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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Four of my six children and their families joined me in Waynesboro, Virginia, and we had a feast! Everyone contributed at least one family favorite, and we all ate too much.

Pat and son-in-law Corrado, Director of the P. Buckley Moss Museum, do surgery on the Thanksgiving turkey.

Pat celebrates Thanksgiving surrounded with her family at the Barn, Waynesboro, VA.

Now, my thoughts are turning to Christmas and this weekend’s Museum Open House and Barn Show. The Museum staff and volunteers have been busy decorating both the Museum and the Barn, and “it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!” This year’s Christmas tree for the Barn is two stories tall and hits the ceiling. There’s no room for the star! I’m very grateful to my friends Jim and Dot Hiter and Mary Jo Hopkins who have been decorating the Barn for years. They have just the right touch and make everything look so beautiful.

Jim Hiter scales the beams at Pat's Barn in Waynesboro, VA to help his wife Dot decorate the tree. Just watching him gave this photographer the wobbles.

Karen Mowen gets down to the enjoyable task of decorating the dolls' house at the Museum in Waynesboro, VA.

We’ll be releasing a very special print this weekend titled Homestead Sleigh Ride, which depicts the historic Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains. The Homestead and the surrounding hot mineral springs have played host to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Harry S. Truman, and Thomas Edison, to name but a few.

Homestead Sleigh Ride, Pat's painting of the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA, will be released as a print during Pat's show at the Museum and Barn, December 1-3. Call (800) 343-8643 for more information.

I hope to release two new giclées this weekend, too, if the final proofs are good. I’ve been working on two floral giclées, and I want the colors to be just right.

Look out for Flowers on Red, which will be released as a giclée as soon as Pat approves the proof.

In addition to getting ready for the holidays, the Museum recently hosted twenty-seven students from Warwick River Middle School in Newport News, Virginia. Robert Taylor, with the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, dressed up in a Shakespearean costume and discussed William Shakespeare and what school was like in his time. The students were given Shakespearean quotes and asked to incorporate the quotes into visual art, thus combining performing and visual arts as well as history. The students also toured the Museum. The program was sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

The Museum plays host to Robert Taylor of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, and a group of students from Warwick River Middle School in Newport News, VA, in a program sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education.

Next week I’ll be in Kingsport, Tennessee, signing at Up Against the Wall on December 5. Then, I’ll be in Fairfax, Virginia, to show with Moser Gallery December 8-9.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


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74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109
(800) 430-1320
©P. Buckley Moss 2005


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