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Dear Friends:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a very happy day, surrounded by half my family - my Virginia children and their families. We all pitched in to cook the meal: daughter Mary prepared the desserts, daughter Ginny and son John prepared the side dishes, and I prepared the turkey.

Pat sits next to John with Maureen and her daughter Molly.

We had great fun being together, and having five grandchildren running around reminded me of the days of raising my own six. John's friend Maureen Messick brought her daughter Molly, too, and I was delighted to have her with us. She's a lovely young lady.

During her show at The Finn Gallery, St.Petersburg, FL, Pat pauses for a photograph with friends Dick and Bonnie Lou Binnig (on Pat's right) and Bill and Barbara McGowan.

The day after Thanksgiving, I flew to Florida to be at The Finn Gallery for a weekend show. It was another family affair! Tim Finn's whole family was on hand to staff the show, and once again I was delighted to see friends old and new, including two couples with an "Italian connection." Dick and Bonnie Lou Binnig were with me on the Italy trip, and Bill and Barbara McGowan own a house in Cortona, which is where I first met them during one of my visits.

Mary Jo Hopkins (left) and Dot Hiter decorate the tree at the Barn in preparation for Pat's open house this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (December 3-5).

I'm back in Mathews for just one day before heading to The Barn for this weekend's open house. My son-in-law Corrado Gabellieri, who runs my museum, has sent me pictures of my friends Dot Hiter and Mary Jo Hopkins "decking the halls" at The Barn. Special thanks to all the Barn Show volunteers who do a fantastic job setting up and staffing The Barn!

Until next week...

The Moss Portfolio
74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109
(800) 430-1320
©P. Buckley Moss 2004


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