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Dear Friends,

 

My dear friend Peter Rippe came and spoke at the opening night reception of the Fall Society Bus Tour held at my Waynesboro home. I was delighted to see him and his wife Maria. As many of you may remember, Peter was the first curator and director of my museum in Waynesboro. Peter talked about the 3 elements of my work, symbolism, iconography and syntax. We enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by caterer Jenner Brunk. I am going to share the story of our trip through pictures. We all had such a wonderful time together.

 


Peter Rippe and me. This picture was taken in the early 1990’s during the construction of my museum.

 


As you can see in this current picture, we haven’t changed much. Pictured in the foreground with me is Myrna Grove and Kathy Cassada Groves.

 


Even though 7:15 am Friday seemed frightfully early to get on the tour bus, we were well rewarded with the extraordinary sights of Luray Caverns. Pictured here is the famous underground lake. It looks very deep, but it is only 18” at its deepest point. Did you know that the caverns have been owned by the same family for over 100 years? Since the last time I visited, they have added a museum of local history that is fascinating. A full day adventure awaits you when you visit this must see attraction.

 


Our tour guide Chris is explaining the formation of the cave to us. I have done 2 paintings of these caverns, the first was for WVPT Public Television.

 


I am always happy to see my son John and his wife Maureen. His restaurant, Moonshadows, provided our delicious midday meal on Friday. Isn’t it fun when you can use your Mom privileges and go behind the scenes into the kitchen?

 


Group photo at Moonshadows in Luray. Photo by Joe Jenelle.

 


Part of our tour encompassed venues that captured the local flavor. Continuing our afternoon in Luray, we visited Hawksbill Brewery. Dave, the master brewer (and farmer) provided a wonderful tour and explanation of the craft brewery process. He said that Hawksbill was committed to using local product whenever possible. Aside from the beers that they produce, they make a delicious root beer.  

 


In a nearby secondhand shop, I found a delightful sun hat. Photo by Joe Jennelle.

 


Fog moved in on the mountains and obscured our view of the Shenandoah Valley as we traveled the Skyline Drive. There is great beauty in this, as the fog made the trees and grasses less defined. As we arrived at Big Meadows Lodge for dinner, the clouds parted and provided this astounding view of the valley.

 


Saturday mornings tour of the Cyrus McCormick farm was led by VT Superintendent David Fiske, pictured by the tree. His informative talk covered the history of the farm and the McCormick family, and included the current goals and projects of the farm as an agricultural research facility for Virginia Tech. The building pictured on the left is the grist mill. It is still operational and used for periodic demonstrations. I created my painting of the mill in 2004.

 

 
A tired John Higgs (blue shirt on the right by me), owner of Barren Ridge Winery in Fishersville, joined us for a group photo. He had been harvesting grapes the night before. We enjoyed the winery tour that he provided, and of course, the tasting that followed.Two of my images are used on the white wines. Our lovely lunch was provided by caterers Gateway Cafe of Fishersville. Photo by Joe Jennelle.

 


We arrived at James Madison’s Montpelier about the same time as the clouds. The view from the front porch of this mansion is astounding. I did a painting of Montpelier in 1995 for WVPT public television which was before the current restoration had been undertaken. Photo by Joe Jenelle.

 


 Books, and more books. I learned about James Madison’s extensive library and how precious the written word was to him. Caity O’Connor took a moment out of the tour to share a few verses with James and Dolley Madison. Photo by Joe Jenelle.

 

I would like to continue the Society trip story next week as this newsletter has gotten bigger than I had planned. Many thanks to 2 very special people who made this trip happen. Lois Badey organized the trip and driver Jim Martin saw to our safe and timely arrival to our destinations. Well done!

 


Trip organizer Lois Badey and Quicks Bus Company driver Jim Martin made the trip so enjoyable. Photo by Joe Jenelle
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Before I go, I do want to tell you that I will be at Sinkland Farms in Christiansburg this Sunday, September 30th  from 11am to 3pm. Together we will release my new print, Old Friend. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this print will be donated to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. I also have a check to present to them for the sales from last year’s fundraising print Fun in the Pumpkin Patch. I do hope that you’ll come. It is the first weekend of their annual Pumpkin Festival, and you know how I like pumpkins!

 

Until next week,

 

Love,

 

 


 



 
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