I’m very much looking forward to returning to my beloved Roanoke, Virginia, May 24-25 for a Collectors’ Convention at the Hotel Roanoke. I’ve had several conventions there through the years, and it was my birthday wish for this year to have our convention there again. Roanoke is where I attended my first out-of-town sidewalk show. My children were very young and went to the circus for the day while I showed.
What a beautiful, historic city! I love the Farmers’ Market and the lovely St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where I attended mass with my lawyer Dick Wall the last time I was there. I was so comfortable in that church; the music was wonderful, and the service was so uplifting. I’m looking forward to the return visit. The Hotel Roanoke was a railroad hotel, and it is now owned by Virginia Tech. During football season, the ball players all stay there when there is a game at Tech.
I’m beginning to work on the painting for the convention print now, and this time the subject will reflect Roanoke’s history as a train city—the gateway to the west. My grandfather was a train man and drove big locomotives, and he would approve of this. I hope to have something to show you next week.
I’m certainly enjoying this wonderful seventy-plus-degree weather here in St. Petersburg, Florida. People are running in shorts this week.
I’m very pleased to report that John Higgs, owner of Barren Ridge Vineyards in Virginia, presented a check to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education in the amount of $3,303.50 as its 2012 donation. Barren Ridge uses my images on the labels of its Harmony and Tinkling Springs wines and donates fifty cents to the Foundation for each bottle sold.
John Higgs, owner of Barren Ridge Vineyards (left), presenting a check for Barren Ridge’s 2012 donation to Pat Carter (right) of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Mr. Higgs told the Foundation staff that when he saw my image on the Tinkling Springs bottle, he then decided how the wine should taste. He said he also did the same for Harmony.
’Til next week…