by Myndi Brogdon
Folks who want to know the history of the Pine-Strawberry area are in for a treat. Descendants of the settlers of the area will tell their favorite tales about Pine and Strawberry at 3 p.m., Oct 2 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.
Guest speakers will include Lufkin and Mary Hunt, Stan Fuller, Erma Blackburn, Robert Fuller.
They will share their tales of growing up and going to school in the area. The storytelling sessions will be videotaped and kept in the Pine Museum.
Geronimo photo essay
The only photographs ever taken in the field of American Indians as enemies of the U.S. Army will be presented by Jay Van Orden, director of the Arizona Historical Society.
The photographs, taken by Tombstone photographer C.S. Fly in the late 1800s, will be presented from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.
The presentation details the historic events that took place in March 1886 when General George Crook met with Geronimo to negotiate his surrender at Canon de Los Embudos.
Admission to this unique production is free and open to the public.
As the apples ripen on the branch and fall blows into the Rim country, it's time for the Pine's seventh annual Apple Festival.
The Community Center will be the best smelling place in town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 when local cooks show off their favorite apple delicacies.
The best bakers in the Rim country will vie for the judges' favor during the festival's popular apple pie contest. There will be two categories -- Best Traditional Two-Crust Apple Pie and Best Variation Apple Pie -- with a $25 first-place prize for each.
To enter, bring two pies of the same recipe to the community center by noon. One pie will be sampled for judging and the other will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Those who don't bake, can enter the Best Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrow entries need to be in by 9 a.m. the day of the festival. They will be judged and used to decorate the hall.
The festival also will feature apples by the bag, apple pie -- whole or by the slice -- apple cider, apple bobbing contests, candied apples plus soda, lemonade, coffee and more.
If you're looking for entertainment, then look no further than the fair. Peggy Tipolt will play from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., local author Mike Anderson will be signing his book, "The Place in The Land: The settlement of Pine, Arizona;" and Character Paul Reeves will be drawing caricatures for those willing to pose.
There will also be craft booths, classic and antique cars, a "Hit 'n Miss" antique engine display and lots of friends to see and meet. Come celebrate fall in Pine at the Apple Festival.
After school help
The Pine-Strawberry After School Program needs toys, games, old clothes for dress-up, shirts for art, newspapers, scraps of material, foil, butter bowls, food jars, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, egg cartons, old keyboards, a race track and a child's kitchen set.
It's a long list, but this is a minimal-cost program for working parents who need a safe place for their school-age children to go when school lets out.
If you have any of these items you can drop them by the school or call 476-3283 for more information.