Barbara vonHoffman, Colorado Springs, CO, has had a once in a lifetime experience: She is one of 16 winners in Nature’s Best Photography International Photo Contest. It is a real coup since there were more than 20,000 images entered with only 7 U.S. photographers recognized. Barb was also the only woman so honored. Anyone visiting the Smithsonian after March 30 will get to see the exhibit; each photo is 4’x6’. To see the images, visit www.naturesbestphotography.com. As an aside, Barb noted that she was off to Kenya in Feb.
Betty Gallo Skladal, Anchorage, AK, is on “fast forward” as usual. As president of the Anchorage Woman’s Club she has been instrumental in the restoration of the 100-year-old Pioneer Schoolhouse, built in 1915 by early settlers who came to Alaska to build the railroad. It was moved to its present location after the 1964 earthquake, adding a daylight basement so the club members could meet there. With a $50,000 grant Betty secured as seed money from Lowes to rebuild the roof, the project is complete and Betty got to cut the ribbon at the celebration — an event attended by the mayor and covered by 2 TV stations. She also wants to open a small historic museum in the street level space. This kicked off the centennial festivities to celebrate the founding of Anchorage in 1915. When Betty retires after 4 years as local president she will take over the position of GFWC of Alaska State President. Betty continues her singing with the Concert Chorus and is helping form a choir for her newly organized church. Husband George was honored in May for meritorious service to the Univ. of Alaska — a lovely surprise. Betty says he has turned into quite a good watercolor artist. One of the Skladals’ sons is in Texas — where Betty and George visited in the 105-degree weather — and Oregon. Betty ended her note with the information that the temperature has been -25 degrees and there is 8 feet of snow; she can’t see out of her downstairs windows and the snow dwarfs her on the sidewalks! The Skladals had a lovely, much needed, trip to Kauai, Hawaii, this winter.
Mimi Garrard, NYC, is a very prolific choreographer, creating dances for videos since 2001. She has created 113 programs for cable television that are shown in NYC twice a month and streamed live at the time of broadcast. In Nov. 2011, “Tea Time” was presented at the Quad Theater in Manhattan and Mimi also presented a one woman show video work in Sao Carlos, Brazil. Her work has also shown in festivals in Peru, China, Italy and the United States during 2011. Her work can be seen on vimeo.com/mimigarrard and on her website www.mimigarrarddance.com.
Mary Johnson Campbell shared more information about our Richmond classmates than of her family except to say that everything is going well with them. She calls Patty Williams Twohy and Edward the “hosts with the most.” They often play bridge together. The Twohys also go to Florida to rendezvous with Cornelia Long Matson and Dick when they come back to the States from their vineyard in France. Mary closed with the news that her church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church presented four performances of classmate Carol Hall’s play, To Whom It May Concern — a “fabulous treat!”
Tibby Moore Gardner and Bill, also in Richmond, have a wonderful 18th C. farmhouse in Hanover, VA, as well as a beach house in Virginia Beach where they frequently entertain. They were happy to see Diane Chase Monroe and Sam there this summer. Tibby sees lots of Sweet Briar pals — Mary Blair Scott Valentine (‘59), Cay Ramey Weimer (‘59), as well as Mary and Patty. She saw Dotsie Woods McLeod at a regional meeting in NJ of Nat’l Society of Colonial Dames in America (NSCDA). She’s looking forward to seeing Eleanor St. Clair Thorpe since her grandson will attend Univ. of Richmond in the fall.
