Memorial Day weekend when the communities of Pine and Strawberry traditionally welcome summer residents and visitors to town has arrived.
We've had a good wet winter and spring. The flowers are in bloom and the grass has been cut. Grab a cold glass of iced tea, dust off the grill and call up your flatlander friends, because as hot as it may seem here, it is never as hot as it is there.
Pine-Strawberry is bursting at the seams with events and activities, starting Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast at the Pine Community Center. For $4, the Rim Country Kiwanians will flip some flapjacks onto a plate just for you. Got kids? If they are younger than 10 years old, they
can eat for $2. The all-you-can-eat meal includes sausage, coffee and juice. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The Pine 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. This is the first of the guild's three summer craft fairs, and more than 80 crafters have been invited.
Barbecue at Bishop
Saturday night at 5:30, Coldwell-Banker Bishop Realty is hosting its annual barbecue. It will be just over the bridge
behind the office in Pine. It's the best deal of the weekend. Meals cost only a smile. Come meet, greet and say howdy to everyone. They have been known to serve more than 1,000 people, so you're bound to run into some old friends.
This weekend also marks the grand opening of the Childs-Irving Hydroelectric Plant display at the Pine-Strawberry Museum.
Arizona Public Service, a coalition of environmental organizations and the Yavapai-Apache Tribe have agreed to close the Childs and Irving hydroelectric power plants. Many of the employees of these plants are our neighbors and many of our old-timers, including Lufkin Hunt and Stan Fuller, have worked for these plants at one time or another. On Dec. 31, 2004, the Fossil Creek dam will
be permanently lowered, returning the natural water flow to Fossil Creek. With the intended closing of the 100-year-old APS power plants, our very own Pine-Strawberry Historical Society has been working hard to preserve the history that is so intertwined with our community.
This special exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26 and it's free. The Pine-Strawberry Museum located in the Pine Community Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona the Strawberry Schoolhouse also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. To arrange for a weekday group tour, call 476-4791 or 476-3375.