This past weekend I was in Berlin Creek, Ohio, with the beautiful hills
and the Amish buggies, for a show with Berlin Creek Gallery. I stayed
at the Miller Haus B & B, and it was so very special. It was situated
on top of a hill, and my room had the most gorgeous view of the surrounding
farmland, hills, and homes.
Pat's view from the Bed and Breakfast. Not pictured are the many
pheasant, emu and llama that made up the rest of Pat's view.
The food was divine, and it felt more like being at home
than being away. The owners and the other guests were all so much fun
to be with. Thank you, Lee Ann Miller and your wonderful family, for
such a comfortable and happy weekend!
If you’ve ever been to Berlin Creek Gallery, I don’t have
to tell you that the show was fun, fun, fun! Owner Nancy Tarzan is one
of the most welcoming, hospitable people—a very caring, fun-loving
person. Her staff admire her, and when you meet her you’ll know
Nancy had her staff all wear yellow P.
Buckley Moss Society shirts. They were all so easy to spot that
I knew just where to send collectors with questions. I thought it was
a wonderful idea to have everyone in bright yellow, and I’m considering
doing it at my future Collectors’ Conventions.
Pat and Nancy Tarzan (center right), owner of Berlin Creek Gallery,
sporting their distinctive yellow Society shirts.
The show was kicked off with a dinner Thursday night at
Grandma’s Alpine Homestead Restaurant, which is also owned by
Lee Ann Miller and her family. We unveiled the original of the show
Weiss Homestead. Larry D. Miller, a descendent of Der Weiss,
who was the original owner of the property on which the farm in the
painting is located, was on hand to tell the history of the farm. He
even dressed up as Der Weiss, who in his later years took to wearing
all white to symbolize his purity of spirit.
Pat and Larry "Der Weiss" Miller in the gazebo at Berlin
The farm in the print is just down the road from the gallery,
and I got to ride past it every evening on my way back to the B &
B with Lee Ann. Lee Ann gave me a running history of everything we passed
along the way. One night we saw a group of Amish boys and girls playing
volleyball. There were eight courts of boys and girls! Lee Ann told
me that they often stay out there until midnight and that was how the
young people meet and get to know one another. The Amish “court”
on volleyball courts!
I met so many Miller’s last weekend. An old friend of mine, who
is also a Miller, visited me at the show, and it was so nice to see
her again. I remember Mary Miller on a Society trip with us years ago.
A group of Society members on the tour would get together and sing.
Mary had the most beautiful voice! She and her family own a very nice
hotel in the area.
I was delighted when the members of the Trees of Life Chapter of the
P. Buckley Moss Society appeared at the show. They traveled all the
way from the Archbold, Ohio, area to be with me. I’ll be in Archbold
August 11-12 for the Society’s Chapter Training event and a show
with the Corner Gallery. I was so happy to see the Trees of Life folks
that I invited them to dinner with me Friday night at Lee Ann’s
restaurant where the kick-off dinner was held the night before. The
restaurant normally closes at 8:00 p.m., and we got there at 7:45 p.m.
Lee Ann graciously let us in anyway.
Pat with the Trees of Life Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society
and Nancy Tarzan (right, in yellow).
Saturday night’s dinner was held in the home of
a very nice Amish family, the Miller’s, of course! What a wonderful,
I almost don’t know what to do with myself this week, because
I don’t have a show scheduled for either this weekend or the next
one. I say “almost,” because I really will be busy. I have
lots and lots of show paintings to work on!
I’ll leave you with the image that will be released at Corner
Gallery’s show August 11-12. He Walks with Us features
the Lockport Covered Bridge, which is located in an Ohio State Park
called Goll’s Woods. The Lockport Mennonite Church and cemetery
are in the background behind the bridge. I’ve been told that on
nice days, the church often holds Sunday School classes at the bridge.
He Walks With Us will be released August 11-12 during Pat's appearance
at Corner Gallery, Archbold, OH. For show details, call (419) 445-8161.
’Til next week…