The Friends of the Hermitage met on Dec. 18 at the Hermitage. It was not only an opportunity to catch up with each other, but also to enjoy a holiday lunch featuring homemade latkes, salads and desserts. But the biggest treat was hearing award-winning author Tony Eprile read from his upcoming memoir and then answer questions about his career and stay at the Hermitage. The Friends in attendance also got to visit visual artist Anthony Hawley’s studio.
This is just one example of the opportunities our dedicated volunteers have to meet our artists and learn about their work. If you would like to join them, please call Sharyn Lonsdale at the Hermitage or email email@example.com so you can join us at our next meeting.
Thanks so much to Linda Schilke and members of the Lemon Bay Garden Club for decorating the Hermitage House living and dining rooms for the holidays. Thanks to our Friends who helped out at the Dec. 5 Beach Reading, to Dale Mancini for helping in the office and to Jacobina Trump for helping with the Hermitage Library.
Where in the World is Marianne Schafer
Friends coordinator Marianne Schafer couldn’t be with us for the December meeting but before she left, she shared this message.
Greetings from Los Angeles where Mike and I are spending a few days with our son Ben before the three of us depart for Indonesia. The trip that has been almost a year in planning is finally taking place. In a few days our eldest son will be married in Jakarta to a lovely young woman we are happy to welcome into our family. If you are a Facebook friend, I will be posting comments and photos of our experiences on the other side of the world. Wherever you are spending the holidays, I wish you joy and all good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
With gratitude for all that you do to support the Hermitage and its mission,