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Dear Friends,

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 event.

Pat's granddaughter, Kate Donnelly, with her boyfriend Dylan DeHart at Homecoming.

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 through!

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…



Personal Appearances

November 5 The Frame Up Occoquan, VA (703) 491-2838
November 12-13 The Country Framer Libertyville, IL (847) 680-8666
November 19-20 Martin's Gallery Hanover, PA (717)632-3355
November 27 Finn Gallery St. Petersburg, FL (727) 894-2899



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