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Weekend before last, my daughter Patty and I stayed in a wonderful, little log cabin in Galax, Virginia. This past weekend we stayed in the dining car of the Norfolk & Western Railroad in Buchanan, Virginia, while we were in town for Apple Barn Gallery’s show. The train car has been turned into a most comfortable place to spend the night, with beautiful paneling, a bedroom, a bathroom, and a dining area. I talked about it so much that “everybody” had to come up and see it for themselves.

Pat (right) with Janie Harris, owner of the Norfolk and Western dining car where Pat stayed this past weekend during her show at Apple Barn Gallery, Buchanan, Virginia.

Friday evening, the Moss in the Country Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society hosted a fundraising dinner to benefit both the Botetourt Resource Center and the Town Improvement Society. The Resource Center helps those in need, and the Town Improvement Society works to preserve historic buildings in the town and beautify the streets. The dinner was held in the Wilson Warehouse, which was completed in 1839 and now serves as the Buchanan Community House. We had a tour of the Warehouse, which is furnished with period furniture, and it was such fun to see something of history that has been kept and restored. The dinner was catered by the North Star Restaurant, which is my favorite place for breakfast, and it was so nice to be there for the first hour of the dinner with the just the chapter members and to have some special time with them.

Pat (seated) and members of the Moss in the Country Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society load up for the hayride in front of the Wilson Warehouse.

Another special treat was our means of transportation from the dinner to the gallery, a hayride on a trailer pulled by a wonderful John Deere tractor. We arrived at the gallery in style

Pat Meets the Mayors of Buchanan: Pat is greeted in front of Apple Barn Gallery by (from left) outgoing mayor Rex Kelley and his wife Gay and Nancy Middlecamp, wife of incoming mayor Tom Middlecamp.

Rachel and Alfred Nichols, who own Apple Barn Gallery, have so many people who love them, as do we, and they all must have come to the show. I almost wore out my hand signing!

Rachel Nichols (right), owner of Apple Barn Gallery, organizes the hayride - and so much more during the weekend's events.

Sunday I attended a meeting of the P. Buckley Moss Society’s Board of Directors at my “Barn” home in Waynesboro, Virginia. I want each Board member to know how very much I appreciate their dedication to the welfare of the Society and the Foundation for Children’s Education. They volunteer their time to serve on the Board and came from all over the country to meet all day Saturday and part of the day Sunday. Mariann Peterson, President of the Foundation, also attended Sunday and we were welcome guests of the Society Board.

Board member Marlyn De Waard read thank-you notes from this year’s recipients of the Society’s Harbison Scholarship and the Cary Scholarship. We also listened to all the big plans for the Collectors’ Convention that will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, this September 22-23. The Society is organizing a ghost tour and the Jimmy Buffett Dinner Dance, so if you’re interested in either of these events, please call the Society office at 540-943-5678.

This weekend will be a very special weekend indeed as I join family and friends in celebrating my oldest son John’s wedding.

’Til next week…


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