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Dear Friends:

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 is lovely.

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 print He 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 the weekend.

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!


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