I had the most joyous, happy birthday—two days instead of just
one! And, there were even birthday parties held in my honor without
my being there! I owe so many people thank-you’s that I’m
afraid I’ll miss someone, so please know that I truly appreciate
each and every birthday card and gift.
My birthday celebrations started two days early in Salem, Virginia,
at a show with Countryside Gallery. Gallery owners Charles Barnitz and
Martha Doss pulled out all the stops to make everything special for
me on my birthday weekend, and it was a wonderful show. The gallery
staff and volunteers wore special pink T-shirts made just for my birthday
and the show, and I saw so many old and dear friends as well as lots
of new, young faces.
Pretty in pink—everyone dressed in one of Pat’s favorite
Collectors lined up at Countryside Gallery’s door to see Pat
and purchase her new print Springtime
in the Valley .
Friday evening after the show, we went over to the Salem
Senior Center for my birthday party. Everything was so beautifully decorated,
and the food was fabulous. There were three birthday cakes! In lieu
of gifts, optional donations were taken at the door to benefit the Salem
Museum’s building/renovation fund.
There was an abundance of festive decorations and guests at Pat’s
birthday party, which was held in conjunction with Countryside Gallery’s
The cakes were almost too pretty to eat! L. to R., Mary Miner, Pat,
and Martha Doss.
At least three chapters of the P.
Buckley Moss Society held birthday parties in my honor, even though
I couldn’t be with them. The Three Rivers Moss Chapter of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, celebrated the Society’s 20th anniversary and my
birthday at the Georgetowne Inn, overlooking the three rivers and downtown
Pittsburgh. The Mossaphile Chapter of Atlanta, Georgia celebrated my
birthday at Romano's Nacaroni Grill. The Moss in the Country Chapter
of the Roanoke Valley in Virginia celebrated my birthday at Bellacino’s
Pizza & Grinders Monday and called to sing “Happy Birthday”
to me over the phone.
I was in St. Petersburg, Florida, by then, having driven down after
Countryside’s show to meet with the architect and the contractor
who are going to remodel my etching studio. The Finn Gallery will be
relocating to it once the renovation is complete. I’m also spending
two weeks of concentrated painting time in my favorite studio; it has
the best natural painting light.
My next big event will be the Society’s second 20th anniversary
party, which will be held at my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia, on June 15. We’ll have lots of nice surprises
to bid on. I’m looking forward to seeing you then!
Remember our soldiers this Memorial Day Weekend. Their sacrifices are
the reason behind the holiday.