How grateful I am to have been home for Thanksgiving! It is so very
rewarding to have family, and I think of those who were not able to
be home and have the love of their family and friends all around them.
Most of my family at Ginny's house for Thanksgiving.
My family gathered at my daughter Ginny's house in Waynesboro, Virginia,
this year. Along with Ginny, we had her family, of course: husband Corrado
and children Picco and Chiara. My oldest son John was there, my daughter
Patty, and my daughter Mary and her family: husband Kerry and children
Kate, Sarah, and Sean. We were all very happy that my children's father
Jack Moss and his wife Malone were with us. My son Chris and his family
live in New York and weren't able to make the trip down; likewise, my
daughter Becky and her family, who live in Italy but will be with the
family for Christmas.
A toast to two great chefs, brother John and sister Mary.
Mary and Kerry's family are loyal Hokies. An alumnus of Virginia
Tech, Kerry made the back cover of their magazine. Note the card he's
holding featuring daughter Sarah, currently a sophomore at Tech.
Patty and I drove from Mathews to Waynesboro and back in one day. Patty's
friend Mary's mother, who lives in Colorado, and brother, who lives
in New York, were visiting in Mathews, so Patty and I had breakfast
with them Thanksgiving morning and then hit the road for Waynesboro.
The roads were pretty good at the times we were driving-no heavy traffic
or bad weather. We made good time both ways, and I think we were back
home around 8:00 p.m.
I'm leaving Wednesday morning for Waynesboro again and our Museum
Open House and Barn Show this weekend. We're also having the opening
reception for the Museum's new exhibit "Moss in Miniature"
Thursday evening, December 2. The reception starts at 6:00 p.m., and
I hope to see you there!
Winter Bliss, featuring a chickadee, will be released at my December
3-5 Museum Open House and Barn Show. For more information, please contact
the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
While I was in Waynesboro for Thanksgiving, I was given a preview of
the ornaments for The Barn's Christmas tree. The ornaments this year
were all made by students at Ladd Elementary School in Waynesboro, and
they are absolutely wonderful. The ornaments represent everything you
should have on a Christmas tree, all bold and beautiful. The students
did a fantastic job, and I'm very proud to say that their art teacher
Sandi Swartz also works part-time at the Museum.
My daughter Ginny and her husband Corrado Gabellieri are in charge
of decorating the tree and the rest of The Barn this year. It's always
so beautiful to me! Ginny is on the stepladder above.
The ornaments above and below were made by students at Ladd Elementary
School in Waynesboro. I can hardly wait for our tree lighting ceremony
at The Barn Saturday, December 4, at 10:15 a.m.
I'm very much looking forward to this weekend and a chance to see so
many of my friends before Christmas and before going to Florida for
the winter. I also have two more gallery shows to go before the end
of the year. On Wednesday, December 8, I'll be in Kingsport, Tennessee,
with all my friends at Up Against the Wall Gallery, and December 10-11
I'll be in Columbus, Ohio, with my friends at Gallery Art Center.
The poster Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, above, and
the print Music on State Street, below, will be released during
my show with Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, TN, on Wednesday, December
8. For more information, please contact the gallery at 423-246-7210.
O-H-I-O will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center
in Columbus, OH, December 10-11. For more information, please contact
the gallery at 614-442-1109.
See you soon!