Hello from Waynesboro! I just spent a fabulous weekend greeting
collectors and friends at my “Barn” studio. I was
caught up in the excitement of the Christmas season as I signed prints
for collectors and learned that many of those prints were going to become
someone’s Christmas gift. Thank you for letting me be part
of your holiday celebration!
Pat and friends. Pat and Museum Director, Corrado Gabellieri (far
right) pose with friends, most of whom ßjoined Pat on the recent
Society trip to Italy, and then again at the Barn this past weekend.
From the left, Al Sandstrom, Marie Ehrlich, Karen Morris, Floyd
Boothe, Bob Johnson, May Johnson, Don Morris, Pat and Corrado.
What a special treat it was when the C. F. Richards Bell
Team performed at both the Museum and The Barn on Friday! C. F.
Richards, Jr. Academy is a private school in Staunton, Virginia, and
their bell program has been in existence since 1988. The team
travels to events all over the country to perform, even traveling as
far away as Toronto and Puerto Rico, so I was most honored to have them
visit me in Waynesboro. They were absolutely wonderful!
Members of the C.F. Richards, Jr. Academy Bell Team perform for
guests at Pat's Barn Open House.
I enjoyed being with everyone so much this past weekend
that I have decided to hold another signing in Waynesboro in a couple
weeks. I will be in the Museum’s
gift shop from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, and Monday,
December 20, to meet people and sign their purchases. I hope to
see you there!
Pat shares a moment with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, childhood friends of Pat
from Mill Rift, Pennsylvania. Pat recalls lazy summer days swimming
in the Delaware River with them and attending the Holy Family Church,
which was open only in the summer.
Time has flown by so quickly this year that it’s
hard for me to realize that Christmas is almost here and a new year
is about to begin. Like most of you, I plan to share the holidays
with my family and friends, reminiscing about Christmases past, reveling
with the little ones, and going to church on Christmas Day with my daughter
Ginny and her family.
It is with this in mind that I ask you to do me a favor: please
remember those less fortunate than yourselves, whether it’s with
a monetary donation or your time. Loneliness, especially this
time of the year, can be a terrible hardship. Often, a smile or
a kind word to a stranger can make their day and be the most meaningful
gift they have received. Please also say a prayer for our troops,
whether you agree with why they are overseas or not. They are
the children of someone—they could be yours; they could be mine.
Until next week...