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Dear Friends:

What an exciting and busy week I have had since my last newsletter! Not only did I celebrate Christmas with my family, but there was also a surprise snowstorm in Mathews and our friend and dealer Tim Finn’s baby girl was born!

Last Monday, in addition to signing at the Museum, I was delighted to pay a visit to my grandson Picco’s school to draw the winning raffle tickets for two of my prints, which had been donated to benefit the school’s Technology Student Association (TSA) club. The money raised will be used for the TSA group to participate in state and national competitions. I’ve written about Picco’s involvement with TSA before, and I can’t stress enough how wonderful this program is, giving children hands-on experience in the use of technology for problem solving and every day applications. The teachers volunteer their time and are truly dedicated, so I was all the more delighted when one of the names I drew was that of Diane Snyder, one of the TSA teachers!

Pat draws the winning raffle ticket for Picco's TSA club. Helping Pat are (left to right) Dan Farrar, Assistant Teacher/Sponsor for TSA group, Betsy Agee, Principal of Stuarts Draft Middle School, and Andrew Baker, Main Teacher/Sponsor for TSA group and technology teacher for Stuarts Draft Middle School.

On Wednesday my daughter Ginny, her children Picco and Chiara, their family dog Winnie, and I drove to Radford, Virginia, to my oldest daughter Mary’s house, where the children were treated to a visit by Santa Claus. My son John and his friend Maureen were also there, although they are too old to sit on Santa’s lap! Mary’s oldest daughter Kate’s boyfriend Dylan DeHart and his family were there, too, as well as all of Mary’s neighbors who have small children. It was a full house but great fun, and the little ones were awestruck by Santa.

A Family Christmas with Santa. Pat and her gang enjoy the Holidays together at daughter Mary's house.

Ginny, Picco, Chiara, Winnie, and I drove back to Waynesboro to attend the candlelight service at the Tinkling Springs Church on Christmas Eve. Tinkling Springs is the oldest church in the Valley and one that is dear to my heart. I’ve included it in several of my paintings and prints. The next day we all went back to Mary’s house for Christmas dinner.

One of Pat's prints of the charming Tinkling Springs Church, now no longer available.

The day after Christmas, Ginny and her family and I got up bright and early to start driving to St. Petersburg, Florida, where I’ll be staying the next three months. There was no snow when we started out, but as we headed south through the Carolinas we saw that the mid-Atlantic states had been hit with a coastal winter storm. The storm started with ice in South Carolina and zoomed up the Atlantic seaboard, delivering a belated white Christmas to the coastal areas of North Carolina, Virginia, and New England. Mathews, which doesn’t get as much snow as other parts of Virginia, received up to a foot in some places, including my house! I was a little sad that I didn’t get to see it, but my staff took a picture for me.

Pat's house in Mathews, resplendent in a new coat of snow.

We arrived in St. Pete around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, anticipating the arrival of my daughter Becky and her family from Italy. Their plane was due to arrive shortly after 11:00 p.m., but their flight from New York was delayed due to snow there. Tim Finn, who represents my work in St. Petersburg, had graciously offered to pick Becky, Roberto, Sofie, and Michela up from the airport, but Mother Nature had other plans. As Becky entered the airport around 1:00 a.m. Monday, she heard her name being paged for a phone call. The caller was Tim, apologizing that he couldn’t pick them up because his wife Mary was in labor! Congratulations, Tim and Mary, on the birth of Rylee Nicole!

Welcome, Rylee Nicole! Congratulations to Mary and Tim Finn (owners of Finn Gallery, the P. Buckley Moss dealership in St. Petersburg, Florida) on the birth of their first child.

This has been a truly memorable Christmas for me, and I hope that all of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday. I wish to thank everyone who has sent me Christmas cards and e-mails. I love hearing from you and appreciate your taking the time to write. Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!


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