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What a wonderful, early Christmas! I love working with children and schools, and I had an opportunity to be with three different groups during last weekend's Museum Open House and Barn Show. Thursday morning, art students from Stuarts Draft Middle School came to my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, for a tour, and I had an opportunity to visit with them and talk to them. Saturday morning, we held a tree lighting ceremony at The Barn for students, parents, friends, and faculty of Ladd Elementary School. The Ladd students made the ornaments for the Christmas trees at The Barn, and they were full of warmth, fun, and color. The children were so excited at the tree lighting ceremony, and their parents were so appreciative-it made my Christmas. Saturday afternoon, the Augusta County Junior Orchestra performed at the Museum, and they played so beautifully. What a treat for our guests and staff, as well as me! We hope they come back every year.

Museum docent Penny Field (standing at right, with red jacket) conducted the tour for Stuarts Draft Middle School art students. The students were a joy, and I'm happy to have had the chance to spend some time on the tour with them.

Students, family, friends, and faculty of Ladd Elementary School joined us at The Barn Saturday morning for a tree lighting ceremony in honor of the ornaments made by the students.

My very own ornament-making elves!

The Moss in the Valley Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and Don Bunce, pictured with me above, gave me this gorgeous embroidered stole, which Don made. I'm wearing it in one of the pictures above. Don has a new embroidering machine and had such fun with it. Don is also a quilter and made one of the quilts that was auctioned to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education at our Collectors' Convention in Williamsburg, VA, this past summer. Don has started working on a parrot-themed quilt, and I'll show pictures of it when it's ready. Don is a cheerful guy and loves doing needlework.

The Augusta County Junior Orchestra performed at the Museum Saturday afternoon. My granddaughter Chiara plays the cello and is in the second row from the front, third person from the right.

We held the opening reception for the Museum's new exhibit Moss in Miniature Thursday evening. The exhibit features my smallest originals, and people were amazed to see how much detail they contain. We're planning on making a traveling exhibit of my miniatures available to authorized dealers around the country. If you are interested in seeing the exhibit, please contact your dealer.

At the opening reception for the Museum's new Moss in Miniature Exhibit Thursday evening, L. to R.: Gregory Hitchin, Waynesboro's Director of Economic Development; me; Katie McElroy, Waynesboro's Director of Tourism; and Katie's husband Tyrel McElroy, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County. The City of Waynesboro has always been so supportive.

Members of the Moss on the James, Pat's Blue Goose, and Moss in the Forest Chapters of the Society came to The Barn Sunday morning for our annual potluck breakfast. They brought the most delicious food to share, and we all enjoyed the camaraderie. This has become an annual event that we all look forward to.

Our annual chapter breakfast Sunday morning at The Barn.

This Wednesday, December 8, I'm showing with my friends at Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, Tennessee, and we're releasing a new poster and a new giclée on paper celebrating Bristol's annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival. For those of you who don't know, Bristol is near Kingsport; but, half of it is in Virginia, and the other half is in Tennessee. I'll have pictures from the show to share with you in next week's newsletter.

The poster Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, above, and the print Music on State Street, below, will be released during my show with Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, TN, on Wednesday, December 8. For more information, please contact the gallery at 423-246-7210.

This Thursday, I'm flying to Columbus, Ohio, for my show with Gallery Art Center on Friday and Saturday. We'll be releasing a new giclée on paper featuring snowmen wearing OSU Buckeye colors and forming the letters "O-H-I-O" with their stick arms. Ohio loves their Buckeyes!

O-H-I-O will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center in Columbus, OH, December 10-11. For more information, please contact the gallery at 614-442-1109.

The new Society cookbooks are flying out the door at The Moss Portfolio. If you haven't received your order yet, it's on its way to you. To keep shipping costs down, we've been shipping the books through the postal service via media mail, which can take up to 21 days. If you are placing an order now for cookbooks to give as Christmas gifts, we can ship it to you via UPS, starting at $10. Just let the staff know your shipping preference when placing your order.

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!



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