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I’ve had another busy, fun-filled weekend, which actually started Thursday. My daughter Mary, my granddaughter Kate, and I visited my long-time friend Ida Clemons in Salem, Virginia. Ida has been a member of the P. Buckley Moss Society since its formation in 1987 and is a founding member of the Moss in the Valley Chapter. She bakes the most wonderful cakes and has them sent to me at the Barn Shows, if she doesn’t bring them herself. She’s had to miss the last couple Barn open houses; and, since we happened to be in the area, we dropped in to see her. We had great fun talking and sharing memories.

Ida Clemons and Sadie the cat. Pat visited Ida, a friend of many years, in her home in Salem, Virginia.

Later Thursday evening, Mary, Kate, and I paid an unscheduled visit to The Cottage Gate in Hardy, Virginia, which is near Smith Mountain Lake. I had created a special print for Cottage Gate’s show, titled Double Dippin. The print is based on “The Ice Cream Boat” that Bill Burke built for his sons Travis and Ryan, whom I first met a few years ago at The Achievement Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Bill asked me to come to The Cottage Gate so I could see how much the boys have grown and sign their prints. We had a lovely visit, and I learned how the boys use “The Ice Cream Boat” for their summer job. We also have an open invitation to take a ride on the boat. We’re all looking forward to that!

At the Cottage Gate Gallery in Hardy, Virginia: front row, from left, Allen Tolley (gallery owner), Pat and her granddaughter Kate, and Beth Shearer. Back row, from left, Twila Tolley (gallery owner) Cathy Martin, Pam Burgess, Connie Hodges, Pat's daughter Mary, and Tempril Janney.

Pat with Travis (left) and Ryan Burke. Pat is holding a print of the ice cream boat built for the Burke brothers by their father.

Friday I drove up to Frederick, Maryland, for a show with Thames Fine Arts and Framing. Jon Thames and Molly Pollasch really know how to show my originals and etchings to an advantage, and I am very proud to have them representing my work in Frederick.

Pat with Molly Pollasch and her husband Jon Thames, owners of Thames Fine Arts and Framing in Frederick, Maryland, where Pat showed this past weekend.

On my way back to Mathews after Thames’ show, I stopped in Woodbridge, Virginia, where my granddaughter Sarah’s basketball team was competing in the Girls 14 AAU State Tournament. The New River Valley Hoopsters won fourth in the state! I was very happy for Sarah and her teammates.

Sarah (front left) with her basketball teammates, the New River Valley Hoopsters (Virginia), who won fourth in the state in the Girls 14 AAU State Tournament.

Sarah’s team lost the game I watched, but I was happy for the other team, too. Those girls were so excited, and I could tell how much their victory meant to them. It really made me realize how important it is for parents to practice good sportsmanship at their children’s games. Everyone wants to win, but not everyone can. It is so much better when both the winners and the losers are gracious about the game, children and adults alike. That way, everyone can feel good about themselves.

This weekend (May 6-7) I’ll be in Leesburg, Virginia, for a show with Medlin Art, Ltd. I’m very much looking forward to being in this historic town again.

The Loudoun County Triptych: (left to right) Lightfoot Restaurant; Loudoun County Courthouse; Norris House Stone House Tea Room. Pat painted these landmarks of Leesburg, Virginia for her show at Medlin Art this weekend.

The following weekend, May 13-14, I’ll be in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for our Collectors’ Convention. Come join us Friday and Saturday at The Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey. You’ll be sure to have fun and meet many friends, old and new.

See you soon!


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