I’m sorry I missed writing to you last week. As you can imagine,
I was very much on the go with the wonderful group of Society
members participating in the tour of Cortona and its surrounding area.
The tour doesn’t finish until the end of this week, so I’m
afraid this letter will be a short one.
Pat and her cousin Betty Cupo enjoying Trastevere (the Bohemian
quarter of Rome).
We’ve been having a fantastic time. When the group arrived in
Rome, we took the opportunity to do some sightseeing that afternoon
Pat listens intently to the tour guide in the courtyard of the Museums
at the Vatican.
Pat and daughter Becky throw coins into the Trevi Fountain. Legend
has it that you are guaranteed to return to Rome if you throw a coin
into the fountain.
The group and I have also toured Cortona and visited the Museo Diocesano,
where we saw some important paintings of Beato Angelico, a Tuscan painter
of the 15th century. We spent a day touring the town of Pienza (known
for Pecorino cheese) and also the town of Montepulciano (famous for
its red wines). We’ve toured Florence and Assisi and the Convent
of the Cells. The Convent of the Cells is within walking distance of
Cortona (I’ll be in great shape!) and was also the home of St.
The Society tour group at Le Celle, St. Francis' convent.
After visiting Le Celle, a small number of the group walked to "Bramasole,"
the home of Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun.
This past weekend, the Museum hosted Girl Scout Troop 55 from the Riverheads
School District in Augusta County. The girls enjoyed an afternoon of
ghostly tales, decorating pumpkins, and a tour of the Museum. Museum
Administrator Bonnie Stump, the Troop’s tour guide, said that
the girls were among the best bunch of children to have ever visited
the Museum. Bonnie raved about their politeness, enthusiasm, and the
fact that they cleaned up behind themselves so readily and neatly.
Girl Scout Troup 55 hard at work painting pumpkins.
Dean Caldwell sent shivers up the spines of the scouts with ghostly
Dell Philpott and Bob Almond of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for
Children’s Education supervised the girls in a pumpkin painting
project. After a snack, storyteller Dean Caldwell told them historically
“true” ghost stories. Mr. Caldwell is a volunteer interpreter
at the Frontier Culture Museum and also shares his talents with the
Staunton Ghost Walks and Victorian Festival. He has a degree in history
and all his stories were based on historic fact.
Ciao for now…