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My daughter Patty and I spent the weekend in the New River Valley of Virginia. We arrived a little early for my show with Collector's Showcase & Framing in Dublin on Friday, so we visited a delightful antique store in town called Remember When Antiques and Collectibles. We had a good time looking at all the old quilts and hidden country treasures. I bought an older quilt with big stars to use as a Christmas decoration that was stitched entirely by hand. I'm thinking about putting it behind where I sit during Barn Shows. I know I don't need another quilt, but this one called out to me and I couldn't resist.

We had lunch with members of the Moss in the New River Valley Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society at the historic Rockwood-Manor. Construction of Rockwood was begun in 1873 by owners Frances Bell and his wife Sarah Kent Bell. The property is still owned by members of this family today and operated as a bed and breakfast and event center. It is a gorgeous place, and the food is wonderful! I'm excited to be able to share with you the recipe for the most delicious dessert we had. It's a family recipe, reproduced here with permission by owner Frank Drummond, III.

Rockwood Apple Dapple

1 stick of butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup sifted flour
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated tart apples (can use food processor)

Mix all ingredients in order named, sifting the spices and salt with flour. Pour into greased 8x8x2 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.
Makes 8 servings.

Luncheon Friday afternoon with Moss in the New River Valley Chapter at Rockwood-Manor. Look at the beautiful molding around the ceiling!

At Rockwood-Manor, L. to R.: Jeanette Stephens, owner of Collector's Showcase & Framing; me; Shonda Carico; and Christine Carico. Shonda and Christine are family friends of Jeanette and her husband Eddy. Christine's parents own the antique shop where I bought the quilt. Don't you love small towns! Shonda's only request for Christmas last year was for each of her grandmothers to receive a P. Buckley Moss print.

We had a happy, busy Friday and Saturday of showing at the gallery. It was such fun to see so many smiling faces-some old friends and some new ones, too. Patty and I stayed in my oldest daughter Mary Donnelly's cottage on Claytor Lake over the weekend, and the peace and quiet of our evenings energized us for the show. We had to be careful driving back and forth, though, because there were deer everywhere!

Susan Galliher of Burke, Va., left, created this counted cross stitch of my print Apple Blossom Spring. Susan is very talented, as she had to start from scratch and create her own chart to go by. The print had never been charted before. This labor of love, for Susan's own enjoyment, took her two years to complete. Susan has given me the chart she created, along with permission to use it.

Meredith McGrady, left, and Judy Ison, right, are with The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley in Pulaski, Va. They expressed their appreciation to the P. Buckley Moss Society for supporting their art education programs and exhibits through an annual donation of one of my prints from the charity print collection since 2002. The most recent print donation was Mountain Harmony-Along the Crooked Road, and it was auctioned in April of this year. Collector's Showcase & Framing has donated the framing for The Fine Art Center's fundraising prints for years.

What a merry bunch! Workers and volunteers for Collector's Showcase's show, L. to R.: Kavi Coulson, Mildred Wall, Kay White, me, Jane Munsey (President of Moss in the New River Valley Chapter), and gallery owners Jeanette & Eddy Stephens. All, with the exception of me, are members of Moss in the New River Valley Chapter.

On our way back to Waynesboro and Mathews Sunday, we stopped in Buchanan at Apple Barn Gallery and signed some prints from their Show without Moss. Patty and I laughed, because it seemed like we saw absolutely everybody over the weekend.

This is my good friend Mary Jo Hopkins, whom I also saw over the weekend. Mary Jo is a member of Pat's Blue Goose Chapter and a past chairman of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee for Louisa County, Va. The Women's Committee is working with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Team to supply Learning Barns and books to fill them to all the elementary schools in Louisa County as well as the public library. The Learning Barn Project was started three years ago by the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom to help young children learn about agriculture. The Learning Barns contain age-appropriate books with an agricultural theme. The P. Buckley Moss Society donated one of my Shenandoah Silos prints to the Women's Committee to raffle, and Pat's Blue Goose Chapter members helped sell the raffle tickets. The drawing was held during Farm Bureau's annual meeting last month, and the Committee raised enough money to provide two barns and supply the books to fill the shelves. What a wonderful project!

This weekend, I'll be in Leesburg, Virginia, for a show with Medlin Art, Ltd. We'll release my new giclée on paper titled Aldie Mill. The oldest structures in the present day Aldie Mill complex were constructed between 1807 and 1809 in Loudoun County, and the mill operated until 1971. It was donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1981, and the Foundation has been restoring the mill to serve as an operating example of an early 19th-century wheat and corn mill.

Aldie Mill will be released during my show with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, Va., November 13-14. For more information, please contact the gallery at 703-771-8696.

I would like to remind everyone that November 11 is Veterans Day, so please take a few moments to remember our soldiers who protect and defend us as well as the Constitution. Please also pray for those soldiers who were wounded or killed at Ft. Hood last week and for peace for their families. My heart also goes out to the family of the mentally disturbed soldier who did the shooting, and I pray for peace for them as well.


This week's chapter focus is on the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter of Hanover, Pennsylvania. The Chapter is located in beautiful South Central Pennsylvania; and, for those of you who did not know, Hanover is the "Snack Capitol" of the country, with potato chips, pretzels, corn twists, and lots of other goodies manufactured daily.

Lake Marburg Moss Chapter was chartered as #33 in October of 1988. Today, the chapter is 129 members-strong. The members have held many fundraisers over the years and are currently less than $200 from having raised $100,000 for charities since their inception! That is an outstanding amount-thank you Lake Marburg Moss!

The Chapter just concluded its Second Annual Vera Bradley Bingo and was able to raise $2,600 for the Martin's Gallery Scholarship Fund. The Chapter awards two $2,000 scholarships annually; one to a high school senior who is challenged and wishes to further his/her education and the other to either a high school senior or graduate student who plans to work with learning different students.

The Lake Marburg Moss Chapter is a strong and dedicated group comprised of individuals who are willing to work hard and give of themselves and their time to help others. The prizes for this bingo were valued at more than $3,400, which does not include the value of items used to fill the bags, which were donated by many of the chapter members. There were twenty bingo prizes, a Good Neighbor Prize, and seven raffle prizes. All but two of the prizes were sponsored by chapter members. The success of the group is due to the dedication and support they receive from their members and also from Pat and Les Martin, owners of Martin's Picture Framing and Gallery.

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