I was most honored to receive my fourth honorary degree last Saturday.
My youngest daughter Ginny and I drove up from Waynesboro last Friday
to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, to attend Shippensburg University’s
Winter Commencement where I received an honorary doctorate for public
During the Hooding Ceremony, Pat receives herHonorary Doctorate
from Shippensburg University President, Anthony Ceddia.
Pictured with Pat, left to right, are Jeffrey W. Coy, retired State
House Representative and current Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming
Commission; Anthony Ceddia, President, Shippensburg University; and
Ken Shoemaker, Chair of the Council of Trustees.
After the ceremony I signed the new Shippensburg
University prints that were released that day and, at the urging
of a few, signed some of the prints “Dr. P. Buckley Moss.”
That felt very strange, because in my mind I’m just Pat. While
I am always grateful to receive the many honors that are bestowed upon
me, I know that these honors are not entirely for me. I could not do
what I do without the help and support of my friends and collectors
and also the Boards of Directors of the Society and the Foundation.
I greatly appreciate the time, thought, and care that each person gives
to help make the lives of children a little happier and easier. God
bless each and every one of you.
It felt strange to Pat to sign some of her prints of Shippensburg
University "Dr. P. Buckley Moss". Here she is assisted by
Leslie Folmer Clinton, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Campus Programs and Director of the Performing Arts Center. Proceeds
from the sale of Pat's print benefit the Performing Arts Center.
On the way back, we stopped in Luray, Virginia and had
dinner at my son John’s restaurant. It was fun to be able to pop
in on him and have him cook for us. We made it back to Waynesboro just
ahead of an incredible blast of arctic air! It came through Saturday
evening, and the temperature dropped like a rock. My staff in Mathews
received a light dusting of snow and the same bitter temperatures, but
it didn’t snow in Waynesboro. That’s quite a reversal, because
it usually snows in Waynesboro and not in Mathews! The cold didn’t
deter last minute shoppers at the Museum who came Sunday and Monday
to have me sign for them.
Pat chats with collectors doing their last minute Holiday shopping
at the Museum.
The Museum had a special treat Monday when Lori and Jonathan
Sharley performed wonderful Christmas and classical music for us. Lori,
Jonathan’s mother, played the piano and the cello, and Jonathan
also played the piano and the French horn. Lori plays with both the
Waynesboro Symphony and the Cello Chums, and Jonathan performs with
the C.F. Richards Academy Bell Choir, which performed during the Barn
Show a couple weeks ago. They played such beautiful music, and I know
my mother had to have been listening from Heaven. Gran Liz would have
been thrilled to see Jonathan and Lori playing “her piano”
with such grace.
Lori Sharley and her 13 year old son Jonathan play the piano and
french horn for visitors at the Museum. Lori plays with the Waynesboro
Symphony and the Cello Chums. Jonathan performs with The C.F. Richards
Academy Bell Choir, Staunton, Vriginia.
I was thrilled this year to be able to attend the Museum’s
staff Christmas party. In years past, my travels have taken me away
from both the Distribution Center in Mathews and the Museum in Waynesboro,
but this year is different and I had a terrific time with the Museum
staff. Everyone brought a dish, including my Italian son-in-law and
Museum Director Corrado who brought some yummy pasta. I’m afraid
I might have gained back a couple pounds this holiday season, but it’s
been worth it!
Pat, on the far right, enjoys an evening with the Museum staff on
the stairs at Pat's Barn. Dixie Stoddard, recently retired from the
staff, sits front and center.
I want to take this opportunity to wish long-time Museum
employee and friend Dixie Stoddard a happy retirement. Dixie just retired
from working at the Museum, and she will be missed by us all.
Well, I’m off to Radford and my daughter Mary’s house for
Christmas. A very merry Christmas to all!