my home in Waynesboro, VA July 13th for dinner. This is the annual fundraising dinner for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The need for help in our education system, especially when it comes to the arts, is increasing dramatically annually. The Foundation provides college scholarships, but perhaps more importantly, grants for teachers who integrate art into their curriculum. I hope you will consider attending. We had such fun last year. Tickets are only $40 and available online at Eventbrite, or by calling the Foundation office at 800-430-1320. The Moss Gallery of Waynesboro or Blacksburg can help you with tickets too. Here is the Eventbrite link.


Until next week,



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