Happy Easter and happy spring—and what a spring! The residents
of Mathews, Virginia, looked out their windows Saturday morning to find
two or three inches of heavy, wet snow. It was beautiful! With temperatures
climbing into the 70’s and 80’s over the last couple weeks,
no one was expecting the Easter surprise.
Pat's home in Mathews under a beautiful, white blanket.
Gusty winds and the weight of the snow brought down tree
limbs and caused power outages throughout the county, including my neighborhood.
I invited several friends over for dinner Saturday evening, and my son-in-law
Corrado cooked the meat on the grill outside in the snow. With my daughter
Ginny and her family over for Easter weekend, along with my daughter
Patty and her friend Mary, I had a full house that became quite warm
from all the body heat. Among my houseguests were three family dogs
that helped keep us all entertained.
Easter Dinner: (Clockwise from top) Picco, Ginny, Pat, Corrado,
Chiara, and Patty enjoyed Easter dinner at the Mathews Yacht Club Sunday.
Not pictured is Mary, behind the camera.
Earlier in the day, my family and I had great fun decorating
Easter eggs together. We blew the insides out of some of the eggs, and
I put extra special touches on those. I’m going to take them with
me to the P. Buckley Moss Society’s
first birthday party in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, which
will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 28. My Easter eggs will be
included with the items that will be auctioned that evening. Also among
the items to be auctioned will be one of the quilted wall hangings I
told you about a couple weeks ago.
Pat's Easter Eggs: Painted by Pat, these blown eggs will be offered
at auction at the Society's birthday celebration in Iowa, April 28th.
Make reservations for the dinner soon by calling the Society at (540)
943-5678 - membership in the Society is not required.
One of the really fun things we’ll have at the birthday
party will be “birthday gift bags.” The bags will sell for
$20 each and will contain at least $20 worth of merchandise, but one
bag will have a coupon for the framed, miniature original watercolor
pictured below (valued at $500)!
One lucky person will win this miniature P. Buckley Moss watercolor
at the Society's birthday celebration in Iowa.
The live auction that will be held at the birthday party
at the P. Buckley
Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, on June 15 will include another
of the quilted wall hangings, one of my used paintbrushes that has been
nicely framed with Pat’s
Paint Brush as a background print, and a framed, remarqued
One of Pat's used paintbrushes, imaginatively incorporated into
one of Pat's prints (it is "held" by the boy and girl on the
left) and framed for display. This item will also be up for auction
at the second Society birthday bash in Virginia, June 15th. For tickets,
contact the Society at (540) 943-5678.
This Collecting Blooms print has been remarqued by Pat
(she added the little girl on the left) and will be auctioned in Virginia
on June 15th. Proceeds from both birthday events will benefit Ronald
McDonald House Charities, P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s
Education, and the newly created P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship.
Like me, my Museum had a full house Saturday when it hosted
its Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Waynesboro had snow, too, but that
didn’t stop nearly 200 people from turning up to hunt for eggs,
see the Easter Bunny, and hear stories. Bob Almond, Executive Director
of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education, donned the bunny suit and was much
more comfortable in it this year. Last year, he practically melted because
it was a very warm day. Foundation Program Coordinator Dell Philpott
was the storyteller for the event. Special thanks to Bob and Dell for
their contributions to the day’s fun, to Waynesboro’s local
Girl Scout troop (led by Debbie Mears) for being the Easter Bunny’s
special helpers for the fourth year in a row and helping to hide 1,000
Easter eggs, and to the wonderful staff of the Museum. The Easter Egg
Hunt was sponsored by the Foundation, and I’m very appreciative
to everyone involved. It was a huge success!
A lively crowd turned out for the P. Buckley Moss Museum's Fourth
Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
This weekend I’ll be showing with my old friends
Les and Pat Martin at Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
We’ll debut Our Town Fountain, which features the Hanover
Fountain that was located in Center Square in the late 1800’s.
It was moved to Wirt Park, also in Hanover, around 1904 to make room
for a Civil War monument. The fountain was later sold to the Kapok Tree
Inn located in Clearwater, Florida, which has since closed. There has
been talk of the Town of Hanover buying the fountain back, but no one
seems to know where it is. If there’s anyone out there who knows
the whereabouts of the fountain, please let me know. The building featured
in the print behind the fountain was originally the office of the People’s
Bank, later Dauphin Deposit. The ground floor now houses offices and
the top floors are apartments.
Our Town Fountain will be released during Pat's visit to Martin's
Gallery in Hanover, PA, April 13-14. For more information, call the
gallery at (717) 632-3355.
In addition to Hanover’s town fountain, I’m
looking for the woodworker who offered to fix the top to my writing
desk a couple years ago. He took the top home with him, and I haven’t
heard from him since. I’d be very grateful to have the top back,
fixed or unfixed. If you’re out there, please contact me. I’ve
lost your name and contact information!
Please join me in saying a prayer this week for Dick Mountjoy, whose
wife Susan is a member of the Moss at Monticello Chapter of the Society.
Dick is a beloved radio personality in Charlottesville, Virginia, and
is undergoing his second cancer surgery this week. We all know someone
who has battled this dreadful disease, so let’s join together
and support him.
Please also join me in saying a prayer for the son of
a former staff member and a good friend to us all. Josh was seriously
wounded while serving in Iraq this week, and we who know his family
are praying for his safe return home and for the safety of all our young
men and women who are protecting our country.