Poogie Wyatt Shields has moved from urban Arlington, VA, to Crozet where she rents a one bedroom cottage on a quiet street in the old part of town within walking distance of everything she needs: two coffee houses; several great eateries; and a fitness center where she spends “a whole lot of time.” Her daughter Julia Greenwood, husband, Steve, and two “fun, creative kids,” Eleanor and Joe, live in a house they built in Greenwood, about 4 miles away. Poogie became the grandmother to two new grandkids from Bogata, Colombia, Carlos and Leidy, ages 10 and 12 (the same age as the Greenwood kids). Their parents are Patty and Wyatt who live near Poogie’s other children, Carter and Stephen and 6-year-old Robbie, in Northern VA. In Feb. Poogie, with sister-in-law Julie Shields (‘62), Carter and Robbie went to Greenville, SC, to see her remaining 2 granddaughters Julia, 15, and Virginia,14, in the Children’s Theater production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Poogie says her life is good; she loves her cottage, cooking and raising a few vegetables. She does needlework, belongs to a book club and a prayer group and practices yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais, a movement discipline. Her whole family sojourns on Pawley Island for 2 weeks in Aug. and all 19 of them gather in Greenwood over the New Year’s weekend; she also goes to Shrine Mount in July. She is reconnecting with friends from 26 years past in Greenwood and welcomes Richmond friends as well.
A Christmas letter from Judy Graham Lewis and Jim, Charleston, WV, had lots of news of their far-flung family. Daughter Deb is a cardiac care nurse in Concord, NH; she and Durk have been married just over a year. Judy and Jim visited them in the spring for granddaughter Sarah’s high school graduation; she now attends Conn. Wesleyan Univ. Her brother Alex owns a non-lethal but highly successful paint-ball business. Daughter Elizabeth, in Durham, is an empty-nester with her daughter Katherine graduating from UNC-Asheville. The Lewises have daughter Katherine, son-in-law Bill and grandchildren Jesse and Eva in “ice land,“ Minneapolis, MN. They have a shared ministry at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Minnetonka.
This past summer Katherine and Jesse went to Kenya with a delegation from their church. Jim and Judy’s son Stephen is back in Charleston, working and making a good life for himself; he sees his three children, in SC with their mother, as often as possible. Jim continues to write his Notes From Under the Fig Tree , a 30-year endeavor. He is active in the anti-war movement and is involved with a team of Episcopalians who have put together a church curriculum for parishes on the subject of Palestine; he went to Chicago to introduce the material to a group of 40 from across the country and anticipates a trip to Palestine-Israel in the future. Although Judy has retired as an oncology nurse, she is as busy as ever singing in the St. John’s choir, playing bells and also singing in the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. She works on the Manna Meal board and serves lunch to the poor every Monday. In addition she serves on the church outreach committee and works with SAGA, the Straight and Gay Alliance.
Eddie and I are well — settled in our relatively new home in Powell, OH, in suburban Columbus. I stay busy with activities at St. John’s Episcopal Church (founded in 1803!) in Worthington. I continue to revitalize slowly the Prayer Shawl Ministry and serve on the Pastoral Care and the Heritage Design committees and attend the book club. As a “Governor’s Gardener” I get to do all sorts of gardening projects with like-minded gardeners in the beautiful Heritage Gardens at the Governor’s residence. Once a month we have lunch in the Residence sunroom and have a horticultural program. I am singing with a chorus, Capriccio; we do several concerts a year — great fun for me. Eddie and I spent Thanksgiving with Lee and Steve Caira and family in Clarksville, TN. Lee’s son Scott, 21, is a junior at Tenn. Tech. On Dec. 26, Martha with Kate, 23, Lauren, 21, and Cole, 15, came for a holiday with us. Her young had not visited since we moved. As a surprise, Lee arrived on Dec. 28, so the girls could celebrate their mutual birthday(s) together. It was a busy and very happy time for us. Eddie lives very quietly since he has emphysema, mostly reading and watching TV. With Anne and Rick so near we see them often; they do lots of nice things for us.
Anne has just been promoted to marketing director for the independent and assisted living facilities at the Wexner Heritage Village; she had been on the staff of the Zusman Hospice, also part of Wexner, in grief counseling and community outreach.
I want to remind all of you to mark your calendars on May 31 to June 2, 2013 — for our 55th class reunion! It’s not too soon to start planning and we’d like big turnout for it. Also please keep the emails and letters coming. I will just file them for our next issue of the magazine. I cannot tell you often enough how much I enjoy hearing from you; you are remarkable women and contribute so much to the world around you. It’s and honor to continue as your scribe.
Jane S. Kuntz , Class Secretary
Class of 1958