What fun we had at the Barn Show this past weekend! The weather was
perfect, and I was delighted to see so many dear friends as well as
meet many new ones.
This Red Hat Society group, The Red Belles of Whoville from Charlottesville,
Virginia, visited the Museum and Barn during the Barn Show.
Over the course of the weekend, three different groups of the Red Hat
Society paid me visits. I was thrilled to see them—I feel a great
kinship with the spirit of these women. I admire their enthusiasm for
life-after-fifty (and before) and for embracing (dis)organized fun.
Pat signs for a collector at the Barn. Bill and Iris McCarthy gave
Pat these beautiful roses. Bill and Iris live on top of a mountain in
Elkton, Virginia, and rarely miss a Barn Show, almost always arriving
with roses in hand.
Also this past weekend, students from Shelburne Middle School were
at the office of the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, painting Christmas
ornaments they had designed in art class. These ornaments will be on
the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, which is being given
by Highland County, Virginia. Requirements for the ornaments were that
they had to be at least nine inches in size; dominant colors were to
be red, white, and blue; and designed to show the area of Virginia where
the students live. The students each designed a quilt pattern and put
a Virginia symbol in the center, painting their design on a nine-inch
square piece of Plexiglas.
Students from Shelburne Middle School and their teachers, Susan
Gutshall and Nilda Jolloff, visited the Museum this weekend.
The students decorated Christmas ornaments at the Foundation offices.
After they finished painting Saturday morning, the students enjoyed
a pizza lunch, visited the Museum, and then visited me at the Barn.
Their teachers are Susan Gutshall and Nilda Jolloff, who have both attended
the Foundation’s Creative Mind Conference in the past and will
be attending again this year. I’m very proud that the Foundation
played a role in the children’s participation in this national
Pat's granddaughter, Kate Donnelly, with her boyfriend Dylan DeHart
Now, I’m going to be the proud grandmother and share with you
a picture of my oldest grandchild Kate Donnelly. Kate was recently one
of the two sophomore representatives to the Homecoming Court at Radford
High School. Her boyfriend Dylan DeHart, a senior football player with
a sense of humor, was crowned Homecoming King. Following my grandchildren’s
progress through school brings memories of the school years of my own
children. Only now, I get to sit back and enjoy the fun of it, while
my children have the responsibility of guiding the younger generation
I have to go pack for Italy—I leave tomorrow and return at the
end of this month after the Society’s group tour.
Until next week, when I write from Italy…
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