Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Here's hoping your turkey was tender, your taters mashed and your family fun.
At this time of year we share our gratitude openly. We remind ourselves and each other that we have an awful lot to be thankful for.
On behalf of Pine-Strawberry I would like to thank the local community organizations which provide food, clothing and dollars to our neighbors in need. Thank-you to those organizations which provide entertainment and camaraderie, to those that feed the seniors and those that keep our history open and alive.
For those community organizations which work to improve themselves and our community. Thank-you to the parents, teachers and volunteers at the school for educating our children above and beyond our expectations. Thank-you to the fire fighters, paramedics, reserves and volunteers down at the Fire Station for being there whenever we need them. Thank-you to clinic staff and supporters who continue to care for us.
In my home, I am thankful for healthy children and a happy family. I am thankful for the early rains and snows that we have received. And I am grateful for the small town in which we live, but most of all I am grateful for the people in our lives. They are what make this town the special place that it truly is.
The P-S Food Pantry wants to offer thanks of their own to the local businesses which participated in the Octoberfest, and collected food and money for the Food Bank. Thanks to everyone for your hard work. The P-S Food Pantry collects nonperishable food items and redistributes them right here in P-S. For more information on how you can donate, contact Sharon Balentine at 476-2503.
Holiday open schoolhouse
An open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The P-S Historical Society will be introducing its new book, "Under One Roof: A Traveler's Guide to America's One-Room Schoolhouse Museums." Managing Editor Grace Schoerner, cover photographer William Schoerner, and our own Mary Hunt whose memories are included in the book will be on hand to autograph copies. What a great Christmas gift this is!
If you need more than just that one gift, check out the P-S Arts-n-Craft Guild craft room at the community center. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering plenty of unique homespun gifts to stash under your tree.
The Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the cultural hall at the community center in Pine. If you have never attended, you mustn't miss this one. Each class and department at the P-S school gets one live tree to decorate, and the dollars it raises will go right back to that class. The auction can be fast, furious and an absolute riot, as the children will often get in on the act.
A Book for All Seasons bookstore will host a holiday open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 8. Local storyteller Richard Wentz will read "Stories of Christmas" and other local authors will be there signing their books. Everyone is invited to stop in for some hot cider and refreshments. A Book for All Seasons is located on Hardscrabble Road in Pine. Also starting Dec. 8, the Fossil Creek Llama Ranch will have a lighted Christmas Display open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is just one nonperishable food item for the food bank and you'll see Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Snow Family, singing bears, the reindeer and more. Bring your camera for family pictures.
To get to the Fossil Creek Ranch, take Highway 87 to Strawberry, and turn west on Fossil Creek Road. The ranch is about three-and-a-half miles down and on the left.
Saving the best for last: what is Christmas without singing children?
Wednesday, Dec.13 at 6:30 p.m., Band Director Daria Mason will present a concert featuring second through eighth grade students from Pine-Strawberry Elementary. This concert will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and it will help you find the true spirit of the holidays. Please join them.
The following week, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, the little ones will present their Christmas Program of song and skit. Also presented by Daria Mason, this bunch of adorable faces will bring down the house as they belt out holiday carols.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this Christmas tradition. Both events will be held in the school gym and the place is usually packed, so come early to get a good seat.