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Dear Friends,

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 and evening.

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. Francis.

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 tales.

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.

Happy trick-or-treating!
Ciao for now…



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