I’m delighted to be back at my home on the Chesapeake Bay, and
when I arrived there was a new toy waiting for me. My daughter Patty
bought an almost new Massey Ferguson tractor to cut our grass with.
I’ve had fun trying it out and thinking about what I’d like
to plant. Patty, in the meantime, has been keeping a sharp eye on me
to make sure I don’t break my neck.
Pat tries out some new wheels: “I didn’t get my John
Deere, but what a Ferguson!”
Last Thursday evening I attended WVPT’s annual fundraising
gala at my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia. WVPT is the area’s public television
station, and they have wonderful programs, especially for children.
I’ve supported them for many years with a special print edition
for them to raise funds with. Thursday evening, we unveiled this year’s
special print Off to School.
It was wonderful to see how cooperative the whole Valley is in supporting
Printers of Bridgewater printed the edition, South
River Grill of Waynesboro provided refreshments for the gala, and
numerous frame shops throughout the Valley are providing framing for
WVPT’s art auction which will happen later this month.
The P. Buckley Moss Museum played host to the WVPT Gala: L to R,
Bert Schmidt, WVPT’s President and General Manager; Pat; and Missy
Blankenship, Friendship Industries’ Director of Sales and Marketing.
At last I can show you my special print Jamestown,
Virginia, 1607-2007, which was unveiled at my Museum last Friday.
The unveiling was sponsored by the Waynesboro Department of Tourism.
We are so honored to be able to participate in the 400th anniversary
of the settlement of Jamestown, which is really quite a milestone. Jamestown,
as the first permanent English-speaking settlement in the New World,
opened the door for the birth of our nation.
At the unveiling of Pat's painting in celebration of Jamestown's
400th anniversary : L to R, Senator Emmett Hanger; Bob Nichols, Jamestown
Foundation and Jamestown Historic National Park; Pat; The Hon. Thomas
W. Reynolds, Mayor of the City of Waynesboro; and Corrado Gabellieri,
Director of the P. Buckley Moss Museum.
My painting features the three ships that brought the
English settlers to Jamestown Island, the Godspeed, the Discovery,
and the Susan Constant. I also included a majestic white bird
in the sky above the ships, which I like to think of as “the spirit
of the eagle,” guiding and protecting the ships as they crossed
the Atlantic Ocean and symbolizing the great country that was to be.
When I think of the hardships the first settlers must
have endured and the struggles and sacrifices their descendants made
to ensure freedom for themselves and their families, I am truly grateful
for this country and what it stands for. Freedom is not free, but comes
with a very dear price. So, let’s be thankful for the men and
women who defend us and our Constitution, and let us not take anything
I am very pleased to announce the name of the quilter for the wall hanging
that will be auctioned this July in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as part
of the P. Buckley Moss Society’s
third 20th birthday celebration. Mary Martin (not my sister) of Glen
Burnie, Maryland, and a member of the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter, has
volunteered to do the honors. Thank you, Mary!
I am also excited about the Society’s
2008 group trip. We’ll be taking an eight-day river barge
trip on the Ohio River October 16-23, 2008, which will begin and end
in Cincinnati. This Rare on the River-Fall Foliage and Fillies excursion
provides beautiful fall scenery through Kentucky’s horse country,
and we’ll be making stops in Ohio and West Virginia as well. Let’s
fill the boat with friends and have a great time!
Congratulations to Diana Klunk of Hanover, Pennsylvania, for her wonderful
fighting spirit, positive attitude, and sense of humor as she battles
breast cancer. Diana had a double mastectomy a couple months ago and
just started chemotherapy. She has a wonderful support group of family,
friends, and fellow members of the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter. When Diana’s
hair started falling out, she asked her husband Ken to shave her head.
He did and then asked her to shave his! Diana said, “So here we
are, a couple of Easter Egg heads!” You can read Diana’s
story at CaringBridge.