Last night was the opening for Go Figure Two! at Las Manos Magicas in Houston. TAODA has been blessed with so many gallery shows lately. This one is in a folk art gallery, which is a different and interesting venue for us.
Monday, July 11, 2011
While in Washington DC one of our stops was the Library of Congress. This is a stunningly beautiful building!
I recently discovered that my ancestor South G. Preston, who was a lawyer and a Methodist minister, authored several books, three of which are in the Library of Congress! One (The Shadow of the King) was off site and I was unable to see it, but two others, Key-Words and Phrases of the New Testament, and The Secret of Hamlet, were there and I was able to photocopy his picture and bio from the books - a very exciting find for this budding genealogist!
|South G. Preston
b. 1857, d. 1908
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Last week Bob and I traveled to Washington DC. I was honored by the DAR at the 2011 Continental Congress with two awards. I had entered "Thy Word" in the American Heritage exhibit a few months ago and was stunned to find out that I won first place in the doll category!
I received this award on Wednesday morning, then on Wednesday evening we watched the opening ceremony at Constitution Hall. It was filled with pageantry: every state flag, the Marine Corps band, a stage full of dignitaries.....
On Friday morning I received the Evelyn Cole Peters award, "Best in Show" for the craft category. It was an amazing honor!
Before and after and in between we saw the sights and visited friends.
We had a great time. I found out that the Original Doll Artist Council of America conference will be held in DC in 2013 - I can't wait to come back!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Our trip to Napa Valley was amazing. The weather was perfect, the scenery gorgeous, the food was wonderful, of of course the wineries were a highlight of the trip.
The first winery we visited was Robert Mondavi, which was perfect because they give a great tour which includes learning about wine and winemaking.
Our next stop was Rutherford Hill, for a picnic on their beautiful grounds.
We purchased a lovely Malbec for our picnic and enjoyed the view from the hill.
Then we had a tour of their caves which are built into the side of the hill. Here is the entrance to the caves:
Enjoying more wine in the caves.
The next day we toured the Culinary Institute of America Greystone campus.
When she finishes college, the family chef may want to attend the school here.
We had a wonderful lunch at the Wine Spectator Restaurant here prepared by CIA chefs.
another lovely view
And inspiration for a doll!
Some of our favorite visits were to the Champagne Houses
Champagne and Caviar tasting at Domaine Chandon
tastings at Domaine Carneros
We said farewell to the good life and made the trip back to San Francisco for the flight home. But we had one more stop to make:
The Trumer Brewery in Berkley, CA.
Bob got a tour and a tasting of his favorite beer.
We did a lot of that - it was a great trip!