As always, my show with Mike and Lisa Anne Milhorn at Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, Tennessee, was exciting and busy.
We started Friday morning with a live TV interview in Johnson City with old friends Morgan King and Amy Lynn of the Daytime Tri-Cities show. Then, we were off to Bristol, and our first stop was the office of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, where I was delighted to see my posters displayed so beautifully. I was given a tour of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which is under construction in Bristol. It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute and will tell the story of our musical heritage. I’m delighted to hear that the Donnelly family (my son-in-law Kerry) piano will be part of the exhibit for the museum. It’s a very early piano and in excellent condition. The museum is going to be fantastic and will open next August. I hope to be there for the opening with a new work that will benefit the museum.
It was such fun appearing on Daytime Tri-Cities with my old friends Morgan King (above) and Amy Lynn (below). The print we are holding is Christmas at Church Circle, the special print for my show with Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, TN.
Mike Milhorn (co-owner of Up Against the Wall) and I in front of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN.
After Bristol, we returned to Kingsport to see a wonderful project in which volunteers are carving new animals for a carousel that the City purchased and is restoring. Many of the volunteers have never carved before, but they are producing an amazing array of animals, including a giraffe, a lion, a tiger, a pug dog, a monkey, and a panda bear. It was a joy to see their work, and their enthusiasm and camaraderie were infectious. I so very much enjoyed talking with everyone. Life is good when people are having fun and enjoying what they are doing. I will also have a painting of the carousel ready for next year.
TV news reporters and camera crews followed us around for our tours of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the carousel. It was such fun.
The gallery was beautiful, as usual, and everything was framed and displayed in such a lovely manner. Everyone loved my newest depiction of Kingsport’s famous Church Circle. Christmas at Church Circle is my fourth version of Church Circle, showing it all decked out for Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree and crèches outside each of the churches. The way the prints were framed was outstanding, and I know many people in the Tri-Cities area will be getting the print for Christmas. It was a pleasure talking to members of each congregation.
My visit to the area was made complete by going on a shopping trip to Cranberry Lane in Bristol with my friend Elizabeth Kerney and her husband. Elizabeth was born on my birthday (different year); and, although she goes by “Elizabeth,” her name is Mary Elizabeth just like my daughter’s.
New friends! My friend Elizabeth Kerney (not pictured) took us to see her favorite place, Cranberry Lane in Bristol. Pictured with me are owners Karen Hester & Monica Guertler. I so much enjoyed the red truck, all the goodies, the quilts, etc.
I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with family at my lake house in Radford, Virginia, and then it will be December! I’m looking forward to my December 6-8 Museum Show and Barn Open House. The morning of Saturday, December 7, we’ll have a tree lighting ceremony at The Barn with the students of Guy K. Stump Elementary School in Stuarts Draft, their families, and their teachers. The students made the ornaments for the big Christmas tree at The Barn, and I can’t wait to see them.
A Special Guest features the Joshua Wilton House B&B in Harrisonburg, VA, and will be released during my December 6-8 Museum Show and Barn Open House. For more information, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
Please come and join us for Christmas cheer and fun. Maybe we’ll all get to see the white doe and her white fawn that have been coming around the Museum grounds this fall. Miracles do happen this time of year.
The little white deer that has been seen off and on at the Museum is all grown up now and has a white fawn of her own (just visible in the tree line).