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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reception tomorrow at The Buttery, Lewes DE

Just thought we'd get one last plug in about our Artists' Reception tomorrow, March 29, at The Buttery Restaurant at 102 Second Street, Lewes, Delaware from 4-6pm. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and say hello. It's a joint exhibition of our photographs, watercolors and prints from Italy. If you can't get make it to the reception, the work will remain on display through April 18, 2009.

Mispillion Spring Exhibit Reception 3.27.09

Mispillion Art League in downtown Milford, DE was filled with color, youth and vitality last night at the opening reception for its annual Print/Photography and Student Show, with a heavy emphasis on student work from local Milford Middle and High Schools. It was a great success! We were all thrilled to spotlight the creative work being done by these young artists. The students and their families were so proud to see their work exhibited in a "real art gallery" - Mispillion's, at 127 NW Front Street. Their art teachers Nancy Poinsett, Nicole Carter and Karine Richards deserve a huge hand of applause for the terrific work they are doing.

Students names were drawn for prizes donated by Rehoboth Art & Framing

Rosemary with Sara Gallagher, Mispillion Art League president

Members enjoying the evening, (L to R) Betsy Rybczynski (in red) Gervasio Ruiz, Gail and Scott Angelucci, Nancy Benson

Families admiring the student work

I'd like to acknowledge our president, Sara Gallagher and Vice President and Exhibition Chair Sharon Hepford for their tireless work in pulling this show together and to our sponsors, Dentsply Caulk and Rehoboth Art & Framing (Midway Shopping Ctr, Lewes, DE) and to all the other Board and Artist members who worked behind the scenes. It was a lovely evening. Diane Deeney, in charge of refreshments must be exhausted today, along with Angela Prattis who made sure there was always a fresh supply of brownies, cookies and other homemade treats. I also want to apologize to one of our board members, Betsy Rybczynski, whose name was accidentally omitted from the program.

The exhibition will remain in the gallery until April 30th. Gallery hours are Fridays 4-6pm, Saturday and Sundays 12-2pm and at other times by appointment. Please call the gallery at 302-430-7646 for further information about classes and workshops.

Italian cooking class at 205 Lavinia Gallery

The gallery, 205 Lavinia in Milton Delaware is offering an Italian cooking class and dinner and we promised to post it here on our blog.

and here's a U-Tube Video of Chef Gabriella making pasta!

Here is the info about the classes:

"We are delighted to announce the return visit of Chef Gabriella Lavorato from Arezzo in the Southeast of Tuscany, Italy. She has a repertoire of savory Tuscan recipes to pass on and would like to know if anyone would be interested in taking cooking lessons and a dinner follows the class, April 16th, 18th, 23rd or 25th, 2009. The combined classes and dinner start at 3 PM and end somewhere around 9 or 10 PM. The price of the class and dinner will be $100. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, Cash, Pay Pal, and Checks. Checks should be written and sent to 205 Lavinia Street, Milton, De. 19968.

Wine will not be provided, so if you like please, bring one of your choice.

There is a limited number of people we can accommodate, so if you are interested please let us know which date works best for you and payment of $100 to secure your place. We are very excited about this venture and look forward to hearing from you. Any questions please e-mail: contact 205 Lavinia or Call — Cell - 302-381-0322 B- 302-684-3379.

Warm regards,

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Driving through Bucks County PA

Knecht's Bridge from my watercolor journal

We really enjoyed our stay in Bucks County last month, especially driving through the lovely countryside. Here is Bob's photo essay for your enjoyment.

Sheard's Mill Covered Bridge

Grafitti on Sheard's Mill Bridge

Folk art flowers against a red barn

Farm House Bucks County

Farm Buildings

Covered Bridges of Bucks County, PA

We were told that Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state, Madison County, notwithstanding. There were at one time about 1500 but the numbers have diminished over the years with just a handful left. We heard many tales about why covered bridges were built, but the most logical is the most practical and easy to believe. They were built to protect the bridges from harsh weather conditions and make them last longer. Unfortunately the ravages of time, fire, wind, and lack of preservation in the past have all contributed to their demise. The few that remain appear to be lovingly cared for and a source of pride to Bucks County, as well as a really lovely way to spend the day, driving through this beautiful area as we did last month when we skipped away for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.

Here's a site I found with lots of interesting facts from a guy named David Hanauer who is quite the Renaissance man, and a covered bridge afficianado.

Here are a few of Bob's covered bridge photos:

Loux Covered Bridge - built of hemlock in 1874, one of the smaller bridges, it spans Cabin Run Creek along Upper River Road, nestled in a small scenic valley.

Erwinna Covered Bridge - county records say it was built in 1832, but the National Historic Register lists it as 1871, at Geigel Hill Rd it's a good example of lattice-type construction and is Bucks County's shortest.

Knecht's Covered Bridge - built in 1873, it crosses Durham Creek and is also known as Slifer's Bridge.

Frankenfield Covered Bridge - one of the longest and most scenic, it crosses Tinicum Creek two miles upstream from where it flows into the Delaware River.

Cabin Run Covered Bridge - built in 1871 it also crosses Cabin Run Creek and is located a short distance from Loux Bridge.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We have recently become contributors to ItalianNotebook.com and our story "Piano, piano" is today's featured "Note." If you love Italy and subscribe to this FREE service a brief note will arrive weekdays in your e-mail box. Written by a knowledgeable group of writers, the notes are read by thousands of Italy lovers world-wide.

We recently wrote a note on the Carnevale at Acireale but there are some other intersting tidbits like the story about "No Door Doors", "Their Coppe Spilleth Over" and "Baccala' alla Vicentina" - just to give you a few links to look at! We hope you will check it out.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Subscribe with Bloglines

Bob and I are trying to become more computer savvy, using these "social networking" thing-a-ma-jigs to entice more people to read our blogs, look at our website and generally keep in touch! We are hoping that adding Bloglines will make it easier for folks to stay in touch and hope it works for you. Here's some info for you:

What is Bloglines:
Bloglines (this link will take you to a FAQ page all about it) is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio. It tracks information you're interested in, retrieves new stuff, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page.

How Do I Sign Up?

Only an email address and password are required. Click on the little blue button to my left here that says Subscribe with Bloglines. Registering with Bloglines allows you to subscribe to and read your favorite news feeds (like our blog posts). Once you register with Bloglines, a validation email is sent to you. Reply to that and your account will be validated. For more info go to www.bloglines.com

Monday, March 2, 2009

Our article is available online!

I just discovered that the article I wrote for Wavelength magazine is available online! This is cool for those of you who are not members of National Public Radio Phoenix, station KJZZ, if you are willing to go look for it. Click on this link "Wavelength Magazine, Winter 08-09" and see the little thumbnails of the pages at the bottom - select the second dot on the bar, then click on the image of the colorful carpet of flowers (pgs 32-33) to then scroll through the pages of the magazine! It's very exciting!