It was hard saying goodbyes on Sunday. The sense of togetherness
that built over the three days of the convention bonded us as if we
were one big family. Thank you all who came to Lancaster. I am enriched
by your friendship. Also, on behalf of the Education Foundation, thank
you for your generous donations which totaled $8333.00.
Mayor Smithgall, Carol Roland, and Ruth Ecklin, volunteer leaders
of the Rocky Springs Carousel Association, introduce Malcolm and Pat
to Lancaster's carousel. Pat will do a painting of the carousel with
a print edition to benefit the Association.
For the most part, I am going to let the photos tell the story. There
were so many memorable moments and if I were to write about them all,
I would be breaking my promise to keep my newsletters short. The weekend
started with Charlie Smithgall, Mayor of Lancaster, and a visit to
the town's newly acquired Dentzel Carousel. I will be painting a scene
of the carousel to help raise the million plus dollars needed to build
a new home for this rare and very precious masterpiece that will make
downtown Lancaster a prime destination.
During the Friday Tour lunch, Pat sketched an Amish girl to auction.
The money raised will help pay for medical treatment for an Amish
woman suffering from breast cancer.
Richard and Irene Martin won the sketch auctioned at the luncheon.
Pictured left to right: Malcolm, Lydia Lantz, Richard, Pat, and Irene.
Pat chose a quilt to purchase while visiting the barn.
Our thanks go to Lydia Lantz and the Stoltzfus family for the superb
Amish lunch many of us enjoyed in the Lantz farm barn. "Good
and Plenty" is the usual description for an Amish meal but truly
this meal was "Superb and more than Plenty." If you are
Lancaster County bound, call the Moss Portfolio for the Stoltzfus
family information so you can visit them. You will be delighted by
Dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance posed with Pat after
A quilting demonstration by Amy Burk was one of the many interesting
activities at the convention.
Those present at the dinner dance weren't shy about enjoying the
Once again, Ruthie, her bird and her music kept the dinner dance
at a lively pace.
A special thanks to my staff and to the many volunteers who worked
to make the weekend so special. Without you volunteers, we could not
hold such an event.
This is my week of relaxation. Together with Ginny, my youngest daughter,
I am travelling to Radford, Virginia, to celebrate the birthday of
Mary, my oldest daughter and to immerse myself in the lives of grandchildren.
I will tell you about it next week.
God bless and keep you safe and well.