What a happy, friendly atmosphere at the Edinburg Mill this past weekend! I showed there with King James Galleries of Winchester (Va.) during the Edinburg Ole Time Festival. The whole town is so proud of this wonderful mill that I first showed in probably thirty years ago. It was built in 1848 and was one of only a few to have escaped “The Burning” of the Shenandoah Valley during the War Between the States. Even though I had been to the mill before, I had not attended the Edinburg Ole Time Festival until now. What an experience! What fun!
L. to R.: Maxine Pence, Grand Marshall of the 33rd Edinburg Ole Time Festival; Mayor Daniel J. Harshman; and me at Friday evening’s Opening Ceremony. I’m holding my special print for the occasion, Fun at the Ole Time Festival. Mayor Harshman has been instrumental in the restoration of the mill, doing much of the hand-to-hand work himself. Both of them are energetic people who care about their town, and it was great fun to be with them. I hope to return next year.
My daughter Patty and I stayed at the Edinburg Renaissance B&B, which is a total delight. The owners are Bill and Donna Smith. Sometimes it was hard to leave to go to the show, because we had so much fun talking. Breakfast in a bed and breakfast is always a special time.
B&B owner Donna Smith (center) brought her neighbor Bryan Arehart (left), who is a student and an artist, to meet me and show me his work.
Saturday night, we had dinner with members of the Daughter of the Stars Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and their husbands at the Strasburg Hotel in Strasburg, Virginia. It was such a lovely evening in such a lovely atmosphere and a perfect way to have some time to spend with them.
On the way back to Mathews after Sunday’s show, Patty and I stopped at the Blue Rock Inn in Rappahannock County, Virginia, where my son John is the chef. My beautiful, gentle giant serves the most wonderful meals there. His food is unique and excellently prepared, and the atmosphere is so relaxing, with a view of horses in the fields, ducks on the pond, and the old vineyards.
My next show will be with my dear friends at Vivian’s Antiques and Collectibles in Columbiana, Ohio, on October 5. My brother Dan and sister-in-law Carolyn will be going with me, and I know we’ll have a ball.
Enjoy this lovely fall weather!