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It really wasn’t my birthday yet, but we celebrated anyway during my show with Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, Pennsylvania, this past weekend.  My daughter Patty and I had a great time, and we saw so many friends.  The gallery was well-stocked with all my newest giclées, as well as original watercolors, offset lithographs, and other products.  Gallery owners Les and Pat Martin, together with their sons T.J. and Adam and many wonderful volunteers, put on an excellent show.

One big, happy family!  L. to R.:  My daughter Patty Moss, T.J. Martin, me, Les Martin, Adam Martin, and Pat Martin.  Note Les’ suit; he wore it twenty years ago to the opening of the P. Buckley Moss Museum, and it fits just the same.  He looked so handsome, and Pat just smiled all the time.

It was so good to see my friends Chip and Amy Gerhart again.  As you can see, Amy is expecting a baby very soon, and they took a chance and drove down for the show.  The original is for the baby.  Congratulations, Chip and Amy!

Flowers from a gentleman!  Larry Hamm always brings me the most beautiful bouquet when I come to Hanover.

I had the best time pretending to be a Rockette with fellow New Yorker Liz Carey.  Standing with us is her husband Alan.

Dennis Fritz purchased his first original.

Virginia Filbey purchased this little original as a gift for her priest.

Larry and Chris Ronald brought their Great Dane Max to the show to see me.  Max is such a gentle giant, and I fell in love with him.  Chris is involved with a Great Dane rescue organization, and I hope to do a benefit print for them in the future, as well as one for Greyhound rescue.

The Martins’ postal carrier Jim Kistler (left) is retiring, and his last day was Saturday.  Jim always brings the Martins’ dog Mattie treats along with the mail, and she will certainly miss him.  Peaking around my shoulder is Les Martin.

I spent Mother’s Day at my home on the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews, Virginia, seeing my beautiful birds and the water.  My children called from all over, and it was a nice day.  We’ll all be together next month on the P. Buckley Moss Society’s group cruise on the Mediterranean, with stops in Italy.  I can hardly wait!
The P. Buckley Moss Museum celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its dedication on May 10, complete with cake, punch, and the selection of the Monthly Mystery Winner for May.

Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri, left, awarded Rosa Hammer, right, from Elkton, VA, her gift certificate for being the Monthly Mystery Winner for May.  For more information on the Museum’s Monthly Mystery Winner Program, please see my February 11, 2009, newsletter.

This cake is almost too pretty to cut!  Happy birthday to the Museum!

Barren Ridge Vineyards, which is located not far from my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, is releasing a 2008 white wine this month called “Tinkling Spring”, named after the historic locale which is also nearby.  As many of you know, I’ve featured Tinkling Spring Church in several of my prints.  I was most honored when John Higgs, owner of Barren Ridge Vineyards, asked if he could use one of my images on the wine label.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine will benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

My image Winter’s Fellowship appears on the label of Barren Ridge Vineyard’s 2008 Tinkling Spring white wine.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine will benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

John Higgs, owner of Barren Ridge Vineyards, presented Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri with a few bottles of his new Tinkling Spring wine.  Corrado, who had been cutting grass, was ready for a little refreshment.

This weekend I’ll be in historic Warrenton, Virginia, for my show with Mark and Meleana Moore at Framecraft.  We’ll release my new print that depicts President Teddy Roosevelt’s historic ride to Warrenton to have lunch at the Warren Green Hotel.  He made a bet, which he won, that he could ride from Washington, DC, have lunch at the hotel, and make it back to Washington in one day.

Teddy’s Ride will be released during my show with Framecraft in Warrenton, VA, on May 16.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-341-0001.

After Framecraft’s show, I’ll be heading down to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a couple weeks of concentrated painting time.  So, I’ll write to you next week from there.
My friend Frances Dunn in Winston Salem, North Carolina, writes a special poem for my birthday every year.  Here’s this year’s birthday poem:

May 20, 2009
“P” is for
the positive way
you look at
every day.
“A” is for
your attitude
that’s good at
work or play.
“T” is for
the tenderness
which without
trying shows.
With this or any
we have a “Pat”
that glows!
Frances Y. Dunn

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