I was very sad to learn of the passing of John Siskind
last week. John was the Vice President of the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Board of Directors,
and his contributions to the Board and to the world of education for
learning different children will be greatly missed. My thoughts and
prayers are with his family.
I want everyone I love to see the glorious Christmas tree at my Barn
in Waynesboro, Virginia. My dear friends Mary Jo Hopkins and Dot Hiter
have been decorating the Barn for me for so many years, and this is
absolutely the most beautiful tree ever! A picture can’t even
tell you how beautiful it is. It just thrilled and excited me when I
saw it Thanksgiving. This year Mary Jo and Dot were helped by their
brother Wilson Chiles and his wife Diane, along with Dot's husband Jimmy.
So, come to this weekend’s Barn
Show and Museum Open House and visit the tree. You have to also
see how the fireplace was decorated by Dot. She is a master at decorating
the fireplace! I’m incapable of doing any of this, and I’m
ever so grateful for the talents and the joy that these friends bring
into my life!
This picture doesn't even do the tree justice. It goes all the way
to the vaulted ceiling of The Barn—two full stories! It took my
breath away when I first saw it.
Our family Thanksgiving was wonderful, and the only members
missing were my daughter Becky and her family who live in Italy. So,
in addition to me, there were my daughter Mary and her husband Kerry
Donnelly and their three children Kate, Sarah, and Sean; my daughter
Patty; my son John and his wife Maureen; my daughter Ginny and her husband
Corrado Gabellieri and their two children Picco and Chiara; and my son
Chris and his wife Lisa and their three children Kristina, Diana, and
Amanda. Chris and his family traveled the longest distance, all the
way from New York. I was also delighted that my children’s father
Jack Moss and his wife Malone were able to be with us. I mustn’t
forget the family dogs! They all came, too!
My son Chris and his family posed with me in front of our magnificent
Christmas tree. Standing, L. to R.: Chris, me, and Lisa. Kneeling, L.
to R.: Kristina, Amanda, and Diana.
The day after Thanksgiving, Patty and I drove up to Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania, for a show with 2nd Floor Gallery and Gallerie 13, which
are owned by Jeff Van Boskirk and Tamara Gillis. We stayed at the Orris
House Inn, which is a beautifully and historically restored Second Empire
mansion built in 1887. It was originally the private home of wheelwright
Adam Orris and is a registered National Historic Landmark. The owners
Kevin and Barbara Shane Jackson are gracious and delightful hosts. Patty
and I were so appreciative of the lovely music that greeted us when
we walked in the front door, everything from Sinatra to classical music.
Treasures from 1979! These two, framed, little original watercolors
were recently purchased at an estate sale, and their new owner came
to the show to share her find with me.
Both galleries are lovely and full of very exciting things,
from fine art prints and originals to jewelry to pottery to hand-blown
glass. What a temptation for me! When I found a spare minute to look
around, I ended up buying a beautiful, hand-blown, yellow glass vase.
Just a few of the friends, old and new, who came to see me at Gallerie
Members of the Lee family from the Harrisburg, PA area played such
lovely music during Friday evening's reception.
Friday evening there was a tree lighting ceremony in
the park across from Gallerie 13. After officiating at the tree lighting
ceremony, Mayor Jack Ritter came over to the gallery in his tuxedo and
top hat. He is very fun loving and playful, and we had great laughs
together. He even made me wear his hat!
I presented Mayor Jack Ritter with one of the limited edition prints
Capitol Building; a Capitol of Uncommon Wealth on behalf of
the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, and he let me wear his top hat.
L. to R.: John Anthony, President of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce;
Jack Ritter, Mayor of Mechanicsburg; me; and DarrellWestby, Secretary
of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.
Gallery owners Jeff and Tamara sold raffle tickets for
a “Breakfast with Pat,” which benefited the United Methodist
Home for Children. The breakfast was held at the Orris House Inn, and
it was so nice. The table was set with such elegance, and the food was
divine. The people who won a place at the breakfast were such fun; and,
though I had never met any of them before, I felt like we were all old
friends by the time we finished. Everyone came over to the gallery for
the show after breakfast, too, and it was a perfect day; cold but beautiful
and sunny. The Lord kept the snow from our door once more…two
more weeks, please! I need to catch a plane to St. Louis.
What an elegantly laid table!
Jeff Van Boskirk presented a check to Kathy Eppley (seated on my
left), the development director for the United Methodist Home for Children.
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for the Breakfast with Pat
amounted to $400.00, all of which was donated to the children's home.
Incidentally, the Orris House was the very first location of the United
Methodist Home for Children.
Patty and I headed back to Mathews, Virginia, after the
show ended Saturday afternoon, and we seemed to stay just ahead of the
return Thanksgiving traffic. We made it home in five hours. An Andrew
Lloyd Weber CD took us home again, and I also bought a book on tape
to teach me how to speak more conversational Italian. That kept us entertained
on the way home, too. It says a phrase in English and then twice in
Italian, giving the listener time to repeat the Italian. I’m learning
very important phrases like “Where is the coffee?” and “Where
is the ladies’ room?”
The end of a very successful show! Just look at the empty spaces
on the wall behind Jeff and me.
I have a very busy couple of weeks ahead of me. This
weekend I’ll be in Waynesboro, Virginia, for my Barn
Show and Museum Open House. Tuesday, December 4, I’ll be in
Kingsport, Tennessee, for a show with Up Against the Wall. Thursday,
December 6, I fly to St. Louis, for a show with The Art Loft in Collinsville,
Illinois, December 7-8.
The Caroling Season will be released at my Barn Show and Museum
Open House November 30-December 2. For more information, contact the
Museum at 540-949-6473 or 1-800-343-8643.
I hope to see you soon!