Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said it well, that Tech is a
huge family with members all across the country as well as in Virginia;
and, this week that family mourns. I grieve with them. As a mother and
a grandmother, I empathize with the families who have lost their children
and loved ones in this senseless waste of life, and I feel very sorry
for the family of the troubled young man responsible. It is my hope
that future media coverage of this tragedy will be reported with respect
and compassion for the entire Tech family.
I want to do something special to help with the healing
process, and when the details have been worked out I’ll let you
In sharp contrast to this week’s sad news from Blacksburg, Virginia,
the weekend’s show with Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, Pennsylvania,
was truly a happy event. Les and Pat Martin and their boys are wonderful
friends to have, and they have fantastic friends who are a joy to be
with, even to their dog Mattie. Members of the Lake Marburg Chapter
of the P. Buckley Moss Society
pitched in to help with the show, and breakfast with them Saturday morning
was a fun, special time. My daughter Patty and I have many thank-you’s
to say to many people.
Here are some pictures from the show to help tell the story:
Friends always—this is some of the group who always come to
help at every Martin’s show. It’s such a joy to be there
Larry Hamm always brings me the most gorgeous flowers!
Isn’t she beautiful! Lake Marburg member Diana Klunk is undergoing
chemotherapy to treat breast cancer. Her sense of humor and fighting
spirit are an inspiration to us all.
Another fighter, Debbie Dauberman and her husband Claude. Debbie
is receiving radiation treatments for breast cancer.
Can you believe I forgot to sign this quilt square before I shipped
it off to the quilter? The square will be the centerpiece for the wall
hanging that will be auctioned at the Society’s third birthday
party in Lancaster, PA, in July in conjunction with my
Collectors’ Convention. Mary Martin of Glen Burnie, MD, who
volunteered to quilt the wall hanging, brought my square to me for my
Faithful Chip Gerhart and his wife Amy turned up again! They come
to everything, Barn
Shows, Conventions, and even my
Jamestown print unveiling. I was happy to see their familiar, friendly
Wednesday evening I’ll attend the unveiling of my
print The Wayne Theatre at my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia.
The Theatre was built in 1926 and was an important part of Waynesboro’s
downtown. It closed in 1999, but the Wayne
Theatre Alliance is working to restore it to its former glory. A
portion of the proceeds from the sale of this print edition will be
given to the Wayne Theatre Alliance.
The Wayne Theatre will be released at The Museum Open House and
Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA, April 20-22. For more information, call
This weekend I’ll host my Museum Open House and
Barn Show in Waynesboro, and I’m looking forward to seeing friends
old and new. I’ve created a special print edition for the occasion,
Springtime at Meems, which features one of my favorite subjects.
The Meems Bottom Bridge was named after the Meem family that owned the
Strathmore estate west of the Shenandoah River. It is the longest remaining
covered bridge in Virginia.
Springtime at Meems is also for release while Pat is signing at
The Museum and Barn.
’Til next week…