Memorial Day Weekend has arrived the traditional welcome to summer.
Pull out your white shoes, dust off your grill and call up your flatlander friends, because as hot as it is here, it's always hotter there.
Need more to do? Well, Pine and Strawberry are just busting with happenings.
Start off your Saturday with a pancake breakfast down at the Pine Community Center in Pine. Rim Country Kiwanis Club members will flip some of their best pancakes onto your plate for $4. Children under 10 eat for $2. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The community center also is the spot where the Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Craft Guild will host its annual Memorial Day Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The group has invited 87 crafters to show and sell their wares. The event also will feature food, fun and shopping. What more can ya ask for?
After a long hiatus, the Pine Library is hosting a book sale for the Memorial Day Weekend. You can peruse the library's used book collection from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Senior Center Parking lot which is behind the thrift store and across Randall Drive from the library.
Tack sale and swap meet
Not to be left out, the Pine-Strawberry Horsemen's Association is taking advantage of the busy weekend, also. On Saturday, it will hold a tack sale and swap meet at the Mary Ellen Randall 4-H Arena, which is down Old County Road at the south end of Pine.
And if that's not enough, a hootenanny at the Old Schoolhouse in Strawberry will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Everyone can bring a chair or blanket and pull up a spot under a tall pine to join the small-town fun.
And last but not least, the Civil Air Patrol Cadets have decided to honor the veterans buried at the Old Pine Cemetery. At 10 a.m. Monday, young cadets will be placing flags on veterans' graves and conducting a brief ceremony.
After all, remembering our veterans is the true meaning of the weekend. Take a moment to recognize the gift of freedom our veterans have given all of us.