MINI REUNION IN KENTUCKY: March 17-20, 2011
Missy Rives Moore reports that Dobree Adams was the main planner of the Kentucky mini, with lots of help from our VP: Pat Wagner Thompson. It was attended by a small but enthusiastic group: Pat Folsom Maroney and her husband, John, Mari Wright, Kathy Stelletello, Missy Rives Moore, and of course Dobree Adams and her husband, Jonathan Greene. These were very full days of events, which started with a fantastic tour of the home, studio and farm of Dobree and Jonathan, which is nestled on the Kentucky River, not far from Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky. That tour included introductions to their many "critters," including two llamas, two donkeys, three horses, three dogs, three cats, a flock of chickens, and a working garden. One of the many highlights of the day was a lovely lunch at their home, and a tour of Dobree's studio with explanations of her spinning, weaving, dyeing and photography projects.
After a drive through the beautiful Kentucky countryside, the evening concluded at the Shaker Village of Pleasant HIll, one of the largest and best-preserved of the Shaker villages in the country, where we had dinner, and stayed for the next two nights.
In the morning after breakfast we toured the village, and then started a drive through the Bluegrass horse country. Dobree had arranged a surprise and truly memorable tour of Airdrie Stud, owned by a past Governor of Kentucky and his wife, Libby Jones, who was our tour guide. We saw Thoroughbred foals only about two days old, the stallion barn, and a garden designed for Libby's grandfather by Jens Jensen of Chicago, with which she is deeply involved in restoration. She also gave us a tour of the historic home at Woodford Stud which they now own. Woodford Stud has a long history of breeding Thoroughbred horses and pedigreed cattle.
It was a packed day, as we then went happily to the truly striking collaborative exhibit of Dobree's weaving, and photography, and Jonathan's poetry and book design. Almost every one of her tapestries and photographs were accompanied by a poem of Jonathan's. In some cases he wrote poetry that complemented, one might even say enhanced, Dobree's photography. A book celebrating their collaboration, called Full Circle, was a lovely memento of a most enjoyable Wellesley mini experience.
Although the group that attended this event was small in number we all remarked at dinner that evening, held at a gourmet restaurant, Holly Hill Inn, how being in a small group actually can enhance any Wellesley classmate encounter. It was a busy weekend, but gave us each time to really get to know each other better, which is always a plus when we sisters gather!
To see the photos from the mini, click here.