I had a wonderful weekend in Archbold, Ohio. The P.
Buckley Moss Society hosted its regional Chapter Training at Archbold’s
Sauder Village, which is a living history museum that recreates daily
rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries and has the most beautiful
hotel that we all stayed in. Different chapters of the Society from
the mid-section of the country gathered to share ideas and learn from
one another. It was so encouraging to see them in action and to hear
about the projects they are working on. Chapter members also heard from
speakers, like the P.
Buckley Moss Museum’s own Bonnie Stump, who gave a wonderful
account of the history of my work. I especially enjoyed Bonnie’s
talk, because I don’t get to hear her that often.
The Trees of Life Chapter, which is based in the Archbold area, has
adopted a wonderful charity to support and hosted a fundraising dinner
for it Saturday night. Sara’s Garden was started by family members
of a beautiful young woman from Archbold. Sara passed away during childbirth
a few years ago. Her baby survived but has cerebral palsy, and they
started a treatment center for him and anyone else who needs it. Operating
only from donations, Sara’s Garden does such wonderful work, providing
medical equipment and treatments for patients who otherwise would not
be able to afford them. I was very thankful to be able to participate
in the fundraiser.
Al Sandstrom volunteers to demonstrate the hyperbaric chamber at
Sara's Garden, the charity benefitting from fundraisning events at the
Society's Chapter Training weekend. Assisting with the demonstration
are Judy Burkholder and Jane Parker.
The show at The Corner Gallery was marvelous! It was
so good to see so many old friends and to meet so many new ones. Marlene
Huber and Suellen Rupp pulled out all the stops. Their gallery was beautiful,
and everything was so well planned. The gallery is small, so to allow
collectors comfortable space in which to browse, I signed in a little
restaurant directly across the street from the gallery. Carol Ann’s
Café serves espresso, my favorite, so I was very happy! It was
so relaxing to see the camaraderie and caring that everyone shared—their
family, friends, volunteers, collectors, everyone! The whole community
When I arrived in Archbold Thursday afternoon, a group of us went out
to the Lockport Covered Bridge that appears in my print He Walks
with Us and had our picture taken. It was so beautiful to go through
the bridge and see the little cemetery up on the hill on the other side.
It was so calm and peaceful.
Pat was taken to see the Lockport Covered Bridge, featured in Pat's
Walks with Us, (from the other side) below.
The food in Archbold is wonderful, too! Sauder Village
has an excellent restaurant, and Mom’s Diner has the most sinful
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae. It was a good thing that there
was a Moss Walk planned for Saturday morning, or the airline would have
charged me extra for the flight back due to the weight I gained over
It takes a crowd to demolish a sundae at Mom's Diner in Sauder Village.
Marlyn DeWaard, Deb Weisgerber, Ginny Myers and Pat demonstrate how
it's done while Randy Myers looks on.
This weekend I’ll be in Waynesboro, Virginia, where
members of my staff and I will be hosting an informal Dealers’
Meeting. We like to get together with our dealers a couple times a year
and hear their thoughts and ideas and share ours with them. We also
give them a preview of new products that we plan to release in the near
future, so stay tuned for next week’s newsletter! On Saturday
night, we’ll have a dinner dance, and my children and grandchildren
will be there to meet the dealers.
I’ll be in Kalona, Iowa, August 25-26, for a show with Doris Greiner
and her wonderful friends at The Village Shoppe. I’m looking forward
to returning to Kalona and reconnecting with all my friends there. We’ll
be releasing a print titled The Olde General Store, featuring
the Edmondson-Reif general store that served Kalona and the surrounding
area for 121 years.
The Olde General Store will be released at The Village Shoppe in
Kalona, Iowa, when Pat visits there August 25-26. For more information
please call (319) 656-3853.
That’s all for now…’til next week!