Saturday, my daughter Patty, her friend Mary, and I attended the Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society’s 6th Annual Tea Party, which was held at historic Tanglewood Ordinary in Goochland, Virginia. The proceeds from the fundraising event will help establish the Moss on the James Endowment Scholarship in conjunction with the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Donations are still coming in, so the exact amount of the proceeds has not yet been determined; but, the Chapter estimates that the event will net approximately $8,000 for the scholarship fund. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact chapter member Bob Almond at 804-833-3355.
Our Master of Ceremonies was Moss on the James member and former Executive Director of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Bob Almond. Bob embraced the spirit of the tea party and dressed accordingly, complete with hat and gloves (note the gloves in his jacket pocket).
Floyd Boothe, a charter member of Moss on the James, pictured far right, was the highest bidder on this exceptional quilt that was hand-stitched by Pat Fynquist of Fort Wayne, IN. Ms. Fynquist created the quilt around one of my hand-painted centerpieces, stitched the entire thing by hand, and donated it to the Foundation. In the picture, I’m on the far left, and Bob Almond is in the middle.
The Moss on the James Chapter is such a dedicated and fun group, and we try to attend their fundraisers each year in the Richmond, Virginia, area. Good friends from all over Virginia come. This year, the Tea Party was held at Tanglewood Ordinary in Goochland, which has been owned by Jim and Anne Hardwick since 1985. It is a really charming place, which was built around 1928 by the Barret family as a gas station and sundries store. The Hardwick’s were with us the whole time during the Tea Party, and their staff members are all very pleasant and happy to be working in this wonderful log cabin. It’s a terrific place for a special party or wedding.
Moss on the James’ 6th Annual Tea Party at Tanglewood Ordinary in Goochland, VA.
Patty, Mary, and I went to the annual Kirkin’ o’ th’ Tartan Service on Sunday at Historic Christ Church in Lancaster County, Virginia. It was wonderful to hear the pipes and the drums in the old stone and brick church. It brought tears to my eyes and certainly kept me awake. Mary is a member of the Kilmarnock and District Pipes and Drums, which played during the service. This special service is an annual tradition, and each year more and more people wear their tartans, or maybe just a scarf, and go up to the Reverend for a special blessing. The origins of the Kirkin’ o’ th’ Tartan are believed to date from the 1700’s when, after the Battle of Culloden in 1745, the English attempted to break the Scottish clan system by banning, under pain of death, the wearing of tartans and the playing of bagpipes. As a form of resistance, Scots would hide bits of tartan on their person when attending the kirk (church). In this way, when blessings were offered, the tartan and, by extension, the clans and families were blessed. The service eventually became a Scottish American tradition. The common thread in each of the thousands of services conducted each year in all parts of the country is the opportunity to dedicate to Almighty God the tartan symbol of unwavering loyalty, steadfast faith, rugged individualism, and regard for human personality.
Christ Church in Lancaster is the best preserved of colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. It is the only church from colonial Virginia to retain its original high-backed box pews, and it is one of only two with its original triple-decker pulpit. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. A church has stood in that particular spot for more than 300 years. The first church constructed there, most likely wood-framed, was built under the direction of John Carter and finished in 1670. In 1730, John’s son Robert “King” Carter, colonial Virginia’s most prominent planter, proposed to build a brick church at his own expense, which the vestry of Christ Church Parish accepted. The church was finished in 1735. Visitors to the church are welcome during the week, and there is a museum on site.
I’m looking forward to my trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this Friday and my show on Saturday with King James Galleries of Gettysburg. This will be my first time showing with this gallery, and I’m excited about it. I hope those of you who live in the area will come and say “hello” and enjoy the beautiful, historic sites. Gallery manager Debra Starry and I will release a new giclée titled Making Memories at Sachs Bridge. Sachs Bridge was built in 1852 and was used by both Union and Confederate Armies during the Battle of Gettysburg. 2013 will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle. The bridge was closed to automobiles in 1968 and was all but destroyed by a flash flood in 1996. Fortunately, this beautiful piece of history was restored by Adams County as a scenic bridge.
Making Memories at Sachs Bridge will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with King James Galleries of Gettysburg on Sunday, May 11. For more information, please contact the gallery at 855-855-1863.
The following weekend my beautiful granddaughter Sarah will graduate from Virginia Tech, so I’ll be down in Radford; and, May 24-25, I’ll be in Roanoke, Virginia, for my Collectors’ Convention at The Hotel Roanoke. To reserve a room at The Hotel Roanoke and receive our special Convention rate, starting at $128 per night, please call 540-985-5900 and mention the P. Buckley Moss Convention.
The Virginian features the Virginian Railroad Passenger Station in Roanoke and will be available in two sizes and may be ordered from your gallery prior to the Convention at the special Convention price. After May 25, the price will go up. Small, IS: 9-1/4 x 10-1/2 ins., $75 Convention price; $100 after May 25. Large, IS: 14 x 16 ins., $150 Convention price; $200 after May 25. For more information, please contact P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., at 1-800-430-1320.
Pride of the Line (IS: 5 x 21-7/8 ins.) features the famous 611 Train and will be available during the Convention for $80. After the Convention, the print will be available for $100.
The Convention is going to be such fun! In addition to our regular Friday evening reception and exhibit, we will be having a tour of the O. Winston Link Museum, followed by a luncheon. The O. Winston Link Museum is dedicated to the photography of O. Winston Link, a twentieth century railroad photographer. Located within easy walking distance of The Hotel Roanoke, where our Convention will be held, the museum inhabits a restored Norfolk & Western Railway passenger train station. The tour group will meet in the lobby of The Hotel Roanoke at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the tour and luncheon cost $25 and are available from P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., 1-800-430-1320. Friday evening, exhibit and ticket sales open at 5:00 p.m., and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, and will reopen Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., closing at 5:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening, we will have a Dinner Dance and Auction to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.
All Convention attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print Pickin’ Time.
All Dinner Dance attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print Orchard Fun.
Those who volunteer to help set up or take down the Convention displays or help staff one of the tables will receive the complimentary black and white print Picked Bare. For more information on becoming a Convention volunteer, please contact Tricia Miles at 1-800-430-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the Friday night reception cost $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The Friday evening ticket includes admission to the Saturday exhibit as well. Saturday-only tickets are $8, whether purchased in advance or at the door. The Saturday evening Dinner Dance tickets are $45 each. Please purchase your admission tickets from your favorite Moss dealer to ensure that they receive credit for your purchases. If you do not have a local dealer, you may purchase tickets from P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., 1-800-430-1320.
Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!