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Dear Friends,

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.

Pat sketching.
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 the experience.

Dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance posed with Pat after their performance.

Quilt demonstration.
A quilting demonstration by Amy Burk was one of the many interesting activities at the convention.

Dinner Dance.
Those present at the dinner dance weren't shy about enjoying the music!

Ruthie and bird.
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.


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Mathews, VA 23109
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©P. Buckley Moss 2002