Storytellers to gather in the pines


by Myndi Brogdon
The countdown begins -- just one week until Tellabration 1999: A Day of Storytelling.

The event will give professional storytellers, recording artists and published authors a chance to share their stories of Arizona.

Dennis Freeman, Don Doyle and several other entertainers will join local storyteller Al Ayers and junior high students Rebecca Ross and Tyler Williams of Pine-Strawberry School.

The fun begins Saturday, Nov. 20 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center on Highway 87.

The first performance, which will be for children from kindergarten through third grade, will be from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Tickets for this performance are $2 a person and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The second performance, which will be for children from fourth grade to eighth grade, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

Tickets for this performance also are $2 a person.

The third performance, which will be for high school students, adults and seniors, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $3 for students $5 for adults and $4 for seniors over 55 years of age.

Seating is limited to 200 people per performance in the cultural hall. Tickets are now available at the Pine Museum on Highway 87, or at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library on Randall Place in Pine.

Lighting contest

It's also just three weeks away from the commercial Christmas lighting contest. Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? The contest is traditionally held the Friday after Thanksgiving, and businesses in both Pine and Strawberry will be decorating early to compete and create the holiday spirit in our small mountain home.

Only 46 more days until Christmas. Have you begun to shop? The Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Crafts Guild's Christmas Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at the community center. The shop will be open Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All of our local craft and antique shops are the perfect place to begin your list. You'll be amazed at what treasures you can find locally. Shop early and shop local.

Looking for accompanist

An organ and a piano have been donated to the cultural hall at the community center in Pine. Now the hall needs an accompanist who is willing to play. Ideas about community Christmas caroling have been tossed about, but without an accompanist, they may all go for naught.

If you play, or know someone who does, give Melvin VanVorst a call at 476-4791.

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