I’m back in Mathews after an exciting and fun weekend in Kingsport,
Tennessee. I was delighted to see so many familiar faces and quite a
few new ones, too. I had great fun chatting with everyone as I signed
their purchases. It was almost like a family reunion.
Pat with granddaughters Kate and Sarah at the Saturday Night Dinner
Everyone enjoyed boppin' to the 50's beat.
There was an air of anticipation as everyone looked forward to Saturday
night’s dinner dance with its '50’s theme. Last week I was
undecided about what to wear, and in the end I came up with an ensemble
that, according to my staff, made me look like Lucille Ball from I
Love Lucy. My daughter Mary and granddaughters Kate and Sarah drove
down from Radford to be with me Saturday night and wore scarves in their
hair similar to mine, so I guess we all looked like Lucy. It was agreed
that Dick and Bonnie-Lou Binnig of Palm Harbor, Florida, had the best
costumes, and they were crowned King and Queen of the dinner dance.
Dick and Bonnie-Lou Binning were crowned King and Queen of the dance.
I was thrilled to learn that the convention raised about $10,500 for
This sum comes from the proceeds of the Friday night auction as well
as the raffle, auction, and dinner dance held on Saturday. This money
will be used for scholarships for special education and art teachers,
particularly prospective special education and art teachers in their
final year of college, to attend the Foundation’s annual Creative
Mind conference. This year’s conference will be held November
6-8 at Sweet Briar, Virginia.
A Plucky Rooster struts his stuff for us in this painting,
due for release later this summer.
I want to thank everyone who helped to make this convention so successful.
Many people brought me gifts and tokens of appreciation for which I
am truly thankful. I would like to write to each person individually,
but I know that I wasn’t able to write down everyone’s names
and addresses. Please know that I am very grateful.
Pat had fun painting this piece of the Red Hat Ladies as
bears. It will be released as a limited edition print towards the end
I have to mention the very special lunch I had Thursday. Mike and Lisa
Anne Milhorn of Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport had taken me
to Lisa's Cafe and Bake Shoppe. Being a breast cancer survivor, I was
very interested to find out that the owner of the restaurant, Lisa McKinney,
had been diagnosed with breast cancer just after she opened the restaurant
and was receiving her last radiation treatment that very day. In fact,
she returned to the restaurant while we were still there. Mike and Lisa
Anne had brought her a gift of my print Ribbon of Hope, which I was
delighted to personalize for her. I wish Lisa the very best for both
her health and her business.
Pat with Lisa McKinney at Lisa's Cafe and Bake Shoppe, Kingsport,
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so I’m going
to let photos from the convention tell the rest of the story.