We had a very happy Thanksgiving, spent with many of our friends whom we enjoy and who are far away from their families, so they are part of our family.
The Donnelly sisters Sarah and Kate with their cousin Sofia. Thanksgiving is also a time for family reunions.
Just a few of the friends and family who gathered at my home on Claytor Lake for Thanksgiving; L. to R. behind the counter: our friend Kathy Graves; our friend Joe Jennelle who takes wonderful pictures for us; Lois Badey, Senior Director of Development for Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts; and Kathy Fullhart, wife of Major General Randal Fullhart who is in charge of VT’s Corps of Cadets.
Now, we are looking forward to a lovely weekend in Waynesboro for our Christmas gallery show and Barn Open House. My daughters Becky and Ginny spent a whole day decorating the big tree at the Barn with the ornaments made by the students of Wenonah Elementary School in Waynesboro. We are excited to have everyone see how beautiful they look on the tree, and we will have a tree lighting ceremony for the students and their parents and teachers on Saturday morning. Becky and Ginny’s next project was decorating the Christmas tree and display window at our downtown gallery, including our famous dollhouse. What fun to have a showcase like our downtown gallery—“decking its halls” makes for a very fun time for all of us.
We will be releasing two new prints this weekend, and I will be signing at the Barn with the help of my wonderful volunteers from the Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
Appalachian Winter and Winter’s Visitor, above, will be released during my December 4-6 Barn Open House and gallery show in Waynesboro, VA. For more information, please call the gallery at 540-949-6473.
Another highlight for me this week was being on air with my friends at Blue Ridge Public Television in Roanoke, Virginia, Tuesday evening for the release of our new fundraising print Appalachian Splendor, featuring McAfee Knob. My children Mary, Becky, and Chris and our friend Joe Jennelle helped answer the pledge lines.
With Rose Martin, Ed.D., Corporate Support Executive & Host for Blue Ridge Public Television, unveiling my new fundraising print Appalachian Splendor, featuring McAfee Knob.
I just learned of the passing of Sandra Sheldon, who was a past president of the Society’s Central Iowa Chapter. Sandy was a dear friend and a lovely, caring person. She will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.