Dine On Chili, Cowboy Poetry


by Myndi Brogdon
The Pine-Strawberry Historical Society is hosting its annual chili supper tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. Served up with the chili with beans, cornbread, green salad, lemonade and ice cream will be a huge helping of cowgirl poet Dee Strickland Johnson.

Tickets for the supper are $4 per person and children under 5 are free for this family event. Dee will start up the entertainment at 7 p.m., and that part is absolutely free to all who can get in.

On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. the Strawberry Schoolhouse will be the place to jam -- Strawberry style. It's an old-fashioned hootenanny. If you have an instrument bring it. If you have a singing voice bring it, or just bring a blanket and plant yourself under the ponderosa pines to enjoy the fun.

The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only, and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. The school-turned-museum is located three miles west of Highway 87 on Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry.

Labor Day Craft Fair

It's the third and final P-S Arts-n-Crafts Guild Craft Fair and Food Extravaganza for 1999. It's a tradition that smart shoppers begin to gather heir Christmas gifts here.

The craft show runs Saturday, Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This grand affair, held at the Pine Community Center, boasts about 80 vendors hawking hand-made and one-of-kinds -- a perfect place to shop for those who have it all.

Also at the community center, our own Rim country Kiwanians will be serving their famous breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day. The seniors will offer Navajo Tacos and sodas from their nearby dining hall each day. There will be food, food, and more food.

Principal's Parents' Advisory Committee

For those parents and community members who would like to help out with issues facing our school and our students, this is the committee for you. The first meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. in the conference room at the school. All parents and guardians, new and returning, are encouraged to attend.

Fair not too far off

The Northern Gila County Fair books are out. You can check yours out at the Payson Public Library or the Pine library.

In it you will find all you need to know to enter your best whatever in the Northern Gila County Fair. It will have all the details you need on every category open. I dare you to find something you can't enter.

For those of you with empty freezers, don't forget to plan now for your shot at a fresh slab of beef, lamb or hog during the 4-H Auction; those kids are working hard, preparing their animals for sale to the highest bidder.

Walkers, runners, on your mark

It's time again to get signed up for the second annual Pine-Strawberry Medical Center's Heart and Soul Walk-a-thon. One-of-a-kind T-shirts, designed by P-S student Doni Miotto of Pine, will be awarded to the first 100 folks registered to take the five-scenic-mile walk (or run) through Pine on Sept. 25. T-shirts can also be purchased for a mere $11 at the P-S clinic or on the day of the event.

Runners will leave at 8 a.m., with the walkers right on their heels. Sponsorship forms can be picked up at the Strawberry Lodge, Ponderosa Video, Ponderosa Market, the Pine library, Strawberry Market and of course the medical center. There are also two Payson locations: the Payson Public Library and the Payson Athletic Club. All money raised will support the community-owned Pine-Strawberry Medical Center.

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