The Moss Collectors’ Convention held on September 12 and 13, 2008 in Roanoke, Virginia, was as much fun as
the others have been and included a few new wrinkles.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education sponsored an authors’ luncheon on Friday. Quilt
maker Camelia Elliot told of the research she had done on the Virginia sites she incorporated into a quilt in
the soon to be released Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She also quilted a wall hanging around a quilt square which Pat had painted of a baby bird. This quilt will be raffled for the next few months to benefit the Foundation. Contact the Foundation office for further information.
Merle Good told the story of how the idea for his newest collaboration with Pat, Reuben and the Balloon,
came about. Cynthia Long Lasher discussed Lutheran Family Services and her book, Death Is No Stranger,
about helping children cope with grief. Sharyn McCrumb entertained with stories regarding her goal to retell the
Canterbury Tales in modern times as the pilgrims travel to assorted Southern speedways, actually a memorial
pilgrimage in honor of Dale Earnhardt (St. Dale). Logan Ward concluded the presentations with his account of his
family’s year as subsistence farmers as told in See You in a Hundred Years. All the authors graciously stayed to meet the attendees and sign their works. The event was a unique and delightful experience.
Something different during convention exhibit hours was a fundraiser the Foundation conducted. The Moss Portfolio gives a small black and white Moss print to all attendees. Collector’s Showcase & Framing in Dublin,
Virginia, donated pieces of mat boards, which Moss in the New River Valley Chapter helped put together. For a $10 donation to the Foundation, one received the little print already mounted suitable for framing in a 5 x 7 frame.
Sale of the Freedom Grab Bags continues to be a bit hit at events. Members of Moss in the Country and Moss in the Highlands chapters gathered items and filled the bags. Eighth grade students from William Byrd
Middle School had beautifully decorated the bags in festive patriotic designs. One of the 125 bags contained a certificate for the miniature Moss original of a baby bird with framing donated by Lodan Gallery of Midlothian, Virginia. After quite a delay as people searched their bags, a delighted Terry Cundiff finally shouted out to claim his prize.
The variety of fundraising activities — those Freedom Bags, a raffle of a Moss print (won by Corrado Gabellieri
of the Moss Museum), the donations for those matted prints, the silent auction of 40 items, and the live auction
— raised approximately $11,800 for the Moss Foundation and the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship. The most spirited bidding was for a quilt pieced together by Ladye Buckner of Grayson, Georgia, and her staff. Pat decided she did not have a quilt featuring one of her baby bird squares and was determined to win the item.
Keep watch for announcements of future conventions.