The Lord sent us three beautiful days for my Museum
Open House and Barn Show and Waynesboro, Virginia’s, annual
Fall Foliage Festival. Waynesboro’s downtown festival is
one that everyone “comes home to,” and it’s fun to
see old friends. The fall flowers and leaves were beautiful, and
the mums were at their glorious height. I think we all enjoyed
the wonderful fresh air; we kept the doors and windows open at The Barn
the whole time.
The boy in this picture has been coming to my Barn Shows since he
was an infant in his mother’s arms. Standing nearby are
his mother and grandmother, with his sister just visible on the other
side of a volunteer’s shoulder. He brought his painting
of a hummingbird to show me. The last time he came, it was a drawing,
and he wanted me to see his progress. He’s doing very well!
Museum Receptionist Betsy George, left, and the P.
Buckley Moss Museum’s October Monthly Mystery Winner Penny
Prillaman of Glade Hill, Va., right. Penny, who was the lucky
40th visitor on October 10, said, “You couldn’t have a happier
winner, because I love Pat’s work.” For more information
on the Museum’s Monthly Mystery Winner Program, please see my
11, 2009, newsletter.
I’m looking forward to going back in a couple weeks
while I’m on my way to West Virginia for a show with Necessary
Things. I’m hoping to stop by The Greenbrier, either on
my way to or from the show, so I can sketch the clubhouse on the eighteenth
hole of the golf course. I’ve been asked to paint “The
Old White Course” for a show I’m having with Kitten’s
Korner at The Greenbrier December 28-January 1. It’s a five-day
show, including New Year’s Eve! Come and join me!
This weekend I’ll be in Kalona, Iowa—that wonderful quilting
town—for a show with The Village Shoppe. I need more fabric
for my hand-painted quilt centerpieces, so I’ll go out and do
some shopping while I’m there. Everywhere I go, I meet wonderful
people who volunteer to make quilts or quilted wall hangings around
my centerpieces to benefit the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The
finished quilts and wall hangings are eventually auctioned or raffled
off to raise money for the Foundation’s programs, such as scholarships
and the annual Creative Mind Conference for teachers. Anyone wishing
to make one of these for the Foundation should contact my assistant
Tricia Miles at 1-800-430-1320 or email@example.com.
You can see what other quilters have done in past
newsletters. I love discovering how talented people are!
Summer Reflection will be released during my show with The Village
Shoppe in Kalona, Ia., October 16-17. The giclée on paper
features the historical bank barn that was built in the 1920’s
by distinguished U.S. Senator Smith Brookhart while in office.
The restored barn is currently owned by Jerry Strabala of Washington,
Iowa, and has been featured on a number of All-State Barn Tours.
For more information on the print and the show, please contact the gallery
I am most disappointed to announce that the Foundation’s
Mind Conference scheduled for this October 23-25 had to be cancelled
due to a lack of participants. This has been a challenging year
for non-profits, for education, and for the economy overall. Many
school districts throughout the nation have placed restrictions on out
of state travel and reimbursements for professional development, which
have negatively impacted conference registrations to an all-time low.
The Foundation apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks
its presenters for the hard work they have individually put into their
In lieu of the money the Foundation would have spent on the conference,
the board has decided to fund some of the many requests from schools
for their programs. I’ll let you know in a future newsletter
about the grants. The Foundation hopes to have its best conference
ever next year!
There’s still time to order return address
labels from the Foundation in time for Christmas and other holiday
cards. You can view some of the styles available on the Foundation’s
website at www.mossfoundation.org.
For more information or to place an order, please contact the Foundation
office at 540-932-1728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s such fun to receive an envelope with one of these return
address labels, and I know it came from someone who is a supporter of
the Foundation. I use them all the time.
My Chapter Focus this week is on the Trees of Life Chapter in Defiance,
Ohio. Founded in 1992, “The Trees” are a close-knit
group and enjoy many activities together. They meet monthly in
members’ homes or sometimes at a local restaurant. They
enjoy traveling together to my shows and to Ohio and Indiana Amish Country.
Many of you may have seen some of their clever costume parade entries
at Collectors’ Conventions, including All
in a Tree, Nine
Lives, the Ohio
Skaters Poster, Sisterhood,
Speaking of Collectors’
Conventions, I’m very excited to announce that my next one
has been scheduled for June 11-12, 2010, in Williamsburg, Virginia!
Trees of Life Chapter depicting All in a Tree at the 1995
Collectors’ Convention in Dayton, OH.
To help foster friendships, they have a “secret
sister” program and also a friendship bag, which is filled with
homemade cookies and passed on to a member at each meeting. At
the end of each year, they have a “volunteer raffle,” where
names are placed in a hopper each time they attend a meeting or volunteer
at an event, and the winner receives a Moss ornament, pillow, or other
Trees of Life Chapter at their annual Christmas gathering.
The Chapter was named first-in-fundraising in an article
in a recent edition of The Sentinel, the newsletter of the
P. Buckley Moss Society.
Some of the fundraisers have been for Equestrian Therapy; Sara’s
Garden Hyperbaric Center; Diabetes Camp for Children; LAM; children
with disabilities; and several scholarships, including donations toward
the Foundation’s annual Creative Mind Conference. Their
largest project was to benefit the local hospice organization.
Through the sales of Ohio Traditions with P. Buckley Moss cookbooks,
they raised over $20,000 and dedicated a room at the hospice facility
in memory of co-member Jeannie Lehman who passed away in 2004.
My giclée Winter’s
Calm hangs in the entry to the building. “The Trees”
also participate in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life
and the ACT (Adults and Children Together) Program. In addition
to their cookbook, funds have been raised through charity
print raffles; a Christmas tour; benefit dinners with silent auctions;
and, most recently, a prize-a-day raffle calendar in which each entry
has a chance to win from thirty different prizes. Their local
gallery, the Corner Gallery in Archbold, offers immense support in framing
the raffle pieces and assisting with the projects.
If you are looking for a fun group and heart-warming experiences helping
children and other people in need, contact Trees of Life at email@example.com.
When you’re working together toward a mutual goal, it isn’t
work; it’s a joy!
The Moss Portfolio
in Mathews, Va., always celebrates staff members’ birthdays.
We have two October birthday babies, Jake (13th) and Cathy (9th).
In the past, we’ve had as many as four or five birthdays to celebrate
in October! It’s definitely a harvesting month! This
time we had taco salad and pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Back row, L. to R.: Jake, Cathy, and Kirsten. Front row,
L. to R.: Patty, Angie, Lori, Lisa, Christy, Tricia, and me.