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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 in Germany.

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…


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