My Memorial Day Weekend was spent in Galax, Virginia, with friends old
and new as they participated in Galax’s first Steiff Bear Festival.
Kay and Darrell Weddle, owners of The Framer’s Daughter, helped
organize the activities for the weekend, and my daughter Patty and I
had a wonderful time with them and their many friends and collectors.
Pat spent the weekend at the Steiff Bear Festival in Galax, Virginia
where she appeared at The Framer's Daughter gallery. From the left,
Pat, Claire Steiff Meisel (granddaughter of Steiff's founder), Cathy
Steffes (owner of Bearly a Memory Shop and an organizer of the weekend),
and Kay Weddle (owner of The Framer's Daughter).
The weekend was kicked-off Friday evening with a fundraising
dinner and auction to benefit the Galax Foundation for Excellence in
Education, an organization I was most happy to support. The dinner was
held at Bogey’s Restaurant, and the food was divine! I found out
just how popular teddy bears are Saturday morning at the Steiff Festival
when I participated in a joint signing of my special print for the weekend,
Steiff on the Mountain, with Claire Steiff Meisel, granddaughter
of the founder of the Steiff Bear Company. Claire and I both signed
the print for Steiff and Moss collectors alike. Later, I appeared at
The Framer’s Daughter for their gallery show.
Pat presents Claire Steiff Meisel with artist's proof #1 of Steiff
on the Mountain, which is destined to hang in the Steiff Museum
Sunday morning Patty and I participated in a fundraising
bike ride on the New River Trail for the Galax Foundation for Excellence
in Education. It was great fun, but I have to admit that I’m a
little sore! The land for the New River Trail was purchased by the City
of Galax many years ago from the railroad, and the scenery is breathtaking.
I didn’t go as far as the New River, but the more “professional”
bike riders did.
Pat (third from left) with the Women on Wheels from Roanoke who
came for the Sunday morning fundraising bike ride.
We stayed in a charming and very comfortable cabin over
the weekend. I’ve been told that Governor Warner stayed there
before, too. The cabin’s owner Mary Guynn also owns a furniture
company, which is located in the city’s old icehouse. Mary treated
us to a tour of the building and their showroom, and I could have gotten
into lots of trouble in there...
Pat's weekend retreat.
This weekend I’ll be in Buchanan, Virginia, showing
with Rachel and Alfred Nichols and the wonderful folks at Apple Barn
Gallery. I’ve created a special print for the weekend, which celebrates
30+ years of children’s visits to Nichols Orchard (The Apple Barn)
in Troutville, Virginia. I think everyone will enjoy Our Field Trip.
Our Field Trip will be released this weekend at Apple Barn Gallery,
Buchanan, Virginia. For information about meeting Pat at this show,
please call Apple Barn Gallery (540) 254-6677.
’Til next week…