What fun it was to be in Kalona, Iowa, again with all my friends at
The Village Shoppe! Gallery owner Doris Greiner and her staff and friends
really made me feel right at home. The gallery receives strong support
from the members of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society, and I wish to thank everyone who helped make
the weekend so enjoyable and successful.
A special treat for me was getting to have dinner at the Fireside Grill
with Moss Country Friends members on Thursday night. The Fireside Grill
is located in the building that once housed the Edmondson-Reif General
Store, which is featured in The Olde General Store print that
we released during the show. The Edmondson-Reif General Store had a
six-generation, 121-year history of serving the Kalona area until the
family-owned business was destroyed by fire in 2004. The restored building
now houses the Fireside Grill and a furniture store.
The Olde General Store depicts a scene outside the Edmondson-Reif
General Store in Kalona, IA.
Pat and members of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley
Moss Society at Fireside Grill, located in the Edmondson-Reif General
Store. Doris Greiner, owner of The Village Shoppe, is standing on the
I started signing Friday afternoon in a lovely gazebo
outside the gallery, but the weather became so warm that Doris moved
me and all the collectors inside where it was air-conditioned. In true
Iowan fashion, everyone took the change of venue in stride and with
good humor. Midwesterners are the dearest people! They are so pleasant
and kind and a joy to be with.
After the show Friday evening, Doris and I were treated to a private
tour of the Historical Museum by Steve Reif and Marilyn Woodin. The
Museum houses the loveliest antique quilts and wedding dresses as well
as the most impressive spool cabinets I have ever seen. Another collection
the Museum has, and something that is one of my favorites, is the most
gorgeous Vaseline glass. I really enjoy antiques. They bring history
to life for me, and I love to see them preserved and appreciated and
kept in use.
Steve Reif and Marilyn Woodin give Pat a personal tour of Kalona's
After the show Saturday evening, the Moss Country Friends
Chapter hosted a fundraising dinner at the Kalona United Methodist Church.
It was lovely, with each table decorated in a different theme, and entertainment
provided by an area children’s string group. The profit from the
dinner will benefit two children. One child with spina bifida will receive
a Rabbit Mobile Walker and another child who is learning different will
receive educational CD’s to use as a learning tool.
I was so proud of Society Board member Judy Roe, who got up and gave
a talk on the Society and the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. It is such
a wonderful feeling to know that people who care are involved with the
Society and the Foundation.
I received a very precious gift in the form of a donation in my name
of 23 bags of school supplies to the Mennonite Central Committee. The
MCC will distribute the bags to needy children in third world countries.
I met a wonderful doctor at the dinner who had visited Iraq. He told
me that he had seen our soldiers sharing their supplies with the Iraqi
children, showing them that we are really peaceful people who care.
He said he had seen first-hand that education is the best way to foster
peace in the world and congratulated the work of the Society and the
Foundation. My congratulations and thanks to all of you who help make
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about two special
fundraising events for the Foundation that I’m very much looking
forward to. The first one will be a Dessert Reception held on Friday,
September 29, at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa. We’ll
be having dessert at 7:00 p.m. and a live auction at 8:00 p.m. Each
attendee will receive a complimentary black and white Moss print, and
silent auctions will be held throughout the evening. Contact Foundation
Board member Mariann Peterson for tickets and additional information
at 515-314-3619 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mariann was at the Moss Country Friends’ dinner Saturday night,
and she was so excited about the Dessert Reception!
The second one will be a Dinner Gala held at the famous Hotel Roanoke
and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on Saturday, November 11.
The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction, followed
by dinner, entertainment, and a live art auction. Attendees will also
receive a complimentary black and white Moss print. Contact Dell Philpott
at the Foundation office for tickets and additional information at 540-932-1728
or e-mail her at email@example.com.
I have a break this weekend, which is Labor Day Weekend, and then I’ll
be visiting more of my Iowan “family” when I attend shows
with brothers Greg and Garland Angove who own the Heritage Art Galleries
in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. I’ll be in Cedar Falls on September
8 and in Waterloo on September 9. Greg and Garland have a fun-filled
weekend planned for their collectors and me, and we’ll be releasing
two special print editions at their shows. Ice House Days features
the Cedar Falls Ice House Museum and remembers the days before electric
freezers when blocks of ice were actually harvested from frozen rivers
in the winter and stored for use year round. Campanile Memories-UNI
features the cherished campanile on the campus of the University of
Ice House Days (top) and Campanile Memories - UNI to be
released during Pat's visit to the two Heritage Art Galleries in Cedar
Falls and Waterloo, Iowa, September 8th and 9th. For more information,
call the galleries at Waterloo (319) 236-0000 and Cedar Falls (319)
See you soon!
P.S. Congratulations to my “cowboy friend” Frank Addington,
Jr., and his wife Amanda on the arrival of their son Franklin Augustus!
Gus was born on August 21, weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces, and was 21 inches
long. Welcome, Gus!